Hello to all my fellow cloth diapering friends! My name is Sara, and Lauren invited me to take a break from writing about do-it-yourself decorating over at my blog, Embrace My Space, to share my experience using cloth with you. This is not the first time I’ve interrupted Lauren’s motherly musings to talk cloth. Last summer, I wrote 6 Things to Know About Cloth Diapers (When You’re Starting Late in the Game), for lo-wren when I started cloth diapering my eight month old son. I’m happy to report that ten months later we’re still using cloth with great success.
After a bit of experimenting, I figured out which brands of cloth diapers work for my son and which don’t. I’m all about keeping things simple, so I have to admit I was a bit hesitant to step outside my comfortable and dry routine when Lauren asked me to review some new brands. But since she is such a fabulous hostess, I just couldn’t say no! Luckily, I was able to get my feet wet with a fabulous diaper that keeps my son’s bum dry: the Rumparooz One Size Cloth Diaper.
Angela, the owner of CLOTH, a Philadelphia cloth diaper and natural parenting boutique, provided me with an adorable Rumparooz One Size pocket diaper (CLOTH’s favorite nighttime diaper suggestion) for this review. I’m a huge fan of pocket diapers, and this one did not disappoint. Let’s take a look at some of the features of the Rumparooz One Size pocket diaper, which is part of the Kanga Care line of cloth diapers and accessories.
First of all, I must say that I adore this tartan print called Dexter. I often find gender neutral or boy’s prints to be a bit kitschy, and while I love primary colors and dinosaurs as much as the next mom, this black, red and white adds some sophistication to our stash. The waterproof outer fabric is biodegradable TPU so you don’t need a cover over this diaper to keep your little’s clothing dry. Four rows of snaps adjust the size of the diaper (newborn, small, medium, large), creating a snug fit from birth through potty training. My 18 month old son, who’s in the 50% percentile for both height and weight, wears the diaper snapped at the medium setting.
The diaper comes with either an aplix (velcro) or snap closure. I generally prefer snaps because they hold up better through my vigorous wash routine, but I’m happy to have this aplix in my stash. A lot of grandparents, babysitters and even dads are intimidated by the rows of snaps on cloth diapers. Since the aplix closure is virtually identical to a disposable diaper, it’s a great option to leave out on the changing table when you know the next person who will change your child is a little cloth-phobic.
The inside of the pocket cover is one of the softest I’ve ever felt, and the microchamois liner is perfect for keeping your baby’s skin comfortable and dry. I’ve tried fitteds, pre-folds and natural inserts paired with covers, but all of those styles leave my son’s sensitive skin with an angry red rash. This is the reason why pocket diapers, which usually feature a stay-dry lining to wick moisture away from baby’s skin, are my go-to style of cloth diaper.
What I love about the Rumparooz pocket is that it is high enough up the back of the cover so you don’t have to get too close for comfort when you’re removing the soakers after changing a poopy diaper. The super stretchy pocket opening is great if you’re stuffing the diaper with doublers for extra overnight or naptime absorbency. The Rumparooz diaper is also the first to feature dual inner gussets to keep runny poop contained in the center of the diaper, helping to prevent the dreaded blow-out around the legs.
The Rumparooz One Size diaper comes with the 6r soaker insert, a combination of a one-size insert and a contoured newborn insert, which can be used alone or snapped together to create six different levels of absorbency. I’ve been using the “medium doubler” variation pictured above for my son. Although I think the three thick layers of the one-size soaker would be perfect for 2-2.5 hours of daytime wear for a toddler, I tend to snap in the newborn insert anyway since it doesn’t add that much bulk to the roomy pocket cover. When we used this diaper at nap time, after three hours both soakers were saturated to their mid-point.
Since my son is older and we’ve perfected a bulletproof nighttime routine, I haven’t tried these inserts overnight for fear of wet jammies waking him up. That said, I think a younger baby likely would stay dry all night using both soakers snapped together; they really are that thick and absorbent. I did use this Rumparooz pocket cover overnight with my typical combination of an organic cotton pre-fold and a hemp/cotton doubler with success.
What is your favorite pocket diaper?
Sara Bates is a recovering lawyer who’s addicted to junk stores, craft markets, shelter magazines, HomeGoods, Etsy, turquoise, capiz shells and spray paint; she shares her home design creations on her blog, Embrace My Space. Sara began her cloth diapering journey when her son was eight months old and has never looked back!