Originally Posted by rainydaycraft
Serafina - I can't believe how big your kiddo has gotten! That's so awesome. My husband is seriously salivating over our pocket diapers - he wants so badly to put them on her. I told him I thought they would fit well around 10 pounds, which I'm sure she'll be in another couple weeks. Mine were a Craigslist purchase, I believe they're Alva/Sunbaby dipes - they have microfiber inserts, but I'm thinking about stuffing them with the million preemie diapers I have since those are 100% cotton. I'll have to try it and see.
I ordered a dozen Alvas and a dozen Sunbabies, and I have to say they are really well made and not leaking at all unless they are stuffed with something not absorbent enough and left on too long. Gotta change the diapers, of course! Dappi nylon pull on pants are my bulletproof nighttime cover since I don't change at night.
I really like the Alvas that you can order with bamboo inners and minky PUL outers, so everything is a nice, luxe feeling fabric, no cheap feeling PUL on the outside nor thin poly microfleece inners like Alvas have. Sunbaby diapers have much nicer feeling microfleece inners, but the prints aren't that cute. Here are my 6 favorite Alva prints, in case anyone with girls wants to see some seriously pretty looking diapers:
But, at heart, I'm not a pocket diaper lover. I don't like stuffing and un-stuffing and I love me some organic bamboo velour fitteds & knitted wool soakers in beautiful colorways and wool yarns so soft you'd swear they are cotton. Plus I have some gorgeous elastisized wool covers in cashmere/wool blends & adorable applique on them, from when my boys were babies, that are still in perfect shape. Knitted wool is forever. You can always re-lanolize. But, it's not the trimmest option and I don't like it for out and about with the diaper bag because if there is a massive poo you want to be able to throw everything into the wet bag all together, and if a precious wool cover or soaker has a bit of poo on it, you can't really just throw it with all the other dirties headed to the washing machine, it's not convenient to stop and hand wash it and hang it to dry when you're in a public restroom either. So pocket diapers are great AIO options to stuff to the required absorbancy based on when you think you'll be able to change next, and if it's a poop mess, throw everything in the wet bag and not worry/care about it until you get home. Plus the stay-dry effect of the fleece inners is good for carseat rides when you might not be able to change for a bit.
But at home, it's all about the wool and cashmere. The longies and overalls especially, but knitted soakers and even snap covers are nice for under generously fitted clothes. In warm weather, just a shirt and a cute wool cover is all you need!