|My stash from awhile ago (when Gabe was maybe 18 months?) Look at all those pockets!|
Now that I've tried flats and covers and fitteds with covers, these are by far my favorite. After long usage I've noticed that the fleece in pockets and all-in-ones don't hold up so well. They don't necessarily get holes, but they stop being so clean. The synthetic fibers hold on to poop particles and detergent build-up more than natural fibers like cotton and bamboo. So I guess it's not the style of pocket diapers that bothers me, but the fact that nearly 100% of them use fleece, suedecloth or some other synthetic stay-dry material. For some, this can lead to more yeast infections as it's difficult to kill the bacteria so once the child gets an infection, the diapers keep reinfecting them.
Unfortunately, I didn't come to this realization until after purchasing a lot of BumGenius Freetimes to complete our stash. I absolutely LOVE the design of the Freetime, I just wish it was made of cotton like the Elemental, then I'd be a very happy mama! If it weren't for the kids being in daycare (and my husband's angry response when he realizes I want to sell all the diapers we just bought) I would completely redo my stash to include:
- at least 6 more covers
- exchange the prefolds for more flats (I prefer flats because they dry quicker and are more customizable than prefolds).
- fitteds for night time use
- a few more upcycled wool covers