I had a love affair with pocket diapers for a long time, but after over two years of stuffing and unstuffing pockets I decided that I needed a change. That change was toward more AI2s as well as prefolds and diaper covers.
Why did I end the affair?
Convenience is a relative term but the biggest reason why these types of diapers are more convenient for me is because I don't have to stuff and unstuff them. I love being able to simply unsnap the insert out of an AI2 or throw a cover and prefold right in the wet bag. No messy hands, especially when you're dealing with poo.
It's just as easy when the diapers are clean. A quick snap or fold and I'm done. This doesn't mean that I now fold diaper laundry in a more timely manner, but it is easier when I have two to three loads to fold.
I do still have a few pockets left in my stash, but not very many compared to the tons that I had a year ago. I still have about fourteen pockets but they are never the first diapers that I reach for. I admit that is still a decent amount of diapers, but it makes up a small percentage of my stash and is a lot less than there used to be! I keep them mostly to leave out for my husband who doesn't particularly like "moving parts" and prefers the ease of an already stuffed pocket. I also keep them around so that he doesn't use my favorite diapers and mess them up. Ssshhh. That's our little secret.
Are you a lover or hater of pocket diapers and why?
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