Step-by-step guide to pocket reusable nappies

Thinking about switching to reusable nappies but baffled by which to type go for and how they work? Read our guide on how to use pocket reusable nappies, one of the four main types on the market.

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Pocket nappies are sometimes referred to as ‘stuffables’, which gives you a good idea of how they work. They come as an outer wrap with a pouch into which you pop pads, or ‘terries’, to absorb your little one’s waste. Because you decide the size and thickness of the inserts, pocket nappies are extremely versatile, easily adaptable from day to night wear (when you might need thicker pads), and are quick-drying, as the inserts are washed separately.

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“Pocket nappies are a good choice if you’re using childcare as you can prepare them before you leave,” says Tamara Rayment from the Women’s Environmental Network and Real Nappies for London. “As you decide the thickness, your childminder or nursery worker won’t need to decide which pad or terry to use and when.”

The pocket reusable nappies we used

Wonderoos one-size pocket nappy with insert, £10.99 each.

Step 1: Stuff

Lay the nappy wrap down on a flat surface, and unfold the tabs so the nappy is open, and the ‘pocket’ is facing you. Insert your pad or terry cloth fully. “You can make your own pocket pads by using old towels or any other absorbent material you have,” suggests Tamara. “This will not only save you money but also means you aren’t limited to one brand and its matching pad.”

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Make sure the pocket pad lies flat to make it the most absorbent it can be.

Step 2: Lay flat

When inserting the pocket pad, make sure it lies flat to make it the most absorbent it can be. “And you should make sure the inserts reach right through to both ends of the pocket to maximise the absorbency,” explains Tamara.

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Pull up the half of the nappy closest to you, towards your baby’s tummy.

Step 3: Pull up

Pop your baby onto the nappy and pull up the half that’s nearer to you towards your baby’s tummy, making sure the material isn’t bunched in any way.

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Fasten the nappy at the sides.

Step 4: Fasten

Fasten the nappy at the sides – depending on the brand this will be with either poppers or Velcro tabs – making sure it’s fastened snugly, but not tight enough to the point of pinching

Why choose reusable nappies?

While we’re all keen to save money at the moment and watching our family budget with eagle-eyes, it’s a good time to think about trying reusable nappies as they may save you up to £500 per child, according to the Women’s Environmental Network and Real Nappies for London.

“They’re also a good option if you’re worried about the absorbency chemicals in disposables getting near your baby’s skin,” says Tamara Rayment from the Women’s Environmental Network and Real Nappies for London.

There are four main types of reuseable nappies you’ll come across:

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  • Pocket
  • Pre-fold
  • Shaped
  • All-in-ones

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