I have three main brands of pocket diapers in my stash: FuzziBunz, Rumparooz, and bumGenius! I like all of these diapers for different reasons. They all have different features and serve different functions in my cloth diaper routine.
I love the simplicity of my FuzziBunz, and the fact that there are not a million snaps down the front of the diaper! Rumparooz are my #1 overnight diaper, and the double gussets are great for containing big messes. bumGenius! diapers boast stretchy tabs that ensure a perfect fit, every time.
One difference between the three brands is the style of pocket opening. While they are all pocket diapers (and thus completely customizable), they all have different pocket openings.
The FuzziBunz opening is flush with the waist line in the back. The gentle fleece fabric usually sticks out of the top of the diaper, and keeps the elastic (though encased) from rubbing on my daughter’s skin. The opening is generous, making it easy to stuff and un-stuff. I l.o.v.e. that there is no flap covering the opening! It really makes clean-up easy when there is no flap to get messy. I think the FuzziBunz type pocket opening is my favorite.
The Rumparooz pocket opening sits slightly below the waistline on the inside of the diaper. It is elasticized, yet there is no flap covering the opening. On occasion, if I am not careful when diapering my baby, the opening will slide down, allowing the insert to touch baby’s skin. It’s not really a problem, but it’s something to watch. The opening itself is not extremely wide, but the channel of the pocket on the Rumparooz is wider than that of the FuzziBunz. This makes it much easier to double stuff when extra absorbency is needed. When I need a doubler or an extra insert, I reach for my Rumparooz.
The bumGenius pocket opening is also flush with the waistline of the diaper. Unlike the FuzziBunz and Rumparooz, though, it has a flap covering the opening. This flap has pros and cons in my book. It ensures that the insert will never touch the baby’s skin. It also means that no matter how active your baby is, the insert will never work it’s way out of the pocket (but I have NEVER had that problem with any diaper!). Yet the flap is more of a con to me..especially wen my daughter poops. Somehow, she always gets it on the flap. This means that I have to carefully get my hand inside the messy pocket flap in order to remove the soiled insert prior to washing. I absolutely despise doing that! With no flap, you can always shake the insert into the pail if you prefer not to touch the insert at all.
It may seem like a minor difference, but depending on your diapering needs, the style of pocket opening may make a difference in your routine. Which do you prefer?