NOTE: This post has been updated as of January 2017, with many new reviews added.
Most pocket diapers on the market are one-size and they don’t fit newborns that well (unless baby is very large or long). However, there are a few pocket diapers out there that are designed just for newborns. With nearly every tiny pocket diaper, I did encounter one persistent issue – the inserts and the pockets are small, so stuffing is not that easy compared to a one-size.
Tots Bots Teeny Fit Star: (replaces the previous version called a TiniFit – see below). This super cute diaper fits from 5 to 12lbs. Construction is very unique with a bamboo/cotton terry core that extends into a long soaker that you can tuck inside the pocket. Because this is a newborn diaper, the pocket is very narrow making it hard to stuff, so I simply fold the insert under. The diaper inner also has stay dry “buffer zones” to keep liquid locked inside, plus a waterproof tummy strip on the inside front. Each Teeny Fit also comes with a free white fleece liner. Ever tried Tots Boots hook and loop closure? It’s strong and very durable! This diaper is aptly named because it truly is sized perfectly for a newborn with a very trim fit and a waist that gets extremely small thanks to the super stretchy tabs. At $21.00 and up each, they are on the pricier side, but I have been 100% pleased with fit and the absorbency – plus, not one leak or blowout.
Tots Bots Tini Fit: NO LONGER MADE – see new version above. This is a combination AIO/pocket. The insert is made of absorbent minky – you can fold it up to position more fabric in the wet zone, or just stuff it in the pocket (it will agitate out on its own in the wash). There’s also an extra newborn-size microfiber insert included. Our Tini Fit is very absorbent, yet trim-fitting. I especially like the wide elastic in the back and the super stretchy waistband. And the aplix closure makes diapering a squirming, squalling newborn much easier. The rise is a little high, but overall I like the fit. Size range is 5 to 14 pounds. At $18.95 it’s a pricier diaper, but it’s really high-quality and is made ethically in Scotland.
Kawaii Little Green Baby: This unique pocket diaper is lined with 100% organic bamboo; it includes two 3-layer bamboo inserts as well. Basically, everything about this little diaper is very soft compared to your average PUL and fleece pocket. And to get a bamboo diaper with two inserts for under $12 is a really good deal. I’m not crazy about the print choices (they mostly look like different colors of zebra strips) but the colored minky diapers are cute. It’s not as hard to stuff as other tiny pockets, and if you have big hands, just lay the inserts inside and leave the pocket alone. As an added bonus, the rise offers 2 more size settings so your baby can wear this longer. The fit was nice and snug around Ingrid’s waist and I really like the wide stretchy tabs (plus the non-abrasive laundry tabs). However, getting the leg openings fitted correctly was trickier; despite my best efforts there was still some gaping. Newborns without bird legs would most likely not have this problem! The velcro tabs are also SUPER sticky, so much that it’s difficult for me to undo the laundry tabs after washing. With time, they’ve also started curling back a little.
Ingrid was just over 8 pounds at birth. I found my Kawaii newborn diapers with free shipping at Sweetbottoms Baby.
Funky Fluff Newborn Bamboo Pocket: In 2017, Funky Fluff released a newborn diaper, which looks like a tiny version of their bamboo system, complete with the adjustable waterproof shell, bamboo lining and bamboo insert. The only additional feature it has is an optional snap-down to accommodate the cord stump. Note: With our last baby, we actually used their one-size version with success (see orange diaper below – Ingrid is just over 8 pounds).
The newborn diaper’s inside pocket is open at front and back, and there’s also a snap you can use (or not) to secure the insert. Or you can forgo all this and just lay the insert (or a prefold or flat) inside, because Funky Fluffs make great covers. You can find Funky Fluff diapers at Canadian retailers like Cozy Bums and Lagoon Baby, and in the US at Nicki’s Diapers and Fluff & Familia. The shell alone is $14.05 and the shell+2-pack of inserts is $20.55
Happy Heinys Mini One-Size: I like our Happy Heinys a lot! It’s snug-fitting and absorbent and offers room to grow via the adjustable rise snaps. The aplix waistband is very thick and kind of bulky but I think that’s because it’s stitched all around for added durability. It’s very easy to get on and off. And I just think it looks so cute on Erik; it hugged his tiny little body perfectly. This pocket includes both a small and an extra small insert, which might explain the higher price of $18.95. Not many mainstream diaper shops stock the Happy Heinys Mini, so you can try buying directly from the maker. I would definitely get more of these if they weren’t so pricey because the size range is awesome – they get pretty tiny but then adjust up to fit past the newborn stage.
Knickernappies Custom Fit (Small): This is one of the few true sized pocket diapers out there, so there aren’t any rise snaps. It fastens at the side and is a bit puffy in the front, but some mothers like this old-fashioned kind of look. I will say that the side-snapping design is a little harder to fasten than aplix when your newborn is squirming around. The Custom Fit seems to run a tad big, but the fit (and poo containment) is pretty good for little Erik. The size range is 7 to 15 pounds. They are made with a PUL outer and no-pill fleece lining and include one small microfiber insert with squared (not rounded) edges. You can get these with free shipping at Nicki’s for $16.95. They have a lot of pretty colors available! This is a moderately-priced little pocket that you could get a small stash of and not spend too much on.
Tiny Tush Elite Mini: This a tiny version of the popular Tiny Tush Elite pocket diaper and is made of the same PUL outer and microfleece inner. The Elite Mini includes two inserts – a small microfiber pad and then another insert that looks like a tiny little towel. You fold it in thirds and tuck into the pocket. To get a good, trim fit on Erik, I couldn’t use both inserts at once, and with just one in there, the absorbency was just average. He can wet this diaper only one time and I have to change him. At $22.95, the Elite Mini is the most expensive pocket we tried. The average cloth-diapering family could certainly not afford to have a big stash of these. I have to say, I was really impressed by the color and print choices that Tiny Tush offers – probably more than any other newborn pocket we researched. And like the Happy Heinys, the Elite Mini does have a very generous size range – with 4 snap settings on the rise it gets really tiny but opens up to accommodate baby well past the newborn phase, so that’s more value for your dollar.
Fuzzibunz Perfect Size (X Small): I did a lot of research and found that lots of mothers recommend Fuzzibunz for newborns. And now I see why. It was one of the best-fitting diapers we tried, which is probably due to the fact that it’s recommended for sizes 4 to 12 pounds. The leg gussets and waistband are very soft but snug, and it is top-stitched for durability and to make the outer shell stay put. I would say the absorbency level is pretty good, but not outstanding. For a newborn pocket, the price is very reasonable at $13.95. And you get to pick from all the fun Fuzzibunz colors. Plus, there’s the fabulous Fuzzibunz warranty and service to back them up. Diaper Safari sells these (and other Fuzzibunz products) with free shipping.
Swaddlebees Mini Nappi: Have I mentioned before that I love Swaddlebees and Blueberry diapers? No surprise that this was one of my favorite pocket diapers. It comes with a tongue-style bamboo/cotton insert that’s longer than a standard insert, so I have to fold it down before stuffing in the pocket. Because it’s natural fiber I can also use it right up against Erik’s skin, which means the Mini Nappi probably qualifies as an AI2 diaper as well. It fits great on Erik and has the double snaps I love so much on Swaddlebees waistbands. There are also two rows of snaps on the rise for some extra growing room. Although you can still buy the Mini Nappi in some stores (retail is about $21.95) Swaddlebees has actually stopped making them. However, they do now offer the Blueberry Mini Deluxe which is almost identical (hooray!) in looks/fit. The insert is microterry, however, and not bamboo/cotton. Fortunately, the Blueberry is also less expensive! I found it for $17.95 at Diaper Junction.
Alva Newborn Pocket: I was pretty amazed at the price tag of $4.95 for the Alva newborn pocket diapers. And when the 2 I ordered arrived, I was satisfied with the workmanship and soft feel of the diapers. Each came with 1 smaller-sized three-layer microfiber insert and were very easy to stuff. However, when Erik tried them on it was clear they were too big, even on the smallest setting. The leg gussets gaped open in some places, and so we had some leaks onto his clothes several times. The rise was very high. My thoughts? I don’t think it’s worth buying these for a preemie or smaller newborn, even if the price is less than $5.00. Seems to me that if a diaper is much too big on an average-sized baby (7 or 8 pounds), then it’s not a true newborn diaper. And if your newborn is bigger, then you might as well just put them in one-size Alva’s on the smallest setting and save some money. Wish they had fit better on Erik because I especially love the minky dino diaper (pictured at left). But I can hold on to it and save it for later.
Anibums (Mommy Magic) Newborn Pocket Diaper: There aren’t many WAHM newborn pocket diapers, but I found Anibums on Etsy and decided to give it a try. This diaper fit kind of like the Alva newborn, but the leg gussets were more snug and we didn’t have any leaks or blowouts. And it’s a very well made WAHM diaper. The rise was higher than I liked, though. And although I did love that this diaper includes two soft and tiny bamboo inserts and is just $14.95, I found they were tough to stuff. The opening is very narrow. You can find these in lots of prints and colors at the Mommy Magic Etsy shop, and microfiber inserts are also available. She also sells preemie pockets – cute!!
That does it for pockets! Share your favorite diaper in a comment below; I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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