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There aren’t too many diapers on the market specifically for bigger toddlers or children with medical needs. If the Imagine XL pocket diaper is something you’re curious about, today’s review will give you a closer look.
It’s available to purchase for $17.95 at Nicki’s Diapers.
The Imagine XL pocket is noticeably bigger than the one-size version, and is designed to fit children from 35 to 70 pounds. Here’s the XL (green) next to a one-size for comparison.
It comes with a 4-layer microfiber insert measuring 6.25 x 18.25 inches. This is a good deal bigger than a standard pocket diaper insert which is usually no longer than 14 or 15 inches, and certainly not that wide. There are snaps on the XL insert so you can shorten it, if needed.
The pocket diaper is lined with stay-dry, no-pill white fleece and opens at the front and the back.
Performance: Ingrid (2.5 years) has never leaked out of this diaper, even when she overslept or drank more liquid than usual the night before. The extra large microfiber pad is super absorbent. It takes just a little longer to dry than a regular microfiber insert. Katie was also impressed by the absorbency; when Gareth (2 years and 10 months) woke up in the morning, she thought at first that the diaper had not been wetted in! We both like that a pocket style is quicker to get on a toddler at bedtime than a prefold+booster+cover.
Microfiber is not for everyone, I know, but in this case it is ideal because wetness is locked away very quickly. This works well for toddlers and children who may flood a diaper all at once. Besides, it keeps the cost of this diaper low, which is really appreciated if you find yourself in the position of having to buy more diapers beyond the investment of a one-size stash.
Fit: We haven’t used our Imagine XL much in the daytime because it’s very bulky and very wide across the crotch. Katie even noticed that Gareth walked differently with such a big diaper on. I also noticed the wings drooping (and the diaper sagging down) on Ingrid after she walked around for a while. So for both of us, it’s better suited for overnight use.
One thing I didn’t use at all was the front pocket opening, which I think could be eliminated altogether. The fleece flap tends to creep up over the front waistband when you’re putting the diaper on, so you have to be sure to get it tucked back in to avoid wicking.
Here’s Gareth, my nephew. He’s about 30 pounds in this photo:
And Ingrid, our 2-year-old:
And the fit on my 5-year-old, just to show you that it can work past the toddler stage:
Value: At $17.95, the Imagine XL costs significantly less than “overnight” cloth trainers and pockets marketed to toddlers and special needs children. There are currently 14 options when it comes to colors and prints – a perk you don’t usually see for diapers in this niche. For a child with medical issues that’s not very active, I think it could work both day and night. For active toddlers and children who are late trainers, I would recommend nighttime only since it’s so bulky and could hamper movement or comfort.
Giveaway: I’m giving away an Imagine pocket diaper to one lucky reader! You can choose the XL I reviewed today, or the one-size pocket diaper I reviewed previously. Open to US and Canadian residents only.