Pocket Cloth Nappy

Pocket Cloth Nappy


A pocket cloth nappy is a reusable cloth nappy that has a pocket in the waterproof outer cover. You place absorbent inserts into this pocket (usually 2 inserts, and they usually come with this type of cloth nappy).

This style of cloth nappy is closest in appearance to a disposable nappy, and they are ideal for daytime use. The full nappy would need to be changed each time. 

How do you wash cloth nappies? Remove the solids first (if you use a disposable liner this is very simple) and place the nappy in a wet bag until you are ready to do your nappy wash. When washing time comes, remove the inserts most of the way from the nappy pocket. 

  • Do a cold rinse cycle with no detergent. 
  • Do a 40 or 60 degree wash with detergent. 
  • Don't use bleach. 
  • Don't use fabric softener, and don't use detergents with added softeners. 
  • You can tumble dry on low but this may eventually shorten the lifespan of your nappies. 

How many cloth nappies will I need? Cloth nappies don't need to be all or nothing. Even if you only switch 2 disposable nappies to cloth nappies each day, you would be saving 2000 disposable nappies from going into landfill by the time your baby begins potty training. If you would like to use cloth nappies full time then you would need about 20 daytime nappies and a few night time options. This would ensure you had enough nappies that you weren't under pressure to have them washed and dried in time for next use. 

What size cloth nappy do I need? Most cloth nappies are “one size” meaning they will fit from about 1 month or so up to about 3 years of age, thanks to the sizing poppers at the front of the nappy.

We created our own My Cotton Drawer bamboo Pocket nappies, you will find them here.

If you would like to try an All in One Cloth nappy instead, you will find them here.

For more information please check out our blog section and the FAQ section. 

Pocket cloth nappy