One of the great things about pocket diapers is that you can adjust the absorbency based on what you need. Baby wearing the diaper overnight? More inserts! Just wearing the diaper for an hour before bed? Not so many inserts. This is also good for those of us that have heavy-wetters. Some kids just need a diaper that is more absorbent and when you're using pocket diapers you have control over that.
Of course this means that you're going to have put the inserts back into the diaper after each wash. It doesn't take much time but for some busy parents, this is one step too many. Some people stuff their diapers as soon as they come out of the dryer (or off the line) so that they're all ready to go once they're back in the drawer/basket/storage-place-of-choice. Personally, I just add inserts as I am grabbing the diaper for the next change. I'm a procrastinator though.
These diapers come the closest to disposables in terms of ease of use. Put diaper on baby, take diaper off baby, wash diaper. Repeat. No extra steps, no extra pieces, just one diaper all in one piece. Let's bold and underline that on the "Pro" part of our pro/con list. Because they require no extra pieces or steps, all-in-ones are great diapers for babysitters and daycare providers to use. Since there isn't anything to "figure out" you can pretty confidently have anyone else change the baby without a lesson first. Woohoo! Fewer diaper changes for you!
There are some drawbacks to all-in-ones though. They can sometimes take longer to fully dry after the wash because of the built-in soaker. This isn't always true though- the bumGenius Freetime features soakers that are semi-attached, which reduces drying time. Some people may also find that their heavy wetter needs the addition of a doubler, especially for overnight. This isn't a problem but does add a step and an extra piece, reducing the simplicity aspect of the all-in-one.
Personally, I use more pockets than all-in-ones. But I do think that it's a worthy investment to have at least one or two AIO diapers on hand. It makes it easier for babysitters and helpful family and friends when others are changing diapers for you. It's also great in those early days with baby to have an AIO around for when you just can't think or want an easy option for the first out-of-the-house diaper change. The bumGenius newborn is the only newborn AIO I've tried and I'm a big fan. It's part of the group of diapers I lend out to friends with new babies.
When looking at pockets and all-in-ones, know that it comes down to a personal choice- neither diaper is better than the other. And you can always try a combination of both types to fill out your diaper stash and get the best of both worlds!
Do you have a preference for one style over the other?
Claire is an Army wife that may not have been cut out for homemaking. Follow her adventures as she, her husband (Sergeant Handsome), their three sons and two dogs try to keep it together over on her personal blog, The Half-Hearted Housewife, where love means never having to do the dishes.