We’ve now been using cloth diapers in our house for more than three years. Before purchasing our first diaper, I did hours of research trying to look for the best financial option and balancing that with convenience and popularity of products. One name that came up over and over was FuzziBunz. This product is considered to be the first pocket diaper.
According to Kelly’s Closet
The three main components of the pocket diapers are: first, a waterproof outer barrier fabric that is sewn to the second component, an inner moisture-wicking fabric that keeps the skin feeling dry. These two fabrics form a pocket for the third component, an absorbent insert.
While I was impressed by the reviews of FuzziBunz Perfect Size pocket diapers, at the time my concern was the price. FuzziBunz Perfect Size pocket diapers cost $17.95, which was the same as a one-size bumGenius 3.0 pocket diaper. While I had concerns about the fit of a one-size diaper, I couldn’t argue with the potential savings. I dreaded the thought of having to buy pocket diapers that were so pricey in two or three different sizes. So we ultimately chose to go with bumGenius which has been a mostly good, but occasionally frustrating experience. But a few months ago when my father-in-law was visiting after the birth of baby boy, he wanted to buy us more diapers if we needed or wanted them. Always anxious to add new fluff to my stash I found a sale and decided to give FuzziBunz a try, along with a few other new products. I ordered a XS and a Small. I liked the XS very much. These are not the typical perfect sized diapers and not every seller will carry them. They are less expensive and also have fewer snaps on them. Generally I dislike snaps on cloth diapers, whether on fitted diapers, pockets or covers. They have never worked well with my kids. However, I wanted to give this popular product a try. I actually like the XS FuzziBunz. It fit my skinny legged son when his one-size pocket diapers were still way too big. They were as absorbent, perhaps a bit more so than his newborn all-in-ones. He was also able to wear it longer than I anticipated given that he was born at more than eight pounds. I was looking forward to trying the size small and in the back of my head I was even considering purchasing a few more. Then we started using the size small. It just didn’t work. I couldn’t get a good fit on his skinny legs. He wet through the insert quickly and there wasn’t really much room to add a doubler, though I did try and it did help, but not as much as I would have hoped. At 12 and half pounds, this diaper still doesn’t fit him well. The snaps don’t allow me to customize the kind of fit a need with a tall, skinny baby who has no thighs to speak of. It is still in my rotation, but it isn’t one of my favorites. I’ve very disappointed because of the huge hype surrounding this diaper and while I will keep using it, I definitely won’t be purchasing anymore anytime soon.
Now I realize that currently the price of Perfect Size FuzziBunz has dropped to closer to that of a sized All-In-One pocket diaper and they now also have a One-Size diaper which is comparable in price to other brands like bumGenius, which is also now available in a snap option. My dislike of snaps and mixed results with the Perfect Size diapers is keeping me from adding any FuzziBunz One-Size diapers to my stash. That being said, I did consider purchasing some FuzziBunz Perfect Size in Large last year when my toddler daughter began to out grow her bumGenius 3.0 pocket diapers. Snaps can be better at keeping a clever toddler from taking off her diaper and I would still consider these diapers for that sort of option in the future. But based on my current experience I think I still prefer bumGenius.