What exactly is the difference between a Pocket Diaper and a Cover Diaper? And what is best for my baby?


This is one of the most common questions we come across. Here is a simple, pictorial explanation that you may find useful.


Pocket Diapers


  • Pocket Diapers have a pocket of the dry-feel fabric in which one places the soaker (absorbent pad)
  • Cover Diapers do not have this pocket, instead the dry-feel layer is attached ON the soaker. This soaker is placed inside the cover (Like sanitary napkins are).


So Pocket Diapers have a Pocket, hence they are called ‘Pocket Diapers’ and Cover diapers only cover the soaker hence they are called ‘Cover Diapers’


So what is best for your baby?

To know what is best for your baby, you must understand the pros and cons of each.


  • Cover Diapers, since you can replace the wet soaker and reuse the cover, are a little more economical
  • Pocket Diapers, due to overall dry-feel fabric, provide better performance and protection

Pocket diapers need to be washed completely once the soaker is soaked. This because, although the dry-feel layer is dry, urine has passed through it and for hygiene reasons it is best to replace the entire diaper. If you are new to Cloth Diapering, we always recommend starting out with Pocket Diapers. They are simple, great in performance, and will give you a good idea about cloth diapering. 



Superbottoms cover diaper


This is how they look on the inside.


When is it best to go for Cover Diapers?

Go for cover diapers if you are looking for a more economical option or if you want something to go over your nappy pads, homemade nappies, or even padded langots. Cover diapers are thus more versatile than pocket diapers. Many mothers also keep a mixed set of Cover Diapers and Pocket Diapers – Covers for day-time or use at home, and Pockets during nights or on-the-go. However, if you are trying Cloth Diapers for the first time, it is best to start with the most common and popular type, the Pocket Diaper. For any queries or for further clarifications, we are only a call / message away at +91 9820301106


2 thoughts on Difference Between Pocket Diaper and Cover Diaper

  • SireeshaNovember 9, 2019 at 7:59 am

    I’m mother of 3 yrs old baby, and expecting the second one in Jan. I’m really confused with the types, which one I need to purchase. Can you please suggest me with best option.

    • SuperBottomsNovember 9, 2019 at 10:50 am

      Hi Sireesha,
      Congratulations! We are so glad you are considering cloth diapers for your baby.
      For newborns, we suggest our Newborn Size diapers, which can last up to 3-4 hours, without leaks. They have a super soft shell, with velcro and gentle elastics, that will keep your baby very happy and comfortable.
      We also have SuperNappies which are made of certified organic cotton and is the gentlest on a newborn’s tender skin. These need to be changed every time a baby wets it, as they do not have a waterproof layer. Hope this helps!
      Wishing you a wonderful pregnancy and a healthy and happy birth.
      Team Superbottoms


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