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Rumparooz Pocket Review

A high-quality pocket diaper with absorbency superpowers, but requires extra effort
Rumparooz Pocket
Editors' Choice Award
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Price:   $25.95 at Amazon
Pros:  Highly absorbent, soft fabric, no leakage
Cons:  Bulky, requires stuffing
Manufacturer:   KangaCare
By Abriah Wofford & Juliet Spurrier, MD  ⋅  Apr 20, 2022
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  • Absorbency - 35% 9.0
  • Fit/Leakage - 30% 9.0
  • Comfort - 20% 8.0
  • Ease of Use - 15% 4.0

The Skinny

After thorough lab absorbency testing and hands-on use with our baby tester, the Rumparooz Pocket diaper quickly became a favorite cloth diaper of ours, earning it a top rank in our review along with an Editors' Choice award. It's double gusset, and dual microfiber insert each contribute to its exceptional absorbency and leakage performance. The many snap configurations make it easy to find the perfect fit. Rumparooz has a reputation for quality, and this diaper is no exception. For these reasons and more, it is our number one choice for personal use as well as the diaper we would recommend to our friends.

Editor's Note: We've updated this review with new sections about our favorite options. This update occurred on April 20, 2022.

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Pros Highly absorbent, soft fabric, no leakageTrim fit, easy assembly, easy to get good fitGood wicking properties, cover can handle bulky inserts, affordableAssembly free, option for extra inserts, quick absorbencySoft lining, inexpensive, large pocket
Cons Bulky, requires stuffingFree floating liner, single gussetFunky fit, not one-size, more prepNon-removable bulk, single gusset, line dry onlyRequires stuffing, bulky
Bottom Line A high-quality pocket diaper with absorbency superpowers, but requires extra effortEasy to use, easy to clean diaper perfect for on the go cloth diaperingA hybrid diaper system ideal for heavy wetters with ample room for thick inserts, but may not fit all babiesEasy to use diaper perfect for first time cloth users, but has a bulkier fitFirst-rate pocket diaper that shows strong absorbency performance and a low price tag, but not as soft
Rating Categories Rumparooz Pocket Flip with Stay Dry... Thirsties Duo Wrap... bumGenius Freetime Imagine Baby Pocket...
Absorbency (35%)
9.0
7.0
9.0
6.0
8.0
Fit Leakage (30%)
9.0
7.0
4.0
6.0
5.0
Comfort (20%)
8.0
7.0
4.0
5.0
4.0
Ease Of Use (15%)
4.0
7.0
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8.0
6.0
Specs Rumparooz Pocket Flip with Stay Dry... Thirsties Duo Wrap... bumGenius Freetime Imagine Baby Pocket...
Style Pocket Hybrid/AI2 Hybrid/AI2 AIO Pocket
Material Synthetic Fiber: Polyester, Polyamide Synthetic Fiber: Polyester, Nylon, Spandex Natural & Synthetic Fiber: Hemp, Cotton, Polyester Synthetic Fiber: Polyester, Nylon, Spandex Synthetic Fiber: Polyester, Nylon
Weight Range 6 - 40+ Lbs. 8 to 35 Lbs. Size 1: 6 to 18 Lbs.
Size 2: 18 to 40 Lbs.
Size 3: 40 to 65+ Lbs.
8 to 35 Lbs. 8 to 35+ Lbs.
Gusset Double Single Double Single Single

Our Analysis and Test Results

In 2016, a frustrated mom named Julie Ekstrom found that her second daughter was sensitive to the contents of disposable diapers and was looking for a viable alternative. Cloth diapering immediately came to mind, but Julie struggled to find a cloth diaper that would fit her daughter correctly without leaking. The pursuit of a leak-free cloth diaper led Julie to start sewing her own (a simple choice for Julie, who had been sewing for 30 years), and Kangacare was the result. She developed an innovative double-gusset that solved the leak problem with her daughter, and that design later became a patented feature of Rumparooz diapers. Kanga Care has been manufacturing Rumparooz diapers and keeping babies cozy and dry ever since.

Performance Comparison


Our happy tester romped and roamed in the Rumparooz Pocket diaper...
Our happy tester romped and roamed in the Rumparooz Pocket diaper. It was one of the best diapers for absorbency in both our lab and real-life testing.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Absorbency


The Rumparooz Pocket has two different sized inserts made from a blend of polyester, and polyamide, creating a highly absorbent microfiber 6r soaker duo. These inserts have snaps that allow you to use them together, separate, or folded according to your absorbency needs. Whether that need is for a light or heavy wetter, daytime or nighttime use, or wetness in either the front, middle, or back.

There are 6 configurations for the Rumparooz G2 6r soaker. The...
There are 6 configurations for the Rumparooz G2 6r soaker. The Newborn and One Size soakers can be used alone, or as a customized doubler for maximum absorption where it is needed most.
Credit: Kanga Care

The newborn-sized insert has an hourglass shape which reduces the amount of material in the center and is more comfortable for young infants. The larger one is a simple rectangular shape that provides the bulk necessary for older babies.


This pocket diaper was an excellent and leading competitor in our absorbency testing, showing next to no green on the test filter paper. It absorbed the mock urine very quickly, and the microfleece lining did a great job of locking away the moisture inside the diaper. When used with a baby tester, both the liner and baby's bum were dry to the touch after changes.

This an average representation of our absorbency testing. The green...
This an average representation of our absorbency testing. The green is where the mock urine soaked through the diaper and would have felt wet on baby's skin. On other rounds of testing, there was almost no green on the filter paper at all.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

If you are interested in using natural fibers, Kanga Care provides two alternative insert options for the pocket. There is the Hemp 6r Soaker Insert (55% hemp, 45% certified organic cotton) and the Kanga Care Bamboo 6r Soaker Insert (50% bamboo, 20% organic cotton, 30% poly fleece). While we did not evaluate these inserts in our tests, both options are made specifically for the Rumparooz Pocket and should perform well in combination with this diaper.

Take note: you should only place microfiber inside a pocket. It should not be laid directly against the baby's skin as it is so absorbent that it will act as a desiccant. It will dry out the baby's skin and surely give the baby a raw rash if used in this manner. On the other hand, natural fibers such as cotton and bamboo are safe for this purpose but do not have the same wicking capabilities. They should not be left next to the baby's skin for an extended period as they can stay quite damp.

It is easy to get a good fit with the numerous rise and waist snaps...
It is easy to get a good fit with the numerous rise and waist snaps, although some found the leg holes to be a bit snug on chunky babies.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Fit/Leakage


This one-size diaper fits babies from 6 - 40 lbs. It has more adjustment settings than average, with four rise snaps and five snaps on each side for the waist. The elastic band around the backside of the diaper fits snugly against the baby's skin. We especially appreciate the double row of waist snaps, which are not present on every diaper. We felt they allowed for a much more secure feeling and less gapping around the belly area.

The unique location of the double gusset is a lifesaver when it...
The unique location of the double gusset is a lifesaver when it comes to preventing leaks and blowouts.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

When it comes to leakage, the double gusset is a must. While it is not the only diaper with this feature, Rumparooz diapers are the only ones with the second gusset in this location. Placed further in from the edge, rather than acting as an extension, helps keep messes more central and prevents the likelihood of blowouts and leaks. In our testing, we did not have any issues with leakage.

Being comfortable in the diaper is key while roaming and exploring...
The microfleece lining of the Rumparooz Pocket kept liquids locked...

Comfort


Much thought went into the comfort of this diaper. Oh-so-soft microfleece fabric lines the entire inner side of the diaper. Soft, stretchy elastics keep the leg gussets snug, and multiple snaps allow you to adjust with precision. The Rumparooz Pocket is one of our favorites in terms of comfort. As a pocket diaper, it is bulkier than some, but we like to think of it as a little extra cushion for when the baby starts to walk. Not to mention the adorable, poofy cloth diaper bubble butt it creates. The outer material is waterproof but still is silky smooth to the touch and does not irritate the baby's skin.

Cloth diaper bubble butt is an incurable but adorable byproduct of...
Cloth diaper bubble butt is an incurable but adorable byproduct of the Rumparooz Pocket diaper.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


As a pocket diaper, the Rumparooz is inevitably a bit more difficult to work with than other styles. Compared to the other pocket diapers in this review, the Rumparooz has a smaller than average opening, making it harder to stuff. The pocket opening is just large enough to accommodate both the insert and your hand without much fuss. We also found that the large number of snaps found on the Rumparooz made it easier to achieve a good, comfortable fit for the baby.

While the pocket opening on the Rumparooz is not as big as some...
Here is the Rumparooz, stuffed and ready to go.

Washing pocket diapers can be more involved than an all-in-one, which you can toss straight into the wash after disposing of any solids. With the Rumparooz, you must remove the insert from the pocket before washing, which is not always the pleasant mess-free experience you may anticipate. Additionally, in the interest of longevity, we generally recommend line drying covers as it extends the life of elastics and preserves the integrity of the waterproof lining. However, if you are in a rush or do not have the space to string out a bunch of diapers to dry, the entire Rumparooz can be machine dried on low. This feature is uncommon, as many manufacturers specify that the shell must be line-dried, and so this adds one more step of convenience to this diaper.

Baby was happy and comfortable in the Rumparooz Pocket diaper, and...
Baby was happy and comfortable in the Rumparooz Pocket diaper, and mom and dad will be pleased with leak-free performance and ease of use.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Should You Buy the Rumparooz Pocket?


After countless hours of hands-on and in-lab testing and in-depth research, we feel that we can confidently recommend the Rumparooz Pocket diaper as a go-to product. It was the top performer in our absorbency tests, beating over 15 diapers, which alone is enough to make it stand out. When in conjunction with its various ease of use features and cute cover designs, we can't think of a good reason not to go with this diaper. The Rumparooz is a diaper winner in our book. The Rumparooz Pocket is a little pricey compared to other diapers we included in this review. However, we believe that top-notch performance and superb quality are well worth it if it is within your budget. These one-size diapers are made to fit babies from 8 to 40 lbs and will take you from infancy to potty training with the correct size stash. So, although it may seem like a big commitment right from the get-go, we think the initial investment will pay off and save money over time. Considering that no matter which cloth system you choose, you will spend less than if you went with disposables, it's a win-win situation.

The Rumparooz is designed to fit babies up to 40 lbs, and with the...
The Rumparooz is designed to fit babies up to 40 lbs, and with the properly sized stash, are durable enough to last through the entirety of baby's diaper days.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

What Other Cloth Diaper Should You Consider?


While we love this diaper, there are reasons to consider alternatives depending on your goals and lifestyle. For instance, the bumGenius Freetime is one of the easiest to use and could be a great fit for parents nervous about dipping a toe into the cloth diapering world. Let's be honest, you're more likely to stick with cloth if it doesn't inconvenience you or it isn't hard to use. Alternatively, if you are on a budget but also want a high-functioning diaper that is easy to use, the Imagine Baby Pocket Snap could be a better fit than the Rumparooz and should make your list of potential contenders.

Abriah Wofford & Juliet Spurrier, MD

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