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Rumparooz Pocket Review

A high quality pocket diaper with absorbency superpowers
Editors' Choice Award
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Price:   $26 at Amazon
Pros:  Highly absorbent, soft fabric, no leakage
Cons:  Bulky, requires stuffing
Manufacturer:   KangaCare
By Abriah Wofford & Juliet Spurrier, MD  ⋅  Sep 2, 2019
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The Skinny

After thorough lab absorbency testing as well as hands-on use with our baby tester, the Rumparooz Pocket diaper quickly became a favorite of ours earning it the number one spot in our review along with an Editors' Choice award. It's double gusset, and dual microfiber insert each contributes 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.


Our Analysis and Test Results

In 2016, a frustrated mom named Julie Ekstrom found that her 2nd 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 cloth diapers (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.

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.
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.

Performance Comparison


As our #1 ranking diaper and Editors' Choice award winner, we were pleased with the Rumparooz Pocket. It has all the features we could ask for in a diaper, and the performance to match. The moisture-wicking lining paired with the double gusset and superabsorbent inserts all make for an unstoppable diaper.

The double-layered 6r soakers found in the Rumparooz Pocket provided maximum absorbency and were highly customizable.
The double-layered 6r soakers found in the Rumparooz Pocket provided maximum absorbency and were highly customizable.

Absorbency


The Rumparooz Pocket has two different sized inserts made from a blend of polyester, 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 be 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 Newborn and One Size soakers can be used alone  or as a customized doubler for maximum absorption where it is needed most.
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.

The newborn sized insert has an hour-glass 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 ranked 1st 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 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.
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.

If you are interested in using more natural fibers, Kanga Care provides 2 alternative insert options for the Pocket: 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 of these 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 baby's skin as it is so absorbent that it will act as a desiccant. It will dry out baby's skin and surely give 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 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  although some found the leg holes to be a bit snug on chunky babies.
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.

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 snug against 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 comes to preventing leaks and blowouts.
The unique location of the double gusset is a lifesaver when it comes to preventing leaks and blowouts.

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 new things.
The microfleece lining of the Rumparooz Pocket kept liquids locked away from baby's bum  preventing sogginess and diaper rash.

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 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 baby's skin.

Cloth diaper bubble butt is an incurable but adorable byproduct of the Rumparooz Pocket diaper.
Cloth diaper bubble butt is an incurable but adorable byproduct of the Rumparooz Pocket diaper.

Ease of Use


As a pocket diaper, the Rumparooz is inevitably a bit more difficult to work with than other styles. When compared to the other pocket diapers in this review, the Rumparooz has a smaller than average opening, making it a bit harder to stuff. The pocket opening is just large enough to accommodate for 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 baby.

While the pocket opening on the Rumparooz is not as big as some others  we did not have much trouble getting both inserts to fit snugly inside.
Here is the Rumparooz  stuffed and ready to go.

Washing pocket diapers can be more involved than, say, an all-in-one, which you can just toss straight into the wash after disposing of any solids. 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.

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.
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.

Value


The Rumparooz Pocket is a little on the pricey side compared to other diapers we included in this review. However, we believe that top-notch performance and superb quality are well worth it. 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 that the initial investment will pay off. Considering that no matter which cloth system you choose, you will spend less than if you went with disposables, so it's a win-win situation all around.

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.
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.

Conclusion


After countless hours of hands-on testing, 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 out over 15 other 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. Hence our Editors' Choice award and #1 recommendation. The Rumparooz is a winner in our book.


Abriah Wofford & Juliet Spurrier, MD