Over the past couple of months, I have made a concerted effort to go greener in my home while saving myself some money. After recently sewing a t-shirt quilt, I found myself faced with a pile of t-shirt scraps. I then came up with a brilliant idea to recycle the t-shirt scraps into upcycled cloth napkins. Thus, when I recently learned about the upcycled fitted pocket cloth diapers made from t-shirts from StorkStopover, I eagerly accepted the opportunity to review one of the diapers with my toddler daughter.
My daughter currently weighs about 28 pounds, so I selected the medium to large fitted pocket diaper from StorkStopover. I received a diaper created from a red t-shirt with a black and white smiling mouth and text on the bum. The waist features a single row seven snaps with two snaps on both tabs as well as a crossover snap. The torso includes three rows of two rise snaps that allow the diaper to adjust between small, medium, and large sizes. My daughter currently wears the diaper on the smallest rise setting and with one snap remaining on the waist. The medium to large size will definitely fit her now through potty training!
The fitted pocket diaper from StorkStopover is unlike any other cloth diaper that I have previously tried. First, as a fitted diaper, the material is not waterproof, meaning that the diaper requires a cover or more frequent diaper changes to prevent leaks. As a fan of diaper covers, I have plenty in my stash from which to choose. My personal favorite cover over my StorkStopover fitted pocket is my Blueberry Coverall, but other covers such as the Planet Wise cover also work.
Because fitted diapers provide a lot of protection, I have been using my fitted pocket from StorkStopover on my daughter primarily overnight. When used with a cover, the diaper lasts for up to 11 hours on my older toddler without any leaks! I also allowed my daughter to wear just the fitted pocket without a cover once. The diaper lasted a little over two hours before becoming damp on the outside. I am therefore extremely pleased with the absorbency of my StorkStopover fitted pocket cloth diaper.
In addition to the lack of waterproof material, the StorkStopover fitted pocket also features front and back pocket openings. Although I have a few pockets in my stash, I exclusively use my pockets as covers because I hate stuffing in the inserts. I also hate unstuffing wet inserts. StorkStopover solves part of my pocket problem with the dual openings. I have yet to unstuff the soiled inserts because the inserts agitate out during laundering. Other pocket diapers with dual openings claim to function the same, but only my StorkStopover fitted pocket consistently works as promised! I do not even mind stuffing in the clean inserts because I know that the dirty ones will agitate out during washing!
I received two inserts from StorkStopover to stuff inside my new fitted pocket. Both are extremely thin but very absorbent. Because I have largely been using the diaper on my daughter overnight, I use both inserts at the same time. The pocket of the diaper is also roomy enough to insert a variety of other inserts inside. And, as I already mentioned, I love that the two included inserts agitate out during laundering, so I never have to touch the wet inserts!
Another fabulous positive of the fitted pocket cloth diapers from StorkStopover is the price. Because Victoria, the owner of the brand, uses old t-shirts as the base material of the diapers, overhead costs are quite low. The medium to large size that I received costs $8 per diaper. The medium to small costs $7, and the newborn size costs $6. By incorporating the StorkStopover fitted pockets into your stash along with a few covers, you can build a sufficient stash for a relatively small price. Plus the diapers are extra environmentally-friendly because of the use of recycled materials. StorkStopover also offers custom diapers made from your t-shirts!
In terms of quality, my fitted pocket from StorkStopover is holding up perfectly despite numerous washings already. Looking at the construction of the diaper, I can tell that the sewing is homemade compared to the commercial sewing on mass-produced diapers, but none of the sewing has come undone on my diaper. I also once attempted to sew my own diaper, so I am super impressed by anyone who can sew a diaper without the result ending up a hot mess. The snaps on the diaper are also secure. All in all, I am extremely pleased with the quality of the handmade diapers from StorkStopover.
Laundering my StorkStopover fitted pocket diaper is incredibly easy. After use, I toss the used diaper into my laundry pail until the next wash day. I then use a warm-cold wash cycle with some Rockin’ Green detergent and OxiClean. I then do an extra cold wash. After washing, I either hang the diaper and inserts up to dry or toss the entire bundle in the dryer.
Final Verdict: If you are searching for an economical and environmentally-friendly cloth diaper, I highly recommended the fitted pockets from StorkStopover. The price per diaper is currently $8 or less each. Plus, the upcycling of old t-shirts makes the homemade brand greener than most commercial brands. With three sizes (newborn, medium to small, medium to large), you will find a fitted diaper that fits your kiddo perfectly at almost any size and age. The diapers and inserts are incredibly absorbent (I use mine overnight), and I love that the inserts truly agitate out in the wash. My daughter and I give StorkStopover fitted pocket diapers four enthusiastic thumbs up!
For more information or to make a purchase, visit StorkStopover on Etsy or Facebook. Also be sure to stay tuned for my review of the newborn fitted pocket from StorkStopover once my second baby arrives this fall!
Front of StorkStopover Upcycled Fitted Pocket Cloth Diaper © 2014 Heather Johnson
Back of StorkStopover Upcycled Fitted Pocket Cloth Diaper © 2014 Heather Johnson
Interior of StorkStopover Upcycled Fitted Pocket Cloth Diaper © 2014 Heather Johnson
Inserts for StorkStopover Upcycled Fitted Pocket Cloth Diaper © 2014 Heather Johnson
Inserts in Pocket of StorkStopover Upcycled Fitted Pocket Cloth Diaper © 2014 Heather Johnson
Stuffed StorkStopover Upcycled Fitted Pocket Cloth Diaper © 2014 Heather Johnson
Front of StorkStopover Upcycled Fitted Pocket Cloth Diaper on Toddler 1© 2014 Heather Johnson
Leg of StorkStopover Upcycled Fitted Pocket Cloth Diaper on Toddler © 2014 Heather Johnson
Back of StorkStopover Upcycled Fitted Pocket Cloth Diaper on Toddler 1 © 2014 Heather Johnson
Back of StorkStopover Upcycled Fitted Pocket Cloth Diaper on Toddler 2 © 2014 Heather Johnson
Side of StorkStopover Upcycled Fitted Pocket Cloth Diaper on Toddler © 2014 Heather Johnson
Front of StorkStopover Upcycled Fitted Pocket Cloth Diaper on Toddler 2 © 2014 Heather Johnson