I secretly kind of hated pocket diapers. I would rarely say so, because they’re what most cloth diaper newbies buy first, and I want beginners to be as encouraged as possible when starting out. But the pocket diapers they often choose are cheap pocket covers with even cheaper microfiber inserts, that hold little and are hard to clean thoroughly.
I get it, I bought them too. Pocket diapers seem to have it all when you’re just starting to research cloth.
But the leaks and stink that set in all-to-quickly with the cheap pocket diapers far outweigh the benefits of the pocket-style. And so, I hated them. But yup, you guessed it, my attitude changed when the August Bungies subscription was stuffed into my mailbox.
If all pocket diapers were like Bungies diapers, I’d be encouraging everyone to buy pockets for their starter stash because they offer all the features of pockets with none of the bad quality and cheap inserts!
We seriously love them here.
In fact, Bungies is still new, but I’m willing to bet that they’re going to make cloth diaper subscription boxes popular as they get noticed for offering quality pockets for a good price.
I’m going to get into why I think so in this Bungies Diapers review, but first, there are a few key things you need to know.
Things to Consider Before Buying a Pocket Diaper
I talk a lot about the pros and cons of pocket diapers here, but the main points are that pocket diapers are great when you want:
- Lots of prints to dress up that bum: The variety of prints available in pocket diapers is truly amazing.
- A stay-dry feeling: Most cloth diaper linings (the sewn-in inner fabric that creates the “pocket”) are made from suede cloth or fleece. These are synthetic fabrics that help wick moisture away from baby giving them a “stay-dry” feeling.
- A low initial cost: Many are attracted to pocket diapers for the low price tag, BUT I caution you that, as I mentioned in the introduction, that low price point is often an illusion with inexpensive pocket diapers, and you MUST pay attention to the details and materials used.
Cheaper pocket diapers not only have lesser-quality covers that won’t stand the test of time or a heavy-wetter, but they also often come with only microfiber inserts, which won’t absorb enough for most babies past five or six months of age. The result is that additional inserts are always needed, which cost more. Most cloth diaper users replace their cheap pockets with better quality diapers sooner rather than later. For a pocket diaper to be truly inexpensive, it would have to be low-cost AND made with quality materials.
Bungies does manage to do this (offer a high-quality diaper at a lower price; especially with our exclusive discount code CDFB15), which I think may be due to their unique subscription model, but I will get to that more later in this review. For now, just know that if you’re drawn to pocket diapers for the price, quality is also going to be super important for you, otherwise, the true cost of making that pocket diaper work is often much higher than the initial price tag.
- Easy diaper changes for daycare, grandparents, etc.: Pocket diapers, no matter the quality, are a breeze at the change table. If you have caregivers or hesitant grandparents or significant others that will be changing baby, a few pocket diapers can cut down the complaints. Once the inserts are “stuffed” inside the pocket before use, changes are as easy as disposables. So if easy changes are a need for you, pockets are great that way (though pre-stuffing is needed).
Pocket diapers aren’t without potential drawbacks, however. Here are some things to do to help overcome some of the drawbacks of pocket diapers:
- Look for natural fibers and roomy pockets. Many diaper makers also advertise the adjustability of a pocket diaper, but while you can add more absorbency, you can do so only up to a point as once the pocket is full adding more will interfere with fit and may cause leaks. This is where thin but absorbent natural inserts (like those that Bungies comes with out of the box) are also a necessity if you choose to go with pocket diapers.
- Choose a double opening. If you’re considering pocket diapers at all, I recommend choosing a pocket diaper brand with two openings (like Bungies). Two openings means that the diaper won’t need to be “unstuffed” after a diaper change. You simply unsnap the inserts from the cover (which can be done by holding it on the dry outside only) and toss it in the hamper. Pocket diapers with only one opening need to be unstuffed by taking out the insert before washing, which can get icky fast.
- You’ll need a good size stash: Finally one of the biggest drawbacks of all pocket diapers is that having a built-in pocket lining means the diaper is completely soiled every diaper change, so you will need many diapers, especially when baby is younger. If you’re trying to keep a minimalist cloth diaper stash, there are better options out there for you, like covers and prefolds, so that’s something to always keep in mind.
Things to Consider Before Subscribing to A Cloth Diaper Subscription Box
Cloth Diaper Subscription boxes have not been common in the past. So I’m confident that as they gain popularity more options and things to consider will emerge, but here are just a few tips:
- Choose a subscription box that allows you to pause your subscription, cancel, or change your address quickly and easily (and yes, Bungies does).
- Subscribe to boxes that offer a single brand of diapers. Many subscription boxes for other products like makeup, etc., are shipped out from third parties with all kinds of product brands to try each month. These box companies get deals with other brands to ship out a new product each month to their list for a discounted rate.
While it might sound good to have a new brand of diaper every month, once you add in a middle-man a few things happen: a) the price goes up; b) or in the case of a subscription box with a set price, either the quality goes down or you’re getting the items that aren’t selling); c) the warranty suffers.
By choosing a subscription box that is brand-specific, you’re ensuring the price is set with quality in mind, and that there will be a decent warranty, and the subscription box will stand behind the product they are sending.
If you’re choosing a subscription box that’s both easy to manage and comes directly from the manufacturer, subscription boxes have a lot to offer, including:
- New prints
- Fluff mail every month
- Allowing you to build up your cloth diaper stash slowly
- Giftability (subscriptions make great gifts that last for as long as the subscription!)
What About Bungies Diapers?
Bungies is a relatively new cloth diaper company, and still the only dedicated diaper subscription box around at the time of this update. This is surprising since I’ve been hearing moms ask for a diaper subscription box for years!
As of May 2022, Bungies offers two subscription options:
- OPTION 1: One seasonally inspired pocket diaper, two natural fiber inserts, and a coordinating wet bag every month for $24.99 per month*.
- OPTION 2: One seasonally inspired diaper and one coordinating solid diaper with four natural fiber inserts every month for just $29.99 per month.*
- OPTION 3: ONE seasonally inspired diaper, one hemp insert and one bamboo insert every month.
*Prices are current as of the time of publication, prices change so be sure to check the Bungies website.
With this subscription model, you sign up for the option you want, and then you receive a new diaper, diaper and wetbag, or diaper set each month, and you’re billed each month.
A Bungies subscription is ideal for cloth diaper newbies, especially those with modest budgets or anyone thinking of doing cloth part-time at first; beginners who want to build up a stash of cloth diapers slowly and with high-quality diapers.
Bungies gets all of the things I listed above in things to keep in mind sections right, and a lot more.
In the end, we gave Bungies subscriptions a perfect 5 out of 5 stars, which is an even more remarkable score given our high standards. We’ll get into exactly how we came to that number in the next section, but first, here are just some of the things we love, and didn’t love about Bungies Diapers:
What We Liked about the Bungies Pocket Diaper
- Subscription Model: Perfect for those looking to build their stash slowly
- Fun: Getting cloth diapers in the mail is such a fun part of the cloth diapering experience that the cloth diaper community has a name for it: fluff mail. once a month is
- Price for Quality: Though these aren’t the cheapest pocket diapers available on the market, they are the cheapest option I’ve seen for the quality of the inserts and diaper shell that you get. ESPECIALLY when you take into consideration they offer free shipping (yes, even to us Canadian folks) and have given us an exclusive 15% discount on your first purchase, which you can get right now with the coupon CDFB15
- Natural Inserts: Bungies come with one hemp insert and one bamboo cotton Insert right out of the box! These are premium, natural fiber inserts that outperform most other types of inserts.
- Prints: The prints Bungies offers are not only unique, but they are truly gender-neutral while still being cute. This is not an easy balance for many companies, but Bungies truly has adorable AND gender-neutral prints. Even better, there’s a brand new one every single month, that’s seasonally inspired.
- The Details: There are so many small details about these diapers that we love. We’ll talk about them each in a bit more detail below, but just to show how many there are, here’s a list: double pocket opening, double gussets in the lining (and not the PUL, which is the waterproof outside layer), snap-in-inserts, soft PUL, and a generous cut.
- Matching Wet Bags: All Bungies prints come with (or if you opt for option 2, you can order separately) a coordinating Bungies wet bag. These wetbags are a good size and have two pockets, making them perfect for most uses.
- Easy Subscription Changes: Changing, canceling, or making adjustments to your subscription is super easy with Bungies, which is key to good service.
What We Didn’t Like About Bungies Pocket Diapers
- Can be slow to build your stash. While this is a bonus for some, others may find it too slow. Though there are some one-time purchase diapers in the Bungies store to help, these are limited.
- Need a bunch. As with all pockets, the whole diaper must be changed at each change (unlike other options like covers and prefolds, for example) so you’ll need many. Of course this is a subscription, so getting more diapers is automatic.
- Your favorite prints won’t be available for long. While you are able to buy past month’s diapers at Bungies, they are of course all in limited quantities, so if you want more of them, or to buy prints that were released before you subscribed, you have to act fast.
How We Rated Bungies Pocket Diapers
To be fair, we judge every diaper reviewed here on the same five criteria, each worth one star, to give us a rating out of five, they are:
- Absorbency and Effectiveness
- Adjustability and Fit
- Prints and Fabrics
- Support and Warranty
- Price and Availability
Here’s how Bungies scored:
1. Absorbency and Effectiveness (1)
Absorbency is by far the most important thing for a cloth diaper because without it, leaks!
The Bungies pocket diaper is crazy absorbent, AND crazy-fast absorbing. This is not often the case. Natural fibers like hemp and bamboo, the two fibers used in Bungies inserts, hold a great deal, but are usually slower to absorb. Here’s a chart to show you how bamboo and hemp usually stack up:
|Insert Type||Absorption Amount||Absorption Speed|
Bungies hemp and bamboo inserts are actually soft cotton blends that are not only fluffy and plush, but when placed under the synthetic pocket lining, absorb very fast even though they hold a lot, which is literally a perfect combo.
We put it to the test on a toddler (toddlers wet far heavier on average than smaller babies), over several two-hour periods and even for a three-hour nap (on a toddler, remember) and the inserts were barely saturated each time.
With highly fast and absorbent inserts, as long as the cover functions well, you have a highly-effective diaper. As you can probably guess, Bungies has this nailed too. The Bungies cover includes a number of details that make it effective, like:
- Double gussets in the lining (and not the PUL) help keep the diaper snug against baby, but don’t interfere with the fit
- Insert snaps to keep the inserts from shifting (especially important with the double pocket opening for washing), and elastic at the back of the diaper to keep everything in place.
With such good results on one of the toughest ages to diaper, even at nap time, Bungies clearly earns a full star for absorbency and effectiveness.
2. Adjustability and Fit (1)
Bungies diapers are one-size pockets that adjust to fit from infancy to potty. We found putting on the Bungies diaper was a charm. It was very easy to get a good fit even with a wiggling toddler.
We found the diaper is made nice and big on the whole, which is a plus for most babies because it means it will fit longer.
The double gusset in the lining didn’t interfere with the fit as it sometimes can when it’s sewn into the PUL. This is a big benefit as the double gusset helps keep the diaper snugger against baby, but does so inside the diaper and not around baby’s legs, which can sometimes be a problem for chunkier babies.
Bungies scored a full star in this category too.
3. Prints and Fabrics (1)
Just by taking a glance at their website you can see just how adorable but still completely gender neutral the prints are. Lots of companies claim they have neutral prints but when it comes down to it, they usually always end up being more boyish. Bungies’ prints are really neutral.
Even better, Bungies chooses their monthly prints to match the season: Fireworks in July, rainbows in August, black cats in October, etc. So not only is your diaper going to work well on either
a boy or a girl, but it can also double as your special occasion wear!
The PUL these cute prints are put on is also nice and weighty but soft, meaning they have a quality feel.
The inner lining that forms the pocket of the diaper is similar to other pocket lining fabrics, but for some reason during testing rinsing off poop from it was just so easy. It looks the same and feels the same as other linings but every time solids were rinsed off of it, it took half the time it usually does for some reason. Whatever the reason is, we love it and we’d be crazy not to give Bungies a full star in this category.
4. Support and Warranty (1)
Normally I just talk about support and warranty here, but for Bungies, I’m also going to touch on the subscription terms.
To start, Bungies recently changed their terms to allow subscribers to cancel their subscription (by logging in to your account from the www.bungiesdiapers.com homepage) right up to the 19th of every month , which is just one day before billing occurs on the 20th. So that’s amazing.
Of course, due to the billing process, any changes made after the 19th of the month will take effect for the following month.
Though you do need to make any month-to-month changes in advance of the mailing, Bungies easily lets you cancel your subscription, or suspend it if you’re going away. Now that there’s two package options, the owner, Ysora, told me that it’s flexible, where you can switch back and forth from subscription types depending on what you’re looking for that month. I love that!
As far as support and warranty, while Bungies doesn’t allow returns due to the nature of diapers, which is pretty standard, they are very responsive to messages and the owner, Ysora, very clearly stands behind her products.
I have been so impressed with her responses to my questions regarding account support, the subscription model, and about her diapers in general that I didn’t hesitate to give Bungies a full star in this category, though I would like to see more in writing on their website.
5. Price and Availability (1)
First off, we really like the subscription model that Bungies is offering. It’s so nice to get a little surprise in the mail every month, and if there’s one thing the cloth diaper community loves to talk about it’s “fluff mail.”
As for the price, considering the quality of the pocket diaper, and the fact that each one comes with both three-layer hemp and four-layer bamboo insert, the price simply can’t be beaten.
Currently, as of the time this article is published, option one gets you a Bungies pocket diaper, and the two-pocket wet bag for just $24.99 Option two gets you one seasonally inspired diaper and another coordinating solid diaper with four natural fiber inserts for just $29.99.
AND because you’re reading this review now, you’re going to get an additional 15% off your first order with the special coupon code Bungies has given our readers (not an affiliate code, they are just awesome): CDFB15. That drops the prices down to just $ and $ respectively.
AND shipping is free (yes even to Canada for my fellow Canadians reading this)!
That’s an unbeatable price for the quality, seriously!
As for availability, it’s true that the availability of past prints is limited, though you can still buy them from the Bungies shop while supplies last. That is the nature of subscriptions however, and considering how Bungies is available to many countries, I had to give them a full star in this category as well, giving them a perfect 5 stars!
What Others Are Saying About Bungies
Once again, AFTER we reviewed their diaper, we scoured the internet for some other reviews of Bungies to share with you so you can see what others are saying about it. Unfortunately, because Bungies is so new, we we’re only able to find one other review, but here’s a quick excerpt that sums up that review nicely:
“My son sleeps on his belly; I put these on for naps all the time, and I haven’t had any leaks occur with using these. So I use these almost every day for naptime…. “I love that this is like a heavy-wetter diaper. I’ve never had a leak, I’ve never had a blow-out.… I think these are really absorbent, they absorb really fast, especially for natural fiber [inserts] and I’ve had a really great run with these inserts so far. “Wintercandycane
If you’re in the market for a cloth diaper subscription, there are not many options on the market right now, in fact none that are comparable. Here’s what I could dig up (and I will add anything new I find here):
- Dyper.com: There are online sites out there stating that Dyper.com is supposed to offer mixed cloth and disposable diaper subscriptions, but in investigating their website, I can only find the option to buy cloth diapers OR subscribe to their disposable diapers. Their cloth diapers are basic, pocket diapers with microfiber inserts, the kind I complained about in the introduction, so if you check them out, be prepared to buy better inserts. https://dyper.com/store/cloth
Whether or not you’re a fan of subscription boxes, if you’re looking for a good quality pocket diaper, at a reasonable price Bungies is a great choice, and you can always buy old prints individually outside of the subscription. Bungies pocket diapers offer all of the benefits of pocket diapers — cute prints, great price, easy diaper changes — without all of the drawbacks of other cheap pockets — crappy inserts, low quality covers, single and hard to stuff openings.
If you’re interested in a cloth diaper subscription box, however, I would jump on this one as soon as you’re ready because you can’t go wrong with these super cute, super affordable pocket diapers. Just make sure not to forget the coupon code for your discount: CDFB15.
Here’s the link to check it out:
UPDATE: May 2022 Dreamy Print Drop!
Bungies diapers has dropped their May 2022 subscription print and coordinating solid and they’re perfect as usual!
If you would like to snag Bungies’ limited May print you will need to sign up by 04/30/22, so don’t delay!