Pocket Nappies tend to be cheaper than AIOs and once they're stuffed they're also as easy to use as disposables. Other advantages include being able to add extra boosting for times you think you'll need it e.g. a long car journey, and that you can double up on inserts (which take longer to dry than the outer pocket parts) which is again cheaper than buying extra nappies. pocket nappies can be used as a swim nappy - just leave out the insert. The main disadvantage is that they need to be stuffed! For some mums that's not a disadvantage at all, it is one of those things that can be relaxing. Personally I quite like it, I never ever iron so for me it's like some mums say they enjoy ironing, we all have jobs we love and hate!
Set up: You'll need to "stuff your pockets" to prepare them for use. Simply put the absorbent insert into the pocket and you are good to go! You can add extra boosters for longer stretches or for nighttime use. Some pocket nappies open on both ends which makes it easier to straighten inserts especially for those with bigger hands.
Change: This nappy is easy to put on - similar to a disposable nappy. Close the nappy with snaps or velcro.
Laundry: The entire nappy is washed each time. Inserts and boosters will need to be removed from some pocket nappies but others are designed to fall out in the wash.
Drying: The outer part of a pocket nappy is waterproof , usually made of PUL (purple in this diagram) and the inside close to baby's bum is usually fleece. There will be elastic at the legs and the back. This part air dries very quickly, Some brands can go in the dryer at a low heat and some recommend drying at a high heat every so often to reseal PUL -check your brand of pocket nappy!
The inserts and boosters usually take longer to dry but as there is no PUL or elastic using heat is not a problem -dryers and radiators are possibilities but inserts will also air dry well. The more absorbent the material the longer an insert will last on baby but more absorbent materials will also take longer to dry. While you are waiting for your inserts to dry you can use other inserts -it just means buying more inserts than pockets!
Inserts & Boosters:
Most nappies come with an insert though the materials will vary. Boosters are usually smaller and intended to be used along with the insert. You can mix and match and try various combinations in your pocket nappies, even prefolds may fit into your pocket nappies. Be careful not to overboost your pocket nappies as this can leave a gap at the legs and leaking can occur. Insert and booster materials make quite a difference to absorbency: Microfiber, Cotton, Hemp & Charcoal are common options.