As you begin to dip your toes into the vast pool of cloth diapers, you immediately are thrown back by the overwhelming number of choices.
Perhaps you’ve only used a disposable diaper before and the thought of stuffing, pinning or doing origami is enough to send you back to wasteful convenience.
When it comes to sposie-like (sposie is slang for disposable diaper) ease, the all in one (AIO) cloth diaper is the option for you.
An AIO does not require a cover or stuffing, although many AIOs offer you the option to add extra absorbency in a pocket.
This is an important factor to keep in mind when buying a cloth diaper stash. The ability to convert a daytime diaper into a nighttime diaper saves you money. Not having to buy special “nighttime diapers” will prevent confusion from husbands as well :)
Be forewarned, AIOs often give people stick shock. Then again, most cloth diapers at first glance have this effect.
An AIO can be more expensive than other styles but this isn’t always the case.
Below I will give you a brief summary of some leading brands’ AIO cloth diapers. If I have written a detailed review I will link to it. Stay tuned for more detailed reviews over the next few weeks.
Trim ratings: Trim, Super Trim, Uber Trim
BumGenius Freetime: Detailed Review. Microfiber soaker material. Suede cloth inner. One size with snap down rise in front. High quality, trusted brand. Snap or aplix closure. $19.95. Pocket located under soaker flap for adding extra absorbency. Trim. Bum Genius Freetime is available in several gorgeous hues and prints.
Ones&Twos: Microfiber soaker material. Microfleece inner. One size with snap down rise in front. Brand new cloth diaper brand from Australia. Aplix closure. Available in 6 solid colors plus white. Budget friendly AIO at $16.95 or for a 5-pack of white they come to $15.99. Front pocket for adding extra absorbency. One thing I like about Ones&Twos booster is that they are topped with stay dry fabric. This allows you to keep the AIO easy and lay it on top against baby’s skin (you can’t lay straight up microfiber against baby’s skin). Super Trim.
Thirsties Duo AIO: Microfiber soaker material. Microfleece inner. Two sized system allows for a more custom fit yet still providing a wider size range; rise snaps in front. Pass through pocket allows for easy addition of extra absorbency.
These diapers are thirsty! I love the amazing absorbency present without adding anything extra. Hemp inserts are available for purchase and make this diaper a great nighttime option. 13 different solid and print choices. Snap or aplix closures. At $15.75, Thirsties is your best buy! Size 2 will fit your child for most of their cloth diapering days. The only thing I wish the Duo AIO had was the gussets Thirsties is famous for. Trim.
itti bitti d’lish AIO: This is my favorite of the itti bitti line. Sized diaper (not one-size) The d’lish AIO (the snap in one isn’t bad, just not as easy as the AIO) is luscious minky on the outside, suede cloth and bamboo on the inside. Longer drying time. $18.97. Super Trim. Lower rise diaper so size up if you want more bottom coverage. I did have more wicking at the legs with this diaper than the others. Available in several bright fun minky solids and prints.
Ragababe AIO: Sized diaper. Aplix closure. Suede cloth inner, bamboo soaker. Pocket for adding absorbency. Super absorbent diaper! This cloth diaper was made for Camden. But, just so you know I’m not playing favorites, Ragababe AIOs did NOT work with Sterling. Ragababe cloth diapers are hard to get at the moment, although I’m praying for a production miracle. $27.95. 10 prints and solid choices. Uber Trim.
BumGenius Elemental: Detailed Review (2009). This was my go to diaper with Sterling. Elementals fit him like a glove and he can still wear them on the smallest rise setting (although he’s been out of diapers for almost a year!). Formally known as BumGenius Organics, the Elemental has an organic cotton inner. One sized, snap down rise on front. $24.95. Uber Trim. No pocket for adding absorbency. The major drawback to the Elemental is the tendency over prolonged use for the soaker to develop holes. I used the same Organics/Elementals on Sterling for 2 years and even with holes they still worked great :)
Swaddlebees Simplex AIO: I really like this diaper. My favorite part? The multiple personality tongue. Seriously. This diaper is (almost) all cotton inside. Perfect for those who only want natural fibers touching baby’s skin. But, what if that’s what you think you want then your baby’s skin says, “Um, no thank you. Please keep my skin dry.” No problem. Just pull out the tongue (also called the soaker pad) that contains a layer of stay dry microfleece and lay it on top of the diaper. Genius! No need to cut strips of microfleece in order to make use of the money you already spent. This is a one sized diaper and retails for $25.95. The swirls print is my favorite! Super Trim. You could add absorbency for nighttime.
GroVia AIO: A one sized, side snap diaper with a 100% organic cotton inner. I like the quality of PUL GroVia uses and the buttery soft organic cotton but there’s where my love stops. The elastic casing is very tight. This can be a great thing for babies with skinny legs! Actually this could be the perfect diaper for petite babies. Camden peed once and wetness could be felt at the legs. $22.95. Uber Trim.
This is just a sampling of the all-in-one cloth diapers available. Feel free to browse the AIO category for other reviews I’ve done in the past.
I can’t tell you how nice it is to have an easy cloth diaper. But, “easy cloth diaper” means different things to different parents at different times!
Six months ago easy to me was a pocket diaper. Four years ago it was a fitted diaper. It has always been fun experimenting with the different systems. For research purposes of course.
Let me know if you have questions about any of the brands I listed or one I didn’t list.