Why All In One Diapers?

AlHam l In One diapers are a recent development in the long history of cloth diaper usage. We have records dating back all the way to ancient Egypt that cloth was used in diapering the majority of infants. An AIO or All In One Diaper has really only been around for the last couple of decades. The diaper itself is pretty self-explanatory. It’s a one piece cloth diapering system where the waterproof cover is attached to the actual cloth itself. This means no pinning or fasteners and that there isn’t a need to buy a separate cloth diaper cover.

If you’re looking for economical this isn’t the cloth diapering system for you. Flats, prefolds, or flour sack towels can make cloth diapering cheap and easy without breaking the bank. An AIO will cost you a little more and a well-made One Size AIO can cost upwards of $18 a diaper. This may seem like a lot of upfront cost, but most all in ones with snap closures can easily last for +2 children. Even if they only make it through one child you will still be saving hundreds of dollars when compared to disposables.

We’ve been bragging a bunch about how simple the Thirsties AIO diapers are. There are a few reasons for this. AIO’s are usually the trimmest of all cloth diapering systems. There isn’t all that extra butt fluff when compared to a fitted or prefold. Though I must say I think the fluffy butt look is cute on a little baby 😉 Then again you have to buy a size up in pants because the diaper needs the room. Don’t forget laundry either. Since the diaper has to dry with a waterproof cover attached, drying times can be exceedingly longer then prefolds or flats.

AlO’s do offer convenience. They are simple to change when you’re in a rush. You don’t have to worry about carrying around pins or fasteners. I sometimes hate stuffing pockets when I’m in a hurry to get the laundry folded and with all in ones you don’t have to spend the extra time finding the inserts. It’s really easy to get the right fit on an AIO. You don’t have fold them or carry around extra absorbent layers. Did I mention you can find just about any color or print you could ever want in an AIO style?

You have to decide as a parent if you prefer the convenience over the higher cost when compared to other cloth diapers on the market. With so many cloth diapering choices out there it can be overwhelming. It’s always going to be a good idea to get a few of each kind before committing an entire cloth diaper stash to just one type of cloth diaper.

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Velcro or Snap Closures? It’s Nice Having Options

Ever look at a One Size diaper and think that the manufacturer couldn’t possibly fit any more snaps on this diaper? Sometimes I just don’t have time to go through and navigate all of these snap settings on a diaper while corralling my 4 month old who is attempting to kick me in the face because she’s hungry. This is why we’ve become a Velcro family in the past few months.

Velcro provides you a much more customizable fit. Since snaps are spaced every half inch or so, you sometimes can’t get that perfect fit you are looking for. When your baby is squirming all over the place it can be much quicker to just adjust the diaper with Velcro then trying to click in 4 of the correct snaps with a moving target. If you don’t align those snaps just right it is going to cause a leak.

Have you ever tried to use a snap diaper cover in the middle of the night? The lights are off and you are doing your best to keep baby calm so he/she doesn’t wake up to play at 2am. The last thing I wanted to do was try to match up snaps in the middle of the night. In the morning you see that you have one of the tabs on the rise setting instead on the waist and she’s peed through everything.  Then again this could just be from lack of sleep.

This is not to say that we will be a Velcro family for long. Velcro doesn’t last nearly as long. I know most of my Velcro covers won’t make it to a second child since they are already starting to lose their stickiness. Even with laundry tabs, diaper covers come out of the wash attached to everything! At night that loud Velcro sound is enough to wake the baby when taking the diaper off. Did I mention I’m not looking forward to when she can take her diaper off? We will definitely be in snaps as soon as that starts to happen.

This is why it’s nice to have options. I’m glad cloth diaper manufacturers know our diapering dilemmas and bless us with snaps or Velcro closures. I think there’s a time and a place for both and you shouldn’t exclude one or the other from your stash until you give them both a try.

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