All 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.