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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Types of Cloth Diaper Fasteners

Question: I see there are a few options for cloth diaper fasteners.  Can you help explain the difference between them?

We carry three types of fasteners.  There’s your old fashioned diaper pins, Snappi Diaper fasteners, and Boingo fasteners.

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Diaper pins have been the standard for many decades.  Talk to any of your grandparents or even parents and cloth diapers were prefolds, plastic pants, and diaper pins.  Many moms are intimidated by the idea of using diaper pins thinking they are going to some how injure their child.  I can assure you if you keep your finger between your baby and the diaper as you pin through the diaper, you won’t hurt your baby. Pins are the most economical fasteners and most secure so don’t be afraid of using traditional diaper pins.  Also keep in mind that pins work especially well with infants who try to take their diapers off. Locking pins keep the diaper secure and keep your child from undoing their diapers.

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Snappi Diaper Fasteners have been around for the last 25 years.  They were invented as an alternative to pins.  Snappi have small plastic teeth that hook into the diaper material on the left, right, and center of the diaper.  They are easy to use and are usually much simpler to fasten when compared to pins.  Simply hold the center of the Snappi and stretch first the right side and hook the diaper material, then left, and then stretch down the center.  Your cloth diaper will then fit securely on your baby.  These work best with our prefolds and flats because of the loosely woven material.  Be careful if you are using them with diapers made from bamboo or other delicate materials since the teeth of the Snappi can snag the material and cause holes.

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Last but not least are Boingo cloth diaper fasteners.  These were released just a few years ago and have been a major hit with moms. Boingo fasteners come in sets of 2 just like diaper pins.  They are stretchy and have plastic teeth just like Snappi fasteners.  Unlike Snappi they are a one size fits all fastener and also don’t have the tummy pressure that Snappi’s have in the center.  We’ve also noticed that the plastic teeth on Boingo fasteners tend to face slightly more down and inward.  This makes it less likely you’ll poke yourself on some of teeth.

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