Welcome to the 3rd review in my Cloth Diapering Your Newborn Event! Today our focus is on AIO (all-in-one) diapers, and there will be another great giveaway package up for grabs. Here again is Erik. He’ll be 4 weeks in just a few days and is now close to 8 pounds, 5 ounces.
An AIO diaper has everything you need in it: waterproof outer plus an absorbent inner. No stuffing and no folding needed. It’s the closest thing to a disposable diaper in the cloth world. AIO diapers are more expensive but the premium is convenience. And they are quite popular with fathers and caregivers. You might not have an entire stash of AIO diapers for your newborn, but it’s great to have at least a few for your diaper bag or for others who might be helping with child care.
And now….here are the AIO diapers we’ve tried, in no particular order, and my thoughts on each:
Swaddlebees Newborn Simplex: This is such a unique AIO diaper because it features 10 layers of 100% cotton birdseye fabric in the wet zone and a cotton lining. This is the “old school” fabric that flat diapers are made of, and it’s soft and natural and very thirsty. The soaker is only half sewn in, which offers several advantages. You can stuff it inside the pocket or leave it out and just fold up to fit your baby. It also means the diaper washes and dries more easily, and more quickly. Even neater, one layer of the soaker is made of stay-dry microfleece; if you want that against your baby’s skin, just pull the soaker out of the pocket opening with the stay-dry side facing up. I really love this diaper and not just for the cuteness factor (Swaddlebees has tons of prints and colors besides the monkeys) – it’s one of the most absorbent we tried and the fit is just perfect on Erik. At $18.95 they are on the high side, but if you’ve just got to have some, I’d suggest Dearest Diapers since Rana offers free shipping.
GroVia Newborn AIO: At $14.95 each, the GroVia newborn AIO falls in a more moderate price range. Good news, because I like this one so much I immediately wanted to get a few more! Things that hooked me: the outer is TPU which I find to be slightly softer and smoother than PUL. The snaps are super durable and easy to work with. The inner is a thirsty blend of hemp and cotton terry and the soaker pad is topped with stay-dry microfleece. And I love the way this little diaper fits on Erik. The color he’s wearing is called “Cloud.” Diaper Safari also carries the entire GroVia line with free shipping.
Hipkiddo WeeBaby AIO: Hipkiddo offers the “WeeBaby” for its tiniest customers – preemies and newborns (4 to 14 pounds). For a $12.00 AIO, I’d say this adorable little diaper scores well in all departments. It’s trim, easy to wash and dry and has a good absorbency level. The inner lining is cozy polar fleece; 100% microfiber terry cloth composes the inner soaker. Outside fabric is waterproof PUL. The color choices are limited, but very fresh and appealing. We tried out a trio of cuties: Confident Coconut (white), Mellow Mocha (brown) and the irresistibly cute MooMoo (cow print)! The fit is absolute perfection, at least for Erik – who is an average size newborn. Hipkiddo diapers are a “mom designed” concept and hail from just across the border in Canada.
Sillbilly Stinker Bottoms AI2: This is the only WAHM AI2 diaper that we tried and it also happens to be the only “minky” newborn diaper we own. It is the softest, sweetest little thing! Tamara at Sillbilly makes these with two narrow inserts that can be used together or solo. One insert is hemp and organic cotton; the other is bamboo and organic cotton. They are long, so you fold them up to fit in the diaper; I talked with Tamara today and she will soon be offering a new style of insert which is contoured to the diaper and won’t need to be folded. This diaper gets a little bulky when both inserts are used, causing the waistband gape open a little, so I use it for Erik during the daytime with one insert, and it does the job for a couple of hours. Tamara’s newborn AI2 diapers start very reasonably at $14.50 – a great price for a handmade, unique creation!
Lil Joey AIO: These are so stinkin’ adorable! When I first got a positive pregnancy test last year this is the first diaper I bought for my newborn stash because it was just so cute in pictures, and has good reviews. I like what other mamas like about the Joey’s – trim fit, good absorbency and a snap-down rise to protect the cord stump. It has an internal gusset to keep poo inside and the soaker is 4 layers of microfiber. Erik was skinny and less than 8 pounds at birth so these were just perfect for his little body from day one. Only drawback? He is going to grow out of them way too fast for me to spend money on a lot of these. I would say if you have a preemie or a small newborn, then this is the AIO for you. But if your babies tend to be average or larger, Lil Joey’s won’t last very long. The manufacturer’s size range is spot on – Rumparoo suggests 4 to 12 pounds. Oh and something else I noticed? They take quite a while to dry, which surprised me since they are synthetic. You can get these in packs of 2 for $29.90 (plus free shipping) over at Diaper Safari.
Tots Bots Tini Fit: This is a really neat diaper because it’s actually a combination AIO/pocket. The insert is made of absorbent minky – you can fold it up to position more fabric in the wet zone, or just stuff it in the pocket (it will agitate out on its own in the wash). There’s also an extra newborn-size microfiber insert included. Our Tini Fit is very absorbent, yet trim-fitting. I especially like the wide elastic in the back and the super stretchy waistband. And the aplix closure makes diapering a squirming, squalling newborn much easier. The rise is a little high, but overall I like the fit. Size range is 5 to 14 pounds. At $18.95 it’s a pricier diaper, but it’s really high-quality and is made ethically in Scotland. Tots Bots Tini Fits are sometimes a little harder to find, but Nicki’s Diapers usually has them in stock.
Kissaluvs Newborn AIO: This is another moderately priced AIO at $14.95. It features an umbilical snap-down and a stay-dry fleece inner. So unlike many other Kissaluvs products, it’s made of synthetic and not natural fibers. But this means it dries more quickly and doesn’t hold onto newborn poo stains. I like the fit ok, but it’s not one of my favorites. You can also pick these up at Nicki’s Diapers.
BumGenius Newborn AIO: BumGenius managed to come up with a pretty nifty little newborn AIO and offer it for just $12.95, which is a great price. The inner soaker is microterry and the diaper lining is soft, smooth suedecloth. The product description indicates that it fits below the belly button, but this was not the case with Erik. Still, I found it didn’t matter too much if our diapers touched the umbilical stump. Why? Because if the diaper doesn’t, the clothes they are wearing will! I like the way our BumGenius fits and the aplix closure is fast and easy to use. However, compared to other aplix diapers, the BumGenius tabs seem a bit flimsy – they are tiny and attached right at the end of the wings and not reinforced in any way around the edges. But hopefully, since we won’t use this diaper for too long, the tabs will hold up. Diaper Safari has the BumGenius newborn AIO diapers (in 17 different color choices!!) and always with free shipping.
That does it for AIO’s and AI2′s! And there’s one more to come – newborn pockets. Stay tuned this week!
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