If you’ve always liked the concept of an All-in-One (AIO) diaper and how easy they must be to use, but felt you just couldn’t afford them, well I might just have a solution for you. The new Nicki’s Ultimate All-in-One that was released this year has a tempting price point: solid colors are $11.95 and prints are $12.95. You can choose from snap closure or hook and loop (which is like Velcro). Nicki’s kept the cost low by using microfiber as the absorbent material in this diaper, and also included a few extra features which I’ll share in just a bit.
Back in February, we purchased a few AIO’s to try; my affiliate, Nicki’s Diapers, sent two as well to help facilitate the review. My review includes both the snap closure and the hook and loop closure.
The front rise of the diaper adjusts to small, medium and large – which is roughly about 7 to 35 pounds.
Here are the measurements:
Rise: 16 inches (unstretched, from front waistband all the way up to the back waistband)
Insert: 15 inches long (adjustable)
Crotch: 6.5 inches wide
Leg Openings: 5.5 to 6 inches (unstretched)
The Nicki’s Ultimate AIO is extremely easy to use. Just wrap it around your baby, fasten the waist, and you’re done. If you are diapering a smaller infant, the soaker pad can be folded under at front. There’s a seam at the front to make it fold down easier.
The insert snaps at the back with 2 snaps. It’s made of multiple layers of microfiber plus a stay-dry microfleece topper. The shell of the diaper is lined inside with plush microfleece. The waterproof outer cover includes PUL guards on the front and back to prevent wicking and gentle leg elastics to keep messes contained.
So for just $11.95, this diaper has a lot of great features:
- An ultra plush fleece lining – the leg elastics are lined with it, too, making them very gentle.
- Depending on which print/color you choose, the inner fleece and insert are dyed to color coordinate with the diaper (fun!)
- There are 19 prints and 8 colors (so far) to choose from.
- The soaker is snapped, not sewn, in. That means you can remove it, if needed.
- The soaker stays fastened securely in the wash.
- Crossover snaps at the waist for small babies (if you are purchasing the snap-only version)
- A waterproof PUL guard on the front and back inner waistband. This strip of fabric gives extra protection against leaks.
- For every Nicki’s diaper that you purchase, 1 is donated to a child in need.
Here are just a few examples of how the insides are dyed to coordinate with the outside color of the diaper. Pretty neat!
Here are my overall thoughts on the Nicki’s Ultimate AIO after testing.
Performance: I washed our AIO just once before use, since it’s made of synthetic fabric. The multi-layer microfiber soaker quickly proved to be very absorbent; it holds Ingrid (and average wetter) for 3 hours or more in the daytime. Overall, it is more absorbent than other microfiber AIO diapers in our stash.
Ingrid has also worn it overnight, with a doubler tucked underneath the soaker (hemp or bamboo are best), and even the leg gussets were dry in the morning.
How about the hook and loop closure? Well, it definitely makes this user-friendly diaper even easier! My daughter and husband both love the hook and loop, as do her grandmothers (fastening and unfastening snaps can be tricky for some hands). However, I discovered that Ingrid can open it up pretty easily on her own. So I do not use the hook and loop diapers at night since she’ll have unsupervised access for an extended time! 😉
Both the hook and loop tabs, and the snap-in soaker, have stayed fastened in the washer/dryer 100% of the time in 10 launderings.
Fit/Sizing: The Nicki’s AIO is trim and easy to adjust. The wing tabs are good and stretchy, which is something I always like to see in a diaper. I also like the soft fleece gussets around the legs; the diaper fits snugly to your child but doesn’t cause any discomfort.
If you are using the Ultimate AIO on a smaller baby, you’ll likely need to fold down the soaker in front to make it shorter. Keep in mind that this will create more bulk up front, as you can see from the picture below left (purple is folded under, blue is not). Nicki’s has also released a newborn version of their Ultimate AIO. It is much smaller overall than the one-size diaper, even on its smallest setting. The soaker inside the newborn diaper does not have the folding line.
Now you can see how the Ultimate AIO fits on different babies and body types.
This is my adorable little nephew, Roderick. He’s about 19 pounds and 4.5 months old.
Ingrid is just over 18 months now and 22 pounds.
Here are some close-ups on Ingrid and Erik (our 3-year-old).
Value: If you are looking for an affordable and super easy-to-use cloth diaper, the Nicki’s Ultimate AIO may be your answer. With a price tag of $11.95, it’s well within the reach of most cloth diapering families. This is the perfect diaper to have on hand for caregivers that aren’t so cloth-savvy, or to stash in your diaper bag. It’s also nice to have a few in your everyday rotation (like I do), just to save yourself a little bit of time and hassle. Nicki’s Diapers are guaranteed against workmanship or material defects for 60 days from the date of purchase. The warranty covers seams, stitching, snaps, elastics, or other sewing defects.
Speaking of defects, the first Nicki’s AIO with snaps that I ordered was significantly off in sizing, being much smaller compared to the velcro diaper. I sent pictures and measurements to Nicki’s and they replaced it right away. My sister-in-law had the same experience with the snap AIO, and her was also replaced immediately. Apparently, this was a factory defect in some of the diapers, and they were cut differently.
Where to Buy: The new Nicki’s Ultimate All-in-One diapers are $11.95 for solid colors and prints for $12.95. Shipping is free over $10!
Giveaway CLOSED If you’d like a chance to win TWO Nicki’s Ultimate AIO diapers, use the entry form below. TERMS: Winner chooses prints, colors, closure, etc. If you’d prefer the newborn version rather than the one-size, that’s also an option! This promotion is open to both my US and Canadian readers, and is sponsored by yours truly. Good luck! 🙂