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Gerber Childrenswear recently released an updated version of their All-in-One diaper. The “It’s a Snap” AIO retails for $13.99 at Gerber Childrenswear or you can find it at Walmart.com for just $8.33. I bought one to see how it compared to the first AIO diaper that Gerber introduced in 2015, which had a few issues.
Gerber’s first AIO was a sized diaper; the new version is one-size with an adjustable front rise. The hook and loop closure has given way to double snaps at the waistband. The unbleached cotton inner lining serves two purposes: (1) second gusset and (2) pocket for additional absorbency. The front and back flaps inside the diaper are elasticized.
The It’s a Snap AIO includes two inserts. The small measures 3.75 inches wide and 11.25 inches wide. Large is 4.75 inches wide and 14 inches long. The inserts have 100% unbleached cotton on top and an inner core of poly/rayon. I would rate the “feel” of the cotton top as fair, in terms of softness.
The suggested fit range is 8 to 30 pounds. It’s an imported diaper, made in El Salvador, and comes in 4 colors right now:
Fit: Many diapers with back elastics that we’ve tried can be uncomfortably snug. Not this diaper. It’s very gentle and not too tight.
Mary Kate is just under 11 pounds and 3 months old. Because there are no crossover snaps on this diaper, I don’t know if the waistband would be small enough for a newborn of 8 pounds or so. The rise would also likely be too high. But on Mary Kate, it’s very cute and trim and there’s lots of stretch in the wings.
Ingrid is 2 years old and 27 pounds, but small for her age. At the largest rise setting, the diaper fits right under her belly button. She still has some room to grow in the waist. Based on our experiences with an average sized infant and a smaller toddler, I would say this diaper has a size range of about 10 pounds to 30 pounds, so very close to Gerber’s estimations. The exception to this would be if you have a toddler within this weight range, but tall and thin.
Performance: For 3 month old Mary Kate, I tested the diaper snapped to the shortest rise setting with just the small insert. It held her for one nap just fine. For my toddler, Ingrid (2 years old), first we used it on the largest rise setting with both inserts (small and large) stuffed inside the liner. After 2 or 3 hours, the inserts and lining were heavily soaked at the front and middle, but not much at all in the back. The diaper leaked from the leg openings. She’s not what I would call a heavy wetter, so I would rate the absorbency as average, and I’m not sure why the inserts did not pull the excess wetness away towards the back (thereby preventing the leaks in the leg openings). I did not test it overnight on her for obvious reasons. Remember, however, that AIO diapers are designed mainly for convenience and quick changes, not for high absorbency. And Gerber’s price is very economical. However, if the diaper had hemp, or a higher bamboo/rayon ratio, I would bet that it could hold more wetness.
Before using the diaper, we washed it and the inserts 3 times since both have a cotton top. There was no shrinkage that I could see.
Here were the issues we had with Gerber’s first All-in-One diaper, and how the new one compares:
- Weak hook and loop and scratchy laundry tabs: fixed with snap closure
- Exposed PUL: new lining and deeper front/back flaps cover the exposed laminate
- Sizing: new adjustable design saves you from having to buy different sizes
The only drawbacks I see with the new version are the limited absorbency and the possibility of it being too small for taller or heavier toddlers who are still in diapers.
Value: Right now, the new It’s a Snap AIO is available from Walmart.com for just $8.33, which is a really great price (and you get free 2-day shipping over $35). If I wanted to boost the absorbency of this diaper, however, I would probably use bamboo or hemp inserts from my stash rather than purchasing additional Gerber inserts (like the ones that came with the diaper).
I’m happy that Gerber, a nationally-known baby brand, is helping to #makeclothmainstream (a hashtag popularized by Jen at Spray Pal) by selling the AIO diaper in big box stores and retailers nationwide. This will help bring reusable cloth diapers to the attention of a larger audience.
Giveaway: I am giving away 2 of the new Gerber Childrenswear It’s a Snap AIO diapers – one orange and one sage green. This promotion is open to readers in the USA. It ends on April 22nd and there are entries you can come back and claim each day. Good luck!