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I recently had the opportunity to try out the new bumGenius all-in-one diaper and I have to say that I was quite pleased with it. All-in-one diapers seem to be the newest fad in cloth diapers as several companies have recently unveiled a new all-in-one diaper. I can certainly see why as they are very easy to use.
All-in-one diapers are cloth diapers which have all of the elements of a diaper attached as one piece. This means that the absorbent layer is attached to the waterproof layer.
The three all-in-ones which I am most familiar with also have a way to add additional inserts for greater absorbency. The ability to add extra inserts makes these all in ones very versatile. The Easy Fit diaper by Bummis has a pocket in which extra inserts can be added. The Duo All In One by Thirsties has a tunnel in which extra inserts can be added. The Freetime by bumGenius has two small pockets in which an extra insert can be added or an insert can be simply laid inside.
The AIO cloth diaper is probably the easiest cloth diaper to use. AIOs (All-in-Ones) are all one piece, no need to stuff or put a cover over, they are waterproof on their own.
They are very convenient, favored by “Grandma” or when someone else is taking care of your little one. Really, they are like using disposables except that you have to wash them.
But, because they are all one piece they can take a lot longer to dry, which is why the AI2 was invented.
AI2s (All-in-Twos) come apart to help speed drying times. With AI2s, you will snap or fasten the soaker part to the outer diaper cover. This then snaps off during a diaper change. You can reuse the cover and toss the absorbent part into the wash. This helps speed drying times.
Unlike some of the other systems, where you can reuse covers between washings, you will need to have enough AIOs (or AI2s) on hand to get you from wash day to wash day. This can make this cloth diapering option expensive.
Pros of AIOs
- Super easy to use
- Available in cute fabrics, colors, and prints
- Favorite of childcare providers
- Most similar to disposable diapers
Cons of AIOs
- Difficult to clean
- Long drying times
- Usually made with synthetic materials
- Mommy’s Touch
- Berry Plush
- $16 – $28