To all in one cloth diaper or to not all in one cloth diaper...
That is the question.
The diaper system you choose will likely boil down to the price point.
All in One cloth diapers come with a bit of sticker shock, but then again - don’t all diapers?
All in One cloth diapers are one of the more expensive cloth diaper systems, but sometimes the convenience is worth the cost.
What is an All in One Cloth Diaper?
An AIO or All in One Cloth Diaper is the closest cloth diaper system that you can get to a disposable. Compare that to an all in two cloth diaper that has a couple of interchangeable parts.
The absorbent inner and cover are connected as a single unit.
It's a diaper system that doesn't need anything added.
It doesn't need an absorbent material or a separate diaper cover to keep leaks contained.
Each function is conveniently wrapped into a single diaper.
All in one cloth diapers are available in both natural and synthetic fibers, snap and hook and loop closures, and newborn cloth diapers and one size cloth diapers.
Why Should (or Shouldn’t) I Choose All in One Cloth Diapers?
Again, most of this will come down to what you can afford, but if you are planning on cloth diapering in daycare or just want something incredibly easy to use the cost is easily justified.
Let’s break down the pros and cons of All in One Cloth Diapers
- It goes on like a disposable
- There is no need for an additional cover
- There's no need to add inserts or other absorbent material
- Simple to use
- Trim Fitting
- Childcare providers and those unfamiliar with cloth diapers will use them with ease
- Long dry times
- Can be more difficult to clean
- Some may need to purchase additional absorbency
I’m Almost Convinced - Tell Me More
We started with pocket diapers, then we moved on to flats and prefolds and eventually tried all in one cloth diapers.
We flipping loved them.
I didn’t have to stuff or fold anything.
My husband, while a cloth diapering expert himself loved the ease of use!
Wrap, snap and wash.
We, over the last 7ish (8ish? I can’t keep track) years we have managed to have at least two kiddos in cloth full time.
Sometimes- three in cloth at one single moment in time.
All in one cloth diapers saved my time and sanity.
Why didn’t we start with all in cloth diapers like the Applecheeks diapers? Because of the price point.
Some all in one cloth diapers are upwards of $25 bucks.
We signed up for cloth diapers to save money. HTF was this going to save us money?
It sounds counterintuitive, but yes, even a pricier all in one will save you money.
That said -there are more budget-friendly all in one cloth diapers under twenty bucks each for those on a tighter budget.
A good chunk of my diaper stash is made up of these affordable all in one cloth diapers.
Just because they’re not as expensive, doesn’t mean they’re not just as good!
The Best All in One Cloth Diapers
I could easily point out my favorite parts of every single all in one cloth diaper on the market.
It’s way hard to pick a “favorite”
What I can do for you though, is put together my top “reaches” the ones that I’ll reach for first out of my diaper stash - at this particular time.
I know that doesn’t really help you, but my preferences are fluid.
They change as our kiddos grow and what mood I’m in.
I wish I was joking.
This is why it’s so important to have a mixed stash. HA!
Okay! Without further adieu here are three all in one cloth diapers you need to try!
1. Imagine Baby Products Bamboo All in One
I mentioned in THIS blog that Nicki’s Ultimate All in Ones are one of my favorite cloth diapers, but if you’re here - I’m willing to bet that you want a natural fiber option.
With that in mind, the Imagine Baby Products Bamboo All in One is the bee’s knees and it’s affordable!
NOTE: This Bamboo All in One Cloth Diaper has had an update over the last 4 years!
If you haven’t tried the newest version of this all in one (which came out in 2017) you’re missing out on so many improvements!
This generously sized bamboo diaper is lined with buttery soft, yet incredibly absorbent 100% bamboo viscose with a complimenting waterproof outer.
An additional bamboo soaker pad snaps into the back of the diaper for customizable absorbency but still allows for a quicker dry time.
The gentle leg casings prevent leaks while keeping your baby comfortable.
This one-size diaper is adjustable to fit most babies approximately 8-35 pounds.
In my experience, I find this diaper more suitable for babies 12-45 pounds.
2. Lighthouse Kids All in One
Lighthouse Kids Company is one of the newer kids on the block, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t figured out how to make a solid all in one cloth diaper.
Their All in One Cloth Diapers come in two different sizes- Simplicity and Supreme.
While these are both one size, the Supreme does run a bit larger, fitting babies from 15-55lbs while the Simplicity fits babies from 6-32lbs.
The Supreme is my first pick out of the diaper stash simply because my two toddlers are on the chunky side. They need that extra room.
When my children were smaller and even newborns we almost always reached for the Lighthouse Kids Simplicity All in One.
The Lighthouse Kids Company All-In-One Diapers are lightweight and incredibly trim.
What makes this all in cloth diaper stand out from the crowd is the book-fold insert.
Simply flip the insert to choose from stay-dry fabric or wet bamboo for potty training - it's your choice!
These all in one cloth diapers feature a hypoallergenic athletic wicking jersey lining and a bamboo knit attached insert.
3. GroVia All in One
STOP! I don’t want you to get confused before you start.
GroVia has TWO different types of all in one cloth diapers.
Their newer O.N.E. and their first all in one cloth diaper, simply named “Organic All In One” this right here is what I’m talking about!
At one point, my middle kiddo was so fluffing chunky. Nothing fit right.
He was too round for pretty much every cloth diaper but too short for diapers that were meant for “larger” kids.
We were stumped.
It was recommended that I try the GroVia All in One.
At this point I was desperate. I didn’t have much hope, but the stretchy side panels had me intrigued.
The GroVia All-In-One Cloth Diaper has an ultra-soft organic cotton inner and a soft layer of water-resistant TPU outer.
The stretchy tabs give it a perfect trim fit.
The GroVia All-In-One Diaper fits babies 10-35+ pounds. In my experience I find these fit up to 40+ lbs!
Conclusion - Ultimate Guide to All in One Cloth Diapers
All-in-One Cloth Diapers are most like disposable diapers except they are washable!
The name "all in one" simply means everything you need is in one piece!
Simply put the diaper on your baby and change the entire diaper when it's wet or soiled.
These easy diapers are great for the diaper bag, daycare, and really any situation!
One more thing I should tell you though - Some kiddos will need more absorbency.
You can add a doubler (also referred to as a booster) to any cloth diaper.
Yep! Any system can be boosted!
If you find your all in one cloth diaper leaking or know you have a super-peer already keep some bamboo doubler on hand.
Geffen Super Absorbers fit into nearly every single diaper on the market.
These doublers (okay they’re really inserts - stay with me) are deceivingly trim. I mean it.
They’re TRIM, but they pack a punch with their layers upon layers of hemp standing up to the most epic of peers.
Add some Geffen baby to your diaper stash today!