Cloth Diaper Styles: All-In One

This post is part of the Focus on Fluff cloth diaper series.

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As the name suggests, All-in-One cloth diapers (also known as AIO) are a one piece system making them the most like disposable diapers. The waterproof outer layer makes a separate cover unnecessary. These diapers fasten with hook and loop (velcro) or snaps.

May be a good option for you if…

  • Ease and convenience are an absolute must. Because AIOs function like a disposable, they are the easiest cloth diaper to use. This makes them a great fit for those who still need a little convincing that cloth diapering is the way to go!
  • You need a childcare friendly cloth diaper. Daycare workers and babysitters prefer using disposables, so AIOs are a nice compromise.
  • Pretty prints make you smile. Although most all cloth diaper styles have fun prints, AIOs (along with pocket diapers) seem to have to most options to choose from.

May NOT be a good option for you if…

  • Laundry piles make you anxious. Most AIO cloth diapers take a very long time to dry. Depending on the efficiency of your dryer, it could take most of the day to wash and dry one load of diapers. Also, they tend to get detergent build up more often than other styles.
  • Money is tight. These diapers are often the most expensive option.
  • Sensitive skin is an issue. There are very few diapers in this style that offer cotton inner layers, which is best for touching a sensitive baby bum.

Popular brands include…

bumGenius Elemental
itti bitti d’lish
Swaddlebees Simplex 2.0
Thirsties DUO

In my opinion…

AIOs are my favorite cloth diaper to use when we are out and about. Mainly because I can do a diaper change very quickly, which is handy when in public. Also, I like the slimmer fit. Claire’s clothes fit better without that signature cloth diaper “bubble butt” (even though I think it’s adorable!). :)


Have you used AIO diapers?  Please share your experience in a comment!


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2 Responses to “Cloth Diaper Styles: All-In One”

  1. Jenna@CallHerHappy March 22, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

    Mine are called AIO, although they need to be stuffed. I use Bum Genius and I couldn’t be happier with them! I don’t mind the extra stuffing. It’s only another couple of loads a week, and laundry is not something I mind. I would much rather do laundry than dishes…ick!

    • Jenni March 22, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

      Glad they are working out for you! Too bad we don’t live closer to each other. I would do your dishes if you did my laundry… :)

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