About All-in-One Cloth Diapers

Everything you need to know about the AIO

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The All-in-One (AIO) cloth diaper is exactly what it sounds like. An AIO is a fitted diaper that combines absorbent and/or moisture wicking material on the inside with a waterproof layer on the outside. Unlike many cloth diapers that have covers and need to be used with flats or prefolds, All-in-Ones put everything you need "all in one" diaper.

AIOs are a lot like disposables, particularly in how they are put on and taken off.

They have easy hook and loop or snap closures. Most daycare facilities actually prefer AIO diapers over other kinds of cloth diapers that require multiple pieces.

Pros of All-in-Ones:

For parents who want to cloth diaper, but don't want to deal with different kinds of pieces, All-in-Ones are the perfect solution. Parents and childcare providers choose AIOs for a few reasons:

  • They are truly easy to use. All-in-One diapers are a great choice for parents who are new to cloth diapering and aren't sure if they want to commit. Their ease of use also makes them popular amongst daycares and babysitters.
  • They're fun. All-in-Ones come in a wide variety of fun prints and colors. Plus, shopping for them might allow you to indulge in a bit of retail therapy.
  • They're fitted. Unlike other cloth diapering options, AIOs aren't bulky. They're fitted and trim.
  • They're great for older babies. For older babies who are still in diapers, but find it hard to stay still during changing, the All-in-One design makes changes quick and easy.
  • They're low-maintenance. AIOs don't require excessive amounts of laundering like prefolds do.

Cons of All-in-Ones:

Although All-in-Ones have a ton of positives, there are a few downsides:

  • They aren't long-lasting. AIOs don't hold up as well over time as other cloth diapers do because they require comparatively longer drying times. More time spent in the dryer wears down the diaper's absorbency and the waterproof outer layer.
  • They're more expensive. All-in-Ones offer major convenience, but that convenience comes at a price. AIOs aren't nearly as economical as prefolds and waterproof covers.

All-in-One Tips:

AIOs are definitely a great choice if you're exploring cloth diapering. They're so easy to use and are perfect for when you and baby are out and about. They're certainly convenient, but they shouldn't make up the bulk of your diaper stash.

You can't beat the convenience of an All-in-One diaper, so if you like them, use them. Just consider supplementing some All-in-Ones with other cloth diapers that offer shorter dry times and are longer lasting.