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All in one (AIO) cloth diapers are a great, easy option for those first starting out cloth diapering. They are very simple to use since they are all one piece, made of a waterproof layer (Plastic Under Lining or PUL) which is sewn directly to the diaper lining and the absorbent pad. There is no stuffing, folding or snapping involved.

It is the easiest type of cloth diaper to use, as it works just like a disposable diaper, you just wash and reuse afterward. It is also simple to use for reluctant day care providers or grandparents.

Another positive of AIOs is that they are more trim than other kinds of cloth diapers. Your child won’t have to go up a pant size to accommodate such a fluffy butt.

There are some negatives about AIOs. They are much more expensive than other types of diapers, averaging between $12 and $20 each. They are difficult to strip and clean because the PUL is attached to the cloth part of the diaper. This becomes a pain when your child gets a yeast infection and you need to sanitize the diapers. This is how I strip ours. They tend to wear out faster when you dry them in the dryer since the PUL tends to separate when dried at high temperatures. AIOs also take longer to dry. Bummis brand came up with a brilliant solution with their Easy Fit diaper for this problem by using a bamboo/hemp blend as their absorbent layer and adding a tongue on the diaper to stuff inside, so it is all one piece, but the tongue comes out and allows the whole diaper to dry faster. I love our Bummis.

The basic AIO looks like this.

All-in-Two (AI2) diapers are a hybridization of all-in-one diapers and the cover/pre-fold diaper. The idea is you have a cover, and you have an insert. The insert snaps or attaches in some way to the cover. When you change the diaper you can usually just take out the insert and put a new one in, thus reducing your laundry size and drying time.

All in twos are a trim option, easy to use like an all-in-one and have the benefit of being able to come apart so they dry faster, and you can easily line dry the covers quickly so as to not damage the PUL. They do tend to be on the more expensive side, but you can buy one cover and multiple inserts instead of buying just one diaper that can be used one time. I feel these are also an easy option for care providers and grandparents to understand and use without much of a fuss.

My favorite AI2 diaper is GroVia. It is trim, fits well, has a high carrying capacity, and is easy to use. The other great thing about GroVia is they have bio-degradable disposable liners for those days when you just don’t have the ability or energy to use cloth. Great for daycare, baby sitters, or vacation!

About Amanda:

Amanda is a mother of two energetic children. After dealing with a lot of health issues, including infertility, she decided to live a more clean and natural life style. Since making some simple lifestyle changes Amanda has had two successful pregnancies resulting in her two beautiful children. Her hobbies include going to the park with the kids, wildcrafting, herbalism,cloth diapering, gaming, re-enactment, reading, and other various nerdy things. Her healing journey can be followed on her website Natural Living Mamma.

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