Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Cloth Diaper Styles: the All-In-One (AIO)

We'll start this discussion with the "most 'sposie-like" diaper and work our way back to cloth diapering's roots. First on the list:

The All-in-One (aka AIO) Diaper

AIOs are just as the name says--everything you need in one package. The waterproof cover is attached to absorbent inner layers, and it fastens with hook-and-loop ("Velcro") or snaps.

AIOs are great for daycare centers, babysitters, husbands (LOL!) and trips, because you don't have to deal with a separate diaper and cover, and AIOs tend to be a bit trimmer than other styles, so you can easily put a few in a diaper bag and just go :)

There are two main drawbacks to the AIO style, both of which have to do with washing care. Because the waterproof cover is attached to the absorbent inner, it can be harder to get an AIO really clean and rinsed out. And the water proof layer won't last as long, because it gets the same washing treatment that is required to keep the insides bacteria (smell and rash) free! Some secondary problems with AIOs can be increased "blow-outs" in young babies (especially breastfed ones), and the dramatically increased drying time. Drying time can be reduced by using a "flap style" soaker layer, or by switching to the next style, the All-in-Two (AI2)!


AIOs are nice to have for the situations I listed (babysitters, trips), but I don't suggest having an entire "stash" made of them.

The pattern suggestions?

One the for-Sale pattern side, check out the Little Starter pattern from Little Comet Tails!
For the ultimate hand-held diaper sewing experience, check out sew-your-own kits from Kayla's Cloth Kits or Diaper Kit!

On the for-free pattern side, Celtic Cloth Wholesale has a size-medium AIO pattern or Mamabird has 3 sizes of AIO patterns. The Mamabird pattern is known to run small, so if your child is between sizes, you will likely want to size up.

Next up, a discussion on All-in-Two (AI2) diapers!

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