I was wildly excited about cloth diapering my SECOND baby, and in a fury of excitement, I got slightly carried away in my purchasing power of newborn cloth diapers. I acquired a total of 14 different all in one style newborn cloth diapers to test and trial during what would undoubtingly be a short lived newborn phase.
I’d like to think I #tryallthediapers, but I didn’t. There are several all-in-one style cloth diapers I didn’t get to try – mostly styles that aren’t readily available in Canada, or expensive to ship (Canadian problems).But, of the Newborn AIO cloth diapers I did get to try, here’s my synopsis of the experience.
If you are considering newborn diapers its important to know that the newborn cloth diapering experience is completly SUBJECTIVE. For some families its amazing and for other families it’s less than.
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Newborn AIO Cloth Diapers 101
Newborn AIO Cloth diapers are all-in-one style cloth diapers in miniature. That means everything you need is rolled into one tiny package – absorbency is sewn in for a wear once and wash type of diaper.
- Simplest to use – fasten and go. Unfasten, wash, dry, and repeat. No fussing around.
- Most Major Brands have an AIO style newborn on the market.
- Most vary in Absorbency from 4 ounces to upwards of 8+ ounces (give or take, see my absorbency testing for more details).
- Average sizing from 5-12 pounds.
- Common Variations: hook & loop versus snap, natural fibres versus microfibre, rise snaps or or not, umbilical snap down or not, stay dry or not, additional boosters available.
- Ranging in cost from $15-25 CDN.
Newborn AIO Cloth Diapers Worth It?
Newborn cloth diapers lasted Little Miss a mere 6 weeks. I birth average sized babies who grow like weeds. As big people, my babies weigh in at 11-14lbs by 6 weeks. At this stage in their growth they have outgrown the sizing and absorbency on most newborn AIO cloth diapers.
No. Because newborn AIO cloth diapers were short lived on our diaper station, they didn’t provide us with any financial gains or incentives.
Let’s say 30 newborn AIO cloth diapers at an average of $20 CDN = $600 CDN
Potential Resale Value at 75% of initial cost of $450 (ideal optimistic market)
Not calculating any additional supplies, detergent or laundry.
Total Loss: $150 CDN
Disposables – 2 cases of 264 Huggies for $35 CDN on Amazon = $70
11 Changes/day for 6 weeks = AT LEAST 462 diaper changes.
Not calculating any additional supplies such as additional garbage removal, and bags.
Total Loss: $70 CDN
Alternatively: If I had still wanted all the perks of newborn cloth diapers without the financial cost there are other routes I could have ventured down. For example a stash of flats and newborn covers would have easily come under budget.
Yes. It’s important to me to cloth diaper my babies for a variety of reasons and in that I place value in cloth diapering a newborn over using disposable diapers.
- Health – choosing to a cloth diaper a newborn from birth allows me to keep her wrapped in natural fibres (where possible). For many sensitive bums, cloth diapers are the only answer to keeping rashes and reactions at bay.
- Environmental – choosing to cloth diaper a newborn means I kept my weekly garbage consumption down, and reduced overall impact of the manufacture of disposables.
- Ease of Use – choosing to boost my stash with all-in-one style cloth diapers for my newborn let me have an easy-use cloth diaper stash. Unlike the cumbersome fitted and covers, or prefold/flat diapers and a cover, the easy on and off function of an AIO was invaluable and worth it.
- Cloth Diaper Addict – as a cloth diaper junkie, having a stash of newborn AIO cloth diaper was a gratifying experience. I’m pleased to have had the opportunity and look forward to continuing to share my experience and help you choose the experience you want.
Which Newborn Cloth Diaper do you recommend?
Honest, each newborn cloth diaper has a different purpose, function and role in the cloth diaper market. I refuse to make a blanket recommendation without knowing your individual needs.
What is your budget? What size babies? When do you want to start cloth diapering? Do you care about natural fibres vs synthetics? Do you care where your diapers are manufactured? What expectations do you have?
If you haven’t already – GO CHECK OUT MY REVIEWS, and see what works for you. Here’s the list of Newborn AIO styled cloth diapers we tested out.
- Blueberry Newborn Simplex
- BumGenius Little
- Easy Peasies Little Squish
- Funky Fluff Newborn
- GroVia Newborn AIO
- GroVia Newborn AIO (old style)
- Imagine Stay Dry Newborn
- Nuggles! Bittee
- Smart Bottoms Born Smart
- Rumparooz/Kanga Care Lil’ Joey
- Sweet Pea Newborn AIO – Microfibre
- Thirsties Newborn AIO (Both Microfibre & NAIO)
Perhaps one of the best ways to find out if newborn AIO cloth diapers are for you is to try a whole bunch of them out. While your newborn might chunk out of them quickly, trying the miniature newborn variations can help you build your stash. If your Canadian, CozyBums offers a sweet starter package, offering a variety of different newborn cloth diaper styles. This is a great way to #trythemall and have a taste of the cloth diaper world.
Which is your favourite?
My absolute favourite? You know how I hate to pick a favourite cloth diaper… Part of my sway in this question is my favourite print is Smart Bottoms Charlotte. Therefore, I impartially, choose the Born Smart.
Simply Dad really liked the Easy Peasies Little Squish; however, he quickly got frustrated with the fit of newborn diapers around 10lbs.
I also… see I don’t have a really good answer for this.
My Dream Newborn AIO Cloth Diaper Stash.
Ideally, I would want a stash of 32 newborn diapers.
Because, I struggle with 100% brand loyalty and appreciate diversity in my cloth diaper stash (and I could never imagine having duplicate prints or solids for the same baby), my dream newborn cloth diaper stash would consist of the following:
My Dream Newborn AIO Cloth Diaper.
If I could dream up the perfect newborn cloth diaper (in an all-in-one style), it would have the following features.
- Stay Dry Inner: newborns cry and fuss enough without making them uncomfortable in a wet diaper.
- Absorbency: lets achieve somewhat perfect absorbency by blending the powers of a quality natural fibre with the quick absorption of synthetics. I’d like to see an average of 8oz of liquid, and that will require more than three layers of any given material.
- (the challenge here is, 8 oz is the standard absorbency on a one size… could you make it happen on a small diaper without bulk? Probably only with the magical powers of unicorns.
- Umbilical Stump Care: make its priority and make it obvious. Not all littles are as lucky as Little Miss.
- Waist Snap Rise: with 6 waist snaps across
- Generous Sizing: suitable for average sized newborns and growing with them until they hit 15lbs. I struggled that most diapers began to feel small and not have the same give and fit around 10lbs.
Would you cloth diaper a newborn with AIO diapers?
Tell me about your cloth diapering experience with newborns. What was your favourite newborn diaper and how did the experience work out for you? Would you do it again? Would you recommend newborn AIO cloth diapers to a friend?
If your about to cloth diaper a newborn, what are you most eager to try?
Check out Newborn Cloth Diapers at these major retailers
CozyBums Diapers (Canada)
Cloth Diaper Kids (Canada)
Kelly’s Closet (USA)
Diaper Junction (USA)