The past two years I have participated in the Flats & Handwashing Challenge and every year I think, “Boy, flats are totally awesome, but I can’t wait to return to my stash of AIO cloth diapers.” I kind of thought the same thing this year too. But then, I returned to my stash of AIO cloth diapers and I went “f&CK this.”
For months I have been a loyal addict to the awesome power of All-in-one cloth diapers. They are just so easy. No need to stuff, no need to fold, no needs to do anything. AIO cloth diapers are ready and easy to go. I have a healthy stash of my Blueberry Simplexes, bumGenius Elementals, GroVia, SmartBottoms 3.1, and other brands (Easy Peasies Ready Use AIO, Omaiki AIO, Best Bottom AIO, Bummi’s)
But then they can become a nuisance.
And I’ve got 3 reasons why I’m not loving my AIO cloth diapers anymore.
- Smaller Sizing: Hands down my AIO cloth diapers fit *smaller* than many of my covers or pockets. My 32-pound toddler is pushing the upper limit and last snaps on many of his AIO cloth diapers including Omaiki, Blueberry, and Elementals. The Blueberry Simplex I even bust the seam trying to squeeze his chunky thighs into it.
- Absorbency: My baby is on an exclusively liquid diet and she pees a ton. I find most all-in-one cloth diapers are not nearly absorbent enough. Therefore, I need to boost them, and when I boost them they get big, bulky and clumsy looking. My toddler is in potty training mode. He likes to pee a little, take off his diaper, finish peeing and then repeat. Any time he does this I feel like we are wasting a diaper. The diaper has a tiny little pee and nothing else. Additionally, when we do go out he maxes out the absorbency in less than 2 hours and we get leaks.
- Space Hogs: AIO Cloth Diapers take up a lot of space, and with 2 in diapers this is beginning to be a priority for me.
- Daytrips: I no longer enjoy having my bag overwhelmed with all the diapers when we go out. Instead, I much prefer the simplicity of a couple flats and a cover (the chances of both kids needing a new cover is slim – I’m going to jinx myself as I type this).
- Roadtrips: Flats & Prefold diapers take up less space when I packed up for a road trip over Canada Day. They also took up less room when I went camping with the kids in Tete Jaune Cache. Less space when kids take up so much space is always a good thing.
- Laundry: I can now go almost 2-3 days before I have to do laundry instead of every day. Part of this is the naked potty curios toddler, but part of this is prefold diapers taking up less space in my bag and my washer.
So for those three reasons, I’m moving on. I’ve folded up my stash of AIO cloth diapers, and I’ve tucked them away in the drawer. They are ready for a different time in my life. In the meanwhile, I’ll admire the pretty stack of prefold diapers, flats, and enjoy reusing and swapping out covers on my 2 in diapers.
How do you cloth diaper? Has your cloth diaper journey changed?