The launch of the AppleCheeks All in One Cloth diaper this May brought me a ton of joy? Why? Because truthfully, I could care less about prints and care more about innovation. When a brand makes bold moves to either redesign their product or create an entirely new product I get giddy with excitment. To me it shows they are listening to the marketplace (maybe) and responding to your needs which is awesome.
If you don’t know, AppleCheeks is a Canadian cloth diaper brand that manufactures here in Canada. Their headquarters is in Montreal and they own by a dynamic duo. They are well known for the sized ruffle pocket/cover cloth diapers (available in sizes 1-4). A couple years ago they broke out of the sized cloth diaper market and offered a one size variation.
All In Ones are considered and easy cloth diaper. I only agree with this when the product is truly simple and without fussy pieces. The AppleCheeks AIO is just that. Like the bumGenius Elemental, or the Motherease Uno, this diaper is a simple, straightforward sewn in diaper WITHOUT ANY FOLDING, FUSSING, OR SNAPPING.
Let’s take a look at the diaper itself.
This is a one size diaper for 6-35lbs.
It features a 3 x 3 rise snap in the lower mid section of the diaper and a double waist snap.
It has classic AppleCheeks ruffles along the front, back, and legs of the diaper.
Insid the diaper is a polyknit liner (thinner than the thick fleece of their covers).
The absorbency is a sewn in insert at the front of the back with a loop like design made of 5 layers of Apple Cheeks Bamboo
It retails at $32.95 Canadian which is comparable to the Canadian made Mother-ease ($31.95). It falls into a similar price category has all in one diapers in Canada. At $27.95 USD it does come in on on the higher end in the American marketplace.
AppleCheeks AIO? Does it Work?
Natalie Holladay (she’s closely involved with the AppleCheeks business) did some number crunching and suggests its more absorbent than the 2 ply, but not quite as absorbent as the 3 ply. This is based off of the surface area. This sort of estimating should be correct as one of the best ways to draw a conclusion about a products absorbency is by the weight of the material. She suggests the AIO is 426.24 inches squared whereas the 2 ply is 400 inches squared.
I have a 2 ply, I haven’t tested it yet because it was lost, but the 3 ply is about 11 ounces. I can guess that this is about 9 ounces and we’ll try an experiment at the end of the video down below to see how it actually holds up.
In real life I would compare the absorbency on this diaper to the Thirsties NAIO and the SmartBottoms 3.1. It really does a solid job and performs well. This also means that the 5 layers of bamboo awesomeness take forever to dry and you might (probably) will find yourself hanging this to dry.
This diaper does need to be prepped. If you’re like me and wash once or twice there is a good chance you’ll get leaks on the first few tries but that does stop. This was a common complaint from others and is less a complaint but more a reminder to prep your products if you want it to perform amazing.
Apple Cheeks AIO Recommendation?
I wouldn’t buy another Applecheeks AIO because the fit was small on my 30lb 2.5 year old. Much like the OS AppleCheeks cover, I find the one size fit not as nice as the sized variations and this is reflected into the AIO design. I don’t love the low rise snaps and think the diaper could be even 1/2 inch bigger for a better fit on bigger babies.
This is a well built and well designed AIO diaper. I am very happy with the design both absorbency wise and how they shaped the AIO characteristic. I don’t love how it fits my daughter in toddlerhood.