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This is a cloth diaper I bought used. Nicki’s Diapers is an American retailer and manufacturer of cloth diapers, but shipping to Canada is expensive… plus exchange and duties. I try to shop Canadian cloth diaper shops first because it saves a lot of headache and hassle.
This cutie I found on my local buy and sell group — $5! Girl, I’ll take it! Gimme Gimme, let me try that diaper.
At this point, I didn’t know anything about the Nicki’s AIO Diaper. I just bought it because I knew I hadn’t tried one and everyone loves these, or the BAIO diapers (the version with bamboo) on the internet.
This is a cheap AIO diaper – It’s only only $12.95 USD (or $17). It’s definitely one of the cheapest AIO cloth diapers available in the United States that is compliant, and meets all the hoops that need to be jumped for a cloth diaper brand to sell legally stateside.
But First, what is an AIO Diaper?
AIO is short for All In One cloth diaper. This term is traditionally given to cloth diapers that are EVERYTHING IN ONE PACKAGE. This usually implies the main absorbency of the diaper is SEWN INTO THE DIAPER. There shouldn’t be any matching of parts or assembling of diapers.
There are some diapers on the market that are sold as an AIO diaper… but they don’t have sewn in absorbency. They have snap-in absorbency. These diapers are deceptive because they come apart in the wash. These diapers might not be a good choice for you if you are looking for grab and go styles straight from the dryer.
The Nicki’s AIO Diaper
This diaper is a snap-in AIO diaper. That means the main absorbency (insert) is NOT sewn in, but rather snapped in. You can see that the shell of the diaper is lined with microfleece, and two snaps at the back of diaper snap in the main absorbency of the diaper – for the ultimate AIO this is a micro fleece lined microfibre insert.
The insert needs to be attached to the diaper to function as an AIO diaper. My insert ALWAYS came off in the wash. But many people on Instagram (@ClothDiaperPodcast) told me they didn’t have this problem. Maybe depending on your machine, wash cycle, and the age of your product. But for me, I always had to find the insert and attach it to the diaper after washing/drying.
This diaper is a one size cloth diaper. The AIO is available in newborn size and with a bamboo variation. The Nicki’s AIO diaper is estimated to fit a size range of 7 to 35 pounds (standard). This can be adjusted by changing the rise snaps on the front of the diaper. Three sets of snaps with three across give you options for the best fit. Use the smallest settings for tiny babies, and open the rise setting completely around 20lbs or to accommodate thicker thighs.
It features a classic double waist snap with a cross over tab. The cross over tab can be used on smaller bells or to roll up a closed dirty diaper.
Looking back inside the diaper, we can see the diaper tongue is fairly long.
This means you will need to fold or adjust it to fit your baby for smaller size babies. Be sure to fold the tongue into the diaper. You want to avoid the microfibre spending too much time against baby’s skin.
If you need to boost this diaper, adding a hemp insert under the tongue would be advantageous. This diaper doesn’t have a lot of width, and it doesn’t have a gusset, so when considering what to boost this diaper with choose smaller, thinner products. There isn’t the space for a prefold or thick insert.
Nicki’s Diapers are exclusive to Nicki’s Diapers. They are not available anywhere else. Nicki’s Diapers was recently sold.
This is not a diaper I recommend, like, or use regularly. This diaper was a disappointment.
Yes, it’s cheap, but I can cloth diaper for cheap and get a much better product in terms of usability, fit, and overall functionality.
I am extremely frustrated that this diaper is marketed as an AIO diaper because the inserts detached in the wash. This meant I always had to find them. If I wanted to match inserts, I would use an AI2 (all in two) or pocket- style cloth diaper. This made the diaper less convenient. Check out my favourite Canadian AIO diapers.
People love Nicki’s Diapers, but sometimes I wonder if it’s all fandom and less practicality? You know? Most of the Nicki’s products that I have tried have been a mediocre experience. Maybe I’m spoiled? I just don’t get the hype.
Other reasons for not liking the Nicki’s AIO Diaper?
I’m not a fan of microfibre. There are many reasons that I don’t like microfibre including the synthetic feel on my hands, the natural shedding of micro plastics in the wash, the increase in compression risk, the decrease in reliable absorbency, and the difficulty to clean.
Solve this problem by trying the BAIO – the bamboo variation of the Nicki’s AIO.
I also don’t like the Nicki’s AIO diaper because it fit small. I would compare the fit to the Lil Helpers Diapers, Wink Diapers, and Charlie Banana. My daughter is only 22lbs in this diaper, and I stopped using it shortly thereafter because it felt like a squish.
When I open the rise setting, I found that the leg elastics were too big but I didn’t get any more space for her waist. This makes a challenging fit.
Part of the challenging fit for the Nicki’s AIO Cloth diaper might be the microfibre. Microfibre is bulky. And the tongue on this diaper is SO LONG that I needed to fold it for her. This would give extra bulk in the front and cause a less than ideal fit compared to other diapers in my stash.
But I need a Cheap AIO diaper?
There are so many incredible pocket cloth diapers that could easily pair with a trim prefold diaper and get a much longer lasting experience.
At $12.95 USD at Nicki’s Diapers, this diaper is a cheap AIO cloth diaper , but I need to boost it for longer than an hour…
I love using flats and prefolds and covers, that this kinda system is just as cumbersome, and would rather rely on something I love.
Notably, my opinion is my own and this diaper is highly ranked on Nicki’s Diapers. Many people love this diaper. It’s just not for me. I’m not happy with the fit, function, and cut of the diaper.