I have first tried using the Bum Genius One Size All-In-One (AIO) diaper with my then 26-month-old toddler. She was 31 pounds upon using it and as of first writing this review.
If you are going for the All-In-One type of cloth diaper, of course, you would want to get the best. With that, let’s get into my review and see what is the best all in one cloth diaper.
Last Updated: March 16, 2018
My daughter is a few days away from her 4th birthday. While it is still tempting to continue testing the cloth diapers in our stash, it would be very selfish of me to not start toilet training her just for the purpose of still wanting to know how these diapers will stand the test of time.
This will be my last update for the Bum Genius AIO cloth diaper. If we ever get pregnant again, I am sure this diaper will still be usable and still perform decently.
My Final Verdict:
At the time of this update, My daughter is 37.4 pounds (17 kilos) – way over the Bum Genius AIO’s recommended fit (up to 35 pounds).
She can again fit in it BUT we can only use one button per side. That makes it very vulnerable to leaks. It also also very tight for a 17- kilo child.
When using for a toddler, the Bum Genius AIO is best used during daytime. The absence of bulk will let your toddler move freely.
However, night time use will always require an additional insert. Make sure that two buttons per side are securely snapped in. Attaching just one button per side will make the thigh gap area too loose which will make it prone to leaking.
Wil I Buy It Again? Why Or Why Not
I’d buy it for a newborn or a younger baby less than 1 year old. I’d even get it for their overnight use without worrying about getting additional inserts.
However, if I only have Bum Genius AIOs in my stash, I’d surely rush toilet training my kiddo – before they become a heavy milk drinker or a chubby toddler, which mostly happens a little way past 1 year old.
April 11, 2017 Update:
An All-In-One Diaper like this is like a typical diaper, except that it is made of cloth and the inserts are sewn into the cover. Compared to other AIO diapers, the Bum Genius guys did not sew the inserts 100% onto the cover. They did it in a way that you can add an insert in the middle for added absorbency and the sewn in inserts will be the topmost layer to wick the moisture away from the babies’ skin.
It is brilliant of them to design it that way because this kind of design allows for easier drying. Typical AIOs drying time usually takes longer because the inserts are fully attached to the cover – but not this one.
See the photo.
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Adjusting the size of the cover is easy. I am becoming a fan of the button system which is located outside of the cover. Buttoning to get the right size is a no-brainer. Just snap together the two furthermost buttons and you get the smallest size. Leave it unbuttoned to get the largest size.
I like how stretchable the cover is. I was able to fit my then 31 pounds daughter in it. However, I used the furthest buttons.
Our Experience With The BumGenius AIO
Our first official use of the BumGenius AIO diapers happened around 5 am to 9 am. It is a timeframe when my daughter consumes the least milk (4-8 ounces). It survived the 4-hour standard timeframe of comfortable wetness.
My daughter was not asking me to remove it and it also didn’t feel very bulky despite that it was soaked. I touched the inserts upon removing it, and although it was wet, it was the kind that was still bearable and comfortable.
There are nights when I decide to add an extra layer of Charlie Banana insert. I was expecting to change it in 2 to 3 hours, but to my surprise, although it was soaked, there was NO leak at all.
I officially trusted this diaper as an overnight diaper that can last for up to 6 hours of comfortable wetness WITHOUT leaking provided that you add an extra insert. Without an extra insert, it can last up to 4 hours.
The fact that it dries very fast is a big plus in my book.
Unlike pocket diapers and all-in-two diapers, this is probably where the additional cost will come in. YOU CANNOT reuse the cover because as soon as it is wet, you have to use another one again.
While it is convenient just to throw it in the diaper pail/wet bag after it’s soaked, be prepared to get more of this if you are going for the all-in-one way.
A typical of 24 pieces would be a comfortable number to acquire. It will last you for 2-3 days. A good washing schedule, if you have 24 pieces in your stash, would be every two days.
Machine wash and tumbling it dry is fine. If you have access to direct sunlight, it is BEST to line dry them. Otherwise, spinning it and air drying does the job too.
I have started using the wet bag system and find them better than the old-fashioned way (wet pail system) I have used in the past with the Charlie Banana cloth diapers.
As for the detergent to use, it is fine NOT to buy the recommended detergent as long as you don’t use fabric softeners and bleach. We would usually use our standard baby detergent Purex for washing them. They work fine, and there’s no trace of stinky smell after washing them.
The Best Part
What I like most aside from how easy it is to adjust the sizes, is the soft and breathable feel of the materials used. It is also not very bulky which makes it ideal for daytime use when my daughter is running around as bulky cloth diapers tend to hinder her quality of walking/running.
Also, I like that I can put extra inserts for added absorbency should I need to use it for overnight use.
The Tough Part
It doesn’t leak IF it has an added insert, like a Charlie Banana insert, and it always needs an extra insert as an absorbency “booster.”
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I like the fact that it is not bulky, but less bulky means I need to change it after one pee. The best use of this all-in-one diaper is to stuff an added insert so that you can use it longer, maybe 2-3 pees more before changing it.
When it comes to cloth diapering, All-In-One is the fastest way to put your baby in diapers. You don’t have to button the inserts in the cover like how you usually do in All-In-Twos. You also don’t have to stuff inserts in the pockets like how you do it with the pocket diaper system. You just have to grab the All-In-One diapers and put it on to your little one. Convenience is the major selling point of this All-In-One system.
However, be prepared to get more pieces. That is because, once it’s wet, you will have to replace it with a new one like how you do it with disposables. But don’t worry because you are not throwing it away! You are just simply collecting them for washing 2 or 3 days after.
The best thing is, it dries easily compared to other AIOs since the inserts are not fully sewn into the cover. If AIO diapers are the way you decide to go with cloth diapering, BumGenius All-In-One one size diapers are definitely worth checking out!
They are not bulky, are lightweight, and easier to dry because the inserts are not fully sewn into the cover. There is also a nice feel of soft materials used.
On the contrary, covers can be made larger for chunkier toddlers and inserts can be made thicker for overnight use.
Nevertheless, it is a breathable cloth diaper that can be customized for added absorbency needs.
Sadly, we have to stop using it as it cannot fit my 36.5-month-old (39.6 pounds) toddler anymore.
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First Published On: June 8, 2016