What are All-in-One Cloth Diapers? And Are They Any Good?

By April Duffy •  Updated: 03/19/24 •  5 min read
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What is an All-in-One Cloth Diaper?

Whenever I’m asked to explain the different types/styles of cloth diapers, I always start by explaining that all cloth diapers, no matter what brand or type, consist of a waterproof shell, and an absorbent inside. 

All-in-One diapers, (or AiO’s) are exactly what their name suggests, an entire cloth diaper — waterproof shell and absorbent inside — all sewn up into one piece. This one-step system is an ideal alternative to disposable diapers, as they are as easy to use as a disposable, except of course that they are able to be washed and used again and again.

All-in-one diapers come in adjustable one-size diapers, or in sized diapers that come even closer to using disposables (and accordingly are comparable cost wise given how many more you will need to purchase).

What are the Pros and Cons of All-in-One Cloth Diapers?

Pros

Cons

Top Three All-in-One Cloth Diapers

Since I’m constantly asked for recommendations, and since you’re at the end of a whole post about all-in-one diapers (so you’re liking digging them), here’s a quick list of my top three favorite all-in-one cloth diapers, based on absorbency, fit, and quality for the price:

  1. Thirsties Natural One Size All in One Cloth Diaper (Amazon link)
    The quality of Thirsties can’t be matched, and if you’re looking for a super-absorbent, great-fitting and natural all-in-one, this is THE diaper for you.
  2. Wink all-in-one diaper (brand website link) Special note: I have a coupon for this site: “Beginners30” (without the quotes) gets you 30% off anything you buy at Wink directly from their website. The double gussets, back waist elastic and super-soft bamboo in these diapers make them great for keeping everything in. These are best for slimmer babies, however.
  3. GroVia® O.N.E (link to a preferred retailer, ships to US and Can. Prices in CAD). These are a bit on the pricey side BUT you can use them at night with very little chance for leaks, and that’s really saying something for an AIO! In fact, they are the only non-fitted diaper that I recommend for night time for older babies, so buying these early (ie. before you’re stuck for a cloth diaper nighttime solution down the road) may actually save you money.

A quick note that if I had a list of 4 or 5, I would have included all of them, but all-in-ones are tricky and I only wish to promote diapers I believe in and know to be solid choices. If you’re looking for other, budget AIO options, come by the Cloth Diapers for Beginners Facebook group and throw a question out. That group has lots of all-in-one users happy to talk shop.

April Duffy

April is the founder of Cloth Diapers for Beginners and author of The Cloth Diaper Wash & Care Handbook. Since 2015, April has helped well over 75,000 parents and caregivers cloth diaper their children through this website, her book, her YouTube Channel, and the Cloth Diapers for Beginners Facebook Group.