Cloth nappies – All-in-Ones vs All-in-Twos

If you’re considering to switch to cloth nappies but are unsure what All-in-One vs All-in-Two nappies are, then this post is exactly for YOU! We switched to cloth last year when our little Maxi was two months old – this was after I made the final decision to take a huge plunge and order some cloth nappies to try out. Within a month, I was a complete convert and couldn’t believe we hadn’t considered cloth nappies before (you can read our full journey in my earlier post Cloth bum diaries. But boy oh boy, even at that stage I was still treading in unknown territories – there were just so many different brands and the nappies looked identical to me… Over the past 13 months, I got to use a few different types and brands of cloth nappies, put them to the test on my heavy wetter little boy, and washed and dried them over and over again… So in this post, I’m comparing two types of cloth nappies: the so-called All in Ones (AIOs) and All in Twos (AI2s).   

Cloth nappies - All in Ones vs. All in Twos

In this post, I’m using the following grading for a selection of categories:

★☆☆☆ poor

★★☆☆ fair

★★★☆ good

★★★★ excellent

All in ones (AIO) nappies 

What is an All-in-One (AIO) nappy?

Essentially, an All-in-One nappy is a cloth nappy that has the absorbent material (either cotton, fleece, hemp or bamboo) sewn into the waterproof nappy cover/ shell. The AIO will fasten with either Velcro or snaps/ poppers.

Advantages of All-in-One cloth nappies:

  • Convenient and easy to use as it resembles a disposable nappy
  • Great for childcare and grandparents not familiar with modern cloth nappies
  • No separate cover is required
  • No separate insert is required (although it can be added for increased absorbency)

Disadvantages of All-in-One cloth nappies:

  • Tend to dry longer if the material/ insert is sewn into the cover (nappies with inserts that are stuffed inside a ‘pocket’ dry much quicker)
  • Tend to be more difficult to get rid of any stains.

These are the All-in-One cloth nappies that we’ve tried:

Bambino Mio – Miosolo All-in-One (£15.99 each or £74.99 – £249.99 for bundle sets)

Cloth nappies - All in Ones vs. All in Twos

My rating:

  • Absorbency ★★☆☆
  • Fit ★★★☆
  • Containment ★★★
  • Ease of use ★★★★
  • Quality of materials ★★★☆
  • Drying time ★★★★

Overall verdict:

These were our first cloth nappies as I liked the fact they were easy to put on, just like the disposables. At the beginning they looked quite bulky on Max but as he’s 15 months now, they look really slimline on his rather chubby body. I’ve written before that they used to leak through though – this was definitely due to Max being a very heavy wetter. Over time, I’ve noticed that they just need to be changed more frequently (around 2 – 2.5 hours) to avoid leaks. They dry well which is a huge advantage in the winter with extra loads of washing to dry indoors. However, the velcro seem to be losing its ‘grip’ and I’ve caught Max playing with it and opening the nappy which obviously is a concern to me if the nappy is soiled. A couple of them have also stained ever so slightly over time. Overall though, they’re good nappies especially when you’re starting out with cloth.  

Buy from BambinoMio.

BumGenius – Elemental (£21.95 each or £99.95 for a 5-pack set)

Cloth nappies - All in Ones vs. All in Twos

My rating:

  • Absorbency ★★☆☆
  • Fit ★★★☆
  • Containment ★★★★
  • Ease of use ★★★★
  • Quality of materials ★☆☆☆ 
  • Drying time ★☆☆☆ 

Overall verdict:

These are a bit of a disappointment – the inner cotton material has stained quite badly over time and I just think you should get better quality if you’re paying a premium price and more than for an average cloth nappy. The other drawback is that they do take much longer to dry, compared to other nappies. Having said that though, they’re super easy to use and the poppers are much ‘safer’ for curious toddlers than velcro. 

Buy from BabiPur.

Tickle Tots Original (£16.99 each or £77 – £195 for bundle sets)

Cloth nappies - All in Ones vs. All in Twos

Cloth nappies - All in Ones vs. All in Twos

My rating:

  • Absorbency ★★☆☆
  • Fit ★★★☆
  • Containment ★★★★
  • Ease of use ★★★★
  • Quality of materials ★★★★
  • Drying time ★☆☆☆ 

Overall verdict:

These all-in-ones from Tickle Tots are easy to use & have a good fit (despite being slimmer and sitting lower on the hips than other nappies on the market). The inner material is still white, hasn’t stained and the velcro is intact as well, with no signs of disintegrating. The only downside is the nappies’ low absorbency (around 2 – 2.5 hours) and an extended drying time.

Buy from Tickle Tots.

All-in-Two (AI2) nappies 

What is an All-in-Two (AI2) nappy?

An All-in-Two nappy consists of two pieces of material that you need to ‘assemble’ to make up the nappy. The absorbent insert (sometimes referred to as a soaker) is added under or snapped inside a waterproof cover/ shell. The AI2 will also have the option to fasten with either Velcro or snaps/ poppers.

Advantages of All-in-Two cloth nappies:

  • By default, their design means they’re much more absorbent meaning they’re less likely to leak
  • You can further adjust the absorbency by adding in another soaker
  • Therefore, they’re perfect for heavy wetters
  • More versatile as you can change soakers rather than the entire nappy if it’s been soiled; the cover can also be reused a couple of times before washing
  • Depending on brand and type of material used, drying time can be quicker than AIO
  • The soakers can be easily replaced if necessary.

Disadvantages of All-in-Two cloth nappies:

  • Takes practice to ‘assemble’ the different pieces
  • Can look a bit more bulky on thinner babies
  • Depending on brand and type of material used, drying time can be longer.

These are the All-in-Two cloth nappies that we’ve tried:

Close Parent Pop-in New Gen V2 +bamboo (£17.50-18.75 each or £84.99-£318 for various bundle sets)

Cloth nappies - All in Ones vs. All in Twos

Cloth nappies - All in Ones vs. All in Twos

My rating:

  • Absorbency ★★★★
  • Fit ★★★★
  • Containment ★★★★
  • Ease of use ★★★☆
  • Quality of materials ★★★☆
  • Drying time ★★☆☆

Overall verdict:

These are our favourite daytime nappies! The super-absorbent bamboo which the inner material is made of means they last easily 3-4 hours and when boosted (i.e. using an additional piece of material), they can also be used for nighttime. The only drawback for me is that the Velcro is losing its ‘grip’ and don’t stick as well as they used to, so I’m concerned about them being pulled off by Max. 

Buy from Close Parent or BabiPur.

Tots Bots Bamboozle Stretch with Peenut Wrap (£12.99 each or between £35 – £130 for various bundle sets)

Cloth nappies - All in Ones vs. All in Twos Cloth nappies - All in Ones vs. All in Twos

My rating:

  • Absorbency ★★★★
  • Fit ★★★☆
  • Containment ★★★★
  • Ease of use ★★★☆
  • Quality of materials ★★★★
  • Drying time ★☆☆☆ 

Overall verdict:

These are an excellent solution for nighttime as they last up to 12 hours, even with only one booster (also from Tots Bots), all thanks to the super-mighty bamboo. They would also be suitable for daytime for heavy wetters, however they do appear more bulky than other cloth nappies so you need to bear that in mind as the fit will affect how your little one’s clothing fits over them. As with all two-part nappies, you need a little bit of practice assembling the four different parts but once you get the hang of it, they’re super easy to use. Due to their bulkier design, they’re also slower to dry.

Buy from Tots Bots or BabiPur.

Tickle Tots 2 Hybrid (£17.95 each or £82.95 for a 5-pack set) 

Cloth nappies - All in Ones vs. All in Twos

Cloth nappies - All in Ones vs. All in Twos

My rating:

  • Absorbency ★★★☆
  • Fit ★★★☆
  • Containment ★★★☆
  • Ease of use ★★★☆
  • Quality of materials ★★★★
  • Drying time ★★☆☆

Overall verdict:

This is another well-made and absorbent all-in-two nappy (lasting around three hours). It has a great fit (once again, despite being slimmer and sitting lower on the hips) and due to its very simple design, it’s very easy to use. 

Buy from Tickle Tots or BabiPur.

 

Overall verdict:

All-in-two nappies are definitely more superior when it comes to absorbency and containment so are ideal for nighttime use and for heavy wetters during the day. They’re slightly more tricky to use than all-in-ones but overall, they’re much more convenient and efficient. All-in-ones are a good and safe option though for those starting out with cloth nappies as they closely resemble disposables. 

Have you found this post useful? If you’re using cloth nappies, please let me know in the comments below which type (and brand) is your favourite. 

Cloth nappies - All in Ones vs. All in Twos


Disclosure: All views expressed in this post are 100% mine and honest. All nappies were purchased by me, with the exception of the two Tickle Tots ones which were kindly sent to us last year as part of our involvement as Spring Brand Reps.

2 comments on “Cloth nappies: All-in-Ones vs All-in-Twos {Comparison & review of key features}”

    • Thanks for taking the time to comment, Heather and I’m glad you found the post helpful! The reason I’m using cloth nappies is because of other bloggers’ honest reviews so I hope I can now pass on my knowledge onto other parents who may consider switching 😊 xx

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