All-in-One nappies (AIO)

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This type of nappy is the closest one to a disposable. It stands for its ease in use and many times it’s the
nappy that is sent off to daycare. The most well-known models on the market usually come with Velcro
fastening, but you can also find them with snap closures. The insert is sewn into the inside – it can be
sewn on one side, forming a sort of a tongue, or on both sides.

Example of a tongue insert sewn on one of the sidesExample of a tongue insert sewn on one of the sides

Example of a nappy with two tongue-style inserts, one on each end and we can choose the material we want next to our baby’s bottom – microfleece (left) or cotton (right)

Many models allow us to place the tongue insert inside a pocket, or outsider, so we can choose the material that lies against our baby’s bottom.

Example of a nappy where we can place the insert inside the pocket and the baby’s bottom is against organic cotton or leave the insert outsider and the baby’s skin is in contact with wicking microfleece (stay-dry effect)

These nappies also allow us to increase the absorbency by putting a booster inside the pocket. One of my favourite combos is adding a hemp booster to a Bambino Mio Miosolo. The incorporated microfibre insert absorbs quickly (please note that microfibre is drying and cannot be directly against the baby’s skin). Microfibre absorbs quickly but it doesn’t hold much, passing this “task” along to the hemp booster, which is a slow absorber but is able to hold a lot.

Example of an AIO nappy that comes with amicrofibre insert attached and a hemp booster stuffed inside the pocket

The major advantage of AIO nappies is, without doubt, their practicality, followed by their slimness and we can use them with clothes that perhaps we couldn’t get away with by using other, bulkier, nappies. However, there is a downside… the insert is sewn on and cannot be detached from the nappy, which increases drying time. This will depend vastly on the insert’s material – a nappy with a bamboo insert will take longer to dry than one with a microfibre insert. However, when compared to pocket nappies, they do take a bit longer to get back on the bum. Generally speaking, they are less absorbent, have less layers and if they don’t have a built-in pocket we can’t really boost them easily.

They are simple to wash! Remove any boosters you may have placed in the pocket and place the nappy in your pail or wet bag, ready for wash day. With Velcro fastening, make sure you use the laundry taps so they don’t snag the other nappies when washing. And that’s it.

It’s an amazing nappy to get you started on the world of cloth!