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AI2 Cloth Diapers

As we continue the “Cloth Diapering With…” series, we are venturing into more modern, new-fangled diaper styles. We started with the basics: prefolds, flats or fitteds with a cover. Today’s post is about the style known as All-in-Twos or ‘AI2’ for short.

Cloth Diapering with AI2 Diapers

What’s an AI2?

I remember when I first read this AI2 abbreviation on a website about four years ago and it immediately made the prospect of cloth diapering seem complicated and overwhelming. But fear not! Because All-in-Twos are just simple two-part systems that improve on the prefold/cover style we’ve already discussed.

All-in-Two just means that there are two separate pieces to your diaper. There’s the waterproof cover, which can sometimes be called a ‘shell’, and the absorbent cloth piece that’s placed inside. If you read that and thought, “Wait, that’s what you said about prefolds,” — you’re right! Brands that make All-in-Two diaper systems took a look at the traditional ways of diapering and made some modern improvements.

Most AI2 systems use snaps to hold the absorbent insert in place, though some use a tuck-in flap. To use the diaper just attach the insert to it’s shell and fasten it to the baby with the snaps or aplix on the cover. When it’s time to change, you snap out the soiled insert and keep it to be washed. If the shell is not dirty, you can either snap in a clean insert or let it air dry and use it again after the next change. The typical baby will need approximately 5-6 shells and 24-30 inserts.

AI2 Inserts

There are a few options when it comes to picking out an insert. Most brands make both a stay-dry and organic cotton version. There are also extra boosters that help for naps or nighttime. The stay-dry option means that there is a top fleece layer that creates a drier feeling for your baby. (Though if the diaper is very well soaked, it will eventually become saturated.) Whether or not you choose stay-dry is a personal choice. Some babies really don’t care if their bums feel wet, for others, it’s uncomfortable. The stay-dry layer is made from a synthetic blend and some parents want to keep their baby in all natural fibers. If you aren’t sure what to choose, you can always get a few of both and see what you prefer. (Cloth diapers have good resell values, so you can always sell it if it doesn’t work for your baby.)

AI2 Covers

Most AI2 brands use a One Size model for their covers or ‘shells’. One Size (abbreviated OS) means that there will be snaps along the rise to increase or decrease it’s size. One notable exception is SoftBums, which are One Size but use a teeny adjustable elastic system to change their size. Some brads, use the OS cover with sized inserts. This will give your baby a more exact fit. Here’s a little comparison chart to heal you see the subtle differences between the AI2 brands we carry.

AI2 Comparison Table

Many AI2 systems are interchangeable across brands and you also have the option of using your plain, old prefold inside of an AI2 shell. Some families like to stick to one brand, one system and keep things simple. Brands will often have package deals or special sales on their systems. (Tip- Black Friday and Earth Day are the times of year for big cloth diaper savings.) But, if you’re anything like me, you will have a little bit of everything. I tend to try diapers based on their colors and prints and if it works well, I’ll probably get more.

Hybrid Diapers

Hybrid Systems

With AI2 systems, the word “hybrid” sometimes sneaks in. A few cloth diapering companies also make absorbent, eco-friendly, disposable liners to be used inside the cover in lieu of the absorbent cloth piece. These can be extremely useful if you are traveling or going out. They are made for occasions when you want the convenience of a disposable without their full environmental impact.

A couple of tips for using disposable inserts— while they may be made for a specific cover by the same brand, they are for the most part acceptable to use in any cover. I’ve used Flip, GroVia, and gDiapers inserts inside of any cover I have. (I’ve even used them in an unstuffed pocket!) Also, be aware that a runny poop might make it’s way off the liner and inside your cover, so still carry a wet bag and extra covers just in case.

I’ve been asked a lot which disposable insert is best, so I wanted to test out all three (that we carry and I know of) so I could give an informed opinion. And honestly they all worked fine! The GroVia Biosoakers have adhesive that can stick to the cover and help hold it in place. (Sort of like a maxi pad.) They also have a bit of a gusset. The Flip and gDiaper inserts are a bit longer and are both rectangular. The Flip has a nice soft quilted top. I really didn’t have one strong preference. They all did their waste-catching jobs!

I’ve mentioned gDiapers disposable inserts so I’ll talk a little about this brand specifically. It’s categorized by some as an AI2, but I usually tell people it’s more like an All-in-Three. With gDiapers, there’s a cotton, cloth outer, a waterproof ‘pouch’ layer inside that, and finally an absorbent piece inside that. Another feature that sets gDiapers apart from others in the AI2 category is that the cotton outer part called the gPant is sized Small-X-Large. You can read more and see photos about gDiapers in this post.

I hope this post helped demystify the AI2 cloth diapering systems. These diapers have many of the same benefits as the types we’ve previously discussed with a few more bells and whistles.

Have you ever tried an All-in-Two? What’s your favorite?

Diaper Stash

Diaper Stash
As you may remember, I’m expecting my second baby this July–a girl– and I’ve started going over my diaper stash in preparation. Since we are gearing up for the Great Cloth Diaper Change next weekend, I thought this would be the perfect week to talk about diapers. Although, let’s be honest, I really don’t need any excuse!

My son was born in 2011, which was before Sweetbottoms the local shop opened. I knew people who cloth diapered and there were some local shops near me that carried a few brands. I did most of my research online and cobbled together a newborn stash of Prefolds and covers. I have 18 Preemie-sized and 24 Infant-sized Prefolds. The smaller ones fit perfectly for the first few days, depending on the size of your little one. My son weighed in at 7 lbs and never lost weight so I think the Preemie size fit with a Snappi for like 10 days. However, they are useful as doublers and I actually still use them for that now. The Infant size fit him with a Snappi for about 6 months. After that, I still used them but just tri-folded into a cover. In case you ever wondered, this is what a Prefold looks like after it’s been used and washed more than 100 times!

Diaper Stash- Prefolds with Snappi

So I’m definitely good on the Prefold front, but I do need a new Snappi. And now they have colors… oh the decisions! For covers, I actually first got a few second-hand because I wasn’t sure if I would really be okay doing cloth and didn’t want to make a huge investment. We mostly used Thirsties size x-small covers from the start. I also liked the Bummis Super Brite and used the size small and eventually medium. And yes, that’s all Velcro/Aplix/Hook&Loop closures I used. Honestly I can’t remember when I got my first snap diaper. I found it to be just fine, though. It’s nice and fast for upset babies their sleepy Mamas.

Diaper Stash- Thirsties Covers

Diaper Stash- Bummis Super Brite

Here’s a shot of my little guy with a Thirsties Duo Wrap in a size 2. This photo was taken when he was about three months old. Oh how time flies!

Diaper Stash- Thirsties DuoWrap

For Baby Girl, I decided to try some of the Rumparooz newborn covers this time. I just adore these prints! I also want the Kangaroo one. I have had a crush on the GroVia Peacocks Shell since it came out last year. Now I have a little girl to snap it on! I’ll probably re-use the Thirsties and Bummis covers, too.

Diaper Stash- Rumparooz and GroVia

It wasn’t until after 6 months that we started to expand our cloth diaper horizons. I tried a few Pockets and All-in-One (AIO) diapers. I like Prefolds and covers for the first few months, but would be nice to have some one-piece diapers for going out and convenience. I’ll give you a peek at my currently-used diaper stash in another post. Today was laundry day, so most of them were out of commission.

I recently got a few new newborn-sized AIOs. I love the Swaddlebees and I had to get the little GroVia owl print. (See top photo. We have the GroVia Shell in the same print so I’m planning to set up a “matching diaper” photo situation.) The Swaddlebees are great because even though they are Newborn size, they still go up to 16 lbs so they should fit for at least a couple of months if she grows similarly to her brother.

Diaper Stash- Newborn Swaddlebees

I also got a few Swaddlebees 2.0 in size medium. Personally, I prefer the side-snapping style of diaper. I like how there’s a nice flat front and the flexibility of snapping is great for babies with bigger thighs, like my son had. I snap the bottom snap looser and the top one tighter to avoid red marks and maintain tightness around the waist. This is what I’ve gotten so far, but I plan to get more in this size and maybe a few girly prints in the large.

Diaper Stash- Swaddlebees 2.0

 

I also got a Kawaii pocket diaper (See top photo.) because I love the print and have always wanted to try out the Minky. I’ve got my sights set on a few Charlie Banana and Apple Cheeks pockets, too. Can you tell? I like variety. My poor husband can’t keep up.

What about you? Did you increase your diaper stash for your next baby? How much did you get to re-use from previous cloth diapered babes?

 

GroVia Diapers

Last fall, GroVia diapers announced that they were coming out with new products and they have all finally hit the shelves at Sweetbottoms.

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As you know, GroVia makes a fabulous All-in-Two system with cute shells and snap-in soaker pads. We also have their All-in Ones for Newborns and One Size in addition to several other diaper must-haves.

All in Twos

But now they are branching out into the world of wool with their Kiwi Pie fitteds, wool covers, and wool care line.

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The Fitteds are One Size and can be used with the wool cover or any other way you like to use them. Their outer layer is a 100% Cotton print and inside they have 50% Micro modal and 50% pima cotton fabric. Micro modal is made from Beech trees and is 50% more water-absorbent than regular cotton. It’s also great because it stays soft after washing and is more resistant to mineral buildup.

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The new wool covers feel so soft and they come in three sizes.

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In addition to wool selections, GroVia has a line of Prefolds that can be used inside their shells. They come in four sizes– Newborn, Infant, Infant Long, and Toddler.

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Personally, I’m a huge Prefold fan, so I can’t wait to try these on my new edition.

Have you tried any of the new GroVia products yet? Tell us how you like them!

Feature Product – GroVia Rx Laundry Treatment

GroVia Rx Laundry Treatment

GroVia has developed a unique formulation laundry treatment to remove urine and mineral buildup from cloth diapers and other garments.  Sometimes referred to as “stripping diapers” this removal of buildup restores the natural absorbancy of all fabric including bamboo, cotton, hemp, and microfiber.

GroVia Rx has several great features. It dissolves completely in water and is H•E compliant so it is safe for all washers including high efficiency. This product was not tested on animals, and it is free of phosphate, ammonia, alcohol, and ethers.  It is fairly and conscientiously made in the U.S.A.

GroVia Diaper Rx Laundry Treatment for Cloth Diapers

TO USE:
  1. Insert a single pac into the washer with diapers or other laundry. Do not use additional detergent. Use a regular HOT wash and include one extra rinse.
  2. When the diapers are clean you may return to a simple wash routine and include an adequate amount detergent to clean the diapers.
  3. GroVia Rx can be used to supplement a normal wash routine every six to eight weeks. This will keep your diapers clean and free from buildup.

*If cloth diaper buildup is severe, you may need to use up to three treatments for adequate cleaning.

 

Check out the new GroVia shell patterns here!

GroVia® Single Shell - Hook & Loop or Snap Closure