Today I begin the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. The premise of the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge is to post something every day in April except for Sundays. This will result in 26 blog posts--one for each letter of the alphabet. Each day I will theme a post according to a letter of the alphabet. Today is the first day of the challenge so I begin with the letter A.
A: All-in Ones
For anyone who complains about the inconvenience of cloth diapers, there are 3 simple words to solve their problems: All in Ones. I have had some in my stash since we began using cloth when W arrived. Like all diapers, the have their pros and cons, but the major perk of using AIOs is the fact that they are as simple as using disposables! What could be easier than putting the diaper on and taking it off! The only difference in our house is that the diaper goes in the wet bag instead of the trash!
Our newborn stash included 5 bumGenius AIOs size XS and our current stash included 5 bumGenius AIOs size S. They have all been retired now as our little chunky monkey continues to grow like a weed! But overall they were some of our favorite diapers. The XS fit him very early on as a result of his cord falling off within the first week. He was born 7lbs, 13oz and measured 19.5” long at birth to give any idea of his size when he first started wearing the BG AIOs.
Here he is wearing a BG AIO xs in Twilight at 13 days old. At 2 weeks old he was measuring 21.5" long and weighed 8lbs, 9oz.
At 1 month, 2 days old he was still in the XS Clementine.
At 2 months, 1 weeks, and 2 days we were solidly in the smalls but he also began to fit into his BG 3.0 OS as well so we had many more diapers in rotation. Here he is wearing his small in Clementine. At 2 months, 2 weeks, and 4 days W weighed 15lbs, 9oz and was 25.5" long.
Around 3 months, 1 week we retired the size smalls as they were beginning to leak if W was in them for longer than about an hour. It was definitely time to move completely into his 3.0s. The photo below shows him wearing a small when he was 3 months and 1 week.
I got most of our BG AIOs around Earth Day last year as so many sites were having sales. So, I stocked up before I knew if Bum Genius was for us. Luckily, our BGs have proven to be perfect on W as he has become a little chunky monkey.
We never had any leaking except when he needed to move from the XS to the S or when he needed to leave the smalls behind. I loved the aplix because it allowed us to get a good fit when he was a skinny little newborn and when he started to really fill out. I also appreciated how slim and trim they were. They fit well under his clothes when he was smaller and it is one aspect I really miss. He also never had any redness or rash while wearing his BG AIOs which is something I have been concerned about since we started using cloth when he was born.
Another thing I loved about our BG AIOs were the bright colors. Orange happens to be one of my favorite colors so the Clementine color is one of my favorites. We also had BG AIOs in Twilight, Moonbeam, Ribbit, Grasshopper, and White. Although I love prints, they are often hard to come by for boys and the bright BG colors make me very happy. I love when our fluff is cute!
One thing about AIOs that I'm not in love with is the dry time. Since the insert is sewn in, the take a lot longer to dry than pockets with separate inserts. The XS took quite awhile to dry as the insert is completely enclosed. The S size dried a bit quicker because it has a pocket to add additional absorbancy. I would often turn the smalls inside out so they would dry more quickly. Interestingly enough we never had any problems with stinkies with the XS but we did with the S. In fact, they are sitting in the laundry room waiting for me to work on getting the minor stinkies out before getting packed away! Any suggestions about how to best do that are appreciated!
Another major downside to the BG AIOs is that they are no longer being made in any size except for XS. Although we have not tried them in any size bigger than the smalls, I would definitely recommend the XS and S for the first few months. The XS were amazing for us during the newborn phase.
They are currently on clearance at Cotton Babies for $9.95 and it looks like they have still have some available in size small! The XS is available as well and are now listed as bumGenius Newborn Cloth Diapers. They are available for $12.95 each.
Disclosure: I was not compensated in any way for this review and all opinions are my own. FormulaMom’s full disclosure can be found here.