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All In One Diapers Cloth Diapers Giveaway One Size Diapers Review Velcro/Aplix Closure

Ones & Twos AIO Cloth Diaper Review & Giveaway (CLOSED 2/7)

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Ones & Twos are easy to use, all-in-one cloth diapers

ones & twos 2 pkg ones & twos 6 pkg
ones & twos 3 pkg overall ones & twos 4 pkg
ones & twos 5 pkg

Ones & Twos are designed to be very easy to use, even for those new to cloth. Therefore, they only come in hook & loop (Velcro) closures.

ones & twos 7 laundry tabs ones & twos 8 velcro

They have soft laundry tabs, and the hook part of the hook & loop is a little unusual, different than others I’ve seen. It’s more of a stiff plastic. Very hard to explain and equally difficult to photograph, but I tried!

ones & twos 9 velcro close ones & twos 10 velcro close 2

The diapers have stay dry inners and encased leg elastic.

ones & twos 11 inner and elastic

There are 4 snap down rise settings.

ones & twos 12 snap down rise

These 4 settings are designed to fit babies from 6 1/2-39 lbs.

ones & twos 13 pocket opening and soaker ones & twos 14 sewn in soaker

The Ones & Twos offers the best of both worlds, with both a sewn in soaker, and also a front opening pocket to add additional absorbency.

ones & twos 15 stay dry booster

Bamboo boosters are available separately, but each diaper comes with a microfiber booster. The best part is that the booster is topped with stay-dry microfleece, so you can just lay it right inside the diaper, without dealing with stuffing and un-stuffing.

Here is the XS/Newborn setting (6.5-13 lbs) measured folded and stretched (not an exact science!):

ones & twos 16 xs folded ones & twos 17 xs stretched

ones & twos 18 xs ones & twos 19 xs back
ones & twos 20 xs side

Small (11-22 lbs):

ones & twos 21 small folded ones & twos 22 small stretched

ones & twos 23 small ones & twos 24 small back
ones & twos 25 small side

Medium (19-31 lbs):

ones & twos 26 medium folded ones & twos 27 medium stretched

ones & twos 28 medium ones & twos 29 medium back
ones & twos 30 medium side

Large (22-39 lbs):

ones & twos 31 large folded ones & twos 32 large stretched

ones & twos 33 large ones & twos 34 large back
ones & twos 35 large side

I put my 29ish pound 2 1/2 year old in the large setting:

ones & twos 36 on 29 lb 2.5 yo ones & twos 37 on 2.5 yo
ones & twos 38 on 29 lb toddler ones & twos 39 back

He definitely needs the included booster since he is an unpredictable heavy wetter. He isn’t big into the potty yet, but he tends to “hold it” and soak a diaper all at once sometimes!

I also tried the XS/Newborn setting on my 8 1/2 ish pound 6 week old:

ones & twos 40 8.5 lb 6 wk old ones & twos 41

It fit him well too, with no leg gap. It didn’t seem nearly as bulky as other one-size diapers are on him. I didn’t have any trouble snapping a newborn size onesie over it. The pictures make it look like the waist/rear elastic is digging in on both the boys, but it wasn’t at all.

While Ones & Twos don’t have lots of colors and prints (there are 6 colors, plus white) and don’t come in snaps, they are a great value and are super, super easy to use. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to someone thinking about switching from disposables to cloth since I think it would be an easy transition. My big question is how the velcro will hold up, and only time will tell. So far it has been fine with the handful of washes it’s been through, though it is pretty “grippy” and takes a bit of yanking to get it off the laundry tabs!

Ones & Twos Diapers solid colors retail for $16.95 each, or $79.95 ($15.99 each) for a 5-pack of white diapers. Find a Ones & Twos retailer, follow Ones & Twos on Twitter and “like” Ones & Twos on Facebook.

Giveaway: One reader will receive a Ones & Twos diaper in his/her choice of color. (ARV $16.95.) Entries go in the Rafflecopter form.


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FTC compliance: Although I received an item for review purposes, I was not otherwise compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own.

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Cloth Diapering Mailbox Mondays Washing

Cloth Diaper Advice – Mailbox Mondays 1/30/12 – Hard to Soft Water

washing #clothdiapers going from hard to soft water via @chgdiapers

Need cloth diaper advice? Each Monday, I’ll answer a user submitted question.

Questions don’t have to be cloth diaper related, just email maria at change-diapers.com with “Mailbox Mondays” in the subject, or fill out my contact form for readers, which you will always be able to find on my Contact Page.

Carrie says:

Here’s question for you:

I’ll be moving in a few short weeks to a house that has a water softener, which we will use. I have a front load washer and very hard water in my current house, and settled on a routine with Rockin’ Green Hard Rock and a couple of rinses, which generally works most of the time.

Any suggestions for switching to softened water? Any guesses as to whether my older diapers that have been in rotation for 2+ years will improve (less smell, softer, more absorbent that currently).

I’ve only cloth diapered in this house, with well water, water softener and top load HE, but I did go through the shock of soft water after having had city water! I had an awful time getting used to only needing a tiny bit of shampoo, soap etc. Our water seems to vary a little bit in acidity/hardness depending on the time of year (or something) and of course how much salt is left in the softener. So I do have to switch things up a little bit here and there.

Softer water comes with it’s own challenges. You are more likely to deal with issues of detergent residue, and I had a heck of a time finding a detergent that worked for me. I’d probably start by reducing the amount of detergent you’re using a little bit, and see what happens. Rockin’ Green seems to work better in hard water than in normal/soft water, so you may need to try something new if it doesn’t work as well in the new water.

Overall, yes I think you will find that your diapers are cleaner, softer and better smelling without all the extra minerals in your water! Your detergent will be able to work on getting your diapers clean, instead of tussling with the hard water!

Has anyone else gone from hard to softened water? How did you do with the transition?

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Buying & Selling Cloth Diapers Cloth Diapers Used Cloth Diapers

Used Cloth Diaper Sales History – Please Contribute

As another portion of my latest project, I want to track actual sales of used cloth diapers. If you have bought or sold diapers recently, please complete the survey once for each diaper bought or sold, as you find the time. No need to complete multiple times if you purchased several of the same diaper at the same price.

This will not be my sole source of information, but will help me analyze data to create more accurate results. The more responses I receive the better the results, so please share – especially in cloth diaper selling/trading groups!

I welcome photos of diapers as well. Please email them to maria at change-diapers.com with “Diaper Photos” in the subject. Please include info to help me find your entry on the survey spreadsheet; mentioning in the additional info field that you are sending photos would be great! Please note that any comments, photos or other information become the property of change-diapers.com to print, publish, or use as we see fit.

Thank you!

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Surveys – Characteristics of Used Cloth Diaper Conditions

As one step of my latest project, I want to get opinions from as many people as possible, so please share this post!

I want to know what you personally look for when deciding whether a cloth diaper (that you are buying or selling) is in excellent, very good, good, or used condition. (I’ll also be including some conditions that are more objective, such as new, like new & needs repair!)

Feel free to use the “other” fields in each category to add other characteristics, and the bottom “other” paragraph to add additional, general characteristics that do not apply to any particular category. I did not include snap closures, since they are generally either in fine shape or broken/not working, without any real in-between!

I’d also love your photos of your own diapers, including close-ups of the areas/characteristics that make you rate them a certain way (you don’t have to be selling them, just have diapers that you think are a good example of a condition.) Please email photos to maria at change-diapers.com with “Diaper Photos” in the subject. Please include how you “rate” the diaper and why.

I’d also be interested in photos of diapers you purchased that were advertised as one condition, but when you received them, you felt they should have been rated a different condition. Please include how the diaper was advertised and described, how you’d rate it and photos/descriptions of why you feel there was a discrepancy.

Note that any photos, information or quotes emailed become the property of change-diapers.com to republish, reproduce and use as we see fit.

When completing the surveys please think about characteristics that would make a diaper fall into one category vs. another. Ex: what makes a diaper GUC rather than VGUC.

Thank you!

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All In One Diapers Cloth Diapers Made in the USA Microfiber Review Snap Closure Two Size/Staged Diapers Velcro/Aplix Closure

Thirsties NEW Duo AIO Cloth Diaper Review

thirsties duo aio 1

The Duo AIO cloth diaper is a brand new, U.S.A. made item from Thirsties.

thirsties duo aio 1-2 tag thirsties duo aio 1-3 back of tag

Like the duo wrap, duo diaper and duo fitted, the duo AIO comes in size 1 (6-18 lbs/0-9 months) and size 2 (18-40 lbs/9-36 months) so you can truly take your child from birth to potty training with 2 sizes.

thirsties duo aio 2 closures thirsties duo aio 3 rise snaps

You can choose snap or hook & loop closures, and each size has a snap down rise to get a custom fit with 3 sizes within each size.

thirsties duo aio 4 leg elastic

The duo AIO has leg & waist elastic like the fitteds rather than the double gussets of the wraps & pockets.

thirsties duo aio 5 tunnel soaker thirsties duo aio 6 gets clean add absorbency
with addl insert under

It also has a tunnel soaker (3 layers of microfiber) like the duo fab fitted. It doesn’t have the hemp that makes me love the duo pocket, but the tunnel design allows you to add absorbency, as well as allowing for more thorough cleaning and faster drying. The inner of the diaper is soft, stay-dry microfleece.

Here you can see that the duo AIO is much more similar to the duo fab fitted

thirsties duo aio 7 duo fitted vs aio thirsties duo aio 8 duo fitted vs aio 2

Than the duo pocket (accidentally had the duo pocket on the small setting vs the AIO’s large in this photo):

thirsties duo aio 9 duo fitted vs pocket thirsties duo aio 10 duo fitted vs pocket 2

The sizing is also more similar to the fitteds.

Here is the size 1/small setting measured folded and stretched:

thirsties duo aio 11 small folded thirsties duo aio 12 small stretched

thirsties duo aio 13 small thirsties duo aio 14 small back
thirsties duo aio 15 small side

Medium:

thirsties duo aio 15 medium folded thirsties duo aio 16 medium stretched

thirsties duo aio 17 medium thirsties duo aio 18 medium back
thirsties duo aio 19 medium side

Large:

thirsties duo aio 20 large folded thirsties duo aio 21 large stretched

thirsties duo aio 22 large thirsties duo aio 23 large back
thirsties duo aio 24 large side

Here’s the Thirsties Duo AIO size 1/small setting on my 6 week old, 8.5ish lb son:

thirsties duo aio on 8.5 lb baby

To compare, here he is the same day in a Duo Pocket (print), duo fab fitted (honeydew) and wrap (honeydew also.)

thirsties duo pocket on 8.5 lb 6 wk old thirsties duo fab fitted on 8.5 lb 6 wk old
thirsties duo wrap on 8.5 lb 6 wk old

I have pictures of the fab fitted on my son at days old and 6 lbs 5 oz in my newborn cloth diaper post if you’re curious about fit on a smaller baby!

This diaper is designed to be both easy to use, and affordable. 8 solid colors (plus white) retail for just $15.75, and prints are $1 more. This is $3 less than the duo pocket diaper however, hemp inserts retail for $9.00/2 pack. So, if you need the extra absorbency of hemp all the time, in every diaper, you’re not really saving over the pocket since it includes the 2 piece insert.

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend these to someone new to cloth, who wants something affordable, that’s also super easy to use and wash!

FTC compliance: I purchased these items at normal retail prices. I was not asked to write, nor was I compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own.

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