I purchased the pictured items myself. I was not asked to write, nor was I compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own. Post contains affiliate links. When I decided to do a Gerber all in one cloth diaper review, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. We all know their prefolds are better used as burp cloths so I didn’t have high hopes for this diaper.
Diapers are available in baby pink, sage green, blue and orange. I had a hard time finding them on Target’s website because they are listed as a “Gerber Newborn All In One Reusable Diaper.”
Once you click through, it allows you to choose small (7-18 lbs), medium (16-28 lbs) or large (22-37 lbs). Important note: Unless you have a very slender baby, in my opinion your child may outgrow the diapers before the recommended weight ranges. See action shots on 5 babies/toddlers near the end of this article.
I purchased one of each size. Green is small, orange is medium and blue is large.
There is no elastic on the top/rear of the diaper right at baby’s waist, instead it is inside the diaper. In addition to leg elastic, elastic runs essentially in an oval all the way around the inside of the diaper, offering another blowout blocker. However, there is exposed PUL and elastic which could potentially irritate baby’s skin, as one of my testers experienced.
Diapers have hook & loop closures with laundry tabs. I didn’t have any trouble with them sticking but the overall consensus was that they aren’t the greatest.
Each diaper has sewn in absorbency along with an included doubler that can be laid inside or tucked in the front pocket.
The lining is supposedly cotton with “TRANSdry technology” however, it felt just as wet as any other cotton to me. The absorbency is 65% polyester/35% rayon and has that kind of icky, poly-fill feeling. My GroVia ONE velcro tabs grabbed onto a Gerber insert in the wash and I was starting to think I was never going to get them apart!
Inserts and built in absorbency appear to be the same width in each size, though the sewn in insert is longer in larger sizes. The crotch of each diaper is slightly wider as the size goes up, but it seems there is just a wider cotton area between the absorbency and the elastic in larger sizes.
Here are the 3 sizes closed all the way:
Opened all the way:
One more look:
Here’s the size small compared to a one-size pocket on the small rise setting:
Medium vs. medium:
Large vs. large:
The small diaper did have a small defect that I noticed after washing:
My son is 3.5 years old and about 28.5 lbs so he is really over the weight limit for the medium, but I tried it anyway. It was at the very edges of the hook & loop but it worked!
Of course, my son is very slender, so I think this would stop fitting well before the estimated 28 pounds on an average or chubby baby.
My son is very unpredictable with his wetting now since he’s doing a good job using the potty. However, he did wet the medium. The inner felt completely soaked to the touch, but the insert felt like it could have absorbed plenty more. Based on wet/dry weight it absorbed about 4 fluid ounces at that point.
Monique tried the medium on her 20 month old, 25 pound daughter.
She liked the idea of the double gussets but felt the velcro seemed pretty cheap. Her daughter didn’t like the diaper and kept pulling it off. After wearing it for an hour she had a red rashy area on her hip (I think this is a combination of the exposed PUL/elastic and the diaper just being too small). Update from Monique: The hook and loop is pretty much shot on this diaper after less than ten uses. I would like to see this diaper in a snap version with enclosed PUL.
She got a much better fit on her 12 lb 12 oz 9 week old son.
Monique thinks is is a decent diaper for the price point and was pleasantly surprised that it held up to her heavy wetter. When she pulled out the doubler it was barely damp which is very rare for him. However she thinks the size ranges are definitely off, the back elastic and velcro are getting caught on each other before & after diaper changes, and it’s starting to get fuzzy because of that. She’s not wild about the exposed elastic/PUL on the gusset but thinks it would be a good diaper for a beginning cloth diaper experience.
I also tried my son in the large:
Despite my skepticism, I loved the fit of this diaper. It’s as though it was made for him and it was also very trim despite using the additional insert.
Katie tried it on her one year old who is the polar opposite of my string bean. Her chunky boy weighs about the same as my son and she tried him in the large:
Like me, Katie really didn’t have high expectations for the new Gerber AIO diaper. She was however, surprised by the absorbency and fit of the diaper. She felt like the velcro wasn’t the strongest, but she got a really nice fit with it. Her son is a heavy wetter and she didn’t have any leaking issues at all.
Alyssa tried the small on her 10 lb, 7 week old daughter. She is already planning to buy more since the leg elastic fit her daughter’s skinny legs perfectly and they were finally able to use cloth diapers without leaks after weeks of struggling.
The Gerber AIO is available online at Target and on Amazon. Target has them priced at $11.99 and Amazon at $12.99. When I purchased mine, Target had a 30% off coupon so I paid just about $9 per diaper after tax.
One thing to keep in mind about sized diapers is that since they are used for a shorter period of time, they will receive much less wear than a one-size diaper that is used continuously for 2-3 years. This means they will be more likely to last for another child or be ready for resale. Another important note is that you don’t necessarily need 24 diapers in each size. While you may need that many for a newborn, older babies may only use 6-8 diapers (or even fewer for toddlers) and you can likely get away with 16-18 mediums and 12-14 larges (or even fewer) to wash every other day. Not all babies will even need every size (my kids never outgrew medium Fuzzibunz perfect size diapers before potty training). Granted, these diapers do seem to run a bit small but my son is 3 1/2 and fit (barely) in the medium.
So in the end, I would love to see this diaper with a different absorbent material (and I prefer a stay-dry lining) but I was very pleased with the fit on my son and the absorbency seemed to be fine. The price (especially with Target discounts) is within reach of many families and it is very simple to use. The only “work” after washing & drying was to tuck the booster in the pocket (if needed) and then tuck the lining/insert under the front & rear elastic. You can see what I mean by looking at the illustration on the packaging shown at the top of this post – I don’t think I pictured the diaper that way! Though many of us may groan when we hear “Gerber” and “cloth diapers” used in the same sentence, their prefolds (that everyone registers for as burp cloths) are generally well known and I’m hoping that people will take note of the new diaper because of the name.
Have you tried Gerber all in one cloth diapers? What did you think?