I received the pictured diaper as a Kickstarter perk, for which I paid the same as everyone else. I was not asked to write, nor was I compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own. Post may contain affiliate links. I saw the O.N.E. by GroVia prototype at ABC this fall, and was anxiously awaiting my reward after backing the Kickstarter campaign.
One important note: the prototype had microfiber inserts and I know some were disappointed by that. Good news! The production models are
a unique cotton blend (less than 10% polyester) 100% pre-shrunk cotton and are awesomely absorbent. (GroVia had made the cotton/poly blend soakers but none of them ended up in any production run.)
Terminology note: This is an all-in-one style where the entire diaper is meant to be changed each time. When I began cloth diapering, this style was also sometimes called an all-in-two (or all-in-three) because the inserts snapped in/together rather than being sewn in one piece. As time went on, the term AI2 tended to refer only to diapers where the shell was reusable for multiple changes. If you are looking for a diaper with a reusable shell/replaceable inserts, check out the GroVia Hybrid/AI2.
I chose the dandelion print. Whee! I love it!
As soon as I opened the package I thought what a great diaper this would be for someone new to cloth. The packaging makes for a nice store display and includes common sense wash instructions and a guide for fit and absorbency. When I started using cloth diapers it was difficult to figure out what rise setting and which inserts I should use. Some brands had a guide on their site but not all.
The outlast closure system is something I’ve been asking for since 2010!
The hook & loop is very sturdy and in fact, I found that I had to really hold onto it when removing the diaper, or I’d unsnap the tabs leaving the hook stuck to the loop strip. This is actually not a bad thing because it makes it super easy to remove the H&L for laundering, making it last even longer.
The diaper does include laundry tabs so you can easily wash without removing the H&L.
There are 3 rise settings to fit babies from 10-35 pounds, and the outlast closure is easy to snap on and remove.
There are 4 snaps on the strip and 2 on each tab. You can use H&L closures when it’s convenient for you and snaps when you prefer them. Even if you decide to use H&L full time and leave it on to wash, you can affordably purchase replacements and snap on a new set, no sewing required.
The shell of the diaper is lined with ridiculously soft microfleece, and there is a hidden layer of microfiber for extra absorbency.
Diapers come with small and large soakers that are a cotton blend topped with microfleece.
They are channeled to draw liquid to the middle and snap into the shell separately or together.
The inserts are intended to be ready to use without special prepping, but I personally found they performed better after 2-3 washes & dries.
The material is not difficult to care for and even the large insert is sized to fit the small rise setting (pictured above – not snapped in properly, just to show size) after the minimal shrinkage.
Both inserts together absorbed about 11 ounces (keep in mind there is also a hidden layer or absorbency in the shell), which means most families would even be able to use this diaper as purchased for night time. Night time diapering can be a hurdle when you are new to cloth. Most pocket diapers don’t work alone at night once your baby is a bit older, stops waking for diaper changes or becomes a heavy wetter. There are lots of solutions out there, as simple as adding a hemp insert but you do have to seek the information out, and it’s a separate purchase to be made. When I was having trouble with night time cloth diapering, I went through several expensive and bulky fitted diapers and wool covers in search of a solution. While a perfectly fine option, I think making a diaper work for most families in most situations “right out of the box” is a huge step toward making cloth diapers a more mainstream choice.
In case you were wondering, the outlast closures and O.N.E inserts aren’t interchangeable with the hybrid shells & soakers. Even so, I thought you might like to see how the body/cut of the O.N.E. compares to the hybrid.
Here’s the small setting (hook and loop left, snap right):
Next to the old style GroVia newborn AIO (which is quite small).
Finally, next to the small hybrid:
Medium setting (hook & loop left, snap right):
vs. the medium hybrid:
Large (H&L left, snap right):
vs. the large hybrid:
Large H&L (left) and snap (right) with both inserts on my son, who was 3 years old and about 28 lbs at the time:
I actually got a better fit on the medium rise setting:
As always, my “action shots” are very real. I don’t take the time to pull and tuck and make things picture perfect as if I were shooting a stock photo. 🙂 Even if you have .5 seconds to put a diaper on a 3-year old who is trying to do a tuck and roll combined with Elvis Presley moves, rest assured this diaper will still work. Hee hee.
The diaper with just the large insert was plenty of absorbency for us and cut down on the bulk a bit.
With a suggested retail price of $21.95, versatility in absorbency and closure preferences, with no additional purchase needed, I think this is a fantastic option! O.N.E. will be available at your favorite cloth diaper retailers in May including:
(More listed here)
Here’s a great graphic showing the changes you’ll see in the July/August 2015 release!
Have you tried O.N.E.? What did you think?