In my journey of using cloth diapers I get told by so many people that they “can’t” cloth diaper because of one reason or another. No matter what the reason, it most commonly boils down to them not knowing where to start or not really having an understanding of cloth.
For someone who hasn’t looked into cloth or can’t get a good grasp of it, the best cloth diapers to start with would be AIO’s. If you’re convinced that they are more complicated than a disposable then you may be in for a surprise. Personally, I would choose the aplix (velcro) over the snaps for those just starting out since it is most like a disposable in it’s ease of use.
The term AIO- All in One- refers to the fact that the whole diaper is one “piece” much like you would expect a disposable to be. The soaker is sewn in and it’s the easiest system to use when first starting out or making the switch from disposables. There is no separate soaker the needs to be stuffed or cover needed and although the drying time can be a little longer, it is definitely the system I recommend for newbies. AIO’s are also favored by childcare providers and dads since they are pretty self explanatory upon first glance.
You can choose to get a fitted AIO or you can get a OS (one size) which allows you to adjust the rise and your baby is able to wear the diaper longer.
Most AIO’s do have the option to add extra absorbency in a pocket, which is a great feature if you plan to use them as you baby gets older and becomes a heavier wetter. It ‘s also most convenient to be able to easily add absorbency to convert into a nighttime diaper rather than buying diapers specifically for over night. (Makes it a money saver, too!)
* My AIO is in the dirty laundry right now, but I’ll update with photos once it’s clean to help illustrate the features I mentioned above.