Posted by KarenC on December 12, 19103 at 12:10:17:
In Reply to: Small AIOs VS. Small Sandies? posted by Amanda S. on December 12, 19103 at 11:49:22:
I would recomend sticking with a seperate cover and diaper except for outings and sitters etc...
There are indeed drawbacks to using exclusively AIOs. First, they don't last as long (the waterproofing specifically) as a seperate diaper and cover for a couple of reasons. First the cover part of the diaper gets washed after every use in an AIO, whereas you can reuse a seperate cover several times over the course of a day before it needs washing. You also end up washing in hot water every time, while it's recomend to wash covers on warm (you can usually even get away with cold). The hot water is harder on the waterproofing... It's also recomended to line dry covers to extend their life, but that is harder to do with AIOs because it means you have to line dry the whole diaper and some people prefer not to because the diaper can get stiff that way.
AIOs also tend to leak slightly more often. Now, I wouldn't say that ME AIOs are leak-prone, far from it.... It's just that it can happen easier with the AIO than with a seperate diaper and cover. First, because you only have one 'barrier' keeping messy poop inside the diaper so there's that much more chance that it will escape (the seal on a regular cover is also much better than on an AIO). There's also the possibility that the AIO could get slightly twisted and fabric from the inside would end up peeking outside and this could lead to wicking and leaks (especially at night). Because the 'seal' isn't as good on an AIO, it also means that it's easier for shirts to creep into the diaper (eg at night) and cause wicking.
Using exclusively AIOs is also less flexible because it means you can never go without a cover (say your child has a rash for example...). You also can't get package deals on AIOs... Also the cost per individual diaper may seem like not much, but when you add that up over a couple dozen diapers in small and large, it starts being a significant amount. And it's even more when you consider that they will wear out quicker (so you'll get less use out of them in subsequent children or will get less $$ in resale).
Just my 2 cents.... Some do use exclusively AIOs and it works for them but it's not something I would recomend.