Gerber Childrenswear is always in our baby’s dressers: from the onesies we received at baby showers, to classic footed flannel pjs. Gerber prefolds have also been a part of our nursery, but usually as burp or wash cloths. Only recently did Gerber release a cloth diapering option I was curious about adding to my stash -their new Gerber All-in-One (AIO). I heard mixed reviews and wanted to try out this affordable, mainstream option to see how it stacks up to competitors.
The Gerber AIO cloth diaper comes with an AIO shell that can be used on its own and an extra insert for additional absorbency. You can lay the insert on top or tuck it into the pocket area underneath. The diaper includes a double gusseted leg design (a big plus for me) and an inner elastic waist band in the front and back. This diaper is only available in aplix closure.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by the thoughtful design. This diaper was clearly made to be easy to use and easy to wash. The gussets and elastic bands provide a great barrier against leaking and blowouts. We experienced neither using this diaper for the past couple of months.
Diaper shell: 100% polyester interlock with urethane laminate backing; Absorbent lining: 65% polyester/35% rayon; Liner fabric: 100% cotton TRANSdry
I’ll be honest – I wasn’t particularly impressed by the fabrics of this diaper. The shell is made out of a basic, solid polyester in standard colors (blue, orange, pink, and sage). The gussets are made from the laminated fabric, so this leaves baby’s skin exposed to the laminate and elastic. I imagine this could irritate sensitive skin and I would prefer to see a soft, absorbent fabric cover this area. I don’t personally mind polyester linings, but you might if you prefer natural materials. I am also noticing fraying in the back gusset after only owning the diaper since July.
The biggest red flag when it comes to materials is the aplix closures, which I could see was doomed to fail after a short time. Gerber assures me that they are aware of the issue and working on improved closures for their updated version.
The Gerber AIO comes in 3 sizes – small (8 to 18 lbs), medium (16 to 28 lbs), and large (22 to 37 lbs). We received a medium diaper and it appeared to follow my experience with Gerber clothing in general – they run small. This is good news if you are planning to diaper a newborn. It isn’t so great if you are hoping to fit a chunkier baby or use a diaper into toddler years.
We tested the medium on my long, trim 10 month old from about 18 to 20 lbs and I actually liked the sizing on him. I am not certain, however, that the diaper will continue to meet his needs through 28 lbs. I’ll be sure to update my review at that time! For more detailed size comparisons, be sure to check out the Change-Diapers Gerber review.
In my experience, this is where the Gerber AIO really shines. The diaper has a trim, snug fit on baby and I really felt that I could get an exact fit with the aplix closure, combined with the double gussets. The aplix tabs definitely became less functional over time, making it more likely that a wet diaper would slip undone while Sebastian scooted around the room. I will say that the additional insert is small, but provided enough absorbency for a trim, nap time experience without leaks.
The cost is what really has the potential to make this cloth diaper mainstream. The price ranges between $11.99 and $13.99, depending on where you purchase it. Since it is available in mainstream stores, such as Target, it’s also very accessible. You will need to Gerber AIOs in every size and I don’t imagine that these will have a huge resale value, but you could certainly recoup some of the cost if they remain in excellent condition. There are other AIOs from trusted competitors, such as Diaper Rite, at similar costs that come with more patterns and higher quality fabrics, so I believe that Gerber will have to make some changes to compete in the larger market.
This is an affordable, thoughtful effort from a well-known, trusted company. While this first run isn’t perfect, I liked the fit and absorbency, especially for the price. I would be interested in reviewing the updated version, especially with adjustments to the aplix and exposed PUL and elastic.
Have you tried the new Gerber AIO? What was your experience? Stay tuned for an upcoming giveaway so you can try it for yourself!
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