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Monday, May 7, 2018

Cloth Diapering 101 | All in Twos (AI2)


This post was created in partnership with Lil Helper but all thoughts and opinions are of my own.

We have been cloth diapering for a full month now and I have learned so much so I decided to start a new mini series on my blog, Cloth Diapering 101 (see my New Moms Survival series here and my Nursing Bras series here). Every few weeks or so, I will go into detail about the different types of cloth diapering systems that there are available because cloth diapers have come a long way from flats, safety pins and covers (although that is still an option!).
As I have mentioned on my Instastories (if you are not following me on Instagram yet, you should as I always update there first) we were fortunate to get a cloth diaper loan from a foundation while we build up our own personal stash of cloth diapers. I was researching different brands and came across Lil Helper and the first thing that stood out to me was their Trial Diaper Deal and the more I looked around their website I found their Baby Do Good program. For every three diapers they sell, Lil Helper donates a NEW cloth diaper to a family in need. Being on the receiving end of having diapers donated to me during this unemployed (and now underemployed) season has been an incredible blessing for our family so naturally this sealed the deal for me. 
In case you are curious like I was, I asked how does Lil Helper determine eligibility for families in need and was told they work with disaster relief organizations as well as local programs to donate their diapers to families. The organizations then vet the families for eligibility. A friend even told me that Lil Helper donated a ton of diapers for victims of Hurricane Harvey in the Houston and surrounding area which touched my heart even more that this company has helped many people in my city and beyond (they also provided cloth diapers to Hurricane Katrina victims). Another program that touched my heart and had me in tears was their God Forbid Guarantee. If something unexpected happens during your pregnancy or birth, Lil Helper will refund your entire purchase. I have never personally experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss but people that are near and dear to me have and knowing the love and understanding that a company puts into their policies is beyond amazing. There really are no words to describe how much care Lil Helper has for their customers.
Now that you know about this amazing company,  I will finally get into the details about the type of cloth diapering system they sell. Lil Helper offers All in Two diapering system options. An All in Two diaper comes in two pieces, the cover and the insert(s). Lil Helper's All in Two systems snap in but other brands could either snap in, lay in or have disposable inserts. The covers can be reused throughout the day while the inserts you change out as they are soiled on (if poop overflows off the inserts and onto the cover then you will need to change the cover as well). Lil Helper offers two inserts with every cover, a large insert and a small insert. You can buy additional inserts as Lil Helper sells Charcoal inserts (these are the ones we have), Bamboo inserts and Overnight inserts.
Lil Helper also offers a range of accessories such as bibs, wet bags, burp cloths, liners, changing mats and cloth wipes. We were able to test out their cloth wipes and I got to say they are extremely soft! We use them as wash cloths but I can imagine how great they would be on your baby's bum. I have researched a bit about cloth wipes and it seems terry cloth is used a lot of the time but terry cloth can be a bit rough in my opinion so I would highly recommend these cloth wipes from Lil Helper to be used as either cloth wipes, bath wash cloths or even baby doll cloth diapers. 

AI2 Pros

  • If the inserts are snapped in ahead of time, they are as easy to use as All in Ones (AIOs).
  • Covers come in many cute prints and colors (we have Lil Helper's Aurora and Lil Helper's Retro Bikes).
  • Often pretty quick to dry.
  • Since the covers can be reused, they can be a cheaper system (but you can honestly make anything as cheap or as expensive as you want in the cloth diapering world).

AI2 Cons

  • Snap-in systems make it difficult to customize absorbency (especially if you have a heavy wetter however we have only had one leak using Lil Helper Diapers and it was a user error as I lost track of time and didn't change baby Anthony soon enough).
  • The inserts may not be good at containing infant poop (although toddler poop it is and we actually designated our Lil Helper diaper as Sophia's poop diaper since she poops at the same time everyday, easiest cleanup for her type of poop).
Edited to add:  Concerning infant poop, I didn't mean the possibility of having poop explosions outside of the diaper, I meant that the inserts wouldn't be enough to contain infant poop on the inserts alone like it can sometimes do with toddler poop meaning you will still need to change the insert as well as the cover if poop gets on both and you honestly have to do that with every diaper system anyways. Also note baby Anthony is pass the constant poop stage so this is merely my speculation however I have been informed that there has been no complaints of Lil Helper diapers not being able to keep infant poop inside the diaper unless there is a fit issue which they will gladly work one on one with you to solve a fit issue (and they did assist me with a fit issue and it worked!).

Do you cloth diaper your children? Have you tried an All in Two system? Which cloth diapering system is your favorite?

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  1. What an absolute amazing post I always want to do cloth diaper ring if I have another I may do it in the future thanks for this great review

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    1. I wanted to start right away with my first but my husband wasn't on board but he finally was willing to try with our second and I am loving it! I still use disposables if we are away from the house but overall I don't think I would go back to just use disposables.

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  2. Love that Lil Helper donates to those in need! Great post for those interested in cloth diapering!

    -Jennifer
    https://maunelegacy.com

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  3. I believe that cloth diapers are not only better for the baby's sensitive bum, but also better for the environment. I will be checking out Lil Helpers. They sound like a great company!

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    1. Yes and yes! and they are so much cutter on them too!! lol

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  4. I used cloth diapers for all my three children. Although I had to use disposable ones during bedtime and when we are out of the house. I guess I am fortunate that all my kids were not difficult to potty train. Will definitely recommend AL2 to friends and family. Loving the cute designs!

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    1. We still use disposables outside of the house as well as it would be way too bulky carrying around cloth diapers for two kiddos lol.

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  5. These prints are so cute!! I wish I could get into them but I just couldn't haha a good friend of mine uses them and does laundry every other day. That wasn't appealing to me haha maybe I'll reconsider if we have a second baby.

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    1. Depending on how many you have in your stash, I have heard people go every 3-5 days doing laundry, some even as long as two weeks. I personally do laundry every other day but I don't mind doing laundry as it is relaxing and I play an audiobook while I'm folding or stuffing diapers.

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  6. These look and sound like awesome clothe diapers! I need to look into these for my youngest :)

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  7. I LOVE LilHelper diapers. Not only are they an amazing company but they actually deliver a superior product. We have been cloth diapering for just about nine months now and LilHelpers have been so easy to adjust as our little one grows!

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    1. That's good to know! My big guy is 6 months old but he is constantly at the top of the charts every check up so he easily fits into everything and my daughter, we just now started cloth diapering her at 2 years old and they fit her perfectly as well.

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