There may be a misconception floating around out there.
Yes, one sized cloth diapers will fit your child from ~10lbs-35lbs.
Yes, one sized cloth diapers are the best option for families cloth diapering more than one child.
Yes, one sized cloth diapers are the more economical route.
However, it is NOT necessarily true that one sized cloth diapers can be used with ALL your kids from day one to potty training.
If “Timmy” wears a one sized Rumparooz for 2 years, “Susie” may not get to use them for all her diapering years.
Elastic does wear out. Albeit, I’ve never had an elastic problem in a Rumparooz!
Is it the responsibility of the one sized diaper manufacturer to replace every diaper with shot elastic? No.
Let’s be realistic. We all save clothes to pass down to younger children. Camden is wearing things Haven wore.
But, when a button pops off I don’t email the manufacturer for a replacement.
That is the good and bad about “knowing” cloth diaper makers. The good is that there is an open line of communication; something you don’t get with Levi’s.
The bad is the open line of communication leaves them, often times, trying to make everyone happy and their profit suffers.
Elastic isn’t the only part of a cloth diaper to show wear and tear over time. I used Bum Genius Organics (now called Elementals) for many years. By the time I retired them, 2-3 years later, they were buttery soft and full of holes.
They still functioned decently but had outlived their life expectancy.
Even more common than elastic problems and fabric wear, is the breakdown of aplix. Most aplix is shot after a year. There are some brands better than others but I believe that aplix shortens a cloth diaper’s life expectancy more than the other factors.
How long do you expect a one-sized cloth diaper to last? What if it doesn’t last as long as you had hoped?
What has been your experience with one-sized cloth diapers?
I asked a couple of my cloth diaper friends to give me their personal testimonies using one-sized diapers and what they offer to their customers:
Julie of Rumparooz/Kanga Care:
If you take good care of them I think that they can make it through 2 kids. Autumn and Sebastian have shared diapers that worked out fine, but I will be replacing them for #4.
We don’t have many elastic issues so we just usually replace them. I do know that when we have elastic issues it is usually a diaper that is a year + old and the customers first response is “These were supposed to last me from birth to potty training.” Well, they will FIT from birth to potty training, but you still have to take care of them to make sure they “last”..
My little guy has been wearing his Cutiepoops OS ever since I started making them and they are still in perfect working shape, a little faded but everything is still working great on them. I have them all boxed up for the next kid (when ever that will be).
I have only been around for 2 1/2 years and didn’t start making a OS diaper until a year and a half ago. I haven’t had anyone email me about elastic wearing out yet.
I wouldn’t have a problem fixing any elastic problem w/in 6 months for free. Any elastic problems after that will be fixed for a small replacement fee. The elastic usually won’t wear out if taken care of but some people don’t care for their diapers as they should and things will wear out faster.
I think it is very important to be honest and upfront with people so they do not have unrealistic expectations .
I tell people when you are purchasing one-size diapers it is for one child when you have 30 diapers in rotation. If you have less the you will see wear sooner. If you get more use out of a stash of 30 onesize diapers then consider it a bonus.
A one-size diaper like Tiny Tush Elite or Trims usually see’s all the wear of all 4 sizes [nb, s, m, l]. Being washed and dried every other day for 2-2 1/2 years. Simple math tells us it has been used 365+ time.
We have been very fortunate not to have Tiny Tush elastic burst/fail at 6 months. In the 11 years of making diaper no elastic breaking, I bet I have had less than 12 snaps repairs.
Quality is very important to us! We source the best American made components ( not buy imports from a USA supplier we ask every single time we place an order if it is still made by them in the USA).
The biggest issues we have is improper laundering, fabric softeners and dryer sheets or stink smell from microfiber insert that we need to help customer figure out why this is happening. We are here long after the sale to help.
There are certainly ways to extend the life expectancy of your one-sized diapers. Wash in cold water, don’t use vinegar and bleach regularly, dry outside as much as possible, limit the use of enzyme detergents on organic fibers…
These are just a few suggestions. Not doing them doesn’t mean your diapers will wear out faster. I use enzymes (Bac-Out), I always dry on high heat and I often use hot water.
If you have a small rotation of cloth diapers then each diaper will be used more often.
One-Sized Diapers Are Highly Undervalued
We all want the most bang for our buck, right?
Most one-sized diapers are giving you plenty of bang. Remembering to evaluate them fairly when something wears out is the problem.
If you are a visual person, like me, this chart will help you to see the extreme value of one-sized diapers:
24 pack Rumparooz = $528
Total for Sized Diapers = $1,038 (breakdown below)
One Size Savings = $510
8 NB (avg. $15) = $120
24 small (avg $17) = $408
18 medium (avg $17) = $306
12 large (avg $17) = $204
Let’s say you don’t ever buy larges. Subtract $204 and you still have a $306 savings. 8 NB is nothing compared to what you’d really need. As you can see the savings is great.
I’m not a one-sized only girl. I love sized diapers. However, for saving money you really can’t beat a one-sized diaper.
Tell me your thoughts!(Remember I’m on vacation. If this is your first time commenting it won’t show up immediately but I have someone moderating for me.)
In May, 2010, I addressed one-sized cloth diapers in Are One Size Cloth Diapers Worth It?
Autumn is a wife, mother, homeschool teacher, friend and most important a follower of Christ.