We are into Part 3 of All in Two (AI2)s 101, the brands we carry at Apikali. This allows us to show you where each AI2 cloth nappy sits in our range and how they can benefit you, depending upon your budget and lifestyle. And because I am an economist I will also show you why they are so budget friendly!
Check out the Cloth Nappy Doctors’ Budget Booster analysis. I will show you how to save more money using the AI2 system by purchasing more inserts to be used in the covers. Depending upon the brand and design, some covers can be used with 2 inserts in rotation, compared to 4 in other. You can used a higher rotation of inserts in covers that have a wipe clean interior. Those covers that have a lining of microfleece, netting or suede cloth usually require a ratio of one cover to 2 inserts.
I will also include a part time and full time costing comparing purchasing the entire nappy or additional inserts. Please note prices used may change into the future. My goal is to show you the savings by purchasing additional inserts, and reusing the covers.
The brands we have at Apikali are road tested, not just by us, but by a range of parents and babies. These are the most popular, value-for-money OSFM and sized brands available.
1. Baby Bare
3. Grovia Hybrid
Baby Bare is a gorgeous budget minky cloth nappy. It has bamboo and microfibre with a plush minky outer. They also come with a 6 month warranty. Baby Bares mission is to provide new and exciting products to the cloth nappy market for budget conscious parents. They have a snap in bamboo insert and a pocket for their bamboo trifold booster for making it a night nappy! Our independent review can be found here in Baby Bare Bare Cub All in Two.Baby Bare Budget Booster Cover to insert ratio: 1:2 Part time usage: using inserts $228 vs the whole nappy $312. Full time usage: using inserts $456 vs the whole nappy $624. $19 per change compared to $26.
Close is a premium cloth nappy in the our AI2 range. Why you may ask? This is because the materials are very high quality, the fit is lovely, it is a true OSFM and it comes in a range of options. Now they do have some great packages, but the way to really save money is by purchasing the inserts. Something they dont actually advertise! Something that some parents have commented on is that there are four snaps holding the inserts in place. The inserts come in bamboo or fast drying minky, so you can customise the nappy for the days needs. For example, minky for winter as it drys quickly and bamboo for long car trips! Our independent review can be found here in Close All in Two.
The Grovia Hybrid AI2 is the army personel of cloth nappies. It is a workhorse, designed to take a full frontal assault! BUT this does not mean it is not lovely to touch. The PUL covers are so soft and come in an amazing range of prints and colours. They are also available in velcro or snap, which no other AI2 offers currently. The inserts come as packs of two in either organic cotton or a stay dry. The stay dry is a combination of hemp and organic cotton with a microfleece top. Inserts snap into the covers with a snap at the top and bottom. Our independent review can be found here in Grovia Hybrid Cover – AI2.Grovia Budget Booster Cover to insert ratio: 1:2 Part time usage: using inserts $285 vs the whole nappy $423. Full time usage: using inserts $570 vs the whole nappy $846. $23.75 per change compared to $35.25.
Bummis Duobrite all in two cloth nappy is a premium brand, that is affordable and cute. The nappies are made in Canada, ensuring strict quality control with materials sourced from the United States. The Duobrite is designed to use one cover to 4 inserts. Each insert is unique in that it can be singularly snapped in to provide a stay dry or organic cotton material against baby’s bottom. It is a two sized system, with further sizing customisation available, that ensure a snug, trim fit on your darling. Check out the Bummis Duobrite.Bummis Budget Booster Cover to insert ratio: 1:4 Part time usage: using inserts $310.50 vs the whole nappy $522. Full time usage: using inserts $621 vs the whole nappy $1044. $25.87 per change compared to $43.50.
AppleCheeks are a unique all in two cloth nappy as the insert does not snap into the shell. It can be laid in on top. It is classified as a pocket cloth nappy, but we include it here to show you how buying an extra inserts can provide you with extra savings, if you are able to lay the insert on top of a pocket shell. AppleCheeks are made in Canada from US materials. They are soft and use a bamboo core for absorbency. Check AppleCheeks out here.AppleCheeks Budget Booster Cover to insert ratio: 1:2 Part time usage: using inserts $264 vs the whole nappy $408. Full time usage: using inserts $528 vs the whole nappy $816. $22 per change compared to $34.
So what do you think of that range? Are you surprised at the savings from buying more inserts for your AI2 covers? Remember that your covers will always dry faster than your inserts, so take advantage of the savings.
Next week we will look at some tips and tricks for AI2 cloth nappies.