We just celebrated Brooks’ third birthday, and it seems like the few traces of baby that are left are quickly disappearing and being replaced by rambunctious little boy. I’m discovering I’ve been gifted with one of those kids. You know the ones—a will of solid steel and more energy than a Labrador puppy.
I adore him.
But as I see him develop all these new big kid skills, I can’t help but vacillate between total READINESS to potty train and bittersweet sorrow that his diaper days are nearly behind him. I guess my decision is simple for the time being since it seems that the aforementioned will of steel is definitely not ready to make the switch. I’ve read so many contradicting ideas on how to know when a child is ready, and honestly, I’m not quite sure I want to go through the hassle of forcing it. Trust me—a potty training power struggle with Brooks will only lead to more poop stories to add to my collection.
So we wait. But having this cute Omaïki fluff on his bum makes the waiting easier.
Anatomy of an Omaïki All-in-One diaper
This one size diaper fits babies 8-35 lbs and can be ordered with either aplix (hook and loop) or snap closures. Since Brooks has learned to peel off hook and loop fasteners, we’ve had to convert all our diapers to snaps, so I appreciate that they offer this option. It comes with 4 rise settings and two rows of 4 hip snaps each with crossover snaps for newborns. The hip snaps are angled to achieve a more natural fit around baby’s tummy.
The Omaïki AIÖ has three layers of absorbency. Its base layer is bamboo viscose and organic cotton with light, polyester stay-dry fabric on top that wicks moisture away from the skin. Layers two and three are a blend of bamboo and organic cotton, and they lie on top of the base layer. The larger one is sewn on at one end, and the other is a detachable mini insert that can be removed so the diaper has a better fit for smaller babies. These snaps are also useful if you would like to replace the mini insert with Omaïki’s Ö.Mega Booster (available separately) for extra absorbency at nighttime or for a heavy wetter.
Fit and Performance
My very first impression of the Omaïki AIÖ was how light and trim it is. For how much absorbency it packs, it doesn’t feel bulky at all. Even with all three layers, it fits well under both Brook and Riley’s pants.
Brooks is pretty slender at 27 lbs, and Riley’s also on the smaller side for a 14 month old, but the sizing on this diaper is generous enough that it should fit most kids through potty training. He still has one level each of rise snaps and hip snaps left to go, while she still has two each.
The back and leg elastics fit securely with no gapping, even when they’re at their most active, which is important since Brooks apparently eats rocket fuel for breakfast, he’s so full of energy!
The simplicity of all-in-ones makes them a great choice for leaving with babysitters or sending to daycare, but we’re actually able to use the Omaïki AIÖ overnight for Brooks as well. With the mini insert attached, it provides enough absorption for his typical 12 hour stretch of sleep. However, we’ve had overnight leaks with Riley, who still nurses frequently throughout the night. I think I could make it work for her if I added an Ö.Mega Booster or another layer for nighttime.
This diaper has been very easy to rinse solids out of, and there’s nothing to take apart or turn inside out before sticking it in the wet bag. As for our wash routine, this is as easy as it gets. There’s no need to detach the mini insert, so we just throw the whole thing in the washer.
The smart design keeps the drying time very low compared to most all-in-one diapers, and I’ve found that it doesn’t take any longer to dry than my prefolds. Since everything stays together in the washer and dryer, folding is also simple. No hunting for matching pieces or stuffing inserts.
I really want to emphasize the lightness of this diaper. Everything about it feels soft and airy. It doesn’t seem as dense as others, so I’m surprised at how absorbent it is, and it keeps getting better the longer I use it. Their blend of natural fibers takes 4-8 washes to reach full absorbency. I haven’t kept track very closely, but I think we’re somewhere around 8 washes.
As a premium diaper made in Canada from entirely Canadian fabrics, you can expect to pay a little more than you would for a diaper made overseas. The Omaïki AIÖ is $33.95 CAD ($25.38 USD) which can seem expensive, especially if you buy the additional booster. I personally wouldn’t be able to afford to build an entire stash out of them, but it would be nice to have a few of these in my rotation for the diaper bag. They definitely make diaper changes easier when you’re out and about, and this is one I prefer to leave for other caretakers who feel more comfortable with disposables.
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Disclosure: I received sample items for review. All opinions expressed are completely honest and my own, based on my personal experience. Your experience may differ.
Samantha Levang is a contributor at This West Coast Mommy, specializing in cloth diaper and baby item reviews. She lives in Washington state with her husband, toddler son, Brooks, and new baby girl, Riley. Between diaper changes and loads of laundry, she enjoys landscape photography and the never-ending process of home decorating.