Updated on June 26, 2017
AppleCheeks One Size Diaper? Oh Yes They Did!
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Oh AppleCheeks! What have you done?!?! I will freely admit that I like my AppleCheeks cloth diapers. I’ve found such a great fit with my size ones on Petit Prince, and I love those ruffles at the legs. But AppleCheeks did something a couple weeks ago, and it has changed EVERYTHING. I went from liking my AppleCheeks diapers to LOVING AppleCheeks. Why did that happen? Two words: ONE SIZE! You can now consider me one those AppleCheeks fans. Send me a keychain, a tea infuser, and a shiny apple tattoo because I am ready! If what I’m saying sounds like crazy talk, then you must have missed the memo! Two weeks ago, AppleCheeks launched their very first one size cloth diaper, and Miranda of Calgary Cloth Diaper Depot asked me to give it a test run for her. Until now, AppleCheeks cloth diapers have been available in three sizes. But now they’ve added an all new one size diaper to their line up. If you’re thinking that a one size diaper from AppleCheeks sounds incredibly redundant given their sized diaper system, then you need to see this diaper. Let me take you on a little tour of this brand new AppleCheeks!
The AppleCheeks One Size diaper is constructed much like the sized AppleCheeks diapers. It has a waterproof PUL outer and a microfleece inner. The microfleece inner has an envelope style opening located just slightly back from the middle of the diaper. The pocket has a nice wide opening, so stuffing the AppleCheeks One Size diaper is easy to do. Microfleece is a stay dry material, so when used as a pocket diaper, baby’s bum will have a nice dry feel even when the insert is wet. AppleCheeks diapers are known for their ruffles, and the One Size version of the diaper is no exception. There are elastics (and ruffles) at the front and back of the diaper, and around the leg openings. The diaper has a snap closure with a double row of white snaps across the front, and two snaps at the end of each tab.
The AppleCheeks One Size diaper fits from 6lbs to 35+ lbs. It accommodates that range of sizing with a 3×3 rise snap on the front of the diaper. Compared to a size one AppleCheeks diaper, the one size has a wider cut across the bum and through the crotch, and fully unsnapped is about two inches longer. When snapped to the smallest rise setting, the one size is about three quarters of an inch shorter than an AppleCheeks size one. Compared to a size two AppleCheeks diaper, the one size has a narrower cut across the bum and through the crotch, and fully unsnapped is about one and a half inches shorter. The AppleCheeks One Size diaper provides a more generous fit across the bum than a size one, a range of rise options, and a more trim fit through the crotch and around the legs than a size two. It is especially great for those babies who are busting out of their size ones, but aren’t quite getting a good fit with their size twos.
As with the sized AppleCheeks diapers, you can use the AppleCheeks One Size diaper as a pocket diaper or as an all-in-two. I’ve been using it with an AppleCheeks two ply bamboo inserts. You can tri-fold the insert and stuff it in the pocket opening, or you can lay the tri-folded insert on top of the shell. When used as an all-in-two, you simply toss the soiled insert into the wet bag and reuse the shell with a clean insert laid on top.
How It Works:
Before I tell you about how the AppleCheeks One Size diaper works on Petit Prince, I should really tell you a little bit about my experience with AppleCheeks size one and size two. The very first AppleCheeks diaper I bought was a size two in Orange You Glad. I bought it for The Heir when he was around 15-16 months old and weighing around 20lbs. In theory, the size two should have been a great fit as they are designed for babies from 18 – 40lbs. I was SO EXCITED to try that diaper, and unfortunately it didn’t fit The Heir. It was too big. I tried pulling up the wings so they stuck out, but no matter what I did, he’d start walking around and the legs would slowly sag until there were big gaps. Gaps mean leaks, so I put it away for a month and tried again. Still too big. I repeated this process of trying it and putting it away month after month until next thing I knew, The Heir was potty trained and his AppleCheeks size two was still too big. Fast forward to Petit Prince, and I knew I had to get a couple of size one AppleCheeks to try on him right away. Though they didn’t fit him right from birth (well, my vintage skinny apple AppleCheeks did), soon he was rocking his size ones like a champ. I love how trim they are, and I love the look of those ruffles around the legs. Now that Petit Prince is over 20lbs (he was 21.5lbs six weeks ago), I have tried my Orange You Glad size two on him a few times. It does fit, but it’s quite bulky on his frame and I find the crotch of the size two sits really low between his legs. If it’s on for a longer period of time, the legs do start to gape eventually. It’s not as bad as it was with The Heir (who was much leaner than Petit Prince), but if he really gets moving with his speed crawl, the size two just can’t stay snug. So Petit Prince has reached that awkward in between stage with his AppleCheeks sized diapers. He still has one more snap setting to go on his size ones, and I expect that when he starts walking he’ll slim down a little bit again and the size ones will last a good while longer.
Now that you know where Petit Prince is at with his sized AppleCheeks, let me tell you where he’s at with the new AppleCheeks One Size. He wears the AppleCheeks One Size on the medium rise setting. At this setting he gets excellent bum coverage, a snug fit around the leg openings, and a trim look overall. When I first received the One Size, I noticed that the leg elastics went right up the front of the shell to the base of the tabs. In other words, the elastics came up higher than the top rise snap. What that means is that when the diaper is snapped to the small or medium rise, some of the elastic gets folded up near the front of the leg openings when it’s on baby. I’ll admit that I was concerned this would lead to a gap in that spot. Did it? Nope, it sure didn’t. When I put the diaper on Petit Prince, I always fold the rise UP. That means that I tuck a finger into the rise fold up towards the top of the diaper to make sure it’s folded up. Once on Petit Prince, that extra elastic doesn’t end up bunching or sticking out, so there’s no gap created.
The fit of the AppleCheeks One Size is dreamy. This is the diaper that’s going to allow AppleCheeks lovers to stick with AppleCheeks when their long and lean babies outgrow their size ones. This is the diaper that’s going to bring new fans to AppleCheeks too! You see, not everyone is keen on a sized diaper system. Yes, it can work great and can provide a nice trim fit. BUT it also means making an investment in cloth diapers twice. The hope is, of course, that your child will seamlessly outgrow their size ones and immediately fit into size twos. If that happens, then you can sell your size ones to fund a stash of size twos and you can ride off into your Samoan Sunset on a path of unicorn tears and never look back. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work that way! Based on my own experience and reading about others going through the same thing, some kids end up in that in between size limbo. The AppleCheeks One Size is for those families! AppleCheeks One Size is also for those who don’t want to even have to think about committing to a sized diaper system. The AppleCheeks One Size means you can invest in just one stash of AppleCheeks diapers and know they’ll fit from birth to potty training. Shop once, and diaper your baby without another thought! That is, until they release a new colour you just must have.
The AppleCheeks One Size is a perfect fit on Petit Prince. He gets nice bum coverage without a ton of bulk. I love the double row of snaps along the front for the closure. A double row of snaps is my personal preference for a closure. I find that it allows me to better customize the fit. If baby has chunky thighs and a skinny tummy, I can stagger the snaps so the bottom row is set wider than the top row. Skinny thighs and a chubby tummy? Stagger the snaps with the bottom row set tighter than the top row. With three rise settings to choose from, you can easily customize the size of the AppleCheeks One Size for you growing or shrinking baby. Now when your baby gets more mobile and starts to slim down, you can just go back down a rise setting. How about that small rise setting? I obviously don’t have a newborn baby to try this out on, but from what I can tell I really do think the AppleCheeks One Size diaper will fit right from birth. When snapped down to the small rise, it’s actually shorter than the size one AppleCheeks. Would it fit right from 6lbs? That would depend on baby’s build, but it really does look like it could fit more newborns right away.
If I could change just one thing about the AppleCheeks One Size diaper, it would be this. Make the rise snaps match the colour of the diaper. This is really only a cosmetic thing, but I like it when the open rise snaps blend into the PUL. It’s not even an issue on the smallest rise because you can’t even see them, but the bright white snaps are impossible to miss once you move to the medium or large rise setting.
Let’s talk about that AppleCheeks two ply bamboo insert. First, it is buttery soft. I find that a lot of bamboo tri-fold style inserts tend to stiffen up after being washed. This is not the case with the AppleCheeks two ply bamboo. The first time I pulled it out of the dryer, I couldn’t believe how soft it was. I may have actually rubbed it on my face. Maybe. The two ply bamboo is super trim when tri-folded, so it doesn’t add a ton of bulk to the AppleCheeks One Size. As far as absorbency goes, I found it to be adequate for up to two hours. Petit Prince is 14 months old and not a super heavy wetter right now. The AppleCheeks two ply bamboo insert did last longer than two hours when Petit Prince took an unexpectedly long nap. Although the diaper itself didn’t leak, the insert was completely saturated and the ruffles around the legs of the AppleCheeks One Size were starting to wick a bit of moisture. Obviously, you’d want to change the diaper before it gets to that point, but all things considered, I thought it held up quite well. AppleCheeks does make a three ply bamboo insert, and I think that’s really the amount of absorbency Petit Prince needs for a more typical day time length of wear (I prefer to get 3-4 hours out of a cloth diaper during the day).
The placement of the pocket opening on the AppleCheeks One Size is the same as it is on the sized AppleCheeks. I’ll admit that this isn’t my favourite pocket opening position. It’s really in the prime poop zone. AppleCheeks inserts are supposed to agitate out of the shell in the wash all on its own, so in theory you can just spray off the poop (unless baby is EBF in which case the whole poopy diaper just goes right into the laundry bag). However, I’ve never met an HE machine that could agitate an insert out completely from my sized AppleCheeks, and I had the same experience with my One Size. If you’re lucky enough to have an old school top loader with the central agitator, the inserts may agitate out in the wash for you. If you have an HE machine, you can do what I do. I toss the sprayed AppleCheeks poopy diaper into the laundry bag without unstuffing. After my prewash cycle is complete, I fish out the AppleCheeks diapers and unstuff them before starting my main wash cycle.
- Made in Canada
- One size fits from 6 -35+ lbs
- Small rise setting should actually fit most newborns
- Fit is more snug than an AppleCheeks size two
- Fills the fit void between size one and size two
- Provides more bum coverage than an AppleCheeks size one
- Trim fit
- Microfleece has a stay dry feel
- Double row of snaps on the front closure
- No need to buy a diaper stash in two sizes: shop once and diaper through potty training
- Pocket opening is in the poop zone
I really love the AppleCheeks One Size. I wish this diaper existed when I was pregnant with The Heir way back when. I remember looking at AppleCheeks when I was trying to decide what kind of diapers to put on my registry. I decided against them because the two sized system seemed more complicated than a one size system. Now that AppleCheeks has a one size diaper, I actually want more of them! A LOT more of them! The AppleCheeks One Size has excellent coverage, no sagging, a trim fit through the legs, and an adjustable rise to accommodate all the growing (and shrinking) stages that a baby goes through from birth to potty training. For those of you that may think a one size AppleCheeks diaper is unnecessary, I have to respectfully disagree. The AppleCheeks One Size is slightly smaller overall than the AppleCheeks size two, and that is a GREAT thing. This one size diaper bridges the gap in fit that often happens when a child is on the lean side. If your baby doesn’t have chunky thighs, they may not fit into an AppleCheeks size two until they are well past the minimum weight recommendation of 16lbs. You don’t have to find a different brand of cloth diaper to get you through that stage. Now, you can stick with the brand you know and love! Better yet, the AppleCheeks One Size diaper snaps down to a smaller rise than the size one AppleCheeks. So if you’re still pregnant or trying to conceive and want to try cloth diapers, the AppleCheeks One Size is one of only a handful of one size diapers available that will actually fit right from birth. Skip the newborn stash and go for an AppleCheeks One Size stash instead! Sprinkle in a few size ones, and you’re sure to be an AppleCheeks fan mama for life!
In case you’re wondering, the AppleCheeks One Size diaper is an addition to the sized diapers. AppleCheeks are and will continue to be available in size one, size two, and size three, only now they’ll also be available in a one size too! Consider this a fabulous new way to spread all that AppleCheeks love!
The AppleCheeks One Size diaper cover is available to purchase from Calgary Cloth Diaper Depot for $24.00 CAD. Orders placed with Calgary Cloth Diaper Depot ship for FREE with no minimum order.
My daughteris currently almost too big for size. 1’s, but still too small for size 2’s. I was skeptical about this at first but after this review i may buy some to try out!
I totally agree with your suggestion to change the snap colour to blend in more. The white snaps everywhere really pop out. I love Applecheeks though, and would love to try their OS!
Omg! I can’t wait to try one. I held off of ACs for so long because I couldn’t afford the sized option. I now have a full stash of sized but would love to try a one size ACs!
I have one of these as a size 1 a few years ago, and we are expecting our 4th squish! I haven’t been able to use it and now I can! I can’t wait! In LOVE with the One Size option!
So excited to try these!!! Really hoping they release more colors in the OS, since the four they’re available in are all pretty simple and I will want more than 4 but I don’t want duplicates 😉
I have not yet tried AC because of the sizing. I have 2 girls under 2 in CD, both at different sizes, so I buy only OS. Now we can try AC with out having to “guess” sizing and if they will fit.
I’ve been building up my size 1 stash as a mommy-to-be – now I wish they had come out with these just a little bit earlier! Good to keep in mind if bub ends up between sizes though. I definitely agree about the rise snaps, they would be even better if they matched the cover fabric.
I love that it can fit a newborn and that it is also good for little ones who may be in the transition size between the size 1 and 2 diapers! Looks like another awesome AppleCheeks diaper!
I’m so excited for this AppleCheeks are one of my top 2 favourite diapers and making os diapers makes me feel better about buying them! My babies have never pooped in the apple cheeks diaper I have (I have a size 2 for baby and 2 size 3 for my 6 yr old that just needs them for bed wetting reasons) but I take the liner out by holding the 2 ends of the diaper and giving it a shake. Is the problem with where the opening is that poop gets in the inside or..?
I like the idea of laying the insert on top.
I am so happy Applecheeks came out with a one size diaper. I’m currently stuffing my son in a size 1 because size 2 are just way too big right now. He’s in the in between stage and it makes me wish there was another diaper I loved as much as my applecheeks. Thankfully applecheeks changed the game and added a one size diaper. I am so excited for mine to arrive.
Expecting my first babe in November, have built up a random stash of different brands to try and am SO excited to try a one size AC, as I have been avoiding me anything with a sized system for convenience. Heard nothing but great things about AC!
I have always wanted to love AC… But like you the 2 sizes have held me off…
Absolutely agree that having the rise snaps match the diaper would be nice.
Glad they’re finally making a one size version of their diapers..now only if they can move the pocket opening to the front or back!
I love AppleCheeks sized diapers. I actually got rid of all my other brands and just use AppleCheeks. I wasnt going to get the one size but now i may reconsider because my son is pretty lean and the one size looks a lot trimmer than size 2. Thanks for the article and pictures, it helps.
I love one sized diapers since they can wear them a long time!
I’ve been waiting for someone to post a review with comparison pics of the size 2! We’ve been in that limbo stage between sizes since December thanks to Miss E’s fat thighs, but the fit on PP looks absolutely dreamy. Fingers crossed!
I hope to try the one size soon
I love that there is now a one size, I will have to try it out for sure!
i love that they fit in between, for skinny kids..all my babies were skinny.
My LO isnt here yet but I hear so many great things about applecheecks. Sized kinda scares me as you have to invest twice so to hear they have a one size now is awesome!
I am so excited about this!!! I have never really been a follower of the sized community. Now I am more willing to try the AppleCheeks diapers!!
I love one size diapers. Simple and easy. I haven’t used applecheeks before, and would love to give them a try
I haven’t started diapering yet but am definitely drawn towards OS dipe just because our will save some money. So far I only have bummis for when baby arrives, but after hearing so many good things about AC I think I will definitely get one or two to try. From what I see, the OS option is more practical and convenient than the sized.
Although I prefer actual NB sizes in newborns due to bulk and leg gaps, this one seems to be ideal for trimmer thighs. That’s a big deal, since one of the only problems I’ve encountered in CDing is the leg holes being too large and/or the elastic giving out too quickly.
My daughter loves one size diapers for my grandson. This one sounds great! It will definitely be on the “love to try” list. Thank you for reviewing & sharing this new product!
I got an Apple Cheeks diaper for my Baby Shower, a size 1. I absolutely loved the diaper but it didnt fit very long! I LOVE the fact that they are now making a one size fits all!
I loved your post on the one size apple cheek diaper!! Horray because I am a one size diaper person and I like to spend my money wisely and get one that will fit from Itty bitty on.. to me it’s logical too.. Haven’t tried these yet but would love to!
I would love to try one after reading your review!
I’m so excited Apple Cheeks has a one size! We are registered for size ones and size twos but I may switch the sizes twos to one size! Yay!
I love that they finally made a OS diaper. I’ve never tried them before bc they were sized. So I’m excited to try applecheeks!
I prefer one size diapers so they were overlooked when I was initially starting my stash so a one size is definitely a good thing for me
I have two apple cheeks diapers and I really like how they fit, these look like they’ll have that same great fit
I am so so close to ordering the lemon zest o/s to go with our first birthday outfit! Plus I have this $5 off coupon for CCDD from the great cloth diaper change. I agree about the buttons being the same colour as the diaper, something all companies should take note of. Also thank you for the tip on taking out the insert after the pre wash cycle – genius!
I love how versatile these diapers are. Baby’s grow so quickly. It’s great that they can grow with baby.
I LOVE Applecheeks. Would love to win a new one for baby.
I love that Applecheeks now has a one-size diaper! I have the size 1 diapers and I’m already finding it tight on my 16 pound baby, as she’s on the last snaps. Most of my stash is made up of one-size diapers, and I’m glad to see that the Appecheeks one-size is so trim!
What?! I had no idea!
Finally!! Makine a one size option is probably going to be one of the best decisions they made! We were never able to use applecheeks because he was inbetween sizes – 2 was too big, 1 was too small and it was not fun. DEFINITELY want to try these!!
Great review, I’ve always wanted to try apple cheeks but I like it stick with one size diapers. I hope they come out with some in prints too.
I like that they can be used as a pocket, but are also big enough to be used as a cover
This review makes me buy applecheeks diapers! Wow! They are awesome
My daughter is also between sizes. She has been for a while. I’m excited to try these. I hope they don’t do away with sizes though. I loved the size 1 fit.
I found it interesting that the one size is “a trimmer fit” than the size two. I guess that’s good, but that means unless you have skinny kids or are able to get potty training accomplished very early, you’d likely need to buy larger diapers before bub is fully toilet trained. Also not good in my case, as my girls have both been blessed with my stocky build (and any subsequent babies will likely be so as well, lol). I would love to win one to try it out, but I think for my dollar, I would rather just buy the two sizes right off the bat, instead of changing gears and buying size twos because my one sizers are too small.
I love the the AppleCheeks one size diaper has ruched leg cuffs so that it’s comfortable for baby.
I love these diapers! They are very cute and practical!
Great review! I have never tried Applecheeks, but I hear great things about them!
I really like one size diapers on a cost level so would definitely love to give these ones a try! I like the current available colors and looking forward to possibly some more!
Never tried Apple Cheeks. Sized diapers just are not an option for me. Exciting that they make a OS now! Lovee the ruffles
Love the economical one-size option. We’ve just started cloth diapering our first, and are buying one-size only to get the most bang for our buck. So glad that I can now try Apple Cheeks!
I wish they had this when I bought my first stash! I bought size 1’s and 2’s and hopefully my daughter will eventually fit the size 2’s or I’ll have to sell for size 1’s. I would have loved to try these from birth to see if they fit better. I found the size 1’s were quite bulky at the beginning on my small baby.
Great review – as much as I love the sized diapers, I would love to try a one size on my skinny boy! I would also love if the rise snaps matched the colour of the diaper – Storm with white snaps looks so sleek!
I absolutely love it! We try to use mostly OS and have one AppleCheeks in size 2 so getting a OS would be perfect. By the way, the video at Calgary Cloth Diaper Depot was fantastic!
These will be great for building the stash for my next baby! We didn’t start using apple cheeks until my son was already in size two so this is awesome information to have for deciding between size one and the one size!
Love my size 1 applecheeks and I can’t wait to try the one size as I have on order. The fit on my baby is perfect and love the absorbency 🙂
My daughter is in the “in-between” stage with her Applecheeks and the one-size fits amazingly!
I love the one size option… our little surprise addition is coming 8 years after her big brother so these would be a worthwhile investment as we won’t have others to pass different sizes down to after she’s done with them.
I am excited to try the OS diaper! I really don’t like sized diapers & don’t tend to buy them because I don’t like the idea of buying 2 sets of diapers.
I think it looks awesome! So great that they made a one size finally! I love that I don’t even have to touch the insert to remove it 🙂
I just love the Apple Cheeks diaps! I haven’t gotten a chance to try them out but I will one day!
I love AppleCheeks. But I have a skinny mini. We’re slowing working our way into size 2, but I don’t love the fit yet. I just went ahead and ordered a one size to see how it fits. Of course, I ordered from CCDD. They’re one of my very favorite retailers!
I haven’t tried Applecheeks, mostly because they didn’t have a one size diaper available. I’ve heard only great things about their products, would love to try the one size!
I love the Applecheecks mini zip, actually, just bought them Coolio one
I love that they are versatile and will fit many sizes
I really like the fact that they are one size. I try to buy diapers that are one size so I get the most for my money and dont have to have too many stored away.
I really like that the Applecheeks are one size – I feel that you are able to use them for a little longer and with different sized babies
I love OS diapers! I’m glad AC came out with a OS diaper because I was interested in AC to begin with, but was thrown off by the different sizes, And ended up purchasing another brand.
I like that it can fit smaller babies than the size 1 diaper.
I’m happy to see that the one size has a trimmer fit. My current baby is a lot slimmer than my previous baby so several of my diapers that I loved for my chunky baby are my least favourites on my tall, slim baby. My AppleCheeks size 2 does fit her but it could definitely be trimmer on her.