The other cloth diaper brand we use is:We came across GroVia a little late in the game. Our go-to cloth diapering store started carrying them after we already had a pretty well established stash of Fuzzibunz. I was initially drawn to them based on color choices alone – which is consistent with my reasons for choosing cloth in the first place. I have had a great experience so far with their customer service department – very helpful and friendly. Their diaper warranty seems to be quite comprehensive and straight forward though I have not had to take them up on it yet as we have had no problems with them in the 6+ months that we have been using them.
As with the Fuzzibunz brand we tried both of the styles offered by GroVia. First up is the hybrid diaper.A hybrid diaper is a cloth diaper that can be used with either a reusable soaker pad or a disposable liner. This was the second thing that attracted me to this brand, I was thinking that the disposable option would be a good solution for traveling. Turns out that for longer trips where we do not have a washer and dryer accessible I think we’ll just use regular disposable diapers but more on that later.Similar to our main Fuzzibunz diapers these are a one-size diaper allowing you to use the same diaper from birth to potty training. Different than the Fuzzibunz – the diaper is adjusted using snaps only rather than having adjustable elastic around the legs and waist. Initially I was unsure that this would provide the correct fit but I have actually been very pleasantly surprised at how well the GroVia diaper has ended up fitting. The diaper is composed of a outer waterproof shell which is covered with a soft mesh layer inside and a removable soaker pad that looks like this.You purchase the shells and soaker pads separately. The soaker pads are always sold in a two pack. I found this odd before I started using them but the soakers are designed in a way that you can switch out the soaker and use the same cover for multiple changes. You can also purchase additional ‘boosters’ that lay on top of the liner allowing for extra absorbency.
There are two snaps on each ‘flap’ that are positioned horizontally with many corresponding snap options across the front giving a very snug yet comfortable fit - these are the 12 snaps across the bottom in the photo on the right. The 9 snaps in the middle allow for vertical adjustments as your child grows - you will rarely adjust these. Thought the snaps my look a bit overwhelming once you have the diaper in front of you it makes a lot more sense. Promise. The soaker pad is connected with two snaps located on both the back of the insert and on the inside of the cover. Which means no stuffing! This makes these diapers very user friendly. It also keeps the soaker in place making it possible to reuse the cover. As I’m reading the description of the soaker pads on the GroVia site I’m thinking that we are using the ‘Organic Cotton Soaker’ rather than the ‘Stay Dry Soaker’. I think this because ours does not have a layer of micro fleece. The Soakers are slightly contoured with gussets on either side. I LOVE the gussets, they do a great job of keeping everything exactly where its supposed to be. They are lined on the back with a waterproof material so you can easily remove them without touching the anything wet or dirty. This also keeps the cover dry so reusing isn’t a problem. The second style of GroVia diapers we tried were the ‘all-in-one’.I’ll be brief with the description of this style of the GroVia because we only own one and quickly decided that it was not going to be the diaper for us. But I’ll at least fill you in on a few of the details. The all-in-one diaper is just like it sounds – all one piece. It is also a one size diaper which adjusts using snaps alone.Most diapers both disposable and cloth are put on by placing the two side flips on top of the main part of the diaper. For some reason this diaper is designed opposite, where the main flap is snaped onto the side flaps. Really, if its not broken GroVia, don’t fix it. The single most frustrating feature of a diaper, ever. Jake used it for the first time and refuses to use it again.
The ‘soaker’ is sewn into the diaper so there is no stuffing.It comes with an extra ‘booster’ which attaches with a snap and fold behind the sewn in soaker.The closures attach with two vertical snaps which in my opinion does not give as good of a fit as the horizontal snaps on the hybrid.
We much prefer the GroVia hybrid diaper. In fact, had I found these diapers before we were fully stocked up on Fuzzibunz we would have gone exclusively with the GroVia hybrid. Like I said, we own one of the all-in-one diapers and we use it as a last resort. They are awkward to use and leak the most out of all the diapers we have tried and are not holding up well. AND, though the hybrids seem more expensive, because you can reuse the cover and the soakers come in a two pack, they are actually less expensive per change (by about $5) than the all-in-ones.
Care for the Hybrid Diaper
The whole diaper goes straight into the washing machine. You can separate the cover from the soaker if you choose but it will wash the same either way. To extend the longevity of your diapers it is recommended that you let the covers air dry (they dry very quickly). I try to do this most of the time but sometimes everything gets thrown in together.
Why We Love the Hybrids
As I’m sure you can tell by my raving, we have had a great experience with these diapers. Just like the Fuzzibunz we have had no blow-outs and no diaper rash. Different than the Fuzzibunz, we have never experienced any wicking of moisture onto clothes. Her clothes stay completely dry 100%! And because the cover and liner are separate there is still a soft, cozy feel around the legs and waist. We have had NO problems with snaps . They are holding up great and show no signs of wear, they are a different design than the Fuzzibuns. The color choices are far superior to the Fuzzibunz, very current and very cute – not a huge fan of the patterns but the solids are great! There is no stuffing with the hybrid which makes they much more user friendly and cuts back significantly on time spent getting them ready for use. And they do have the disposable option which I’m not that matters to us as we have used them and could live with out them but I have heard of people that like them and if you want more info on that feature of the diaper you can check out this blog, she does a great job explaining it.
Really, in my opinion, these are very minor issues but I promised full disclosure. The thickness of the soaker makes it take much longer to dry than our other diapers but an extra ten or so minutes in the dryer usually does the trick. Because the soaker is made from cotton rather than a micro fleece it does not wick moisture. Which means baby feels wet when the diaper is wet. Everly doesn’t seem to mind this and I’ve heard that this promotes early potty training which I can’t speak to yet but I am a big fan of that! Finally, these are the bulkiest diapers that we have tried but I am fine with that because their functionality certainly makes up for it.
In summary, WE LOVE THE GROVIA HYBRID!
All of the things I said in this post were true, they were great when Everly was younger however, once Everly hit about 14 months (about 23 pounds) I began to have a lot of trouble with these diapers leaking. Everly drinks A LOT of water and I have found that the Grovias don’t hold nearly as much liquid as the Fuzzibunz. As she got bigger the insert stopped staying in place as well and began bunching in the front making the diaper leak even faster. With the bunching it allowed the cover to become saturated making me throw it in the dirty bag right away rather than using it again for multiple changes with new inserts. If you are planning on a very early potty training the Grovias might be great for you but once we hit the toddler/kid stage they have been a bit frustrating and I may not recommend them as your only diaper choice. But they do still come in great colors – still tempting I know!
The final brand we tried was bumGenius’ Flip diaper and I’ll do a very brief run-down on those next.