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Going GroVia!

I intended to write a post about Memorial Day…and I may still, but I got side tracked (which I often do), to the wonderful world of GroVia.

We traveled for Memorial Day. We were going to my parents’ house 3 hours away. No biggie, but I wanted to bring my cloth diapers with me. Packing pockets can be a bit bulky and I was looking for something a bit lighter that could be used more than once. I dug through my “I’ve used these but they aren’t in rotation” bin and found four GroVia shells, 4 soakers, and some fleece liners, and a few of the disposable inserts, and some non-GroVia bamboo doublers. I thought it could get us through the three days we’d be gone, and a quick wash on the middle day, fingers crossed we have no ‘poosplosions’!

I hadn’t been using my GroVia’s previously for a variety of reasons. Mainly my babysitter prefers pockets so she doesn’t have to layer the shell, soaker, and fleece each time. I work during the week and I need to have everything prepped for her each day unless I want to come home to find the lil’ guy in disposables. Pockets are easier for this since I just wash, stuff, and stack them.

However, when I started this cloth diaper thing, I swore I LOVED the All-In-Two/Hybrid concept and wanted to go with it. Not only because I think it’s a bit ‘airier’ on the bum, but I also like that I have needed less of everything in my rotation. Less shells because I can reuse them if they aren’t wet or poo’d on, less wash because I don’t have to wash 14 diapers every other day, it’s just less. So I dug them out and thought “perfect for travel”. It will keep his bum fresher in the car seat, have less bulk and while we’re driving I can just toss the poopy diapers away rather than store them in the 100+ degree car each time. He spent the weekend in GroVia’s, and I LOVED it.

GroVia offers a variety of products, their slogan “A diaper for every family™”. They offer Cloth, Hybrid, and Bio Diapers and Bio Soakers, you can see them all on their products page. They have All-in-one diapers in newborn and one size, all-in-two diapers with cloth soakers and the option of a Bio Soaker, and a Bio Diaper (which I haven’t seen personally but is on their website). In addition if you scroll down on their page you can see all the other diaper accessories they offer.

My review of the Hybrid (All-In-Two) Diaper

For starters, the shell it’s self comes in some ADORABLE prints and bright colors. The tabs on the aplix are nice. They aren’t large hooks and loops but rather a soft material that is super flat and smooth. It holds like no tomorrow! They have “tuck under laundry tabs” so when you wash you can tuck the tabs in and they STAY there through the wash. It’s really nice and eliminates the diaper chains. I LOVE THIS. I HATE diaper chains. They also have front snaps that allows for a great custom fit over time. The shell grows with the baby. Less to buy overall!

 

The inside of the diaper is a cloth mesh; it’s super soft and breathable for the bum! I swear the shell helps keeps lil’ man cooler on hot days, no shorts needed! There are snaps on the mesh that allow the cloth soaker to be snapped into place. This is fantastic because the soaker doesn’t shift around when he moves. He can twist and turn, but the shell and soaker are ‘one’ together which is nice. In other shells, I’ve had the problem of the soaker/prefold shifting as lil’ guy moves around or is carried.

The soaker its self is nice. It has gussets which I swear help contain ‘poosplosions,’ and is soft. It isn’t however, ‘wet proof’ so if you don’t use a fleece liner over it, baby can feel the wetness of the cloth. The soaker has a waterproof backing which I think helps contain the pee along with the shell. In addition, I like that the area between the legs is narrow, behind the bum it’s wider, and the front is just right (though on the smallest shell setting you have to tuck the front in a bit). It allows lil’guy to keep his legs closer together, which I like, though I’m not sure he notices the difference. The legs also are cut higher so his thighs can ‘hang out.’ I like this because he tends to get dry patches where other diapers rub on the thigh. After doing the suggested prewashes, the diaper has managed to contain his super pees. He hasn’t peed through this diaper yet. If I know it’s going to be a while (3 hours) before I can change him again I add in a bamboo doubler. GroVia doesn’t make bamboo products yes, but fingers crossed they offer something in bamboo soon. They do however, offer a Organic Cotton Booster.

As for the Bio Soaker option, I LOVE it. While we were out and about I was able to change his diaper and throw it away eliminating the need to store dirty diapers in a car that was very, very hot. [dirty diaper + hot car = stinky car ride!] The Bio Soaker just sticks into the shell. I think it was a bit stickier than needed as it left a bit of ‘goo’ on the snaps, but with a little rub after a rinse it came off.  The Bio Soaker has gussets that contained his messes. They absorbed really well and when he pooped, we had no leaks and I could reuse the shell.

I hope to add a few more inserts and shells to my stash over the summer with the Gro-To-Go sale. I think these will be great for the park and zoo trips!

Overview

Likes:

  • Light and seems very breathable
  • Aplix with ability to convert to snaps later (easier for night and squirmy babies)
  • High cut legs
  • VERY trim fitting (especially with Bio Soaker)
  • Cute colors and prints!
  • Holds poo well with gussets in both cloth soaker and Bio Soaker
  • Ability to add Bio Soaker for disposable option on the go
  • Has a warranty

Dislikes:

  • Have to use fleece over soaker for stay dry effect similar to pocket

Final SAY:

Buy it, buy it, buy it. They have a summer sale going on called Gro-To-Go. For $49.99 you can get their summer kit which includes three shells, 50 Bio Soakers and 3 packets of Tiny Bubbles detergent. A $22.00 savings (So you basically get a shell for free).

** I purchased my GroVia’s. I wasn’t asked or given anything to write this review.

FuzziBunz Perfect Size Review

When I started this whole cloth diaper switch I wanted to find something simple, easy to use, I could leave with my babysitter, husband, and that I could change with my eyes half closed in the middle of the night if needed. Being new to this whole world I started with a trial.

Cutie Poops and Bottoms diaper trial includes a FuzziBunz perfect size diaper and a one-size diaper. I LOVED the perfect size diaper. I love that lil’ man feels totally dry when I change him. I love that it was probably one of the softest diapers I had to try, and it really doesn’t leak, unless I let him go too long (2.5 hours) or I double stuff. It holds everything in the’ number 2’ area quite well. No explosions! YEA!

It is easy to wash, earth friendly and by far one of the trimest diapers we have tried if it isn’t double stuffed (read his pants still fit). I don’t mind that I have to shake out the wet insert to wash, and with a poop liner, there is little to rinse off. Great!

 I also like that they snap so the “diaper wars” aren’t terrible! My son can’t try to pull it off like he tires to with Velcro. They also come in tons of cute colors, and it looks like, perhaps, in the past patterns? (which I certainly hope they bring back).

Photo below: Small perfect size on 12 lb 3 month old baby.

We haven’t had many stink problems (just once) but I use EcoSprout (2 table spoons in a top loader with about 10 diapers in the load and it set to medium for water level). I do a prewash and 15 minute soak in cold. Then I add the detergent; do a HOT wash followed by a cool down rinse, and then an additional cold rinse. I then dry the inserts in the dryer and line-dry the pockets. If it’s nice out, I dry them outside which is great for naturally bleaching any breast milk stains and really leaving them fresh smelling.

To do pockets you need to have quite a few. I currently use 9 FuzziBunz and a few other diapers and wash every other day to every 2 days. They dry quickly so even with working full time, it’s still totally a doable cloth option. Laundry only takes me 35 minutes to wash a load and 50 minutes to dry a load completely.

As for the sizing, I think the mediums have a very high-rise and are a bit bulky on my skinny son, but as he grows I’m sure they will fit better. I hope I won’t have to buy any more than the mediums, so the length is actually a good thing. The leg area comes down a bit far on him in the Mediums but I think that will get better as he grows since the smalls don’t seem to have this problem. He seems to be right between sizes.

Overall size wise I like FuzziBunz perfect size, and think they fit much better than the one size.  The one-size was nice because I could adjust the back elastic, but other than that, they were just more bulk for my lil’ man.

So far so good!

I have only a few complaints.

FuzziBunz will leak if they are too full. My son likes to be changed, rather he looooves to be changed so I change him frequently. On the rare occasion that I need to leave him in it a bit longer or he drinks a lot at one feeding, he most likely will pee through the diaper. It surprises me because he won’t leak through the legs, but up his back, usually on a side.

I don’t use these are night because I just don’t like having him in something so bulky, but that’s just me. I recently purchased some hemp inserts to use when I double stuff so we’ll see if that helps and I can begin to use these at night. Most people seem to think they are great for night. It could just be my son is long and thin.

It is a bit pricey compared to other diapers that are very similar and Charlie Banana’s work just as well. CB’s offer more options in terms of adding a disposable if needed. The CB’s are less expensive, and I was able to use a Babies R’ Us gift card to buy them. For the fit and for starting out, FuzziBunz are great diaper. They definitely make a great first impression for cloth diapering.

My lone MAJOR complaint about FuzziBunz is regarding the “new” diapers. They moved their factory from China to Turkey which was supposed to give them better quality, etc, etc. I personally feel like it did a little of the opposite. The fleece isn’t as ‘soft’ and doesn’t seem to wick as quickly as the diapers made in China. It seems like it is more ‘raggy(?)’ than the previous fleece and the poo attached to it a tad. The leg gussets are also loose compared to the older diapers, as well as the back elastic, and I find with the new diapers I get more leaks.  Since I have some of both, I tend to look at the fleece before I put them on and if the newer ones are in my stash I might grab something else.

Below are photos of two  medium perfect size diapers purchased on the same day. The one on the left is the “New” diaper and the one on the right is the “Old” diaper. I prefer the “Old” one on the right and think it is generally just made better.

I still like them enough to keep using them, and I’ll give them some time to get a bit more worn in. Their Customer service on Twitter is also nice, it gives you a quick response if you need/have a problem with anything.

Overview

Likes:

  • Super soft fleece
  • Snaps
  • Adjustable legs
  • Trim fitting
  • Cute colors
  • Easy to wash, pre-stuff, stack, and use, just like a disposable
  • Holds poo well

 

Dislikes:

  • New fleece doesn’t seem as nice
  • Bulky with two inserts
  • Leaks occasionally

 

Final Say: Buy it, give it a try, it’s worth seeing if it works for you, since we own 9 we still use them all the time. I’m just really disappointed in the new fleece.