- 100% cotton flannel
- 100% cotton flannel for maximum absorbency
- 100% waterproof
- Cotton flannel surface
- Machine washable
12 Months of Cloth Diapering – Master List
After extensive research and even a class on cloth diapering at the local birth center, I settled on the Grovia system and have not regretted that decision. My son is now 12 months and we have been using Grovia since about 8 weeks. We have lots of cloth diapering friends so I have had the chance to see lots of cloth diapers in action and I am very glad that I invested in grovia to begin with. Here are the products we use, why we like them and (in some cases) how they could be improved. There is a lot of material covered in this review. I am doing it this way because I wish there had been something comprehensive like this on Amazon when I was shopping for my diaper stuff! If you are considering buying a Grovia system, this will be helpful for you. If you are looking for a comprehensive review on just one item, other reviews may be more suitable.Our total system consists of the following:Essentials;
• 15 All In One shells in a variety of prints and solids = 6 velcro and 9 snap GroVia All-In-One (AIO) Cloth Diaper – Planes
• 36 organic inserts GroVia Certified Organic Cotton Soaker Pad 2 Pack
• Magic Stick diaper ointment Magic Stick All Natural Diaper Ointment, Clear, Net Wt. 2 oz.
• Brabantia Pedal BinPedal Bin, 30 Litre (White) (25.98″H x 11.54″W x 15.55″D)
• 36 Grovia Wipes GroVia Cotton Cloth Wipes, 12 count
• Diaper Detergent Tiny Bubbles Detergent, Net Wt. 60 oz., Yellow BoxNon-essentials, we use these items for convenience,
• Diaper scraper Make My Day Two Birds Silicone Spatula and Scraper Set, Black
• Diaper sprayer bumGenius Diaper Sprayer
• Wipe Warmer (perfectly fits grovia wipes) Prince Lionheart Premium Wipe Warmer
• 2 waterproof changing pad covers Carters Keep Me Dry Flannel Bassinet Pad, Ecru
• 24 washcloths (for top layer of changing pad)Martex Hospitality Washcloths – 24-Pack (White)
• 1 little pottyBABYBJÖRN Little Potty – White
• Disposable Biodegradable diapers for backup and travel Broody Chick 100% Natural Fully Compostable Diapers Jumbo Box (Junior 26.5 – 55.1 lbs. (96-Count))
• Disposable overnight diapers for heavy wetters Seventh Gen. – Baby Overnight Diapers, Stage 4, 24 Count (Pack of 4) = 96 total diapers
• Triple Paste Diaper Ointment for use with disposablesTriple Paste Medicated Ointment for Diaper Rash, 16-OunceThere are a number of items that we have tried, but did not find useful and either returned, donated or gave away. There was quite a bit of trial and error and research that went into the above system. I have only listed the items that work beautifully and will simplify your cloth diapering efforts.I will jump right in with some gripes.Cloth diapering is not cheap and despite industry claims, I have not realized cost savings in the first year (as compared to buying premium disposable diapers at Costco). When you add up the cost of the diapers and accessories, the cost of your time doing all those extra loads of laundry (or paying a diaper service), the cost of the resources to wash and dry all those loads, and the cost of all the special “cloth friendly” accoutrements necessary to care for the diapers without ruining them, it really adds up. If you are going to use the system for more than once child, then you will realize some significant savings (be sure to buy gender-neutral covers if that is your intention). The bigger motivation to cloth diaper (at least for me) is the dramatically reduced environmental impact and health benefits of cloth diapering. Conventional disposable diapers are loaded with toxins that pollute the earth, the workers that produce them and of course, your baby. Not to mention that it takes over 500 years for regular disposables to break down in the environment. That means that your babies dirty diapers will still be polluting the earth when your great, great, great, great grandchildren are born. Talk about a crappy legacy to leave behind!Now the good stuff.I chose Grovia because of the convenience and simplicity of the whole system. I knew that if I was going to cloth diaper, it would need to be as simple and easy as possible, even if that meant I would pay a bit more up front. There is a massive amount of information about cloth diapering on the net and much of it is overly complicated. Cloth diapering does not have to be complicated. You can simplify things quite a bit by sticking with one brand/ one system.Having said that, the grovia system was too big, hard and bulky for our 10 pound newborn (and Grovia products are pretty trim compared to most cloth diapering systems) so we used disposables for the first couple of months. It would look like he was sleeping on an incline because the grovia insert was so thick under his bum. Other cloth brands have special newborn sized diapers and inserts, but I chose not to invest the money for newborn cloth diapers that would only be used for a short time. We used Broody Chick 100% compostable disposable diapers for that period and the added convenience of the disposables was great during that initial difficult phase. We had some minor problems with diaper rash during that time, but the Triple Paste always cleared it up in a day (then we would go back to the Grovia Magic Stick).I breastfeed our baby so the diaper changes are more frequent (than formula fed babies). I wanted enough diapers to last three days. I did not want to do an extra load of laundry every two days. I kept adding covers, inserts and wipes until I had enough to last three days, hence the numbers above. If I had known in the beginning how many covers and inserts were going to be required, I would have saved some money by buying some of the larger Grovia combo deals.The 30 liter Brabantia garbage pail is all steel, easy to clean and self sealing (no stink outside the pail) and the perfect size for three days worth of Grovia wipes, covers, inserts and changing pads. It has an inner plastic pail with handle that makes trips to the laundry room a breeze. I reuse use the plastic liners (that came with the pail) by putting them in the sun and alternating every three days. The sun eliminates all the odor from the liners.I primarily used the 6 velcro covers (more convenient than snaps) through 11 months when our baby was finally able to figure out how to open them (and they are pretty worn looking velcro tabs at this point). Then I transitioned into primarily using the 9 snap covers and keeping the velcro covers only as backup. Grovia has a service that will remove the velcro tabs and replace with snaps for $6 a diaper. I wish they would offer a service to just replace the velcro, but I am happy with the durability of ALL the covers. They have held up better than I expected.Our son gets a lot of time in nature. We don’t worry about his clothing or diapers getting dirty if he is having a great experience. The darker colors and the patterned shells hide dirt and grass soiling better than the light solid shells. The gentle cloth diaper detergents aren’t great at getting out dirt or grass stains either. If I had to do it over, I would not buy any light colored solid covers.We bought some Grovia Booster pads to try before we went to the disposable overnight diapers, but our guy would soak through the regular “Soaker Pad” and the Booster Pad and wake up with wet clothes and bedding. There just wasn’t enough absorbency for our breast fed baby. Changing him several times a night just added to the stress of those early days so we transitioned over to the disposables for night time and have been happy with that choice ever since.The Grovia Magic Stick is truly brilliant! It is all natural, effective and does not require you to dip your fingers into diaper ointment while wrangling a diaper onto a squirming baby several times a day! It also does not adversely affect the absorbency of cloth diapers they way regular ointments do. Do not use the Triple paste (or any regular diaper ointment) with your cloth diapers. The waxes and petroleum oils in regular diaper ointments coat the cotton fibers and prevent them from absorbing liquids. We tried several top rated “natural” ointments for our occasional diaper rash, but Triple Paste worked where the natural ones failed. We used it sparingly whenever bumps appeared (which was pretty rare compared to our disposable diapering friends).Grovia wipes are fantastic. I wrote a separate review on these that compared the three types of wipes I bought. Grovia wipes were the best of the three and they work with the Prince Lionheart wipe warmer perfectly.The Prince Lionheart Premium Wipe Warmer is the perfect size for the Grovia wipes and will hold a stack of about 15 wipes folded in half and stacked. We load a stack of wipes and then fill the wipe warmer with water from the tap. We do not use any “wipe solution” and we have had very little problem with diaper rash. 95% of the world cleans their bums with water alone (no paper) and it works beautifully. We stopped using the warming function after 5 months and baby does not mind the cool wipes at all. At this point, it is basically a nice looking/ easy to sanitize box to keep the wipes moist on the counter.Little Potty. We started our son on his Little Potty when he was about three months old. Whenever he would cue that he was “going”, we would take him to his potty to go. Now at 12 months, we take him to his potty after every meal and when he cues and he uses the potty pretty consistently. It is easier to dump and rinse the little potty contents into the toilet than it is to change and wash his diapers so we encourage him to use his little potty as much as possible. He gets lots of positive feedback and interaction when he “makes it” to the potty so he enjoys using it. At 12 months, he is very comfortable sitting on a potty to pee or poo. We keep the Little Potty on the bathroom counter and stand with him while he is sitting on it. I have seen lots of people start out with the Little Potty on the floor, but if you have the counter space in your bathroom, this will save your knees and back and make it easier for you to interact with your baby while on the potty. In another month or two, we will transition it to the floor for his use.Grovia Little Bubbles diaper detergent. I have used the 5 top rated diaper detergents and honestly, I can’t tell a lick of difference between them. I do a prewash with 1/2 indicated amount detergent and then a full wash with extra rinse using the full amount (per detergent instructions) of detergent. The most important thing is that you use a detergent designed for cloth diapers. Regular detergents have enzymes that will deteriorate the waterproof barriers in your cloth diapers. Cloth diaper detergents also do not have the dyes and perfumes that can irritate baby skin. I am currently using Grovia detergent and it is at least as good as the other top rated diaper detergents. I can’t say that it is anymore effective at removing stains than the others. My diaper inserts are stained, but they are clean, soft and have no smell whatsoever when they come out of the dryer. I have always used cloth diaper detergent and I have never had to “strip” them. I use 14 ounces of wool dryer balls to dry my inserts and wipes. The dryer balls shaved ten minutes off the 80 minute dry cycle required to get a load of diapers dry. It takes only 70 minutes with the added wool balls.Bum Genius Diaper Sprayer. We bought this, but after reading stories of flimsy parts and flooding disasters, we replaced the hose and a couple other flimsy parts with higher quality metal plumbing pieces and have not had any problems for the past year.Carter’s Keep Me Dry FLannel Bassinet Pad. This is my mid layer on the changing pad. I have three layers on my changing pad at all times. Bottom Layer; changing pad cover that came with the pad Middle layer; Carter’s Keep my Dry pad Top Layer; Cotton washcloth. The washcloth gets changed about twice per day and does the heavy work in this set up. It catches all the drips, smudges and bits that accompany diaper changing. The Carters catch everything else and help keep the diaper pad cover looking fresh. It gets changed about once per week. The changing pad cover itself gets changed about once per month. This three layer set up makes it easy and fastto keep the changing pad clean and fresh. All of these layers get tossed into the cloth diaper bin and are washed right along with my cloth diapers.I will come back from time to time to update this review. I hope it was helpful for those trying to wade through all the cloth diapering info out there and find a simple, but effective set up. 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Not that big
This would have barely covered my lap. How I use these now is just for under my baby’s butt whenever she gets changed on her changing pad in case of accident. It helps delay us from having to wash the Kushies waterproof pad that we have over our changing pad cover, which are much better for the job. Our baby tends to have lots of accidents so it worked out I guess but I would have never bought these if I had realized how small they were.
Great for use under bassinet sheet
I put this under the fitted sheet for the Graco Travel Lite Crib and it works like a charm. Keeps the pad underneath clean. I also put these on the floor after a bath, when I’m putting on lotion and dressing the baby. These are just so handy and keep anything underneath completely dry. Wash very well. I’ve washed these many, many times in my HE front load washer and dryer and they hold up great.
I use this pad as a place to change my infant’s diaper — either as a cover for his changing table cushion, or as a stand alone on the bed/sofa/floor. I have several other changing pad covers and this one is by far my favorite because it is soft (not vinyl or plastic coated like others, which does not seem nice against my baby’s skin), and waterproof enough that we have not experienced any leaks through to the other side when my baby pees during a diaper change. Furthermore, because it is somewhat heavyweight, it stays flat and is hard for my baby’s roving hands to grip and pull on during a diaper change, which he does with some other lighter weight changing pad covers. Further, it has a smoother texture, unlike some more fuzzy ones that I got from a different company, and as a result seems to stay cleaner looking. Although not recommended in the washing instructions, I put it in the washing machine (hot water) and dryer, and it’s holding up great (5 months of heavy use). It did shrink a bit in the dryer, though I didn’t mind since it is still big enough for diaper changes. I am buying another one.
A Necessity (ecru)
I have a couple of these in ecru, and one with the ducks (yellow and green). My ecru ones are fabulous! Perfect for lining the changing pad and for using as a changing pad on the go, large, nice size. I pretty much use them whenever i put my baby down most anywhere because she has acid reflux and she cannot be trusted to keep any surface clean! These absorb well without leaking through, they are also soft, so sensitive baby skin will not be irritated on these. As I stated my ecru ones are perfect, they wash well and maintain their shape, very little pilling and very little shrinkage (they are washed every other day). HOWEVER, the duck and frog (yellow and green) pad I have appeared the same when new but washed VERY differently… I would rate that one a 2 stars, still works well but it pilled and shriveled up, it looks very old a worn out already.
Simple multi-use flannel pad (waterproof interior layer)
The package says 100% cotton flannel, so I was confused when it arrived because I thought it was waterproof. Upon feeling it, discovered there are three layers. Two flannel layers with a waterproof plastic sandwiched between them. The edges are serged, holding all three layers together. So wherever you touch it, is cotton flannel, since you can’t see the waterproof layer at all. When you bend it back and forth, you can hear that plasticy sound that tells you there is plastic on the inside. It is a nice weight, heavy enough to lay down and stay put, but light enough to be flexible and easy to manage. I registered for this, and haven’t tested it yet, but it is simple and soft. Looks like it will come in handy as a portable changing pad or as a bassinet liner. For the price, you can’t beat it!
I use this as a changing mat in my bedroom where there isn’t a changing table set up and it works perfectly for that purpose. I don’t have to worry about anything getting on my mattress when I am changing my baby. I have washed it many times and it has held up very well. For the price, I would say it is a must have. Very convenient item.
I must have missed the point?
This is very small, does not fit in the Graco Light Pack N Play. It is now just a pad that we sometimes put in the diaper bag for changing. A waste of money for us.
Great product! Have used those bassinet pads for 10 months now and they hold up great – very absorbent material. Great buy – and as always – ‘Carters rocks’!
Gets crushed easily
This does its job well, but on washing it gets crushed easily. And since it cant be ironed (not even on cool setting) it tends to look old and shabby quickly.
Wow, really is waterproof!
Use this over a contoured pillow for a changing pad, was shocked at how much liquid (it’s now had pee and poo explosions on it during diaper changes and held them both without leaking through!) it can hold. Also really cute designs.
I love this, it’s exactly what I was looking for! Works wonderfully in the bassinet or on the changing table.
Perfect Multipurpose Changing Pad 🙂
This is the perfect multipurpose changing pad. I especially like that this pad is larger than most 18″ x 27″; therefore, it can be used as a”Mattress Pad” or a “Changing Pad”. It is very soft, durable, water proof & heavy enough to stay flat. Trust me – its a gem!
So many uses!
We love these bassinet pads. I received one in a different pattern at a baby shower – another mom told me that it would be very useful in many different ways. We used that one so often, that I purchased this one as a back up!These are very soft flannel, and they get softer every time they get washed. They are also waterproof, which is great for babies. Initially, our main use for this item was as a cover/barrier in our changing station attached to our pack & play. It was great because it was warm, so our little one didn’t have to experience cold surfaces during diaper changes. It also protected the station from rogue attacks during the diaper change, and the effects of a blow out.We have started using these during diaper changes on-the-go. They are easier to wash than the changing pads that came with our diaper bags. I am thinking that we will also use these once our baby eventually tries to graduate out of diapers, because they are waterproof.I was especially happy to find this item at a crazy low price on Amazon!
A very helpful product
Very helpful for preventing diaper blowouts and mid-change pees from getting everywhere. I use them on the changing table every time and they don’t seep or leak. They wash well.
Great for many uses
I bought this for our bassinet, which will only be used for the first few months of our daughter’s life, so I plan to use it like many of the other users once she grows out of the bassinet… as extra protection for the changing pad (under the changing pad cover).It’s not very thick, but I like that it adds a slight bit of softness between the sheet and bassinet mattress pad. It’s also a slight bit smaller than the bassinet mattress, but is definitely big enough to do the job. I also like the cheap price!
A necessity for new parents
My sister recommended to me in planning for a new baby that you could not have enough of these size waterproof pads, and said preferably these as they do not have a vinyl layer and therefore can be dried on regular heat. Well she was right. These have so many uses you can never have enough. I layer several over my changing pad so that if one gets soiled or wet I can simply slide it from under baby’s bottom and finish the task at hand. I also put them under the sheets of the bassinet, play yard and crib, and they are great for laying on furniture or the floor to contain spit up accidents. I have been using mine for over a month, washing at least weekly, and so far have had no problems with pilling and they seem to feel softer with every wash (and I don’t use fabric softener).
surprisingly absorbent and safe cotton fabric
we got this because i didnt want plastic waterproof stuff on my newborn skin. this is perfect. I line her matress and poddle with this so if she is resting and spits up her milk, it gets absorbed right away, and i can wash it easily along with the rest of the baby laundry.
love these pads
i highly recommend and have ordered several more. i use these on our changing table, and for changing baby in various locations. they are lightweight, waterproof and have held up well in the wash.
Very good product – I love mine!
I got the Keep Me Dry Lap Pads from Carters as a gift and absolutely loved them, so I decided to buy this bassinet pad too. Honestly, you should buy multiples and use them everywhere, but I purchased mine specifically to go between the waterproof mattress and the sheets to make cleanup from accidents easier. This is the perfect size for my pack’n’play, where my 3 month old sleeps in the bassinet insert. It doesn’t cover the whole mattress, but I’d say it covers 65-75%, which means I can put it where it is effective and not have a problem. It does it’s job, is useful in a mot of different situations, and I absolutely love it. I’m going to but more very soon.
just was i wanted!
great quality and cute fabric. i bought it for it being waterproof and the right size i was looking for.
Works great as a changing pad!
I use this as a changing pad and I’ve loved it! It is comfortable, lays flat even after washing, folds easily and compactly and is cute. I love that I can just throw it in the washing machine. It’s held up great!
this is a nice thing to have with a newborn
I liked having this and a couple things like it. It’s good as a changing pad, too. (though it doesn’t provide cushioning, but sometimes you’re on a cushioned thing– e.g., a changing pad at a friend’s house– and you want your own base for the baby).
Good Quality & Price
I figured I’d need multiple waterproof pads with a new baby and decided to try this one as it was very reasonably priced. I like the feel/softness of it. It’s a decent, versatile size and washes well (I haven’t noticed any shrinkage or pilling….yet). I ended up buying two of these, and if I needed something similar in the future, I’d go with this specific product. Can be used for more than just bassinets.
This is a nice product…I would buy again. Nice size for under sheet protection against diaper leakage or sick baby. I would buy again!
Cute and functional
This has saved the sheets more times than I can count. The design on the Ecru pad is cute and accidentally matches my baby’s crib bedding (the Nojo Jungle Tales set). It has held up very well in the washer but I will still be getting a backup just in case. Recommended.
Cute print & nice quality
Love the cute design and the material feels thick & hardy too. I’ve not test if it’s waterproof yet. But it’s a must have!
Great as a changing pad
We use these as changing pads to place on top of our bed for those middle of the night changes – half the price of even cheap changing pads, washable/dryable, waterproof (our newborn tested this full-force as my husband and I stared in panic… But it held!), and convenient! We have 4 for rotation & are super happy with them!
Does the job
It’s nice and soft helped with the winter months. It fit my summer’s bassinett fine but when I washed it it did shrink and I didn’t put it in the dryer. Still use it though for any accident it still easy just to wash just this pad and not all the sheets
perfect fit for travel crib!
This was a perfect fit for between the sheet & mattress of my graco travel lite crib. I was looking for something to help make the mattress softer and protect it and this does both!