- Certified organic cotton
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- Save hundreds of dollars each year
- Healthier for baby, less diaper rash
Leaks When Baby is Older
I believe I reviewed this product on Amazon, maybe for another shell set/color. We loved the idea of an AI2, because really, it seems more green than an AI1 when you aren’t constantly going through outer shells. At first, these worked great. They fit fine (yes, the extra insert seemed a bit long at first) but it was absorbent and kept everything in. We were thrilled. We only used Rockin Green laundry detergent or Charlie Soap and are always careful about tucking in the Velcro before washing and drying the covers by hand.Well, at 8 months, it all changed. My daughter’s bladder could hold more and after a good pee, the diaper would leak. I cannot keep her in this diaper for much more than an hour for fear that she will leak everywhere. I unfortunately recommended this product to a few friends and they are all experiencing the same issue with their babies (all around 1 year of age). My daughter is now 10 months old and we have to put her in a disposable when we go out for a period of time (2 hours!) and I am extremely disappointed. It is too bad I only purchased this system. I do not want to spend money on a different system as she is in daycare most of the day and they don’t let us use cloth there anyway.I will probably use it on future babies for the first few months and figure out what to do when they get older. I would love to say I can go 100% cloth from birth to 35 lbs, but unfortunately, it is not the case with these GroBaby diapers.
Soaker pad is troublesome for newborns
I got this set because of the snaps, which could last longer than applix, and because the rise is higher, which would allow for bigger babies. They have been working well despite the soaker sticking out about half an inch in the front (when the cover is set to its smallest size). This is not good for newborns who still have their umbilical cord stumps, so I waited until after the stump had fallen off before using it. The company said to fold the soaker down, but the front still would have covered her stump. Anyway, the soaker would be almost an inch thick and likely to be uncomfortable for the baby, so I just use the diaper with it sticking out. Also, I think it is strange that the soaker pad consists of two layers, the curvy smooth layer and the straight fuzzy layer. Why don’t they just sew them together all the way around instead of just at the ends? But I do like how easy it is to remove/snap on the soaker into the shell – you just have to make sure it stays on straight and inside the shell when putting it on the baby.
Love the cover, Soakers are So-So
I absolutely LOVE the cover of the Gro Baby’s – the velcro isn’t scratchy and it is really trim at the hips. They are cute, and seem pretty comfy. However, I have little use for the snap-in soakers (my husband loves them, but mostly because it is simple). As other reviewers have said, the soakers bunch (especially when wet) and the cover can get dirty pretty easily. Since our little one is still exclusively breast fed, there is no way to have a full poop in there that doesn’t dirty the cover. BUT, I often lay in a prefold and find that (since it goes all the way to the edges, unlike the soakers) it works much better. I bought a 2-pack trial and as much as I love the covers, I don’t think I can justify spending that much money on just covers. The soakers do take longer than anything else I have to dry as well.Edited to add Dec 2011: Well, I love the covers a lot less now. They are a great, trim diapering option but the hook and loop closure really looses functionality after minimal wear. We have a large stash, so these were by no means regularly abused and washed (and we have had them for less than 2 years), but we can’t put them on our now walking around 2 year old because they ends up opening up and falling down around her knees if her pants aren’t holding it up and the diaper would not last at all if the pants weren’t supporting it. I haven’t tried the snaps, so perhaps that is a better option. We have been careful to take care of the covers and not use the dryer, etc. but they hook and loop just does not last. Too bad, because it is soft and cute.
Not as great as I thought…but not terrible.
Why I bought it:I wanted to change to cloth diapering to save money, trips to the store, and reduce my family’s amount of waste.Pros:With two kids in diapers, these definately cut down our diaper costs, they are very cute, one diaper could fit my new born or my toddler with the simple snap design. These are made with very durable construction. The snaps work well and the velcro holds tight. The inserts snap in holding them in place. They work very well with my infant daughter who sleeps on her back as the majority of the absorbant insert’s padding is in the rear end. The shell prevents leaks very effectively.Cons:My toddler son is very active and the soaker pad tends to bunch up in an uncomfortable way in the front. The soaker is not very soft and tends to rub him a little raw when he is especially active. The soaker does not wick away moisture at all. The amonia smell from these soakers tends to be a lot stronger than other brands that I have tried.What I’ve done to make this product work better for my family:I mainly use these diapers for my infant since she is not as active. The soaker pads have a booster liner sewn on to them which adds to the bulk and doesn’t really add much absorbtion, it also tends to bunch up, so I ripped it out. The diapers are now much more comfortable and not as bulky. If I use them for my son, I use a different brand’s soaker pad and things work fine.
Pretty, slim between the legs, but a bit messy!
I have several of these and have 3 inserts for each shell.What I love about this diaper:1. Pretty! There are lots of bright, attractive colors and patterns. We have “boy” and “girl” patterns. I love them all!2. Non-irritating velcro. The tabs are not scratchy and won’t irritate baby’s skin. They’re almost smooth to the touch!3. Perfect laundry tabs. They fold right over on themselves!4. Overlapping tabs. If you have a skinny baby, the tabs will fasten on top of each other for a snug fit.5. Elastic in the liner. There is elastic around the legs to help hug the liner to your baby.6. Snap-in liners. No more bunching up! These liners snap right in to the shell.7. Slim in the middle. Cloth diapers are bulkier than disposables. Period. When our baby wears these, I can tell by the way she is walking. They are slimmer than the other AIO (all in one)’s we have tried and I really like that!What I would change:1. We have LOTS of “leakage” from the liner to the shell. The elastic helps, but if the baby poops, chances are we are going to have to rinse and change the shell. We don’t often make it through a day without going through at least 4 shells. With other AIO systems, we can make it through a day with 2 shells.2. Taller rise. Our baby is short and chunky. At 15 months old, she is totally unsnapped, so the rise will not go any higher for her. She may outgrow these before any of our other cloth diapers. These were the first we had to go up in size every time she grew, also.3. Wing droop. With the velcro closures, there is nothing to hold the wings up – the part that is tucker under and around your baby’s belly. With the snaps, this is addressed, but the velcro leaves some hanging wings on skinny babies. Our chunky baby doesn’t have much of an issue with it, but it could be troublesome if your baby isn’t full-figured. :-)Overall, I really like these. Very functional, but you might need a few shells more than other AIO systems. 🙂