- The PERFECT diaper!
- Super absorbent, organic cotton inner
- Soft layer of water resistant TPU outer
- No stuffing, no doublers
- One size design that grows with baby
Look great on
I really like these diapers, I have 3, this is the first one I bought to try them out- adorable patterns, the owls are even more cute than they look in the pic. These are great to wear with a plain tee, they can make an outfit alone. They’re really absorbent (I never use the second soaker) and the fabric is very smooth and soft. The hip bands are very nice and stretchy, and this is the most TRIM cloth diaper I’ve encountered, about the same as a disposable as far as I can tell. They’re easy to wash and once you get the hang of it putting them on is quick too, great if you have a squirmy crawler.BUT:They take forever to dry- I dry all my diapers on high for 50 min (mostly TotsBots and Tiny Tush Elite)and these are the only ones that always need to be hung up to dry the rest of the way.The elastic has relaxed considerably over 9 mos- I’m guessing from the drying, even though they are often hung up.They ride low- I have some really cute pics of my son flashing crack in these. His thighs are pretty chunky so maybe that’s why but he’s a pretty average size kid these days so I wouldn’t think it’s him.They are very narrow in the crotch- I’m not sure which is more annoying, too wide or too narrow. It kinda makes the elastic dig into his inner thigh area on the newer ones that still have tight elastic. The relaxed elastic probably makes them more comfortable.The elastic is bulky- inner thighs and back of the waist always has a big imprint from the elastic when I take them off.When they’re wet they feel WET- one pee and your soaked.You have to be careful snapping the bottom snap or you can pinch their thighs.Although Ive had no problems with leaking- and we dont use the second snap in soaker-I wouldn’t recommend them for sleep because of how wet they feel.I can’t comment on the ability to hold in poo, we’re doing Elimination Communication and he doesn’t usually poop in a diaper and never enough to “blow out”- I strongly reccomend ECing for everyone, especially cloth diapering parents. I don’t have to rinse poo out of my diapers, need I say more?Overall, I prefer Totsbots / Tiny Tush for comfort and durability but these are the most stylish and easy to get on a squirmer.Update:This is the first diaper that we are retiring because of wear. After about 1 year the fabric covering the leg elastic is tearing and falling apart. Still looks nice on the outside though.Update:My son is almost 2 and we’re still using all three of these that we bought! They look like crap on the inside but unless you really look at the gussets and the waistband you don’t notice all the tears. The elastic is still a tiny bit stretchy in the other two but for some reason the owl diaper is just a limp noodle. They are really hanging on though. One big thing we have done is that for about the last 6 months they were almost exclusively line dried. Their absorbency is not as good without the elastic in shape but that’s about it (besides the inside appearance of course).
Fits 35+ pounds…really?
The fabrics and construction of this diaper seem very high quality and it is very attractive, but I can’t imagine it will fit my two-month-old through potty training. He’s a big guy, 14 lbs, but I have the rise totally unsnapped on him! To some degree that’s a fit preference–I prefer a higher rise–but it does seem that he will outgrow this diaper long before he’s out of diapers.Another complaint is that, on a smaller baby, the snap tabs cross under the front of the diaper so that the baby has PUL/snaps against his skin rather than cotton. He ends up with snap impressions on his belly.In the end, after sampling a variety of brands/types of cloth diapers, I found sized prefolds/covers to be simplest. It’s really easy to lay a tri-folded prefold into a cover, they are relatively inexpensive, no problems with leaking, don’t leave marks on baby’s skin, and they are very easy to wash/dry.
We tried almost all cotton diapers that are currently available on a market. This one has a very small insert. They could definitely make it at least wider.
I like these – the shells are really cute, fairly easy to use, and dry quickly. The only cons: for boys the pee may escape out the sides so make sute the edges of the diaper tucked in securely and like all groVia diapers they stain easily. Actually the biggest drawback is that they are made in China. 🙂 Overall a great diaper which I definetly recommend!
Very trim, super soft and I love that the material is cotton.
Excluding flats, I think Grovia AIO’s are the trimmest cloth diaper I have ever used. I find that to be incredible being that these are made from cotton.Since these are so trim, I initially thought that these would bunch up in the center and leak, although I haven’t experienced that whatsoever. I usually reserve my AIO diapers for times when I take my baby on outings. Being that my AIO’s don’t get lots of use, I can’t say how they’d hold up if I had a small stash of them. However, after 20 or so washes, mine still look awesome. The elastic is great, we’ve never lost any snaps, the material doesn’t have any holes or fraying, it’s still waterproof, etc.While these aren’t as easy to wash as cotton prefolds or flats, their care is far easier than using microfiber or bamboo. As soft and absorbent as microfiber diapers are, they have a tendency to stink and/or repel moisture. If these diapers ever did still stink after I washed them, I found that simply washing them again solves the problem. These also don’t stain all that bad, even if I feed my baby blueberries or beets. After their use I store them in a dry pail, rinse them in cold, wash in hot (even though the manufacturer says to use warm) using Charlies Soap, and will use either tea tree oil or Seventh Generation bleach to sanitize if I won’t be line drying, and then I do an extra rinse. These dry fairly quickly in the dryer and actually dry quicker than my cotton fitteds. As for line drying – they take a few hours, but it’s not all that terrible.I like that these diapers can adjust to fit so many babies. Before using these, I never believed that a one-size cloth AIO diaper would ever look decent on a small infant. However, I have a difficult time believing that they’ll fit all the way up to the 30+ pound range. My baby is 23 months old and is in the 50th percentile in height and 45th for weight. While she does tend to carry her weight in her tush, her bottom really isn’t all that big. I know that many reviewers do state though that their toddlers wear these just fine. Maybe it has to do with how your little one is shaped. I just want to mention it in case you’re buying these for a baby who is older.
Wanted to be a big fan… but I’m not.
I’m a dedicated bumGenius 4.0 user but wanted to try a cotton AIO. I bought two Grovia to try, figured I’d add to my stash if I loved them.Pro- slim and trim, no bulk.- haven’t had any leaks…. and that’s all I got.Con- they don’t absorb much, definitely not good for over night.- they take FOREVER to dry.- the stains are impossible to get out. Sunning, Oxyclean, etc. Still stained.- not a fan of the way the diapers close.I have the two I originally bought and still use them but they are definitely not my favorite diaper and they get a solid “meh” from me.
I own almost every single cloth diaper option out there and these are definitely on my list of top 5! I have a heavy-wetting 2 month old and I trust these dipes to be absorbent and soft against his skin. I really like the snap in soaker and I’ve never ever had a leak (even during 3 hour naps!) I really am starting to prefer organic cotton products over microfiber/terry because everything washes so clean! He’ll be wearing these for a very long time as he grows (currently 11 lbs 23″ at 2 months)
This is one of three kinds of AIOs I own. While it does the job (no leaks during the day) I was a bit disappointed by the form of the inserts. They are very narrow and therefore I can use the diaper only for 2 to 3 hours during the day. After that it will leak. The slim fit might be more stylish but I can’t even put another insert in. This is the only way my son survives his 8 to 9 hour night time sleep without leaks. I’m using Mommy’s Touch AIO for the nights. The other thing I don’t like about GroVia is the way it buttons up. The sides go underneath the front part which is counterintuitive and makes it harder to close the snaps. The diaper takes a long time too dry which don’t really care about and it will start to pill and get less soft after a couple of washes.
after so much use, the velcro sucks! My son tried wearing two of these and lately they just FALL right off of him!!
12 Months of Cloth Diapering, the 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.