In the past I was anti-cloth-diapering. It’s not that I’m anti-environment or love my child less or whatever argument you want to come up with, it is the intimidation. The cloth diapering community is intense with lots of options and it’s not (usually) a try then buy situation. Not finding the right diaper combination for your family can be expensive. So I went with disposables, often only able to use the expensive name brands in order to avoid leakage.
Then my best friend introduced me to part time cloth diapering and my fears dissipated. Cloth diapering on my own terms. I could get on board with this.
Lots of friends are confused by my urge to get diapers now, when Addie is 21 months. Well… for starters, she’s the practice baby. Just kidding, but really, you live and learn in parenting, and that’s true with every aspect, including diapering. With that, I’ve also begun potty training, but Addie isn’t totally ready, and while she uses her potty successfully before baths and PJs, she isn’t at that point where she tells me before she needs to go. And me? I’m not pushing her. With traveling every 6 months to the doctor, activities everyday and no issues with changing a diaper, I decided to go the cloth diaper route. (Perfect company for the lifetime of toddlerhood? Yes. Grovia offers everything from preemie needs up to training pants!)
I did a lot of research before I reached out to Grovia about their product. I was impressed with their company, as well as their design, one of which is called a hybrid. These diapers have a shell and a lining that snaps in- which prevents the diaper from sliding around on the inside. I also read great reviews that the “fluffy butt” isn’t too fluffy, which is good for us, as Addie already has a bit of a bum- a real worry for a mom who already has trouble finding clothes for her child. So I perused the Grovia Cloth Diapers site and decided that I would get myself THIS organic cotton starter package, as well as some BOOSTERS for added wetness protection and LINERS for making the clean up of messy diapers easier!
Check out my video from the first day we got our Grovia hybrid diapers in the mail:
I ordered two shells, getting one in Vanilla, so we would have a “plain” diaper, and one in Persimmon, which is both Addie and Dave’s favorite color! I knew that two shells would work for us initially, because the shells do not need to be washed every time they are worn- just every few days with daily wear- easy! My package also came with 4 liners, which are very absorbent and perfect for wear during the day without a booster, which come in handy for nighttime wear, for overnight diapering needs. Because Addie is holding her urine longer, I place one booster in each diaper we use during the day, and two overnight.
Which brings me to the part time usage I was so ready for… here I am, 3 weeks later, and we use them full time.
Because cloth diapering is NOT all or nothing. Sometimes, we use a disposable overnight. Or I forget my second shell and need to use a disposable when we are out (which only happened once… I swear these diapers are nearly leak-proof!).
No big deal. Simple. Easy. Cloth diapering. Words I never thought would go together.
After seeing so many pictures online of fluffy butt babes, I admit that Addie wears these diapers a bit different, but the fit is perfect on her nonetheless. The leg gussets are flexible, yet tight, never leaving a mark on her legs, but also only producing a leak in the most dire of situations (you parents know what I mean!). Whether you’re worried about the belly fit (Addie has a tummy) or the fit of the bum (we have one of those, too), Grovia offers sizing options and the best velcro closures I’ve ever come across, securing the diapers in place until ready to change.
Knowing that I want to continue to use cloth as our primary diapering, I will be getting a few more shells (yes, choosing from the many patterns Grovia offers is slightly addicting), liners and boosters- plus a few AIO (all in one) diapers, which I think will be easier for when we travel to just switch whole diapers! After Addie is tucked in bed, I grab her pail and put the diapers in the wash. They are dry and ready for wear by the morning. It really is that easy, and stress-free (especially if you use the bio-liners. They help immensely with the messy diaper situations. With all the options, styles and the money saving going on- we are a converted family! Whether I’m embracing my “crunchy” side, or just not intimidated by the all-or-nothing mentality, Grovia diapers certainly have my mama seal of approval, and are the only brand of cloth diapers used in our home!
I participated in Grovia’s blogger program for this post. All opinions are my own… we LOVE cloth diapering and cannot wait to buy more Grovia products in the future!