Glow Bug Cloth Diaper Review

Have you heard of Glow Bug Cloth Diapers? Founded by Sarah Downey and Neta Talmor, Glow Bug began when the two moms had concerns about finding good quality but affordable cloth diapers for their children. Glow Bug helps parents make the switch to cloth by offering high quality but affordable cloth diapers. A package of twelve diapers, twenty-four inserts, and one wet bag costs only $150. And, in case you were wondering about the name Glow Bug, as Sarah says, “First of all, ‘Glow Bug’ is my nickname for Gloria [her daughter] and second, because I always thought a baby in cloth diapers looks like a cute little bug with that sweet round bum.”


I recently recieved an adorable ladybug OS pocket cloth diaper from Glow Bug Cloth Diapers to review. When I opened the package, I was super excited because my husband and I are always buying ladybugs for our daughter. Now her cute little bum could be wrapped in a cute little ladybug diaper! Glow Bug offers other prints and colors for both girls and boys too; however, to keep prices low, Glow Bug Cloth Diapers are sold in packages with set patterns. The print collections change annually. I really love my ladybug diaper, and the other prints currently available are super cute too!

Glow Bug Cloth Diaper

According to the Glow Bug Cloth Diapers website, here are the design features of my Glow Bug diaper:

  • Double rows of snaps with square tabs for a trim fit through the hip
  • Two sets of cross-over snaps through the waist band for a perfect fit around newborn tummies
  • Four size settings fitting babies from birth through potty training (7 to 35 pounds)
  • Coordinating colored snaps for every print
  • Made with SlimDry™ fabric for the trimmest fit
  • Two openings in the pocket make getting the absorbent insert in and out easier
  • Each diaper includes two absorbent snap-in inserts
  • Double gusset through the leg for an extra barrier of protection
  • Waterproof flaps in the front and the back of each diaper to prevent leaks

Each Glow Bug diaper shells includes three rows of three torso snaps and two vertical hip snaps for easy sizing. The hip snaps also include cross-over snaps to make the waist really small for a really thin baby. Glow Bug diapers fit babies as small as seven pounds on up to toddlers as big as thirty-five pounds, so this one-size pocket diaper is ideal from birth through potty training. By using the available snaps, I am able to get this diaper to a perfect fit for my daughter’s unique size and shape. I also love that Glow Bug cloth diapers will grow with my daughter as she grows from an infant into a toddler. For a size comparison, I have included pictures my Glow Bug diaper set to the biggest size as well as set to the smallest size.

Largest Setting of Glow Bug Cloth Diaper Smallest Setting of Glow Bug Cloth Diaper

As far as ease of use, I am very pleased with my cloth diaper from Glow Bug Cloth Diapers. I have encountered some cloth diapers with snaps either that are really hard to snap and unsnap or that are too easy to unsnap. In my cloth diaper I want a firm snap that I do not have to struggle with to open. The snaps on my Glow Bug cloth diaper are the perfect medium: not to difficult to snap and unsnap but not to easy either. When I put this adorable diaper on my daughter, I am confident that she will not be able to get it off herself. At the same time, I also know that I will be able to easily change her diaper without struggling against difficult snaps.

Another feature that I love about my Glow Bug cloth diaper is the colored snaps. For my ladybug diaper, the snaps are a matching red and black. Too cute! On some cloth diapers, the snaps stand out against the color or print. With my Glow Bug diaper, the snaps blend right in.

Glow Bug Hip Snaps Glow Bug Torso Snaps

The inside layer of my Glow Bug cloth diaper shell consists of a super soft SlimDry™ fabric. The SlimDry™ fabric wicks away moisture and keeps my daughter’s skin dry without adding a lot of bulk to the diaper. Unlike some pocket diapers, the inner layer of my Glow Bug diaper includes two openings for easy stuffing and emptying. The first pocket diaper that I ever tried had only one opening. As I was stuffing the insert inside, I found myself needing to shove my hand inside as well to get the insert to lay flat. With the double opening on my Glow Bug diaper, I can more easily get the insert in place without as much hassle. Additionally, the double pocket opening allows me to more easily remove the dirty insert. No more shoving my hand into a pee or poop soaked diaper! I simply pull the insert out from whichever end it is closest to.

Double Pocket Openings on Glow Bug Cloth Diaper

Each Glow Bug cloth diaper comes with two absorbent snap-in inserts. As far as absorbency goes, my Glow Bug inserts work just as well as other similar inserts that I have tried. My daughter goes for two to four hours between diaper changes without any problems in her Glow Bug diaper. Even more exciting, though, is the snap-in feature. Right now, my daughter is fairly immobile. She can roll on her own but not much else. However, as she gets older and begins crawling and then walking, the snap-in feature will help keep in the insert in place. Once I snap it inside the pocket, I know that the insert will not move around freely inside the diaper.

Another feature that I really love about my Glow Bug cloth diaper is the double leg gussets. With some of my other pocket diapers, I have had some problems with some minor leaks around the legs as my daughter wiggles around. However, with the double gussets on my Glow Bug diaper, I have not have to worry about leaking. If moisture does manage to get past the first gusset, then the second gusset keeps the leak locked in tight. I love a diaper that I can feel confident about putting on my baby, especially if she falls asleep for a nap close to changing time. I know that I can wait a little while longer so that I do not have to wake up my sleeping baby too early!

Double Leg Gusset on Glow Bug Cloth Diaper

The only complaint that I have about Glow Bug cloth diapers is with the waterproof flaps in the front and the back of each diaper to prevent leaks. Although the waterproof fabric has prevented leaks, I have noticed that the flaps sometimes wiggle out through the top of the waistband of the diaper. I have on a number of occasions found myself readjusting the flap back inside the diaper. However, even when the flap has come out, I have not had any problems with leaks around the waist yet.


Final Verdict: I really love Glow Bug Cloth Diapers! First, I am in love with the ladybug print, and the other prints currently available are also super adorable. Second, the quality of Glow Bug cloth diapers is extremely high. My only complaint is that the flap sometimes sneaks out the back of the diaper. However, when Sarah Downey and Neta Talmor set out to create a cloth diaper that was high quality but still affordable, these two moms definitely succeeded! Therefore, if you are looking for a package deal of pocket diapers, then Glow Bug Cloth Diapers is the choice for you!

Front of Glow Bug Cloth Diaper Back of Glow Bug Cloth Diaper

For more information about Glow Bug Cloth Diapers or to make a purchase, check out the company website. You can also follow Glow Bug Cloth Diapers on Facebook and Twitter.

Image Credits

Glow Bug Cloth Diaper © 2012 Heather Johnson
Largest Setting of Glow Bug Cloth Diaper © 2012 Heather Johnson
Smallest Setting of Glow Bug Cloth Diaper © 2012 Heather Johnson
Glow Bug Torso Snaps © 2012 Heather Johnson
Glow Bug Hip Snaps © 2012 Heather Johnson
Double Pocket Openings on Glow Bug Cloth Diaper © 2012 Heather Johnson
Double Leg Gusset on Glow Bug Cloth Diaper © 2012 Heather Johnson
Front of Glow Bug Cloth Diaper © 2012 Heather Johnson
Back of Glow Bug Cloth Diaper © 2012 Heather Johnson

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Heather Johnson

Heather is a writer, librarian, linguist, wife, and mother who loves her husband, daughter, son, dogs, and cat. She writes The Parenting Patch, which is a parenting blog, information, and news plus reviews, recipes, crafts, homeschooling, and more.

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