I was recently offered an opportunity from Bouncing Babies Cloth Diapers to review a GroVia hybrid diaper and GroVia organic cotton soaker pads. I love my Best Bottoms diapers, so I jumped at the change to review a similar style diaper. The GroVia hybrid cloth diaper system is a one size cloth diaper that fits a baby from newborn through potty training. The hybrid cloth diaper consists of an outer waterproof reusable shell and either a GroVia cloth soaker pad or GroVia Bio Soaker pad. I received a GroVia shell in surf, which is an adorable aqua blue color, and a set of two organic cotton soaker pads.
Upon first inspecting my new GroVia cloth diaper cover, I was rather impressed with the design. I am not usually a fan of Velcro diapers, but the GroVia shell comes with a unique hook and loop waist closure that is not just a more typical Velcro. The entire front panel is constructed of a super soft material onto which the Velcro tabs adhere. Unlike with a different Velcro diaper that I have tried in the past, I have not had any problems with GroVia hook and loop closure coming apart while my daughter wears the diaper.
In addition to the hook and loop waist closure, the GroVia cloth diaper cover also comes with three rows of three torso snaps, meaning that this one size cloth diaper can be adjusted to three sizes: small, medium, and large. My daughter currently weighs about twenty-one pounds but is only ten months old. However, I still have the GroVia diaper set to only the medium setting. I am therefore confident that the GroVia will continue to grow with her until she reaches potty training.
My favorite feature of my new Grovia diaper is the GroVia organic cotton soaker pads. First, I love the design of the pads. The bottom layer of the pads features a waterproof backing and true leg gussets. The top layer is super soft and highly absorbent cotton. Second, I love that the pads are a one size pad that fit the diaper whether the torso snaps are set to small or large. I love my Flip diapers because of the reusable shell but hate the one size inserts. I love my Best Bottom diapers because of the snap in inserts. I absolutely adore my new GroVia diaper because of the combination of one size and snap in insert. I also love that I can reuse the shell a few times by changing just the soaker pad. If I had not already invested in Best Bottoms, which I love, GroVia would be next on my list with which to stock my stash.
As far as absorbency goes, although GroVia recommends changing the diaper every couple of hours, I have left my daughter in her diaper for up to three hours without any problems. Depending on what she is doing and how much she has eaten, I change my daughter every two to four hours. My new GroVia diaper definitely gets my seal of approval in terms of absorbency.
Washing my new GroVia hybrid diaper and organic cotton soaker pads is also a breeze. Right now I wash my dirty diapers every other day, which is exactly what GroVia suggests. Once my GroVia shells is dirty, I tuck the Velcro tabs under the laundry tabs. I then throw all of my diapers and inserts into the washing machine. I do a cold rinse cycle followed by a hot wash cycle with cloth diaper safe soap. GroVia recommends a warm wash cycle; however, my water heater is set to only 120º, so my hot wash is actually only a warm wash. I then do a second cold water rinse. Finally, I toss the soaker pads in the dryer with the rest of my inserts and allow the covers to air dry with my other covers. The pads dry in about 90 minutes, and the covers dry in a few hours.
I am very happy with my new GroVia hybrid cloth diaper and organic cotton soaker pads. If I were going to invest in a different brand of cloth diapers, GroVia would definitely be on the top of my list. If you are looking for the convenience of a reusable diaper shell with a one size snap in inserts, then the GroVia hybrid is the diaper for you.
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GroVia Hybrid Shell and Soaker Pads © 2012 Heather Johnson
Front of GroVia Hybrid Shell © 2012 Heather Johnson
Back of GroVia Hybrid Shell © 2012 Heather Johnson
Inside of GroVia Hybrid Shell © 2012 Heather Johnson
Snap Inside of GroVia Hybrid Shell © 2012 Heather Johnson
Front and Back of GroVia Soaker Pads © 2012 Heather Johnson
Snap on GroVia Soaker Pad © 2012 Heather Johnson
Gusset on GroVia Soaker Pad © 2012 Heather Johnson
Front of GroVia on Poppy © 2012 Heather Johnson
Leg of GroVia on Poppy © 2012 Heather Johnson
Back of GroVia on Poppy © 2012 Heather Johnson