GroVia recently sent me their First Steps Hybrid Package. This cloth diaper package is perfect for those who are interested in trying GroVia's Hybrid cloth diaper system to see if it's the right "fit" for your family. The package includes everything you need to get started.
- 1 GroVia Hybrid Shell
- 1 2 count Package of Soaker Pads (You may choose between Organic, Stay Dry, or No-Prep)
- 1 Package BioSoakers (50 count)
After using the GroVia Hybrid Diaper Shell for just over 5 months, I can see some visual signs of wear in the loop area on the front with pilling, but the snaps, elastic, hook tabs, and mesh lining are still fabulous. The closure is still very "sticky", and holds tight. For us the shell has really held up. I them wash with our cloth diaper laundry, and always lay flat or hang up to dry.
While I haven't used the Stay Dry Soaker (yet), I have had a chance to thoroughly put the BioSoaker, Organic Cotton, and new No-Prep through the paces with our little guy. Though my results are not scientific, they are my own personal opinions and observations after using the Hybrid soakers over the last 5 months and being 24/7 cloth diapering Mom of a 11 month old little guy.
The GroVia BioSoakers are disposable. These are all natural, dye, fragrance, plastic and chlorine free. You just lay them inside the Hybrid Diaper Shell, and fasten on baby as usual. I prefer to use the sticky tabs on back to hold it in position better. I have found that they can be trusted to stay put even on a little mover.They are great for when I am out shopping, or visiting family and want to pack a bit lighter. The BioSoakers make diaper changes quick and easy!
How they compare- I can only use the sticky tabs to keep them in place with our GroVia Shells. They move around in other diaper covers for some reason. When I tried to use the sticky tabs in the other shells, it was a mess when it came time to change our little guy. I couldn't get the sticky residue off the other cover very easily. This was only a problem once after that I just use them in my GroVia Shells. I reach for those shells first anyway, so decided why mess with a good thing. (Although we are no where near potty training with our 11 month old, these can be used in cotton underwear to protect against accidents with the sticky tabs to hold them in place according to GroVia's product overview on their site.) As far as absorbency goes feel like both the No-Prep and Organic Cotton hold more, but the BioSoaker's convenience factor is a huge plus. They also give a Very Trim fit on the bum, so which outfit we choose to have our little one wear is never an issue.
Organic Cotton Soaker Pads~
The Organic Cotton Soaker Pads made using IMO-Certified Organic Cotton jersey are super soft, and have a waterproof backing. They have a true elastic leg gusset, which means no leaking on the sides! I have used these soakers during nap time which can last up to 3 hours without a booster, and our little guy awoke with dry clothes and bedding. Their absorbency is surperb! They are also very trim when snapped in the GroVia Shell.
How they compare- They will and do stain being the organic cotton which I haven't had to deal with when using the No-Prep Soakers, and we have a few shadow stains that haven't came all the way out even after sunning in our window over the winter. I can't wait for our spring break trip in March just so I can take them with us and give them some outdoor direct sunlight. While the BioSoaker does give a trimmer fit we prefer to use reusable soakers like this Organic Cotton Soaker day to day. The Organic Cotton are also a bit smaller in length and width compared to the No-Prep Soakers. I do feel that these Organic Cotton Soakers are the most absorbent of the three GroVia Hybrid Soakers we have tried.
No-Prep Soaker Pads~
The No-Prep Soaker Pads that I chose in the First Steps Hybrid Package feature a 100% water resistant polyester TPU bottom. They are made of 4 layers of microfiber terry with a super soft and fluffy polyester microfleece top touching baby's skin. The leg gussets are made of 100% polyester.
How they compare- One of my favorite things about these No-Prep Soakers is that they are longer and wider in both the front and back areas than the BioSoakers and Organic Cotton Soakers. It gives our little one much more coverage for the icky messes. We haven't had to change the Shell just because of a blow out in back. If I could change one thing about the No-Prep Soakers, it would be that the leg gussets on these aren't quite the same as on the Organic Cotton Soakers. I would like the elastic to be as springy and above the soaker section in the center. If you look at the picture above you can probably see that on the Organic Cotton Soaker (pictured center) the leg gussets are higher than on the No-Prep (pictured right). The No-Prep leg gussets are practically even with the soaker pad. I do feel these soakers absorb very well, and we haven't had any leaks. I believe the Organic Cotton Soaker seems to hold more liquid, but the No-Prep does stay a bit dryer against my son. They are also the fluffiest on the bum of the three soakers, but hands down these are the softest soakers that we have tried. Know they must feel so comfortable on my son, and what can I say... We Love That Fluffy Look!
Overall the GroVia Hybrid Cloth Diaper System is one of my absolute favorites, and is a perfect fit for our family's needs. I love all the different Soaker options, and super cute shell prints and colors. Hope my observations have given you a good idea of what to expect from these three GroVia Soakers, and how the GroVia Hybrid Shells will hold up over some time. If you are thinking about giving this cloth diaper system a try, I highly recommend this First Steps Package as a starter set to see how GroVia will work for your family.
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