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No term is vaguer in cloth diapering than “hybrid diaper.” What, does it use electricity or something? Sheesh! While the term might be more confusing than clever, I think the cloth diaper folks that named this style of cloth diapers hybrid, were possibly trying to tie in the connection to hybrid cars, which can drive in two modes: electric or gas.
So what exactly is a hybrid cloth diaper? A hybrid diaper is a diaper that can be used both as a regular cloth diaper with cloth diaper inserts, or it can be used with disposable inserts to create a premium disposable diaper.
Just like a hybrid car, a hybrid cloth diaper can be used in two modes: a cloth diaper, or a disposable diaper.
It should be noted that a hybrid cloth diaper is very different from a “hybrid fitted diaper.” A hybrid fitted diaper is a cross between an all-in-one and a fitted cloth diaper, and in no way involves disposable diapers. Because we weren’t confused enough, right?
Are Hybrid Diapers Better than Disposables?
Define better. Hybrid disposable inserts are typically a bit (though not a ton) more expensive than regular disposable diapers, mostly because they are only sold in smaller packages. Hybrid disposable inserts also tend to hold a little less than a typical disposable, but they are WAY better at containing blowouts. They are also, of course, a million times cuter. They really create a premium disposable diaper.
What Are Some Brands that Offer Hybrid Fitted Diapers?
There are several good-quality cloth diaper brands that offer disposable inserts to turn their diapers into hybrid diapers. Here’s a look at a few of the best:
1. GroVia Hybrid Cloth Diapers (Top Choice)
GroVia are very well-known for their hybrid diapers, which can be used as all-in-two cloth diapers where you snap a cloth diaper insert into the hybrid shell, or as a disposable diaper, with sticky disposable inserts that stick into the shell.
Here’s a good video showing how to use the GroVia hybrid diapers both ways:
GroVia hybrid diapers are my top choice for hybrid diapers, not only because they are the least expensive option (especially when taking advantage of their bulk discounts, more info on those here) but also because the disposable inserts are actually somewhat eco-friendly.
According to the GroVia website, the biosoaker disposable inserts are made of the following materials:
- Lining: Certified natural, 100% Ingeo spun bound non-woven fabric. Compostable to EN13432 (EU) standard and ASTM D 6400 (USA).
- Core: Sustainably harvested wood pulp fibers, containing a minimal amount of SAP gel.
- Waterproof Outer: The Bio-Film used (fecula) is waterproof and 100% natural. Compostable to the following standard: EN 13432 (EU).
Where Can I Find GroVia Hybrid Diapers?
You can purchase GroVia Hybrid diapers both on Amazon, or directly via their website, where they offer package deals. Here’s some links to check them out:
2. Charlie Banana
Charlie Banana is another longstanding hybrid diaper brand.
Unlike GroVia that pairs it’s disposable inserts with an all-in-two (AI2) system, Charlie Banana diapers are pocket diapers that can also be used with their disposable inserts.
Like all pocket diapers, if you choose to put the disposable inserts inside the pocket, you will still need to wash the diaper cover every time baby wets, so the advantage of using a disposable insert can be lost in that case. Laying the disposable insert on top and tucking it into the front flap is an option, but shifting is a concern, especially with active babies.
Where Can I Find Charlie Banana Cloth Diapers and Disposable Inserts?
Charlie Banana inserts and diapers are available at Target online, which is always a plus. Target.com ships to both the US and Canada.