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Things to Consider Before Buying Hybrid Diapers
I have a whole introduction to hybrid cloth diapers here, but in short, a hybrid diaper is a diaper that can be used as a cloth diaper (with cloth diaper inserts) or as a disposable diaper (with disposable inserts).
A hybrid diaper is perfect when you need something that is:
- Trim. Hybrids offer a trim fit as the cloth inserts are usually compact and made from premium fabrics like bamboo and cotton, and the disposable inserts are thin like typical disposable diapers.
- Leakproof. Probably the most notable about using a hybrid shell is that it gives a nice, leakproof seal around your baby’s legs. I often hear from parents who use disposable diaper systems alone that using a cloth diaper cover over their diapers helps prevent leaks; with a hybrid system, you get the best of both worlds.
Of course with any diaper, leaks will happen if you don’t use enough absorbency, but assuming enough absorbency is being used, hybrid shells are great at preventing leaks.
- Travel Friendly. Hybrids shine in situations where a washing machine is out of reach and convenience is needed but you don’t want to compromise all the benefits of cloth. Think of the convenience on long car trips or longer vacations of being able to switch to disposables and back again with the same cover.
- Adjustability. Giving you the ability to add more absorbency easily, or to switch to a disposable on the fly, hybrid diapers offer the most flexibility and customization possible.
What’s Worth Noting About the
GroVia Hybrid Cloth Diaper System
In the realm of hybrid diapers,
- A waterproof TPU shell, which is the waterproof exterior of the diaper.
GroViahybrid diaper shells can be purchased in either hook and loop (Velcro) or snap waist closures, and have rise snaps.
- Absorbent inserts that are either snapped in place (for cloth inserts) or stuck to the inner lining (for disposable inserts).
GroVia makes three inserts for their hybrid system:
- Organic cotton soaker pads. These have five layers of 100% Certified Organic Cotton.
- No-prep soaker pads. These have four layers of microfiber terry topped with microfleece.
- BioSoaker pads. These are the disposable soaker pads, which stick onto the inside of the diaper, in the same way a disposable menstrual pad sticks to your underwear, with two adhesive strips.
How We Rated the
GroVia Hybrid Cloth Diaper
To be fair to all cloth diapers, we rate each one according to five key features to come up with a rating out of five stars. Here’s how we rated the
1. Absorbency and Effectiveness
GroVia Cloth Insert Absorbency
As with all cloth diapers, the absorbency of the diaper comes down to the fabrics used.
While the no-prep soaker pad did well on our testing baby, who is a moderate wetter (i.e. not really a heavy-wetter but also not a light-wetter) during the daytime, it was soaked through enough that it didn’t seem like a good option for nap time. The organic cotton soaker on the other hand held for an extended nap session without a problem.
The only criticism I can have is that I think both the organic cotton soaker and the no-prep soaker pads would need a booster for even moderate wetters once kiddo hits the toddler years. But I didn’t doc
GroVia BioSoaker Pad Absorbency
The disposable soaker pads also performed very well, better than expected actually! Not only did the BioSoaker pads hold up during the day, but they held up overnight and during an extended car trip!
GroVia Hybrid Cloth Diapering System Fit
Aside from being good and absorbent,
These extra elastics essentially act as a sort of double gusset (a cloth diaper term for the second set of elastics in the lining of pocket diapers and all-in-one diapers), creating a dam to keep blowouts and other messes in check.
The BioSoaker pads also have this second set of elastics, hugging the insert around baby inside the
2. Adjustability and Fit
Since both the soaker pad and the
GroVia hybrid shells come in both snap and hook and loop (Velcor) waist closures and offer great adjustability at the hips (especially with Velcro).
Prints and Fabrics
While it’s not enough of a criticism to doc any points, there is one detail that has bothered me since I used them a few years ago that I have heard others complain about this feature as well: mesh lining inside the hybrid shell.
While there’s nothing inherently wrong with the mesh, it does make reusing the cover more difficult. To explain, with a cloth diaper cover that has no lining, once an insert is wet, you can simply take it out, wipe the cover clean and use it again, repeating until it’s soiled.
While some are happy to wipe the polyester mesh inside the
On all other points, the fabrics used in
It’s also worth bringing up here that my old GroBaby hybrid diapers I mentioned at the top of this review are still going strong after years of use (and I don’t even know how old those nappies are as I purchased them second-hand back in 2016 or so). The quality of this brand is apparent just through the diaper’s longevity!
4. Support and Warranty
GroVia is a very well-known, longstanding brand that I’ve personally seen offer great customer service and stand by their products. According to their website warranty information page, they warranty against all manufacturing defects for one year from the date of purchase.
I feel confident in recommending
Price and Availability
You can easily beat the price of the other premium brands with
To explain, while deals are always subject to change, at the time of publication
The other is to build your own cloth diaper bundles, which save the following:
- If you buy 3-6 diapers, you save 5%.
- If you buy 7-11, you save 7%.
- If you buy 12 or more, you save 10%.
GroVia Shell is an excellent choice for people who prefer emollient and natural diapering systems. If your baby gets frustrated when exposed to moisture during diaper change using a cotton soap pad, you can put a
GroVia Diapers Made?
GroVia diapers are made and sold by The Natural Baby Company, which is located in Bozeman, MT.
Their cloth diapers are manufactured in the U.S.A., Pakistan, and China. If local production is important to you, you can find all product origins listed on each individual product page of their website.
As they mention on their website, “GroVia’s core cloth diaper products are manufactured according to strict organic certifications which also include a review of our fair trade/labor practices.”
How Do You Use
GroVia Hybrid Diapers?
Here’s a quck video I found from
How Long Do
GroVia Diapers Last?
A long time! As I mentioned at the top of this review, I’d used older-model
I don’t honestly know how old those diapers are as I purchased them used back in 2016 or so. While they have a few frayed threads on the shells and the velcro looks a little linty, those diapers are still usable and even the elastics have spring in them.
That’s kind of amazing.
Assuming the quality remains strong, which it appears to be, these diapers are long lasting and an excellent investment for those looking to use them for a long time or are hoping to sell them when they are done with them.
How Many Hybrid Diaper Shells Do I Need?
How many hybrid diaper shells and inserts you need will depend on how many children you’re diapering when you’re starting to cloth diaper them (i.e. how old they will be) and how often you plan on washing your diapers (since you’ll need enough to last you until wash day).
For a chart to help you nail down exactly how many you’ll need for your answers to all these questions, check out my How Many Cloths Diapers You’ll Need post here.
How Do You Clean
GroVia Hybrid Cloth Diapers?
There are no special care instructions for these diapers, so you’ll just want to wash your
If you’re a beginner and still aren’t sure what your cloth diaper wash routine should be, I have a full tutorial about how to create the perfect wash routine for your diapers here.