For months I read of this mysterious cloth diaper soon to hit the market and blow the socks off cloth diaper users. The expectations were high for a diaper yet to be released.
I don’t know if it was my stubbornness to not follow the crowd or my genuine quest to be content with my stash that led me to snub this new cloth diaper everyone wanted.
Well my quest for contentment is a joke and not following the crowd only lasts so long. I finally caved and bought the mystery diaper- Gro Baby.
Gro Baby hit the market in March 2009. They were quickly designated as the perfect cloth diaper for any user: babysitter, daycare, newbie, skeptic, die-hard addict…get the picture?
I started off by buying a starter pack from The Cloth Diaper Superstore. My immediate evaluations were:
1) awesome velcro closure
2) sweet colors
3) love the snaps
4) rockin’ inner material
5) fluffy snap-in that actually looks super absorbent
After washing everything one time I began using the system. Remember, Sterling is 6wks old and almost 13lbs at the time of my “testing”. I have not measured his rise but he is 25″ long and both the smallest and middle snap settings work for him.
Gro Baby cloth diapers allow for a fantastic snug fit. The unique velcro system permits the tabs to be fastened anywhere along the front of the diaper and cross over is simple. I love that there is no “strip” to attach to that inevitably starts to unravel and can often rub against baby.
The leg casings at first appear to be too tightly sewn and I thought for sure they would leave red marks. Even after putting the diaper on tight for my skinny legged guy there were no red marks. They did however prevent any leaks from the massive poops Sterling likes to do in the Gro Baby diapers :D
I confidently use the Gro Baby diapers on Sterling at night. The snap in is one of the most absorbent, if not most, soakers I have used. The soakers are 6 layers of organic cotton. I love that they are organic cotton! Many have voiced their preference for a stay-dry liner. I have read that this option will be available soon. If your baby is super sensitive to wetness this is something to look forward to.
After a night in a Gro Baby diaper with the booster laid in Sterling woke up with no leaks.
EASE OF USE:
When using Gro Baby cloth diapers on the smallest setting it is a pain getting the soaker to fit right. I don’t like anything sticking out of the diaper but in order to accomplish this with the soaker you really have to be patient and fiddle with it for a while. It can be done though.
When I set it on the middle setting there is no problem snapping in the soaker and putting it on baby.
Fastening the diaper on baby is quick and easy. I can say enough how much I love the whole front panel being an attachment area for the tabs. Also the laundry tabs aren’t something that had to be sewn on rather you simply fold the tab down. It attaches to the material.
Gro Baby shells make an excellent cover over any fitted. I’ve used them over Goodmamas, mutts, sbish…all sizes of fitteds and the Gro Baby covered them well. This picture shows the Gro Baby shell being used as a cover over an sbish bamboo fitted.
The sampler pack I purchased cost $60. Included in the package is 2 shells, 4 snap in soakers and 2 boosters. This is equivalent to 4 diapers making the cost about $15 a diaper. Fantastic for an All-in-one or really any cloth diaper!
On a newborn the Gro Baby system isn’t the trimmest option. As your baby grows and the diaper is expanded to the middle and largest snap setting the diaper becomes more trim. I personally have not had a problem with the size of the diaper. Sterling’s clothes fit as well as they do with a Goodmama.
You can’t go wrong with the Gro Baby System. Honestly, I can’t imagines someone not liking it…if you buy one and don’t like it offer it to me first lol. In June Kim is releasing the vanilla version and it will have a snap option! I’ll be sticking with the velcro closure but the snaps have many mamas lining up already!