The Cloth Diaper that may be my NEW #1

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Can I have a two-way tie? I feel like it would be a sin to demote my beloved Bum Genius Organic AIO.

I just said something dealing with cloth diapers would be a sin…this coming from someone who just accepted that cloth diapers are just cloth diapers.  (Pink diaper incident)

Back to my new love.

Many, many months ago when I first joined Facebook while searching for cloth diaper groups, I came across Grasshopper diapers. On “paper” they looked fantastic. I remember stepping out of my comfort zone and asking the owner if she’d like me to review her diaper. No response. No big deal.

Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago when I received an email from Lisa, owner of Grasshopper diapers and you can imagine my excitement. Turns out Lisa’s not a FB junkie and never knew of a message from me. But, I am very glad she heard about me.

Lisa graciously sent me 3 Grasshopper All In Ones to put to the test. The first evaluation of a cloth diaper begins from the moment you open the package.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: clean lines, straight seams, even snap placement, high quality fabric, tight package- you’ve got me.  I may not be that great of a seamstress but I have a high standard when it comes to product quality.

Grasshopper diapers met all of those criteria upon initial inspection.  I was so impressed that I called in my husband to check them out…he might have been a little impressed ;)

Grasshopper diaper features include:

  • Soft, unbleached, naturally absorbent Oeko-Tex certified bamboo/ organic cotton inner layer and snap-in soaker. Oeko-Tex certified fabric has been thoroughly tested and found to be free from all known harmful substances; it is suitable for use in products intended for babies and young children. Fabrics made with bamboo are softer, more absorbent, less bulky and quicker to dry than 100% cotton fabrics. Bamboo grows quickly without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides and withstands both droughts and floods.
  • Snaps are “hidden” so that only soft fabric touches baby, never snaps. Elastics are gentle and move with baby. Separate rows of snaps ensure a comfortable, custom fit at both waist and thigh.
  • Snap-in tri-fold soaker design provides plenty of absorbency yet unfolds in the wash to ensure thorough cleaning and quick drying in the dryer or on the line.
  • Whether you’re away from home with nowhere to stash a soiled diaper or just looking for the most compact way to pack a diaper in your tote, our roll-up snap makes it easy to roll and go!

If a diaper doesn’t have hidden snaps I’m not likely to use it. And THANK YOU, Lisa, for adding a roll-up snap! This is something I’ve always wanted on a diaper.  I tend to roll up my cloth diapers and lay them by the door, in the car or by the washer.  I’m always changing a diaper on the fly and don’t take the time to toss it in the pail right away, having it securely rolled up is a nice perk.

As far as the absorbency and trimness (which is what we really care about!): I put one on Sterling today before we went to the park at about 12pm and didn’t change him until about 4pm. It was definitely wet but there was no wicking or leaking.  I did have a bamboo doubler in the diaper. Grasshopper diapers are trimmer than the Bum Genius organic aios because of their lack of front snaps (both waist and rise).

$22.95 is a bit high for a sized cloth diaper.  However, if your budget allows I would not hesitate to get a handful of these for your stash.

Lisa, is making it easier for you to get one of these amazing diapers by offering 20% off each item you purchase.  Until February 14th, Grasshopper Bamboo AIOs are only $19.16! (this is the price of a medium)

How is the sizing of Grasshopper diapers?  Sterling is 20lbs and really long and skinny.  I got him a Medium and he wears it on the tightest waist snap and 2nd tightest thigh snap.  He’ll probably wear this size through potty training.

I live in south Texas and shipping was surprisingly quick!

When reviewing cloth diapers it is a priviledge to get to know the WAHMs personally.  I asked Lisa a few questions so that you too could know her.

Children?

We were blessed with one daughter who is now 4 years old.  Getting pregnant with her was easy, and her natural delivery was quite smooth.  I assumed that we’d easily have another child, but that hasn’t been the case.  Over time we’ve realized just how lucky we are to have her and have come to accept that she may be our only child.

How many cloth diapers do you have in your stash?

Well, I still have all of my daughter’s diapers (you never know!) – they probably number around 100+, but it’s easy to end up with a lot when you’re sewing prototypes and testing them at home.

What is your wash routine?
We washed diapers alternate days and stored them with used cloth wipes in a dry pail.  We were diaper sprayer devotees.  We had rash problems with some detergents and ended up finally settling on Nellie’s All-Natural Laundry Soda: about 1/3 tbsp in a cold rinse cycle, 1/2 tbsp in a long, hot wash cycle followed by 2 cold rinses.  We have always had a HE washer.  I loved to hang diapers outside on the line to dry (this influenced my tri-fold soaker design and played a part in my love of bamboo fabrics since they’re softer off the line).  When the weather was too cold or damp for drying outside, the diapers went into the dryer.  I liked to start the diaper wash after our daughter’s bedtime and have them in the dryer before I went to bed (or on the line – I have no trouble hanging laundry in the dark!).  It’s nice to wake up to a clean pile of diapers.  There were other detergents that I wanted to try as well, but they just weren’t easy to find in Canada (things like Country Save, All Free & Clear, Allens and that mysterious “blue Dawn” for stripping)

Are you satisfied with your current diaper design or are there changes in the future?

I am very satisfied with my current diaper design and have no plans to change it.  I do plan, however, to add different types of diapers to my line.

Where can we purchase Grasshopper diapers?

Online at http://www.grasshopperdiapers.com/ or, if you happen to live in the Toronto area, at The Cuddly Bunny in Port Perry, Ontario (it’s a lovely town to visit for lunch and shopping, and there’s a nice new playground and splash pad in the park by the lake).

What is your favorite “mommy escape”? When you go to bed at night what do you look forward to most? Coffee lover?

I love coffee and magazines (lifestyle, parenting, renovation, cooking and home decorating).  My favourite quick escape is a hot cup of coffee and a new never-been-opened decorating magazine.  For a real treat, about twice a year I meet a girlfriend in the city to chat, browse in shops and go out for lunch (Indian or Thai, ideally!).  When I’m not sewing diapers I enjoy sewing stuffed animals for our daughter and like making quilts (with my sewing machine, I’d never have the patience for hand-quilting), though I haven’t worked on a quilt in quite a while.  I also enjoy photography, cooking and entertaining.

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About Autumn Beck

Autumn is a wife, mother, homeschool teacher, friend and most important a follower of Christ. She began cloth diapering in 2005 and has experienced many joys and trials throughout the years. You can read more from Autumn over at https://www.facebook.com/beautifullyblessedlashes.

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25 Responses to “The Cloth Diaper that may be my NEW #1”

  1. Elizabeth Says:

    Im super sad Grasshopper Diapers closed! I have some of these and love them. I went to their website to grab the link so I could recommend them to a friend but they are closed. Do you know why they closed?

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  2. Hilary Says:

    Hi Autumn, just wanted to thank you for the recommendation. I was on the hunt for new cloth diapers when my second son was born last December and I was feeling stuck. I was a firm believer in the bg organic aio’s despite the velcro disaster and that they were falling apart. And let’s not forget the endless drying time which is an issue when you have to use commercial machines. I had hoped they would make through two babies. I had ordered a snap version and a few other brands and then so your review and took the plunge and ordered the grasshoppers. They are absolutely my favorite diaper ever. Trim, absorbent, well made and with the liner an awesome overnight diaper. And in a pinch the mediums have worked on my 31lb 2 yr old. So thank you for your review. You saved me a lot of time, money, frustration and disappointment! Thanks!

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  3. Trenna Says:

    Do you have any updates on how the Grasshopper diaper has worked for you? You mention the BG Organic still, all the time … you list the Grasshopper for trimness and fit but has it performed well in other ways? Thanks!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Trenna, Grasshopper diapers are still awesome. When I sold all the other diapers but my BG organics I kept the Grasshoppers too. Love them. Poop stays contained and we don’t have leaks.

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  4. sarah Says:

    Autumn
    I have a one year old and was bound and bent on NOT using disposables when he was born. After my little guy arrived, we had a bit of a tough start…….in and out of the hospital a couple of times during the first few weeks, problems breastfeeding, etc. Anyhow, everything turned out great and he’s a happy, healthy, still breastfeeding boy, but what went out the window was the cloth diapering. Still feeling VERY guilty about this, especially since I was so determined and am very concerned about the environmental impact of disposables. Anyhow, here’s hoping that starting now is at least better than not starting at all. We did try gdiapers for a short time when our little one was a couple of months old, but didn’t have much luck with them. I’m like the sound of the Grasshoppers, and am wondering how many/what other kinds of cloth diapers you’d recommend for me to start out with. My little one is a heavy wetter at night, so should I get a pocket style for then? I’m a bit confused. I have been reading your posts now for a few days, but am almost overwhelmed with the info. Any help you can provide would be much appreciated.

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  5. Bethany Ojalvo Says:

    Anyone tried these on a thick thighed, jelly-bellied baby? Also, what is your husband’s favorite diaper?

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  6. Krista Says:

    If you had to choose one (BG Organic or Grasshopper), which would it be? I was all set to buy the BG Organics until I read this review….my baby is the perfect size for a medium and it looks like we’d get lots of life out of that size.

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Krista, that’s a tough one! Based on the size of your baby I’d say go with Grasshoppers. For us they have been a perfect diaper. I get sad when I don’t have one clean. Wish I could reverse the number of grasshoppers I have with the number of bg organics! I also recommend the fleece topped booster. Super soft and it’s nice to have a stay-dry barrier at times.

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  7. Janet Says:

    I ordered a couple to try out, received them quickly, and I’m in love! They are super diapers. YAY!

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  8. Cuddly Bunny Says:

    All of us ladies over the the Cuddly Bunny Co. were happy testers of Lisa’s beautiful product, Grasshopper Diapers Bamboo All in Ones.
    We’re so happy to see Lisa’s fantastic ideas blooming into such a prosperous business, especially since she’s wonderful friendly and cheerful local mama to us!
    Right now, we’ve got just a few Grasshopper Diapers left in stock on our online store, if anyone is looking for any instock! We’re having a HARD TIME keeping them in stock! Yayy for HANDMADE Canadian Products!

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  9. Heather Says:

    After reading your review I ordered a Grape in size M for my itty bitty 2.5 mth old who is 10.5 lbs. I expected a long wait for the shipment since it’s coming from Canada due to Customs. Not the case-I got it in a few days!!! Now for the fit: it’s on the smallest snaps & the fit is great-pretty trim. I wouldn’t imagine putting our BG Organics on her for 2 reasons-EBF pooh hard to get out of the soaker layers & the insert wouldn’t lat flat, causing too much bulk. I love the tri-fold soaker in the Grasshoppers-easy to get clean!!! I’m ordering more. Move over BG Organics-this Canadian Mama could take over the American market! **LOVE**

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  10. Corinne Says:

    I just ordered 2 of the grasshopper diapers. I ordered them on Thursday and they arrived on Monday! They are the cutest little diapers and I was so excited I put them on my 18 month old son right away to see how they fit (I thought they might be too small). Perfect fit plus an extra snap to spare. Can’t wait to wash them and put them through the real test.

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  11. Heather Says:

    THANK YOU for donating the Amazon gift card to GFG’s “If the Shoe Fits” event! I was the blessed receiver and I am so excited :) You have a great, informational site :)

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  12. Becky Says:

    Autumn,
    New to CD and your website. Just have one question….for a NB would you recomend the Grasshopper over the Bum Genius and Fuzzi Bunz? Do you rec buying sized AIO over OS? Thanks so much!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      I wouldn’t necessarily recommend a sized AIO over a OS. I love the bum genius organic aio and use those as early as I can. I don’t like using pockets on newborns so I personally wouldn’t go with FB. I prefer fitteds on a nb.

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  13. Grateful for Grace Says:

    THANK YOU!! Oh, sponsor of the “If the Shoe Fits, Buy It” 2010. Thank you!

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  14. Grateful for Grace Says:

    Wow, that’s quite a rec! For a diaper to be your #1, I know it must be good. I’m impressed.

    So… what does one do when one is a SAHM on a tight budget, but she’s been sucked into the (loving and kind) cloth diaper addiction world? What does she pawn off to own enough wonderful one size AIOs?? Sigh.

    Off to eat a piece of chocolate. ;-)

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  15. Becky Says:

    I?m new to CD-ing and am about to make my first purchases. I?ve really appreciated your blog and have learned a TON already. Thanks for this new tip! I will be sure to check it out! Thank you also for all you do!

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  16. Yara Says:

    I should stop reading this blog. Not that I don’t love your reviews, I do! I just have… almost too many diapers. I could easily go a couple of weeks between washing & not run out of diapers. But ewww. LOL
    And yet, here you go making me want to run & order another diaper.
    It’s madness! Hee hee : )

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      I’m sorry, Yara! I’ll be adding a tab in the menu soon for my top recommendations…just stay away from it ;)

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  17. Melissa Says:

    These sound great! Thanks for the coupon code.

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  18. Lisa Says:

    I’m so glad that you liked them so much, Autumn, and I’m so sorry for missing your message about reviewing my diapers when you joined Facebook! I have to admit that I’m clueless about Facebook – a good friend set up the Grasshopper Diapers group for me. Glad that we eventually got in touch (I’m all smiles about your review). Time for me to finish up my coffee, step away from the computer and get sewing!

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  19. Wendy Says:

    thanks for the review…i’ve been looking for an AIO to try out and i love bamboo so this sounds like the one for me! i’m excited that grasshoppers are made by a canadian wham too (i live in halifax) :)

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