GroVia vs Best Bottom All-in-Twos

GroVia vs Best Bottom

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of all-in-two diapers. AI2s are more affordable, take up less space, and generate less diaper laundry than all-in-ones (AIOs) or pocket diapers. Most of my personal cloth diaper stash is made up of AI2 diapers. In this post I’ll compare two popular brands: GroVia and Best Bottom Diapers.

Overall, the GroVia and Best Bottom AI2s are quite similar. Both have rise snaps to make the shell adjustable to fit from infant to toddler; both have both stay-dry and natural fiber inserts. They are priced similarly and are both high-quality diaper systems. When considering GroVia vs Best Bottom, here are a few points to consider:

FeatureGroViaBest Bottom
Shell FeaturesSnap or H&LSnap or H&L
Mesh inner is soft against baby's skinLaminated inner can be wiped clean
Crossover tabsCrossover tabs
No extra leg gussetExtra leg gusset
Three rise settingsFour rise settings
$16.95 each$16.95 each
Insert FeaturesOne-size insert fits in the shell regardless of rise setting; insert has elasticized gussets on sides and is backed with TPU.Inserts come in small, medium, and large sizes, which correspond to the rise setting of the shell.
Stay-Dry InsertsCotton/hemp topped with fleece. Sold as a two-pack for $17.95.Microfiber topped with fleece; Sold as singles for $3.95.
Natural Fiber InsertsOrganic cotton; two for $18.95Cotton/hemp blend; $5.95 each
Hybrid (Disposable) InsertYesNo
Made InChinaUSA
WarrantyOne year60 days
Best Bottom vs GroVia

Inserts (top to bottom) – GroVia stay-dry, GroVia organic cotton, Best Bottom hemp, and Best Bottom stay-dry

Although the GroVia inserts are individually more expensive than the Best Bottom inserts, they are actually less expensive overall when you consider the fact that you will have to buy Best Bottom inserts in multiple sizes:

  • Price of four GroVia stay-dry inserts (2 x $17.95) = $35.90
  • Price of four Best Bottom stay-dry inserts in each size (4 x $3.95 x 3) = $47.40
  • Price of four GroVia organic cotton inserts (2 x $18.95) = $37.90
  • Price of four Best Bottom cotton/hemp inserts in each size (4 x $5.95 x 3) = $71.40

Overall, these are both awesome diapering systems. I personally find that GroVia fits my toddler better around the waist, but Best Bottom does make waist extender tabs to allow the diaper to fit much longer.

Which AI2 system do you prefer – Best Bottom or GroVia? Cast your vote below and elaborate in the comments!
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Winter Cloth Diaper Prints

It’s a shame that winter-themed cloth diaper prints are hard to show off. There’s that pesky problem of having to be a good parent and put pants on your baby in cold weather and such.

This season we’ve seen a number of adorable holiday and winter cloth diaper prints – some just recently released. Let’s hear your thoughts on which print is the cutest! Voting ends December 31!

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Is There a Point to Pockets?

Pocket diapers are the preferred cloth diaper system of many moms. They’ve been around for quite a while – Tereson Dupuy, the former owner of FuzziBunz®, filed a patent for the pocket diaper way back in 2001. You know, back when Friends was still on the air and the first Harry Potter movie came out. The average cost of a gallon of gas was $1.46. And most shockingly, iPhones were still six years away.

cloth diapers in 2001

Since then, pocket diapers have enjoyed considerable popularity thanks to the rise of quality brands like bumGenius. In addition, the majority of the Chinese diapers on the market tend to be pockets.

However, if you’re thinking about using cloth diapers, I’d argue that you should walk right past the pocket diapers and head straight for the all-in-twos. Here are five good reasons why:

1. Easier to Clean

You probably never do this, but I’ve been known to get a little over-zealous with heavy-duty diaper rash creams (like my personal favorite for red bottoms: Doctor O’s). Add to that the fact that I hate messing with diaper liners. Repelling happens sometimes.

If you’re using a pocket diaper and you have a repelling problem, you have to be careful in how you clean the diaper. The stay-dry lining of a pocket diaper can’t be separated from the more delicate parts of the diaper – the laminate and elastic.

If you’re using an all-in-two and you have a repelling problem, you only have to clean the insert itself, which is sturdy and can handle some harsher treatment. Go ahead and use some really hot water (>160° F) – in fact, that’s a very easy way to “melt” away any residual greasiness.

2. More Customizable

So you’ve heard that pocket diapers are customizable because you can add inserts if you need more absorbency. You can stuff a pocket diaper with microfiber, cotton, hemp, or whatever other type of fiber you want.

All-in-twos have different insert options as well. Pretty much any brand of AI2 offers a stay-dry (synthetic) insert as well as a natural-fiber insert choice. Plus, some brands (including GroVia, gDiapers, SoftBums, and Flip) even offer a disposable insert option to create what is known as a hybrid diaper, which is great for traveling.

3. Less Expensive

When you use an AI2 system, you’ll use approximately three to six inserts for every one cover or shell. This makes the average cost per diaper change much lower than pocket diapers.

Good news! You can buy even more diapers!

4. Longer Lasting

Pocket diapers get a lot of wear and tear.

Stuff. Use. Un-stuff. Wash. Stuff. Use. Un-stuff. Wash. Stuff. Use. Un-stuff. Wash. Stuff. Use. Un-stuff. Wash.

You get the picture. The process of stuffing and un-stuffing pocket diapers stretches out the laminate and can cause it to bubble or crack early.

Because you don’t have to stuff/un-stuff inserts or wash the shells after every single use with an AI2 system, AI2 shells are subject to significantly less wear and tear than pocket shells. You should get at least twice the life out of your AI2 shells compared to pocket shells.

5. Less Laundry

Since you’re not washing AI2 shells after every use, your loads of diaper laundry will be much lighter. Who wouldn’t appreciate that?!

Options for Diapering a Newborn

Many parents-to-be worry about how to approach cloth diapering a newborn or whether they should both with cloth diapers at all during the newborn phase. While most “one-size” diapers claim to fit from birth through potty training, a number of parents have found that one-size cloth diapers are far too bulky on newborns and don’t fit properly around those skinny chicken legs characteristic of newborn babies.

Diapering a Newborn

What can you expect from diapering a newborn baby, anyway? A few special considerations…

  • The first couple of dirty diapers you change will be full of a sticky black odorless substance called meconium.
  • You need to take caution with the care of the umbilical cord area for the first week or so, until the cord stump has fallen off and the belly button has healed.
  • You’ll be changing 10-14 diapers a day, including throughout the night.
  • Your baby’s dirty diapers will be very liquidy, but won’t smell too offensive.

None of the special considerations for diapering a newborn should give you any reason to shy away from using cloth diapers from the get-go. However, each option for diapering a newborn has its own set of pros and cons. You’ll have to decide what your biggest priorities are before you can choose the best newborn diaper strategy for your family. Do you want convenience? Maximum cost savings? The ability to try some different cloth diapers before investing in your own? Make a list of what matters most to you, and I’m sure you can find a newborn diapering strategy that will suit you!

Rent Newborn Cloth Diapers

Many cloth diaper retailers offer newborn cloth diaper rental packages as a way to help introduce families to cloth diapers. A typical package contains 24 diapers or more so that you can do diaper laundry about every other day. Most rentals last about 3 months, which is the average amount of time it takes for the average baby to grow into “one-size” diapers. Expect to pay an upfront fee that consists of a refundable deposit and a non-refundable rental fee. Prices will vary depending on the types of diapers in your rental package and whether you rent new diapers or used, but expect to pay about $10-15 per week (in nonrefundable fees). It will be less expensive than using disposable diapers, and you can try out several different kinds and brands of cloth diapers to get a feel for what you like. Find a retailer near you and ask if they offer rentals!

Buy Newborn Cloth Diapers

If renting doesn’t appeal to you, there’s nothing wrong with buying a full stash of your own newborn diapers. It could be the most expensive option in terms of upfront cost (unless you go with something very basic), but if you use the newborn diapers on more than one child you’ll likely save money in the long term. If you don’t love the diapers your bought or you don’t plan on having any more children, you can also turn around and sell those diapers when you’re done using them. With only a few months’ use, they should still be in excellent condition and you can likely recoup 60-70% of what you paid if you purchased them new. (But who says you have to buy new newborn cloth diapers? Save even more by buying used newborn cloth diapers – provided you keep them in good condition, you can probably sell them for about the same amount you paid!)

Use a Cloth Diaper Service

If you’re lucky enough to have a cloth diaper service in your area, consider using their services for the first month or two to ease you into the routine of cloth diapering a newborn. While your choices of cloth diaper systems may be a bit more limited, it’s a great way to try cloth diapers out without a large upfront financial commitment. Plus, you don’t have to do the laundry yourself – and who wouldn’t enjoy that kind of service when you have a newborn to care for?!

Use Disposables for a While

Gasp! Is it blasphemy for a cloth diaper advocate such as myself to mention this? Still, a lot of moms (particularly first-time moms who are feeling nervous about their new responsibilities) decide to use disposables for a while so they can adjust to life with a new baby. This may be the most expensive option for diapering a newborn, though – Seventh Generation newborn diapers cost $0.39/each; assuming you change 12 diapers a day, you’ll be spending about $33/week with no way to recoup any of that cost.

How did you go about diapering your newborn? Would you do it that way again?

Guide to the Best Fitted Diapers of 2013

Have you used or considered using fitted cloth diapers? Are you new to cloth diapers and just trying to sort out what a fitted is? Look no further! I’ve compiled a handy, 3-page PDF guide to show you all the features of the best fitted diapers you can find!

Here’s a sneak peek at the twelve fitteds that made my list! I’m sure you recognize a few…

Collage of the best fitted diapers of 2013

This free, downloadable PDF guide lists my twelve favorite fitted cloth diapers, where they’re made, the price, sizing ranges, types of closures available, the absorbent material used, whether or not the rise is adjustable, and whether or not the waist has crossover tabs.

Looking for a one-size, made-in-the-USA fitted diaper? Or a hook-and-loop closure fitted with an adjustable rise? Check the Diaper Wrecker 2013 guide to fitted diapers – you’ll find what you’re looking for! Click here to download the guide with all the details on the best fitted diapers out there!

(And in case you missed any of my other free cloth diaper product guides, check out the archives here!)