For anyone who doesn’t know much about cloth diapers, one of the best things for a CDing mama is FLUFF MAIL! You heard that right, FLUFF mail. This is what we call packages containing cloth diapers and/or CDing accessories. Because the packages are fluffy *giggles*. In the past couple of weeks, I got not one, but two deliveries of fluff mail.
I nearly died from happiness.
You may remember a few months ago when I talked about the beginning of my CD Journey, and how it took a major turn for the better when I started using GroVia Cloth Diapers Hybrid AI2 (All In 2) shells. AI2 means a complete diaper in 2 pieces. The GroVia diaper shell is the waterproof outer layer, or what most people think of when they think “diaper”. The second piece is a snap-in absorbent insert, or soaker pads.
Until recently, we were using pre-folds in place of inserts. Prefolds are the old-school cloth diaper, the kind my mom used on my sisters and me when we were babies, and that we used as dust rags when we got older. This system was working pretty well for us, until recently when Bean became a heavy wetter in the morning. Bear and I could change him 2-3 times in the morning, and he’d STILL soak through every poor little prefold.
My first fluff mail contained a preview of two of GroVia’s newest items: a Hybrid shell in Topaz – seriously the prettiest blue ever – and no-prep soaker pads. This shell snaps around the waist, which is what I prefer, although Bear prefers the Hook and Loop (a.k.a. Velcro) waist. The soaker pads are suuuuuper thick, so I couldn’t wait to try them out, especially for the early morning hours. I threw them in the wash the day I got them, and tried them out that night. What I love most about the soaker pads is that they snap right in the shell and you put the diaper on just like you would a disposable. There’s no thinking to it, which is really good when you’re changing a kicking baby at 3am.
The microfiber and microfleece of the no-prep soaker held up pretty well against our morning heavy wetter, but not quite as well as I had hoped. However, it was still much better than prefolds and allowed me a little more sleep than before. I still love the no-prep soaker for the day, especially for if we’re going out somewhere, since changing a baby in a public bathroom is hard enough without having to wrestle with snappis and prefolds. I can have the soaker snapped into a shell and ready to go as soon as I grab it! See, CDing doesn’t have to be difficult :)
I had the opportunity to order some more GroVia (yay!!), so I decided to get another shell and both of the remaining style of soaker pads. Since Bear prefers the hook and loop closure, I picked Drift in H&L. One thing I love about H&L is that once your baby is old enough to start pulling away at the tabs, you can send your diaper to GroVia and they will convert it to snaps for a super minimal fee. Somehow, Drift ended up even cuter in person!
So now we have 3 snapping shells, 3 H&L shells, 2 no-prep soakers, 2 organic cotton soakers, and 2 stay dry soakers, along with an ever growing pile of prefolds (seriously, these things keep coming to us out of nowhere). This is referred to as a “stash”. I love my stash.
Holy. Hemp. Soakers.
So, after discussing our issue of multiple morning diaper changes for Sir Peesalot with my all-cloth-diaper-knowing friend, she suggested using hemp inserts, as hemp is more absorbent than cotton. The stay dry soakers are made up of just that. Hallelujah! When we use the stay dry soaker, I sleep all morning with little man and wake up to dry sheets!
Some “issues” that we have with prefolds have been easily solved with the GroVia soaker pads. First, all of the soakers have a water-proof backing, which saves the shells from getting wet, allowing you to use shells multiple times before washing. With prefolds, a pee diaper means you have to let the shell dry between uses, and you can only use it a few times before it needs to be washed. The used soaker can be snapped out and a fresh soaker then snapped into place quite easily, all while the shell stays dry and clean, which means fewer loads of laundry.
Another problem with prefolds (especially if you use them the easy way like we do: trifold and stick ‘em in the shell) is that a poopy explosion can leak its way into the shell. The soakers all have leg gussets, which are like ruffles of extra material that give extra protection against the poopy explosions. We have still had a few that leak into the shells, but not near as many as when prefolds are used.
You may be wondering what the deal with the no-prep soakers is. Here’s the deal: when you get new cloth diapers or soakers, you have to run them through the washing machine at least 5-6 times before you can use them, in order to “strip” them of all processing residue and make them as absorbent as possible. Which, in the grand scheme of things, isn’t a big deal, but seems like it when you get your fluff mail and want to use them RIGHT NOW. The no-prep soakers only have to be run through the wash once before they can be used. Sa-weet.
SO! Now that you know how much I love GroVia’s awesome Hybrid cloth diapers, how would you like to get some of your own? Great! Because GroVia is sponsoring a giveaway for my readers! One lucky reader will win their choice of a Hybrid shell AND a set of soaker pads! Get clicking!
***Disclaimer: The author was provided product at no cost; however, all opinions stated herein are solely the author's.
Mama Bear of one Baby Bear, Bean, who both love Papa Bear, and live in a crafty, gluten-free cozy den.