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  • Using Soaker Pads on the Newborn Setting

    March 17, 2014

    “If my Shell is on the newborn setting, can I use Soaker Pads?”

    This is a question that we see frequently from parents who are new to cloth diapers—and it’s a great one!

    An unprepped Soaker Pad looks gigantic; it really does. Once your Soaker Pads, which are made from absorbent natural fibers, are in the prepping process, you’ll watch them shriiiiiiink until, after about 10 washes, they reach their permanent size. This is true for all natural fiber cloth diapers.

    After they’re prepped, it’s easy to see how they will fit your baby when your Shell’s “rise snaps,” or the grid of snaps across the front panel used to adjust the diaper to fit your baby at her current size, are set on the medium or largest (fully let-out) settings.

    But do they fit on the newborn/small setting?

    They do! I happen to have a tiny, but not newborn, model who can show you:


    Mathilda is one year old, 17 lbs., and only about 25” tall. She’s compact, but not skinny, filled-out, but has very narrow hips. She's a shrimp!

    “So, how is she wearing that?” you ask. “Are you sure that’s a Soaker Pad under there? When I snap a Soaker Pad into a Shell on that setting, it sticks out!”


    You’re right: it does. But a simple tuck does the trick. All you do is swipe your finger to move the back elastic outward and allow the Soaker Pad to be fully surrounded by it. It doesn’t even take me a whole second to accomplish:


    Smoothen and spread out your Soaker Pad with your hands and make sure the gussets are in place and tucked into the leg elastic. Your fully assembled Hybrid cloth diaper will look like this:




    That little tongue in the front will disappear when the Shell is brought up between your baby’s legs.



    So why not just design Soaker Pads so that they fit newborns without that little tuck? Because they also need to fit your baby as she grows.



    Note that as your baby grows and you are able to let the rise out on your Shells, the Hybrid system will become trimmer and trimmer… just in time for your baby’s clothes to become less baggy and babyish. If you’re looking for a cloth diaper that is super-duper, under-tiny-jeans trim while your baby is still very small, pick up a four-pack of either Newborn or One-Size AIOs, depending on your needs!

    This post was posted in Cloth Diapering , GroVia News and was tagged with one-size cloth diapers , small cloth diapers , Hybrid cloth diapers , grovia , grovia diapers , newborn cloth diapers , cloth diapers

  • ENOUGH with the "Stripping" Already

    February 18, 2014

    Our Customer Service department fields at least 5 "stripping" questions per day. The term, stripping, pops up daily on cloth diaper forums and manufacturer's Facebook walls. I've cloth diapered 5 babies (since 2003) and this term was nonexistent when I started cloth diapering.

    As pocket diapers and other polyester cloth diapers became popular, a new generation of washing instructions was marketed alongside these products. Washing instructions that told customers to use 1/2 (or less) of the recommended dose of detergent. The result: unclean diapers, ammonia issues, diaper rashes, and ultimately unusable cloth diapers. This was then followed by a whole host of "stripping" processes and customers who think that this is normal for cloth diapers. It isn't.

    Common sense tells me this: I wouldn't wash a load of my own towels with half of the detergent.  Why in the world would I do this with soiled diapers and expect them to get clean?

    Continue reading

    This post was posted in Cloth Diapering and was tagged with rlr , stripping diapers , cloth diapers

  • Huge GroVia Diaper Donation to Colorado Flood Victims.

    September 30, 2013

    As a successful company we feel a moral responsibility to help others in need. Each year GroVia is pleased to donate thousands of dollars worth of product both in the United States and abroad.

    Helping others is a core belief in our company and whether it is sewing lap blankets for residents of our local nursing home or sending thousands of diapers to flood victims, we are happy to contribute to those in need.

    Last week, 3 pallets of GroVia BioDiapers and BioWipes landed in Boulder for the Boulder Disaster Asst. Center. We specifically chose to send our eco-friendly disposable products in this shipment as we knew many had lost their homes and had little to no facilities to wash cloth diapers.


    This post was posted in Natural Living and was tagged with eco friendly diapers , grovia diapers , cloth diapers

  • So Your Baby is "Out-Peeing" Their Newborn AIO...

    July 22, 2013

    They are cute and tiny, so how in the world do newborns pee so much?? Looks can be deceiving! Your newborn will nurse 8-12 times per DAY for the first month, and 7-9 times per DAY during the second month. Well, what goes in must go out, which means A LOT of very wet diapers during those first couple of months.

    The GroVia Newborn AIO was designed to be a nice trim diapering option for tiny newborns during those all-important newborn weeks. Most people will find that their newborn will start “out-peeing” their NB AIOs before they outgrow them. So what is a mama to do?

    North was 6lbs 14oz when born and started wearing his GroVia NB AIOs at 2 days old. At about 3 1/2 weeks of age (and 8lbs), I found that he was starting to leak out of his diaper at about 1 ½ hours. When I would take the diaper off of him, the entire inside was saturated and the excess urine was finding its way out at the leg. So, we started adding some absorbency to his AIOs and VOILA….problem solved! At 5 weeks old and 10lbs he is still happily wearing his GroVia Newborn AIOs, without leaks!! Continue reading

    This post was posted in Behind The Scenes , Cloth Diapering and was tagged with newborn cloth diapers , cloth diapers

  • GroVia Named One of Babble's Best Cloth Diapers

    July 10, 2013

    Babble's Best Cloth Diapers of 2013

    As a marketing person, it sure does make my job a heckuva lot easier when a company has great products. That's why it's so amazing to work for GroVia...the products practically sell themselves! In fact, three of our top products were recently featured in Babble's Best Cloth Diapers of 2013. The GroVia Hybrid, Cloth All In One and Magic Stick Diaper Balm landed among Babble's favorites. We are honored to be recognized and are excited that the cloth diaper market continues to grow, giving families a variety of eco-conscious options to choose from. Click here to read Babble's round-up of the best cloth diapers.

    This post was posted in Cloth Diapering , GroVia News and was tagged with best cloth diapers , cloth diapers

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