Going Green: Cloth Diaper Review #2

Back with review #2!

This post is a continuation of the cloth diaper review that I started last week – and happy news! We have a winner! Well, two actually. But before I dive into the specs of each diaper, I should preface that I couldn’t find anything terribly frustrating about any of the cloth diapers that I tried. Sure, there were certain diapers that I automatically reached for at the changing table, but I would be thoroughly happy with a full collection of any of the diapers I checked out. So much thought has gone into the new wave of cding that there aren’t bad ones out there, just versions that fit different babies best.

Liv is long and lean so her major issue was the fit around her legs. If it was less than perfect it was either loose and leaked (an issue with disposables as well) or caused red indentation marks on her thighs from being too tight.

We immediately found out that every ‘one-size’ diaper (aka a diaper that was supposed to fit from 8-35 lbs) was out until she’s a wee bit bigger. Most companies readily admit that one-size diapers are not intended for newborns and are best for 4-6 week olds that have developed a bit of fat on the thighs – well we’re at 12 weeks and whether it’s BumGenius or Fuzzi Bunz, the one-size-fits-all is never really quite tight enough around the legs. That being said, I came across a major find at a local baby store where I snagged Fuzzi Bunz, BumGenius and Happy Heiny newborn diapers on clearance for $10 – so I gave those a test run below as well. And when Olivia reaches the 15-20lb mark, we’ll bring the shelved OS dipes back into rotation.

Now for the review…


GroVia Hybrid Diapers

These diapers are similar to G Diapers in that they offer both a cloth and disposable/biodegradable insert. The cloth liner snaps in (a nice alternative to ‘stuffing’ a pocket) and it can be doubled up by snapping a second liner to the first, making it an excellent overnight dipe. I mentioned above that the one-size diapers were a tough fit – this might be the exception to the rule in that it’s so super absorbent, snug around the leg holes and is great for night time.

Pros: Babysitter, grandparent and Dad friendly while still cloth! The disposable inserts are super easy to use too and don’t require an extra plastic lining like the G Diapers do (great for travel and long day trips). The cloth insert is my favorite of the mix as well, in fact you don’t even need to separate the cloth liner from the diaper for washing (you have to ‘unstuff’ pocket diapers for washing and drying) if it’s a really dirty diaper. The regular GroVia (not the hybrid version) has the liner attached (but not stuffed) as well so it features the same ease of use while still drying quickly after washing.

Cons: This one-size-fits-all is still rather large and is reserved for night time use until Liv is at least 5-10 lbs heavier and it doesn’t look quite so bulky beneath her clothing. The cloth insert is super thick and can take a while to dry. Unfortunately the inserts for GroVia are unique and can’t be used with other cloth diapers because of the above mentioned design.

Fuzzi Bunz

The above Fuzzi Bunz diaper is the newborn version for a slimmer fit (see below pic for the one-size diaper). Fuzzi Bunz is a pocket diaper and quite similar to BumGenius.

Pros: The newborn fit ranges from 5-12lbs and looks quite fitted beneath Liv’s clothing.

Cons: She’ll grow out of these too quickly – perhaps if we had started at birth a diaper with this size range would make sense but now that she’s 11lbs this diaper will soon be out of our rotation and we’ll have to wait until babe #2 is here to use it again. We did experience one blowout that caused a not-so-pretty leakage at the legs, an option for a tighter leg hole would be a nice addition but I’m not sure a disposable would have held up either ;).

As you can see, the one-size Fuzzi Bunz is large and in charge. Even at the very smallest leg fitting there was still too large of a gap to use even at night time. See you in a couple of months, pink Fuzzi Bunz!

BumGenius Part 2

I did a review for the one-size BumGenius last week, but after picking up a newborn version for 50% off I thought I’d add it to the mix. This xs is actually an all-in-one, meaning there’s no pocket for stuffing.

Pros: Much slimmer and fits perfectly under Liv’s cloths! Love the velcro closure (velcro gets annoying in the laundry since one diaper can get stuck to the next if you don’t use the laundry tabs) but it’s much easier and quicker to use over snaps. Easy peasy to use! No pocket means it’s SUPER Dad friendly and pops right on just like a disposable.

Cons: This diaper will expire at 12 lbs as well which is a bummer – I would like to try the BumGenius small (which fits 8-16 lbs) to see if it works equally as well. This diaper didn’t have leg adjustments which the one-size offers, it would be a nice addition. Because it’s an all-in-one it takes quite a while to dry. So as not to use up more energy, I usually dry it once with the usual diaper load and then hang dry or throw it in later with a load of towels. It can be a pain giving is special attention.

Big fan of the velcro, in fact before I discovered newborn diapers I invested in a one-size BumGenius with the velcro closure and I can actually get the below one tight enough to serve as a night time diaper. Still too large for clothing though – unless I bump her up to 6-12 month outfits!

Happy Heiny

Happy Heiny diapers are great – I wouldn’t have thought to order them on my own if I hadn’t found a newborn/mini version for $10 at my local baby store.

Pros: These diapers have the strongest velcro of all that I’ve tested and they fit super snug. The mini will last baby from 6-16lbs, meaning we should get a great fit for at least a few more months. These smalls have a leg adjustment available with one snap, a welcome change to the other newborn diapers we tried. Plus this diaper lets Liv fit into her newborn-3 month cloths perfectly.

Cons: Would love for the waistband to fit more like a G Diaper, it’s a little thick. It’s a pocket and while that means fast drying (one cycle in the dryer only) you do have to stuff and unstuff the insert. Finally, Liv is a heavy night wetter and this diaper is best for daytime use only. Because it’s trim, it doesn’t really allow for doubling up on the inserts for nighttime.


I’ll be back tomorrow to reveal the winners! I’ve placed my order and they’re on the way to the house as we speak. I know that having two simple set ups (one for day, one for night) will make cloth diapering pretty easy and extra Dad-friendly in the Spenla household.

Sorry for the semi-blurry pictures. I’ve kept a camera next to the changing table for a couple of weeks and have snapped a shot of her on the nursery rug between each changing – meaning taking photos at lots of different times of day and not always in the best lighting!

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  1. Morgan says

    Hi Jenna! I don’t know if I’m adjusting all six areas correctly… waist and legs on either side – but are there more?

    I know, $10 is a steal! The store was getting rid of all of their sized cloth diapers and switching over to one-size. I snatched up the very last three :).


  2. says

    Hey Morgan! Did you adjust all six elastics on the FuzziBunz OS? I was just wondering because the waist on Liv looks slightly big and I know a lot of people don’t realize that there are six places to adjust, not just the four.

    Can’t wait to see your winners!! AND where did you get those newborn dipes for $10?? Does the store have a website?

  3. Morgan says

    Thanks FringeGirl! CDing is easier than it appears, I don’t mind the extra load of laundry at all. I’m hoping to share washing, buying, etc tips tomorrow.


  4. says

    I’m really so impressed that you’re doing cloth diapers. I’m not sure I’d have the patience, but it must be so much better on their skin…not to mention the waste in plastic diapers. Your little girl is such a doll! She looks happy in all of them.

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