CD Review: GroVia® Newborn AIO
|December 9, 2011||Posted by Mabel under Cloth diapers, Reviews|
Note: Review made at the time was without the use of diaper creams and only pee-time.
The GroVia® Newborn AIO diaper is the one of the diaper products by The Natural Baby Company, an American company based in the US and China that churns out both cloth diapers and other gears/items for babies and mums alike such as slings, breastfeeding accessories and so forth. This newborn version of its one sized AIO is designed specifically for babies from 2.2 kg to 5.5 kg. It is made from waterproof TPU layer on the outside and organic cotton for the inner lining and soakers.
For more on the design, features and look of the diaper, do refer to GroVia’s website here.
AIO and comes in snaps. Colours available comprise of four prints and three solids.
I bought this in France for €13.90.
Accessories & additionals
Comes in one size only.
Because the GroVia® Newborn AIO diaper is made from cotton, they must be washed at least five to six times before the first use with 1/2 to 1/4 of the recommended amount of additive free detergent (no enzymes, phosphates, softeners, bleach and optical whitening agents). The amount depends on the load of your wash. After each use, just remove and toss in a wet/dry pail (depends on your system) until washing day.
A pre-cold rinse cycle is recommended. After which, wash on warm water temperature (60°C) although I reckon if you’re in the tropics, regular temperature water is good enough. Hang out in the sun to dry as this is important as the heat from the sun will not only dry your diapers faster but it will “bleach” away stains too.
Ugh! So-so Fair Good Worth stashing!
These diapers only come in three solid colours and four prints. While it looks cute to boot, bear in mind that it’s essentially a sized diaper so if your baby has chunky legs or is a little on the heavy side, they will outgrow these pretty quick. The style of the sewing can be an issue as well, especially for babies on the small side as well as premies as the flared out leg gussets may result in leakage.
Application (stuffing/removal, use, fit and bulk)
Easy to use and pretty much just like a disposable diaper. Just put on the baby and snap on. To do remove, just do the same. As you can see from the photo, the fit around the legs can be an issue.
If the diapers are not prepped properly, they will leak very badly. My main problem with these diapers is the absorbency. Noah is a heavy wetter but because he can only fit into newborn diapers, he “outpeed” them constantly. So I pretty much ended up with leaks in varying amounts after three hours. I plan to add a small DIY doubler on the top but if you’re looking to cloth diaper a newborn with this, I’d suggest looking elsewhere OR changing your diapers more frequently – a no-no if you have a newborn who is easily awakened by diaper changes.
Washing & drying
My new apartment doesn’t have much room for line drying so after washing, I hang them out to dry on my heater itself in the bathroom and the next morning, they are dry. If stains are an issue, I just use hang them next to the window for some UV treatment in the morning and by end of the day, the stains are gone (the diapers have to be damp in order for the bleach treatment to work effectively).
Great for premies and small babies but honestly, I’d go for disposables in the first couple of months and then switch to cloth diapers.