When it comes to cloth diapers, bamboo is my absorbent material of choice. Most of my favorite diapers use some type of bamboo (bamboo fleece, bamboo terry, bamboo french terry, etc.). When I would use my trusty cotton prefolds to tri-fold into a cover, I would find myself thinking that a bamboo prefold would totally rock! You can imagine my excitement when GroVia announced their bamboo/cotton blend prefolds. Unfortunately for me, my littlest was nearly done potty training so it didn’t make sense for me to buy any. Luckily for you though, Kissed by The Moon included a size 2 GroVia prefold as a gift in my last order and the fantastic ladies on the Haute Clothed Buns review team were pretty excited to try it out and share their thoughts with you
GroVia prefolds are made of 55% Bamboo/45% organic cotton and the ends have been serged with vibrant thread. The color of the serging identifies the size of the prefold:
- Size 1: Newborn – 12 x 13 in. (2 x 6 x 2 ply) $8/pack of 3
- Size 2: Infant – 14 x 15.5 in. (4 x 8 x 4 ply) $12/pack of 3
- Size 3: Infant Long – 15 x 18.5 in. (4 x 8 x 4 ply) $14/pack of 3
- Size 4: Toddler – 6.5 x 20 in. (4 x 8 x 4 ply) $16/pack of 3
- *Dimensions listed are before washing. Will shrink approximately 10%.
When GroVia says in their description that these diapers were designed with baby’s ultimate comfort in mind, you’d better believe it! The prefold is one of the softest I (Anna) have ever felt. Additionally, GroVia made the brilliant decision to stamp a label on the prefold instead of sewing a label on that could potentially cause irritation or discomfort. Smart move!
The prefold can be used in GroVia Shells, other diaper covers like Flip, Capri, etc., or as a natural insert option for pocket diapers. You can do traditional prefold folds (ie: jellyroll, angel wing, etc.) and pin them, or you can tri-fold the prefold and use it as an insert. Size 2 works great for trifolding!
GroVia made this handy-dandy chart to illustrate the ways it can be used:
The prefold in the photos below has been prepped and used for about 3 weeks.
Since my littlest is basically potty trained, Kelly F. , one of the wonderful ladies on the HCB review team, and her little ones evaluated the GroVia Bamboo/Cotton prefold size 2 for this review. Thanks Kelly!
Baby N: 11 months actual/7 months adjusted (Preemie); Weight: 15 lbs 6 oz; Height: 27 inches.
How does it fit through the rise? Across the bum? Through the crotch? Around the thighs? I was only able to use the prefold trifolded (Anna’s note: for folds that are pinned or snappi’d, you generally need a larger size than for prefolding–unless it’s for a tiny baby). The only issue I had was tri-folded the rise was a bit to high which caused issues with the cover bunching up in the front.
Did you find this diaper to be trim? Average? Bulky?
Average. It wasn’t trim, but I had no issues getting clothes to fit over the prefold tri-folded in a cover.
Does the bulk hind or impede mobility in any way?
Is your child a light, medium or heavy wetter?
Did the diaper leak? If so describe (where, was it recurring, etc.).
The only time that we encountered leaking was when I attempted to use it overnight with a cover. By itself with the cover the prefold became over-saturated and stopped absorbing, causing the cover to leak through the PUL.
Does the diaper work for daytime? Naptime? Overnight?
Daytime: Great, no leaks.
Naptime: Great, no leaks.
Overnight: Did not work. See previous question.
Did you need to add additional absorbency for naps or night? What did you use?
Naps: This prefold was enough absorbency for naps.
Nighttime: This prefold was not enough absorbency overnight by itself. If I added a pad folded Osocozy flat on top we could make it through the night.
How does it compare absorbency wise to other diapers you’ve used?
The longest it lasted us was about 4 hours before it got pretty saturated and that’s about the longest I’ve ever been able to go with any cloth diaper that I wasn‘t using for overnight. It does compare pretty well absorbency wise to the other prefolds that I have (GMD Infant Prefold).
What did you like?
It was really soft compared to the GMD prefolds I have. I washed it daily and it didn’t seem to lose any of its softness over the time I had it.
What did you dislike?
Nothing I can think of.
What improvements would you like to see in this diaper?
Nothing I can think of.
Would you recommend it to a friend? Why or why not?
I would definitely recommend this because of how soft and absorbent it is.
Is the price fair? Too High?
Depending on the size your looking for, these are priced from $8-16 for a 3 pack. Personally for me this is kinda expensive for a prefold. I really like these, but at this price I wouldn’t be buying very many of them.