One of the newest hybrid cloth diapering systems out there is the Gro Baby System. Check out there cute new animated short video HERE!
The original Gro Baby shell consists of a water proof shell and an organic cotton soaker pad that snaps into the shell. The idea is that you purchase several soaker pads and reuse the shell. Unlike most pocket diapers the Gro Baby has a unique quick drying layer between the soaker and the shell (it’s sewn into the shell and looks like a large weave mesh). The soakers attach to the shell with two snaps; one at the front and one at the back. The original soakers are very thick organic cotton and are very absorbent. They also come with a booster for nights and naps. The other unique feature to the Gro Baby Shell is the closure. It’s a very fine hook closure that works withthe very soft fabric loop (similar to Velcro only much softer and finer). If you prefer snaps The Natural Baby Co will convert your Gro Baby shell for a small fee.
The features don’t stop there! The Gro Baby shells will also work with their newest product…the Bio Soakers biodegradable, disposable soaker pads. These disposable pads easily attach using two adhesive tabs located on the back of the pads. Each pad is made up of three parts; 1) the lining, 2) the core, and 3) the waterproof outer. The lining and waterproof outer layers are both compostable. The core is biodegradeable. The core is made of a wood pulp fiber and contains about 3 grams of superabsorbent polymers (SAP). SAP is what makes traditional diapers (and other hygiene products) absorb and retain liquids. Not only can the Bio Soakers be composted the core is flushable (similar to G Diapers)…just tear it open and flush the insides. (*As with any flushable product, please use caution!) Bio Soakers would make a practical travel option that would allow you to have the cuteness of your fluff with the convenience of a disposable.
The traditional GroBaby cloth diapering system is very compareable to other organic diapers (selling at $24.95 each…same as the BG Organic). The nice feature to the Gro Baby is that you can reuse the shell. The soakerpads sell for $16.95 for a set of two. With just one shell and three soakers you would spend $41.90 and end up with three diaper changes…three BG organics would cost you $74.85…not a bad savings! The Bio Soakers cost $19.99 for a box of 50 pads…a mere 40 cents for each pad.
What did I think? I have a two part response to that question.
1) Traditional Gro Baby System: I love it! It’s very easy to use and I wish I had a few more soakers so I could take full advantage of the reusability of the shell. I love the absorbency of the organic cotton…it just soaks up the pee! I really like the closure system. It’s a much softer hook closure than traditional Velcro. The only negative comment I have about the traditional Gro Baby is the laundry tabs don’t seem to hold very well. Each time I washed the shell the tabs were stuck on another diaper. This is easily rectified if you purchase the snap conversion…but I prefer the hook closure for me. Out of all the diapers I’ve tried the Gro Baby is at the top of my list. Just look at how cute it is…even in the simple vanilla color!
2) The Bio Soakers with Gro Baby Shell: I used the Bio Soakers a few different ways. When I used the bio soakers as they were intended to be used…with the Gro Baby shell…they worked wonderful. Unfortunately I only have one shell at the moment. It never fails that each time I put it on Lil’ B she decides to poo…and poo large…and spill out onto the shell. This makes it difficult to reuse the shell…hence my frustration begins. If I had at least 3-6 shells I think I would have enjoyed the bio soakers much more. Instead…I attempted to use the bio soakers inside other diaper covers…while they still functioned the same way there was one problem that I encountered. The adhesive that is used on the bio soakers is a very strong adhesive and it didn’t remove easily from my BG cover material. You can read all about my travel experience here. I’ve used the bio soakers a few random times around the house with the Gro Baby shell and I’ve never had any problems arise when I use them the right way!
Here is a tip I received from Kim at The Natural Baby Co regarding the Gro Baby Bio Soakers.
“We use a eco friendly adhesive which can get sticky when warmed from being by baby’s skin. My biggest tip is to let your diaper sit for a minute BEFORE peeling off the soaker pad.”
Buy It! Want to try the Gro Baby system yourself? You can purchase your own system at The Natural Baby Co. The introductory package (one shell and 50 bio soakers) sells for $34.95.
Win It! I know…you want to win your own Gro Baby system…who doesn’t want free fluff? I’m giving away one complete introductory package (one shell and 50 bio soakers) to a lucky reader! Contest is open to residents of the US and Canada. ECO-ngratulations Holly S!
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Contest ends at midnight (EST) on October 29th, 2009.
Yes, a Gro Baby Introductory Package was provided to me in exchange for this post…I’ve been writing this post for over 3 hrs now so I think that’s a good exchange for my time…don’t you?
Now the tricky questions that I am trying to find answers to. While I’ve began doing some research on the topics I can’t learn it all in one evening. Biodegradable, compostable, and other environmental marketing terminology. Are they just keen marketing skills or are they really environmentally friendly? This is where I start to get a little lost in the sea of green! So to help you out a little here are some definitions:
Biodegradable: the material breakdown of chemicals by the environment.
Compostable: according to Wiki it means the same as biodegradable.
Bio-Film (Fecula): a compostable material that is made from all natural corn starch.
SAP: super absorbent polymers used in disposable diapers to absorb moisture. Regular disposables contain 10-20 grams of SAP. SAP was removed from tampon production in the 1980s due to the link between SAP and Toxic Shock Syndrom (TSS). Most babies in the US are in disposable diapers all day, every day, for three years!
EN13432 (EU): European standards for biodegradability and compostability.
ASTM D 6400 (US): An American standard for composting. Refers to the use of aerobic composting facilities (similar to wastewater treatment processes) to kill pathogens in human waste.
Aerobic Composting: the breakdown of a material by heat-loving organisms at a very high temperature. Can occur at an industrial composting facility or when using special composting toilets.
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