I'm intrigued by the new design, and BG fit has always been our fave, even if we've had trouble keeping our AIOs in the best shape (what with the stink and whatnot). I want those new prints (Albert and Lovelace) in the Freetime!
What about Grovias? We use FLIP as well (which we chose because the covers fit just like the BG AIOs) and because they were cheap. But, I like that the GroVia insert snaps into the shell- rather than being loose in there, like the FLIP. Anyone have any experience or a review?
I think I am going to make a point to get my hands on a few of each of these diapers for the new baby... we have some old BGs that have lots of holes and will need to be tossed sooner or later. So I'm going to add some variety (cheaper variety) to my stash instead of just buying more of the same old.
Mara & Joel, 2009
I haven't tried the Freetime so I cannot comment on those.
We do own GroVias. I bought them when Jordan was leaking out of her pockets at nap time. The stay dry inner was causing pee to run out the top since she is a tummy sleeper. It fixed our leaking issues almost completely. I say almost because a couple of weeks ago I had three days in a row where she leaked out the top. It was really strange because I had zero leaks for the longest time. I was about to strip anyway and I'm not sure if that is what helped or the fact that I now have her on the tallest rise to give her the most coverage.
Things I like about GroVia -
***The soakers are loose (one is sewn on one end and the other snaps, as you said) so washing and drying are easy.
***They are trim in the crotch so they fit her well. Most of our pockets are a little wide in the crotch.
***I've never had any wicking with them, although I've mostly fixed that problem with our pockets too.
***As far as I can tell, these will fit her as long as I need them to. They are side snapping (which I like) and she has room to grow.
Things I don't like -
***I cannot really compare them to any other AIO b/c I only have one other kind and it has a stay dry inner. It's hard to compare the two... But Jordan can soak this diaper all the way through. If she drinks a lot before her nap then the cotton in the shell is soaked, as well as both soakers. Now, that's not necessarily an issue but I'm not sure if that is why she leaked a couple of times. Maybe there was not enough absorbancy? But, overall I have not had leaking so maybe it was a strange, temporary fluke.
***Some people claim the cotton can be exposed when the diaper is on. This has never been a problem for us but thought I would mention it.
Hmm... I can't think of any other dislikes! Overall I like them but I would be open to trying a similar type AIO. It would be nice to have something to compare it to so I know how they work in relation to other AIO's w/o a stay dry inner.
The insert is completely separate from the shell isn't it? Or do they have more than one type?
Mara & Joel, 2009
Well, there are two. One that is attached on one end only, but lifts up... like a tongue? Then a second soaker that you can leave out or snap on the bottom side of the sewn in soaker. Does that make sense?
ETA: About half way through she shows the inside. Videos always do a better job with giving you a visual than pictures.
Ah, the GroVias I'm looking at are the Hybrid AI2s! So I think they really are a shell and a separate insert, so you can re-use the shell when you take out the wet insert.
Mara & Joel, 2009
Oh, ok. I actually had a couple of GroBaby diaper AI2's. As I understand it, GroBaby is now GroVia. I didn't really like them but I'm not sure how they've changed since then.
I do have to say that we have continued to have minor leaks at nap time. I pretty sure she is just peeing too much but I'm not sure I have anything I could put in there to add absorbancy unless I bough some small flats or something. It's frustrating b/c I really don't want to invest anymore into diapers for Jordan. I feel like we should be set at this point!
Kayla, don't think of it as buying diapers for Jordan but rather diapers that will be used for the new little one too. At least you know you WILL get more use of them!
What do you have her in at nap time? (I feel like I should know this. Pocket with what inserts?)
I've been surprisingly pleased with my Target flour sack towels (pack of 4 for $3.99) used as flats. I won't claim they're the most amazing flats ever, but they totally work way better than the awful flats from Gerber. And if you hate them as diapers, there are 999 other uses for them. lol
Our GroVia AIO's are our nap time diaper. They worked 99% of the time until recently. I stripped them with Dawn in the tub but they are still not keeping it all in. The leaks are minor. Just at the top of the waistband on her pants where the cotton is letting some wetness past. We've only had one big leak where her shirt was wet.
I wonder if anyone has ever stuffed anything extra in them? They are so narrow that our hemp inserts will not fit. It would have to be very small to fit in there.
Hmmm....your first thought of a flat with the AIO isn't a bad idea! It can easily fold to be small enough. Sounds like she's just peeing more than it can handle or at least peeing faster than it can keep up with.
We had that same issue today at nap. Usually Aiden wakes up dry, but not today. Today it his onesie was wet right around where it's by the leg elastic. Since he normally is dry during naps now, I haven't done anything different for them. Apparently today I should have given him another insert.