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Hybrid diapers (sometimes known as all-in-two diapers) are a two-piece diapering system consisting of an outer waterproof shell and an absorbent insert. Many hybrids (Grovia hybrid diapers included) have the choice between a disposable insert or a reusable cloth insert, making it a very flexible diapering option for families that travel a lot or use daycare. This review will help you decide if this style of diaper is right for your family.
Other than the Grovia Hybrid, some other hybrids/all-in-twos on the market are Best Bottom Diapers and bumGenius Flip diapers. While hybrids have been around for several years now, I truly believe hybrid diapers will be a significant component of the future of cloth diapers. For one, we know that we need to work on reducing waste, especially plastic waste.
However, we are also so accustomed to the convenience that disposable diapers bring. Many people can’t even imagine washing diapers in this day and age. Despite the present crisis regarding plastic waste (and yes, disposable diapers are made from plastics!), we are not really seeing a mad rush to move to cloth diapers.
Some people get on board with saving the planet when it’s cute or convenient enough to do so, like pushing for reusable shopping bags. But diaper waste? We are still very slow to come around to reusable products in this area. Less than 5% of parents use cloth diapers, but disposable diapers are the third biggest category of items in landfills today.
I believe hybrids are really going to change that for a lot of people, but people need to know they are even an option first.
This is why I think hybrids (and all-in-twos) are really going to make a surge in the cloth diapering community. They are simple to use, and they have disposable insert options that are biodegradable to use when the convenience of a disposable is truly needed.
This sort of system will make cloth diapering possible even for the busiest of families.
If you want to cut to the chase, check out this video. Otherwise, keep reading!
Why Choose A Hybrid Diaper?
Like I said above, hybrid diapers are:
- Easy to use (just two pieces! Put an insert inside a cover and then you’re done)
- Convenient (can use cloth inserts at home and biodegradable disposable inserts out & about if needed)
They are also:
- Easy to wash
- Trim-fitting, meaning they aren’t too bulky under clothes
- Can wash a greater amount of changes at one time due to reusing covers and having trim inserts–this makes for fewer loads of laundry in the week.
- More economical than other systems of cloth diapers
Covers (the outer shell) are the most expensive part to buy of the all-in-two/hybrid system. But depending on how young your baby is when you start using cloth diapers, you can usually get by with 10 covers or fewer. 6-8 covers is often a recommended number, but if your baby is young and one of those “poop at every diaper change” babies, or if you want to stretch your loads of laundry beyond 2-3 days, you may need more.
The inserts have a lot more material options to make them affordable. You will need as many inserts as the number of diaper changes you usually do in the amount of time you want to go between washes. It’s usually good to add a few to that number. Around 18-24 inserts should be plenty for every 2-3 day washing.
Grovia Hybrid Features
Grovia Hybrids feature an outer cover made of waterproof TPU, and have adjustable rise snaps so you can use this on babies as small as 8-10 lbs, and on toddlers bigger than 30+ lbs! You will get a great value out of these one-size diapers.
The inner part of the diaper has a polyester mesh layer. The inserts snap right into it. It is super easy and intuitive to assemble the diaper.
When it’s time to change the baby, you take the old insert out, wipe down the cover if needed, and put in a clean insert. If the baby had a messy change, you can also swap out the cover, but you usually only need to do that once or twice a day. The inserts have leg gussets on them which help to contain the mess to the insert.
The stay-dry insert is made from four layers of microfiber with a top layer of micro-fleece that is safe to go against baby’s skin. It does not need to be prepped before use. As with all clothing, it’s a good idea to wash once before use, but there is no need to wash several times to build up the absorbency like you need to do with other inserts made of natural fibers.
The organic cotton insert has an inner body of 5 layers of 100% organic cotton. The leg gussets do have some polyester in them. Since these are primarily made from a natural fiber, they need to be “prepped” before use, which just means washing and drying them 5-6 times before use. I don’t do special loads for this. They don’t take up much space, so I just throw them in with my regular loads of laundry. Prepping them properly makes sure they are as absorbent as possible.
The biodegradable insert (called the Biosoaker) is a fantastic option. Some families may choose to use these inserts 100% of the time, whereas other families may use one of the reusable options at home and the disposable ones out and about. Some families may not want to use the biodegradable inserts at all, but at least it’s an option!
The biosoakers are free from harsh chemicals and preservatives. It is made from a lining of 100% Inego woven fiber, an absorbent core of wood pulp that was harvested sustainably, and a very small amount of SAP gel. Definitely an environmental upgrade from typical disposables.
The biosoakers aren’t exclusive to the Grovia hybrid covers, either. They can go inside almost any diaper shell. So if you’re currently using a different diaper system but want to try them out, you certainly can.
I really love the simplicity and ease of the hybrid system. If I could go back in time 5 years ago, this would be where I invested in most of my stash.
Grovia has a fabulous reputation for their high-quality diapers. I have never met someone that disliked their Grovias. The Grovia diapers we have are so well-made and held up well over time.
Grovia manufactures its diapers in China, but their manufacturing is fair and conscientious. You can feel good about purchasing Grovia products and do so worry free.
Grovia stands behind their products and offers a 1-year warranty that covers the elastic, snaps, TPU, seams, and any zippers (such as on their wet bags). However, it is important that you care for your diapers well as the warranty does not cover misuse by the customer. See this article for advice on proper care for cloth diapers.
Cons of this Diaper
There are so many pros to the Grovia Hybrid diapers. Like I said before, I wish I would have invested more in them from the beginning. There are really only two cons that I can think of:
- While it’s possible to get by with a different brand of an insert in the shell, they are really designed to be used with Grovia specific inserts.
- The absorbency levels aren’t as easily customized as pocket diapers
- These will probably not hold up overnight.
However, the Grovia specific inserts are awesome, so you probably won’t feel the need to look for other ones. If you do need more absorbency, Grovia also sells boosters. Boosters are smaller inserts that add additional absorbency to a diaper without adding too much bulk. Having a few boosters on hand for times you might need to stretch out time between changes (like nap time or long car rides) is a great idea. Here you can check out Grovia’s booster options.
As far as pricing goes, the Grovia Hybrids are comparable to other hybrid systems on the market. When I was looking at adding more hybrids to my stash, I added the same amount of covers & inserts of different brands into my carts at different diaper sites, and honestly, the price difference between them all was pretty negligible.
If you wanted to choose between Best Bottoms, bumGenius Flips, or the Grovia Hybrids I would not let price be the deciding factor. The difference between the cost of the amount in my cart (I had the quantity needed for half of a stash) was not significant, and when you are making a purchase of an item that you want to last for several years, don’t let a few bucks sway you one way or the other.
These three main brands are pretty comparable once you factor in the costs of the inserts. They are all great brands, too, so I recommend you check out my reviews (linked in the prior paragraph) and see which style you think would suit your family best, as all three have their own unique features.
The price of the full stash will also depend on the inserts you choose. It is possible to build a stash at very different price points depending on what is important to you in an insert and how often you want to go between washes.
You can definitely do a full stash of Grovia Hybrids for less than $250-$300. Imagine only spending $300 or less on 2-3 years of diapers! That just can’t be done with disposables. And if you keep them in good condition, they can be used on a second child, too!
Another cool thing that Grovia does is discount the product anywhere from 5% to 10% if you buy more than a couple in quantity (and the quantities are very reasonable! They start as low as 3 items for the 5% discount).
The Grovia Hybrids may not be for everyone, but I do believe 90% or more of cloth diapering families would love them. I also think if you’re on the fence with using cloth diapers, a hybrid system like the Grovia hybrids is an excellent choice.
The only time I might not recommend the Grovia hybrid is if you already have a different style of diaper that you love and are using. If you bought one just to try it out, it would be hard to see the full scope of benefits because you would only get to use it once before switching back to another style of diaper, at least until you do your next load of laundry.
But if you are using another style of diaper and are finding it to be not the right style for you, then give the Grovia Hybrids a try!
The benefits of a hybrid system over other types of cloth diapers is in how easy they make laundry (and potentially lessening the amount of laundry you have to do) and how convenient they can be out and about, at daycare, and when traveling. It’s hard to see those benefits if you just have one of them. I believe you need at least enough for one full day’s worth (so about 2-3 covers and 6-8 inserts) to really see if you would enjoy using this system for the long haul.
That said, there is no rule you have to start with that many, and you can certainly try out one cover with a couple inserts to see if you like the fit before you invest in more. I just personally found when I only had one of them, there was no point in using it over another type of diaper because it wasn’t any more special than a pocket diaper at that point.
If you want a simple and convenient cloth diapering system, check out the Grovia Hybrids. To get started with a modest stash of hybrids, I recommend starting out with at least 6 covers and 18-24 inserts. You will get the most bang for your buck that way and get to experience the full realm of the benefits that hybrid diapers give.
It may look like a bigger upfront cost that way, but is very reasonable compared to other diaper styles of similar quality. I spent at least $200 MORE creating my initial stash of pockets. Again, another reason I wish I would have gone for the hybrids right away! See here all that Grovia has to offer.
If you are a cloth diaper skeptic, do you think you could give the Grovia Hybrids a try? If you’re already using cloth diapers, do you wish (like I do) that you had focused more on hybrids from the beginning? Let me know in the comments!