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February 12th, 2013, 03:41 PM
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Hi, I haven't posted here before. I'm starting a diaper stash for new baby. I'm not new to cloth diapering, but all I have left from the last few babies are pretty much destroyed. I've mostly used prefolds with covers or "plastic pants" before, and I've owned some AOIs. I'm not picky about using one particular type of diaper. Starting practically all over!

Anyway, I was searching craig's list for my area and came across a listing for a bunch of GroVia diapers, the hybrids. I haven't heard of these before, so am hoping that somebody has some and can tell me if they are any good.
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February 12th, 2013, 05:22 PM
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I had some GroVia hybrids and will use them again on the next baby! They are nice but run small for "one size" diapers, esp in the rise. My DD outgrew them at like 8 months. However I will say she is HUGE and most babies do wear them a long time!

I would check their condition before purchasing. The shells can get shot elastic, the waterproofing can fail, and if they are velcro rather than snap fastening, the tabs can lose their stickiness. I have also found that the laundry tabs suck and it is better to just fasten them inside out for washing. The shells are nice though and can be used as just a regular cover with a trifolded prefold or whatever.

The inserts (snap in absorbent parts) have come in many styles over time. If they are the smooth 100% cotton kind, that is what I have. They are really dense and don't absorb super fast but can hold a lot. They are a bit rough to get really clean and to dry, sort of like thick hemp stuff more than cotton, since it is such a dense weave. We had to change the whole diaper (incl shell) every time because the shell always got pee or poop on it. So for us they were basically a snap-together AIO. I have 6 shells and 6 inserts and that was my convenience/on-the-go stash until she outgrew it.

Hope that helps!!! They are definitely one of the nicer and fancier brands, they don't suck but check the condition. Good luck, sounds like a promising find!
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February 12th, 2013, 07:24 PM
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Thank you very much, that info helps a lot! I will def. ask about elastics etc. and how much they were used.
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February 13th, 2013, 08:36 AM
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We have a bunch of the grovia shells and snap in soakers and I really like them. My son is an average sized 12 month old and the shells fit on the mid rise setting still. I'm sure we will get lots more use out of them. I really really love the aplix. I have found that I can use the same cover multiple times if my son only pees, but if he poops it ALWAYS gets on the cover.

Definitely check the condition of the covers. I've been making sure to hang my covers to dry (they dry very quickly) instead of putting them in the dryer and I think this has really helped keep them in great condition, so ask about how they have been cared for too. I haven't had any issues with the aplix or elastics. I dry the inserts in the dryer, and I agree with shen7 that they take FOREVER to dry, which can be kind of annoying.
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February 21st, 2013, 08:28 PM
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I wasnt really a fan. They were fine when he was younger but as he got older, like 10 months or so, the soakers just got WAY too soaked for my liking. I ended up selling them. You also cant use their covers to trifold a prefold, too small, so I got rid of them too.
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