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Trim and absorbent
on April 23, 2012
These are very soft absorbent diapers, and for cloth a very trim fitting diaper. Like other reviewers mine have tiny top layer holes along edges of leg elastic. It does not affect f unction at all and really is no big deal....all organic cotton will do this . I have followed very good cd wash routine and my diapers started doing this pretty early on...only along leg elastics and elastic in the back. I do prefer the bumgenis elemental bc it fits my baby better. The grovia is very stretchy high quality fabric and easy /convenient to use. It dries a lot faster than the elemental. However, the grovia is really 2 pieces the doubler snaps in and can come apart in the dryer whereas the elemental is truly all one . As far as longevity....10 of my grovia were given to me by someone who bought them used. So this is the third child to use them and they look just as good as the one I bought new. They will last. I don't use them overnight however I have done it a couple of times with no issue I just put a fleece stay dry liner on top and added a thin hemp doubler. You would have to do that in any cloth diaper overnight. I have not had issues with leaking. If you aren't sure and want organic cotton all-in-one, get one grovia and one elemental. I have heard the elemental gets holes too but so far mine still look new. Cotton stains however rinsing cold and using either liners or a diaper sprayer help and any stain left comes out perfectly by laying to dry in the sun. I did replace relaxed elastic in 2 of the 10 "old" ones given to me....however I assume that a previous owner put them on high heat in the dryer, as all the others are fine. You have to use low heat it is more gentle to elastic and the waterproof lining will hold up best using lower heat. I do wash on hot I just dry on low.
Update: since cottonbabies has changed the design of the elemental, I prefer Grovia. The exposed PUL on the new style elemental was a deal breaker for me, and I like that the entire inner of Grovia is covered with soft cotton. My baby is older now and I can use the Grovia as a pull up, by pre-snapping the sides. They are so stretchy and she can step into the diaper and I can pull it up, so it is very easy to put on. I don't like so much awkward fabric in the elemental how you have to fold it up before putting it on, I get a smoother fit with Grovia. I am expecting another baby and the Grovia will be a lot trimmer on a newborn since you can remove the snap in doubler, so the diapers will fit both kids great :-)