Yes, you read that right. We took hybrid cloth diapers to Disney World and used them with great success. And, it wasn’t any more trouble than using disposables.
We were graciously sent three hybrid shells and a pack of biosoakers by GroVia to use on our trip to Disney World and test out. The shells/covers couldn’t be any cuter.
The GroVia Hybrid Shells
I picked the Hybrid Shell with the snap closures (the hook and loops don’t appeal to me). They have three rise settings so they can fit approximately 8-30lbs.
I would guess they will fit bigger than that as E is already about 25 pounds and on the second rise setting with the waist all the way snug and sometimes using the overlapping snaps. It sure is a trim little diaper, too. (And this was with two biosoakers for bedtime…more on that in a bit).
The insides of the shells have a mesh liner so that there isn’t any of the waterproof layer touching their skin which is nice especially when it’s hot outside! The shells also have snaps on the inside to use with their soaker pads to keep them in place.
I’ve since used these covers with prefolds, flats and other AI2 inserts and they’ve all been a great fit and leak-free option.
No matter what insert was used, once a cover had been pooped in, it had to be washed because the smell permeated. With just a wet diaper, it could be used a couple times before needing to be washed. While at Disney World, I just washed the shells in the evening in the bathtub with a little sample of detergent I brought with me. They were always dry and fresh smelling in the morning!
The biosoakers are a great alternative to the cloth inserts when you are traveling and don’t have the option to wash a load of diapers. They are made with Biodegradable & Compostable Materials (not that you would put in your own compost pile; they are commercially compostable). They are also Fragrance & Dye Free Plastic & Chlorine Free Ultra thin construction Oeko-Tex 100 Certified G.E. Free. They are backed with a waterproof lining so that the shell doesn’t get wet with every diaper change (so you can use it for several changes before washing it).
I really liked that it had side gussets on the biosoaker. It keeps some of the softer poo from leaking out of the diaper insert.
The biosoakers also have to very sticky tabs on either end to attach it to a trainer, or a shell. We only used the sticky tabs on the GroVia shells and when we used the biosoakers with other covers, we didn’t use the sticky tabs and had no problems with them moving around. When pulling a wet or soiled soaker out of the shell, I always made sure to do so slowly and carefully so that the sticky adhesive came off the shell and stayed on the soaker. I never had an issue with any residue staying on there.
The biosoakers are very absorbent and we only had one leak the entire time we were there and it was totally user error! For night time, I didn’t even try just using one biosoaker. E is quite the heavy soaker so I just went with two and stacked them on top of each other. She would wake up with two very wet biosoakers and very dry shell and jammies. Definitely a win!
While these are compostable, I didn’t check if there were facilities available and did end up just tossing them in the trash. I felt better about the contents of them compared to a traditional disposable and hope that the environmental impact isn’t nearly as great.
The Overall Experience
This is one happy and dry baby. No rashes and no complaints from her.
And if that doesn’t say a lot, the fact that I wore her practically every day for a couple hours on my back and never worried about her diaper leaking speaks volumes. Now, my sweat and her sweat? That’s another can of worms.
She was able to fall asleep in the stroller after wearing a diaper for a while and experienced no leaks.
And even stayed up late and partied with grandma and the other girls and was happy as a clam!
We have been very pleased with our GroVia shell and biosoaker experience. In fact, when I head to Houston next week, I will be bringing them again. However, I will bring more than three shells as I found that three isn’t quite enough to go through the day have one for sleeping in and wash the others in the evening. I will be more comfortable traveling with 8-10 covers for my 4 day trip just to have my bases covered.
GroVia would like to send one lucky Really, Are You Serious? reader their choice of one hybrid shell ($16.95 value), 20-pack of Biosoakers ($7.99), and a pack of either Stay Dry or Organic Cotton Soaker Pads ($17.95-$18.95).