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I’m a cloth diaper mama. I love the look of a fluffy patterned bum, saving money, and minimizing waste. Before you scrunch your nose up at the thought of poo on cloth (like I did when my friend first suggested cloth diapers), hear me out- I aint talkin’ about your mama’s cloth diapers.. so much has changed in cloth diaper world over the past 30+ years! Especially with Glowbug Diapers’ 360 gusset technology (for trapping poo) and double opening diapers (for easier stuffing).
Cloth diapers are no longer cotton sheets and rubber pants. They’re cute, breathable, and full of easy to use and easy to budget options. Stay tuned for a full rundown on cloth diapers in the near future.
When you cloth diaper you may buy a few different “types” of diapers and you eventually end up with a favorite type and brand. My favorite diapers are pocket diapers, and more specifically Glow Bug pockets. This isn’t a sponsored post- although they did send me a diaper (photographed below) with their newest hemp and bamboo inserts to try out when I contacted them.
There are several things that make Glowbug Cloth Diapers so unique:
- Glowbug Diapers grow with your baby (I’ll demonstrate what I mean in this post!)
- They have TWO openings in the diaper shell
- You don’t have to remove the insert to wash them! Just unsnap the insert and it will agitate out on its own.
- The absorbent inserts can snap in
- The ability to mix and match inserts for custom absorbency
- They’re easy to stuff- you just slide your arm through and you’re done! No wiggling necessary
- The 360 elastic gusset on the inside of the diaper to catch poo
- They have different material options for inserts (microfiber, bamboo, hemp)
- They release print packages every year
- All their prints are limited edition!
- They’re a small, mama owned and operated business
- Their customer service is EPIC!
Glowbug Cloth Diapers offers several options for building or mixing and matching custom absorbency for your little one. It’s a really neat concept and I’ll share the options available and some of the combos I developed for my son’s “heavy wetter” needs.
Absorbent Insert Options from GlowBug Cloth Diapers:
- Microfiber inserts
- Bamboo inserts
- Hemp inserts
- Mr. Clock (hourglass shaped) Bamboo inserts
Our Diaper Insert Combos:
- (2-6 months): 1-2 Bamboo inserts
- (6-12 months): 2-3 Bamboo inserts
- (12-24 months): 1 Mr.Clock + 1 Bamboo insert + 1 Microfiber insert (Bum Genius brand)
- (24 months and nearing potty training): 1 Hemp insert + 1 Bamboo insert (by using slow absorption fibers I’m trying to encourage my toddler to feel the wetness sensation)
- (overnights): 2 Mr. Clocks
I had the chance to try out the new hemp inserts while my son was exiting his diaper stage and beginning to potty train. The hemp insert was perfect for this stage of life and I paired it with a bamboo insert for our perfect fit. I purposely chose to use slower absorbing fibers to encourage my son to acknowledge the wet sensation when he wet his diapers.
Hemp is a natural fiber and has a higher absorbency content although it is slower to absorb than a synthetic fiber, like microfiber. So, with hemp you can absorb more liquid (perfect for heavy wetters or toddlers) but it takes a little longer to absorb so it’s best paired with a quick wicking insert like microfiber.
I sincerely love our Glowbug Cloth Diapers and if I had to do it again I would purchase ONLY Glowbug Cloth Diapers and Bum Genius Pockets for my fluff stash. I’m not affiliated with either diaper company- I just really enjoy their products. If you have a moment, take a minute to read about my customer experience with GlowBug Cloth Diapers– if you aren’t sold already, you will be!
GlowBug Cloth Diapers fit from infancy to toddlerhood.
It’s amazing to think that a single diaper could last from infancy to potty training. With the progress cloth diaper technology has made your cloth diapers can grow with your baby. I’ll show you how below. I’ll be using my son’s elephant stuffed animals to illustrate how one diaper can fit your 8-30 lb baby over 2-3 years. Let’s pretend my little elephant is a (small) newborn and the larger is about the size of 9 month old.
How to fit a “One Size” Cloth Diaper for a Newborn Infant:
1.) Shorten the vertical rise snaps to the smallest setting. This will make the diaper shorter.
2.) Tuck the hip flaps around the waist of your baby.
3.) Bring the left flap across and overlap the centerline of the diaper. This helps get a snug fit on a tiny baby.
4.) Bring the right hop flap across and over the center line of the diaper. You will snap this flap to the top of the left hip flap and overlap.
Additional images of the newborn fit :
Some photos of the same diaper on a larger baby (elephant).