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Growing With GroVia – GroVia O.N.E.

Welcome to our second edition of Growing With GroVia! If you missed last months post you can read all about the GroVia Hybrid Shells.  Be sure to follow along with us all day on social media, we have some prizes and a LIVE Facebook chat today at noon ET to talk about the GroVia O.N.E. #GrowingWithGroVia if you are following the hashtag! GroVia O.N.E. As longtime Grovia fans we were super excited to try the ONE as soon as it was released. At the time our second daughter was a toddler. It quickly became a go-to diaper for naps, long car rides, and even nighttime!  When I was pregnant with our baby boy I asked my husband if there were any particular diapers he’d like to see more or less of as we switched up our girly stash to something a little less pink.  His immediate response was that he would like a whole stash of the Grovia ONE. Not only did we add several new ONES to use during the day, but we never did get rid of our daughter’s and those became baby boy’s nighttime stash. As a newborn we we able to start using the ONE around 11lbs. The best fit for a little baby is with the snap in hook and loop and the small snap in soaker. At 4 months old and over 14lbs we moved …

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Top cloth diapering accessories, and why you (mostly) don’t need them

The thing that drew me to cloth diapering in the first place was the simplicity. No bleary eyed 1am diaper runs, no stinky diaper genie in the nursery and costly plastic liners, no wardrobe-destroying blow outs, easy! The big problem with cloth diapers is the more you explore the world of cloth diapering the more exciting it gets and the more likely you are to go a little overboard and forget your original reasoning behind choosing cloth diapers in the first place. Top cloth diapering accessories, and why you (mostly) don’t need them First and foremost: wipes Cloth or disposable? For some a disposable wipe is paramount, for others the luxury of a silky bamboo wipe is a must, so which do you choose? My answer has always been both. I adore the squishy softness of a bamboo terry wipe but love a pre-wetted, disposable wipe for big messes. I also sewed some wipes from some of the nearly sixty thousand receiving blankets I got as gifts. The handmade wipes bridge the gap for me between luxury and disposability as well since I don’t shed a tear (and a pretty penny) should one accidentally get flushed (sorry landlord!) or be so disgusting it necessitates being tossed. So cloth or disposable? I like to choose whatever is closest and seems like it will get the job done the best.  There is …

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Nighttime Cloth Diapering Solution: the Grovia O.N.E.

Like so many other cloth diapering mamas out there, once my little guy got to a certain point, regular cloth diapers just weren’t cutting it for overnight use anymore. Night after night I’d try different combos of inserts and covers and still my husband and I would end up blearily changing the diapers, pajamas, and sheets of our screaming child when we should all have been sleeping. We even gave disposables a try for nighttimes, and that was a pretty big leaky fail as well. How do other parents use cloth diapers overnight?  Finally, after asking around and doing a little bit of research, we decided to try the Grovia O.N.E. for overnight. We bought two, both in beautiful solids, and they are now a beloved and integral part of our stash. Here’s why I love the O.N.E.: The outside feels durable, and the inside is just so soft. It comes with two different-sized snap-in inserts, which can be used together or separately. They’re meant to help the diaper grow with your child, which is always a plus. The O.N.E. comes with snap closures, but if hook and loop is your thing, that’s fine because it also comes with hook and loop snaps that snap in if you want to use them! This means that the hook and loop strip can be easily removed before washing to keep it working …

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Why I love my JuJuBe Be Light

If you’re looking for a bag that easily coverts from mom bag to going out sans-kids purse – the JuJuBe Be Light is the bag for you. I love this bag for its versatility, easy cleaning, and for being small but mighty. It’s perfect for running errands with the kids and then leaving them at home with Daddy while you go to the gym or dinner with girlfriends. Let’s start with everything I can easily fit in this bag when I’m going out with my children for errands. This bag is nice and roomy and fits a lot of smaller bags to keep it organized. There are a ton of options for small wet bags to organize! I use my funky fluff diaper clutch for two clean diapers. Typically two is a perfect for a few hours out of the house. I can either put the dirty one back in the clutch, or use my SmartBottoms Small On The Go Bag, which is perfect for two dirty diapers. I like having the option of two small wet bags because I use my cloth wipes for wiping hands, noses and anything in between. Speaking of wipes, those are stored dry in the Owl Planetwise Wipe Pouch. I slide a travel size spray bottle down in the pouch and spray the tush before wiping (though it’s always nice when the baby waits …

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To HE or not to HE

That is the (washing machine) question……. There’s an unending debate within the cloth diapering community about what kind of washing machine is best. Many claim the old-school top loading, non-he machines are the gold standard when it comes to washing cloth, but they are getting harder to find. Others are more than happy with their fancy, front-loading, auto-sensing machines. So what’s the difference between the two? Is one really better than the other? And how do you make what you have work for you?First it’s really important to understand HOW diapers (or anything really) gets clean. The key word is…. AGITATION Both HE and non-HE machines use agitation to clean. This is the process where items rub against each other in order to loosen dirt, grime, and other unwanted grossness (with the help of water and detergent). The difference is how they achieve the right amount of agitation. Old school, Non-HE Machines A traditional washing machine fills with enough water to cover the load inside. The water level is chosen by the user. Then the center agitator turns like a screw, cycling the diapers up and over. This motion causes them to rub against each other. With the right amount of water, clothing moves easily through the washer and the cleaning process can happen fairly quickly. The washing cycles on a non-he machine are relatively short compared to an HE …

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