Glow Bug Cloth Diapers was started by two friends, Sarah and Neta. They wanted to produce a high quality, affordable diaper that had all the features they wanted for their own children. So in 2011 they started the company. Glow Bug diapers are sold in packages so parents purchase a complete package of diapers to use from birth to potty training. Their website is full of information on cloth diapering – everything from what to do with the poo, to how to get a good fit with cloth diapers.
|Sarah (left) Neta (right) Co-owners of Glow Bug Cloth Diapers|
Glow Bug cloth diapers are a one size pocket diaper that come with two microfiber inserts. The outside is made from a waterproof material called PUL and the inside is a soft stay dry fabric which keeps baby’s skin dry. The pocket has an opening in both the front and the back which makes it easier to get the insert in and out. The inserts snap in to the outside shell to keep them in place. (Personally, I do not like to snap the inserts into the outside shell because I don’t like to unsnap them after the diaper is dirty; I like to just pull the inserts out and stick them in the diaper pail with as little touching as possible.)
Glow Bug diapers are designed to fit babies from birth through potty training which is approximately 7 pounds to 35 pounds. Sizing is adjusted using rise snaps on the front of the diaper. There are two sets of cross over snaps through the waist band to ensure a great fit with smaller babies. A double rows of snaps prevents wing droop. All Glow Bug diapers come with snap closures to ensure that diapers will last from birth to potty training.
Awesome and Unique Features
Glow Bug diapers have a unique 360 Gusset on the inside of the diaper (see picture below) to contain messes. They also have waterproof flaps in the front and the back of each diaper to prevent leaks.
Each insert is made of 3 layers of microfiber, which have been serged together on the outside edge. The inserts measure approximately 12.5” long and 5.25” wide. The inserts snap together and snap in place inside the pocket of the diaper. You can choose to use both of the inserts at the same time or use only one depending on what your individual needs are at the time. You could also use more inserts if needed, but that would add a lot of bulk to the diaper.
My Review and Star Ratings:
Currently our toddler is potty trained during the day and only wears a diaper at night and during nap times. At night we always use both inserts and we have not experienced any leaks. During nap time we choose to use only one insert and again we have not experienced any leaks. I tested the diaper with water and with both inserts in the diaper, I poured ½ a cup of water on the inside of the diaper (all in the same spot). The inserts absorbed it all and the PUL on the outside of the diaper did not feel wet and neither did the towel that I placed under the diaper. Half a cup of water is a lot of water!
The diapers fit great on my 25 pound, 36 inch tall toddler. I can adjust them so that he doesn’t have any leg gap and they provide great coverage. I think they will adjust down to fit our newborn (who is due in July) but I do think that by adjusting them down they will have a little bit of extra bulk, but that it expected for a one size diaper.
With both inserts, the diapers are a little bulkier than I would like; however, I think the absorbency of the inserts make up for some of the bulkiness. My toddler does tell me once in a while that they are “too tight” when we use both inserts. I think this is because the inserts are not contoured between the legs and are really wide. Once we have our new baby (she’s due in July), I think I am going to use the shell of this diaper with a smaller homemade insert or a small prefold since I think the Glow Bug insert will be much too wide for her for a while.
If I were to change one thing about these diapers, I would change the sizing of the inserts. I would have the diaper come with one insert that is the same size as the current inserts and then I would want the second insert to be about an inch and a half smaller, for use with smaller babies or for daytime use.
I am glad that the diapers come with two inserts vs just one thick insert. My HE front loading washing machine has a hard time getting microfiber clean. But because there are two inserts, I haven’t had any problems so far. My toddler goes #2 on the potty so I haven’t had a chance to see if the inside stains or not. After we have used the diaper with a younger child, I will come back and update this review.
Cuteness (or aesthetic design)
Each diaper package comes in sets of 12 with 12 different prints. There is a package that is more girly, a package that is more gender neutral, and a package that has boy prints. Each diaper has coordinating snaps. They are super cute! Here are some of the prints available right now:
You can’t really beat the price of Glow Bug Cloth Diapers. As of 5/12/14, a package of 12 diapers and 18 inserts is just $157 (which is just over $13 per diaper) or a package of 24 diapers and 36 inserts is just $277 (which is just over $11.50 per diaper)! That is cheaper than any other cloth diaper package that I could find at 3 different major cloth diapering web shops. I did subtract one star because there isn't an option to purchase diapers individually.
I really like Glow Bug cloth diapers. They work well, are cute, and are inexpensive. If you need to buy a whole diaper stash on a budget, this is definitely the way to go. However, I would purchase small prefolds to use in the pocket when your child is small to reduce bulk.
Disclaimer: I received the above mentioned product to facilitate this review. This was the only compensation I received for this post. This did not affect my opinions. All opinions are 100% my own.