Tuesday, May 13, 2014

{review} Glow Bug Cloth Diapers



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

The Diaper
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.)


 Sizing
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. 


The Inserts
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:
Absorbency
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!

Fit/Size
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.


 Thickness/Bulkiness
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.

Laundry
N/A
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:



Price
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.

Overall
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.



39 comments :

  1. I am loving the fabric design of those diapers. Very stylish and cute!!

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  2. More cute diapers!! Love the glow-bug idea :-)

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  3. Those are some cute designs for the diapers. I have no children and am not sure if my niece is using cloth diapers for her newborn. I will be sure to tell her about this site just in case she is.

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  4. I love that each set has 12 different patterns! They are all so cute!

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  5. The colors are so vibrant! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Oh I love the elastic on the inside of the diaper! It looks like it prevents blowouts and leaks! So cool!

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  7. I really like how stylish they are.. those white ones are so boring..

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  8. My sister in law uses these or something very similar and loves them. I am happy to be past the diaper stage but would try them if I still were.

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  9. It's interesting to see how there are different kinds of inserts on these. It's a whole new world to me.

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  10. What a lovely diaper! We're past the diaper age, thank goodness, but these are definitely something I would use.

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  11. these are some cute and comfy diapers and babies look so cute in these flower printed diapers

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  12. Another cute and interesting version of your diaper. I love the paisley print!

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  13. I never tried cloth diaper for my kids but I do love this thing. You guys are brilliant for creating such quality product

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  14. Those are really cute diapers! I will pass the word!

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  15. This cloth diaper has a good design for a good fit. Such cute fabric covers.

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  16. Ha! I love that they have coordinating snaps. These diapers would be oh so cute peeking out from under a dress or romper!

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  17. I've heard of Glow Bug! They make adorable prints.

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  18. It's been a long time since I had a child in diapers, but I would totally use cloth diapers if I did today. These are really cute, too!

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  19. Those diapers are so cute! love the super chic prints and colors!

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  20. The diapers look cute and comfortable. I love the way adjustments are given, so that the diaper can be adjusted easily according to the baby

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  21. I can not believe they go from newborn to potty trained, that is impressive. We are at the stage like you where we only use a diaper at night. My son is passed the weight size on these though so I am not sure they would work.

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  22. where were these adorable diapers when my son was small. they are supper cute.

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  23. They look good! I will use disposable diapers for sure when I have babies... it's so much more environmentally and financially friendly!

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  24. Those are really cute! I am so so happy however to not have a child in diapers. I couldn't wait to get my kid potty trained.

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  25. There were definitely not cloth diapers this cute when my kids were little!

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  26. Looks amazing. I would like like to try them when my girls were that small. They are so adorable.

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  27. Those are some really interesting designs for diapers, they look comfortable at least! :D

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  28. my 7 year old is way to old for these but I would have loved to started her in cloth diapers if they looked as cute and these ones do.

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  29. Such cute patterns. I love the inserts. They really look like such a great company!

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  30. Those are really cute designs. Cloth diapering has gotten much cuter than I remember!

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  31. What a great review. You are so thorough and really let people know exactly what they need to know to make the decisions they need to make. I have a good friend that is having a baby today, actually, and is going to transition to cloth diapers after the first week or two. I will pass this information on.

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  32. These are really so cute and comfortable looking. I wish I had thought of these when my kids were little

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  33. I've heard good things about cloth diapers. My son is way past the diaper stage (thank goodness!) though! :)

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  34. These cloth diapers are very stylish as well as functional. It's great to see how modern cloth diapers are now.

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  35. I really like the idea of the glow bug cloth diapers because they were created by two moms. Love the cute looks of those diapers.

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  36. Those are super CUTE! We never really considered cloth but know people who have used them.

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  37. I used these with my son when he was a baby and they were some of my favorite diapers!

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  38. I love your review! It is very honest. Thank you.

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