Babble Best Picks:
Cloth diapers aren't always the most convenient or cheapest option, but it's a choice that's healthy for your baby and the planet. Plus, they've come a long way! Today you can find highly absorbent, easy-to-fit cloth diapers that are used exactly like disposables - only you throw them in the wash instead of the garbage. Plus, it's not an all-or-nothing decision. You can use hybrid options (which are biodegradable but disposable), or supplement your cloth diapers with disposables.
Yet all of these advances have given cloth-using parents one problem: too many diapers to choose from! Luckily, we tested 17 of the most popular cloth diapers - from prefolds to all-in-ones - to find the best of the best. Did we forget one? Nominate your favorite here.
BEST ALL-IN-ONE | GroVia
If you’re bummed you can’t find Gro Baby on the shelves anymore, rest assured the popular cloth diapers have transformed into the new and improved GroVia diaper system – and they’ve added even more convenience to their design. (Our toddler tester used Gro Baby as an infant, so we’ve experienced both systems.)
While you can still find GroVia shells that fit the standard Gro Baby snap-in inserts, they’ve added a one-size, All-in-One (AIO) design to their lineup, which means the super soft organic cotton insert is sewn right to the shell. No snapping, stuffing, or matching up loose inserts. So if you’re into the traditional AIOs, GroVia has a few advantages: For one, these diapers are the fastest-drying AIOs we’ve tried, which can actually make quite a difference for exclusive CD users. Plus, these are the least bulky and easiest to fit. They also performed exceptionally well in our leak tests for both infants and toddlers – even overnight – and can be used from 10 to 35 pounds.
One possible downside is that they do seem a bit smaller than other cloth diapers, so they don’t rise quite as high. Our toddler tester is a smaller-than-average 2 year old, so he doesn’t have a problem at all. But for bigger babies and toddlers, you might want to try one or two before committing to a daily supply. If you’re concerned about the fit, check out the bumGenius Elemental One-Size Artist Series – which was our second favorite AIO. And don’t forget about the Bummis Tots Bots Easy Fit (our #1 pick), which basically functions like an AIO.
Get it from GroVia, $21.95 per AIO diaper. You can also buy AI2 snap-in diapers for $24.95