Gro Baby Bio-System on Vacation
A visit to my parents' house in Arizona provided the perfect opportunity to truly test the new GroBaby system with the biodegradable inserts. I have to say, I've been impressed. Since the birth of my son 8 months ago, I've only used cloth diapers. Lots of cloth diapers. Lots of different brands. 4 months into my cloth diapering experience, I started BumRite Cloth Diaper Company (my husband threatened me. I was spending way too much time on the internet: reading reviews, researching, spending money, etc. He told me that I needed to find a way to convey my cloth diapering enthusiasm to the world...). But I digress. Back to the subject of my blog.
I suppose that any new routine requires a learning curve.
Switching back to a disposable system took some finagling to figure out.
Before the plane even took off in Sacramento, Bodie had soaked through his clothes. Granted, that was 3 hours from packing to boarding. And crazed mama-drama mommy traveler forgot to pack a change of clothes. I've figured out that the wonderful elastic gussets on the BioInserts need to be spread out on either side of the baby's genitals - or they just pee past it. Oops.
Lesson #1: As with any disposable diaper, make sure the gussets are completely splayed out.
As soon as we took off, the negative pressure of the airplane (and the applesauce, I am sure) caused a poop-plosion. I was very grateful for the BioInserts then. I just prepared a new diaper (I like this - it goes fast) and got ready for the mess. HA! Poop contained and a simple roll-up and the diaper was ready to be tossed! OOOO - I had forgotten the convenience of disposables! But with the GroBaby system, I am still able to show off his cute bottom - especially now that the new Seaside Stripe pattern is available and I can color coordinate with his green tree-hugger t-shirt.
40 more minutes and negative pressure hit again. More applesauce poop.
I LOVE THE BIOINSERTS!!!!! Convert. Right here.
I was concerned about night time use, however. It didn't work the first night. Too much pee. But subsequent nights, I've layered the organic cotton booster on top of the BioInsert. No problem from 10-7am.
Lesson #2: Layer BioInserts with booster for nap/night time.
No rash either.
The fit is so trim, I am able to snap the cover down 1 notch. His pants fit much better - there is much less to hold on to. However, I do miss his delightful fluffy-butt.
Now - 6 days into my vacation with GroBaby and BioInserts, I can honestly say that this system is THE BEST! An entire box of 50 liners fit in my carry-on along with all the other baby paraphernalia that comes with baby travel.
The shells wash and dry beautifully in the hot Arizona sun, or just hung over a chair. 2 hours max to hang-dry in this desert air. Papa and Mimi (aka Grandpa and Grandma) are thrilled with the ease of the system and especially like that they can prepare a new diaper BEFORE removing the old.
One word of caution. Even the glue used to secure the "baby maxi-pad" to the shell is biodegradable. When it heats up - it STICKS to the shell and leaves a gooey mess if you try to pull the insert off to dispose of it right away.
Lesson #3: Simply lay the used diaper aside while you are putting on the new one. In less than 30 seconds, the glue cools and the BioInsert is easily removed.
Go GroBaby. They have something special here. They are widening the reach and availability of responsible diapering to the reluctant masses. At about $.40 each, people who love the convenience of disposables can now feel good about it too (If they cared at all. If not, it is my mission to educate them).
Personally, I will mainly use the organic cotton soakers in my GroBaby shells, but it is good to know that when life calls for a disposable, I have a green choice that works! 60 days to compost instead of 200-500 years.
Did I mention that The Natural Baby Company is also introducing biodegradable, fragrance-free wipes in three weeks?
Love the GroBaby system. Kudos to The Natural Baby Company.
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