Adventures in cloth diapering (and a giveaway!)

Where does time go?! This (not so) little guy? Nine months old already. Nuts.Isaac 9 months old

It feels like forever ago, when I was about 5 months pregnant, that I started considering what it would look like to switch to cloth diapers for Isaac, simply because of the cost of disposable diapers. Adding an unexpected FOURTH child to our family sent chills up my spine when I thought about how it would affect our family financially.

But after my beginning internet searches and social media polls, I felt totally overwhelmed by all the choices and the HUGE price differences in the cloth diaper world. I mean, a single cloth diaper can cost up to $40. But you can also find them for under $10 on Etsy. I just couldn’t figure out from online research if the expensive diapers were really any better than the cheapo ones. I even had contacted a company about their diapers, trying to figure out if their cheaper diapers held up to the more expensive ones. They kindly sent me one to review.

And I kindly gave up on the idea once Isaac was born. I just couldn’t handle the thought of more laundry. And then I looked at our budget, shrinking because of so many things, but one HUGE change was of course buying disposable diapers SO. FREAKING. OFTEN. It was seriously money thrown in the trash can. 5-6 times a day. Every day. With no end in sight.

So I pulled out the diaper Glow Bug Cloth Diapers sent to me so long ago and bought some gently used (bumGenius 4.0) cloth diapers from a good friend and committed. Adam, not so eagerly, let me do it.

I was curious to see if the Glow Bug diaper (priced at $12.50 each) held up to the bumGenius 4.0 diaper (priced at about $18 each). I’ve been amazingly surprised and actually prefer my Glow Bug to the bumGenius 4.0. Here are a few reasons why:

First: Double Gussets. The only consistent problem I’ve had with cloth diapers is a small amount of leaking around the legs. But I have less leaking with my Glow Bug diaper and I think it’s because of the double gussets. (Now, they have recently changed the gussets and now they have a 360* gusset that is supposed to help keep the pooh contained better. It still provides the same double gusset around the legs, which is the most important part to me.)Glow Bug double gusset

There are two openings with waterproof flaps to help prevent leaking as well. This is a pretty standard feature on cloth diapers from what I’ve seen.

Another feature that I love is the wing snaps, which help prevent drooping and gaping around the waist. The bumGenius 4.0 doesn’t have this extra snap and I think it’s a great, simple addition to the Glow Bug diaper.Glow Bug wing snaps

I also love LOVE how stinking cute the diaper is. I really didn’t think I’d care what the diaper looked like since it’s under clothes, but I just want to let Isaac hang out in just his diaper because he has cassette tapes on his bum.Glow Bug pattern

One other thing I love about this diaper is how it fits. I really don’t like the bulk of cloth diapers, so having a slimmer diaper is a great option for us. Glow Bug uses a new SlimDry™ fabric that keeps baby’s skin dry without the bulk. The elastic at the back of the diaper is also much stretchier on the Glow Bug diaper which I think is helpful when you have a baby who’s packing a little extra chunk.Glow Bug Cloth Diapers

I do have to say, I know there’s wear on my bumGenius diapers since I bought them used. I really should point that out, that I don’t have NEW bumGenius. BUT STILL, if I were buying cloth diapers again, I’d truthfully buy these over the bumGenius 4.0’s. I’m that impressed. Here are their design features from their website:

  • Each set of 12 diapers are packaged in a free wet bag!!!
  • Two sets of cross-over snaps through the waist band for a perfect fit around newborn tummies
  • Double rows of snaps with square tabs for a trim fit through the hip
  • 2 hip snaps to prevent “wing droop”
  • Four size settings fitting babies from birth through potty training (7lbs-35lbs)
  • Coordinating colored snaps for every print
  • Waterproof flaps in the front and the back of each diaper to prevent leaks
  • NEW Revolutionary 360° Gusset design – 360 degrees of protection!
  • NEW SlimDry™ fabric keeps baby’s skin dry without the bulk
  • Two openings in the pocket makes it easier to get the absorbent inset in and out
  • Snap-in inserts to keep it in place while baby’s on the move

That being said, one thing I don’t love is that you can’t buy a single diaper right now. They only come in packs of 12. So not great if you just want to add a few to your stash. And not great if you are really specific about patterns, because you don’t get to pick and choose which 12 you want. The patterns are super cute though, and brand new patterns are being released on March 1st and April 1st. (You can preview them on their Facebook page.)

(Update: They do have a sale once a month where you can pick and choose single diapers through their Glow Bug and Friends group on Facebook.  Here is a link to the group:

But you can WIN one Glow Bug cloth diaper right here thanks to Glow Bug! Simply enter by using the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Details: The contest is open through Monday, February 10th. The winner will be chosen and contacted via email on Tuesday, February 11th (so please make sure your email address is correct so I can reach you). The winner will have 24 hours to reply or another winner will be chosen. No exceptions. 

Want to get a great deal? Because Glow Bug is releasing new patterns on April 1st, they are having a great sale on their diaper sets. You can get a package of 12 diapers (plus a wet bag) for $137 or 2 packages for $257. That takes the per diaper price down to $11.42 and $10.71, respectively. Click here to order: Glow Bug Cloth Diaper Store.


Disclosure: I received a free cloth diaper from Glow Bug Cloth Diapers in order to complete this review. I was not paid for this post and all opinions are mine.

109 thoughts on “Adventures in cloth diapering (and a giveaway!)

  1. Leah

    They are the most adorable well priced diapers I can find! I don’t have a baby yet but I can’t wait to start using them!!! And they are defo designed by mothers who KNOW what a diaper needs to do 🙂 awesome!!

  2. Emily Marlar

    Thank you for the review! I’m expecting my first in March and we are planning to cd from birth! I make most of my diaps but cannot figure out how to make double gussets! Really interested in that feature.

  3. Rouver

    I let a friend know about your critique of the diapers. She’s looking at going w/ cloth as well…sounds like there’s a lot of info to wade through. Thanks for giving a detailed report on these 🙂

  4. Natalie Scheuber

    A friend gave us 4 diapers similar to this and my husband had decided he loves them. We usually just prefolds with covers. This diaper looks amazing. Thanks for the info and giveaway.

  5. AmyH

    I can’t decide whether I love the practicality of the double gussets more or the cute factor of the prints. Either way, I’m glad to hear they work so well!

  6. Kori Tuzas

    Thanks for the review! I use BG 4.0s and have been wondering about the comparison between the two, mainly because I love the prints!

  7. Tiffany White

    The cassette tape pattern is so cute I’m considering cloth diapering my 2 kiddos but cannot come up with which to try to get started

  8. Stephanie Jackson

    I’ve never tried these but the gussets and the hip snaps are both pluses to me. I also love a lot of the soon to be released prints…especially the mustache one 🙂

  9. Hannah

    I’ve been researching cloth as well and have found glow bug to be my favorite company, and I haven’t even bought any cloth yet! We’re TTC and I even got hubby on board 🙂

  10. Ashley A

    What don’t I love about my glow bugs? I love the trim fit, the two openings and the snap in insert! I think the prints are actually my favorite feature to be honest! LO

  11. Amanda

    These diapers are awesome! I use them and love them. For those of you that want to buy just one you can do it through the Glow Bug and Friends page.

  12. Alice Todd

    As you said in your review, one of the best features of the Glow Bug diapers is the 360° gusset. Nary a leak or blowout in this house! Which is quite the accomplishment because my almost 17 month old is a heavy wetter.

  13. Sarah

    I just purchased some of these diapers for my 3rd child coming in April. And for the same reason too: save money! I chose these over more expensive brands for the 360 gusset and the 2 openings.

  14. Natasha M

    I love the prints, ease of use and price! I couldn’t afford $500 for diapers and Glow Bug was having a sale so I took the plunge. They are so easy to use even my other half has no issues 🙂

  15. kortney Picker

    I love the double gussets feature the best! I love Glow Bug, they have such cute patterns and they seem to be made really well!

  16. Colleen

    I am a FTM that is due any day now and I can’t wait to start using mine. The openings at both ends make stuffing so much easier (especially for dads)!

  17. Samantha L.

    I like that the glowbugs are one size…”Four size settings fitting babies from birth through potty training,” so economical!

  18. Leah

    The patterns really grab your eye and are a fun reward for chosing to use these cloth diapers. I love how Glow Bug Cloth Diapers have the 360 degree Gusset and the double snaps on the wings. Also, having inserts that are secured in place is just another added bonus to these mindfully designed diapers. I have placed my first order and am excitedly awaiting their arrival. I can’t wait!

  19. Paloma Turnbull

    I love their patterns. Customer service is awesome as well, Had some questions and they answered immediately. I am just waiting for my first order to come in but an extra one doesn’t hurt. 😉

  20. Shalaina S

    I like the 360* gussets. I haven’t had any blowouts while using cloth, but there have been a few close calls. Hopefully this design would change that too.

  21. Breanna

    I have been using bum genius 4.0 I’ve always been interested in trying glow bug diapers but I’m one of those people that can’t buy 12 diapers unless I know they will work for me and my son. I wish you had the option to buy one, because I’m sure there are more people like me out there that won’t take that 150$ leap to buy diapers that may or may not work for there needs.

  22. Ashley

    I’m new to this whole cloth diapers! But after this i’m very sure this is the brand i will be going with for my 1 year old and my soon to be baby!

  23. Marian Funk

    I really like the slim dry feature as well as the double gussets. Not to mention that snap in inserts are always a plus!

  24. Jen

    Awaiting my baby girl within the next 2 weeks! I have never cloth diaper but would love to win so I can try one out:-)


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