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.)
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.
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.
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.
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: https://www.facebook.
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.