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When I was 15, the biggest star in my universe was Dana Scully, aka, Gillian Anderson. I would’ve given anything to meet her… or even to see her from afar. I had a fan page devoted to the X-Files. If you’re not afraid of frames and animated gifs, it still exists out there on the inter-webs.
Nowadays, I have a different kind of web page (one that takes significantly less time to update, thanks to the progress we’ve made since my first dial-up modem and my scanner that took 30 minutes to scan one image). I’m a different kind of fan girl. I geek out about cloth diapers… and I collect them… and now, while three large Rubbermaid totes of X-Files merchandise sit abandoned in my parents’ basement, my current collection of fluff is out on display in my son’s bedroom.
I still remember my first X-Files episode (5×01, original air date November 2, 1997), and I still remember receiving my very first fluff mail: four GroVia shells in the summer of 2012. If you think dreams don’t come true, I’m about to boggle your mind. In the past year, I’ve not only met my teenage idol… but I’ve been asked by GroVia, my first true-fluffy-love, to do a review!
Yes, that’s right. And if I’d had more than about 15 seconds to pose for this photo with Agent Scully herself, I’d have probably started showing her Cub’s diapers…
But I digress. You’re here for the diapers, and the truth is in here. (See what I just did there?) While I’ve had GroVia shells in my rotation since the very beginning (they were our first one-size covers), I had not, until now, had a chance to try out their prefolds. I’ve never used GroVia’s snap in soakers with my covers; it’s always been some other style of insert from my collection. I prefer inserts that are versatile and can be paired with different covers, so GroVia prefolds were my choice when Laura at GroVia asked what I might like to review.
In case you’re unfamiliar with GroVia shells, let’s start at The Beginning (coincidentally, the name of episode 6×01…):
GroVia Shell and Prefolds Review
- One-size, available in aplix and snaps.
- Have a “matching” snap-in insert available in organic cotton or stay-dry versions, but you can use any inserts you want.
What I love about GroVia Shells:
- Inner is mesh: PUL doesn’t directly touch baby’s skin (a concern for some babies);
- Reusable for multiple changes: If a bit of poop isn’t caught by the insert, you can usually spot-clean and leave the shell to dry for the next change. I often used only 3 shells a day when we used exclusively GroVia covers and Bummis prefolds. (GroVia hadn’t released its own prefolds when I first started cloth.)
- Quick to dry: They dry super fast even just hung in my bathroom. I started with a really small stash, so this was super important for me!
- Cutest of cutest prints: Our first love was Owl, now it’s a tie between Sweet Grass and Woodlands.
- Great fit almost since birth: We started using our shells at about 3 weeks, so Cub was about 10 lbs. Cub is now just shy of 30 lbs, and his GroVia shells still fit great.
Depending on the insert used, I snap the rise down one level, even on my big boy!
What I love less about GroVia Shells:
- Don’t work well overnight: The lack of front waist elastic and the fact that it doesn’t cover most fitted diapers well make our GroVia shells exclusively for daytime use. Overnight, I use a pretty hefty combo of inserts that is just too thick to get a snug fit with GroVia.
- Not the best coverage over Snappi-ed prefolds: The size 3 prefolds secured in a bikini twist or angel wing fold are a bit too big to get good coverage under a GroVia shell. In any case, I prefer to lie my prefolds in the diaper versus securing them with a Snappi.
Why GroVia prefolds?
- Versatile: You don’t have to be a GroVia cover user to love their prefolds;
- Wide range of sizes: get the perfect fit and absorbency with 4 sizes to choose from;
- Bamboo/Cotton blend: Super soft and absorbent;
- Easy to wash and customize: Like all prefolds, they are easy to launder and it’s easy to customize your absorbency depending on your fold;
- Long life: One of the things I love most about prefold diapers is that they can continue to be useful even when your children are no longer in diapers! They’re way more absorbent than your ordinary kitchen towel!
What would I change?
- Preshrink: Why don’t manufacturers pre-shrink their prefolds? I suppose it’s an issue of time/cost efficiency… but in a perfect world, I’d love if my prefolds came prepped and already their final size;
- Packaging: I wish GroVia prefolds didn’t come in a plastic pouch. There are surely practical reasons for this kind of packaging, but I’d like something I can more easily reuse or recycle.
How do I use GroVia Size 3 prefolds?
Prepping is trying on the patience, but necessary! GroVia recommends to wash and dry 6 times:
GroVia Size 3 prefolds, appropriate for my near-30-lb Cub, are too big to fit tri-folded in a cover. It took a bit of tweaking, but I finally found the perfect way to use my prefolds with my covers.
Here’s how to get the perfect fit with your GroVia size 3 prefolds in a GroVia shell:
As you can see, particularly for a boy, this fold provides extra absorbency in the pee zone, and extra coverage in the poopsplosion area! This folds allows for a gape-free fit that isn’t too bulky.
Very versatile, very cute… and you never forget your first cloth diaper love!
Shop for GroVia at Nicky’s Diapers and Gro-Via.com in the US and Lagoon Baby in Canada. (affiliate links)
Would be great to win this
Luckless Poppy says
This was a great review and omg did you almost pass out getting to meet Gillian Anderson?! Wow. Grovia and X-Files. There’s a LOT of awesome going on around here…
Maman Loup says
Lol! I almost burst into tears, actually!
Snaps, citrus, organic. Going to bed… Goodnight Lindsay!
Stacey S says
Snap, organic, Pudge would be my choice!
Terri-Lynne Macdonald says
snap, organic and surf
Shawna Reed says
Persimmon organic snap!
Anne Perry says
Organic snap sweetgrass
Stacey Grace says
I would love to try out the snap sweet grass organic soaker GroVia diaper. I haven’t tired this one yet sort of new to all these different types of cloth diapers.
Jennifer T says
I love GroVia’s hook & loop style! For once I find aplix cuter than snaps ^_^ I would opt for the organic soaker pads with a vanilla shell (I think that’s part of the regular line-up??)
Jennifer T says
I am dying for a woodlands print though. So cute!!!!
Jennifer Nutter says
I really like the gray one or drift
Stasha marchese says
Hook and loop. The yellow one. With the organic insert
Claire Rheinheimer says
I prefer snaps and I’d choose the organic Blackberry.
Jennifer Nutter says
And i would choose the organic
amanda cain says
Snap, poppy, organic
hayley s says
I would choose a snap cover in cloud and organic cotton soakers!
Nikki A says
Surf in snaps with an organic soaker.
Amanda Mahan says
I would definitely choose snaps for my smarty pants. I love the pudge print and I think I would try organic.
Ann Dodson says
Cute prints! *Fingers crossed* 🙂
Aneta Alaei says
Wild things, snap and stay dry. And now onto the love, you are great. Love that you are a collector and that you are so honest with your readers.
Asha Evins says
Snaps, Drift, organic
Mackenzie Finley says
I’m in love with the drift print! I’m new to CD so either snap or aplix, and I guess stay dry. So cute and adorable!
Snap, stay-dry, persimmon
Rachel Grzela says
Would love to try hook and loop and stay dry
Rachel Grzela says
Oh and any color/print for boy.
Aneta Alaei says
And since I have trouble following directions change the wild things to cloud
Cherie L says
i love snaps!! i would love any color but maybe pink print or purple, organic cotton!!
Ashley Oraa says
Snap, purge and organic would be my choice
Leayra Germaine says
Snaps, drift, and stay dry
Tara C says
I’d pick poppy in snap with organic inserts.
Ann Dodson says
Citrus snaps with stay dry 🙂
Would love to try GrowVia! I’d choose Poppy, snaps, organic!
Rebecca Burgoyne says
Organic snap in either surf or drift!
Lauren B. says
Hook & loop blackberry organic 🙂
Snap, organic, pudge… fingers crossed I love GROVIA and would be thrilled to win!
Carrie L says
Snap, Pudge, stay dry!
Beth Ann says
I would pick persimmon. I have all of the other prints and colors already. I really love surf though. I’d love another. 🙂 we love love love snaps, and we use stay dry. Why not try organic cotton though? I mean, it would be free. Lol
Thanks for the giveaway, happy bloggiversary!
toni johnston says
Hook and loop, surf, organic! So want to add a grovia to my stash for trial run!!!
Sarah Hayes says
id like snap poppy with organice insert!
I would love to try the wheat print with any insert! These are so pretty!
I like snaps, and think any colour/print would be great! If I had to choose, pudge is super cute! I would go with the organic insert. 🙂
So excited for these giveaways! Great products!! I don’t yet have a Grovia!
mellisa patterson says
BlackBerry hook and loop with organic cotton soakers 🙂 love grovia!!!!
I adore Grovia! If I won, I would love a snaps Drift with an organic cotton soaker.
My preference would be the hook organic soaker in the colour Pudge.
Patricia w says
Hook and loop, sweet grass, organic insert
Jessica Hughes says
I would pick organic soakers and a snap shell in Blackberry!
Chelsea Rutledge says
Stay dry, citrus with snaps! 🙂
April E says
Love Sweet Grass and Pudge, and I am all about the snaps and Stay Dry inserts
I would pick snap, pudge, organic. 🙂
Stefanie S. says
Snap, woodlands, stay dry. If woodlands isn’t part of the “regular lineup”, then I’d like pudge.
Thanks for the review!
I would pick the hook and loop with organic insert in the aqua colour.
Katy Baird says
Great review!! Haven’t tried GroVia, but I’d love to!
If I won, I’d have to choose Hook & Loop (because hubby likes those), with stay-dry inserts and ANY of the prints- but probably drift or poppy, but pudge is do cute… I can’t decide!!!
I would puck the poppy print with snaps and a stay dry insert.
I think I would choose snaps, drift, and organic soakers! 🙂
Snaps, Pudge, and organic of course!!
Mesha C. says
Ok I can’t find the Woodland print anywhere, I love that print! If I was lucky enough to win, I would like the Snap Closure in either woodland print, Wild Thing, or Surf! Lol so many cute prints. GroVia Organic Cotton soaker Pad please.
Catherine B says
I would choose snap in pudge and organic inserts.
Rikka Korte says
Snaps. Organic insert. Pudge. 🙂
Snap, blackberry, and organic!
Melissa Gluntz says
Citrus organic snap..please!!
I would choose Drift with snap closure and a stay dry insert. The blue and paper airplanes are so adorable!
Alison Milne says
Snaps, Drift, and Organic 🙂
Melissa c. says
Poppy snap shell with stay dry
Snap, organic, wheat!!! 😀
Katie Jurisch says
I’d love to add a snap cover in vanilla to my stash, along with some organic soakers. Thanks for the chance to win this!
Kelly Faber says
Snaps, Drift print with organic insert! 🙂
Snap, blackberry, organic!
Colleen Maurina says
I would choose the Pudge print with snaps and organic liner.
Adina Kilpatrick says
I use Grovia for my 3 year old overnight. They have been a lifesaver!! He soaked through EVERYTHING!! We use their super thirsty snap in inserts with and amp hemp trifold on top. They never leak! I would LOVE to add a blackberry to the collection (snaps) and we’ve never tried the stay dry soaker so wouldn’t mind giving one of those a try! 🙂
I would love drift snaps with organic inserts!
Brittany Thomas says
I think I’d go with sweetleaf in snaps and organic inserts
Brandi Strunk says
I would pick the drift cover with snaps and a stay dry insert.
Snaps, Poppy, and Organic!
Anne Marie Carter says
Purge pattern with snaps.
Brandi Johnstone says
Woodlands, hook & loop, organic soaker – fingers crossed!!
Snap, organic soaker and Surf. Love Grovia!
Alexa Frederiks says
Poppy, snap and organic 😀
Sharon W says
I’d love surf and organic snap!
Jennifer Symonds says
Snap, organic and either drift or cloud! I learned a lot from this review!
Blackberry, snaps, organic soakers 🙂
Citrus, snap, organic
Monique Martinez says
I would love surf with snaps, and organic soakers.
Katy Emanuel says
I would choose snap, drift and organic soaker
Brianna Flanagan says
Great review ! I would choose the poppy in snap with an organic snap in. 🙂 hope to win !
Miriam Matheny says
I would choose a snap closure diaper in sweet grass with the organic soakers
Melanie Lapierre says
I would like snpas, poppy and organic soaker.
Angelica Nelson says
I’d like to try poppy or sweet grass in snaps with the organic soaker. (: Happy weekend!
I would choose the snap, sweetgrass & organic
Snaps, citrus and organic! I’d love to try a GroVia!!!!
Cheryl Murphy says
Velcro, anything boy or gn, and organic. 🙂
Laura roque says
Poppy organic snaps
Becky Naylor says
I would try the stay dry, as I have organic (and love them) and I’d like the poppy print, I can’t remember the name. I love drift and sweetgrass and pudge, but already have them
Loretta J says
I love GroVia! I would choose hook and loop in persimmon with organic inserts. Thanks for the giveaway!
jenna d says
I’d pick poppy and blackberry with organic in snap closure
Snaps, Drift, and Organic 🙂
Donna-Lynn Craig says
I would pick the snaps, the drift and organic inserts
Cassandra Rae says
H&L and stay dry! 🙂
Bridget Messenger says
I have had the prefold bulk inside of many styles of covers too. I thought it was just me doing something wrong!
Hook & Loop in Drift with Organic!
Laura D says
Hook and loop in cloud with the organic soaker.
Sean Gardiner says
Sweetgrass in snaps organic soakers
Amanda Austin says
Hook and loop, in organic style
sherry blamer says
I would choose pudge in snaps with organic soakers.
Stephanie Andrews says
I would love either type closure, and something purple or girly
Lorraine Rowe says
I love my Grovia shells!! I use snap in inserts but recently purchased Grovia prefolds for our newborn and I love them!! I will be getting a few more and would love to win this!!
Lorraine Rowe says
If I win I would chooses snap shell in cloud and stay dry soaker!
I would choose the print Pudge in snaps with organic soakers. DD requires stay-dry, but I am able to add that. If the next baby is allergic, I can’t remove the stay-dry from the other inserts ;). And pandas! <3
Heather Johnson says
I would choose snap, persimmon, and natural.
Lauren Simms says
Surf, snap, organic
I want to try the hook and loop style diaper. I love the solid colors in GroVia
I think I prefer snaps. And I love all the prints. I use either organic or stay dry and don’t really have a preference towards either.
Snap, organic, surf. 🙂
Brenda P says
I think I would choose Pudge in snap. I’m not sure the difference between the soakers though.
Any color is good but I prefer snaps. Stay dry or bamboo, I like them both 🙂
I’d choose snaps in Pudge and organic soaker
kelly lee says
snap, organic, drift. Thanks for the opportunity! 🙂
Victoria Meyers says
Victoria Meyers says
Snaps! And gee I don’t know what cover they are all cute covers
Nicole Stacy says
Thank you for this opportunity! I would choose snap, surf, and organic. 🙂
I think I’d opt for snap, sweetgrass, and organic.
Rebecca Davis says
Hook and loop drift with organic soaker 🙂 love
I would take snap, organic and sweetgrass.
Daniella j says
I like blackberry with stay dry 🙂
Kim H says
I would choose hook and loop any boy friendly print (I love them all) and organic. Grovia are my first love as well! A friend gave me two for me to try and I bought two more I don’t have any inserts for mine either! I always pair them with another brand prefold or flat. I absolutely love grovia though they are my go to day time diaper. <3
Amanda McD says
I have yet to try GroVia! I think that I would choose Pudge with snaps with organic insert 🙂
Rubys mum says
I would love hook and loop, pudge and stay dry!
Mylène Bélanger says
I’ll choose a snap Drift one with stay dry please 😀
Kali Cloutier says
Snap, organic, pudge! I’ve never tried GroVia but I’ve heard great things!
Beki Lozano says
hook & loop staydry and drift i love grovia!!
Pudge, stay dry and Velcro =)
I would choose the citrus cover with stay dry inserts
Marian F. says
I’d definitely would choose the organic sooker and the Drift print is adorable.
organic snap sweetgrass
Snap, Pudge, stay-dry.
Andrea R says
I’d pick organic, snaps, pudge. I love velcro for daycare, but the one I have is very pilly now, so snaps it is.
Melissa S says
I would choose Pudge with snaps and organic
sharon b says
i would choose cloud and pudge in snaps with organic soaker.
Julianne Wiebe says
Snaps, organic insert, Pudge. It’s such a cute print!
Wild thing snap and staydry
Lara Clinton says
Pudge snap and stay dry!
Drift organic snap!
Kelsi N says
Snap, organic soaker, poppy print!
Brittany Schumaker says
Snap, Surf, Stay Dry!
Nicole U says
I would pick a Shell Snap Closure Sweetgrass with organic soakers. Thanks for the chance to win!
Snap, poppy, organic 🙂
Snap, persimmon, organic!
Theresa Lyon says
Snap, blackberry, organic!
I would want one in snaps with stay dry inserts. I would probably have to choose the purple color for my girl!
Jennifer (robbins) A. says
I would choose snap closures, in print “Sweet Grass”, and “stay dry” inserts.
Tara S says
Snap / Organic / Drift
Alexandra Mebane says
i would choose the snap closure, sweetgrass and organic soakers. Thank you
I would LOVE to win this! I would choose snaps, drift and organic!
I would choose drift in hook and loop with a stay dry liner. Thank you for this giveaway!
Melissa E says
I think I would go with snaps, the sweetgrass pattern, and a stay dry soaker! That pattern is amazing.
Ann Brogan says
I use grovia. I like the robots print even though its no longer one of their active prints. I like snaps. I also have the panda print which is pudge and the yellow print.
jodi Armstrong says
Snap cloud organic 🙂
Snap, wild things and organic would be my pick but would be thrilled to win anything Grovia!!
Brenda Abeyta says
Cloud, snap, stay dry
Snaps, organic, pudge
Andrea Hiestand says
I would choose pudge (I love pandas!), snap closure, and the organic inserts since I haven’t tried them yet. This is such a great giveaway!
Snaps, Poppy, and organic =D
Andrea Halliwell says
I would pick snap surf with organic soaker
Snap, organic, surf!!
Kristina A. says
I would choose snaps, organic insert, and pudge!
snap, cloud, organic
Nicky J says
citrus snap with staydry
Jeanette E. says
I Love our grovia shells! I have 2 boys in cloth and we have 2 shells, would be great to have another to help with the stash!! I’m a big fan of their prefolds, but I agree they did shrink a lot. I would choose one of their prints! I love the panda, but would really like the balloons!
Morgan E. says
I would choose snaps pudge and stay dry. These are the best diapers. One of my favorites!
Amanda Boerst says
Surf, Snap, Organic! 🙂
Viv Sluys says
I would like hook & loop, Sweetgrass with stay dry insert. It’s kind of odd that these come in plastic packaging…
Leela R says
I’d go with snap, pudge, stay dry.
Ashley W. says
I’ve been looking into GroVia. You’re review helped quite a bit.
I’d go with the hook and loop closures in “Surf” with an organic soaker.
Would love organic, hook and loop, sweetgrass style.
Alicia Dithmart Lundquist says
OK. So snap, organic, and Sweetgrass…but I’m sorry, I can’t really focus right now YOU MET GILLIAN ANDERSON?!? /dies
Snaps, blackberry and organic!!!
Sarah Habersberger says
Snap , pudge, and organic 🙂
Snaps, poppy and organic soaker! 🙂
Cloud, Hook and loop, cotton 🙂
Audrey G. says
I would choose Surf with hook and loop closures + organic soakers
shana trahan says
My husband loves the persimmon snap, and I think I’d like the organic cotton.
Kimberly Worrell says
Sweetgrass hook & loop with a stay dry soaker
Gabby Dunai says
snap, persimmon, and stay dry
Catharine Lou Morgan says
I would choose snaps, sweetgrass and stay dry
Brandi Stevenson says
This would be awesome to win, thank you!
I’d choose Poppy or persimmon with snaps because my daughter had mastered Velcro! And stay-dry please!
Corissa Light-Moses says
Hook & loop, pudge, stay-dry
Steph M says
Snap and organic all the way, baby!
Steph M says
AND in blackberry!
Lynn B says
I would choose aplix, Pudge and organic cotton. Don’t know what gender we’re having yet and that’s an adorable unisex print!
amy acevedo says
I love surf in snap with an organic soaker. Thanks!
Drift, snaps and stay dry!
Chantal J says
Snap, Poppy and stay dry
Lindsay H says
I’d choose snap/pudge/organic soaker!!
Cassie purvis says
Thank you for this great review!! I just had my first baby, and am just starting to learn about cloth diapering – trying to decide if it would work for us!!
Cassie purvis says
And I would love to try the surf, snap, with the stay dry soaker!
I would choose hook and loop surf with stay dry soakers.
Danielle Wojtusik says
I would love to try a GroVia diaper with snaps, in poppy, and organic.
Andrea Smith says
SNAP! Organic. And I’d love one of their new prints or the one you have. It’s pretty cute!
Christina C says
Snaps, Surf, Organic.
I love Grovia!
Patricia B says
I would love to try snaps, organic, and can’t decide between Pudge and drift
Sarah Donaldson says
I would choose snaps and organic inserts for a ‘Cloud’ diaper!
I haven’t tried them do I pick persimmon and organic.
Leah McManus says
I would love a Drift with snaps and organic inserts. Very pretty!
Manisha M says
I would love the Surf, organic, snap diaper please.
Any color, I’m not picky!
I like the snap! And any boy color would be great! And the organic!
Natasha Norregaard says
Thank you for the chance to win!
Natasha Norregaard says
I love the surf color with snaps!
Vicki Gary says
I love the pudge print and it would have to be with snaps and an organic soaker 🙂
Laura Thiele says
I love the snap closure style and the poppy print is super cute…I also like the stay dry over organic because my l/o sure can pee a lot
Kaycee @ My Crafty Zoo says
I prefer snap I suppose. Any gender neutral colors are fabulous, as we don’t know what we’re having yet. Must have the stay dry!
Michelle Turner says
Snaps and Organic Blackberry!
Jessica O says
I would choose the Cloud shell in aplix and stay dry soaker!
Kaitlin L. says
Snaps in Poppy and stay-dry.
Michelle Flaherty says
I’d love to win the cloud with snaps and with organic!
Tara E says
snap / persimmon or cloud / stay dry
Michaele h says
Snap, organic, sweet grass!
I love grovia hook and loop. So smooth and strong. Would love a new print if I win!! And either soakers =)
Theresa L says
I prefer snaps over velcro any day. Maybe it’s the fall-ish weather or the country girl in me or just cute baby butts but I’m LOVING the wheat print (sweetgrass) in your picture. I think I’d prefer organic over stay dry
I love the sweetgrass print and snaps all the way! I love closing up my cloth diapers after they are clean just so I can “unclick”. Now that I’ve typed that, I realize I am going to have to replace my snaps more often… Worth it. 🙂
Jennifer P. says
I would choose snap closure, surf colour, organic soaker.
Vicki H. says
I’d choose the drift shell with snap closure and stay dry inserts.
I can’t decide!! I love drift and poppy, I have a sweet grass already…but I also love all of the solids as well! I prefer snap closures and I like the stay dry inserts! I love grovia so anything would be great, really!
Ashleigh Swerdfeger says
Awesome review- i would like snaps and organic. There are so many great colours. I like pudge and surf!
Zoe Patterson says
Snap, drift, and organic!
I would like to try the surf in snap with the organic soaker.
aimee p. says
i’d choose poppy with snaps and organic soaker
Amanda Young says
I’d choose snap, sweetgrass, organic. Great review, thanks!
Anna Quinn says
I’d choose snap, with stay dry and drift ! It’s so cute!!!!
Emily Smith says
I would pick drift- so cute! Snaps and organic.
Thanks for the giveaways!
Beth Rose says
Hook and loop, cloud, and organic 🙂
Snap, Citrius and Organic!
Denise Elliott says
Pudge is my favorite but I also like the surf and blackberry with hook and loop closure and the stay dry soaker pads
Genevieve White says
Hook & loop, drift, and organic. I love Grovia! We have two or three of them 🙂 And I prefer the hook and loop, even though it doesn’t last as long, because it makes fitting a lot easier!
Carissa Joslyn says
xfiles was always my favorite show! I grew up watching it with my dad, and still love it! Also GroVia’s were my FIRST cloth diaper ever! mine was AI2 I believe, regardless, we still have it and i love it. it’s also the only one of my diapers that is a grovia, simply because I haven’t had to money to buy one. I would love to try more of their products!
and that’s awesome you got to meet Scully after all these years! 😀