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Alva Baby Cloth Diapers

Alva Baby #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 1

Though I have tried many similar diapers, I had never tried an Alva Baby diaper, and I was curious. When I saw a minky Mickey diaper for $5.59 shipped, I had to bite.

Alva Baby #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 2side Alva Baby #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 3 back

Alva Baby diapers ship directly from China, so it took 3 weeks to get to me.

Alva Baby #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 4 snap closures Alva Baby #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 5 rise snaps
Alva Baby #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 6 inner

The diaper has snap closures with an overlap, is one-size via 3 snap down rise settings, and has a stay dry inner.

Alva Baby #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 7 pocket Alva Baby #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 8 wash tag

The diaper has a rear pocket opening, and PUL outer. The washing instructions say not to wash the diaper in water over 95 degrees (I have seen this washing instruction repeated on other diapers that I suspect came out of the same factory), however, optimal washing temperature for cloth diapers is more like 120-140.

Alva Baby #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 9 insert

The diaper came with a single microfiber insert.

Here is the small setting measured folded and stretched:

Alva Baby #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 10 small folded Alva Baby #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 11 small stretched
Alva Baby #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 12 small Alva Baby #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 13 small side
Alva Baby #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 14 small back

Medium:

Alva Baby #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 15 medium folded Alva Baby #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 16 medium stretched
Alva Baby #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 17 mediumvAlva Baby #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 18 medium side
Alva Baby #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 19 medium back

Large:

Alva Baby #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 20 large folded Alva Baby #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 21 large stretched
Alva Baby #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 22 large Alva Baby #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 23 large side
Alva Baby #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 24 large back

I put my 8 1/2 month old, 16ish pound son in the medium rise setting. While it seemed to fit OK, and didn’t leak, I noticed considerable “wing droop” the next time I changed him, despite the hip snaps.

Alva Baby #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 25 Alva Baby #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 26
Alva Baby #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 27

My real question is how it will hold up over time. So, I plan to wash the diaper with each load, at my normal water temp, and I will report back in a few months. Update after washing for 5 months (published 2/5/13)

I paid normal retail price for the pictured diaper. I was not asked to write, nor was I compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own.


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Maria Moser
Maria is the mother of 3, writing about cloth diapers & going green. You'll often find her juggling her toddler and typing 1-handed in between sips of cold coffee. Maria works with many companies within the cloth diaper industry and beyond, providing social media management, product development and other services.
9 Comments
  • February 5, 2013 at 9:00 am
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    […] was curious about how Alva Baby cloth diapers compared to other diapers that are also made in China and appear identical, but cost much […]

  • Laura
    January 3, 2013 at 4:47 pm
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    I’d love to hear how this has gone for you, especially washing on hot. I have a bunch of alvas but am afraid to wash the covers on hot because I had one delaminate quickly. The seller sent a replacement, but I don’t want it to keep happening so now I have to wash inserts on hot and do a separate load of covers in warm. Thoughts?

    • January 3, 2013 at 5:52 pm
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      I was going to post my update in the next few weeks actually! Other than the printed area washing away very quickly, I have had no issues at all. The problem is that I only have ONE, so my not having issues doesn’t mean that if I bought 23 more, I wouldn’t have problems with those, kwim? I washed on hot about 3x/week for the past 4 months.

  • sarah heart
    August 31, 2012 at 3:19 am
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    I have bought alva babies too! The majority of my stash is alva cloth diapers. Some are from lotus bum and then another brand (can’t think of it right now) I also have 1 straight from the factory.
    At first I had no problem with them. I mean they aren’t the best quality of fabrics, but they fit my lo fine. But now that she is bigger 20#. . They fit her horribly. I HATE them, they all fit her different even though they are the same brand. Some I am on the last snaps, while others are still at the first snaps!
    But you get what you pay for!

  • August 30, 2012 at 11:49 am
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    Good experiment idea.

  • August 30, 2012 at 10:09 am
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    I’m sure Kim from DDL would love to hear the results!

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