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GroVia Newborn Cloth Diapers – New Version Compared to Old Style

@Groviadiaper newborn #clothdiapers comparison via @chgdiapers 1

Post contains affiliate links. This comparison is a little bit tough since the old style diapers I own have been used & washed many times. The new diaper has been pictured both brand new & prepped, and Katie of A Tale of Fluff will be providing her opinions on the absorbency & fit of both, when her little one arrives in April.

@Groviadiaper newborn #clothdiapers comparison via @chgdiapers 2 before new was prepped

When I was getting ready to use cloth diapers on my newborn, I posted a GroVia newborn AIO review. I followed up with photos of cloth diapers on my newborn and my opinions after using them for a month. The GroVia newborn AIO was one of my favorites on him for fit, since he was so tiny. He was also a super soaker and the absorbency just wasn’t enough for him. (If I used them again, I’d grab some hemp newborn inserts to tuck inside.) Even though I am done with newborns, I was asked to do this comparison, and I have to say, I was curious myself. The improvements seemed to be pretty great!

@Groviadiaper newborn #clothdiapers comparison via @chgdiapers 5 leg elastic @Groviadiaper newborn #clothdiapers comparison via @chgdiapers 5 rear elastic

The leg and rear elastic is now encased rather than serged, which I think is part of the reason why the old version appears a bit more bunchy. Initially I thought perhaps it was from the cotton inner shrinking, but when I looked at my original review, it seemed to be that way new.

@Groviadiaper newborn #clothdiapers comparison via @chgdiapers 7 snaps

The perimeter is also turned & topstitched rather than serged. My children have never had an issue, but I’ve heard of some children being sensitive to the serging.

@Groviadiaper newborn #clothdiapers comparison via @chgdiapers 1 closure snaps moved down @Groviadiaper newborn #clothdiapers comparison via @chgdiapers 2 rise snap moved down

The closure snaps have moved position on the body a bit (the snaps are lined up in the photo above) and the snap down rise has also been moved a fraction of an inch.

@Groviadiaper newborn #clothdiapers comparison via @chgdiapers 8 stay dry inner on new @Groviadiaper newborn #clothdiapers comparison via @chgdiapers 9 inners

Both diapers have a super easy single closure snap on each wing and a flap soaker. The old version was 100% cotton (there was an iteration between these two that was stay-dry, but I didn’t use it) and the new version has soft microfleece for the lining and the top of the soaker.

@Groviadiaper newborn #clothdiapers comparison via @chgdiapers 10 old all cotton @Groviadiaper newborn #clothdiapers comparison via @chgdiapers 11 new hemp cotton
@Groviadiaper newborn #clothdiapers comparison via @chgdiapers 12 flap soakers

While the old version was 100% cotton, the new version is 55% hemp and 45% cotton to provide even more absorbency. The body has 2 layers of absorbency under the stay dry lining, and the soaker has 3. They still have a TPU outer and are estimated to fit babies 5-12 pounds.

Here I measured the old (print) and new (citrus) small settings folded and stretched. The old has been used and the new was brand new:

@Groviadiaper newborn #clothdiapers comparison via @chgdiapers 13 old small folded @Groviadiaper newborn #clothdiapers comparison via @chgdiapers 15 old small stretched

@Groviadiaper newborn #clothdiapers comparison via @chgdiapers 16 new small folded pre prep @Groviadiaper newborn #clothdiapers comparison via @chgdiapers 17 new small stretched pre prep

@Groviadiaper newborn #clothdiapers comparison via @chgdiapers 18 small pre prep @Groviadiaper newborn #clothdiapers comparison via @chgdiapers 19
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Then I measured /compared again after washing & drying the new diaper 8 times to prep.

@Groviadiaper newborn #clothdiapers comparison via @chgdiapers 3 small folded after prep @Groviadiaper newborn #clothdiapers comparison via @chgdiapers 4 small stretched after prep

@Groviadiaper newborn #clothdiapers comparison via @chgdiapers 5 small @Groviadiaper newborn #clothdiapers comparison via @chgdiapers 6 small
@Groviadiaper newborn #clothdiapers comparison via @chgdiapers 7 small

I also measured the large setting before I’d prepped the new diaper:

@Groviadiaper newborn #clothdiapers comparison via @chgdiapers 21 old large folded @Groviadiaper newborn #clothdiapers comparison via @chgdiapers 22 old large stretched

@Groviadiaper newborn #clothdiapers comparison via @chgdiapers 23 new large folded pre prep @Groviadiaper newborn #clothdiapers comparison via @chgdiapers 24 new large stretched pre prep
@Groviadiaper newborn #clothdiapers comparison via @chgdiapers 26 large before new was prepped
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Also the large setting after prepping the new diaper:

@Groviadiaper newborn #clothdiapers comparison via @chgdiapers 8 large folded after prep @Groviadiaper newborn #clothdiapers comparison via @chgdiapers 9 large streched after prep

@Groviadiaper newborn #clothdiapers comparison via @chgdiapers 10 large
@Groviadiaper newborn #clothdiapers comparison via @chgdiapers 11 large @Groviadiaper newborn #clothdiapers comparison via @chgdiapers 12 large

Here’s a photo of my little guy in the old style at about 6 1/2 lbs and a few days old.


This diaper was initially one of my favorites because very few fit under his cord, which took forever to fall off, and try as I might I couldn’t keep it dry if it was covered (even changing him every 30 minutes!) I think the additional absorbency the hemp provides will be great, and I really prefer a stay-dry diaper (just a personal preference.) The legs seem that they will still fit tiny babies well, though the rise may be a bit higher. That’s of course, only conjecture.

I’ll update in April/May once Katie of A Tale of Fluff has a chance to try them on her little guy or gal. I suspect her “little one” might be a bit bigger than mine based on her son’s birth weight. 🙂 Update on the old vs. new newborn grovia.

Have you used the new style on a 5 or 6 lb baby?

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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 preschooler 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.
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  • September 20, 2014 at 8:52 am

    The old style leaks every time on my daughter. I hate it but it’s so cute! So disappointed.

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  • February 20, 2014 at 4:27 am

    I like the diapers, they seems so cute!

  • January 30, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Nice! I like that it appears bigger than the old size, since DD has ALWAYS been in the 99% for height and weight.

  • Megan Gardner
    January 30, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    I have what appears to be the old style through a diaper trial and the ruffled legs leak almost every time we use them. LO was 7lb 4.6 oz at birth and that was the first diaper she ever wore. She’s close to 10lb now and they still leak. I’m glad they changed the design; the new leg holes look more like the style of the NB Blueberry Simplex, which is great on my baby. I had decided not to use NB GroVias with future babies, but now I’m reconsidering. Does the new one seem more flexible? Mine feel much stiffer than her other diapers.

    • January 30, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      Hmm…I did notice that my old one could be a little bit stuff, probably thanks to the cotton. Sometimes a tumble in the dryer can help if you typically line dry. I found the leaks to be because it just wasn’t absorbent enough. Is that what you think was happening, or was it wicking through the legs? I think the new style is great and if I had another baby I’d grab a few. I’d probably still stock up on hemp doublers, just in case!

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