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O.N.E. By GroVia is a Game Changing Cloth Diaper (Review)

I received the pictured diaper as a Kickstarter perk, for which I paid the same as everyone else. I was not asked to write, nor was I compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own. Post may contain affiliate links. I saw the O.N.E. by GroVia prototype at ABC this fall, and was anxiously awaiting my reward after backing the Kickstarter campaign.

One important note: the prototype had microfiber inserts and I know some were disappointed by that. Good news! The production models are a unique cotton blend (less than 10% polyester) 100% pre-shrunk cotton and are awesomely absorbent. (GroVia had made the cotton/poly blend soakers but none of them ended up in any production run.)

Terminology note: This is an all-in-one style where the entire diaper is meant to be changed each time. When I began cloth diapering, this style was also sometimes called an all-in-two (or all-in-three) because the inserts snapped in/together rather than being sewn in one piece. As time went on, the term AI2 tended to refer only to diapers where the shell was reusable for multiple changes. If you are looking for a diaper with a reusable shell/replaceable inserts, check out the GroVia Hybrid/AI2.

@GroViaDiaper #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 1

I chose the dandelion print. Whee! I love it!

@GroViaDiaper #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 2 wash intructions @GroViaDiaper #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 3 use instructions

As soon as I opened the package I thought what a great diaper this would be for someone new to cloth. The packaging makes for a nice store display and includes common sense wash instructions and a guide for fit and absorbency. When I started using cloth diapers it was difficult to figure out what rise setting and which inserts I should use. Some brands had a guide on their site but not all.

@GroViaDiaper #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 4 front
@GroViaDiaper #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 5 side @GroViaDiaper #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 6 back

The outlast closure system is something I’ve been asking for since 2010!

@GroViaDiaper #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 7 snap and hl overlap

The hook & loop is very sturdy and in fact, I found that I had to really hold onto it when removing the diaper, or I’d unsnap the tabs leaving the hook stuck to the loop strip. This is actually not a bad thing because it makes it super easy to remove the H&L for laundering, making it last even longer.

@GroViaDiaper #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 8 pull from hl

The diaper does include laundry tabs so you can easily wash without removing the H&L.

@GroViaDiaper #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 11 laundry tabs in case you dont want to remove when washing

There are 3 rise settings to fit babies from 10-35 pounds, and the outlast closure is easy to snap on and remove.

@GroViaDiaper #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 9 rise snaps

There are 4 snaps on the strip and 2 on each tab. You can use H&L closures when it’s convenient for you and snaps when you prefer them. Even if you decide to use H&L full time and leave it on to wash, you can affordably purchase replacements and snap on a new set, no sewing required.

@GroViaDiaper #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 10 front strip snaps on with 4 snaps

The shell of the diaper is lined with ridiculously soft microfleece, and there is a hidden layer of microfiber for extra absorbency.

@GroViaDiaper #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 12 inner

Diapers come with small and large soakers that are a cotton blend topped with microfleece.

@GroViaDiaper #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 13 channeled soaker

They are channeled to draw liquid to the middle and snap into the shell separately or together.

@GroViaDiaper #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 14 small soaker snaps underneath large @GroViaDiaper #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 15 both can be use fleece side up
@GroViaDiaper #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 16 reverse

The inserts are intended to be ready to use without special prepping, but I personally found they performed better after 2-3 washes & dries.

@GroViaDiaper #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 1 inserts after washing @GroViaDiaper #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 2 inserts in small rise setting after washing

The material is not difficult to care for and even the large insert is sized to fit the small rise setting (pictured above – not snapped in properly, just to show size) after the minimal shrinkage.

@GroViaDiaper #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 3 absorbency @GroViaDiaper #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 4 absorbed about 11 oz - both inserts

Both inserts together absorbed about 11 ounces (keep in mind there is also a hidden layer or absorbency in the shell), which means most families would even be able to use this diaper as purchased for night time. Night time diapering can be a hurdle when you are new to cloth. Most pocket diapers don’t work alone at night once your baby is a bit older, stops waking for diaper changes or becomes a heavy wetter. There are lots of solutions out there, as simple as adding a hemp insert but you do have to seek the information out, and it’s a separate purchase to be made. When I was having trouble with night time cloth diapering, I went through several expensive and bulky fitted diapers and wool covers in search of a solution. While a perfectly fine option, I think making a diaper work for most families in most situations “right out of the box” is a huge step toward making cloth diapers a more mainstream choice.

In case you were wondering, the outlast closures and O.N.E inserts aren’t interchangeable with the hybrid shells & soakers. Even so, I thought you might like to see how the body/cut of the O.N.E. compares to the hybrid.

@GroViaDiaper #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 17 ONE vs Hybrid Shell @GroViaDiaper #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 18 ONE soaker vs hybrid soaker

Here’s the small setting (hook and loop left, snap right):

@GroViaDiaper #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 19 small hl @GroViaDiaper #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 24 small snap
@GroViaDiaper #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 20 small side @GroViaDiaper #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 21 small back

Next to the old style GroVia newborn AIO (which is quite small).

@GroViaDiaper #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 22 vs old style newborn diaper

Finally, next to the small hybrid:

@GroViaDiaper #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 23 small ONE vs small hybrid

Medium setting (hook & loop left, snap right):

@GroViaDiaper #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 25 medium hl @GroViaDiaper #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 27 medium snap

vs. the medium hybrid:

@GroViaDiaper #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 26 Medium ONE vs Medium Hybrid

Large (H&L left, snap right):

@GroViaDiaper #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 28 large hl @GroViaDiaper #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 31 large snap
@GroViaDiaper #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 29 large side

vs. the large hybrid:

@GroViaDiaper #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 30 large ONE vs large hybrid

Large H&L (left) and snap (right) with both inserts on my son, who was 3 years old and about 28 lbs at the time:

@GroViaDiaper ONE #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 1 on 28 lb 3 yr old @GroViaDiaper ONE #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 3
@GroViaDiaper ONE #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 2 @GroViaDiaper ONE #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 4

I actually got a better fit on the medium rise setting:

@GroViaDiaper #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 6 medium rise on 3 yr old

As always, my “action shots” are very real. I don’t take the time to pull and tuck and make things picture perfect as if I were shooting a stock photo. 🙂 Even if you have .5 seconds to put a diaper on a 3-year old who is trying to do a tuck and roll combined with Elvis Presley moves, rest assured this diaper will still work. Hee hee.

@GroViaDiaper #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 7 medium rise large insert only on 3 yr old @GroViaDiaper #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 8

The diaper with just the large insert was plenty of absorbency for us and cut down on the bulk a bit.

With a suggested retail price of $21.95, versatility in absorbency and closure preferences, with no additional purchase needed, I think this is a fantastic option! O.N.E. will be available at your favorite cloth diaper retailers in May including:

The Natural Baby Company
Lagoon Baby
The Green Nursery
Nicki’s Diapers
Kelly’s Closet
Diaper Junction Get on Diaper Junction’s waiting list for O.N.E.
Itsy Bitsy Bums

(More listed here)

Here’s a great graphic showing the changes you’ll see in the July/August 2015 release!

2015 ONE by GroVia Changes

Have you tried O.N.E.? What did you think?

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Maria is an aspiring "fit mom" of 3 children, writing about cloth diapers, going green, and her life as a single mom. Maria works with many companies within the cloth diaper industry and beyond, providing social media management, product development, and other services.
  • Brooke
    November 17, 2016 at 3:12 am

    Question: there is a hidden layer of microfiber for added asborancy. Have you noticed that there is a stink to the diaper after washing? I have read that microfiber tends to hold stink. Thank you.

    • November 17, 2016 at 6:51 am

      My son is no longer in diapers so I’ve passed this along to another family, but when I was using it I didn’t have any trouble with smell.

  • Michael
    July 8, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    You’ve got a 3 year old in diapers? So much for the myth that using cloth diapers equates to faster potty training!

    • July 8, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      I’m going to assume you didn’t come here specifically to be rude about the age at which my son stopped using diapers.

      That old saying likely originated when “cloth diapers” were flats and/or prefolds and plastic pants, making a child feel wet and uncomfortable. Modern cloth diapers can wick moisture away from skin, much like disposable diapers.

      That said, yes, my son was 3 when he started using the bathroom full time. Every child is different, and I chose to follow their lead rather than “train” them. That means my 3 children each potty trained at their own pace, between two and three.

      Who cares? Are you trying to prove someone wrong that told you cloth diapered kids PT sooner, or did you just want to come here & try to make me feel like a failure as a parent? (Sorry, not working.)

      • Michael
        July 8, 2016 at 9:38 pm

        I’m sorry if I sounded harsh to you, but I was just making an observation. Based off your purchase of a $22 diaper for a three year old, it makes me think that you are not extremely hopeful to potty train him in the near future. I know every family’s spending habits are different, but I was just a little surprised; as I thought children who wear cloth diapers tend to potty train faster then those who wear disposables.

        • July 9, 2016 at 7:41 am

          It was a while ago, so I can’t remember exact dates BUT I believe I contributed to the Kickstarter while my son was two. The cloth diaper community is tight knit and I wanted to support a brand run by people that I think are pretty awesome. I also continue to purchase diapers when they are not “needed” in order to see, touch, photograph, and write about them here. In fact, my son has been potty trained for about a year and I still purchase diapers occasionally for my contributor to review. I donate lots and lots of diapers to Giving Diapers Giving Hope!

  • Mary
    January 1, 2016 at 9:59 am

    How is this different than Grovias original all in one?

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  • April 29, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    this is such a beautiful print! I really love this! I think it might be our solution to the nighttime boy problems we have had since my little started sleeping through the night!

  • Melissa C.
    April 29, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Any chance you can separately measure the absorbency of each insert and the body?

  • Anel
    April 27, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    I can’t wait for this! I love this print! I need a good nighttime solution. I have a fitted but it’s so hard to keep it from smelling! really looking forward to this!

  • Trisha Chamberlain
    April 27, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Can’t wait to try ours when baby arrives!

  • Ruth Entwistle
    April 27, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    I LOVE THIS DIAPER! A perfect nighttime solution for my one year old. I got one through kickstarted and wished I had gotten more! Waiting for May to get more!!!

  • Mary
    April 27, 2015 at 9:59 am

    I got one of these at MommyCon in the Whale (UR the O.N.E.) print; I love it! I’ve been using it as a nighttime diaper for my 2 year old, although I’ve been adding an extra Hemp Babies insert. We haven’t had a leak yet! I’ve just been using the snaps because I love GroVia’s snaps, and the velcro has been kindof annoying to me. I love that it has the velcro option, but I don’t know if I’ll actually ever use it. lol! I LOVE that it’s not microfiber, and I actually am quite fond of the super, duper soft polyester lining. I can’t emphasize the LOVE enough!

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