Ease of Use: 8/10
Glowbug cloth diapers are ones that I see pop up periodically on the Facebook Marketplace. They seemed like basic diapers and I couldn’t understand all the hype, until I tried one out for myself. These are unique, easy to use, and cute diapers. I can understand why so many people want these (and why people are selling older prints for over retail).
These are a one size diaper meant to fit from 7-35 pounds. These are an average fit for a pocket diaper and so, while not fitting very well on a newborn, should be able to last through potty learning. These have an extra row of rise snaps so should fit ok on a smaller baby (or newborn) but will still be a little wide.
Glowbug pockets are very good quality. The 360 degree inner gussets doesn’t relax easily (they just sit around babies butt and won’t get super stretched) while the normal elastics also seem strong. The stitching is all even and the materials are soft. The snaps, while not the sturdiest I’ve ever used, are still sturdy enough that I’m not worried they’ll break. The only annoyance I have with the quality is that the microfleece/microsuede is not the softest or thickest we’ve used. I wish the stay dry layer was just a tiny bit thicker on these.
The other thing that I don’t really care for in these diapers are the inserts. I love that you can customize which way to snap the inserts together (hemp or bamboo can be on top) but I don’t like that there seems to be microfiber in both inserts. This makes the inserts bulky and doesn’t do much to increase absorbency. It also doesn’t really make sense to have microfiber sandwiched between hemp (hemp absorbs slower). I wish these were offered without the microfiber. EDIT: Per GlowBug, the inner is actually bamboo. They have since updated the tags 🙂
At 20 pounds, these fit Pumpkin great. While he does have the occasional leg gap, the hidden inner gusset ensure we don’t have to worry about any leaks. These diapers would fit best on average sized or shorter, wider babies. Although, judging by how often I hear sellers on the BST talk about how much they love these, I’m guessing they would fit almost any baby.
The hidden 360 degree inner gusset also provides a lot of protection without leaving any red marks. Sometimes inner gussets can be too tight on chunkier babies but the design of these diapers prevents that.
Ease of Use:
Like any pocket, you need to stuff these before use. The Glowbug bamboo or hemp inserts fit into the pocket easily (and snap together for convenience). Then, when it’s time to do laundry, simply throw this Glowbug pocket into the washing machine because the inserts agitate out in the wash. You can also snap the insert(s) into the diaper and use as an AIO. Either way, no need to unstuff yucky inserts.
At $15.83 each, you’d only need to use each diaper 63 times before Glowbug cloth diapers become cheaper than disposables. The downside? These are only available in packs of 6, which means you need to spend $95 at once (even if you just want to try one out). I wish these were sold at $15 each and I could pick and choose which prints I want, but I understand that this method ensures they aren’t left with tons of the lesser favorite prints.
Glowbug cloth diapers are available in a wide variety of cute prints. Each package of 6 diapers is themed (food, animals, etc) so the prints all coordinate together. There is a huge variety of prints available (especially if you buy used from past runs), so you should be able to easily build a stash of Glowbug pockets without ever repeating a print.
After trying a Glowbug diaper out, I can understand why so many people seem to love them. They’re easy to use, cute, and reasonably affordable. Bottom Line: Yes, I would buy this again. We really like pockets with inserts that agitate out, as well as diapers with inner gussets (even if they’re hidden) but I wouldn’t buy any more of the inserts if I could help it because we prefer inserts without any microfiber.
*I did receive this product at a discount in exchange for my honest review but all opinions are completely my own*