Ease of Use: 8/10
Glowbug Cloth diapers are ones that I see pop up periodically on the Facebook Marketplace. They seemed like essential 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 providing very well on a newborn, should be able to last through potty learning. These have an extra row of rising snaps so should fit ok on a smaller baby (or young) but will still be a little wide.
Glowbug pockets are of excellent quality. The 360-degree inner gussets don’t relax comfortably (they sit around babies butt and won’t get super stretched) while the usual elastics also seem healthy. 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 were just a tiny bit more adhesive on these.
The other thing that I don’t care about in these diapers is 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 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 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 ensures we don’t have to worry about any leaks. These diapers would fit best on average-sized or shorter, more extensive 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, 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 it 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 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 wide variety of prints available (especially if you buy used from past runs), so you should be able to quickly 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 repurchase this. We 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.