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Back to Basics: Hybrid Diapers

Hybrid diapers are the perfect diapers for families that love the convenience of disposable diapers, but want the benefits of cloth! A typical hybrid system includes a diaper cover or shell with both cloth and disposable insert options. Hybrid systems are great for travel or using cloth diapers at home and disposable on the go!There are a few different options on the market. Here's a breakdown to help you choose!

The Flip system made by Cotton Babies (the makers of BumGenius) have a great system. The diaper covers are one-size and fit from 7-35 pounds. These covers can be used apart from the diapering system as a general diaper cover.  $13.95

Insert Options

    Flip Diapers
  • Stay Dry: A microfiber insert topped with a layer of suede cloth to keep your baby feeling dry. This is a one-size insert that can be folded down to fit your baby. $4.99
  • Organic Daytime: Single layer, organic cotton insert. Fold in thirds to fit inside the cover. $18.99/3 pack
  • Organic Overnight: Layers of organic cotton that need to be folded into thirds and laid inside the cover. Similar design to a prefold. $22.95/2 pack
  • Newborn Stay Dry: Smaller, microfiber insert topped with suede cloth to keep your baby feeling dry. Can be used as a doubler with other inserts to boost absorbency. $11.95/6 pack
  • Disposable: A dye and frangrance free disposable option. Just toss the insert into the garbage and replace! $5.97/18 pack

The hybrid system created by GroVia includes a shell that fits from 8-30 pounds. The inside of the shell is lined with mesh to allow your baby's skin to breathe. Each shell has a snap inside for snapping in the cloth inserts. $16.95

Insert Options

    GroVia Diapers
  • Stay Dry Soakers: A hemp/cotton blend topped with microfleece to leave your baby feeling dry and a waterproof backing to prevent leaks. Each soaker contains leg gussets to prevent leaks. $17.95/2 pack
  • Organic Cotton Soakers: An organic cotton soaker lined with a waterproof layer to prevent leaks. This insert also contains leg gussets. $18.95/2 pack
  • Prefold: A bamboo prefold that needs to be folded into thirds and laid inside the shell. This is a sized insert that comes in four sizes. $16/3 pack
  • BioSoakers: The disposable option from GroVia is fragrance, dye, plastic, and chlorine free. There is a sticky backing for adhering to shells or underwear for potty training purposes. $7.99/20 pack

This system may be the one you can find easiest at your local store. gDiapers are commonly found in Babies R Us. The covers, called gPants, are sized cotton covers that fasten using velcro in the back. You will need to purchase new gPants as your baby grows. $17.99

Insert Options

  • Cloth: The cloth inserts are made from a hemp/cotton blend and lined with a layer of microfleece to keep your baby dry. The inserts come in two sizes. $32.99/6 pack
  • Disposable: The disposable inserts from gDiapers are flushable, biodegradable, and can be composted (when wet only). The inserts come in two sizes. $14.99/40 pack (small) or 32 pack (medium/large)

For more information and a comparison on disposable diaper inserts for hybrid diapers, check out this post.
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