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  • Let's Talk LEAKS!

    Having trouble with leaks? Here's a detailed guide from GroVia CEO/Founder Kim Ormsby to debunk some of the myths regarding leaks and help troubleshoot any issues!

    ONE Soaker Detail1) Constant leaks with cloth diapers are NOT THE NORM. I have cloth diapered 6 babes and used easily 50 different styles/brands of diapers. The rare occasion I've gotten a leak I've been able to solve with a minor tweak.

    2) There is nothing "magical" in cloth diapers. They all are comprised of an absorbent inner with a waterproof outer. They do not contain SAP gel that can absorb insane amounts of liquid by weight like a disposable. Did you know the average disposable diaper can hold up to 10 pees?

    3) If you buy a one size system there WILL be a time when you need to add a booster. Sized diapering systems (disposables included) don't generally have this issue because as you size up you get a bigger diaper....which is able to hold more liquid. A one size diaper is the same size....always.....as baby grows, their bladder grows, it holds more urine, baby pees more. You need a way to add absorbency. That is where a booster comes in.
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  • The Color of Cloth Diapers

    We at GroVia want to offer an apology regarding a lack of acknowledgement of the efforts of Black Women Do Cloth Diaper in a recent blog post.

    Black Women Do Cloth Diaper is a group of women—smart, impassioned women of color with diverse backgrounds and approaches to parenting—women who have given their time and energies to call the cloth diaper industry as a whole to the carpet and challenge us all, including GroVia, to make highly visible changes to approaches to diversity and inclusion. We also want to express our gratitude for the work these women have done to challenge, inspire and mobilize other women of color to both begin using cloth diapers and to call on brands to represent women, families, and babies of color in advertising.

    GroVia will continue to take actionable steps with future lifestyle photography, ad campaigns, social media campaigns, and social media outreach efforts. This is about doing right by the diverse families who support our brand and the diverse cloth diapering families of the future.

    Kim Ormsby and Team GroVia

    When you think of cloth diapers, what do you think of?

    Hippies? ‘Granola moms?’
    These names are all associated with white women and rarely include women and families of color.

    I am here to tell you that families of color love to cloth diaper. But between advertisements and community events, it has been difficult for me to find representation that included babies and families that look like me and my children.

    So where does my story begin?

    I started cloth diapering to help my family save money. My family had relocated to a new city, and for the first time, we were living off one income. A friend of mine recommended cloth diapers, and I immediately turned up my nose. “Why would I touch poop ON PURPOSE?”

    After a week of leaky disposable diapers and poop, I decided to give it a try. Let’s just say… we have not looked back. When I decided to cloth diaper, I applied for a cloth diaper loan through my local cloth diaper bank, and I received one GroVia Hybrid diaper in Blackberry. It instantly became my favorite diaper, and every time I found one I purchased it.

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  • Cloth Diaper Wear Is Normal

    Let's chat about normal cloth diaper wear/tear.

    I was washing North's diapers this morning and thought it would be nice to discuss wear, as we often see (Facebook, Babycenter, and all over cloth diapering groups) varying expectations as to what a diaper should look like after months/years of use.

    First, there is a bit of a misconception that diapers will wear the same for all people.

    Sadly, this is not true. Stash size, detergent, wash routine, water type, and machine type ALL play a part in how a diaper wears. If only we could standardize all of these things, it would make things SO MUCH EASIER :-)  Second, a diaper is a garment and just like any piece of clothing that gets worn and washed over and over again, it will show wear and will eventually wear out. But, what is considered normal? Continue reading

  • Use it up, wear it out: Getting the most out of cloth diapers

    Cloth diapers, just like your household towels and favorite t-shirts, will eventually begin to show signs that they are well loved parts of your family’s daily life. Here are some tips for keeping them in great condition for as long as possible:

    laundry-tab-inst_vertTip #1: On Hybrid Hook/Loop Shells, ALWAYS use the Tuck Under Tabs before laundering!
    Avoid laundry “diaper chains,” damage, and premature wear and tear. The Tuck Under Tab is one reason the GroVia Hybrid is so beloved by cloth diapering families. Just trust.

    Tip #2: Hang or lay your GroVia Hybrid Shells flat to dry.
    By the time your Soaker Pads, Prefolds, and All in Ones have finished tumble-drying, your Shells will be dry or almost there. Not exposing them to heat from your dryer protects elastics, snaps, and Hook/Loop materials from becoming worn or warped.

    Tip #3: Have a large enough rotation.
    One Size diapers are worn around the clock by a single child for sometimes more than two or even three years! Having a large enough rotation—at least 36 diaper changes per child in diapers—will prevent the need to repair or purchase replacements before your child is out of diapers. Continue reading

  • It Started With A Store Called The Natural Baby Company

    As questions about the history of our brand arise in the GroVia Families Facebook Group, I’ve noticed something: I don’t share the story of just how our company and brand came to be very often.

    I often reflect on just how far we’ve come since the earliest days of our company, but the whole narrative is not something I generally share. It’s not because I’m not proud of it, it’s just that I am someone who is always looking forward. The excitement of the future is what drives me and our whole team. Our early years laid a foundation that was so strong and unyielding that it’s easy to forget just how important those formative years really were.

I lost my corporate job after 9/11, when the recession started, and stayed home with our daughter for the first several months. Then we discovered we were expecting our second baby! I started researching cloth diapers for our new baby since our first baby had had frequent rash issues in disposables. This led me to concept an online store business that would focus on natural parenting products like cloth diapers, slings, and wood toys. Continue reading

  • Brian Beyke of Abandon Coffee


    Super Dad Brian Beyke, coffee blogger and extraordinary photographer, and his wife Kristen totally get why cloth diapers can help family life run smoothly:

    Before our daughter was born we were interested in cloth diapers. When we went into a local store and had someone explain it all to us we found it very overwhelming. Tuck this here, extra padding there, buttons, snaps, hook and loop, this brand that brand.
    Once she was born, she had reactions to a lot of disposables. We decided to give cloth diapering a shot, and from the get-to we picked up  a Grovia hybrid and another companies pocket. We really enjoyed the Grovia line, and have been using it since. We really liked the cost saving aspect of it most of all, and then always knowing the diaper would fit, no matter the speed of growth. Continue reading

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  • A Side by Side Look at GroVia Hybrid and O.N.E


    With the launch of GroVia's new O.N.E diaper drawing near we are seeing a lot of questions asking how O.N.E is different than the GroVia Hybrid diapering system.  We've put together a brief piece with photos to help guide you through the differences and hopefully help you with your buying decision (although to be honest I have both Hybrid and O.N.E in my stash and LOVE the mix).

    O.N.E by GroVia is an all in one diaper.  What does that mean?
    It is a diaper that contains both absorbency and a waterproof outer.  When it is soiled the entire diaper is washed.  It contains a unique and patent pending closure system that integrates both hook and loop and snaps.  So the user gets to choose whether the diaper closes using snaps OR hook and loop.  Or, if the hook and loop eventually wears out (let's face it, this is what happens with hook and loop on diapers) you can simply purchase a new hook and loop kit for your diaper OR just use the diaper with its snaps. Continue reading

  • Duane Ormsby - Co-owner, father, Eurovan driver


    When did you first realize that this GroVia thing "was real" and was going to take off as a business? What was going through your mind at the time?

    When we relocated from being a home-based business to our first store/warehouse location almost 7 years ago. My mind was still in tact, though local customer feed-back and the amount of goods we were bringing in to the store made it clear that things were progressing forward , but still in a timely way.  What I mean is, we didn't get big-headed or let things get away from us that we couldn't make clear decisions on what was best for our family and our customers.

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  • My Diapers Stink...What Do I Do?

    Unpleasant odors are NOT 'just part of' using cloth diapers. And they are always fixable. We've put together a handy dandy flow chart to help you get to the bottom of your stink issues and keep your diapers smelling so fresh and so clean! Simply click on the image below for an enlarged version of the graphic.


  • My Diapers Leak...What Do I Do?

    It's frustrating when cloth diapers leak, but it's infuriating to not know why it's happening! This little decision tree can help you think through what's causing the leaks and what you can do to fix it. Simply click on the image below for an enlarged version of the graphic.


  • Deep-cleaning cloth diapers.


    What it is, what it isn't, and how to do it

    So you may have read our post about ‘stripping’ cloth diapers; it’s where we first introduced our SUDS acronym to you:

    ‘Stripping’ refers to removing an oily residue from the fibers of your cloth diapers, usually from the accidental use of fabric softener or a petroleum- or fish oil-based diaper ointment or cream. There are washing techniques—namely, the good, old-fashioned dishsoap-and-a-toothbrush scrub—that can be used to remove these oils.

    But. We’d like to make a distinction between stripping and deep-cleaning. Continue reading

  • Can Cloth Diapering Really Help With Potty Training?


    So what’s the deal with the claim that using cloth diapers during infancy can help a toddler potty-train more easily?

    It’s (mostly) true!

    Disposable diapers and some modern cloth diapers—including our GroVia Stay-Dry Soaker Pads—pull moisture away from the skin to keep babies comfortable after they have used their diapers. This can certainly have its advantages, and there’s a reason we offer Stay-Dry products! When my own babies are going to be in the car or in a busy situation, I like to use Stay-Dry Soaker Pads. Continue reading

  • Washing away the cloth diaper water myth


    One of the key criticisms of cloth diapers is that they require “large amounts” of water to wash. Sure, most cloth diapers must be washed after every use (although the GroVia Hybrid diaper partially changes that fact!). Assuming “typical” (not water-wise) practices, estimates suggest that laundering diapers could use 15,300 gallons over the course of a 2.5-year diapering period. If you use about the same amount of water as the average American household, washing diapers could account for up to 5% of your total water use.
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  • Eco-friendly cloth diapering: one load at a time

    You chose to cloth diaper because you care about your baby, the environment...and probably your pocketbook too! Congratulations! Reusable cloth diapers are inherently green. Do you want to maximize the eco-friendliness of your cloth diapers? How you launder your diapers can affect the overall environmental impact of diapering your baby. Efficient laundering methods will use less energy and water, and could save you a bundle! If you want all the gritty details, read this life cycle assessment conducted by Environment Agency. Below we summarize and expand upon some of the energy-saving tips suggested in the report. Cherry-pick or use them all, whatever works best for you.

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  • Using Soaker Pads on the Newborn Setting


    “If my Shell is on the newborn setting, can I use Soaker Pads?”

    This is a question that we see frequently from parents who are new to cloth diapers—and it’s a great one!

    An unprepped Soaker Pad looks gigantic; it really does. Once your Soaker Pads, which are made from absorbent natural fibers, are in the prepping process, you’ll watch them shriiiiiiink until, after about 10 washes, they reach their permanent size. This is true for all natural fiber cloth diapers.

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  • Cloth Diapering for Newbies


    The journey of switching to cloth from disposables can be a bumpy one. First off, it's intimidating to get started...how many to buy, what type to use, how to fasten them, how to wash them, how to store them...the list of questions is never-ending. And then once you do get started, it often takes some testing and tweaking along the way to get your routine just right.

    That's why we love hearing from other moms and dads about their firsthand experiences on their quest to use cloth. One of GroVia's amazing partners, Reusit, recently posted a blog article from one of their hard-working moms detailing the scary (and fun) process of staring her own cloth diapering journey. If you are nervous about switching to cloth or are just looking for some newbie tips to help you succeed, this article is for you!

    Read the Blog Post >>

  • ENOUGH with the "Stripping" Already


    Our Customer Service department fields at least 5 "stripping" questions per day. The term, stripping, pops up daily on cloth diaper forums and manufacturer's Facebook walls. I've cloth diapered 5 babies (since 2003) and this term was nonexistent when I started cloth diapering.

    As pocket diapers and other polyester cloth diapers became popular, a new generation of washing instructions was marketed alongside these products. Washing instructions that told customers to use 1/2 (or less) of the recommended dose of detergent. The result: unclean diapers, ammonia issues, diaper rashes, and ultimately unusable cloth diapers. This was then followed by a whole host of "stripping" processes and customers who think that this is normal for cloth diapers. It isn't.

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  • GroVia SuperMom: Major Vanessa Mahan


    US Air Force F-15E Fighter Pilot

    Talk about making us proud! Not only has Major Mahan flown sorties over Afghanistan to protect troops on the ground, but she is a living example of following your dreams. Since she was a little girl, she knew she would fly. And as a Weapons Systems Officer on an F-15 (think Goose in Top Gun!), she got to surprise many of the troops on the ground with a female voice when flying over dangerous territory. And on top of it, she spent her down time meeting and inspiring Afghan women and girls!?! Our hats are off! Continue reading

  • GroVia’s Super Glue - Duane Ormsby


    If you worked at GroVia, you would be amazed at all of the moving parts that it takes to keep it running.  And even more amazed by the energy level and “get it done” attitude of this father of six and husband to our founder. This is the guy that poured the first GroVia Magic Stick…by hand…in his kitchen!  And the guy that magically keeps track of all of the cloth diapers and baby products, we have in our inventory, plus all the materials that are stored in our various warehouses.  Simply put, if Duane wasn’t here holding it all together for us, we would definitely have “issues”. Continue reading

  • The Story of Stuff Project


    During a recent keynote speech in our hometown, Annie made it abundantly clear that she just plain “gets” what we are doing here at GroVia.  And with 15 million (and counting!) views of her online movie The Story of Stuff (a self-described ‘20-minute cartoon about trash’) Annie has become an inspiration to parents and citizens worldwide.  We are proud to have Annie involved with the GroVia SuperMom program and hope you will take the time to learn more about her findings and organization. Continue reading

  • The Family Ride

    Super Mom Erica Lighthiser practice green living and her family ride bikes in the northwestern united states

    We first met Erica when she rolled into our local shop fresh off “the trail” with her three kids.  Literally. They were attached to her own bike in various ways.   With husband Mark, their kids, and one dog (Hayduke!) the intrepid Family Ride has been biking for months through the Northern Rocky Mountains.  While we definitely find inspiration in the low-impact and high-adventure form of transport, we also LOVE the fact that they have found it quite easy to use the GroVia Hybrid diaper on their youngest during the journey! Continue reading

  • Return of the Hyena Diaper!!

    Some of you may be wondering what the heck a "Hyena Diaper" is!  Well, let me give you a little history lesson.  If you recognize the words; Fussybutt, Honey Boy, Luxe Baby, or Fuzbaby you can skip this paragraph.  For the rest of you, the word Hyena in the cloth diaper world was used to describe us crazy moms who would sit glued to our computers, hitting F5...F5...F5... in hopes of scoring a piece of diaper art.  Yes, I said ART.  Diapers that were meticulously sewn by WAHMs (Work at Home Moms), made of the purest of materials, often hand dyed or appliqued, and packaged and delivered in a glorious box of fluffy goodness.  We Hyenas often crashed websites by our sheer numbers, which eventually led to the creation of Hyena Cart! Continue reading

  • GroVia One-Size All-in-One chubby-legged babies?


    I'd like to ask you something.

    Do you think the baby on the left is chubby?

    Little Betsy is seven months old and closing in on 18 lbs. She’s in the fifth percentile for height… and the 75th for weight. Note the rolls and the chins. You kind of want to bite her, right? There’s no getting around it: my beautiful baby girl is fat. I've never had a baby this fat. I thought this level of roll-age was mythical.

    Would it surprise you to hear that Betsy wears GroVia One-Size All-in-Ones every day?

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  • GroVia Bamboo Prefolds

    GroVia Bamboo Prefolds have quickly become one of our top selling products. Why? They are absorbent, silky soft, and a very inexpensive way to add to your cloth diaper stash!

    We are often asked about sizing. Why don't you put a weight range on your prefolds? The answer is this: Weight ranges for prefolds just don't work. They vary too greatly depending on how the prefold is being used, trifolded or fastened. Most people simply trifold their GroVia prefolds in their GroVia Shells, so I've crafted today's post to focus solely on this. Continue reading

  • Behind the Scenes at a GroVia Photoshoot

    Janie risking life and limb to get the shot :-)

    We take great pride is showcasing GroVia's product with fantastic lifestyle images.  A day long photo shoot with babies can be comical, exhausting, and even stressful.  Getting that "perfect shot" sometimes means crawling on the floor, holding props in strange positions, or even hanging precariously over the top of an 8 ft ladder!

    We've been incredibly fortunate to work with some amazing photographers including, Janie Osborne, Rob Wilke, and Jessica Galligani.  Yesterday's shoot was a lifestyle studio session with Janie.  Mission Impossible:  Get as many cute photos of 10 week old North in a GroVia Newborn AIO.   North was up for the challenge.....or should I say WAS a challenge :-) Continue reading

  • So Your Baby is "Out-Peeing" Their NB AIO...

    They are cute and tiny, so how in the world do newborns pee so much?? Looks can be deceiving! Your newborn will nurse 8-12 times per DAY for the first month, and 7-9 times per DAY during the second month. Well, what goes in must go out, which means A LOT of very wet diapers during those first couple of months.

    The GroVia Newborn AIO was designed to be a nice trim diapering option for tiny newborns during those all-important newborn weeks. Most people will find that their newborn will start “out-peeing” their NB AIOs before they outgrow them. So what is a mama to do? Continue reading

  • Go by bike, family style.


    Meet Erica and her children, riding across country by bicycle. Yes, by bike. I had a chance to briefly hear about her and her husband Mark's grand adventure travelling across country by bicycle with their with their 3 children and dog. Erica stopped by The Natural Baby Company retail store in Bozeman heading through from Durango, CO and on to the west coast.

    They are posting about their adventure on their blog www.thefamilyride.com, "How far will this journey take us? Where can we go by bike? Or where can’t we go?". What an inspiration for getting out there and doing something amazing. Good luck Erica and family on your continued adventure. Continue reading

  • There is no “I” in team, or GroVia

    This is going to sound a bit crazy, but I cringe when people compliment me on the success of the GroVia brand. It isn’t that I don’t appreciate the sentiment behind their comments, because really I do. But, the fact is “I” am not solely responsible for the success of the GroVia cloth diaper brand. What started as a personal vision for something good, has been made truly AMAZING by a team of hard working moms and dads who share a passion for eco-living, parenting, and innovative products. I have to shake my head when I read other company blogs where founders spew their own kudos and preach to their “fans”. The fact is, you simply cannot build a company and attain any measure of success by yourself. It’s not a one-woman (or one-man) show! Success together is so much sweeter than alone. We value creativity and uniqueness above “pats on the back” and it shows in our crazy cool products! Continue reading

  • We Just Got Inc.'d!

    WE ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE: The Natural Baby Company has been awarded a place on the 2011 Inc. 500|5000 list, Inc.’s annual ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America! The list debuted in 1981 as a ranking of the 100 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. The following year, it expanded to the Inc. 500 and, in 2007, they inaugurated the Inc. 5000. Through each evolution, Inc. has sought to recognize and to celebrate the creativity, dedication, and hard work that entrepreneurs put into building their companies. Continue reading

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