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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Cloth diapering on the go just got easier...

thanks to The Natural Baby Company's new Biosoaker!

You may have read a previous post written by Jackie entitled, "A cloth diaper convert". In that post Jackie spoke about her transition from disposables to cloth diapers. Jackie raved about Gro Baby and Bum Genius diapers. Both are incredibly easy to use but Gro Baby just got even better! The Natural Baby Company just introduced their line of biodegradable soaker pads to be used inside your Gro Baby shell. The already super convenient Gro Baby diapering system just became as convenient when out and about! I was lucky enough to try out the biosoakers as a tester before they hit the retail market. I was impressed with nearly every aspect of these biosoakers. Straight from The Natural Baby Company site, the Gro Baby biosoakers are:

- Biodegradable & Compostable
- Breathable & Hypo-Allergenic
- Fragrance & Dye Free
- Plastic Free
- Chlorine Free

Super Soft Lining
Certified natural, 100% Ingeo spunbound non-woven fabric.
Compostable to EN13432 (EU) standard and ASTM D 6400 (USA)

Biodegradable Wood Pulp fibers, contains 3 grams of SAP gel (compared to 10-20 grams in other disposables).

Waterproof Outer
The Bio-Film used (fecula) is waterproof and 100% natural.
Compostable to the following standard: EN 13432 (EU)

Compost - Remove any solid matter and compost in your garden. Compostable to EU and USA composting standards.

Dispose - Biodegradable soaker pads are plastic-free, they will break down in a landfill in 50-150 days (Disposables take up to 500 years).

Flush - You can flush your soaker pads. Simply tear open your pad and empty the core contents into the toilet. Throw outer away.

Made for use with the Gro Baby system. Remove soiled soaker pad and replace with a fresh one as needed.

I was pleasantly surprised by the softness of the soaker. They almost had a silkiness to them. They also couldn't have been any easier to use. Each biosoaker has two adhesive tabs, one on each end of the soaker, to keep it in place in the shell. I have to admit that with a very active toddler I was initially skeptical that these little adhesive tabs would keep the soaker in place. I was wrong, they did a great job and I never had them move an inch! The soakers also seemed very thin upon first appearance. So again, I was skeptical. I thought there was no way that these thin soakers would be very absorbent with my heavy wetter. Again, I was wrong! On one occasion they survived a 5 hour nap without leaking! I did have issues with the soaker bunching up in the middle but it bunches in a similar way to the actual cloth soaker from the Gro Baby system. On a positive note, the bunching in no way compromised the absorbency of the soaker. The only issue I had with the biosoakers was that on occasion I noticed some reside from the adhesive tabs left on my Gro Baby shells. This was not a significant issue as the reside did wash off with a few washes. I can't stress enough how convenient these were to use. I have to admit that I do not use cloth diapers when on the go and out of the house for extended periods of time. I just don't want to deal with toting around a stinky and dirty diaper. However, these biosoakers made cloth diapering on the go easy and clean. I now have NO excuse to not give up the 'sposies all together!

A package of 50 biosoakers will cost about $19.99. I initially thought that was on the expensive side. However, it isn't much more than a package of huggies which costs $17.79 for a 52 count package. I definitely think that the biosoakers are worth the extra couple of bucks. Not only are they better for baby and the environment but they are also more convenient and since they are about half the size of a disposable they are also a space saver!


  1. Great review! I'm very interested in trying them now! Do they work in other covers or will they only work with GroBaby ones?

  2. Sarah, I had never thought to try them in other covers. Great idea! I don't see why they wouldn't work. I'll have to give it a try.

  3. How did you dispose of them? Flush or landfill?

  4. I tossed them. I live in an old house (built in the 20's) that still has some original plumping. I was nervous that flushing the biosoaker would cause a backup. Believe me, a sewer backup into the basement is not a pretty sight (or smell). I wasn't taking that chance! Maybe once we finish replacing all the plumbing I will be brave enough to flush.

  5. Do you have any Thirsties or Bummis covers? I'd love to hear if the inserts work in them. My daughter is 16m old, so I don't want to invest in the GroBaby system, but I'd be willing to buy the new inserts to use with my exsiting covers. thanks!

  6. Laura - Sorry, I don't have any Thirsties or Bummis covers. I have a Thirsties all in one. Do you know if they are about the same size? I could see if the biosoaker would 'fit' in the thirsties.

  7. I'm not sure if the AIOs are the same size. I THINK a store here in town has the biosoakers to try for free. I saw a stack sitting in the CD section, but had no idea what they were. They looked like itty bitty baby diapers. I'm pretty sure now that that's what they were. I'll try to stop by tomorrow and pick up a few and report back.

  8. Laura - there are two different biosoaker sizes so make sure to pick up the right size for your little one. My little guy is almost 16 months and uses the size 2.