Cloth Diaper Combination – GroVia Hybrid Shell + Best Bottom insert

Eudora modeling the GroVia shell with a Best Bottom stay dry insert. Pretty darned trim!

Usually, when I decide I want to experiment with cloth diapers, I end up buying a new brand or style.  But today, my friend Heather over at the Parenting Patch asked me a question: what inserts could I use in a GroVia hybrid shell?

I’m a purist.  (No, not a cloth diaper snob.  I reject that label because snobbery implies that I look down on others who do it differently than me.)  I seldom mix and match inserts and shells.  When I fold cloth diaper laundry, I calmly sit down and sort shells and inserts before stuffing so that I can put the same brand inserts and shells together.

For a while now, I’ve been thinking about buying the GroVia stay dry soaker pads since the only ones I have in my stash are the organic cotton soakers.  (I bought my first GroVia shells before they had the stay dry soakers.)  I just haven’t gotten around to it yet because there’s always new and different fluff to try.  But when Heather asked about mixing and matching, I got to thinking.

Of course, you can use the GroVia inserts.  Those are the ones that make the most sense to use.  The snaps fit the shell because they’re made to be used together.  You can always use prefolds, and I’ve been known to use a fitted diaper under my GroVia cover.  But since I very rarely use fitteds, that’s not really something that happens often.

Theoretically, you could use anything under there.  A Flip insert if that catches your fancy.  A Best Bottom insert if that’s what you’ve got laying around.

Hey… a Best Bottom insert.  I’ve got those.

On a whim, I decided to put Eudora in a GroVia shell and a Best Bottom stay dry insert.

Oh, wow.  I think I might have found my favorite combination of all in two ever.  It’s trim.  It’s more trim than using either insert with their intended shells.  It’s almost disposable diaper trim.  I could easily put jeans over that combination, no doubt about it.  Of course, that doesn’t mean that it’s without its flaws.

Pros – Extremely trim.  It’s cheaper.  (I can buy roughly 4 Best Bottom inserts for the price of 2 GroVia.)  The medium Best Bottom insert fits in the GroVia shell on Eudora’s rise setting just great.

Cons– Since the Best Bottom insert isn’t designed to snap into the GroVia shell, I can’t mount it for a guaranteed perfect fit.  It’s entirely possible that a determined baby or toddler (and I could so see Norton doing this) may figure out a way to pull a non-snapped in insert out.  I would absolutely not recommend the pairing at naptime because when we tried it for our experiment, it completely failed.  And Eudora isn’t what I’d call a heavy wetter.

Have you tried creative combinations when using cloth diapers?  What was your best combination ever?

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. I always have to have the same brand shells and soakers/inserts kept together. So, I have not done any experimenting with mixing and matching, but now you have me thinking that I could find a nice combo!

  2. Erinn S @3sonshavei says:

    Cute shorts! I like the design!

  3. I wish that Grovia snaps worked with other brands! Buttons diapers is compatible with Best Bottoms by the way 😉


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