Glow Bug Cloth Diaper Review

Shortly after the Merry Fluffy Christmas Giveaway hop, I got my Glow Bug cloth diaper in for review.  Now that I’ve had my Glow Bug cloth diaper for enough time to truly put it through its paces, I can give it a pretty thorough review.

Glow Bug Cloth Diaper Construction

The Glow Bug cloth diaper that I’d received for review is a solid orange diaper from the Spectrum collection, which is a twelve pack of gender neutral solid color diapers.  I’ve also received some Glow Bug cloth diapers from a co-op recently out of both of their gender specific packs.  The Glow Bug cloth diaper is waterproofed with a PUL outer.  It’s a very thin, lightweight PUL.  The inner material is also a very thin polyester.  Additionally, the double gussets are great at containing mess.  The inserts snap into place at the front, and the diaper has an opening in the front and the back of the pocket.  The rise can be adjusted with three rows of snaps, giving four sizes.  The waist is a snap closure with the ability to overlap the waist tabs, and there’s a hip snap to prevent wing droop on some diapers.  Aside from the hip snap, I find the quality and construction of the diapers to be very consistant.

Glow Bug Cloth Diaper Review

What’s in a Glow Bug Cloth Diaper Order

Glow Bug Cloth Diaper Review (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

Eudora is modeling a Glow Bug cloth diaper in Houndstooth (Girl package)

Your typical Glow Bug cloth diaper order is in packs.  You may choose between the Spectrum package, which is a gender neutral array of solid colors, a Girl package, or a Boy package.  If you order directly from the Glow Bug cloth diaper site, there are different packages, including some packs of basic white.  The typical package is a pack of twelve.  The cloth diaper packages are uniform: all girl packs have exactly the same array of prints, etc.  You also receive twenty-four inserts and a coordinating wetbag.  The reason for the uniformity is it keeps costs low: there’s no “undesirable” prints left on the shelves, there’s no popular print that goes faster than they can keep up.  It all just goes together.

What’s Awesome About the Glow Bug Cloth Diaper

Glow Bug Cloth Diaper Review (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

Close up shot of Eudora in the Houndstooth pattern. It’s a beautiful print & looks gorgeous with that red shirt!

The thinness of the materials makes for a very trim diaper.  I think the Glow Bug cloth diaper might actually be among the trimmest of one size pocket diapers when used with one insert.  The snap in front insert keeps the insert right in the front, which is handy for your bigger toddlers.  The opening at both ends means that there’s no need to unstuff your diaper.  Your insert(s) will just agitate out in the wash.  Plus, I can get a good fit on both Norton and Eudora.  I had no leak issues with either of my littles.  I also found the double gussets to be relatively easy to clean poo, and they do a rather nice job of containing the ick.



What’s Not Awesome About the Glow Bug Cloth Diaper

I found the inner of the Glow Bug cloth diaper to be very prone to staining.  Norton typically does not stain his diapers, but he has managed to stain the interior of the Glow Bug.  I’m sure I can get it out when we have sun again, but, yeah.  Staining sucks.  Eudora has yet to poop in her Glow Bug cloth diaper yet, so we’ll find out how badly she will stain.  (She stains most things, so I expect it to be terrible.)  The inner of the material feels different.  It’s not the typical microsuede or microfleece.  It’s just… really oddly different, which can be a bit of a turn off.  However, that doesn’t have any impact on the functionality.  I’m also not really understanding why my Glow Bug cloth diapers that came from the boy and girl packs (purchased through a group purchase, so I only got a couple out of each pack) both have hip snaps, but my orange diaper from the Spectrum package doesn’t.  Additionally, my husband really hates cleaning poo out of the double gussets when he comes across an icky diaper when he’s on changing duty.

Overall Glow Bug Cloth Diaper Experience

Glow Bug Cloth Diaper Review (Cloth Diaper Addicts)I have to say, I really do enjoy the Glow Bug cloth diapers in my stash.  They’re fun prints.  They’re easy to use.  I quite like the ones that I have, and I just might have to pick up a few more prints.  Not, of course, because I need more cloth diapers, but because they are fun and make me happy.  I have no intention of parting with them any time soon, anyway!


Where to Buy a Glow Bug Cloth Diaper Pack

Glow Bug cloth diapers are available from affiliate sites (I’ll have mine up soon!), Glow Bug’s own site, and Lagoon Baby.

Have you used Glow Bug cloth diapers?  How did you like them?


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 love the houndstooth print! Cute!

  2. I just ordered my pack during their sale and have been anxious to see how I would like them. Thanks for the review. I’ll be sure to use liners with the diapers to avoid staining.

  3. Thanks for the thorough review! I haven’t heard of this diaper yet, so I’ll have to go check it out.

  4. I have used one glow bug and I liked it. We didn’t have any issues with it. The prints are all really cute too!

  5. I am glad they are starting to sell through other sites as well. I want to try a glow bug but don’t want or need a large pack of them.


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