Contributed by Beth R
I know all of you skeptics out there. Cloth diapering? Really? So gross, time consuming, and and expensive. Let me start off by saying I was one of those people until I started looking at the benefits and the cloth diapers that are out there. In doing our research, we found GroVia and it is still one of my favorites today! We love GroVia. GroVia was the first diaper that my son ever wore and the last trainer he wore as well. Our GroVia’s have grown with us and our son. When I think about that first cloth diaper he wore it makes me a little sentimental actually.
My son was born early at 33 weeks due to a placental abruption where we both almost lost our lives. When he was born his lungs were not quite developed and due to this he had to spend time in the NICU. Before he could leave, he had to grow, work on breathing on his own, as well as eating and doing all of the things newborns babies should be doing when they leave the hospital.
Of course, as a mother my dream of having a natural birth, breastfeeding right away, and using cloth diapers seemed impossible. Although I couldn’t change his birth or being able to breastfeed him right away, I was determined to have my son wear cloth. About 2 days after he was born, I brought up one of my GroVia newborn diapers up to the NICU nurses and said that we would like to use our cloth diapers for the duration of our son’s stay in the NICU. The younger nurse we talked to first, looked a little appalled at the thought of using the GroVia’s. She said she had never used a cloth diaper while working there before. But said she would talk to a few other co-workers and the head nurse at the time to see what they thought and if it would be a possibility.
A few of the nurses came in and the head nurse, who was an older woman said, “oh my goodness how these things have changed since my babies were little.” She had cloth diapered her kids! She jumped right on board and said that as long as we were able to take the diapers home in a wet bag every night she didn’t see any reason why we couldn’t. Then all of the nurses, my husband, and I went through the process of teaching them how to use them and the features, etc. The nurses were amazed at how cute they were and how easy they were to use even on our son who was small the GroVia’s still fit him pretty well (a little big).
We decided to go ahead and use the Biosoaker liners until the meconium stage was over, then we transitioned into the stay dry soaker pads while we were still in the NICU. A few of the nurses were tentative when we made the transition, but again they jumped on board and helped us cloth diaper our son from the beginning. They would comment on how easy they were and how our little guy never got diaper rashes like the other babies. They were amazed at the ease of use and how even with their work loads that these took no more time than the disposables did for the other babies in the NICU. We were in the NICU for almost 4 weeks and were so ready to finally go home with our baby. Although it was hard to leave our new friends and people who so loving took care of our first born, we also loved that fact that we were able to help the NICU staff as well as other families in the NICU develop a love of cloth! From the people we have stayed in contact, 3 of the families and 4 of the nurses have used or are currently using cloth and GroVia’s with their little ones!
Our son is now 3 years old and has used the GroVia AIO and the GroVia trainers to potty train. He is now out of cloth diapers and we are currently cloth diapering our second child with our GroVia’s. We feel blessed to have discovered GroVia’s from the bgining! Because of GroVia’s dependability, ease of use, and versatility we have been able to cloth diaper our son from the beginning even in a situation where a heavy workload and little time could have been a deterrent.
GroVia’s were the one thing that I was able to do for my son from the beginning! If the NICU staff who takes care of several babies at time can do it, you can too! They are just as easy to change as disposables and even have the option of using a disposable liner if you can’t stomach the thought of cleaning it out ( really not that bad 🙂 ).
This is proof that anyone can and everyone can use GroVia, even in the NICU!