hybrid diaper systems

This week we are discussing some favorites of ours in the hybrid category of diapering 🙂 I am also going to discuss a little of how these work and what are the pros and cons to this system.

Of all the hybrids we carry, great things can be said of our Gen-Y universal cover system! I have used this with our fourth, and it is very versatile, and Gen-Y makes a fabulous product with some great size ranges. A hybrid usually consists of a cover that is one size, or duo sized, with flaps on the front and back to hold various inserts in place. You can reuse the cover, and change out the inserts during the day.

Flip is another hybrid, they sell Flip stay dry microfiber inserts, organic cotton inserts, and disposable inserts. Flip has a PUL inner, so it can wipe clean and be reused until it gets soiled on the outside. GenY is also a PUL inner, and allows for use with organic inserts/prefolds trifolded like a business letter, microfiber inserts if you have a fleece or flannel liner on top, really just about anything.

Grovia is another hybrid system, the shells are designed to be changed throughout the day, since the mesh backing can retain moisture and odor and is not a “wipe clean” system. The mesh allows for the adhesive backing on the disposable inserts to stay in place. We don’t recommend hybrid systems for newborns, UNLESS you plan on changing the cover very frequently (often at every change), or you use the system but instead of laying inserts in, wrap them around the baby and fasten with a Snappi. Hybrids just are not the best at keeping everything contained just by trifolding, so if you intend to reuse covers, use a snappi around the insert to keep those bowel movements in. Once the baby isn’t as “explosive” around the 3-4 month mark, you can experiment with trifolding and laying in inserts 🙂


August 6, 2011. cloth diapers, Diaper Chatter, Q & A.


  1. Julie D. replied:

    So, since a hybrid system isn’t recommended for newborns (without the appropriate folding/snappi-ing, etc.), then what about the new Flip newborn inserts? Have you or any of your staff tried them? I bought a pack since they were only $10.95 on sale a while ago, but now I’m thinking, “oops.” 🙂

    • abbyslane replied:

      It depends on the baby 🙂 They can work, make sure your cover is nice and snug, but odds are you may not see repeated cover use with them as you would if you wrapped a prefold around with a snappi~

  2. Laura B. replied:

    Thank you so much for this article. We are rethinking a plan for a few grovia shells for camping based on the information.

  3. Rachel replied:

    Thank you so much for the review! I too was considering the GroVia. Not loving the idea of a hybrid diaper that I can’t reuse the shell!

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