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GroVia My Choice Trainers Review

A Guide To The GroVia Cloth Diaper Trainers For Sustainable Potty Training

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My 3 year old just recently mastered potty training, but unfortunately, nighttime accidents sometimes still occur.

For a while we’ve had her in disposable nighttime diapers, but eventually I decided that investing in a few cloth diaper trainers was a better alternative.

Disposable diapers, no matter how ‘sustainable’ or ‘biodegradable’ they are, still contribute to landfill waste. Unless something is compostable and is actually placed into a compost bin with the necessary components to help break it down, it’s just going to sit on top of trash along with everything else.

Then there’s the money issue—as a society, we’re literally buying a product that we throw away the very same day. It makes much more sense to invest in a few cloth diapers to save money and reduce waste.

So after researching a bunch of different cloth diaper brands, I decided to order a few from a cloth diaper company called GroVia, who specializes in a modern and eco-friendly diapering system, and sell the Grovia My Choice trainers.

The GroVia My Choice cloth diaper trainer is similar to a pocket diaper, but differs in that it features a unique pull up design with interchangeable Side-Flex panels. It has a hidden layer of hemp/cotton blend with a pocket for adding extra absorbency and an exclusive GroCool™ lining. 

First Impressions Of The GroVia My Choice Trainers

I ended up ordering 3 pairs of the GroVia My Choice Trainers—plus two additional organic cotton inserts (boosters) for extra nighttime protection.

When they arrived in the mail, my initial reaction to seeing these reusable trainers for the first time was “wow—these are really good quality training pants”.

The colors are warm and earthy, the fabric is well sewn together and soft to the touch, and they contain snap buttons in several key areas which allow for alterations as baby grows.

The GroVia cloth diaper trainers also contain an inner pocket with an absorbent layer of cotton/hemp blend, where you can add an insert for extra absorbency.

Features Of The GroVia My Choice Trainer

  • Convenient pull-up design
  • Contain a hidden layer of hemp/cotton blend for absorption
  • Contains a pocket for inserts / soaker pads
  • Waterproof outer layer and absorbent inner layer
  • Available upgrade: Interchangeable Side-Flex panels for a custom fit in a variety of stylish colors for mixing and matching (must be purchased separately)

Do The GroVia Trainers Have A Comfortable Fit?

The Grovia reusable training pants come in one size and they run small—if your child is over 25 pounds, they will be really tight around the waist, and it will be difficult for your child to pull them up. This is why GroVia sells the interchangeable Side-Flex panels, which offer a roomier fit.

That’s why you’ll also see a lot of reviews by other moms saying that these trainers have a “weird fit”, and they’re correct. But in my opinion, they’re a bit snug to prevent leaks, and so that you can use these for younger babies and adjust as baby grows.

My 3 year old is really slender (under 30 pounds) and these trainers are a bit snug. Hence, I definitely recommend purchasing at least one set of their side-flex plus panels which attach via snap buttons to the side of the trainers and comfortably expand the fit.

My daughter sleeps comfortably in these trainers with added organic inserts, and she loves that she can choose which color she wants to wear.

GroVia My Choice Trainers

Do The GroVia My Trainers Leak?

From my experience, these cloth trainers have not leaked yet. I find them to be very absorbent and the waterproof outer shell does its job. In fact, when I first got them, I ran to the sink and filled one with water, just to see how well they retain liquid without an insert—and sure enough, no water escaped through the outer shell. The absorbent hidden layer of cotton/hemp blend helps catch the liquid as well—and it gets more absorbent with every wash.

*If baby is laying sideways, pee could leak out of the sides, so for nighttime, an insert is recommended for younger babies*.

How Many Cloth Trainers Do I Need?

This all depends on how advanced your child is in their potty training. If your child is doing pretty well and only has occasional leaks, then I would recommend about 10-12 trainers—it all depends on how often you prefer to do laundry. Don’t forget that you might also need inserts. I would purchase at least 2-4 inserts to experiment with and then adjust as you go.

Personally, My daughter uses hers at nightime only, and rarely has accidents anymore, so for us, 3 cloth trainers and 2 inserts was all I needed to purchase. The GroVia trainers are also durable and excellent quality, and I will be able to hand them down to an expecting family member later down the road.

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Final Thoughts On The GroVia My Choice Training Pants

The Grovia My Choice Trainers are a great way to help your little one transition from diapers to using the potty like a big kid.

Your little one is also at a stage in their life where making choices is a big deal for them! The GroVia trainers are available in many colors, so watching your child pick and choose which cloth trainer they want to wear is really fun!

The only downside to these trainers is the small fit, and may not be suitable for husky toddlers; but as mentioned above, the Side-Flex panels will generously expand the fit, and you can always return the product if it’s not the right fit for your child.

Reusable cloth training pants are environmentally friendly, non-toxic and help save money that can be better spent on other necessities.

So if you’re tired of spending money on disposable nighttime diapers and want a more sustainable way to potty train your little one, then I definitely recommend giving the Grovia My Choice Trainers a try!

GroVia My Choice Trainers

I hope you found this GroVia My Choice Trainers review helpful, and I will leave you with a slide show of their cute color options!

And if you’d like to read more about cloth diapers, Don’t miss my article on Best Cloth Diaper Brands which includes an ultimate guide to cloth diapers.

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Must-Have Beach Essentials For Young Kids

5 Beach Essentials For Toddlers That Make Life A Lot Easier

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Whether you’re on a vacation or a staycation, the fact is that parenting doesn’t get any easier. And in some circumstances, things can get a little stressful, especially if you’re not prepared.

I live close to the beach, so my kids and I spend time on the beach on a regular basis, and each time we go, I get a new idea for an essential item that makes the next trip much, much easier.

Enjoying the beach can be especially tricky if you have very young children. It can down right even be exhausting. Hence, preparation is key in order to have a stress-free time.

So, as a mom of two young children who have visited the beach many times, I’m going to list my favorite tips and must-have items that help me enjoy the beach every summer.

Destin, FL 2021

Travel Potty

Unless your little one is still in diapers or training pants, it’s a great idea to bring along a portable potty with disposable liners. It personally took me a very long time to potty train a stubborn 3 year old, and there is no way I’m letting her revert back to a diaper—so I pass on the swim diapers.

Tinukim

I really love and recommend this portable potty chair by Tinukim because it’s compact and small enough to fit in any tote bag, and it’s awesome for road trips when you don’t want your child to sit on public toilets. I keep my portable potty in the trunk of my SUV and it’s so convenient.

Tinukim

An Inflatable Swimming Pool

Many young children are terrified of going near the ocean water—and they’d much rather stay on the sand where it’s safer and less intimidating. But, the problem is that they still long to play in water—especially because it’s hot and they want to feel like they’re still experiencing the water.

So I bring along a small inflatable swimming pool and fill it up with ocean water using one of my daughter’s sand buckets. And if you don’t feel like blowing anything up (you’re tired from all the walking, I get it), you get can a pop-up tent & pool combo made just for toddlers.

Intex Baby/Toddler Pool

Sand-Proof Beach Towels

I’ve been to the beach enough times to know that regular beach towels are a complete nightmare because they trap sand. So if your child gets out of the water and they want to wipe their face—they get an eyeball full of sand—even if the towel was nowhere near it, the wind will find a way to get some on it.

I recommend getting sand proof towels which are ultra thin, ultra smooth microfiber towels that basically repel sand instead of trapping it. Plus, they dry you off better, and also dry fast as well—so you’re not stuck with a wet and sand-filled towel on the drive home.

Decomen Sand-Proof Towel

A Beach Umbrella That Won’t blow Away

If you don’t go to the beach very often, then you’ll be in for an unpleasant surprise when your beach umbrella gets picked up by the wind and you’re chasing it up the beach while trying to keep an eye on your stunned kids. This would happen to me every time and one day I got fed up and ordered a special umbrella that came with an anchor. Sandbags are also a great way to keep your umbrella in place.

Sunphio

A Beach Wagon


When you have kids, let me tell you, it’s exhausting trying to guide or carry them from the parking lot to the shore along with all the other necessities that you’ve packed (beach tote, food, snacks, water, umbrella, chairs, towels). I mean, it really is a lot of work. There were times walking back to the car when I though I would pass out not only from the heat, but because I had to carry a heavy backpack and a crying toddler in my arms. So I highly, HIGHLY recommend a beach wagon!

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How To Avoid Shopping Cart Germs With Baby

Do You Know What’s Really Lurking On Your Shopping Cart Handle?

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Let’s have a serious conversation about germs. Not only because of COVID-19, but because even prior to the outbreak, people still got sick from being in contact with unsanitary shopping carts.

When you think about it, we latch onto a shopping cart with a death grip for a good length of time. Sometimes we’re in that grocery store for a good 30-45 minutes—and the entire time, we’re clutching that shopping cart handle like it’s a safety bar on a crazy amusement park ride.

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Meanwhile, our exposed skin is coming into contact with some really nasty stuff. And if you have kids, it becomes even more problematic because kids like to rub their eyes, stick fingers in their mouth and noses, and sometimes even gnaw on the cart handle. It’s enough to give any parent anxiety.

A study conducted by the University of Arizona showed the following bacteria lurking on shopping cart handles:

Courtesy of Foodprotection.org

Why Are Shopping Carts So Dirty?

In a nutshell–they never get cleaned! If you think about it, aside from the handles being swiped with an anti-bacterial wipe from time to time, the rest of the shopping cart frame remains dirtier than a toilet seat. This is due to:

  1. Being used by multiple people throughout the day, everyday for 365 days a year.
  2. Being filled up with groceries consisting of packaged meat that ooze blood.
  3. Being sneezed on.
  4. Transfer of fecal matter from improper hand-washing.
  5. Children drooling and gnawing on the handles

How To Avoid Shopping Cart Germs

Use A Shopping Cart Cover

When I was pregnant with my first-born, one of my baby-shower gifts consisted of a shopping cart cover. I still have that little cover and use it with my second-born child. My daughter is 3 and I still use it. When I return home, I simply throw it into the washing machine and wash it in hot water. Simple.

Lumiere

Sanitize The Handles

This is a no brainer. Whenever I enter the grocery store, I grab a couple of sanitizing wipes (complimentary of the store) and wipe the handle. You should also bring your own supply of anti-bacterial wipes and sanitizer just in case the store runs out.

You can even buy a shopping cart handle cover that can also be used on shopping baskets, like the one below by Shopexzone. It’s incredibly convenient and can be stored in your car or tote bag when not in use.

Clip’N Shop

Don’t Let Your Kids Sit In The Back Of Shopping Carts

I often see a lot of parents allow their children to ride in the back of the shopping cart. And I didn’t think much of it until I read an article about all the bacteria that lurks in that part of the cart.

Packaged meat like pork and poultry products, are often placed into that area, sometimes leaking blood. This exposure leads to Salmonella and Campylobacter infections.

What does all this mean? It means that parents are literally pushing their kids around in a metal biohazard on wheels. To avoid contamination, it’s best to seat your child in the front and have the older ones walk beside you.

Fussy Toddler? Bring A Toy From Home

If you have a child who isn’t a very patient shopper and wants to tug at your shopping cart cover or reach for products in the back of the cart, give her something clean to hold; like a toy or object from home that they have great interest in.

My daughter enjoys holding a pair of my sunglasses or those silicone poppits. Knowing that she’s distracted allows me to concentrate on the items that I need to get. This makes our shopping trip quick and easy.

Wash Hands When You Get Home

When we return home, I have both my children get up on their little step stool and wash their hands with soap and water—myself included. They quite enjoy it. They love lathering and squishing the soap bubbles and it’s become a fun activity.

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