Conner and I are concerned about the environment. And with two babies and LOTS of poop, we’ve been concerned about the impact the disposable diapers have on the environment.
We bought some cloth diapers, but since even at our best we never wind up doing laundry more than once a week, and hand washing the diapers never really worked out, we were back to disposables.
Then, one evening, Conner said there has to be another alternative. So we Googled environmentally friendly diapers, and found gDiapers. GDiapers are flushable diapers. Yep, you heard it right. There are three layers–a cute cloth outer layer, a waterproof (and washable) inner layer, and a flushable insert.
We decided to buy the starter package and try it out with Hazel.
Day 1: I put the diaper on wrong, so when she peed, it leaked. The website gives very clear instructions for how to put on the diaper to help avoid this, but I didn’t pay good enough attention.
Day 2: I tried again, after having read all of the instructions. Success! The flushable part got all the gross stuff, it flushed pretty easily in our toilet. We were able to rinse out the waterproof liner since it hadn’t gotten dirty. And the cloth part was certainly fine to reuse without washing. The website claims that you don’t typically have to wash the cloth cover more often than regular laundry (they might have been thinking about people who wash clothes more than us, but still, that’s much less frequently than cloth diapers).
Day 3: Blowout! Actually, it was partly my fault. Hazel was still, um, going when I changed her diaper (I didn’t realize), and she apparently puts some g-force into her movements. So, when I was attempting to put the new diaper on her, poop shot across the room. All over me, all over her, all over the diaper, all over the carpet, all over everything within three feet. No kidding. So, that diaper wound up in the laundry.
My current opinions and observations about gDiapers:
- They’re more expensive than disposable diapers. 40 flushable refills cost about $14, 160 cost $52. On Amazon, a package of 40 size 1-2 Huggies diapers (my brand of choice) costs $14.99. Babies R Us has a 192 count package of size 1-2 Huggies for $32.49. Plus, there’s the initial cost of the cloth diaper layer for gDiapers. My personal opinion? It is worth the extra money to be environmentally friendly. I don’t think it’s an unreasonable extra cost.
- They’re super cute. They have a lower case “g” on the backs, so when the baby has tummy time/is crawling/etc, they will look adorable.
- They take a bit more time to diaper and use. You can’t just fold up the diaper and toss it–you have to remove the liner and flush it. In the middle of the night, that’s not as much fun (last night, I just left it till morning, because thankfully breastfed baby poop doesn’t smell that bad. I think that the best way to combat this is to have a number of diapers (more than the 2 we’re currently working with) and have them all loaded and ready to go, and have part of the daily routine involve reloading them with the liners.
Overall, I think that they’re worth the effort. It makes me feel good to know that I’m not putting 10-20 diapers into landfills every day with my two kids. Probably in the next couple of days I’m going to be ordering some more of the cloth liners for Hazel, and a starter pack to try out with Oliver. I’m a bit concerned that Oliver won’t like switching diaper types at this stage, but as I don’t anticipate him potty training in the next couple of months, I think it’s worth a try.