gDiapers – Our Journey Continues

I am a huge fan of gDiapers, but haven’t had anything really new to say since last year or so.

However, gDiapers has begun offering an auto-ship for their refills.

This is fantastic news for a few reasons:

1.  It’s freaking hard to find medium/large refills in stores.  They are always sold out.  (Good news for the gDiaper folks, though.)

2.  Free shipping.

3.  You can set the frequency and change it as necessary.

Super idea!

Now to go back to separating the mediums and the larges so that Hazel isn’t swimming in her G’s.

gDiapers – The Experiment Continues

We are still using our gDiapers! On Miss Hazel, at least.

I blogged about gDiapers when we first tried them out. And I get a lot of traffic from people who are searching for gDiapers online.

When we first used them, it seemed like every time she went to the bathroom, it was a blowout. I was beginning to get skeptical of the supposed seal the gDiapers make that should prevent that. However! She had blowouts in disposables as well. I didn’t realize that until this summer when we were in New York and couldn’t flush the gDiapers, so we switched to disposables.

Now that we’ve started solids, though, I’ve noticed a big change. As anyone with kids can tell you, the switch from an exclusively liquid diet to a more substantial one (even though pureed peas and bananas don’t seem to me like they should solidify in the digestive system) makes for a change from an exclusively liquid poop situation to a more substantial one. (And smellier, but that’s beyond the point.) Anyway, disposable diapers are still prone to leaking. Maybe there’s less room in the diaper, but everything squishes right out. Our gDiapers, on the other hand, handle it really well. No more leaks!

Oliver is not wearing gDiapers. I tried to put them on him a couple of times, but he’s very resistant to that kind of change. He wanted to wear them a couple of times when Hazel had them, as a novelty, but he is a kid who likes to poop in his usual diaper. (Oh, how I long for a potty trained child!)

So, because I feel like this post is all over the place, here is my current evaluation of gDiapers.

  1. Because they’re bulkier than disposables (as are cloth diapers), it makes it trickier to put Hazel in pants–we have to buy a size larger than we think we should need. But that might also be because she got my thighs… unfortunate child.
  2. The company is phasing in new colors, and phasing out some old ones. It’s nice for someone like me, because we get to try new ones when we move up a size. The shipping on the gDiapers site is pretty darned expensive, though. If you sign up for their emails, they let you know about sales. Free shipping on orders over a certain amount would be nice though.
  3. They come in less sizes than disposables.  This is GREAT, in my opinion.  It means I am less likely to wind up with half a package of diapers or inserts that I can’t use and can’t return.  Hazel is in a medium now, and will be until she’s 28 pounds.  (She can switch to a large at 26 pounds, though, and the mediums and larges share the same size insert and waterproof liner, which is really convenient.
  4. The customer service is good.  I wrote to them with a question, and they responded within a day and were quite helpful.

That’s all for now, but after six months of use, I am still a fan.  I wonder if putting Oliver into the larges that we got will help him be more aware of being peeful, as we call it, and more likely to want to use the potty?  I might have to try it out…

gDiaper Experiment

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.