Have you contemplated gDiapers?
We get asked a lot about them, especially at our workshops. They are alluring…the promise of cloth (ie reduced enviro-guilt) without dealing with the poo because you flush it. Or without dealing with the pee diapers because you compost them. And they are darned cute…who can argue with that?? But are they all they are cracked up to be? Read on for our thoughts.
So we decided to give them a whirl – in the name of research. And to look at cloth reusable options for parents who have bought the system but no longer want to go back again and again to re-purchase the refill pads. They really add up ($0.50-$0.75 per pad).
- the cute factor is definitely there
- they are relatively easy to put on with velcro closures and seemed to fit my 11 week old and my 25m old well with respect to the liner coming in good contact with their skin – the elastic waist was a bit tight in order to get a good fit with the liner (left marks on their tummy)
- You get two covers with the starter kit ($35) but more than two covers are needed otherwise re-loading the diaper takes a lot of time – if you had more – you could keep them pre-loaded and that would be handy
- there is lots of “post diaper change” time commitment – you don’t get to just toss in the diaper pail – you must find a garbage to toss or go to the toilet, rip, swish and then flush (at least once)
- they are NOT toddler proof with rear closures – velcro in any direction can be ripped apart (as I found my toddler running around starkers!)
- with only one 11week old poo, the waterproof liner was stained as the poo did not stay on the pad
- we were not flushing – I was way too worried about a steep plumber’s bill if I clogged the toilet – so had to deal with the poopy diaper – this involved waaaaay more poo-hand contact than cloth diapering
- the flushable inserts bunched up in my toddler’s diaper leaving her delicate diaper skin smooshed up against the waterproof material of the liner
- the flushables were reasonably absorbent, even for my toddler’s night time
- 11week old poo does not get absorbed into the pad like it does into cloth = more poo to clean off cheeks (IMO, the less, the better!)
Conclusions: cute, more work than cloth (even with the washing workload of cloth – at least its all condensed into one go, not at every change) would be good alternative for times where you can’t use cloth (ie no washer when camping, travelling), more work at the diaper change time than cloth, still need to wash the covers. A very expensive option – do you like to flush or compost you $?? Cost comparison here.
Findings: we discovered some great options for cloth inserts if you have the system but don’t want to use the expensive flushables all or any of the time. Stay tuned…
PS – photos to come, too.