I know only a few people will be interested in this, but if my experience can help one or two people out there, I felt I needed to share it.
We started using our gDiapers a few weeks ago – about three weeks ago, I guess. We stocked up in 9 covers in size small (we skipped over the newborn gDiapers) and we’re mainly using the biodegradable inserts, rather than the cloth inserts. I’d like to use the cloth inserts when the baby is a little older. I think that would work best for us.
I was a little apprehensive about using the gDiapers at first. I’m not sure why. Once we started using them, I fell in love with them! We only have 9 covers, but we have about 20 of the snap-in liners so if any get dirty (which they get dirty often), we can wash them and not miss a beat using the gDiapers. So far, we’re only using the gDiapers during the day and still using disposables at night. We were gifted with a lot of disposable diapers, so I’m not too worried.
This is a look of no worries.
Now I did get worried when our baby developed horrible diaper rash after wearing his Pampers diapers. After a couple of nights wearing those diapers, I took all of our unopened packages back to stores and got store credit. We are sticking with the Huggies Pure & Natural diapers, since they have fewer dyes and chemicals. The diaper rash is almost gone.
And….a list of things that have helped us:
1. I prepare the gDiapers the night before or first thing in the morning for the day. I make sure we have a stack of already loaded diapers ready to go so the baby isn’t laying there for too long (he’s more likely to make a mess when he’s diaper-less.)
2. I’ve started teaching our house guests how to change the gDiapers. This helped when we had our parents staying with us. They were a little nervous at first, but gDiapers are still diapers. And if they’re already loaded with the inserts, it’s easy-peasey to put on the baby.
3. Be prepared for messes – especially the first day or two. We had to wash several covers after that first day. We just weren’t used to the inserts and making sure everything was in the right place so the insert didn’t slide. Luckily there’s a snap-in liner, but that doesn’t always catch everything.
4. We keep a net bag next to the changing pad for the liners. About half of our liners have to be washed after just one use. The bag keeps everything in one place and the liners aren’t floating around in the washing machine. (The bags were made for delicates – we have several of these bags, and I have two in rotation just for diapers now.)
Most of the daycares that we have looked at will do cloth diapering. I haven’t checked with the woman we’re considering using for child care, but I’m hoping that once she sees just how easy these are, she’ll embrace it just as we have!
These opinions are 100% mine – I wasn’t compensated for this post or asked to say nice things about gDiapers. The people at gDiapers have no idea who I am. I just really, really like them and hope this may help at least one person out there. Oh, and I’m sure I’ll have more opinions as we continue to use gDiapers. And I’ll continue to post all about them!