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Thursday, December 29, 2011
I have used disposable diapers since 2001, without giving it any thought. 50 million diapers get tossed each day and each one takes up to 500 years to breakdown. I wanted to try cloth diapers with my youngest daughter to save us some money, since we’re a one income large family. When she was born we used disposable, but switched to cloth due to very sensitive skin.
We got the “gDiaper Everyday g’s 6-pack” to try them out. It took some time to get use to them, but now it’s like second nature. We have many colors “Grateful red, Guppy green, Good vibe stripes, Great orange, Genuine vanilla bean, Good night blue, Goddess pink and Gooseberry purple.” The gDiaper = #1 a soft cotton outer diaper cover made of breathable material ,#2 a snap-in liner made of highly breathable, waterproof material and #3 an insert whether you use gCloth or the 100% biodegradable gRefill. The gCloth is two layers of soft 100% polyester micro-fleece and two layers of hemp/cotton to absorb wetness and hold moisture in. The gRefills are made of sustainably farmed wood fluff pulp, with sodium polyacrylate (SAP) for absorbency, and cellulose rayon. No plastic. You can flush them, compost them or even toss them. They will break down unlike the disposable.
My gDiaper stash on our drying rack (an old crib rail placed vertical).
info from gDiaper.com
We have tried another type of cloth diapers called “Pocket diapers”, we use Simply Cloth by JustSimplyBaby.com
They are made out of regular material (polyester) and coated with PUL- so no covers needed! The minky diapers are made out of very soft and plus micro-fiber fabric. Also water proof! The microfiber inserts are made from environmentally friendly material. They are 100% unbleached materials. A fabric with tiny strands and with 40 times more surface area for absorption. It is light, less bulky and durable.. These diapers have snaps instead of Velcro.. the velcro tabs will stick terribly to the inserts while in the wash…causing the inserts to fray. Another big reason is, velcro has a tendency to tilt upwards towards the baby’s tummy- causing a rubbing rash. Pocket diapers are exactly what they sound like, a pocket in the back of the diaper is where you insert as many pads as you need for absorbency. They come in lots of colors and patterns..I double up on inserts all the time, I find that one is not enough our little wetter. Even my husband like these ones, because there is no extra steps. You will need to change the whole diaper, unlike the gDiaper. Just unsnap the diaper, change it for a clean one. It helps if you stuff them a head of time.