My gDiaper cloth insert tutorial is one of my most popular posts. Yay for gDiapers, which were recently renamed gNappies in the UK. Um, adorable. So, I guess everyone is trying to save money on diapers! It has also generated about a million questions, so let’s talk about diapers today!
I feel a huge weight of guilt every time I put a disposable diaper in the trash can. Just knowing that that diaper will be in a landfill for the next 500 years makes my little hippie-offspring heart sink. (I wrote a 10 page paper on diapers in college. That’s how cool I am. So I know weird facts about diapers.) We don’t use these ALL the time, like nap-times, sleepy times and on-the-go times. But we use them as much as we can at home.
Anyways, I needed some bigger inserts so I whipped up some more homemade gdiaper inserts, this time in medium/large! My growing boy! I’m almost ready to order more gPants in LARGE. Gah. Where did my baby go?
I got some real inserts as a gift when the babe was born. Here’s how they compare:
Similar thickness, same size, different detailing. The gDiaper brand one is used and the one I made is fresh outta the serger, so it will look a little different when washed. You don’t have to add a layer of print fabric to yours, but I think it makes it a little extra fun and adds stability! The little orange labels are what gets me on the store bought ones, so cute!
I also thought I’d address a few questions from my original post. I have had A LOT of questions about gdiapers. I normally answer questions via email, but sometimes there is no email connected to the comment. So here are a few answers for everyone!
Where did you get your bamboo fleece?
I never used bamboo fleece. I used cheap-o polyester fleece for a few reasons. 1. It’s cheaper and 2. Bamboo is great because it is more absorbent, thus reducing the feel of wetness. I’m counting on this wet feeling to help me potty-train. So I opted not to use it (plus bamboo is relatively new and innovative which means $$$).
I suggest bamboo because bamboo is a magical fiber! It is naturally anti-bacterial (which, by the way, is why bamboo plants grow like weeds, they kill bacteria that might stop them!). It is also more absorbent than other fibers.
If you want bamboo fleece, you probably won’t find it easily in stores. The internet is your best bet.
Edit: A reader sent this link for a great source of un-dyed fabrics, including bamboo fleece! Thanks Alexandra!!
Are these as good as the store bought ones?
I used cheapo fleece, so they aren’t as soft. They don’t feel as awesome and they don’t have a cute little orange tag. But they are a whole lot cheaper. They work great for us!
Have you used the biodegradable inserts?
Nope. I want to though! I would love to try these. The reason we haven’t used these is because they are significantly MORE expensive than regular diapers. We cloth diaper because we’re poor students. And we want to save the earth.
The reviews are mixed on the biodegradable inserts though. Some people say they love them because their houses don’t smell like diapers and others say they clog the toilets. When I was researching gDiapers, not very many online reviews mentioned the functionality of the cloth inserts. But I believed in them! (And still do!)
Do you have any advice to go along with these diapers?
Sure! I’ll just tell you what we do. We use disposable at night because they last the whole night and I need sleep! We also use them when all the g’s are dirty. So the g’s are for at home, which is most of the time! Since the baby is older now, it’s really easy. #1, change the inside and throw it in the empty washer. I just wash these along with everything else and it works out fine! #2, dump contents in toilet, flush and wash normally. Unless the gPant and liner get messy or wet, we just reuse it with a new insert. I wash them a few times a week too, since they don’t add much bulk to a load I’m already doing.
It’s a little messier in the early months. I used to rinse them in the bath tub first before washing. It was messy. But it worked.
Have you tried to make the gPant?
Nope. It’s a good idea, but I only shelved out about $100 for my entire gDiaper system. I always calculate time, materials and effort into my decisions to buy instead of make. At the time I was sooo busy, tired (and hungry) so I just bought them. No regrets. They work great.
I have 6 small gpants and 6 medium gpants. The mediums still fit my kiddo. Before baby came I bought the Everyday g’s bundle, in size small and medium. I got it when the price was lower, but it’s still not a bad deal. I plan on using them for future babies (I hope!), so I think it was a good investment. For some reason, making the outer shell never appealed to me. The ones I bought function so well, I’m not sure it would be cost efficient to make them. I’d rather be making toys and clothes. But, that’s a great idea!
You can also usually find these on consignment because lots of parents buy them with the biodegradable inserts and end up hating them.
Did you use tiny gPants? Is it worth it?
Yes! I bought two tiny gPants on ebay because they are so stinking stinking CUTE! I had to have them. I was nesting. I think people buy the big starter kits and realize they don’t really need the tiny ones so they sell them.
I was planning on having a little 7 lb baby so when MR. NINE POUNDS ONE OUNCE came out everything changed. However, the tiny ones were still great for the first two weeks! I am glad we had them, we were able to start cloth right away. But, they don’t last that long. So my answer: Yes, they are worth it for the cuteness factor! But you can get away with using smalls, also.
Do you sell these cloth inserts on etsy?
No, they are sorta boring to make. But they are easy and fast! You should try it! Here’s my tutorial + free pattern.
So, tell me all your diapering stories!! I’d love to hear! Have you tried cloth? Do you have g’s?