As I’ve mentioned before, I am addicted to gDiapers. This means I frequent forums and groups online with others with the same interest. I see many of the same questions asked over and over again so I thought I’d list some of them here. Please note that this is not the official word from gDiapers. I’m just compiling information that I’ve either experienced myself or have read from other gdiaper users.
1. What do I need to get started?
You will need 6-8 little gpants, 10-16 pouches (possibly more if your baby is only on liquids), and inserts. I’d recommend between 18-24 cloth inserts if you’re going that route. For us the magic number was 18 but it depends on how often your baby needs to get changed and how often you want to do laundry. If you’re sticking with the flushable inserts, you’ll blow through about a pack a week.
Outside of the diapers themselves, it really helps to have a washer and dryer at home. You’ll also need a cloth safe diaper detergent if you’re using the gcloths. Refer to this chart to find one that will work for you. You’ll need a place to store the dirty diapers while they’re waiting to be washed, either a wet pail or a dry pail. I use a $6 plastic garbage can from Wal-Mart with a swing top lid lined with a Planet-Wise pail liner. Once your baby is on solids, a diaper sprayer is awesome too. I love ours. Some people make their own but we didn’t think it was worth the risk of a flood.
2. Where can I buy them?
gDiapers’ site now sells directly and their other primary online retail partner is diapers.com. Both have all the styles available, and there is often some sort of promotion with gdiapers. They also have fantastic customer service. BabiesRUs sells them both in stores and online. They’re also available online on target.com, walmart.com, walgreens.com, and amazon.com. I don’t think you can get them at the brick and mortar stores, however. Whole Foods sells them in their stores as well. With the exception of BRU, I’ve found that most of the brick and mortar locations have old or no inventory. If you want the latest/greatest, gdiapers.com and diapers.com are your best bets.
3. My gcloths are repelling liquid and it’s causing leaks. What do I do?
You probably need to strip your cloths. Despite the best care, cloth diapers build up residue and other yuckies (yep, that’s a technical term) due to detergents, hard water, residue from dryer sheets, etc. That build up needs to be removed. There are a lot of ways to do this. Here are some of the recommendations I see most:
- Drop a few drops of Original Dawn dishwashing detergent into a load of diapers and wash on hot. Repeat the rinse cycle until there are no more bubbles. This could take 10 rinses or more.
- Boil your gcloths for 30 minutes and then wash and rinse in the washing machine with no detergent.
- Soak and wash with RLR
- If you have buildup due to something like a diaper rash cream, dot each gcloth with Original Dawn detergent and scrub for 20 seconds. Then rinse and repeat until all bubbles are gone.
4. How do I prep my gcloths for use?
Washing gCloths makes them more absorbent so you can either wash and dry the cloths six times (ya, I know. It sounds like a lot but the more you wash them, the better they’ll work for you) or you can boil them for 30 minutes on the stove and then rinse and dry. Update: gDiapers now recommends three wash/dry cycles.
5. What detergent should I use?
Despite the wonderful baby smell, Dreft is a big no-no. This site is a fantastic resource when you’re looking for a detergent that is safe.
6. I keep getting leaks! What do I do?
Where are the leaks happening? If it’s between the legs, make sure that the nylon pouch is sitting in the innermost crease between your baby’s body and their legs. It should sit like your underwear does. If it’s towards the top, you might be putting your little gpants on too tight. You want to make sure that the pouch creates a seal with your baby’s skin. If the pants are too tight, they can create a gap in the front or the back. Loosen up the velcro. If it’s all over your little gpants, it may be time for a new pouch. Pouches are good for about 100 washes or six months or so. Replace when it’s time.
Fit is critical. There are several videos on youtube and on gdiapers.com that I found very helpful. Here’s one from gdiapers headquarters:
When you’re diapering your sweet pea, lie them down on the back 1/3 of the diaper and lead the front end around, leading with the pouch. Then fasten the velcro where it naturally falls, no need to tug or pull on the velcro. I like to give the gPants a little tug on the front and on the back to make sure that the pouch is positioned correctly – it shouldn’t be inside the waistband. It took me a while to get the hang of getting the fit right. And as always, the oh-so-awesome diaper therapists are there to help. They really know their stuff.
7. How do I know when it’s time to move up a size?
If you’re having leaks regularly and your baby’s butt crack is showing, then it’s probably time to size up. Also, if your baby is getting a lot of red marks, this may be an indication that she’s outgrowing the size. If your baby seems to be in between sizes (in particular, between smalls and mediums, usually around 12-14 pounds), many gmums recommend putting a size small pouch in a medium little gPant.
8. I have a super soaker. What do I do to make sure there’s enough nighttime coverage?
I double up on the gcloths by putting the two hemp sides together and then stuffing them in the pouch. This gives twice the absorption power and it usually works for us, even through long 10+ hour nights. Others double up on gRefills or do a gRefill with a gCloth on top. gDiapers recommends doing sushi rolls, where you fold an insert in thirds and top it with another insert. For boys, you would put this towards the front, for girls, in the middle. There are a bunch of things you can do.
9. Are gCloths and gRefills the only inserts that can be used?
No! There are a bunch of different things people use. In addition to gCloths and gRefills, here are some of the more common I’ve come across:
- Green Mountain Prefolds – yellow edge for M/L, green edge for small
- gFlappers – a product made just for gdiapers by a work at home mom
- Gerber prefolds or flats
- Flour sack towels – low maintenance because they’re cotton and they dry quick.
- Homemade inserts – can be made from microfiber towels topped with fleece or flannel. Others make theirs from zorb
10. Will I really save money?
If you use cloth, and you use these for long enough, yes. The initial investment may feel steep but you will quickly make up those dollars within a few months. And you’re doing something good for Mother Earth! And there’s always the opportunity to recoup some of your costs by reselling your gPants. You’d be shocked at how much people are willing to pay for some of these!
11. My baby is getting red marks. Am I doing something wrong?
If you see just red indentations like you’d see on your own skin from jeans or pants, then it’s no big deal. If you see red marks or scabs where the snaps are, try loosening the pants up or putting lotion where the snaps touch the skin. Some moms actually sew a flannel flap on top of the snap to serve as a barrier between the snap and the skin.
12. Can I really flush the disposable gRefills down the toilet? Won’t that clog up my plumbing?
Unless you have non-standard plumbing or a septic tank, in general, gRefills should be fine. We flush them all the time and haven’t had issues. If you have doubts, you can always toss them in the trash and feel good knowing that they’ll biodegrade. gHQ offered up this video to show you how to do it. Isn’t Kim cute? She started the company and her older son is the original gbaby!
13. The g on the back of my gPants is wrinkled and looks like it may fall off.
Cover the g with either a piece of parchment paper or a thin t-shirt and run an iron over it for a few seconds. Should fix right up.