Getting started with gDiapers
Writing many a Facebook message with this information has prompted me to put it together into this post for anyone who’s interested, so here you have it 🙂
We love our gDiapers. I’ve wrote about them before here. This is a little more detail on exactly what you need to get your family started on gDiapers.
First let’s talk a little on the anatomy of a gDiaper.
There is a gPant, gPant pouch, and inserts. gPants are the super cute colorful diaper covers. Pouches are plastic liners that snap into the gPants and hold the insert. The insert is the part that contains the diaper mess.
gPants rarely need washed. Apart from a rare blowout or leak, they stay pretty clean. Unless your kids are like mine and like to chill in nothing but a gDiaper, which means they’ll get everything from sidewalk chalk to spaghetti on them, but that’s another story…
gPant pouches easily snap out so they can be changed with the insert when necessary. This happens maybe 50% of the time with a poopy diaper. No big deal, they’re super easy to switch out – 4 snaps & you’re done.
For inserts you can choose between reusable gCloth and biodegradable*/flushable gRefills. We use the cloth option in ours. When we started cloth diapering our main prompt was to save money, so this option made the most sense as after you buy it once you’re all set.
Now for sizes. There are newborn g’s, small, medium, large, and extra-large. Here is a size chart by baby’s weight:
With Kaden we didn’t start using gDiapers until he was 3 1/2 months old so we went straight to mediums. He fit in them until he was 2 1/2 & then switched to large.
For Alia we knew we wanted to use gDiapers. Since Kaden was a 9 lb baby I didn’t think we’d need newborn g’s (we didn’t, she was 8 lbs.), so we got what we needed to start her in smalls, and then she moved on to the mediums when she was about 4 months old.
So medium definitely gives you the most bang for your buck. We felt it was worth buying smalls for Alia because we hope to have more children & will use them again. Some of my friends who have switched to gDiapers and don’t plan on having more babies opted to just get everything they need for medium and start once their baby reached that size. I believe the cost of disposable diapers for 3 months and what you need to gDiaper in size small are comparable, so your best option would just depend on your family’s needs/goals.
Also, the gCloth & pouches only comes in 2 sizes – newborn/small or medium/large, so once your child moves from medium to large all you have to buy is new gPants, not new cloth or pouches (unless of course your child potty trains before then, in which case, I could use some advice from you 😉
What you need
To cloth diaper your baby, I recommend starting with:
- 6-8 gPants (6 is totally fine, 8 will give you a little less laundry.)
- 24 Cloth
- 2 extra packs gPouches (as mentioned, these sometimes need changed with a dirty diaper. Replace a clean one into the gPant & it’s ready to go again.)
- 2 large & 2 small wet bags – this is one of the best parts of cloth diapering. Everything dirty goes in the wet bag. Wet bags gets dumped in the washer, and then the wet bag goes in too. Everything comes out clean. We use Planetwise and really like them. I suggest having 2 large for home (to rotate when one is in the wash) and 2 small if you plan to cloth diaper out of the house. We do sometimes, especially if we’re going somewhere I know we’ll have easy access to changing like at my mom’s house.
Where to buy
I’ve bought all my gDiapers on www.gdiapers.com or amazon. You may be able to find them in stores at Babies R Us, Whole Foods, or Target, depending on where you live. Online, Amazon has free shipping for prime members or for anyone on $25+ purchases. gDiapers has free shipping on orders of $100+, as well as $10 off your first order when it’s over $100 with code TRYIT.
Here’s what you need on either site:
- gPants: gDiapers or amazon (the 6 pack is a great deal if you like green & orange. We got this when we started out and added more colors later.)
- gPant pouches: gDiapers or amazon
- Cloth inserts: gDiapers or amazon
- (or if you’d rather, gRefill inserts: gDiapers or amazon)
Total cost for everything to diaper in medium or small is in the ballpark of $300, so a little less than twice that to get both sizes. I figured we were spending about $100 a month on disposable diapers, so the initial investment paid off very quickly. And approaching 3 years later, we’re still very happy with them!
And, I’m really thrilled to tell you that next week we’ll be sharing an exciting announcement from gDiapers, complete with a giveaway! You won’t want to miss this 🙂
Happy Thursday everyone!
*disposable inserts are biodegradable in home composts per ASTM standards by a third party independent lab (wet ones only please). Nothing truly biodegrades in a landfill. But gDiapers give you 3 options for disposal. Flush, compost or toss. The choice is yours.