So… are gDiapers really that incredible?

Updated Oct 12 2015
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I'm currently 32 weeks pregnant and ready to become a first-time mom to our baby. I thought I had everything figured out about our parenting needs/choices months ago… until I read an article about different diapering options. I never realized there were other options besides cloth or disposable, and now I'm interested in hybrid diapers. The brand that appears to be most readily available where I live is gDiapers, but I have a few questions.

I love that they're biodegradable, and that there's a flushable liner to catch solids. It's also great that they're latex-free, since I'm allergic. However I am wondering these things: are they versatile? If gDiapers isn't in stock at the local store, can I get another brand? Also, are there ongoing costs — are the financial savings really worth it if I'm spending more on electricity and water to wash the diaper covers and inserts? And finally: how many covers and inserts do I need to start with? — Barbara
  1. I got a trial pack of G-Diapers and found them a little complicated. I ended up using Sunbaby diapers. I got them from E-bay. They were a great deal. They come with the diaper/cover that has adjustable snaps. They fit my daughter when she was a newborn and still fit her now at a 12 months. They come with liners, or you can purchase them separately. You just throw a couple of liners inside the cover and snap it on. I never had a big problem with leaks. Since the diapers and liners are separate, the smell washes out easily. I love them. http://sunbabydiapers.com/

    • I started CD with my DD and was using gdipes. they didnt fit her at all at first, until she got to be about 10lbs. then i used them exclusivly until she grew out of the smalls. I didnt have the money to buy medium covers (they are expensive comparitivly) and still wanted to cd without having to dread having to buy yet ANOTHER size when she grew out of the mediums. it was an expense I couldnt spare. that's when I discovered Sunbabies. I LOVE sunbaby diapers. they were durable (dd is now 21 months and potty trained)and easy to care for, and so incredibly inexpensive. you can buy them from the site brand new or you can buy them on ebay (i have some for sale on there now!) or the two different auction pages on FB. the best part? instead of depreciating the resale value after use like conventional cloth dipes, they actually appreciate! new from the site they are $5 a diaper at their least expensive (no inserts, 6 shells) but generally resell for about double that because the patterns discontinue quickly. new patterns come out about every 3 months or so, and some people collect them! some more elusive patters go for much much more. therefore they are a great diapering investment. oh and they just came out with a bigger size too. size one will fit newborn (6 lbs) to whenever (my dd still fits them.) but if you happen to have a chunkier monkey, they make a slightly larger size 2!

    • I love gDiapers, but they're too expensive for my family of 5. They are a little hard to get used to at first because they fasten in the back, but they are cute as can be. I just bought 2 Sunbaby's (off ebay! Maybe from you, Angie, lol, I will have to check!) and JUST got them yesterday and have to admit I'm VERY impressed. There are SO many choices in cloth diapering and I really don't suggest picking a brand and spending a fortune on them. My daughter is 5 months on Monday and I have some Bummis covers, Bumkin all in ones, gDiapers and now Sunbaby (and another brand that is slipping my mind, on it's way, also from Ebay). Mix it up and you'll find what's right. Oh and Dreameze fitteds for overnights… they rock… seriously 🙂 Good luck in your cloth diapering endevor!

  2. I don't want to complicate your diaper search, but I did a lot of research on cloth diapers and especially hybrid diapers. It seems like everyone I know uses the Grovia All-in-Two (AI2) hybrids. In addition, they seem to be the highest rated on most of the sites I've found. These get great fit ratings and are some of the slimmest, yet most absorbant hybrids out there. With Grovia AI2 you can use either a washable snap-in insert or the disposible insert.

    • I also wanted to add that I think the recommendation is to have about 21 cloth diapers for newborns if you want to wash diapers every day (average is 7-10 diapers a day). If you get the Grovia All-in-Two diaper they grow with your baby from 8lbs to 35lbs so you only have to buy the covers and inserts once. There are no new sizes to buy.

      My stash includes 7 covers ($16 each) and 22 snap-in inserts (they come in packs of 2 for about $17 for the pair) with a box of 50 disposible inserts.

      If you exclusively breast feed you don't even need to wash out the poo. They can go directly into the washing machine. If you use formula or your baby starts solid food you can use a disposible liner that you just pick up and flush. Or just rinse off the poo before washing.

      • I started using the GroVia All-in-Twos when my daughter was three months old. I really like that I have the option of using the disposable inserts or the snap-in cloth ones. They are great because they grow with your baby (fit most babies 8-35 lbs) so you don't have to shell out for a new size whenever your baby has a growth spurt. The initial expense can be daunting, but once you have your set, you are set! In terms of washing, they aren't especially complicated, as long as you use an appropriate detergent. There are lots of resources online to help you get started, and if need be, troubleshoot.

  3. I run a daycare and had a baby with g diapers. I hated them. It's basically just a cloth diaper cover with a menstrual pad in it. I found them messy and they never flushed properly unless you let them sit in the toilet forever first so they could fall apart.

  4. Cloth diapers are awesome, but most people who use cloth diapers agree the gdiapers are kind of terrible! We borrowed some from a friend so we're at least not out any money, but our then 2-week old baby peed right through them. Cloth diapers are way easier than I expected them to be, and I just feel really good not throwing away money on something our kid will use once and a small bag of trash our everyday. We don't have our own washer and dryer, but two washes and dries in our building is 7.50. We would certainly be spending lots more than that a week on disposables! I don't worry about the electricity or water–I think the energy used to make and transport each disposable way outweighs it.
    Other brands, while harder to find and usually more pricy, are much more absorbent and less likely to leak. I've found the cloth diapering world to be confusing (which brand is best? How many to buy? How to care for them?). So far we have found prefolds and covers to be the most affordable, most adjustable (our tall skinny 8 lb 5 week old baby won't fit in a lot of the other diapers we have yet), and easiest to care for. A prefold is basically a square of cloth in which the middle third is much thicker. You can fold the prefold in thirds and put it in a cover, wrap the prefold around the baby's butt as if it were a regular disposable and attach with these cool things called Snappis, or do a fancy twist and attach with Snappis. We do the twist because it is trimmer and more layers of absorbency under her vagina.
    For washing, hot wash, 2 or 3x/week for the prefolds. Throw the covers in with the other baby laundry whenever it gets done. We own I think 30something prefolds and 4 covers. We probably only need 3 covers, and the number of prefolds depends on how often you want to do laundry. We use disposables at night still, because our daughter stays asleep longer in them, so we have fewer prefolds than otherwise needed to go as long as we do between washings.
    Hope this is helpful and not annoying overshare! Good luck.

    • We also use prefolds and covers, and don't plan on switching (my son is almost 2). They're easy, super cheap, very absorbant, and adjustable. And simple. Simple is key.

    • We use prefolds and covers and love them! I have recently switched from PUL covers to wool, and like them much better. They are more expensive but you need fewer and they are breathable and durable. The PUL's smell like ammonia when you open them up in the morning (my 5 month old is sleeping long stretches!) Lovey Bums are my favorite http://loveybums.com/ and so far worth it since the prefolds are only a few dollars or less a piece.

  5. Meh. When I started cloth diapering, I bought/accepted hand-me-downs of a huge variety of different brands, so I could see what worked for us. The biggest downside of g-diapers? They're the only kind that wouldn't "mix and match" — you kind of have to go with the whole system. The easiest thing for me? Regular pre-folds, a good cover with gussets (I like bummis) and paper flushable liners like these. With paper lines, you have all the benefits of hybrids (which is essentially less/little poo scrubbing), and less trash, less cost, and more versatility. All the g-diapers I have are sitting in a box in my attic — I've tried to sell them & i can't!

  6. We tried really hard to like the gDiapers, but stopped using them when my daughter was about 5 months old. There was a 3 week period when the gDiapers fit perfectly, but the rest of the time we seemed to always be between sizes where they were too big or too small. This resulted in LOTS of leaking. Waking up to a mess in the bed and having to change the sheets in the middle of the night was no fun. I liked the idea of the disposable insert, but it was a hassle to flush them in my opinion so we ended up just throwing them away. Now we use GroVia pants with regular prefold diapers and they work great! We always keep some Seventh Generation disposables on hand too.

  7. On several friends' recommendations, we've stocked up on Thirsties covers and a few dozen washable pre-fold diapers. They grow with your baby, are very easy to care for, and (very importantly) are not so complicated or weird that daycares won't deal with them. The parents I know who have tried gDiapers have been really frustrated with them, or found them to just not work as well as they had hoped. I say save your money and go with some kind of pre-folds with covers!

        • I love my thirsties covers & prefolds! I also really like the Gen Y universal covers and bumgenius one size pockets. I have a fairly varied stash and I was pleasantly surprised on how easy cloth diapering was.

          • Hehe, I rarely use them here, Ariel. Hell, I don't even like using them on CafeMom or the other sites I frequent, but I am fluent now at translating when other people question them ;)"DH" "DD" etc comes across as…overly cutesy for me. I don't call him "dear husband" when I talk about him anywhere else, why would I call him "dh" when posting about him on the internet?

          • Lol…I like that. I frequent an advice board where DH often gets turned into DuH, when husbands are having a hard time getting their heads out of their asses for certain situations.

  8. While I'm all for washable diapers- you might make sure your daycare provider will accept them (if you will be using a daycare). Our daughter's school doesn't have a place to store soiled diapers and has health code issues with reusables, so financially it didn't make sense to buy both. I still have a few cloth diapers that we use on the weekend, but I'm glad I didn't invest in a whole cloth system.

    I also highly recommend seeing if you can try several different types to see what works for you. I've heard that some are better for boys vs. girls. There are a few places that offer a trial system like this – http://www.JilliansDrawers.com is one site.

  9. Not personal experience, but a good friend of mine has used gDiapers since birth for his now 8 month old and he loves them. He said they never had any trouble with leaking, except when transitioning to a new size. They use the cloth inserts at home and the disposable inserts on the go. Based on his experience, I'm planning on using them for my baby due in March. If they end up not working out, that's cool, but I'm going to give them a try because I'm not fully committed to going totally cloth at this point.

  10. I used G diapers to supplement our wool cover and pre fold diapering system. We mostly use them for traveling as they are easier to rinse of poop while on the road than our wool covers. I use my pre folds in them as opposed to the weird disposable liner or even their cloth liner. A regular pre fold fits right in. I got them as hand me downs. I personally love wool Loveybums covers with prefolds, but the G diapers have come in handy when rinsing wool is a bit of a pain in the butt. We also have a couple Thirsties covers that are awesome for traveling. My advice is go cloth and use G diapers covers if you can find some for free, but as a one and only diapering solution I would not recommend them. They are not good at night and the inserts both cloth and disposable do not have enough absorbency for a lot of babies. I love cloth diapering whether you go all in ones or prefolds with some kind of cover.

  11. IMO- gdiapers are like the Hyndai of cloth diapers. Inexpensive, useful, but cheap with crappy resale value. Grovia is the BMW of the cloth diaper. I love their AIO, but if you're looking for the hybrid option- the AI2 is great as well.

  12. I have used gDiapers with my daughter since she was born and I have been very happy with them. My husband was not interested in doing cloth diapering, so this was our compromise.

    I personally haven't had issues with leaking, but I have also been doing elimination communication with my daughter since she was born, so I put her on the potty often and she didn't go in her diaper all the time. My husband has had trouble flushing the diapers, but it is because he's not as diligent about breaking them up in the toilet before flushing as I am (gDiapers include a swish stick that you use to break apart the flushable part and makes them safe to flush). We normally can flush 2 diapers at once, though.

    I still do use some cloth inserts when we're at home and I have some of the cloth liners that were purchased from gDiapers, but I also have a lot of prefolds that I will stick in there as well. They don't fit perfectly, but I don't find that they have to. The ends of the prefolds can stick out the top of the diaper and the inside still works just fine.

    My daycare provider is fine using the diapers, but she chooses to put them in the garbage instead of flush them. Also, I purchase my refills from Amazon – they have a Subscribe and Save option that makes the price much more affordable for me. I get one case per month delivered to my door for about $36 and I have not yet had to run to the store to buy a pack of diapers in the middle of the night. It is a more expensive option than just buying a pack of diapers, but I feel better about this system (and they don't smell like plastic which is one thing I can't stand about regular diapers).

    I'm not sure where you're located, but I would recommend using Craigslist to find families who didn't like their gDiapers and buy the gPants, gLiners and swish sticks from them. That's how I got my stash and I saved a TON of money on them that way.

    There really are so many different ways to go, and everyone seems to feel so passionately that their way is the best way. 🙂 I like my gDiapers and I'm not sure what other systems we would have been able to make work at my house, but it really is a personal preference. They do have starter kits (and maybe you can even find one of those gently used online), so you can see what you think for yourself.

  13. I tried Flip brand when I wanted to try hybrids. I was confused because the disposable inserts were larger than disposable diapers. I would assume 7th Generation would be more eco-friendly than the Flip. If there are any Flip users out there, is there something I'm missing?

    • Most people I know who use Flips (including me) actually use them with cloth inserts of some kind, and reserve disposable inserts for travel or daycare.

    • I purchased the flips with cloth inserts and got a pack of disposables for when my husband has the baby out by himself (rarity). Granted the bambino is still in the womb but I LOVE these flips especially because you can easily use prefolds with them (cheaper)
      G diapers you either love or hate them I've heard both.

  14. Ah – the acronyms of cloth diapering. They almost made me stop researching it… almost.

    We used Gro-Via, but don't have a dryer and I didn't like the way they ended up all crispy and scratchy. We use Bum Genius now, and have yet to have a problem with them – not even the dreaded crap-back (when it shoots up the chute in the back).
    I have one friend who uses G's, and she gets leaks constantly (like, every time the babe pees & most times he poos – he even plastered his great-grandmother at a wedding. Yes, plastered. Through clothes.) Unfortunately, she spent so much, she feels like she's committed (she bought everything they'd need for the whole diapering lifetime of the kid, and then some), so she's stubbornly refusing to admit it's the diaper that's gone wrong.

    • Oh, and just like the breast-pad post, I feel like I have to say this:
      You're probably going to run into so much advice that it'll make your head spin. If you're anything like me, you've done more research for this baby than for anything else in your whole life. The one thing that got me through was remembering that every body (and every baby's body) is different. You might find that an array of things works for you. You might find a diaper company that allows you to buy, try, & return (Green Mountain Diaper does this, I think). Do what you feel good doing, and screw what everyone else says.
      🙂

      • Also… diaperswappers.com and Spot's Corner on hyenacart are great ways to get used diapers for a lower price and try a bunch of different kinds.

  15. When I was researching cloth diapers I came upon this site: http://www.kellyscloset.com/ They have reviews on almost everything, not to mention coupons and great deals all the time. I never tried hybrids (just went straight for the full on cloth diapers), but I did hear good things about the Flip system. You can use liners or prefolds or even the microfiber inserts from pocket diapers (or hemp doublers…I could go on!) in them. Worth checking out! I love using cloth diapers and cloth wipes. A great site for cloth wipe solutions is http://www.divadiapers.com/pages/wipesolutions.php I use the castile soap one with tea tree oil. The best advice I heard was to try them out. Don't buy a whole system and totally commit until you know they work for you. Good luck!

  16. I didn't care for them when we tried a friend's–not as efficient as straight cloth and not as cost-effective. And really, I stopped liking BumGenius diapers and Thirsties covers as much after about 2.5 years too. The PUL does eventually break down so for multiple kids it isn't ideal. If I had it to do again I would only buy prefolds and workhorse fitteds from Green Mountain Diapers (they are phenomenal) and wool covers from Loveybums and Etsy–we have had great success with those. Simple works best w/ cloth, I think, and it's cheaper.

    • I totally agree! And glad to see another Loveybums lover! Their wool crepe covers have been the workhorses in my house. My daughter has used them everyday for almost two years now! I really think pre folds with a good wool cover ends up being cheapest. They last forever. We even did a bike trip of Nantucket for a wedding using our pre folds and wool covers. It was awesome! I always get snaps on everything….Velcro wears out to easy even with the Velcro savers.

    • Yup. The more I cloth diaper (my daughter is 13 months now) the more I love plain ol' prefolds and woolies. I've tried every kind and you just can't beat them.

  17. We use a cloth diaper system from Kaiwaii baby (http://www.theluvyourbaby.com/) which we have found incredibly versatile and can easily mix and match with other brands when needed. We have 16 outer covers that have snap lock and are adjustable so grow with your baby. We have 32 cloth inserts, which are a standard size so you can choose different fabrics (many people love the bamboo cloth but you can always use an old towel you have cut up!). We discovered flushable liners (Kushies are popular but there are lots of brands) which help with the poop explosions. We found that if the flusable liners had only been peed on, you can easily wash them out and reuse them several times before they fall apart – so at less than $10 for 100, they are very cost effective and are definately easier than rinsing off poop each time (wish I had discovered them from the start!) I bought a bulk deal of diapers and inserts from Kaiwaii's ebay sales and it was very cheap. We usually cope with the amount of diapers we have with a wash every 2-3 days, although there have been a few times where we have run out before the last wash is dry. The only problem I found is that I bought the covers for 8lb+ baby and when we brought our little one home he was just too small for them. We used compostable disposables for the first few weeks until he put on some weight, and we still use the compostable disposables at night because he sleeps longer in them. He is nearly 10 months now and the cloth diapers are still holding their own. The options are so good nowadays that in my opinion they are as easy to use as disposables, and the cost of washing is negated by the production, distribution and landfill costs that disposables have on our planet. Compostable diapers (if you can find some in your area) are a great middle ground, but it can be hard to find places that will compost them for you and not everyone has the space to compost them at home. As for cloth wipes, I just bought a bulk pack of baby washcloths (although cutting up old towels works just as well too) and I make my own wet wipe solution using baby shampoo, olive oil, tea tree essential oil, lavender essential oil and water. Cheap, cheerful and very easy to do. And since ditching the shop bought wet wipes we have not seen any diaper rash…

  18. i loved gdiapers! they always fit my daughter well, though it was a pain to wash them in the sink when leaks did happen (we didn't have a washer and dryer in our apartment at the time). i will say i have not tried any other brand to compare.. but i enjoyed my g's very much!

  19. I've only been using gDiapers for a week with my 2-month-old, but so far they are working out great. It's only been a week, though, so I'm not sure how helpful that is. We haven't had any leaks or any difficulty with them, though. I've been able to use a regular pre-fold in them, as well as the disposable liner. I haven't tried to flush the disposable, we just toss it since BabyRox is exclusively breastfed. The inserts are more expensive than regular disposables, but better for the environment…since cost is an issue for us, I am using cloth when we're at home and just using the disposable inserts when we're out and about.

  20. I had BIG problems with gDiapers. They are a 3 piece system with cloth diaper, plastic liner, and whatever insert you use. For me the plastic liners were wearing out SUPER fast, like in a few weeks – the elastic would just be totally shot and they would leak. I was following proper washing instructions to the letter, they were just not well made.

    I now use a variety of cloth diapers, but if you really want to try hybrids, GroVia are good, and I love Flips. They're made by Bum Genius, high quality covers, and you can use cloth inserts, disposable inserts, or prefolds, or any combination of those. Very economical but well made.

    I will add that once you start with a hybrid system, you might find it's worth going all cloth since you might as well do full loads of laundry! But don't get overwhelmed. Start with a few and don't feel like you need a full supply. See what you like and build your stash over time. Another option some people use is a thin disposable liner inside a cloth diaper to make poop cleanups easier. Good luck!

    (PS Not to be too self-promotional, but I have a lot of cloth diaper reviews on my blog!)

  21. I might be in the minority here, but I didn't like the gDiapers, which sucks because we found ourselves $100+ deep in them before we realized they didn't fit our needs, and we've used Pampers since. They never felt like they were "right" on my son, and the washing the liners (we used cloth liners) was a PITA. LO got a nice rash on his thighs from the elastic, and that was that.

    • Hey Liz! Not to detract from your comment, but would you mind not using parenting acronyms on Offbeat Mama? We find they can be really confusing since there are plenty of people who don't know what they mean. I know PITA isn't parenting-specific, but I hadn't read that in years and just spent a few minutes trying to figure out if that was new slang (Like, "That was such a pita to accomplish!") and how pita=hard, and then realized it's pain in the ass (right?). HA!

  22. We're expecting our first baby in about a week (whoa!) and we're planning to give g's a try, so the timing of this post was awesome!

    We have done a trial run of prepping the g's with liner and disposable insert, as well as flushing one just to see how it works.

    Has anyone had luck composting the disposable inserts for the g's? I know that's another option.

    • Here you get into composting human waste, which is more space- and time-consuming than regular composting for health/safety reasons. Unless you're already doing it with your own (kudos for the self-sufficiency), I'd do a hell of a lot of research before trying.

  23. There is a lot of room for user-error with gDiapers. The gPouch has to be situated just right or you get leaks like crazy. Personally I have a stash of about 50 flats, 15 gerber prefolds (not the kind with absorbent padding), 12 Sunbaby pockets that I use for covers, a couple pairs of wool longies that I've knitted, and three snappis. With a 2 year old who is daytime potty-trained and a four month old, I do laundry every other day just so it won't get stinky or start growing stuff. My entire stash cost about $200 including wool but I went way overboard on flats. Half that would have been plenty.

  24. G Diapers seem to be the most expensive route of cloth diapering. The covers are $15 and they are a basic shell. The inserts are 20 for $15. And you're right, you still have to wash the covers AND you're throwing things away. We did G diapers at first and I could never find a reliable retailer, even in Chicago, and would end up driving all over looking for inserts! Then, the "catch" area of the diaper is so small it never held the solids and was such a mess. We moved on to basic cotton prefolds and covers and love it. We love http://www.greenmountaindiapers.com/

  25. It may be a good idea to not get too many to start to see if you like them and how they fit. I started to use cloth diapers but our boy has nice chunky legs and has grown very fast (26lbs at 8 months) so he did not last in his cloth diapers long before outgrowing them.

  26. We actually got a trial size of gdiapers from someone we had bought them for as a babyshower present. They didn't work for them, they said they leaked. They worked fine with our baby but we had them as addition to several other cloth diapers and disposables. The first few weeks we were testing different diapers to figure out which worked best. Although gdiapers worked well with us they did not flush well so we ended up trashing the liners. You don't have to wash the covers as often unless they leak so we got by with 2 covers and liners but like I mentioned we were using several other diapers too. We ended up using cloth diapers during the day time and at night disposables as we thought the cloth diapers got too wet at night and would wake up the baby. We are using hemp cloth liners, they work the best. For the covers what worked best for us and are handy as they expand are the Thirsties wraps with snaps. I would recommend experimenting. Maybe ask for the starter kits for different sets as your baby shower gifts and then see what works the best.

  27. Oh dear. I would NOT recommend gDiapers. We have twin boys, and prior to them being born, we were 100% sold on gDiapers. In fact, we had purchased 10 cases of inserts plus 12 covers or so.

    The first time we put them on the boys, we found the inserts to be clumsy, and not particularly absorbent. Then after wearing them for less than 2 hours, both of the boys pooped which resulted in two .blow-outs

    Maybe if you're a full time mommy, they may work, but with two working parents we opted to go with Seventh Generation diapers instead.

  28. I want to add that when researching cloth diapers myself (going with GroVia, Flips with prefolds, and Prowraps for newborn), I tried to buy a lot of used diapers. When I would see a used gDiaper it seemed like it did not hold up well over time. I talked to a lady at the consignments shop and she explained that several of the gDipes I was looking at had only been used by one child for about a month before the mom gave up on the complicated system and switched to prefolds and generic covers. The gDipe covers looked like they has been run through the gauntlet whereas the other covers (all brands) didn't look nearly as haggard. Just my observation and just one reason I ended up going with a different hybrid system.

      • Yea, I found it amazing to see which diapers were in shreds without a single stain and which ones looked brand new but with much more staining. I really didn't care about the stains on a few I bought because it just ment they were used more and still looked that good! The used Flips I bought looked brand new!

  29. I started out with the gdiapers when my baby was about four months old. I thought they were great for awhile but they did leak for us more and more often.

    We eventually discovered Econobums! They are the best I've used! $50and you get twelve prefolds and three covers! I've sinced used fuzzibunz, bum genius and happy heinys and they're great too. But nothing compared to my Econobums.

    The biggest thing is being able to mix and match when you're in a bind. You cannot mix and match with gdiapers like nearly every other brand.

    • I picked up a bunch of econobums to try this time too–baby girl will be here any day and I can't wait to try them out! They were buy 1 get 1 for $9.95, so I ended up getting 4 covers and 8 diapers for $20, figured it couldn't hurt to try them. Thus far, I'm impressed with the quality, we'll see how they work on the munchkin. My favorite covers have been Gen Y Universals, but I can't justify buying them except when they have 2nds–they're expensive. But they work with hybrid systems, fitteds, prefolds (no snappi/pins needed), etc.

  30. I LOVE our fuzzibunz diapers. They're supposed to fit from birth to pottytraining, and are super adjustable with moveable elastic bands and lots of different snaps. My daughter seems quite happy with them. I don't think it's any more work to wash the inserts with the diapers than to flush them, and this way it's cheaper and there's less waste.

    • Love my Fuzzibunz. Sunbaby is a good and way, way cheaper alternative, but Fuzzibunz are worth it. I never looked into g-diapers because they aren't one size and I'm not down with having to buy inserts. If I wanted to keep buying something that is going to get thrown away, I would use disposable diapers.

  31. We researched all the options, and for those of you that care about the environmental impact of your diaper choice, you should know that gDiapers are NOT environmentally friendly in the least. The city we live in, Vancouver Washington, conducted and posted a study about the negative impact gDiapers have on the sewage system and the water that eventually reaches the Columbia River. The diaper materials get caught up at practically all stages of sewage treatment, requiring excess water to move the sludge along and causing dangerous clogs. More seriously, the cellulose clouds the water, preventing the UV process used to kill pathogens from being effective. This water then goes directly into our rivers. Just FYI.

    • Living in Portland (and therefore in the same small ecosystem) I'm curious whether the study was just on gDiapers, or on all flushable diaper liners. Do you know? I've been thinking of adding a liner now that my kiddo is doing solids, but if they're that problematic, I'll just stick do what I've been doing. (Rinse with attachable toilet hose thing.)

      • The study was specifically gDiapers, because of the multi layers of rayon fibers and cellulose. I'm not sure about the flushable liners. I suppose it would depend on the brand and composition. In my own experience though, the flannel washable liners we used would just get bunched up and give the babe a wedgie, they never seem to stay in place. I think they're basically useless.

  32. For what it's worth, I really love my bumGenius One Size Pockets. They come with two sizes of liners, so you I don't see that you would need to buy extras. They start around $18 for a pocket with liners, and are cheaper the more you buy.

    I tried both the All in Ones as well as the pockets, and I much prefer the latter. I think 15 or 16 is a good number, and I do a load every day and a half or so. I used http://www.nickisdiapers.com (they have a diaper registry). I also use Planet Wise wet bags. They work great for keeping smells out in between washes. I use two large for the house, and one medium for the diaper bag.

  33. I'd highly recommend finding a cloth diapering class locally if you can. The class we took answered a LOT of our questions & turned my hubs from wanting disposables to cloth. Some diaper services and online shops offer trial packs where you can try out different kinds to see what works best.

    The biggest thing I got from the class was that your baby will choose the diaper. So don't go overboard with any one brand or type.

  34. we use pre-folds with the Econobum One-Size Diapers from cottonbabies.com. They are only $8.95 and grow with your baby. I am fortunate to be able to use a diaper service so< I don't have to wash my diapers, but even if I didn't have the diaper service, washing them wouldn't be a problem. My baby went through an average of 8-10 diapers a day when breast feeding, but she has always been a big pee-er as well. At 8 months, we are using about 40 cloth diapers a week. I was also overwhelmed by all the choices out there so, I just chose to stick with the good old fashion prefolds. We love them and my baby has never had diaper rash! Which is awesome!

  35. I haven't used gDiapers, so I can't comment directly on them. I can give my cloth diaper recommendations though. For pockets I like Rumparooz, they are very soft inside, and the gussets are fantastic for holding breast fed messes. For all in twos, I like the Grovia (I haven't tried their disposable inserts, just the cloth), and weehuggers covers with old fashioned flats.

  36. I really like gdiapers, but I don't use the disposable liners often – only if we spend a full day out of the house. I stuff a pre-fold in the pouch and it works great. As a matter of fact, it was only yesterday that I said to my baby "There's just no way that a disposable diaper would have held all that poo!"

    I use all different types of diapers, but when she moves up to the next size I'm investing in g's exclusively.

    To answer your question: Love them.
    I do a load of laundry every day anyway. I just throw the dirty diapers in a pre-wash with the lowest water setting, then throw the rest of my clothes on top for the real wash, so I'm not really using that much more water. Also, I have the washer pre-filled with water for the pre-wash and just toss dirty diapers in throughout the day. No stinky pail!

    Start your inventory small, and try a few different brands. Baby grows so fast. By the time you need the next size up you'll know what you prefer.

    Oh! And there's a trick with gdiapers that maybe some don't know: You don't just slap it on. Take the stuffed plastic pouch and fit it in the creases between baby's thighs and vagina/scrotum like how your underwear would sit. That's how you prevent leaks.

  37. I love the concept of gDiapers. However, if you are using them exclusively as hybrid diapers (with the flushable insert, not a cloth insert) they come out more expensive than traditional diapers. We cloth diaper for money reasons, so we could to afford to exclusively use hybrids.
    Out of the hybrid options out there (groVia, flip and gDiaper) the gDiaper inserts are my favorite. However they are sized diapers so when they grow out of the small you need to invest in more covers and snap in liners in medium, then again when they hit large.

    We used g's in small (she fit as soon as her umbilical cord fell off) as our out and about diapers and full cloth at home, then when my daughter grew out of the smalls (about 3 months) we moved to flip and groVia as our out and about diapers while still using full cloth at home. I missed the flushable aspect of the gDiapers so I found I can use gDiaper inserts into flip covers.

    Very few stores carry the inserts so you'd be better off buying online and getting an auto refill option so you don't run out.

  38. Everyone's already said what I have to say, and honestly, there are entire blogs and websites dedicated to just cloth diapers, so the dispute could go on forever. Basically, I hated gDiapers. The liner always clogged the toilet, and bunched in weird places, so at changing time, you had this sodden, possibly poop-infested mess. Then you had t touch it and rip up the insert so it flushed properly. It was horrible. But we also loved them for traveling, because you can carry one or two covers, a few extra insert pockets, then a ton of just inexpensive, Gerber flat fold diapers (those old fashioned kinds your parents probably used). It took up way less space than packing our pocket diapers, and because they were relatively inexpensive, we weren't as paranoid about losing them. Also, my son grew out of the largest size when he was 18 mo, so they aren't nearly as universally sized as Grovia or Flip diapers. My opinion-get a pack and see how you like them. You can always sell them. But for full-time diaper, stick with the fancy pocket diapers or all-in-ones.

  39. I've been using gDiapers with my 15 month old since he was 4 months old. I received a bunch of different cloth diaper hand me downs, and we liked gDiapers best. I use the gDiaper cloth inserts with their liners most of the time, and the disposable inserts when we travel. And we use a regular disposable at night (I like Earths Best)- the gDiapers just aren't as absorbent and my kid sleeps through the night.

    Because I received most of my gpants and plastic liners as hand me downs, our initial cost was low. There is some ongoing costs- the plastic liners have to be replaced when they get stretched out and the liners that go on top of the cloth inserts (these are awesome BTW, so much easier than dunking!). But overall, I'm sure we save tons of money by cloth diapering. Not to mention the environmental savings of not putting diapers in a landfill.

    I live in a rural area, so I order all my diapering stuff from diapers.com. They carry all the gDiapers supplies and ship for free at $49.

    Good luck!

  40. after reading these comments, I'm thinking it'd be a good idea to use sunbaby diaper covers (just because they're cuter) with the grovia disposable liners, whenever those are needed, and using cloth prefolds the rest of the time. Does anyone mix and match like that? Does it work well?

  41. I had a kid who ended up being in diapers for four years (he is on the autism spectrum) AND who had horrible allergies to disposable diapers.

    We cloth diapered from the beginning, but there were a few times when we traveled when we needed/ preferred to use sposies (it was particularly bad when we went to Europe for a month, which was the first time he really had ever worn sposies, so the burn was particularly bad).

    Towards the end of his diapering, he had almost outgrown every single large/ XL diaper I had. And I wasn't buying more cloth at that point, we were so close to potty learning! It was then that I found Tushies, which were the only sposies that didn't burn him. I had to buy them on amazon.

    We did try G-diapers and they burned him a lot less than even Seventh Generation, but the Tushies were better. For a non-sensitive/ allergic child they might be fine.

    I didn't try gro-via's disposable option (though if my memory serves, I think I got a few covers and they ended up being too short in the rise. But that may have been another diaper. And my kid had a ridiculously long rise.)

  42. I could only use gDiapers for the first weeks when my son peed in high frequency but low volume. I had a ton of different types of diapers and gDiapers were definitely my least favorite. But every time I say that, I come across people who loved them, so it is a pretty individual thing. I bought different styles of diapers off of Craigslist and Ebay and tried them all, and then bought more of what worked best, and that is what I would suggest!

  43. I, too, really wanted to do some kind of cloth diapering with my son but I wasn't a fan of all the laundry (and hot water and detergent use) that would be a bi-product of full-on cloth, so after much research I settled on gDiapers. After many months of use, I can say that they were hit or miss. There were plenty of leaks and my in-laws, who watch my son during the day, hated them and refused to use them at all. But diapers are one of those things where there is literally no one right answer – cloth, disposable, whatever, some brands works perfectly for some kids and not at all for others. If you do decide you'd like to try a few gDiapers, I's suggest "liking" them on facebook and posting a request to see if anyone has some gently used covers they'd sell to you – I've seen people do that and someone almost always replies. Then you can make an educated decision before shelling out the big bucks for the starter kit.

  44. Just tried gDiapers out this last two weeks on my 19 week old son. A few thoughts:

    1. How does your baby eat, and what are they eating? My son is exclusively breastfeeding, and eats a ton (every 1.5 to 2 hours). Depending on what your baby does in this category will determine your best cloth diaper choice at that particular time. It could change! My son pees and poops so frequently I change his diaper every time I feed him, and sometimes in between. He would instantly fill a gDiaper, even if I used a more absorbant insert, like the bumGenius ones I have. He gets rash if there is any dampness next to his skin, so I'm considering sewing fleece or something else to cloth liners to get it away from his skin.

    2. How much do you care about the environment? Someone else mentioned above (Vancouver, WA mama) that the flushable inserts are a dangerous tax on the sewer system. The gDiapers liners and covers don't seem to last as long either (stretching, fraying, etc), especially if you got some used like I did, which means they go in the dump quicker. All the ones I have tried so far have been borrowed or given to me at clothing exchanges. Where they are manufactured, materials, processing, and shipping all matter to me, which is why I haven't bought any yet with my own money. Gdiapers are well marketed, and better than mainstream disposables, but to me not by a lot compared to other cloth diapers.

    3. How long will you use them? I plan on having multiple kids. GDiapers would never be able to do it for me, just with the trouble I've had now with gently used ones. I've tried bumGenius pockets, used, and their PUL layer has been ruined (waterproof polyurethane layer) just by someone accidentally drying them. Even with a rewaterproofing spray you can't save PUL completely. I will have to take apart and resew them! I'm trying wool covers and prefolds next, I don't mind doing wash every day, I just need something that will last. GDiapers fail in this category.

    I guess I'm picky, but as a final thought I don't want a cloth diaper that leaves red indents on my baby. I know I'm not comfortable when that happens to me. GDiapers liners snap in at the waist area back and front and leave little marks on the baby's skin, as well as the thick waist band. The bumGenius ones I had left marks around his legs/waist because the gussets were pretty thick/hard-rolled cloth (they did hold in messes well though). I've fallen back to seventh gen disposables for now…

  45. Something I've read (though cannot verify completely) is that disposable diapers claiming to be biodegradable are only so when exposed to the proper elements. That means diapers that end up in landfills won't break down if not exposed to air, sun etc because they're buried under other stuff. So unless you're planning to compost the liners I think that's something to consider when looking at gdiapers. Since it seems you're concerned with the environmental aspect of cloth diapering I think you'd be happy going for full on washables. The ladies posting have given some excellent recommendations. (I'd give you my own but I still have a few more weeks until I have real experience as a cloth diapering parent)

    • Totally true! Compostable diapers won't compost properly in a landfill.

      We use compostable diapers, and the dirty diapers are picked up from our apartment and professionally composted by a local company called Earth Baby. They are only in the San Francisco Bay Area, but there may be similar services elsewhere.

  46. I think your best bet would be to check out a trial from one of the cloth diaper store sites. That's what we did and it was a great way to check out a bunch of different diapers to see which we liked best. All the different brands work differently on kids depending on size, weight, etc, so what works for one might not for another.

  47. Another parent gave us g-diapers and some covers when our child was about 6 weeks old. At that time we were using cloth diapers but when I went back to work we knew we would switch to something that required less laundry.

    She is now 2.5 we are woking on potty training and I love g-diapers. Here is why:

    -Cloth diapers weren't even an option for our laundry situation. But disposable made us feel like we were doing a MAJOR disservice to our environment. We live in Seattle the Company is based in Portland- it felt local-ish for diapers.

    -Our daycare was willing to work with them.

    -We didn't flush all of them them but composted the Liquid waste diapers in our yard waste bin. It wasn't hard to flush them correctly.

    -You can fill the liner with other diapering things. No big deal. In fact, I once didn't have any diapers with us and couldn't find another parent anywhere to ask for something from and I put a sock in her g-diaper. It worked great.

    -They have not broken down fast at all. I know that we have 1 liner that lost its elastic. Just 1. But we were hard on them, washing them a lot, not on gentle- and I did have to sew down the velcro a on a couple of them. It took a total of 5 minutes.

    -We would buy a bunch of them at once since a lot of stores didn't carry them.

    -She would pee out of them at night- we had to do two in the diaper at once for awhile then we just switched to night diapers at like 18 months.

    -The startup costs can a be a lot- and buying covers but my parentners mom likes to buy us stuff so I just made that her thing, "can you get us some diapers- oh and a couple more covers" – so we were very fortunate that way.

    -People could figure them out. Sometimes babysitters and aunts and uncles didn't "get" our cloth diapers. G-diapers are very self explainatory.

    -I really really liked them. But there is no such thing as a magical diaper.

    -And, we didnt' really try a lot of other kinds.

  48. We got a newborn pack, which came with 12 tiny pants with snap-down fronts to accommodate the umbilical stump and 6 small covers, plus eighty flushable refills. My girl outgrew the tiny pants in about ten days. I bought a pack of six extra snap-in liners, and stuck with the disposable refills. I only need to do laundry every three days or so. Even the most prodigious poos stay pretty well contained. I love our gDiapers and so does my daughter!

  49. Just weighing in as a nanny (and soon to be mom) who cloth diapers- I started watching NatureBaby when he was 6 weeks old, and for the first two months his Parents and I tried gDiapers. Sometimes they would work out well. Usually they wouldn't. The day they switched to Bum Genius and Fuzzibunz was a great day! He is a happy and leak-free 14 month old now 🙂

    but- obviously they do work for some people, so it might be worth trying a few out. I wouldn't stock up though, just in case you don't like them.

  50. We started with prefolds and covers. While I still love them my son is too squirmy and won't hold still for diaper change. We ended up getting a bunch of all-in-one Bum Genius diapers. I like having this style because it is much easier during changes. We hope to train him to be better about being changed so we can go back to our prefolds and covers.

  51. Yeah, I'm another hater of the gDiaper. I liked the concept but it was just complicated in real life. I know it seems counter-intuitive, but straight up cloth diapering turned out WAY easier for us. We use BumGenius and also diaper service quality prefolds (skip the Gerbers, they are really only burp cloths and do not work as diapers at all). We use these with a wool cover. (Man, I love the wool covers like it's made of unicorn hair or something.)

    Now that my baby is a toddler, I expected to find cloth diapering extra gross or full of scraping poop or something but mostly, it's just shaking into a toilet and throwing the diaper into a pail, then later throwing the pail contents into the wash. We do have our own washer and dryer and the costs are extremely minimal, turns out. But really you don't have to pick just one method, you might use this kind or that kind and even mix in disposables to round out your particular situations.

    Honestly, for us personally, the gDiaper was just too much crap to do correctly whereas the cloth was just easier all around.

  52. I personally prefer pocket cloth diapers to gDiapers but I wouldn't rule out having some gDiapers as well if you can afford it. If nothing else, the gDiaper liners are our favorite and we now use them to stuff our pocket diapers! gDiapers are also great for elimination communication as they are easy on and off, and the velcro is in the back and harder for babies to remove. I had a chunky baby so we stopped with gDipes because the plastic liner and snaps cut into his skin – Actually cut, not just left lines. It was recommended by a lot of people that I just step up a side or alter the diapers myself but as I had already bought diapers in the correct size based on weight, it really irked me that I would just be out that money I'd already spent due to know fault of my own.

    On the other side, I know that Emily over at JoyfulAbode.com swears by g's and uses nothing else on her petite baby. Another perk is that they are sold at some mainstream places. We have Fred Meyer where I live and they carry them there, and at Babies R Us.

    I would recommend trying a few types of diapers at first and then purchasing more of the ones you end up loving. My personal favorite way to go is buying secondhand, gently used pocket diapers. 🙂

  53. I didn't read all the responses so this may have been said. gDiapers are the trimmest dipe I've tried, but that's about the best thing they have going for them. I have a couple but I only use them when she wears a certain pair of pants. I'd say get a few different styles of dipe and then resell the ones you don't like (lots of sale groups on Facebook).

  54. My husband and I are actually big fans of the Gdiapers. Our son has been using them since he fit into the Medium/Large size of the pants. We've never used the biodegradable inserts, we just use the cloth inserts. We pull them from the diaper, put them directly into a wet bag (no rinsing), and then throw them all into the washing machine. They come out clean every time.

    We tried regular cloth diapering at first (from 2 weeks until about 6 weeks) and we just never got the hang of it. But, at about 6 weeks our kid was just about big enough for the Medium/Large diapers (he's a bruiser!). We find that if you change them often enough, about every two hours, they don't leak. We have had some serious poo bombs, and the G diapers have held fast. Occasionally we have some leakage, but it's usually due to us not changing his wet diaper soon enough.

    As far as cost, we found that in the long run it will be TONS cheaper than disposables, not sure how it compares to other . True, the upfront cost is a little harsh. I've had friends start with Gdiapers right off the bat, and the kiddos were in the small G pants for a really short amount of time. But the Medium/Large pants have a really long shelf life. Like, from 12-28 pounds, or something like that. So we figure that at some point, we'll have to re-purchase the Xtra Large pants. But, the cloth inserts and plastic holders will fit in those.

    Hope this is helpful, looks like you are getting a ton of good advice!

  55. I am not pregnant or even trying and I have to say how much this post made me love this site even more.

    WHO KNEW THERE WAS SO MUCH FUCKING INFORMATION ABOUT DIAPERS?!

    I.love.it.

  56. This isn't about hybrid diapers (which I don't think even existed when my teenager was a baby), but since people have mentioned going all cloth and laundering at home, I have to put in a plug for diaper services. (Is this something else that makes me seem old and out of touch?) Maybe other cities don't have them, but I used Baby Diaper Service in Seattle and they were fabulous. They delivered clean diapers every week and took away the dirty ones. I used the waterproof wraps they sold, and once I got the hang of folding the diapers right with no "wicks" sticking out of the wrap, I had very little problem with leaking (except for occasionally with a diaper someone else put on). I was a single working mom and couldn't do laundry every day, though I'm sure that's cheaper. I got several months of diaper service as a gift (which I asked for) from various relatives.

  57. Sorry to add even more information to an already potentially overwhelming topic, but I thought I would share one of the resources that helped me make my decision.
    http://allaboutclothdiapers.com/hybrid-cloth-diapers-comparison/

    I've only tried two diapers, Gro-via and Best Bottom. I think our Gro-via are in the closet somewhere (which reminds me I should find them in case of laundry emergency) and we slowly stocked up on the Best Bottoms so we now have a comfortable cushion for laundry days.

    Good luck on making your decision.

  58. i hated gDiapers, and cloth prefolds. Love love love pocket diapers!!! BumGenius, Fuzzibunz, and SimplyCloth are my favorite but even cheapies off ebay are adequate. We use disposables out of the house and over night, but the pocket diapers are fabulous. I know it all comes down to personal preference, but I found gDiapers to be outrageously expensive ans not easy to use. Prefolds were too much of a painnt get on correctly and seemed uncomfortable to my baby, thoug they were cheap I got rid of them.

  59. We used G-diapers for nearly 18 mo, mostly for nighttime diapers and travel. We stopped using them because we have had some unemployment in our family, and had to cut costs. Honestly, we don't really miss them.

    We didn't have any problems while using them, however, and Grandma really liked using them when the kid was at her house. I didn't find them complicated or hard to deal with, personally.

    Now we are using prefolds in diaper covers with no issues, and we stick a cloth gDiaper liner in for extra absorption at night. Our fave Diaper covers are the plush Jamtots covers (only leak when we aren't paying enough attention to diaper changes)!!!

  60. I started off with prefolds (newborn size) & covers & a Snappi–they were great for my baby for the first few months. Then I switched to pockets, but I wish now I hadn't been so hung up on getting the fancy-looking pocket diapers. Prefolds were great. The pocket diapers' elastic is starting to go & I'm going to have to replace it. That said, I do love the AppleCheeks diapers I've gotten–bamboo inserts and you can either lay the insert in and re-use the cover, or you can use it like a regular pocket diaper (the inserts agitate out in the washing machine).

  61. MY experience w/ gDiapers has been that we can't afford the biodegradable liners. And honestly the cloth gLiners absolutely suck. What we are doing though since we have a large supply of gCovers (I'm about to have baby number 2) is we are making our own tri-fold cloth absorbers to put into the covers.

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