I Am a Diaper Nerd.

10 08 2012

How many people know what brand of diaper they are going to use before they have met the man they are going to marry?

Well, at least one.  Yeah, that’s me.

When I was a nanny, my families used disposables, and frankly, it never really occurred to me that people still used anything else.  Had they started talking about cloth diapers, I would have been speechless.

Which is funny, because just a few years later, I was anything but speechless on the subject of diapers.  But there was still only one kind of diaper for me.

g diapers.

Oh!  The cuteness!  Oh!  The environmental benefits!  Oh!  The ease (they FLUSH, people, FLUSH)!  And in case you didn’t get it the first time: THE CUTENESS!

Of course, I eventually met the man I would marry.  And way too early in our relationship, I brought up the topic of (g) diapers, and he was totally on board, and I was, like, bring on the wedding cake!

Yet, up until 2 days ago, I had never actually used g diapers.  You see, that dream died when we bought a house with a septic system that was not compatible with the flushable inserts.

My friend and gMum mentioned I could use them with cloth inserts, but, you know, that just wasn’t my dream.  We have another friend with a baby a little older than Hazel, and she was using pocket diapers and all-in-ones, and that seemed easy enough.  And g diapers, for all that I dreamed of using them, were actually something of a mystery to me.

But recently, we needed to supplement our diaper supply, and I turned to my diaper guru – who is the above mentioned gMum and mother of 3 gBabies.  Little surprise that she finally convinced me to order some little gPants and some gCloth inserts.

I was so excited that I photographed their arrival.  I mean, who does that?  If you’re so inclined, note that Hazel is wearing a bulky, off-brand pocket diaper with missing snaps.  She obviously can’t wait to upgrade.

For those who stumble upon this post for an actual review of gDiapers, here it is:

gDiapers are simple, easy to use, and it’s possible to find great deals on used gPants and the liners that go inside.  So don’t panic when you hear they have 3 parts.  That threw me enough to avoid them for 11 months, and now I am SO SORRY.  There is the outer cotton pant, a snap-in waterproof liner, and a cloth or disposable (flushable/compostable) insert.  You buy the pant and liner together, and the inserts separately.  A diaper “change” consists of changing the insert and probably the liner as well.  The inserts obviously get washed after each use, and the liners pretty much as often (but they are easy to wash out in the sink and dry in an hour or two), but the pants only need to be washed every few days and can be washed with regular laundry.

Pros:

– Obviously, absolutely adorable on any bum (but especially hers).

– Very trim for a cloth diaper, and last as long as our pocket diapers.

– Hook and loop closures on the back instead of the front discourage ape-like-feces-finger-painting.

– Compared with pocket diapers, the set up takes up very little room in my diaper bag.

– I LOVE LOVE LOVE that we can use the disposable inserts when we travel.  I have never had the gumption to ask a host if I can wash my dirty cloth diapers in their washer, if one is available, and we have always traveled with disposable diapers.  With gDiapers, the insert is a lot less waste than a full diaper, the liners can be washed out in a bathroom sink, and the pants don’t need to be washed often, but can go in with any other household laundry.  It’s simple enough to take camping and other places I can’t do a load of laundry.  I’m really excited to be at least partial cloth when we travel now.

– Less laundry than a pocket diaper system, where the whole diaper AND the insert have to washed after each use.

– You can buy gDiapers and supplies at local grocery stores (where we live).

– gDiapers have really good resale value.  I found special edition gPants on ebay for four times their original value.

– The gDiaper community is awesome, customer service is readily available.

Cons:

– The 3-part system is not really a con, it’s really very easy, but it kind of sounds intimidating.  My advice is to get over it.

– The cost, if you choose to only use the flushable/compostable inserts, is nearly twice that of regular disposable diapers.  But you’re saving the earth.  And since gDiapers came out with their cloth inserts, you can use the system with reusable inserts for about the same cost as pocket diapers.

– g Diapers have a huge, loyal following.  However, you can read plenty of horror stories of people who bought $200 worth of g Diapers and could never get them to fit correctly on their babies.  Okay, that’s pretty awful.  But you can read the same horror stories in reviews of every other type of cloth diaper, too.  Anyway, this kind of put me off g Diapers because I didn’t know what I would need if I just wanted to try them – I figured I needed the whole system or whatever.  However, after my new g Diapers came, I went to our used baby gear store and found some little gPants with liners ($6 each) and extra liners ($2 each).  A pack of six gCloth inserts runs about $28, but you can find them cheaper.  So I could have gotten one to try, with extra liners and six inserts, for under $40, the price of two or three pocket diapers.  And with six inserts, you get at least three and as many as six diaper changes (Hazel is fine with a single insert, my friend uses two for extra absorbency).

Summary:

Worth a try.  Like me, you’ll probably end up haunting local gDiaper retailers and re-sellers and coveting the extra-cute special edition gPants your husband says you don’t need.  Like me, you will probably spend days (weeks?) dressing your kid in t-shirts and dresses with no pants because the little g on their bum is SO DAMN CUTE.  Like me, you will seek out people who will listen to you talk endlessly about gDiapers (thanks, Mom).

Anyway, Hazel has been in gDiapers for two days now.  I even bought a pack of disposable inserts to try the next time we travel.  And I signed up to be a gMum.

And there you have it.

Some dreams really do come true.

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24 Hours of (Mostly) Cloth Diapering

29 09 2011

Now that Hazel is a little bigger, we’ve started our cloth diapering journey.

I tried the cutest diapers we own first, of course.  These are XS Bum Genius 3.0 All-In-One diapers.  AIO are the easiest to use; they are just like disposables.  The downside is that they take longer to dry due to their thickness.  They are also more expensive than other diaper systems, but these I purchased used from eBay – used diapers in the tiniest size tend to be in excellent condition, as most babies only wear them for a week or two.  The first BG seemed to work, as the baby stayed dry through a nap, despite a small gap between the diaper and the baby’s legs.  I put a second one on the baby, and had her on the changing table while I examined the first diaper.  It seemed completely dry.  Amazing wicking powers?  Alas, no.  As I stood there, sniffing the used diaper suspiciously (ah, parenthood), the baby peed about a gallon into the new BG, and most of it ran right out the leg hole.

Next, I tried a Bumboo fitted diaper with a Thirsties cover.  Fitted diapers are similar to the classic (“prefold”) cloth diaper, in that they are not waterproof and require a cover.  But they are “fitted” like a disposable, fastening with snaps, rather than just a rectangle like the prefold.  This worked really well, and since we have two of the bamboo fitteds, I tried it a second time, again with success.

Our fourth diaper change brought out the Thirsties Duo.  It is a pocket diaper; it has a built-in waterproof cover and wicking fleece that goes against the baby’s skin.  It comes with two pads that snap together and stuff in between the cover and the fleece to absorb liquid.  This one worked perfectly, through a very messy evacuation.  If she wasn’t growing so fast, I would invest in more of these.

Diaper number 5 was a disposable; the baby did that Exorcist-type spitting up thing, where she pukes her weight in regurgitated milk, prompting an immediate bath.  The baby was cold and screaming and I didn’t have time to put together an cloth diaper option.  I’m pretty sure diaper 6 was disposable, too: it’s a slippery slope, those ‘sposies.

Diapers 7 and 8 were traditional “prefolds,” those classic white rectangles, with a Thirsties wrap over them.  Messy.  Urine leaked.  Poo leaked.  It was not great, not great at all.

Then it was back to a disposable while I did laundry and started over.

So that is, more or less, our first 24 hours in cloth.

Since it’s taken me 4 days to complete this post, I can give a quick update:

– The cute little Bum Genius diapers?  They work, I just need to really cinch them up so there is a seal around her legs.  New favorite.

– The cotton prefolds do work, it just takes some practice to get them on correctly and the waterproof wrap on tightly enough.

– The Bumboo fitteds and the Thirsties Duo have had zero leaks.  The fitteds are super bulky and look uncomfortable – her legs stick out at funny angles when she has that much cloth on.  The Duo is less bulky, but bigger than the Bum Genius AIO.

This should get easier as the baby grows into the stash I have; she’s still in tiny sizes of which I have only a few, and that means daily loads of laundry and some ‘sposie supplementing… and, of course, a few leaks…





Father’s Day

19 06 2011

It was Jason’s first Father’s Day, at least according to the alien who has begun swimming around my abdomen with a regularity that is both disconcerting and wonderfully reassuring.  Since the little demon isn’t here to finger paint a necktie for him, I was on my own for creating a gift for the dad-t0-be:

Here it is, Jason’s very own diaper bag, complete with pink bottle, pink diapers, and a packet of Disney Princess butt wipes.

Luckily, the new mid-range driver and two PBR pounders are something just for himself – even if the disc is a pretty shade of pink.

Happy Father’s Day, Jason!





Or Maybe It’s Just Gas

11 02 2011

When I found out I was pregnant this time, I didn’t want to tell many people – or any, really.  Jason told plenty, but I only told a few – including a couple of people at work who would need to know if anything went wrong.

On hearing the news, one of my coworkers said, triumphantly, “I thought so!”

I must have looked puzzled, because she elaborated: “Well, a couple of weeks ago, I thought you were getting, you know, a belly.”

“Linda!” I gasped.  “I’m only, like, six weeks along.  I think you’re just calling me fat!”

 

 

Today, I announced to several people that my pants are getting tight.  Universal cheers to this.

Until I explained: “They are getting tight on my thighs.”

I paused.  Then: “Do you think I’m gestating this baby in my thighs?”

I was almost hoping for it, really.

 

 

I haven’t been doing belly shots during this pregnancy.  I’m trying not to be superstitious about anything this time around, but it’s nearly impossible.  Today, I placed an order for a few cloth diapers, and as soon as I hit the “Place Order” button, I immediately ran to the bathroom to check for spotting and began overanalyzing every twinge in my uterus.  In addition to my fear of causing spontaneous abortion by doing something reckless, like, um, I don’t know, actually acting like I’m expecting a baby in seven months, I am still recovering from this disappointment during my previous pregnancy: I spent two days absolutely fat with pregnancy – I mean, unquestionably so – and then, just like that, a good, long fart and I was deflated.

 

 

However, yesterday a coworker told me I was showing.  And I wanted to believe her.

 

 

So:

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Here’s 9.5 weeks… Or maybe I just really, really need to fart.








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