Review of gDiapers: Are they for your family?

Maybe you are looking to help the environment. Or, perhaps you are just a trendsetter looking for the newest alternative to cloth diapers. Of course, you could just be unable to resist the most adorable styles of diaper covers and happen to impulse shop any chance you get.

Whatever your reason for looking at the gDiaper for a diapering option, there are a few things to know before getting started. First, the basics:

A flushable insert (made of tree pulp and other biodegradable fibers) fits into the snap-in liner of the colorful 'little g' pants. The liners are made of a plastic material meant to keep wetness away. Spare liners accompany each cloth pant, and both the pant and liner are washable. The inserts can be either flushed away in your toilet, or put outside on a compost pile (pee diapers only please.)

The idea is genius, and the diapers are adorable. We tested them on my middle son to see how they measured up:

He looked adorable in his little diapers, and they were easy for me to remove for changing. (They come open with little velcro tabs). As hard as he tried to get his diaper off, however, he couldn't do it (bravo!) Peed in diapers were heavy and relatively easy to flush away. Just rip the sides of the insert (yes, this means touching them with your hands) and dump into the toilet. Swish around with the little plastic stick (included in the beginner pack), and flush!

Poop was not quite as easy. Assuming that it stayed only on the insert and nowhere else (not possibly for my squirty children), you still have to handle it to rip open both sides and dump in the toilet. I'm not a fan of touching poop any more than I have to. The environment can't make me enjoy it, either.

The long and short of it is this... If you already use cloth and want something a little more flexible for options, this is the way to go. Flushing poop is much better than soaking it in a pail and then washing it. But if you are a die-hard disposable fan, don't expect miracles. It is still a cloth diaper. You will have to deal with leaks, drips, and the other.

What does it cost? For the newborn kit (which includes 12 newborn gPants, 6 size small gPants, and 80 Disposable Inserts), it will cost almost $120. But you could start smaller: a pair of gPants and a pack of disposable inserts will run you around $32.  (There are cloth inserts available, as well.)

If you are undecided on which way to go, the sight of your tiny one's bum in the baby blue or sea foam green cloth pant with a "g" printed on the back may convince you to try this creative approach to diapering.

You can always give it a whirl, and if it doesn't work out, pass them on to your eco-friendly sister-in-law. 

*I purchased my diapers myself.. they were not samples.