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Lil Community: Seeking Eco-Friendly Diaper Advice

Have an eco-baby on your hands? sienna is looking to make the switch but needs some help. She posted her question in The Mommy Club group.

I am currently pregnant with baby number three, and I am looking for an alternative to Pampers/Huggies/Luvs etc. I had read about gDiapers, but I haven't met anyone who has any experience with them. They seem like an excellent choice! Thanks so much!

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firsttimer firsttimer 7 years
i don't know anyone who uses gdiapers but i do use a diaper service. i knew i would feel guilty about using only disposables and washing my own cloth diapers didn't seem appealing. so far i LOVE it! someone else to wash your stinky diapers? it's wonderful. no red heiny. either.
Livvy-P Livvy-P 7 years
Oh and by horrible disposables I mean pampers/luvs/huggies - not the eco friendly ones. ;-)
Livvy-P Livvy-P 7 years
Wow - thank you for all of the responses!!! I have a lot to think about. I'm going to look into the cloth diaper option. Both my kids had problems with diaper rash, so that might work out better for #3. gDiapers just seems like such a great option! And I am going to look into any classes that they may have in my area regarding cloth. i need to convince the hubby that this is such a better idea (on so many levels) than those horrible disposables!
meumitsuki meumitsuki 7 years
gdiapers were way more work than the cloth bambino mio. I did g for my second and mio for my third. The mio has an insert that you can still flush, but it stops messes from getting on the outer cover. With gDiapers, every time you have a dirty diaper (especially from a breast fed baby) it leaks onto the plastic insert. I also found that the gdiaper inserts work inside the mio.
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
I DON'T suggest gDiapers... I used them and they were such a hassle and they really didn't last. I got them becuase they seemed really conveinent, I used both the inserts and trifolded prefolds in them, and lets face it they are REALLY cute. But you really have to think about them. They are thick, scratchy elastic that you have to make fit very closely to your babies sensitive inner thighs. You also have to touch and tear apart the pads, if you go that route. They have a huge learning curve on getting them not to leak. The inside liner almost always gets poop all over it, because the gdiaper insert shifts around and bunches in the middle, causing you to have to wash it after every use. The inside liner also stains really badly, and too much washing/sunning causes it to wear out really quickly. I agree with the comment that if you're trying to be eco, you should just go cloth. Those disposables may technically break down faster, but they don't break down at all because they are covered in plastic in landfills. Cloth really is easy, and I don't touch ANY pee or poop with our options.There are a ton of different options out there. You could go with a prefold and a cover, a pocket diaper where the insert goes inside and its just liek using a disposable, or use a cover and a liner. Most companies have a one/two size system so you don't have to continually buy new sizes. We use Thirsties size 1 duo covers with infant prefolds, and with size 1 Thirsties stay dry duo inserts. I have 36 prefolds, 16 inserts, and 4 covers in my rotation. This allowed me even in the newborn stage, to have more then half my stash available when it was time to wash. My system is the cheaper option. I spent 200 dollars on everything, and my water/heating costs have only gone up 5 dollars. I would have spent hundreds each month on diapers.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
One of my good girlfriends is using gDiapers and loves them! I just got the newborn starter package in the mail. They sound good because they are easier (to me) than "real" cloth diapers, but still pretty eco friendly. Plus, they are ADORABLE :)
Beaner Beaner 7 years
Sorry - wrong link - those were for training pants. These packs of 4 are $40:
Beaner Beaner 7 years
I'm 36-weeks prego and have stocked up on Seventh Generation diapers. All my friends love them and they seem to be the least expensive of all the eco-brands. I bought a bunch on - they're having a sale on packs of 4 for $42:
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 7 years
My sister in law used gDiapers and love them. She said they worked really well and has been trying to get me to use them, too.
betterbirthba betterbirthba 7 years
There are tons of diapering solutions that you can try. I would try a sample pack of the gDiapers to see if it will fit with your baby and you. If you live in an apartment, it might be difficult to flush down the liner in the toilet or clog up the septic system. I've heard that moms let it soak in the toilet for a bit to breakdown before flushing it down. Other great green disposables are the 7th Generation diapers and Nature Baby Care diapers. I have tried out both and love them. 7th Gen is chlorine, fragrance and latex free. It uses the same SAP (absorbing chemical) but these diapers have less of it. The Nature Baby Care diapers use wood pulp instead of SAP. And then there is also cloth diapering. Take a look at this blog entry: Good Luck on your next baby! Athena, Itsabelly Baby Planners
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