Every parent can say this about one topic or another... if I had known what I know now; I would have done such and such different. I definitely would have cloth diapered...better still... I would have “gDiapered”!
Did you know conventional disposable diapers are the third largest contributors to landfills in the world? What’s an even crazier statistic is that only five percent of the population (babies!) uses them! The average newborn goes through 60 diapers per week until they begin toilet training. That is an awful lot of diapers ending up in landfills.
When I was pregnant, I did a bit of research into cloth diapering but there are so many different options, articles and debates out there it was completely overwhelming! The all in one, the pre-fold, the hybrid, the pocket ect. I couldn’t keep it all straight! Fast forward a year and now I am doing the research for my clients who are out seeking the same answers I was.
Good news, I have found a great option for parents! gDiapers! A quick background about gDiapers because I think it’s a great story and really like what the company stands for. gDiapers was created by Jason and Kim Graham-Nye. They, like most parents wanted to be environmentally friendly and not contribute more waste to landfills but they also needed to be water conscious because of where they lived in Australia, so cloth diapering was out of the question. When they found a company is Tasmania that was creating flushable diapers they then brought that concept to the US. They have a great company philosophy which is “Work smarter. Not harder” - basically meaning to have a work/life balance. They do this by offering on-site daycare, flexible working hours and the ability to work from home if needed. I wish more companies thought about things like this! It would be so beneficial for the company as I bet the employees would be more productive because they are happier and feel valued.
gDiapers are really easy to use and offer two convenient options, a biodegradable insert (gRefills) and a cloth insert (gCloth) and you can interchange them if you want to use a combination (say cloth at home and disposable when out and about) as they both go into the same cute diaper covers, called little gPants.
The biodegradable option is great for people who are on the fence about cloth diapering but care about the environment and their “footprint”. You put the insert into the diaper cover and then when it’s time to change the baby, you can either flush, compost or toss the diaper. Think about how great it would be to not have a stinky diaper pail! Hallelujah!
The cloth insert option is a great reusable option. The gCloth is made from two layers of baby-soft micro fleece to draw moisture away from baby's bottom, and two layers of hemp/cotton to trap the wetness, so baby stays dry. If you are looking to cloth diaper, but concerned about washing, the component system of gDiapers is a great way to reduce the washing involved as the little gPants don’t always need to be washed every diaper change.
The little gPants comprise a cotton cover and a snap-in waterproof liner. The outer layer is made of soft and comfy cotton and comes in adorable colours and designs (because let’s face it, the woman inside us all thinks if you can make a diaper look fashionable why not?). They have trim fit to fit baby’s bums and come in sizes starting from newborn (6 – 10lbs) to toddler (34lbs +). The nylon waterproof liner uses gBreath technology helps keep diaper rash away by being waterproof yet breathable. One of my favourite things about the little gPants is that they fasten around the back to keep little hands from undoing the snaps! My daughter has just got the hang out taken off her diaper and now wants it off all the time!!! The little gPants might have kept her guessing a little longer! Another great thing about the gPants is you can machine wash them on cold or warm wash and even machine dry!
They have just launched their spring line of solid colours and in celebration of Earth Day in April, gDiapers has a limited edition “good lovin’ little gPants”. Be sure to check out their latest gStyle designs set to launch this spring too, which combines their little gPants with a coordinating dress or t-shirt.
Wow! If I had known about this great product over a year ago things would have been different! gDiapers are a realistic and convenient environmentally-friendly diaper option and they are safe for baby’s delicate skin (in fact even help prevent diaper rash) and super-cute!
If you currently using disposables and looking to make a switch to a more environmental option, this would be a great choice for you and your baby! As it’s not too big a change from what you’re currently doing and still convenient. Like I said, you can flush the gRefills! It doesn’t get much handier than that!
For more info about gDiapers you can visit their website at http://www.gdiapers.com or go to http://www.gdiapers.com/where-to-buy/store-locator to find a retail store that carries them near you.