How to Choose the Best Cloth diaper for you: A G-diaper ReviewPayton Foeller
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I don’t wanna be a ‘product review site.’ Although I will link you up to products I love and find useful, I don’t want it to be the majority of my message. However, I get asked about my ‘cloth diapering’ all of the time. So I’m gonna break it down for everyone who’s wondered. Also for everyone who thinks we’re insane.1) Do I love them? Most of the time, yep.
2) Do I save money.. Heck yeah I do.
3) Is it worth it? Depends on your situation I think.
Here we go:
I can’t speak for all cloth diapers! Only this brand, Gdiapers. I’ve heard other kinds are great too but I liked that these were less bulky and had tons of cute colors and patterns. For a breakdown of the different kinds of cloth diapers check out our friends at Humbled Homemaker.I read through all the blogs and reviews before finally deciding to put all our eggs into one basket, or one brand rather, and register for/purchase this brand. Even though most of them recommended you purchase several different types and see which one you like best… Who has time for that? Not this new postpartum crazy mama, but that’s another story.
I think my decision worked out for the best. And guess what, my husband doesn’t hate them! He changes diapers ladies.. a lot of diapers!
I love the different pieces and how the covers Velcro on.
The new born size diapers have 2 pieces.
Sizes S,M,L,XL have 3 pieces:
Inserts (what collects) nb/S, M/L/XL (20-25 per size)
Liners (what protects)nb/S, M/L/XL (10-15 per size)
Covers (what connects) – all sizes. (6-8 per size).If you want to see the pieces and give them a try they have a trial size kit that’s around $30.*Newborn diapers have the liner and cover in one piece, then the inserts. [Looking back I might have tried pocket diapers, which have a similar two-piece structure.] The Newborn diapers were very nice, but you don’t use them for too long.. They grow up so fast! *awww*Anywayyyy. What I love about them. They’re cute, they’re cozy, they’re perfume and ick free. I have semi sensitive skin and several allergies so we were guessing going the cloth diaper route would be best for those issues should they arise. Diaper rash? Newborn through 6 months I don’t remember her ever having any diaper rash at all. 6 months plus some she rash along with starting food but the diapers achieved our goals. No rash and a cheaper / greener alternative. And they’re cute and seem comfy!
I’ll give you a rough breakdown of what we’ve spent on diapers so far.Expecting? Register for your stash!Our first 2 months or so we spent nothing but the cost of laundry! And I’m not gonna look that up and break it down for you but a bit of detergent and a load of laundry on extra small, maybe 3 times a week on average. (They poop and pee a lot at first, who knew!?) We have a lovely church family, some of which purchased the starter pack (pictured at the top) for us and others that purchased another pack or two of the inserts so we needed to buy nothing for the first size. After our baby shower, we finished our stash for around $150 a size average. So in total, we spent … $250 (to complete our small and medium stash) And we’ll probably spend $100 on the large cover set. Hopefully, she’ll be potty trained and won’t need XLs. We’ve bought maybe $30 worth of disposable diapers (about one small package for each size she’s been in) incase of laundry emergencies! So we very well may make it through our diaper years for under $500 bucks!If you were to purchase the complete collection of cloth g-diapers you’d probably spend around $600 – $700. (Maybe $800 if you get the fancy covers and don’t use coupons or shop sales). But the average disposable diapers cost $60-100 a month (so they say..). So in the first year, you may spend $1,200! On the high end of course, but still, even if you spend on the low end that’s around $700 a year. If you purchase the whole stash out right you’ll at least break even and have all the benefits! It’s not a bad deal really.
It works for us, laundry is easy, and little to no diaper rash is a definite plus! Staying at home I’m sure makes it more manageable. But I know families that are always on the run that love cloth diapers too! I think they can work for anyone, it’s just finding the right kind that fits your style and budget. I know this brand is kind of tricky to get used to because of all the pieces. But it has its upsides as well.Oh right, the question everyone asks. The poop. What do you do? Exclusively breastfed baby poop can go straight in the washer because it’s water soluble. TMI, I know, but it’s pretty handy. Does it make your clothes in other loads smell? Nope, and we have a pretty average quality washer but it gets them clean. What about when they start purees? That’s where it gets a little tricky but it can work if you just remain calm. It’s just poop people. They make little liners that look like dryer sheets that collect the poop and you can flush them. We don’t use them all the time but if we think she may go, stick one in the diaper and then the poop lifts right out. They cost about a penny per sheet I think. When they’re on solids regularly the poop just shakes into the toilet. Just flush it and move on with your lives. No biggy.Next baby, if and when, freeeee diapers! We’ll have our stash together and hopefully, have minimal to no diaper purchases! Sounds pretty great.What kind of diapering method do you use? Think you would give these a shot? Or maybe you’re in love with a different brand, what is it and why do you love them? Let me know!