It wasn’t until after I started reviewing the gDiapers system that I remembered when I had first come across their brand. It was years ago, before I was married, pregnant or thinking anything along the lines of diapers. I was reading a natural and eco-conscious catalog and they had a small baby section and I remember thinking they were pretty cute and cool looking. The eco-footprint disposable diapers make never even crossed my mind until that point. Who knows, maybe this was the seed, deep in the back of my head, that was planted guiding my path to cloth diapers down the road.
The first thing I noticed about the g-diapers was how soft the g-pants (covers) were. Almost like a luxurious pair of underwear or athletic wear. My daughter was still taking her diapers off when we started this review so I was excited that they fastened in the back rather than front, since she could get them off strength-wise, but the different design would at least throw her off or slow her down. She did waltz around with the covers on backwards a couple of times when I didn’t have the heart to tell the hubs they weren’t the same as the others…(and they still worked just fine)
We tried both the disposable and cloth inserts and they both lasted about 2-3 hours without any leaks or issues, perfect for a daytime diaper. Older infants and toddlers will probably not get through over night with a single insert, unless they are light wetters or wake up frequently during the night for diaper changes. You can try doubling up, but this may affect the fit or leak protection of the diaper if it doesn’t fit adequately in the snap-in liner.
All and all the gDiapers performed well, but the down side for me was that they were more work than my regular cloth diapers, due to the soiling and changing of the snap-in insert. The snap-in insert is also not recommended to be thrown in the dryer so this means line drying them and picking them out of the laundry before the diapers go in the dryer. The disposable inserts will cost you a similar amount as brand name diapers, so they are a great choice if you want an easy to use system as an alternative to traditional diapers, but aren’t the route to go if you’re trying to save money.
The cloth inserts offer a more affordable option, but you will need to buy 18-24 inserts in each size for the inserts and will need to buy 2-3 sizes of covers as your child grows. So they are the most comparable to the cost of an all-in-one cloth diapering system. Don’t need any more diapers or covers? Consider grabbing their cloth inserts which are made of 2 layers of hemp and 2 layers of microfleece making them a perfect doubler or set in/on top insert to use. I have been loving mine as an overnight doubler, and I set it on top of the diaper for additional absorption. These would also be perfect in a fitted diaper to create extra absorption and a stay-dry lining on your baby’s bottom.
Overall Rating: 7.5
Overall Fit: 8
Velcro, closes on the sides/back, with two sets of laundry tabs (one large, one small).
Ease of Use: 7
I recommend buying many additional snap-in inserts so you can pre-stuff the inserts like you would for pocket diapers then they are ready to be snapped in for diaper changes saving time. The dunk and swish is a little more involved than the compost or tossing options.
Both disposable and cloth inserts were moderately absorbent and worked for 2-3 hours of daytime use.
Soft cotton/polyester outer shell and a breathable, waterproof liner.
Highly adjustable velcro and elasticized waist band fit snugly around waist.
Soft, comfy ribbed cotton was gentle around my daughter’s thighs and the snap-in liner served to contain most messes.
Soft, ribbed cotton (similar to underwear).
Care and Use:
iCandy by Urban Fluff
Buy 2 pack or 6 pack g-pants in basic colors and styles to save the most money, but you may still want to splurge on a frou frou cover or two. Also check out their sale section and save on the vanilla bean and orange g-pants I reviewed or on a 6-pack: http://www.gdiapers.com/shop/on-sale