notes from the (green) nursery: gDiapers

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I know this is late for Earth Day — as a new mom, I’ve inherited an abundance of lag time — but “green” is always in fashion, right? This flushable gDiaper is the most recent eco-friendly experiment in my house. The starter kit, which I found at Whole Foods, came with a pair of cute lime and baby blue cloth pants, a nice change from plastic Sesame Street print, with flushable inserts and a swish stick to break them up in the toilet.

We found that changing a ‘little g’ takes about five minutes of extra maintenance work, but it made us feel good knowing that meant one less plastic diaper taking 500 years to biodegrade in a landfill. The downfall? The gDiaper can be a soggy affair, especially at night when changing is less frequent, and I figure I’d have to acquire at least a dozen to get us through the week. So for now this will be a part time venture for my little g. Readers: Please share the “green” baby goods you’ve tried with success! —Megan K.

From our partners

Great post! Thanks for writing about gDiapers. I’m going to go buy a pack and give it a try. I’ve also made a post on my own blog and referenced your post, to try and help get the word out about these “green diapers”.

Phil

All she needs now are some little Birkenstocks and a hemp necklace to hold her pacifier. She’ll be the cutest little tree-hugger on the block! Just kidding. The green diapers are a great idea.

Mekea

Such stylish baby lingerie…I’ll have to try them on my cute Gigi. But seriously, a great option and alternative!

Jess

I haven’t tried the gDiapers but I have cloth diapered (at least part-time) both my girls. We ended up with FuzziBunz. I think as long as you have a decent washer they work awesome. If you don’t have a good washer and dryer the gDiapers might be the best alternative. And when we have to use diaposables the whole food brand diapers work well and don’t have any silly characters on ethem.

I’ve never tried the gDipes, but I did cloth diaper my daughter (she’s two now and still wears a night-time cloth diaper.) At first, I used the traditional flat diaper with a cover, but then I switched to Fuzzibunz. They’re a pocked diaper and MUCH easier to deal with. They work great at night, too, because you can just shove an extra liner to make sure it makes it through the night. I wanna say I had about 12 total, and that was enough to where I did a load of diapers every other day. It would be a pain if you don’t have a washer/dryer at home (I’m in Brooklyn now, and I don’t think I would’ve been able to do it if I had to hoof it over to the laundromat that often.)

Lynn Dykstra

The paper diaper industry has trained this generation of parents that a diaper is there to “hold” rather than “catch”. With cloth diapers, the child wets or dirties, and is changed. The child establishes a link to the activities, and eventually, learns to go to the bathroom first.
As soon as each child was able to stand, I quit using a changing table, and all diapering took place in the bathroom. This was another trigger that toileting took place in there, not elsewhere.
Toilet training is taking longer and longer due to children not getting these cues, and the paper diaper industry is making a lot of money!
I tried the fancy cloth systems, and found regular gauze diapers and pins and nylon pants the easiest and most successful. Double the diapers as they get bigger. My diapers lasted through 3 kids and, 9 years later, are still used as rags.

rosebengal

I love the concept of gdiapers as we are expecting our first little one very soon but a friend who works at a municipal water treatment plant says they are starting to see problems with the flushable parts of the diapers clogging up their systems… I may go the cloth route instead.

There are lots of advantages to cloth diapering including the ability to make your own cute diapers (or buy cute diapers and accessories from other moms.)

The greenest diapering I did was hemp diapers (which are too stiff feeling) in a recycled sweater soaker.

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tara

I used cloth diapers exclusively with our son (now aged 7). It’s a little extra work but not insurmountable if you have a washer/dryer at home. What most users of disposable diapers don’t realize is that you are supposed to flush solids with those diapers as well. (Check the fine print on the package.) Otherwise, that bio-waste is going into the landfill instead of the sewer system, where it belongs.

If you want truly drool-worthy and ecologically-sound diapering products, check the marketplace at Hyena Cart. (http://www.hyenacart.com) There’s a myriad of cloth diapering options, from basic to couture, all made by work-at-home moms.

Hi! I use Diaperaps with my 6 month old son, and they are great! very absorbent, the diaper covers truly prevent leaks, easy to use, and the fact that they keep my baby’s legs farther apart is good for his hips (the pediatrician told me it was very good to prevent hip dysplasia. I wrote a little tutorial (in Italian) on how to use the Diaperaps.
http://sol.pupazzo.org/?p=311 here bye

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