For the last 2 months or so, PK has been wearing medium G-Diapers. We've been pleased with the G-Diapers so far. Although they're definitely bulkier than the Pampers that I have her in at night or when we go out, I feel that at least we're lessening our ecological footprint somewhat. Sure, the inserts are disposable, but they don't have any of that absorbant gel crap that they put in your run-of-the-mill disposables. The disposable inserts are fully biodegradeable.
As an aside, if anyone here thinks that putting their regular disposables (Huggies, Pampers, etc.) into their Green Bin is doing the Earth a favor, then think again. Unfortunately, I can't find any evidence to back my next statement up, but I seem to remember that the dude from the Comfy Cotton diaper service told my pre-natal Yoga class that even though diapers are picked up in Green Bins here in Toronto, they aren't actually put in for composting. Honestly, makes sense, if you think about it. These disposables are NOT fully biodegradeable. These diapers have the absorbent gel in them, plus the velcro and the elastic, and whatever other plastic that goes into the diaper exterior. There is NO WAY that this stuff would decompose.
Anyway, enough of my aside. Back to the topic at hand. G-Diapers are great, albeit more expensive than your regular disposable. It's kind of funny that they are more expensive, given that the disposable part uses less material than a regular disposable diaper, and is made of biodegradeable materials. Weird.
There are only 2 things that I find annoying about G-Diapers. First of all, they're a bit annoying to change. The diaper consists of an outer cloth pant (looks like underwear), and an inside plastic liner that's attached to the pant using snaps. The disposable part goes in the pastic liner. I usually have a bunch of liners pre-loaded with the disposable diaper so that they're ready to go for a diaper change. This means that all I have to do is snap off the plastic liner and snap on a fresh new one, thereby keeping the pant the same. Easier said than done. If your timing is off, you can end up with pee or poop all over the cloth pant and/or the liner. The pee is not such a bit deal. After I throw away the disposable part (you can flush it down the toilet if you want, but I'm afraid of clogging up my toilet), I wipe down the plastic liner with a diaper wipe. I do recommend that if you ever go with the G-Diaper, do make sure that you buy at least 3 or 4 of the pants. Basically it amounts to buying 2 starter kits (unless you order cloth pants from their Web site, since that's done individually - you can get them in different colors and styles that way).
The other thing that's annoying about the G-diaper is its bulkiness. They will add at least another 4 or so centimeters of bulk to your baby's crotch. That means that baby may "outgrow" his/her clothes more quickly.
I can deal with both of the aforementioned cons. They're just minor inconveniences. What I CAN'T deal with is the fact that I haven't been able to find any of the medium/large refills ANYWHERE in Toronto since late December. At first I thought that this was due to the usual ransacking that's typical of the post-Christmas/post-New-Year's period. But this has gone on and on and on. I can't find these at my supermarket. I can't find them at the baby store that I usually go to. I can't even find them at Grassroots. And it's only the medium/small size that appears to be affected. You can still find the small sizes. I don't get it. I did find 2 packages (the ONLY 2 packages there) at the supermarket about 2 weeks ago, and I snatched up both packages. But they haven't re-stocked since then, so I'm afraid that I'll be sans G-Diaper refills once again very soon, as I've already tapped into my seconnd package. Arrgh!!!
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