G-Diapers and Such

As you may or may not recall from a previous post, we’ve decided to use g-diapers instead of disposables or cloth diapers. These days, while there is no perfect diapering option that is all convenient, simple, and efficient, there are at least many choices to choose from. Dave and I were seriously considering using cloth diapers so that we don’t contribute to filling up the landfills with thousands of diapers that don’t decompose for at least several hundred years. We both feel it is necessary to do what we can with our offspring(s) because it is our responsibility to do the best. I won’t direct others to not use disposable diapers such as Huggies or Pampers because it isn’t my place to tell others what to do, and demanding anything from anyone usually results in them doing exactly the opposite.

Since we became pregnant last October, Dave and I have been scheming and plotting about how to raise our little Beaner. Since she was literally the size of a bean, I was researching products and diapers and bottles that were both safe to use as well as ecologically friendly. We both swore that we would limit the usage of plastic as much as possible, and completely use glass bottles. While we again couldn’t demand that those who got us gifts only give us organic, ecologically sound gifts such as clothes and non-plastic toys and such, I began to shop on my own during the pregnancy for such things. I found numerous wooden toys that are saved for when Beaner can play with them. Most of the clothes I’ve gotten for her have been organic or used (in order to save on money since she would outgrow many of them in just weeks anyway). I researched on glass bottles to see which were the best and which had the highest recommendations and reviews.

I have to admit, though, that using all these organic, safe products for Lily is a little hard on our purse strings, especially since neither Dave and I are working right now. And they’re generally more hard to find because they don’t get sold readily at our convenient superstores, or they’re harder to use because you have to learn a different method altogether from what’s already known. However, there are a few things that make me feel better.

First, it is Dave’s saying: “We should do things not because they are easy but because they are the right things to do.” If we leave it to convenience, we would never leave the house and we would fill our bodies and our homes with numerous toxins. We made the switch to vegetarianism (I’m back to being a vegetarian now) not because it was simple (we both loved meat) but because it was right for us. It was harder finding local foods that are organic and safe, but we’re eating healthier. I cut back the unnecessary outings for lunch in order to buy more organic, sweatshop-free clothes. It’s harder on us to change our regular lifestyles in order to be a little more aware, but it is worth it because it is the right thing to do.

Second, I remember that “Jon & Kate Plus Eight” do it every. single. day. Those guys have 8 friggin’ kids (two sets of multiples) and Kate somehow manages to give them organic meals all the time. If they can do it with eight kids, we can definitely do it with just one.

Third, it is a thrill when I find something that is more “safe” to use or eat. When we find locally run farmer’s markets or stores or shops that are “green,” we get so excited. It’s almost orgasmic.

Fourth, I realize that the best way to preach is by leading with example. Gone are the days when my blogs are filled with lectures of peace and changes, demanding people to do what I think is best for the planet. Here now are the days that I am only showing people what I’m doing myself and that is the best I can do. We’re not perfect — some toys are still plastic and some of her furniture are plastic as well — but we certainly try our best. Everything that goes on our bodies and on Lily’s body is organic. Every cleaning detergent we use, every shampoo and conditioner and body soap, every dish washing liquid — they’re all organically made and they were all a little more expensive. But it’s worth it when I know we’re not filling our homes with toxins and things that harm our bodies and our environment.

One of the things we didn’t look forward to is learning how to use cloth diapers. While we know there are a lot of options involved and many have used them in the past and been successful, Dave wasn’t sure if it was the right thing for us. He asked me to look up flushable, biodegradable diapers instead. So I did and came upon G-Diapers. So far, it is the ONLY source of diapers that are biodegradable and flushable. I can’t believe that at this time and age, we as a society haven’t yet figured out how to make more flushable brands of diapers that don’t harm the environment.

When Lily Bean was about 6 weeks old, she weighed a little over 8 pounds, which was the weight that G-Diapers could start to be used. I tried it for about a week, and she leaked out of most of them. After watching numerous “How To” videos and even talking to a customer service lady on the phone, I realized that she may still be too small to fit into them, since she’s long and lean in her weight, instead of plump and wide. So I decided to try it again after she’s gained some weight.

Since last Friday, she weighed 9 lbs 10 oz, so this week I decided to give gdiapers another go. I was determined to do away with Huggies and Pampers entirely, if we could help it. They were so hard on her bum, and she often got bum rashes no matter how much organic baby powder and cream I used on her.

So far, it’s touch and go. Most of the time she doesn’t leak, but when she does, she leaks towards the sides and up her back. It must be that either I’m putting it on wrong, or she may still be too small for the diaper. So I went on You Tube and found this video on a mother’s demonstration on how she puts a gdiaper on her baby. I tried it all day yesterday, and it seemed to have worked! No leakage since I used her tips.

I’m hoping that all day today will be just as successful, and then I can move on to trying it for an overnight. If that is successful, I can finally teach Dave how to use it (no sense both of us trying to figure out different ways to do it the first time) and we can finally make the official switch over to flushable gdiapers. I gotta tell ya — this whole experiment makes me both excited and anxious at the same time. Every time I have a gdiaper on her, I end up groping her poor bum over and over again to see if she’s leaked. And I don’t look forward to having to wash the g-pants and do more laundry every time she does leak.

Flushing the inside padding of every diaper is like a science. Two nights ago, I ended up clogging our toilet because apparently I didn’t completely flush the last padding before I flushed a recent one. It clogged the poor thing and it took till morning before Dave can unclog our toilet. Everything had broken down in the water but it was still pretty gross.

Learning how to put a gdiaper on is pretty interesting work. It is also like a science. I feel like her poor bum is a science project right now — I poke and prod her every which way to ensure that I’ve put on the gdiaper the right away. Most of the time I get it, sometimes I don’t. If the leaks become infrequent and far in between, it wouldn’t be so bad. It is when they are regular that it gets frustrating. Right now, we’re using regular diapers for an overnight and first-diaper-in-the-morning. So only two regular Huggies everyday. The rest of the time I’m experimenting with gdiapers. So far so good. I hope to eliminate the morning disposable tomorrow morning, and then try an overnight the following day. Wish us luck!

If you actually got through this entire post, you deserve a reward: another picture of lovely Lily!

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I know we are along the same though lines with products and our babies! It’s exciting to hear other parents think about these things too! We are now exclusively on cloth diapers! I haven’t used a disposable for over a month. We also tried the Gdiapers and didn’t like them. Adam also clogged our toilet. We use a regular prefold diaper and then a GREAT cover called Thirsty’s I have not had one Poop leak! We leak wet every once in a while but that was the same for the disposables. The cloth is way easier than I thought! I don’t want to preach but if you are interested at all, I would highly recommend them! And they are cheaper than the gdiapers, I think! Ok. gotta go change Corbin’s diaper! Good luck!!! And yet again, what cutie. Look at that head upright :-)

Erin, you’re not preaching! It’s good to know what other parents are doing. If the gdiaper doesn’t work, we’ll do cloth diapering, and I’ll definitely need your advice and suggestions! :)

Omg hahha, “almost orgasmic” LOL ;D

Those pictures are so adorable!! :D

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