I just visited a possible (and likely) daycare today and received the exciting news that I could send cloth diapers. The only condition was that they should be gdiapers. This is not a brand I've been researching or even particularly interested in up to this point so I'm looking for some advice.
Have any of you tried these diapers? Do you like them?
How many covers and liners do you need? What size?
Are there other brands that are similar?
Should I consider using this brand at daycare and another type of diaper at home?
Thanks for the help!
Kristin + Richard May 2007
Mommy to Sarah Caroline
Did they tell you why Gdiapers? There might be other diapers they're willing to accept too, but just don't know about or haven't dealt with before.
I haven't used Gdiapers at all, so I'm no help. Sorry!
I loved Gdiapers. We used them when he was itty bitty. We had 10 of the small size and used preemie prefolds as the inserts. I still have my gdiaper stash <3
Andrew - born 12/21/2010 5 weeks early!
I haven't tried them either but have heard good reviews. They have a holder for inserts or pfs that snaps in so they could remove that and replace it easily without touching the insert. I bet they just don't want anything where they have to touch the insert so pfs and covers would be a no go if you expected them to reuse the cover. If you don't want gdiapers I'd show them pockets or AIOs so they see they are just as easy.
DD - Jessica, June, 2005 ~ DS - Kyle, September, 2007 ~ DD - Michaela, March 2010
Erin, do they use your perfolds at Teagan's daycare? I know that's the majority of your stash!
Personally, I think your daycare is being a little fussy. Since they will do Gdiapers, I'd think they'll take just about anything with a little prodding. You could have a little info session with them to teach them how to use whatever diaper you use. That's what I did. I use prefolds and covers exclusively and send them to daycare with DD. They don't re-use the covers (health code thing, so they say) but I have more than enough covers so it's no big deal. I also just pick the clean ones out of the bag and send them the next day.
I've heard great things about Gdiapers. We were originally going to go with them because of wanting to send them to daycare. Then we fell in love with prefolds. I was going to invest in AIOs for daycare but they did so well with the prefolds that I didn't feel it was necessary. I think you should try to talk them into using whatever you want to use. Tell them Gdiapers don't fit your kid
Thanks for all of the advice. I think is does have a lot to do with health codes. I was thinking they said gDiapers in particular because they would snap out the insert, but now I'm wondering if they are just going to change cover and all.
Can you tell me a little about pockets? Is there another brand like gDiapers?
Kristin + Richard May 2007
Mommy to Sarah Caroline
Flips are a brand like gDiapers. You can use disposable or reusable inserts with both of them, I believe. Come to think of it, it was Flips, not gDiapers that I was going to buy initially. I believe you can also use the shells as covers. That way you could boost your stash with prefolds instead of buying lots of pricier inserts. I'm a prefold pusher, can you tell?
On a side note, it can't possibly be in your state's health code that you have to send a cloth shell with a disposable insert. The state simply isn't educated enough to know these things exist nor would the health code have been edited recently enough to have included these kind of diapers as they are a relatively new addition to the CD world. Most of the day cares I visited told me it was against our state's health code to use cloth. I told them I'd read the health code and that it didn't say anything that would prohibit cloth. Most then replied that they would consider using cloth if I could convince them that was what the code said. I ultimately went with a very CD friendly place instead. There are most certainly rules they have to follow but lots of places use the "against code" excuse just so they don't have to learn how to use cloth.
our daycare does our pocket diapers. right now DS is in smalls, and our small stash is almost entirely fuzzi bunz (old style left from DS1). I send them in prestuffed, and they just place the whole diaper in a bag in a pail. The only condition is that I provide a separate pail. When we get home at the end of the day, I pull the inserts out and put everything in our pail here at home.
I would think that any pocket diaper or all in one would be just as easy/easier than a g-diaper.
There are a few other brands that are just like gDiapers, the only thing is I know you can usually get gDiapers anywhere now so maybe they just said that because they are more popular in your area?
Flips are a lot like gDiapers and so are the GroVia diapers (snap in cloth insert or biodegradable insert opion for both of them) The reason I personally would prefer those brands over gDiapers is the sizing. From everything I've read you don't save much money, if any, using gDiapers as compared to disposables (if you are using the throw away inserts which is what I'm assuming the day care is suggesting). Anyways, with gDiapers you have to buy all the different sizes as baby grows whereas Flip and Grovia are one size systems. They might not fit baby when they are super tiny but by 8-10lbs they fit and then work until potty training so all you have to buy are inserts (if they want disposable inserts that is, I'd definitely use cloth inserts at home)
I'd ask how they feel about pocket diapers or all in ones. They'd be changing the whole diaper and just putting it in your wetbag instead of the garbage like with disposables. I know most of the day cares I had talked to were okay with them after I explained that I wasn't using diapers they'd have to fold and put a cover on.
DD1- July 2004
DD2- April 2006
DS1- December 2009
DS2- August 2011