Nothing brings to light the preciousness of life more than having a child. I’ve always felt like we should take care of our earth, but now that I have a baby who is growing up in this world, I want, even more, to make sure that the earth is healthy and happy for as long as possible.
When it came time to choose a diapering method for Adelaide, I think I only dwelled on it for a week or two before deciding on disposables. They are so easy, and familiar and it was one less thing I had to think about, which for a new mom, was huge. Now that Adelaide is a year old, and I’m an old pro on the disposable scene, I wanted to try something new—to see what it was all about and see if I could hack it.
Enter Little g Diapers.
One uneventful day, shopping in the organic and sustainable section of my local Fred Meyer I came across these adorable diapers called Little g’s. I sat in the aisle and read the entire packaging, twice, trying to understand the process of this cloth/biodegradable/flushable/disposable diapering method. I decided not to purchase that day, but my curiosity had been piqued. So I did what any 21st century mom would do, I went home and scoured the internet. I learned a ton, probably everything you need to know about how Little g’s worked, their drawbacks and, of course, their awesomeness. Then I polled my Facebook friends and got introduced to two moms who used them exclusively on their kids. I got to pick their brains and get their feedback and best-practices. I pretty much made the decision to try these diapers, but I wanted to wait until the chaos of our move was over before starting something new.
Fast-forward three months…
Two weeks ago I bought my first two Little g diaper covers and pack of biodegradable refills. I enjoyed them so much during that first day of use that I went out the next day and bought two more diaper covers and another pack of refills!
Here’s how they work:
Little g’s have a cloth cover, a snap-in, soft, waterproof liner, and then your choice of cloth or biodegradable insert. When you need to change a diaper the whole thing comes off, just like a disposable, then you put on the new, pre-prepped diaper, and your baby is off and running again. It literally takes the same amount of time as changing a disposable, and is just as easy. Once your baby is safe and settled, you dispose of the dirty insert. If it’s a cloth insert, you put it in your diaper pail and wash when ready. If it’s a biodegradable insert, you can either toss it in the garbage or flush it. Then, assuming the cloth cover and plastic liner are clean enough to use again, just prep the diaper by putting in a brand new insert. It’s that easy!
We’ve been flushing our diapers and it is so wonderful not to have a stinky can of old diapers in Adelaide’s room!!
A hidden benefit that I’ve discovered over the past two weeks is what I refer to as pre-potty training prep. Since the inserts aren’t as efficient as disposables at whisking away and storing all of the moisture in the diaper, Adelaide feels the wet sensation more than she ever did before, which, I’m told, is a big step towards recognizing her bodily functions. Additionally Adelaide enjoys following me into the bathroom after her diaper changes, and watching me “put the pee-pee and the poo-poo in the potty, where it belongs” and saying “bye-bye!” as we flush it away. Recognizing that poo and pee belong in the potty, is another big step towards potty training. I didn’t expect these concepts to be introduced as part of this new diapering system, but I am thrilled that i’ve been given the opportunity to start this process!
Truly, the only downsides to these diapers are the small amount of extra time it takes to clean, and prep them and the additional cost of use. With the Little g diapers, there is a start-up cost (four Little g covers and six liners were $44) and then you have the carrying cost of the disposable inserts ($0.35/insert compared to $0.27/disposable diaper). So really, you never recoup your start up cost unless you use the cloth inserts (which can be reused). Once you get over the start-up cost, though, the extra $0.08/diaper is soooooo worth the savings you are providing the earth…in my humble opinion.
It takes disposable diapers 500 years to decompose in a landfill while it takes the biodegradable inserts only 54 days!!! Check out this video, if you don’t believe me:
So, to sum it all up, we love our Little g diapers! They are just as functional and easy to use as disposables and they are so much softer and easier on Adelaide’s skin than those plastic disposables. The cost is slightly higher than disposables, but this is easily offset by the relief on our landfills and our planet.
Check out www.gdiapers.com for more information on these awesome diapers!