I never made a big decision about cloth diapering. I did do a lot of research, but I think that I knew before I started researching that I wanted to cloth diaper. The thought of using disposables just kind of icked me out.
Maybe it’s my compulsive need to use up all of something before ditching the container it came in. Maybe it’s my natural inclination to choose natural things over synthetic ones. Maybe I’ve seen one to many nasty disposable diapers tossed on the ground in public parks or along a jogging trails. In the end, cloth diapering just feels right to me.
I love the idea of full cotton cloth diapering because it doesn’t require special detergents, and because the diapers are 100% natural. They grow with your baby, since you can use newborn diapers as inserts or doublers when the baby gets bigger, and you can use those little pre-folds as burp cloths, too.
But full cotton is a little intimidating. There are safety pins or those little t-shaped rubber fasteners to contend with, and there are a gazillion ways to put the diaper on. I love the concept, but before Small Shaw was born I’d never changed a diaper in my life, and I’m scared of jumping straight off the cliff to full cotton.
gDiapers, on the other hand…gDiapers make baby butts look adorable — like there’s no way they could possibly create explosive poops or smell like anything but cotton and clouds. And that, my friends, gives me an enormous confidence boost:
I could have that cute baby, I think to myself when I see a gDiapered baby butt.
My baby’s butt could smell like cotton and clouds, I daydream.
That’s our girl, I think as I hold our baby wearing gDiapers.
gDiapers are my happy starting place:
- easy velcro fasteners
- disposable or cloth inserts
- disposable inserts have no plastic and are fully (and quickly) biodegradable
- the cotton covers are more touchable/cuddly than disposable diapers
Who knows: maybe I’ll eventually even transition to full, traditional cloth. But gDiapers are where we’re going to start: They’re better for this planet I live on than disposables are, and they’re not quite as intimidating to me or the Mister as full cloth is. Wish us luck!
Have you tried cloth? What system do you (or did you) use?
Do you use gDiapers? What do you think?
Are these not just about the best little ruffles you’ve seen all day?