Fun poops with cloth diapers

Good for your baby, your wallet, and the environment

We’ve been using gDiapers ever since the day our baby came home from the hospital until today, four months later. Here’s a comprehensive list of the gear we use and our day-to-day experience.

  • 6 gDiapers (size S) and inner nylon pouches €144 ($170)
    We had a few extra pouches and they were put to good use during frequent poop phases.
  • 15 absorbant bamboo cloth inserts €48 ($56)
    We later purchased another 10 inserts in order to be more flexible while traveling and far away from wash machines. With 25 inserts we can go for about 3 days without access to a washing machine. The inserts in the link are slightly bigger than the nylon pouches — which means we fold them over at the back a bit. Perhaps with the larger pouches it’s not an issue…
  • 1–2 rolls (200–300) disposable diaper liners €10 ($12) per month
    In Germany, we purchase the Pusblu brand of “Windelvlies” from our local drugstore, dm, on an as-need basis.
  • Bucket for wet diapers
  • Hooks for drying diapers near the changing table
  • Baby- and eco-friendly laundry detergent

When you’re out and about

  • A small diaper bag (“Windeltasche”) with space for 2–4 diapers
  • Wet wipes
  • Wet-bags or plastic bags for storing the used diapers

We got most of our gear second hand; if you’re buying everything new, you will spend a total of about €232 ($280).

The Experience

On the whole, we’re very pleased with the diaper system. Since we got almost everything used, the diapers didn’t cost us very much. Not only did we get these diapers, but we also got advice on how to use the diapers

It’s really amazing to not have ANY trash… we even wash the liners and reuse them until they get shredded, at which point we put them in the paper recycling.

We don’t pre-assemble the diapers; when the baby is on the changing table, we first clean her and then take our time assembling the new diaper, letting baby air dry and to share a few smiles. Sometimes, we pre-assemble the diapers for nighttime for a faster diaper change.

With gDiapers, you can usually tell when the diaper is wet. The outside becomes damp, and if you ignore it for too long, it will make the clothes wet. We do one diaper change during the night. (Baby sleeps on an absorbant cloth just in case we miss that night-time diaper change.)

Doing a load of laundry in the morning has become an easy habit. The whole diaper: outer layer, nylon pouch and insert, should be washed at 60 degrees Celsius (140 Fahrenheit). It takes the inserts and diapers about one day to air-dry completely, they go much faster if you put them on the radiator or tumble-dry. Note: The modular nature of gDiapers means that you don’t have to wash all the components with each use. Sometimes it’s enough to wash the insert and to air-dry the outer cloth and the nylon pouch.

Separating the wet diapers from the pouches may involve some touching of the wet insert. But it’s really not so bad, and you become a pro quickly. Poops, on the other hand, come in a variety of forms: small and inoffensive to explosive and smelly. Sometimes you really don’t want to touch them. In these worst-case scenarios, we throw the whole diaper in the bucket or straight into the washing machine; the disposable paper liner is flushed down the toilet.

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If you have any questions at all, just leave a comment here. Good luck!