After several weeks of trials between the different brands of diapers we have finally made some decisions. That is that we will be using the gdiapers with cloth inserts. Lincoln loves the little gpants, and I love the fact that they are cloth and don't leak!
Gpants on the road:
Yes, we used these on our 7 hours trip over the river and through the woods to see the grandparents! No problem! We were stocked with a pack of disposable inserts. Since laundry was not our first priority when on vacation we were happy that the disposable inserts were easy to use.
On our makeshift change table we had a great set up of our six little gpants pre-loaded with inserts. The fact that you can reuse the outside was key during our travels. It is easy to keep the gpants loaded. I advise that you load them when baby is happy and busy doing something else. With the baby being passed around for people to hold, I was not even worried that the diapers would leak. The gdiapers with disposable inserts gets two thumbs up!
Once back at home, we put the cloth back in business. Since the decision to invest in the gdiaper system was made, I ordered another pack of the cloth inserts, and matching gdiaper pride shirts for the entire family!
I don't want this to sound like it is all roses when it comes to cloth diapering, but the problems are small and would not make me change my mind on using these cloth diapers. My biggest complaint is about those little velcro tabs. No matter how carefully I lock them down, they snag the waist bands and stick to the other diapers. Sometimes I end up with a tangled mess of cloth diapers.
On a typical day of cloth diapering:
The laundry gets going just before bedtime. Mike throws them in the dryer in the morning between making his coffee and heading out the door for work. By the time I wake up the diapers are clean, dry and warm. Lincoln gets in his bouncy chair for a bit while I assemble the gpants and line them with the cloth insert (usually takes about 10 minutes to get them out of the dryer, sort, and stuff). I stack them on the changing table and then we are ready for the day. After a few days of this it becomes part of the routine just like brushing your teeth in the morning.
I can't believe how easy it is to use cloth diapers, and thanks to gdiapers we have a system that works at home and when we travel. Now that I know how easy it is I will never go back to the stinky, messy disposables. Yes, the disposables really smell worse and are messier than any of the cloth diapers we have tried!
Dollars and Sense!
One more benefit of this system vs. disposables is the money you will save. My investment has been minimal. I now have 6 gpants, and 12 cloth inserts grand total $110. At the rate we were going we would have spent that much on disposables in less than two months. Now I don't have to worry about running out of diapers, and midnight trips to pick up a pack of disposables, and I can save all that money, because I don't have to buy any more diapers. It is true that I will have to pick up the next size in a few months, but I would much rather spend $100 every 4-5 months than every two! Again, these diapers get two thumbs up for saving me money!
If you are on the fence about cloth diapers, just give the gdiaper system a try for a week, you will see that cloth diapers are easy. If you don't like your gdiapers you can always find someone online to sell them to. The market for used cloth diapers is surprisingly hot!