I thought I'd share a bit about how we use re-usable nappies today, as it's something I feel passionate about and it's one of the things I'm often asked about.
When I was pregnant with Hal we started to look into an alternative to disposable nappies and I was overwhelmed with all the different types of nappies out there! While I was looking into it, I was contacted by a gNappies/gDiapers representative who asked if we'd like to try some of their disposable nappies, comprising of a washable outer and a biodegradable insert. I'm so glad I said yes! We've been using gNappies ever since, and they're so easy to use and comfortable for the boys bums! gNappies have really redefined the disposable, making it just as easy but kinder on the environment.
gNappies are so easy to use - they're velcro which makes things super simple as opposed
to having poppers all over the place! We choose to use their handy disposable inserts for
the first month or so with a newborn, as let's be honest - the last thing you need when
trying to recover from giving birth and getting to grips with breastfeeding and sleepless nights is a pile of poopy nappies to wash! The disposable inserts are biodegradable, so you can even put non-poopy ones on the compost heap! We find that we only need to use one pair of gPants per day for each of our boys, and simply change the inserts each time we change their bums.
The plastic lining of the gPants protects the actual cloth pants from getting dirty most of the time, which is great as again, it means less laundry for us! We also swear by peepee-teepees (pictured in the top right hand corner of the picture above) which you pop on your little boy's willy for the moment when he inevitably pees while you're changing his nappy!
After a couple of months we switch to cloth liners. A couple of tips to prevent leaking - double the liners up! Put them cotton sides facing out and then pop into the plastic liner, this makes the gPants last longer and stops spillages! Also, we've found that you get less leaks if you use liners one size down from the pants your child is in (for example: medium gpants + small liner) don't ask me why, but it works!
We do one or two loads of nappy laundry per week, and gpants can always be thrown in with regular laundry to be washed. Newborn poopy nappies can be rinsed off and chucked in the wash, and toddler poops can be scraped/popped into the loo and flushed away before washing the inserts. We like to use disposable inserts at night as they hold more liquid so you don't need to change a nappy in the middle of the night!
We love using G-nappies - better for the environment, better for your baby and better for your bank account!
Do you use cloth nappies? Which ones are your favorites?
If you have any questions about gNappies or re-usable nappies, feel free to leave them in the comments and I'll do my best to answer them!