Now that I’ve told you why I decided to cloth diaper and also why I chose gDiapers specifically, I figured I’d give you more than just a glance into the gDiapering world. This post is going to be a quick one, just showing you what makes a “g” a “g.”
The front of the gDiaper is smooth because the tabs go in the back. The signature “g” will be on your baby’s bum. Some people really prefer to close them in the front, or find that the diaper fits their child better that way — and that’s okay. The gPolice aren’t going to track you down if you decide to put them on your child backwards.
Seriously though? Give it a try with the tabs in the back first. After just a day or two, you won’t even think it’s “weird” or “backwards” to do it that way.
There are three components to a gDiaper. The gPant, the liner, and the insert. In this photo, from left to right, these are:
- Nylon liner
- gCloth — insert option #1
- Cotton prefold — insert option #2 (folded into thirds)
- gRefill — insert option #3 (the “flushie” or disposable/compostable/flushable insert)
The gPant has 4 snap tabs, one in each corner. The liner snaps into the pant using matching snap tabs. It’s easily removable for switching out for a new liner (when runny newborn poo inevitably gets on it) and for laundering.
Even though the three insert options above look like they’re totally different sizes, they all fit into the liner perfectly. All three are slim, too. If you use a newborn size prefold in a small gDiaper it will be really “chunky” on your baby, but the premie size is perfect. (Newborn size fits great in the medium/large gDiapers though.)
The final gDiaper body part is the Velcro. But really I think it’s Aplix, not Velcro. Whatever. Hook and loop closures… you know what I mean.
Each side of the front and the back of the diaper has both a hook piece and a loop piece, so when you do laundry, you can fold over the edges like this:
Which ensures that when you do laundry, your diapers won’t all stick together, and your Aplix will stay functional for a long time.If you don’t do this, you’ll probably get “picked” parts on the gPants (from the hooked Aplix of other gPants rubbing on them) and your closures will wear out much faster, which is annoying.
So now you know the anatomy of a gDiaper! Don’t you feel smarter?
I’m really excited to share about gDiapers, so if you have any questions about them, feel free to leave them in a comment here and I’ll try to address those curiosities in further posts.