gDiapers not only has Small, Medium, and Large gPants, but also newborn Tiny gPants which are intended for your babies when they’re at their smallest. A lot of people out there seem to be very curious about these tiny gPants, especially since they’re not sold in stores, and are only available in the new baby bundle at gDiapers.
So if you’re expecting a little one and considering gDiapers, but not sure whether you want to get the new baby bundle (and thus the tiny g’s) or whether to start out with smalls, hopefully this post will help you.
One nifty feature of the tiny gPants is the snaps sin the front, which allow you to fold down the front until your little one’s umbilical stump falls off.
Here’s a comparison of the tiny gPant (snapped), tiny gPant (unsnapped), and the Small gPant.
Tiny gPants are designed to fit from 6 to 10 pounds, while smalls fit from 8 pounds to 14 pounds. (Some variation in weight is expected though, because some babies are longer and thinner, while others are chunky and short… the size recommendations are just suggestions.)
Here’s a closer view of the tiny gPant snapped and unsnapped.
The tiny gPant has covered elastic tabs at the waist, which are soft and comfortable for the baby. The entire back is loop-side velcro, so you can secure the tabs as snugly as you need to in order to fit your baby. The tabs should also be secured high up on your baby, giving those chunky thighs enough room to curl up comfortably.
(This photo shows the back of a tiny gPant and a small gPant for comparison.)
Whereas other sizes of gPants have a pant and a snap-in liner, the tiny size just has one piece combining the two — essentially a fabric-covered liner with tabs.
(This photo shows the tiny gPant vs. the small, both opened up.)
As far as inserts go, you won’t need to invest in anything separate because the tinys and smalls use the same size gCloths or gRefills. The new baby bundle comes with a case of gRefills, which will more than get you through the first days of meconium poops. After that, you can continue to use them or switch to gCloth or another washable insert.
This photo compares a size small gCloth in the tiny gPant (snapped down), tiny gPant (unsnapped), and small gPant.
The new baby bundle comes with 12 of these tiny gPants, because when the baby poos it will likely get on the liner part of the pant and you’ll need to wash it. If the baby just pees, you may re-use the pant without a problem. I’ve heard of people with twins who say 12 tiny gPants is enough, if they do laundry every day or every other day. Other people have said that they hand-wash their tinys, and since they air-dry so quickly, 12 seems like “overkill.” In any case, you probably won’t think you don’t have enough.
What do I personally think about the tinys?
I think they’re adorable, and such a great idea for small babies. I was excited to get them in the mail and get them ready for my little girl. But then? I had a not-so-little girl (8 pounds, 15 oz). And after only trying to use the tiny gPants a couple times, we switched to smalls. The rise of the tiny’s wasn’t high enough for our girl, even unsnapped. It was pretty hilarious when I picked her up to nurse her one time and discovered the diaper was halfway down her butt. Smalls fit perfectly though.
(This picture shows my girl, 4 days old, in her smalls. They look a bit bulky on her at that age/size but they didn’t leak — a sure sign that they were the “right” size.)
But even if you buy them and don’t end up using them because your baby isn’t so tiny, it’s still not a bad thing! You can re-sell them and recoup your money, because lots of moms who used gDiapers with their first babies might already have smalls, but want the tinys (so they don’t want to buy the whole bundle, which includes 6 smalls). Since they’re not sold on their own anywhere yet, it’s fairly easy to find a buyer. (I did — was sad to let them go, but it gave me a little more money to buy medium gDiapers with! haha)
Also, while the snapping-down feature for the umbilical cord is cute and makes people feel better, it’s not strictly necessary. We used the small gDiapers without a problem before Anneliese’s cord stump fell off. As long as you keep the stump outside of the liner (not difficult) it won’t get damp, which is really what you need to avoid. The waistband of small gPants isn’t too tight either, so it doesn’t rub/press against the stump even though it touches it.
I took a pretty laissez-faire approach to the umbilical stump in general though. We didn’t put alcohol on it or anything — just ignored it. I read a study that said alcohol doesn’t make the stump fall off faster. In fact, if you do nothing it usually falls off a few days sooner than if you baby it and put alcohol on it. So I did nothing and it was fine.