Tuesday, August 12, 2008
G is for "good idea," in theory.
(This photo is not intended to be an advertisement for
the g diaper, the Boppy, or Eric Carle...but we really like all 3.)
So we've changed enough diapers now to have developed preferences about which ones work and which should never have been bought. The hippie-generic-chlorine-free diapers from Whole Foods are insanely large, and do not contain shitestorms because they are too loose around Penny's legs. We are liking the Pampers Swaddlers because they rarely cause a blowout, and they are nice and soft and smell like botanical gardens. But, we also know that they are EVIL. I cringe whenever I empty the diaper pail because I know that these diapers will not decompose for hundreds of years.
Britt's mom used cloth diapers when he was a baby. Most of the world uses cloth diapers, if they use diapers at all. I have been fantasizing about cloth diapers, but honestly, I have issues with touching and handling poo. This is becoming less of an issue. Once you have someone else's poo running down your leg as a result of a blowout, you kind of have to get over it.
Our friend Brandon asked if I had heard of "g diapers," and when Penny was 9 weeks old, I decided to order a starter pack so we could test them out. The little pants are very adorable and they fit well. They come with snap in liners, which are washable. The flushable inserts are made out of "fluffed wood pulp" which isn't a far cry from toilet paper. The kit also comes with a little stick that you use in the toilet to swish the flushable insert around so it breaks up. This was kind of fun. And it started disintegrating right away in the bowl. The insert falls in, give it a swish, and flush! Whee!
Sadly, the flushable inserts only lasted 2 days. Two! So here we are, with 2 adorable little pants and the snap in liners and no more flushable liners. Poo.
So now I am in a quandry. Do I order a case of the liners, knowing that they cost $52+ shipping? Will a case even get us through a month? Will my concern for the planet win out over my shrinking wallet? This is how they get you! *shakes fist*
Meanwhile, our friend Sheree has become a cloth diapering champion, and she recently shared some tips with me about her technique. The gDiaper experience has opened my eyes to the possibilities of non-disposable options, so I am planning to try a couple of different things, including the cloth diaper+pant that Sheree sent me. The problem is, I'm inherently lazy. Oh, and busy too. Laundry gets started and doesn't get finished....several times a day.
These are lame excuses, I know. There's nothing like emptying the diaper pail to kick my butt into gear.