Many people ask me what to do when they go on vacation and they are committed to cloth. Typically, I'd say if you're vacationing domestic then one can definitely maintain their cloth routine. As long as there is a washing machine in sight then go for it! I've done a domestic vacation - long weekend in Atlantic City, and there was no washing machine so I tried to find an eco-friendly disposable diaper, and ended up with Tushies after reading many reviews. A couple of weeks ago we went on an international vacation back to my homeland of Jamaica and I pondered long and hard about what to do. Yes, we have washing machines, but, I didn't want to stress my family about washing poopie diapers in their washing machine, and all the added utility costs, so, I thought to myself, maybe this would be an excellent time to try out the gDiaper! I've heard mixed reviews about the gDiaper, and on the surface I loved the eco-friendly aspect of it, so, I figured I'd give it a try and maybe decide whether or not I wanted to carry it in my store.
The gDiaper is a hybrid diapering system consisting of a cloth outer shell in cute colors and velcro that fasten to the back rather than to the front as is traditionally seen. Then there is a plastic liner that snaps into the cloth shell at its four corners. The absorbent layer is either a reusable cloth insert OR a flushable 100% biodegradable disposable layer. The fabric outer layer is called the "little g pant" and I was able to buy a pack of 2 which came with 3 of the plastic liners - which are all machine washable by the way. Then I bought a couple packs of the disposable inserts - 32 for $15. And away I went on my journey.
So what did I like about the gDiaper? It's cute, comes in great cute colors. I liked the fact that the flushable liner is biodegradable. I did not get the opportunity to flush the insert in Jamaica as it is not recommended to flush them in a septic system... and that's about it. My daughter last weighed in at 22lbs so I bought the appropriate sized little pant, yet the velcro elasticized waist part cut into her skin. This may not be a fault of the gDiaper, moreso my chunky monkey of a baby, but, I was pretty disheartened and ended up putting band-aids on her till we got back to the states. The inserts were absorbent, but, had a tendency to leak. I think it had to do with the way I placed the insert into the liner. The insert was longer than the liner so I had to kinda cup it in, and sometimes I guess part of it still stuck out of the liner, which caused moisture to wick to the cloth shell. And placing the insert into the liner, though it sounds simple enough, was time consuming when changing a screaming child, so I definitely had to have my alternate diaper pre-stuffed and ready to go for a change. Maybe 2 outer shells were insufficient for my 10 day excursion, but, I figured, why should I buy more of these things if I'm just changing the insert.... then I realized the leak issues. There were a couple of times that both diapers were being washed and dried at the same time because they leaked or had some poop on the shell. Fortunately I had some Tushies as back-up... that was until mid-trip my daughter seemed to outgrow the darned things and she was constantly leaking out of them.
The final straw for me was, we're returning home, I changed her between flights. She was in the gDiaper for maybe 5 hours, and by the time we got home her whole outfit was soaked! I just pulled everything off of her, and placed her in one of her beautiful cloth diapers that I was so grateful to see at this point.
So, to answer the question, would I carry the gDiaper in my store? Maybe. But no time soon. I think this is a good diaper for a vacation - something temporary, but in my opinion NOT a great diaper for everyday wear. This may even be a good option for those who don't have a washer/dryer inside their home, i.e. if they are in an apartment situation and have a communal washroom, and they don't feel comfortable washing their diapers in a shared washing machine.
At my last workshop someone had their baby in a gDiaper and when I asked about the leaks she said, "yeah, sometimes, but don't all diapers leak?"... I said, "Nope!, if your baby is in a good well-fitted cloth diaper you shouldn't expect any type of leakage." And that's the truth!