Flushable Diaper Basics
So you are asking, “what is a flushable diaper?” This is a new alternative diaper on the market produced by gDiapers. It consists of three parts: a reusable cloth cover with a snap-in plastic liner and a flushable insert. Once your little one has soiled the diaper all you have to do is remove the flushable insert, tear it open at the sides, dump it into the toilet, give it a good swish (with the swish stick provided), and flush it away.
Like any product there are positive and negative aspects. Let’s start with the good. Using gDiapers means that waste is kept where it belongs, in the sewer system. Even if you can’t flush the insert for some reason you can use the wet diapers in your compost pile or they will biodegrade with-in 22 weeks in a landfill setting. This is because they are fully biodegradable and made without plastic. A huge bonus to Mother Earth. The cloth covers are soft and comfortable for your baby. They come in 3 sizes and have Velcro closures to adjust to babies of all sizes. The cloth covers come in array of lovely colors. gDiapers are very versatile, the cloth covers can also be used with a pre-fold cloth diaper instead of the gDiaper insert. Your baby can feel when he is wet so it makes potty training much easier. gDiapers are easy to use while traveling. Famous little bums are covered by gDiapers, Julia Roberts uses gDiapers for her son Henry. The founders of the company are very earth conscious and they listen to their customers. They fully support parents in providing a healthy alternative to diapering your baby. Best of all, gDiapers are good for your baby and the planet.
There are some “not so good” aspects to the gDiapers, however there are so many more advantages it is well worth giving them a shot. All plumbing systems are different and some toilets do not like the gDiapers. The trick to successfully flushing the insert is to give it a good swish and make sure the diaper is broken-down as much as possible before flushing. Experiment with your toilet sometimes two flushes will help all of the diaper disappear. Depending on the size of your newborn you might encounter some night leaks. This seems to be more true with small babies who don’t have the rolls to fill up the leg holes. However, there are many fitting suggestions and with a little practice and persistence you can overcome the leaks.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to cloth & flushable diapers. Try the many options; find one that is best for you, your baby, your budget and your lifestyle.