Little Pea is five weeks old now. It still feels like the first week with him in many ways, yet I can’t imagine him not being here now, and I’m getting much more used to him and his little ways. Well, when I say ‘ways’ I actually mean ‘penis’. It was terrifying changing his nappy the first few times – I’m so used to dealing with girl bits, with having a daughter and also, y’know, being a girl, that all the extra stuff was a little daunting. Not to mention the vertical peeing. That’s fun, isn’t it?
So anyway, with having a toddler to care for, as well as having a new baby and all the attention he needed, and all the scary ‘boy stuff’, despite having bought reusable nappies two weeks before his birth, we decided to use disposable nappies with Little Pea until we were more used to him and the gravity-defying wee.
But now he is a whole five weeks old, and we have been giving the reusables a go. A while back I posted about how I was considering using reusable nappies, and had a great response from many parents who were very pro-real nappy. The very kind folks at gNappies also got in touch and sent me a size small in Groovy Grape to trial.
Now to be honest, when I first looked at it, I was a bit confused. Being used to whipping off a dirty nappy, folding it up, grabbing another out of a packet and putting it on (The Princess, obviously…that did begin to sound like I was referring to myself) without a second thought, I was a little daunted by the whole bundle of stuff; pants, pouch, inserts, liners…I was almost put off. Almost, but not quite, and I’m so glad I wasn’t.
gNappies are a great idea. The pants are made of soft cotton with a lovely elasticated edge that fits well around the thighs. Inside is a waterproof pouch to hold the liners that can be snapped in and out, meaning that if the pants haven’t been soiled, you only need to change the inserts, which means a little less laundry. There are two options with gNappies, either washable gCloth inserts or biodegradable gRefills. The gRefills are obviously more akin to disposable nappies, but they are 100% biodegradable, so they won’t clog landfill sites like the disposables. We were sent the cloth inserts to trial and they have been fab. They’re ultra soft, which means they’re comfortable next to Little Pea’s skin, and they wash really well.
Having used gNappies on Little Pea, I’d definitely recommend them to other parents thinking about using reusables. The only downside I can see is that there are several sizes from tiny gPants for newborns to XL little gPants for large toddlers, so as your baby grows, you have to buy more nappies, as opposed to other systems which can see your child through from birth to potty-training. But the ease and comfort of this system far outweighs this one downside.
So I am well and truly converted. It’s real nappies only from now on. And my bank balance is much happier for it.
I was sent a gBundle by gNappies, which included a pair of little gPants, a pouch and two cloth inserts to trial and review. I was not paid any money for writing this post, and all the views expressed here are my own.