What on earth is a gNappy you ask?
gNappies state – “gNappies is changing the world of disposable nappies — top to bottom, inside and out. Our simple system pairs adorable soft cotton gPants nappy covers with Disposable Inserts that are compostable (wet ones only). gNappies Disposable Inserts are Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Silver — a certification trusted around the world for ecologically intelligent design. Above all, gNappies is dedicated to keeping babies clean, cute and comfortable — as part of a growing global community of parents who are looking for beautiful products: inside and out.”
gNappies are classed as a hybrid system (hybrid nappies give the user the flexibility of using cloth inserts or disposable inserts), there are three elements to these nappies.
gPant- Available in NB/S/M/L and XL, they are essentially a fabric pant with Velcro fastening that fastens around the back. The newborn gPants have poppers at the front for length adjustment to provide comfort for the umbilical stump. These pants have 4 poppers on the inside of the pant for the gPouch.
gPouch- Fully breathable with “gBreathe Technology” to minimise the risk of nappy rash. These pouches simply click/pop on the poppers already located on the inside of the gPant. They can be wiped out after a wet nappy, and air-dried, or washed and air-dried after a soiled nappy.
gCloths- Washable inserts made from 2 layers of microfleece and 2 layers of hemp/cotton. You can choose to use your own brand of inserts if you wish. The gCloths sit inside the gPouch.
gNappies give a very trim fit and are very absorbent, even more so when using different combinations of inserts and boosters. I do find the gCloths absorbent but needed a lot of prewashing before I got the level of absorbency I wanted.
Sometimes I do use two gCloths, for added absorbency.
The great unique thing about using gNappies is that you don’t need huge amounts of gPants. gNappies recommend (6-8 gPants for full-time use) and 18-24 inserts and a few spare pouches, but again it does depend on your lifestyle.
gNappies also design disposable inserts, which I do love, on my lazy days. Just like an insert but it’s disposable… simple.
They are compostable too… yes, you did read that right… they are compostable. You can actually compost the wet disposable inserts only. They degrade in 50-100 days. Which is amazing compared to a potential 50 years that commercial disposable nappies take, some websites say 200-500 years to completely degrade… which is, even more, eye watering.
If you read my ‘Reusable vs Disposable Nappies‘ post. I mentioned the resale value of some cloth nappies…
gNappies released the gB print for the Olympics in 2012 (July 27th) priced at £19.95p. Only 80 were ever made. Now in 2017 they are worth between £90-£100. Good Investment I say.
Being a gMummy
I first came across gNappies when my first daughter was 6 months old. The simplicity of the style was amazing, and then I simply fell in love with the prints, and the fact that you could use them as disposables too with the inserts was just a massive bonus. I purchased the starter kit and a few packs of disposable inserts. The first few days were great, then I slowly started to use disposable nappies again. Unfortunately, I didn’t take to them. I think it was because I was only ever used to using disposables for 6 months, and the convenience of them was great. I ended up selling them and making all my money back, so it worked out great. Fast-forward 4 years, I found out I was pregnant with our second child. I was 110% determined to use cloth nappies from the start and I would stay loyal to the gNappy brand and give it another go.
I purchased the newborn bundle online, which came with 12 newborn gPants, 6 small gPants and 2 packs of disposable inserts. The newborn gPants are the cutest nappy ever I think. The gPouch is integrated into them, and it’s recommended you use the disposable inserts, although I know a few gMums that have used cloth in these. My daughter when she entered the big wide world was 6lb 9oz, and these were a perfect fit for her. I packed 6 into my maternity suitcase along with a pack of disposable inserts. Everyone commented on them, and how they had never seen the gNappy brand before. I was more than happy to show them how they worked.
I was so proud of myself, I used them for a whole 8 weeks, then I noticed she was ready to move up to the smalls. Suddenly I started to lag behind with the washing initially, as she had so many problems with her digestive system, due to a milk allergy, her poos were very unpredictable and incredibly loose. I didn’t want to ruin or chance any staining that may happen. So I went back to disposables. When my daughter was 6/7 months old I started to use them again, she is mediums now. Her poos are more predictable, and usually only once a day, so I feel safe to use them on her. I can’t wait until the summer, and she’s in dresses and she can flash her gBum.
Out and about, they are super easy too, I can get 3-4 hours out of one nappy. I take a spare gPant and gPouch in case, but usually only require a new insert or 2. I put the wet insert into a wet bag or a standard nappy bag, so I can take it home and wash. It does take a while to get the hang on fastening them and making sure the gPouch sits in knicker line. Sometimes the poppers do leave red marks, like pressure marks, but my daughter doesn’t seem upset by them, I do put a barrier cream on just to avoid any rubbing/friction irritation it may cause.
I haven’t braved overnight use yet, so I do go back to the disposables at night. It can be done, it’s all about your confidence and finding a combination of inserts that work for your baby.
Please remember there is no right way, it’s what works for you, and what works for you, may not work for others.
WARNING CLOTH NAPPYING CAN LEAD TO A BIG ADDICTION