I always get pretty excited (I know, it’s a bit mad but I just do!) whenever I get to try out a new nappy. There’s something about new fluff that makes me get all giddy and I know that I’m not the only cloth bum mum that feels this way. You just have to take a peek at the various online forums and groups to know that the launch of a new brand of nappy, or having a chance to get hold of something new, will send even the most seasoned of nappyholics into a happy tizzy.
So, some of you can understand my absolute delight when I got approached by the lovely UK representatives of gNappies http://www.gnappies.co.uk to do a trial of their fantastic little gPants with my little Monkey. I’d been eyeing up these nappies for quite a long time, contemplating taking the plunge and getting hold of a few, so I really was very excited when a bundle of them landed at my door.
gNappies are a very sensible, well thought-out addition to the nappy world and, to my mind, combine elements from both the cloth and disposable world in a clever and easy-to-use way. They have several elements to them:
The outer shell, which fastens with an aplix-style fastening, but with a difference. These close at the back, rather than the front, which is great for those older babies who want to try and whip off their nappies. They are lovely, soft and breathable and feel pretty much like underwear, which is fantastic. These come in different sizes, so you need to invest in a few over the time that you’ll be using them, but this is no different to using sized nappies.
Snapped into the outer shell is a waterproof, breathable pouch that holds whichever insert you decide to use. This is very clever as you can have spare pouches and inserts in your changing bag and reuse the outer. It’s similar in that respect, to a bumGenius Flip but as the pouch is separate, you can keep reusing the outer (as long as a poo hasn’t exploded out of the pouch) for a little longer.
As gNappies are a hybrid system you have a choice between using gCloths or biodegradable gRefills (the disposable option).
gCloths are your cloth nappying option. They are very thin, ultra absorbent microfleece/hemp/cotton cloths that slot into the pouches. gRefills are soft, 100% biodegradeable and plastic-free disposable inserts that can be either home-composted or binned.
I got sent two little gPants, some gCloths and gRefills to try, and – I have to be very honest – I was rather sceptical at first. I couldn’t see how something so thin (and believe you me, these are seriously slim-fitting) could possibly work well. I actually had more faith in the gRefills as, obviously, disposables are always on the thin side. The gCloths had me humming with concern. Mr Monkey Superwetter would obviously pee through them and onto my carseat, buggy, sling or rug in seconds flat.
Well. I did all the preliminary washing that gNappies http://www.gnappies.co.uk recommend to get the gCloths up to full absorbency and whilst this was going on, I decided to give the refills a go. I loaded up the pouches with them and packed the rest into my changing bag, ready for a trip to the zoo. As this would involve a fair bit of sitting around, pressed against the back of the buggy and also quite a lot of pressure against the nappy from being in a sling, I thought that it would be the best opportunity going. There would be many chances for leaking to occur due to compression and I had spare trousers and other cloth nappies at the ready for what I thought would be the inevitable.
Mr Monkey had a fabulous time, talking to all the animals and chattering away very very loudly indeed. He particularly enjoyed seeing the primates (funnily enough) and one chimp took a real shine to him and kept on trying to offer him her food, which was rather sweet. As we were having so much fun, I actually forgot to change him for a little while and then suddenly had a panic as I realised how long I’d left him and rushed off to find a changing station.
Well, all I can say is wow! I was amazed! He had not only piddled for England, but had done a rather impressive poo – and the gNappy/ gRefill had contained the whole thing spectacularly well. Luckily, it had stayed in the middle so I could have just changed the refill but I decided it was probably best to change the whole thing. gNappies are remarkably easy to change and I have to say, I’m now in love with the way in which they fasten. They are great and I know that he’ll find it really difficult to take them off – which is pretty cool!
We continued the rest of our zoo trip and only needed one other change, which the gNappies handled effortlessly. Whilst I have no issues at all, obviously, with bringing home dirty nappies to wash – it was actually (I hate to admit this) rather nice to not have to worry about them. I put the refills into eco nappy bags so that they could be easily composted, which was great.
Once my gCloths were washed up to full absorbency, I gave them a whirl as well. They are so slim and Monkey managed 4 hours in his gNappy without any leaking whatsoever. I was amazed! The insert was well and truly soaked, but there was no wet patches on the outer little gPant at all.
Whilst I’m not a fan of jeans on babies, I have to say that these nappies are fabulous for babies being able to wear more slim-fitting clothes and I’ve been looking at slimmer-fitting clothes, such as the ones in Next, as I know that I can now get away with them on Monkey. There have been so many shops that I’ve had to avoid due to the big-bottom that you get with cloth nappies (which I personally adore), but it’s nice to know that I have some nappies in my stash that enable me to dress Monkey in clothes that would be otherwise unaccessible.
gNappies, in my opinion, are an excellent addition to any cloth nappy stash for quite a few reasons. Apart from giving you more options with clothing, which I’ve just mentioned, they would also make really good holiday nappies. You have the choice of the disposable or washable inserts so when you’re away, you could choose whichever option would make the most sense for you. Having talked to other ladies, I know that people use other inserts inside them as well – so you could mix and match to get whatever suits you, although most other inserts aren’t going to be as thin as the gCloths. They are, for instance, significantly thinner than Flip inserts, which I always used to think of as being my nice, thin nappies!
These would make fantastic nappies for taking out and about with you on trips, as they really don’t take up much space at all.
I have slight reservations about whether gNappies would withstand the horrendous poonamis that Monkey has every now and then (usually after he’s been exposed to lactose or cow’s milk protein), but most nappies just can’t cope with that (apart from fitteds with a very good wrap over the top). But, for your everyday nappy, they really are very good indeed!
I’d like to thank gNappies http://www.gnappies.co.uk for allowing me the chance to play with these – I really had a lot of fun and it made me much more aware of how great they are! Whilst I did get given the nappies/inserts for reviewing purposes, I haven’t received any monetary payment for this review and all thoughts and opinions are my own. Luckily, I really liked the nappies and they worked very well for us, but I would always let you know if we had a disaster with them (which, thank goodness, we didn’t as that would have been one messy zoo trip!)
I’m actually quite excited to let you know that courtesy of gNappies, I have not just one, but TWO giveaways!
The two lucky winners will each get a medium little gPant (sized to fit babies between 13-28 lb, which is 5-13 kg) plus a pack of their fabulous disposable inserts.
Isn’t that kind of them!
So, keep your eyes peeled – I’ll be opening up the giveaway very very soon!