Friday, 8 November 2013

Cloth nappy worries for the new user and my positive user review of the wonderful gNappies cloth nappies.

Another blog post, two in one day! This is for all of the cloth nappy users out there. I don't claim to be a cloth nappy guru. There are lots and lots of people out there with far more knowledge than me and far, far bigger cloth nappy stashes too!!

Our gNappy stash contained current colours as well as some old favourites that are unavailable with the current range but can still be found from other gMums. Our stash did grow to include some of the newer prints too!

I have tried various different brands of cloth nappy and have had varied success from all that I have used but gNappies has to be one of my favourites. I tried my first gNappy when I purchased the gorgeous gRegal nappy that was brought out at the time of the birth of Prince George. In a gorgeous deep regal purple with the gNappy logo embroidered in gold on it I was in love. However, looks don't help a cloth nappy to work well, it's all about the inside, but looking good on the outside is always a bonus!

Looking good in a Go Aloha

A few older, but very popular colourways. Including glacier, globetrotter, Street, gJoy and Wave.

gNappies work with a fabric outer, a pouch that snaps inside which then holds your booster cloths. They are a sized nappy starting from newborn sizes they then do Small (3-7 kgs, 8-14 lbs), Medium (5-13 kgs, 13-28 lbs), Large (10-16 kgs, 22-36 lbs) and XL (15+ kgs) gPants.

Alongside their popular gPants they also sell the pouches, disposable or reuseable inserts, gLegs, matching tops for some of the gPants, gTote bags and many more besides.

After buying my first gNappy my stash quickly grew. I was really impressed with this nappy system and coming from a place where some other brands had left me doubting whether I would continue with cloth, gNappies quickly gave me my cloth confidence back. As well as selling the more widely available block colours such as yellow, red, navy, green, orange etc.... they also have certain prints that have recently been released and these have proven very popular and some sell out very quickly. The most recent releases being girls rock, grand tartan, gLotus, greyhound grey, gVeggie and grecian fig. All of these colours/prints are gorgeous and look fab on the bum as well as doing the job they are intended for very well.

Another plus point for the gNappy is that the velcro fastenings are on the back of the nappy. This is a very big plus point for anyone with a toddler that likes to undo their nappy!

Alongside the current solid colours and prints there is a whole world of older prints and colours that people are after and there is a big resale market for. I am currently part of this and the range of colours and prints is amazing and very addictive, as my pictures will show. My favourites being Street, good vibe boy and the festive gJoy version.

As well as looking amazingly gorgeous, nothing beats a lovely padded cloth bum, cloth nappies obviously are serving a purpose. Taken from the Veolia Enviromental Services website it says that;

Currently in the UK about eight million disposable nappies are thrown away each day, which accounts for about three percent of our household waste. Using real nappies can dramatically reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill and minimise our impact on the environment.
Disposable nappies in landfills take hundreds of years to degrade, but also have a big impact through the manufacturing, transport and chemicals they require. Real nappies not only reduce this waste dramatically, but they have an overall lesser impact on our environment.
Taking this into account I felt we should do our bit. I'm not going to go around forcing the issue. If people don't want to cloth and prefer to use disposables that is fine. However, I do feel that their is a need to show that cloth nappies aren't as hard work as some people think and it can be done, even when you are already using the washing machine to clean 7 peoples clothes too! I dry pail which means soiled nappies are kept in a lidded nappy bucket with no water in it. Before putting the dirty nappy in the bucket, any solid waste is disposed of down the toilet. To keep the nappy bucket smelling nice I discovered a good tip from one of the various nappy forums I am on. Stick a panty liner to the inside of the nappy bucket lid and pop a few drops of scented oils onto the liner. This will keep things smelling nice!
gNappies sell a newborn starter kit which contains 12 nappies to get you under way on your cloth journey. I found as they get older 12 was a good number to stick to. I washed them every other day and 12 nappies kept us going between washing, drying etc.... gNappies also recommend the following care guidelines; 
gPants: Remove the gPants pouch. Close velcro tabs. Machine wash 30˚ or 40˚with like colors. Machine dry.
gCloth inserts: Prep cloth inserts before first use by washing 3x on hot, no detergent. Dry in between washes. For regular care, machine wash 30˚ or 40˚with a small amount of cloth-safe detergent. Avoid added enzymes, whiteners, or fabric softeners. Simplicity is best. Machine or line dry.
Pouches: Machine wash 30˚ or 40˚. Air dry. Avoid excessive handwashing. No vinegar. No bleach.

A gNappy washing day!

Having only joined the gNappy community recently I know there is still a lot more to discover, learn and encounter from this company. There are always new releases, as with any company, that keeps us waiting in anticipation and always buying more than the original 12 nappies that we said would be fine!
gNappies currently offer £10 off  if you spend £100 or more on your first visit to their website gNappies and they are also sold on the Ocado website. 
Having recently sold off a lot of my gNappy 'stash', I'm looking to rebuild it very soon with some help from the gNappies website as well as the gMums community that I am pleased to be part of, not only to share our love of the product but they are always a wealth of help and support about cloth nappies and for every other worry that comes with being a Mum.

A DVD storage unit makes a very good cloth nappy storage unit.

Following on from previous blog posts and their 'festive' themes, I am anticipating a gNappy festive release. No promises, but I would love to get my hands on one if and when the time comes. I will keep gFans updated! 


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