I have been in the very long arduous process of slowly switching my son over to cloth diapers. It’s a long process because I tend to go overboard on researching things, and there’s a lot of trial and error in the beginning of what’s right for your baby. I had been interested in testing out Little g’s after first hearing about them, you know, for research and scientific reasons. So when I saw them on sale, I snatched up a starter pack and a refill. We purchased these on Easter, and I wanted to give them a fair try before posting a review.
Overall, if you’re looking to reduce your waste added to landfills, and are apprehensive about cloth, these may be a good fit for you. The inserts are flushable, but your mileage may vary. Our toilets are fairly new(er), but they can be persnickety in regards to some things. Little g’s weren’t one of them. If you flush them according to the directions in the booklet, you shouldn’t have a problem, but like I said, it really depends on your toilet’s pressure. They even have a video on their “101” page. The inner core of the refill is made of “tree farmed fluff pulp,” the outer part of the refill is natural fiber that is compostable.
What I liked about them:
The diapers themselves are well made. The starter kit comes with two “little g” pants and four snap in liner inserts, where the flushable refill sits. I like this aspect, because with this setup, you don’t have to wash the outer pants as often (which I do anyway, because I’m weird like that), unless you have a leak. Unlike cloth diapers, where the whole thing needs to be washed once it’s been soiled. The snap in liner is made with a water resistant breathable plastic. The snap in liner can also be machine washed, but they recommend that you line dry them. I find it’s easier to wash them by hand in the sink with some mild baby soap and warm water, as they’re plastic and they dry relatively quickly, and won’t get beat up in the wash. The diaper itself can be used with one of your regular cloth diaper inserts as well, which is a nice feature.
What I didn’t like:
The flushable insert isn’t exactly soft. It’s kind of stiff, stiffer than a conventional disposable, which just doesn’t really look comfortable. The design of the pant makes it so that the insert bunches up when it gets wet, which is another aspect that can’t be comfortable for any baby. It’s the same way if I insert a cloth insert and I know if I had to utilize a setup like this, I’d probably go insane. Its a fact of life that babies need diapers, but why make it any more uncomfortable than regular underwear? The other thing is that you have to position the snap in liner just so, between the creases of the legs in order to create a seal to prevent leaks. If you have a squirmy child (and let’s face it, most of us do), this can get old quickly.
I should note that it’s recommended by the company, that you should have your diapers loaded (heh) and ready to go, because it’s just easier, and well, common sense. If you choose to use these, take that advice, I was stuck once, and my son’s patience wore thin quick while I was putting this contraption together.
Overall, these aren’t a bad product. They’re better for the environment, which is a plus, and they’re a great option for people who may not have the time to commit to cloth diapering, but don’t want to use a conventional disposable. The design could be little bit better though.