For all of airplane trips in the past year we had used disposable diapers. Cloth diapers took up too much room in the luggage and since we have to pay for every bag most trips it didn’t seem worth it, especially when most of our trips were only a few days long. We did use cloth diapers while in FL for Christmas, but only because my mom had just received some new diapers I had ordered, so they were already there.
I started feeling guilty about throwing all those diapers in the trash, thinking about how they take 500 years to decompose, and I got tried of them always leaking. Pretty much at least once a trip we had a poop blow-out, which we never had with cloth diapers.
Most of the summer gDiapers was having a sale on their covers. Buy the 6 pack of covers (which is normally $70) for $40! Finally at the end of July I went ahead and bought them. I knew if we didn’t like them we could always use them as covers for our diapers or sell them for about the same price. For those of you who don’t know about gDiapers, they are made of three components, the cover, the liner, and the insert. The gDiaper inserts are better for the environment than a traditional disposable diaper because they can be flushed, composted, or thrown away. If thrown away they decompose in 50-150 DAYS, not 500 YEARS like disposable diapers.
In addition to the covers, I bought some prefold diapers to use as the insert while we were at our location. Since we were staying with Matt’s family I knew washing wouldn’t be a problem, since Matt’s mother washed diapers for many years as a young mother. The prefold diapers take up relatively little space in the luggage compared to our regular diapers. I also bought some of the disposable inserts, only one package, which we still have half left over for another trip.
So we weren’t leaving until about 5 pm on Friday afternoon, but since I learned my lesson about leaving dirty diapers for longer than a day or two (they got moldy and I wasn’t able to get them clean), I started my normal dirty diaper laundry in the morning and put Greta in the gDiaper disposable inserts with the gDiaper covers. She wore those until we were at Matt’s parents house about 1 am Friday night/Saturday morning. Then for the next three days we used the prefolds as our inserts. I washed diapers on Sunday morning and again on Monday evening, so that they would be dry and ready for the trip home.
Overall, it was almost as easy as having our diapers along. I really missed our diaper sprayer for rinsing the poop off, but made do with dunking them in the toilet. The prefolds we have are pretty thick, so I may order some smaller ones for the next trip. Greta didn’t ever completely soak one of the prefolds, even overnight.
With everything we have we should be good to go for another trip. I have enough disposable inserts for another two travel days and the prefolds and covers are ready to go for the next trip. I knew we would be traveling a lot this fall, so I figured it was worth the investment. The gDiaper inserts are a little more than regular disposable diapers, but to me it is justified since the decompose so fast. Now I don’t have to feel guilty about filling up landfills with useless trash.
P.S. Typically when we travel by car we bring our diapers since we have space and we are usually going to my aunt and uncle’s house and they don’t mind if we do diaper laundry in their washer.