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thanks a bunch.

October 7, 2011
photo by Emily Shaw Lapish
photo by Emily Shaw Lapish

Baby got back. And thighs. And those thighs are often wonderfully chubby. We can’t get enough of them. Those beautifully chubby baby thighs do a funny thing to diapers. They squeeze them together, and the end result is a bunched up diaper. We call this bunching. And so do you.

Now, since gDiapers aren’t a one-piece diaper like disposables, that bunching phenomenon is a bit more obvious. The disposable or cloth insert gets squished together and, if its wet, it stays that way. We’re here to tell you that that’s okay. (The rhyme there was unintentional, turns out we’re multi-dimensional.)

Bunching does not affect the function of the gDiaper, nor the fit, nor the cute factor (which is important). The purpose of the snap-in pouch is to not only hold the insert in place, but also to catch whatever mess the insert doesn’t. This is one reason we’ve made the pouches so easy to clean and re-use…because they’re gonna get dirty when baby poops.

Now, if you’re finding that the mess is getting onto the gPant (which totally does affect the cute factor), then there may be a fit issue. And thank goodness we know how to fix those, too. In the interest of not drifting too far off topic, we’ll point you to our post on troubleshooting leaks for that.

So, if we know bunching happens (it does) and we know that people are asking about it (they/you are), then why haven’t we done anything to stop it from happening? Well. Since it doesn’t affect the function and fit (and cute factor!), in truth we’re not too fussed over it. But, we have indeed tried. Nothing yet has worked to the point of celebratory bells and high fives throughout all of gHQ without compromising the function of the diaper, things we think are pretty important.

Bottom line? Bunching is fine.

(Rhyming again without intent! But we’re pretty sure it’s time well-spent.)

7 thoughts on “thanks a bunch.”

  1. Hi there. I’m pretty new to gdiapers, and am having a bit of a poke around the website trying to learn how to use them properly & get the best results. Apologies if there’s answers to this question elsewhere – I just couldn’t find it. I’m using cloth inserts for my 2 yo & 7mth old & worked out that I haven’t been fitting the legs properly, so now I know that, hopefully they’ll work even better (I’ve been finding them great even incorrectly fitted round the legs!) But here’s my question: I’ve been using the flushable liners to flush away poop (in theory). In reality, I’ve been finding that it catches 50-75% of the poop & the rest is getting mashed into the cloth liner. The flushable liner & cloth insert seems to be bunching up in the middle on both kids, so the poop is getting spread around everywhere. So I remove the liner, flush it & then try to get rid of the rest of the poop somehow. I try wiping it off with toilet paper or wipes, & it’s getting mashed in even worse. Then I feel like it’s pretty nasty, so – try washing it off in the laundry tub (which I then have to try & clean out afterwards), run the washing machine…. for one diaper? Seems crazy! Wondering what people do & if i can get these liners to work better. I’m sure there must be posts about it somewhere, if only I could find it….!! thanks, Carleen

      1. In response to Carleen on Sep 18, I find the same issues with my son. 9 times out of 10 there is always poop on the liner and I’m rinsing and washing everyday to every other day. I’m glad I have extra liners! I had a stack yesterday and now I’m on my last three (I have 12 total). Only leaked twice on the gPants since starting to use them (a few weeks now). Little man is quite the wetter so sometimes even with frequent changes he will wet enough on the disposable insert to make it open it while still wearing it (releasing the little gel beads inside).

        Any other tips for poopy liner problems?!


  2. We are having the ‘bunching’ too. No issues on leaks but I do have a question with the bunching. The gcloths liner caused red marks/rash-like just in the folds between baby’s parts and upper thigh area. I believe it may be due to the bunching cause it’s in that same area. I change baby pretty often trying make sure she’s not in diaper more than 2 hours during day. I stopped using the gCloth and used disposal insert and the red areas got better. I followed the washing instructions and Im using detergent made for cloth diapers. Any suggestions or comments on what this from and what can we do? I’d like to use the cloth liners.

  3. Mine got a rash as well before I knew of “stripping” the cloth. Unsure if you do this however it’s very important. This is when you wash the cloth and then boil the cloth liners, this helps get out ammonia, and access detergent build up. After I did that, it didn’t matter how much they bunched, there were no more rashes. Good luck!

  4. Hello. I was researching why my baby girl would be squeezing her diaper like how she does. with her thighs and to me, it seems like her diaper is pressing against her privates. It has been concerning to me. it doesn’t seem right that she does that and it kind of bothers me to know her diaper is pressing to much against her and I try to make she its not. because I don’t want her squeezing it. I wonder what kids in Africa do. if they even wear diapers? u know what I am saying??? Like, what if she didn’t wear diaper would she do the same thing? and is it causing stimulation to her? I don’t want that or think its right if she is just a baby. can someone please give me some information or advice??

  5. My girlie is in a size Large. 19 months and 24/25 lbs. She does have chunky thighs. That being said, the gdiapers are leaving red marks on each side in the front from the elastic. I do pull the waistband up covering her belly button. Should I not be doing that? Should I just be letting it sit at her normal rise?

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