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itty bitty babies need itty bitty diaper

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Parenthood is going to be awesome. And the hardest thing you’ll ever do. So trust yourself. Breathe. And bask in the sweet details.

 

Cute and comfy from day one

Itty bitty babies need itty bitty gDiapers. And nothing fits your new baby better than newborn gPants because they’re specifically designed for those first few weeks of life.

 

Newborn gPants features

  • Perfectly sized for brand new babies.

  • Snaps down in front below the bellybutton. Once the umbilical cord heals, just release the snaps for a higher, more comfortable rise.

  • Adjustable closures fasten around the back and let tiny legs curl up naturally.

  • Sewn-in pouch allows baby’s delicate skin to breathe, which reduces irritation and diaper rash, while also minimizing bulk. 

 

Changing is simple

  1. Tuck Disposable Insert into gPants.

  2. Close tabs around the back.

  3. For a good fit, rest the trim of the pouch in the crease of baby’s leg, just like underwear. more fit tips

  4. All diapers should be changed every 2 to 4 hours for a dry, happy baby. more on washing and care

 

Tips for success from the get-go

  • Tuck inserts into gPants before you change your baby. Cold air can sometimes stimulate newborns to go to the bathroom, so getting ready ahead of time helps minimize the time her tiny bum is exposed to a changing pad (and your shirt!).

  • Newborns can poop 10 to 12 times a day. It may feel overwhelming, but know that this will quickly slow down as they grow.

  • Side closures don’t need to be as tight as you may think. Gently attach them nice and high in the back (making sure they aren’t turned down, where they could rub in the crease of baby’s leg).

Transitioning from size newborn to small gPants

Newborn gPants are made just for those first few magical weeks of life. You can move to size small when your baby is around eight pounds—though babies come in all different shapes and sizes, so check out our moving up in size page for more guidance. When moving to regular gPants, you’ll no longer need the snaps in the front for the umbilical cord, and the pouch snaps in so you can just replace the pouch and not the whole gPant for less laundry. Our regular gPants are as thoughtfully designed as the newborn gPants.

 
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Here’s another way to look at sizes:

  • Newborn - for brand new babies 6 - 10 lbs (2-5 kg)

  • Small - for babies 8 - 14 lbs (3-7 kg)

  • Medium - for babies 13 - 28 lbs (5-13 kg)

  • Large - for babies 22 - 36 lbs (10-16 kg)

  • Extra Large - for babies 34 + lbs (15+ kg)

 

Getting a Perfect Fit

 

Babies come in all shapes and sizes, so we believe in diaper fit guidelines, not hard and fast rules. It’s also why we have five sizes of gPants to fit your baby’s changing shape, so you’ll always have the most comfortable and effective diaper. And remember: you know your baby best, so trust your gut. These tips are based on fit testing and customer feedback, and if you have any questions, please contact us. We’d love to learn about your little one and make sure he is getting the most comfortable fit possible.

 

Sizing for gDiapers:

First off, here’s the sizing guide for gPants:

  • Newborn: for brand new babies 6 - 10 lbs.

  • Small: for babies 8 - 14 lbs.

  • Medium: for babies 13 - 28 lbs.

  • Large: for babies 22 - 36 lbs.

  • Extra Large: for babies 34 + lbs.

 

Fitting gDiapers on your baby

  1. Put your baby's bum on the back third of the diaper.

  2. Close up the diaper holding the pouch, not the cloth gPants. The right fitting diaper will keep the pouch trim in the crease where the leg meets the body (just like your underwear!). The trim of the pouch forms a waterproof seal, keeping messes contained.

  3. Next, gently pull it all up nice and high. gDiapers have a higher rise than many other diapers and should sit on the natural waistline, not down on the hips.

  4. Gently secure the velcro tabs around the back. You won’t need to stretch or over-engage the elastic.

 

Solving leaks

As with all diapers, leaks are bound to happen now and then. If it’s happening frequently, you may need to switch diaper sizes for your growing baby. But before you make the switch, make sure you’ve checked the following:

    • Change diapers often: no matter what brand you’re using, change diapers every two to three hours, and more often if you’re using cloth inserts. This prevents leaks. And since our pouch is made with gBreathe technology, your baby’s skin will “breathe” while still wearing a diaper, meaning less diaper rash and healthier skin!

    • Leaks high up on the leg or near the waistband: gPants may be too tight. If the gPants are secured too tightly, the pouch could be pulled, leaving gaps around the four snap tabs. Try securing the gPants a bit looser (you should easily be able to slide a finger under the waistband of gPants).

    • Leaks between the legs: gPants may be riding too low, causing a gap in the pouch around the crease. Try pulling the diaper up a bit higher when changing her, ensuring the pouch trim is in the crease of baby’s leg. It could also indicate that your pouches need replacing.

    • Leaks with Cloth Inserts: if you have been using Cloth Inserts with success, but now they’re leaking, they may have lost some absorbency and need to be stripped. Please follow our stripping tips here.

  • A little note about little boys: remember when changing boys to point the penis down. When it’s pointed up, you’ll get leaks every time. It’s also especially important to pull the diaper up high in front for best coverage.

 

Red marks and indentations

Indents and light red marks are normal and not cause to worry. These are just like the fit marks we get from socks or bras. If your baby has deeper or painful-looking red marks, however, check the following:

gPants may be over-tightened. gPants are designed so you don’t actually need to pull them tight or over-engage the elastic. This can be an adjustment if you’ve been using traditional disposables, where you pull the elastic tabs. As long as the trim on the pouch is flush against baby’s skin and there are no gaps, you should have a good fit. Also, make sure the snaps are sitting on the fleshy part above the hips and not on the hipbones. 

If you’ve secured the diaper properly, but it still leaves irritated red marks, it may be time to move a diaper size up. And it just means your baby is growing!

 

Bunching is normal

Please note that Disposable Inserts and Cloth Inserts can bunch inside the pouch. This is normal and does not lead to leaks. It also doesn’t make the diaper less effective. Another reason why we’ve made pouches to be easily cleaned: they’ll catch the rest of the mess that the inserts miss. Bunching happens because baby’s thighs compress the insert. In fact, bunching happens in traditional disposable diapers too, it’s just not as noticeable.

 
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Here's a handy guide to washing and caring for our gPantsPouches, and Cloth Inserts. For additional care information about our cloth inserts, visit our guides to Cloth Insert Care and Stripping Cloth Inserts.

 

Washing gPants and Pouches

gPants only need to be washed when they get dirty or soiled, not every time your baby wears them. Here’s how to wash them:

  • Remove the pouch from the gPants.

  • Close the velcro tabs on the gPants so they don’t come undone and snag other bits of clothing

  • Using a detergent of your choice, machine wash the gPants and pouches in warm or cold water.

  • For gPants, line dry (out of direct sunlight) or machine dry.

  • For pouches, air-dry (they'll dry in minutes!).

  • Avoid excessive hand-washing of pouches. No bleach, no vinegar.

 

Storing and Washing Cloth Inserts

We recommend a couple options for storing dirty Cloth Inserts until laundry day:

  • Dry pail method: Sprinkle baking soda at the bottom of a dry pail (to help prevent odors) and place soiled diapers in a covered pail (do not pre-soak). A large bucket with a lid works perfectly for this.

  • Wet bag method: This is a waterproof, zipped bag that you fill with soiled diapers. On laundry day, dump the contents out of the bag and into your washer, and then throw your wet bag in too!

 

Cloth Inserts require a bit more specialized care than gPants. Here's how to clean them:

  • Wash your cloth inserts separately in the machine on hot (do NOT wash with gPants and pouches which require a cool or warm machine wash).

  • Use a “cloth safe” detergent — one without enzymes, brighteners, bleach, or softeners.

  • An extra rinse at the end of the cycle will help ensure all detergent is rinsed out of the cloth inserts.

  • Machine dry on medium, or line dry. (A dry bath towel in the dryer with them will help remove some of the moisture and significantly cut down your drying time!)

  • Note: Avoid using barrier cream on your baby if they’re using cloth inserts, as the cream is difficult to wash off and can reduce absorbency.

 

Avoiding and treating stains

Try to keep in mind that stains are normal when dealing with diapers, and they do not indicate that the diapers aren't clean. However, there are some ways to help keep your gDiapers looking like new:

  • A pre-rinse without detergent in warm water can help prevent stains from setting

  • You can also “sun” your pouches and cloth inserts. Laying them out in the sun while wet can bleach them white again, naturally!

 

Laundry detergents

For gPants and Pouches, you can use your choice of detergent - the same kind you use on the rest of your family's laundry is fine.

Cloth Inserts, on the other hand, require a little more thought. Here's a guide to washing detergent for cloth diapers:

  • Avoid detergents with added softeners, whiteners, brighteners or enzymes.

  • You should only need HALF the amount of detergent in a cloth diaper load of laundry that you would use in a regular load of the same size.

  • Using too much detergent or barrier cream on cloth inserts can lead to buildup, which lessens their absorbency. You can remove this buildup by following our guide to stripping inserts.

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