I'll be the voice of dissent here - I love love LOVE our gDiapers!!!
I tried cloth several times, but every time I had to wash a poopy diaper, I sold the stash and gave up. I just don't like dealing with it. I like a solution where the poop is gone right after the diaper change, and I don't have to deal with it anymore. For 10 months that "immediate solution" was rolling up the dirty wipes in a sposie, sticking the whole lot in the Diaper Genie, and that was that. But even though I didn't have to deal with the poop anymore, it bothered me to think of filling landfills with tons of disposable diapers that would hang around for the next 500 years or whatever. I also don't like how bulky cloth diapers are. And to be perfectly honest, I'm not the greatest about keeping up with laundry.
There are days when we don't have many clean clothes left to wear...I'd hate to see what would happen if I went all cloth!
So then...enter gDiapers!
I've never had a problem with leaks. We're on city sewer, and flushing has never been a problem as long as I follow the directions and swish the heck out of the inserts. When we go out, I always flush without swishing...those high-powered toilets always seem to do the trick. At my mom's house (she has septic), I'm hesitant to flush so I just toss them. Yeah, yeah, what about the environment? Well, the inserts are biodegradable, so I feel like they're a heck of a lot better option than sposies. If nothing else, at least they're a lot smaller, so they have to take up less space!
We also plan to try composting this spring...I'm excited to see how that works.
The gDiapers are also a much better option for us because of daycare (DS is starting 3 days a week in March) - they won't allow cloth, but I convinced them to do gDiapers once they saw how easy it is!
As to the concerns about the gel in the majority of disposables and the gDiaper inserts...I'm really not buying it. Millions of babies have been diapered in sposies without any problems...I fail to see the danger there.
As to the increased cost...well, I bought almost all of our covers and liners secondhand, so that helped a lot. Yes, the inserts are expensive - probably moreso than sposies. But I figure it's worth it to do something good for the environment. I know I'm not
going to use cloth. Tried it, hated it (yes, some people really don't like it...sorry), not going back. So this is my best option. I figure the price is worth it. Now that DS pretty much only poops in the mornings, I may try prefolds or doublers (with a flushable liner, just in case) in the little g pants during the day (I don't mind washing the pee dipes...it's poop that gets to me), and save the inserts for when we travel and for daycare. We'll see...
Another comment on cost...everyone always talks about cloth being so much cheaper than disposables or gDiapers. I think that's true in a lot of cases, especially if you stick to the basics. But I know many mamas who get really caught up in buying special diapers and building extensive "stashes", and I have a hard time believing they're really saving anything (although they can reuse for future children or resell...but the same can be said for g pants and liners).
Oh, in the interest of full disclosure I should say that I don't use gDiapers at nighttime...we use Huggies Overnights, since nothing I found would contain the pee once DS started sleeping through the night last month. Eh, I figure it's one sposie a day versus 8-10 before the gDiapers. That's a pretty good improvement, if you ask me.
I'm not saying that cloth isn't the best choice for most people. But for people like me (who are grossed out by poop, who are a bit lazy about laundry, and who just aren't so die-hard about going "all-natural"), gDiapers are a good option. Much more environmentally-friendly than sposies, and pretty easy to use IMO.
My advice is to try it and see if you like it. You can always re-sell them if you find they're not for you (heck, sell your mediums to me, LOL). And if they're your gateway to cloth, great. Sell off the gDiapers to fund your CD stash. But you just might find that they're a good solution for your family. They've worked wonderfully for us!
(I hope I didn't come across as harsh or anything. I just get so sick of people raving about how much better cloth is than gDiapers, when for some people who can't or won't use all cloth, gDiapers really are a better choice.)