Affordable Alternative for gDiapers gCloth Inserts

by Maria Moser on August 27, 2013

in Inserts,Natural Fiber

@geffen baby inserts in gDiapers #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers

As you may be aware (or maybe not!) I work with Geffen Baby. Some of the products pictured in this post were purchased by me, some were loaned to me, some were given to me for review. I was not asked to write this post, nor was I compensated to do so. gDiapers gCloth are about $5.50 each, purchased in 6 packs. They are nice in that they have 2 layers of microfleece (Why 2? I don’t know.) to wick moisture away from your baby, but they only have two layers of absorbent hemp/cotton. Naturally, I wondered how Geffen Baby’s 60% hemp/40% organic cotton inserts would fit in gDiapers. Their hemp inserts are five layers and run between $3 and $4 each (sold in 3, 6 or 12 packs.) I photographed the gDiapers inserts and compared them to Geffen Baby’s inserts as well as their hemp prefolds, and also show how each one fits in the gPants!

First up, some photos before the gCloth was prepped; the gDiapers small gCloth is on the bottom, with a Geffen Baby super absorber in the middle and quick absorber on top. (Geffen inserts have been prepped in all photos since they were ones I had/used.)

gdiapers small vs geffen baby quick and super

Next, the gDiapers medium/large and Geffen Baby’s largest insert, the super absorber plus:

gdiapers medlg vs geffen baby super plus

After prep, the Geffen quick absorber is a great match for the gDiapers small, while the super plus is a bit bigger and the super a bit smaller than the m/l gCloth.

gDiapers small after washing vs Geffen Baby quick geffen baby super plus bottom gDiapers med lg after washing middle geffen baby super top

The super plus is a great match for the gDiapers disposable insert.

large disposable gDiapers insert vs super absorbers plus

Better yet, I discovered that the XS hemp jersey prefold and the small fleece prefold are a great substitute for the small and m/l gCloth respectively.

geffen baby small fleece prefold v gdiapers med  geffen baby xs jersey prefold vs gdiapers small

Prefolds are 4 layers throughout, so 8 or more layers depending on how you fold them. The XS/S hemp prefolds are in the $6-$7.50 range (each.)

Here’s the quick absorber in newborn, small & medium gPants (medium & large gPants both use the medium/large pouch.) Geffen Baby also makes smaller newborn size inserts (like a doubler size) that would make for an even trimmer newborn diaper in that stage where you’re changing tons of diapers & don’t need as much absorbency.

Geffen Baby quick absorber in tiny gPants Geffen Baby quick absorber in small gDiapers geffen baby quick in gdiapers med lg

Here’s the super absorber in the m/l pouch:

geffen baby super in gdiapers med lg

Finally the super plus in the m/l pouch:

geffen baby super plus in gdiapers med lg

There’s of course no reason you couldn’t just use inexpensive cotton prefolds in place of gCloth too!

Have you used gDiapers? Did you use gCloth, disposable inserts, or something else?

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sierra January 2, 2014 at 9:30 pm

You mention that the quick absorber is good for the small but the super or super plus absorber for the larger pouch. The quick absorber is the same length as the super absorber (according to so I don’t see how that is possible. My guess is that the newborn absorber is the ones that fits in the small….


2 Maria Moser January 2, 2014 at 10:45 pm

Sierra, the hemp jersey of the quick shrinks a bit more than the fleece of the super, although they are the same size to start. In this photo: the super is in the middle and the quick is on top – you can see the quick is slightly shorter.

The newborn fits well in the newborn pouch, but the quick also fits as you can see in the photo:, though it is a bit bunchy.

I didn’t picture the newborn here because they are very small & don’t offer a lot of absorbency. They are more like a doubler size!


3 Sierra January 8, 2014 at 9:28 am

Interesting. thanks for clarifying.


4 Patty January 11, 2014 at 5:33 pm

Have you tried the Moraki Fold to Fit inserts in Gpants? They come in three different sizes and i was wondering if they would work well….


5 Maria Moser January 11, 2014 at 5:53 pm

I haven’t!


6 Kim March 6, 2015 at 5:00 pm

I have newborn and small size diaper covers. New at this. After reading your review I still don’t know what brand or size/ thickness I should purchase for these covers. And also how many. I’ve read the g diaper insets are not very soft and that bumpkins are very soft. Would they fit? What is your recommendation?


7 Maria Moser March 6, 2015 at 5:20 pm

If you’re thinking Geffen Baby, I would go with the quick absorbers for now. For night time, consider the XS hemp prefold. The “plus” inserts are longer but can be folded down to fit in the small diapers if you need. They will be bulkier though. I’ve never tried Bumkins inserts but Geffen Baby products are very soft.

To figure out how many you need, I’d determine how many diapers you’ll change per day and multiply by how many days you’ll go before washing (then add about a half a day to give you time to get them ready again). You’ll also want to have a few extras in case you need to double up on absorbency.


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