pictured: lots and lots of crevices, not pictured: lots and lots of poop
In the end it was just too much of a headache to deal with. Steven got tired of them way before I did, but he was a trooper and waited until I threw in the towel myself. I think if we had only one of the two issues I might have searched for a solution, but with two problems to overcome it was too much to handle. I am all for being environmentally friendly, but I can only be so patient when my sanity and quality time with my son are on the line.
Bottom Line: I completely plan to use gDiapers in the future with other babies. The absorbency didn't become a problem until Luke was older and his output was greater. For newborns they still work great. I have also heard boys have more diaper leaks than girls (moms - yes or no?) so maybe I can use them longer if I ever have a girl. The poo problem will probably happen again, but still very easy to deal with when diapering newborns.
My compromise was to switch to Seventh Generation disposables. From a post-consumer standpoint, they're just as bad as traditional disposables. They spend way too much time in a landfill, but I try not to dwell on that. The benefit of the SG's is that they are just as absorbent as Pampers or Huggies, but they are hypoallergenic and free of chlorine, latex and fragrances. Meaning the process in which they are made is better for the environment. As an added bonus for a design snob like me, the SG's are a plain, natural brown color with no flowers or cartoon characters in sight. I still happily use any diaper that comes my way - freebies, gifts, whatever - but when I'm shelling out my hard earned dollars, I am happy to spend them on earth-friendly(ish) disposables.
As usual, nobody paid or perk'ed me for talking about diapers. I just wanted to share the poop, er, scoop with you!