bumGenius cloth diapers have invaded the cloth diapering world with a BANG! Now, with all the various options available from bumGenius, you may find yourself asking, “What are the differences and which one is best?”
Honestly, I love all the bumGenius cloth diapers. However, there are differences between each and I’m here to evaluate all of them for you in a side-by-side comparison!
First up to bat first is the tried-and-true, well loved bumGenius One Size 3.0 Pocket Diaper. These are the most versatile of the bumGenius diaper line-up. Each diaper comes with 2 super thirsty micro-terry inserts.
For the early days, you can reduce the bulk by using the newborn/doubler sized insert. However, since this is a smaller and less absorbent insert you will need to change more frequently to prevent any potential leaks. The one-size micro-terry insert snaps to fit each size setting of the diaper – small through large. However, keep in mind this will add a bit of bulk on the small and medium settings.
Pros: Allows you the flexibility to adjust the absorbency needs of your little one… additionally, you can opt to use other inserts such as prefolds, hemp, or bamboo if you’re not particularly fond of micro-terry.
Cons: Requires stuffing manually, a tad bulky with the one-size insert on the small and medium settings. A bit of wear and tear to the hook and loop over the course of time; may not last through subsequent children.
bumGenius One Size 3.0 Pocket with LIMITED EDITION FLEECE!
The limited edition Fleece bumGenius One Size 3.0 diaper is identical to the original, except the inside lining is made from fleece.
What’s so great about fleece?
Some prefer fleece to suede cloth… I, personally, have noticed suede cloth is more prone to staining, but others have stated they’ve had wonderful results with it. For others, their little ones are sensitive to suede cloth (contact allergy), however, find no reaction/sensitivity to fleece. Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference.
Up next is the bumGenius Deluxe All-in-One diaper. The All-in-One diapers are convenient because instead of stuffing them, the absorbent micro-terry is sewn into the underside of the stay-dry lining. However, bumGenius utilizes the same nifty pocket opening at the back to allow you the ability to add inserts to customize your absorbency!
These are Sized diapers… now while you won’t be able to use these like from birth to potty training – this diaper is trimmer and reduces bulk! The x-small size provides a wonderful fit for most newborns too. There are no snaps on the front to adjust the rise (as with the One Size diaper) giving the diaper a nice, clean appearance! The bumGenius Deluxe All-in-One Diaper is as close to a disposable diaper as you can get!
Pros: Don’t require stuffing; although the pocket design still allows you the flexibility to adjust the absorbency needs of your little one. Best fit for a newborn. Will likely hold up for use with subsequent children.
Cons: Slightly long drying time. Must purchase each size as your child outgrows them.
Organic cotton isn’t as absorbent as micro-terry; therefore, you will have to be more attentive to changing your little one regularly to avoid any leaks. However, organic cotton is a natural material and does a better job at allowing your little one’s skin to breathe.
Unlike the other bumGenius diapers, these require prepping. Just as any unbleached or organic cotton material, they need a minimum of 6 washes prior to use before they will even begin to absorb (the natural oils in the cotton must be thoroughly washed out otherwise the diaper will repel). Thereafter, you will notice the absorption increases with subsequent washes. With all that said, these will most likely not work for nap and night time unless you add some additional absorbency such as a newborn prefold, bamboo or hemp doubler.
Better yet, this gem of a diaper comes in two options, Hook and Loop (aka Velcro, or Aplix) and the new edition in Snaps.
bumGenius Organic One Size All-in-One diaper with Hook and Loop
Very convenient and a favorite for those interested in a super speedy diaper change! The laundry tabs are different from those on the One Size diapers, instead they utilize the same size and shape tab in the loop material in order to fasten the tabs for the laundry.
Pros: Organic cotton next to baby’s skin! No stuffing required and the organic cotton makes for easier laundering as it’s not as picky of a material to wash as micro-terry.
Cons: A bit of wear and tear to the hook and loop over the course of time; may not last through subsequent children. Long drying time.*
My personal favorite! These are THE TRIMMEST diaper I’ve ever tried (and you all know I’ve tried a LOT). Surprisingly, they are even trimmer than the Hook and Loop version of the same exact diaper! I’ve got the photos to prove it! I put a pair of jeans on my little man and was amazed how the jeans fit; he had inches of room all over, versus no room with other diapers including the standard bumGenius One Size 3.0 pocket diaper.
Pros: Snaps allow the diapers to last for a longer period of time; will likely last through subsequent children.
Cons: Long drying time.*
1. TRIMNESS BETWEEN THE ORGANIC ALL IN ONE ONE SIZE w/SNAPS AND THE ONE SIZE:
2. TRIMNESS BETWEEN THE ORGANIC ALL IN ONE ONE SIZE w/Hook & Loop AND THE DELUXE ALL-IN-ONE (MEDIUM)
3. Comparisson of size/bulk from one Diaper to the other:
One Size diapers fit most babies from birth to potty training… however, for the larger sized child these may not fit until potty training. However, their overall value is still great.
* I’ve developed a technique to speed up the drying time a bit. I put them in the sun for about an hour to help remove any stains – then I turn the soaker inside out and wrap it around the diaper to allow more sun exposure and air to circulate through the cotton. Leave out for an additional 30-60 minutes and then toss in the dryer to help fluffy up the cotton and finish drying.
– By Serena