As this is a popular brand among mothers, I was excited to try them as they are touted to be the cloth diaper “loved by every-day people – like your babysitter, grandparents and even dad!”
Opening the package of Twilight, Grasshopper and Butternut (*NEW* colours: Clementine, Moonbeam, Ribbit and Zinnia),I like what I saw – cloth diapers looking *exactly* as they appear in product brochures or websites. Nothing irks this Mum more than getting products looking nothing like their photos. Other colours in the range are Blossom (pink) and White.
I love the feel of the cloth diapers and was pleased to see that 2 microfibre inserts are provided – one large (with buttons for adjustments) and one newborn size.
Retailing at RM85 (about RMB170) per piece, it’s a comfort knowing that I didn’t have to buy additional inserts!
BumGenius’ drive for continuous improvement is impressive – version 3.0 comes with (among other features) an innovative elastic tab. This patented (pending) tab is the secret to its diaper’s trim and snug fit. This tab is what makes the BumGenius cloth diaper as easy to wear as a disposable diaper.
Like Drybees, the elastic tab functions as a fold-in laundry tab. Because it’s smaller, it doesn’t catch on to other clothes in the washing machine and resulting in a twisty “diaper snake”. Another smart move since a small tab works just as well as a big one.
Overall, the cloth diaper is well cut and I already like the wide crotch and roomy insert opening – the first ensures that the insert stays flat while the latter enables a quick-and-easy insertion.
Another commendable feature about Bum Genius is its adjustable snap sizing to fit babies from newborn through to toddler age. It’s a really clever cloth diaper – the PUL folds neatly to conceal the snaps and none is the wiser!
The microfibre insert is fluffy, plush and looks absorbent. As it comes with 2 button settings (no explanation included), I figured that one is to create a thicker pad for absorbency.
I wasn’t sure what the other button is used for so I used it to self-suspend the insert on the clothesline – no pegs needed! LOL
The first time I tried it on the boy, he balked because he was used to the fleecy softness of Bumwear. Also, he’s at this terrible Two stage of resisting new things.
To get around this, I placed the insert on top of the diaper (AFTER he did his morning business). Like Bumwear, it fits him snugly (I can’t tell for Drybees since the L size I got was too big on him).
Doesn’t it look trim and fit on him?
More importantly, I’m happy to report that there were NO leaks (with one insert) while he was sitting, walking or napping! It certainly is an effective cloth diaper.
I like BumGenius for its trim fit, wearability and soaking power. Having 2 accompanying inserts allow me to adjust the thickness of the diaper.
Although using 2 inserts would reduce the number of times I need to change the diaper, I didn’t like the idea of his running around with a soaking diaper. As it is, he is a very heavy wetter.
One thing I noticed though is that the small of his back was wet with sweat when I changed the diaper, which means that this PUL-based diaper isn’t as breathable as a 100% cotton cloth diaper or Bumwear…
In my opinion, BumGenius could be THE cloth diaper to replace disposables. Cute prints will be another plus point!