Cloth diapering is WAY more complicated than we thought. We were looking for the simplest option. Here’s why we choose bumGenius.
In our last video, we showed you our cloth diaper setup, and people wrote in and asked us why we chose bumGenius.
Frankly, cloth diapering is WAY more complicated than I thought. There are:
- Pocket Diapers
- All-in Ones
- All-in Twos
Ahh! It was a little overwhelming to be honest.
And I was looking for the simplest option…
I liked the fact that, with bumGenius, there was only one size to buy. That was HUGE in terms of ease and cost. We could coast through the diapering stage without having to stop and think about whether it was time to buy another size.
And bumGenius also had crazy good reviews on Amazon.
We purchased the bumGenius 4.0s right as they came out, which helped us feel like we were buying into cutting edge diaper technology.
We chose to buy 24, because that was enough to let us go three days at a time before we needed to do laundry. (The less laundry, the better… amiright?!)
Turns out: We love our bumGenius
We started using them when Griffin was 10 days old (after the meconium phase—can you say messy?!) and have used them just about every day now for eight months.
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We do see a few cons with bumGenius diapers though…
- They’re bulky. We kind of like this extra padding, but if you’re looking for a fitted look, the one-size diapers ain’t for you.
- Colors aren’t all that bright. Instead, they’re light pastels. On the upside, they won’t show through white pants or stand out in a lighter-colored outfit.
- They get stained. Of course, every diaper does. But when you’re using the same one for years, you need to take extra good care of them.
How these diapers work
The diapers have snaps to adjust to three different sizes, which will take your baby from newborn right up until potty training.
Each bumGenius diaper comes with two inserts:
- One-size, which are thicker and more absorbent
We used the newborn insert for about three months with Griffin. Once he started to outgrow that, then we started using the bigger, one-size insert at night.
bumGenius one-size diapers come in two varieties
- “Hook and loop” (Velcro)
We bought half and half. At first, Mike and I both preferred the snaps version. But the velcro is pretty easy, too. And the velcro is nice and easy for grandmas and the cloth uninitiated to use, as they go on just like disposables.
The only downside to velcro is that you have to remember to attach the velcro tabs to a pad in the back of the diaper when you wash them, otherwise they’ll stick to and tear up the other diapers (and swaddles and other delicates) in the washer.
Are you researching cloth diapers?
Check out our post on Cloth Diapering 101. It has everything you need to know to get started CD-ing, including all the types of diapers, how many you need to buy, just how much they save you, and more. Enjoy!