Product Type: BumGenius Nappies & Wipes
Newest Review: ... other types of cloth that make the price worthwhile for most people. You pay on average £14 per BumGenius all in one nappy (a disposable c... more
BumGenius 3.0 Cloth Diaper
Member Name: ntg13
BumGenius 3.0 Cloth Diaper
Advantages: eco friendly, nice colours and design, easy to use
Upon deciding that cloth was the way to go, I had a good look around on the internet and was completely overwhelmed by the choices availiable. If you think of cloth nappies as being the old fashioned terry squares with pins and plastic pants, then it's time to think again. I built up a stash of different types of nappies to see which ones I liked best. I have terry squares, pre-folds, fitted nappies and a range of pretty covers to go with these. But my favorites in my stash have to be the bumgenius all in one nappies.
BumGenius all in one nappies are designed to adjust with your baby as they grow so that they can be used from birth until potty training. This is achived with stretchy fastening tabs, a wide velcro strip at the front allowing you to fasten the tabs wherever needed and sets of poppers on the front which allow you to adjust the rise of the nappy to suit the size of the baby. It is worth noting that all babies grow at different rates and if you have a small newborn or a large toddler then you might find problems with fit, but anything in between this should be fine. My son was born 9lbs 1oz and so I haven't had the problem of him being too small for the nappies to fit nicely, the reccomended weight for the nappies is 7-35lbs.
The nappies consist of a shell and an insert. The shell is waterproof on the outside (but not plasticy feeling) and has a soft lining inside, between the outer part and the lining there is a pocket in which you place an insert. The nappies come with two different inserts, a newborn insert and a thicker one. You can put either one of the inserts, or even both of them into the pocket depending on how much absorbency you need.
Caring for the nappies isn't difficult at all, no soaking or boil washes in sight! The dirty nappies simply need to be stored in a bucket with a mesh liner or a wet bag until you do a wash load. You should separate the insert from the shell before washing, I do this before putting the nappy in the bucket sothat when it's time to wash I have no messing about. When you have enough nappies for a wash load you just put the mesh or wet bag with the nappies straight into the machine. A 60 degree cycle is reccomended, some people wash lower than this though. I find that washing the nappies on a cool pre wash cycle helps to prevent things staining and then washing at 40 degrees with a little nappy sanitiser added to the washing powder works for me.
I initially bought just one of these nappies to try and quickly decided I loved it, so I now have several of these nappies and use them mainly at nightime or when I am going to be out of the house for a while. There are oh so many reasons that I love these nappies and even my friends who initally thought I was crazy for using cloth have come round to the idea after seeing these.
Money is a big advantage to these nappies. Other types of cloth nappy tend to be cheaper than all in ones, but they are still cost effective and do have advantages over other types of cloth that make the price worthwhile for most people. You pay on average £14 per BumGenius all in one nappy (a disposable costs on average around 16p per nappy, obviosuly depending on brand and size). Although the initial payout might be high, you only have to pay it once for something that will last you until potty training, unlike dispoasables which need buying every week and it doesn't take long to work out that in the long run cloth is the cheaper option. If like me you choose to use reusable wipes too then you save even more money. Also, there is no need for nappy bags, so again,you save even more!
The next big advantage for me is that my baby is comfortable. I have had no problems with nappy rash at all whilst using these nappies, they are soft next to my babies skin (have you ever felt a dispoasble? They are itchy/scratchy feeling and paper or plastic feeling around the legs and midriff, imagine wearing one yourself all day every day, not nice!) and they are effective at keeping him dry. My son is what you would call a "heavy wetter" and I have never had problems with leaks or the nappy feeling too wet even after night time use due to being able to adjust the absorbency to suit our needs. I have also never had problems with explosive poo, way too many times during the first week where I was using disposables I found that the nappy just didn't contain everything. I'm sure I'm not the only parent to find that not only do I have a dirty nappy to change, but also everything else the baby is wearing due to everything going all up baby's back! This was a common problem with my daughter when using disposables too, no matter what brand we tried.
Other advantages are that I never have to worry about running low on nappies, it's a good talking point to help you make friends with other parents (everyone always has lots of questions about cloth nappies), I don't have to deal with nasty smells (pop them in the bucket and close the lid and all the smells stay in the bucket, put a few drops of tea tree oil in the bucket and you don't even get nasty smells when you open it up again, yet disposables lying about even in nappy bags smell horid!) and they look so much nicer than disposables (they come in a range of solid colours to suit boys or girls).
If all that wasn't enough to convince you just how wonderful these nappies are, then there are also big environmental advantages to using them. Disposable nappies take up huge amounts of land fill space (an average of 8 nappies a day, over 2-3 years, just one child makes so much waste!) and nappies are toxic waste that takes 200-500 years to decompose! I may use my washing machine a little more, but that is not using up half as much energy as producing and distributing the amount of disposable nappies I would need.
I am yet to find any disadvantages to using these nappies.
Overall I think this is a wonderful, well designed product that I would urge anyone with children in nappies to try.
Also posted on Ciao under the same username.
Summary: A good easy to use cloth nappy.