“ Brand: BumGenius / Type: Nappies „
I first bought a set of these Bumgenius one size nappies 5.5 years ago, when pregnant with my eldest child. I chose them because of the very good reviews they seemed to have. I will now tell you that the very same set of Bumgenius one size nappies are being used on my second child.
So what is so good about them? First of all, being a pocket nappy they are very easy to use, even for the beginner. The only hard part is stuffing the two inserts inside them after they have been washed and dried. The pocket size is comfortably large. That might seem obvious but some brands have a very small opening, making it uncomfortable to get your hand plus the inserts inside.
Secondly, they are very good at containing even the most runny poo. Nobody likes to see a brown babygro! It is easy to get a good fit around baby's waist and legs. I have tall, skinny babies and never had a problem with leg gape.
When you think of cloth nappies, invariably you think of bulk and a big bum. They are bigger than using a disposable, but also one of the slimmer brands. While you do get some tightness using supermarket clothing, they only downside is possible having to buy one size bigger to accommodate the slightly bigger bum. There are specialist cloth nappy clothing companies but they are pricier.
The nappies come with two inserts. A newborn insert and a one size bigger insert. I use both for maximum absorbency.
Is there anything bad about them? I used to say choice of colours, but they have sorted that. I have three nappies that have had the leg elastic loosen so much they can't be used. BUT! This was after 4.5 years of near daily use. The price is probably the biggest downside, it is quite carefully controlled so you don't often find them on sale, although I have seen them on buy one get one half price. They are one of the most expensive brands, you can now buy cheaper pocket nappies from China for example.
Out of my 20 nappies, 17 are still in use, and good enough to be used on another baby if needed. And that is the most important thing I think you need to know.
I decided to try a range of different cloth nappy brands with my daughter, having made the mistake of sticking with only one brand with my son. Bum Genius One Size are one of my favourites, for sure.
The reason I like these so much is that they are so reliable. Even after really pushing my luck on a long journey, or overnight, they just never leak. They are also really easy to use, and seem soft and comfy.
I will admit that I have gone with the popper closures, as, my experience with Velcro last time (admittedly on a different brand) was that it didn't last well enough to be truly birth to potty, as it wore out and stopped sticking well, and, I hope that the poppers will also prove to be toddler proof, when the time comes.
Also, as with all cloth nappies I have tried, they really reduce the amount of nappy rash.
The down side is that, I find they do take a lot longer than some other brands to dry, but that is, I suspect, the trade off for the excellent leakproof plus point!
In a more superficial way, I would also say that, other brands do come in more interesting prints etc, but this is generally not as important as the quality.
Over all, I would definitely recommend these.
I tried out lots and lots of reusable, or cloth, nappies when I had my second baby. I hate disposables due to the fact they often gave my first baby nappy rash, and just for what they do to the environment.
I used OneLife reusables with my first baby, and couldn't fault them bar the fact that they were a little too bulky. I researched slim fit nappies for my second baby and tried a few different types until I came across these nappies.
You can buy these one size nappies with aplix (velcro) or poppers. I have half velcro and half poppers and can honestly say there is no difference. They both work just as well. They fasten just like a disposable, and have elastic around the legs and back bit to ensure a good fit. The front folds down and poppers in place to make a smaller nappy for younger babies on both the velcro and popper versions. They are on size, so last from birth to potty training.
They need a microfibre insert inside to soak up the wee, and also a flushable, bio- degradable liner which sits on top of the insert. The liners are relatively cheap to buy from many places, including Mothercare. I currently use PHP (Perfectly Happy People) ones which cost about £5.00 for 200. And no, they haven't blocked my toilet or my drains!
The inserts for these nappies are really good because they last from birth to potty training. They have fold down indents on them in sizes 1- 3, so you can fold them for smaller babies, then as the baby grows, unfold them. The inserts are a lovely, fleecy material and beige in colour.
The nappy itself comes in a HUGE variety of different colours; I currently have blue and beige ones.
I find I use two nappies and four inserts a day, so the washing isn't too much to keep up with. I have purchased a pail in which to soak the nappies anyway, as doing laundry every day is sometimes not feasible with a new baby and a five year old! I just bought Bambino Mio nappy soak and a Tots Bots bucket in which to put the nappies in. You don't need to change the nappy itself each time you do a nappy change, as they are waterproof, you can just clean them out with water and kitchen roll.
You can buy these nappies and inserts separately, in packs of one, or as a 'day kit.' I bought two day kits, which cost me about £80 in total. These were from Amazon. In a day kit, you get two nappies and six inserts. I also bought a few nappies (new) from eBay.
I have already made back my money as I was paying about £20 a month on disposable nappies and nappy sacks combined. Therefore, I truly believe that you do save money by using reusables, as well as saving the environment. OK, there is the extra washing, but I was the nappies and inserts with my son's bibs and muslins; sounds gross but on a 90 degrees wash it's all boil washed and sterilised so very hygienic.
I use a normal non- bio detergent and no softener when I wash these nappies. The inserts still come out lovely and soft, and the nappies come out almost dry; I guess they should being waterproof! I also tumble dry the inserts if I need them urgently.
Do they work? Yes, in a word. I have not had ONE leak, no word of a lie. They fit my son perfectly, and never have gaps. Nor do they fit too tightly and leave him with big, angry welts on his little (but oh so chubby!) legs. They are not fiddly to put on; even my hubbie can manage them! My son has never had nappy rash; whether that's down to the nappies or not, I'm not sure, but I would guess it is. These nappies are even great t use overnight; they don't get ridiculously wet and do not leak.
these nappies are not bulky at all. My son is four and a half months old, therefore is in 3- 6 months clothes. These nappies don't make him need the next size up as some other reusable nappies do. he doesn't look like he has a deformed bottom, and you can't see the nappies through his clothes either.
These reusable nappies are great for first- time reusable users. They are easy to use, easy to wash and all round brilliant!
There are some things I really like about the Bumgenius nappies, and something I really dislike.
What I like:
They are fairly trim fitting, and not as bulky as terries or shaped nappies. The quality of the outer waterproof layer is good and we haven't had any deterioration of that. They dry quickly, and we dont often get leakage either.
What I dont like:
The velcro tabs are useless. Sadly our nappies are no longer in circulation because they just don't stick anymore. I dont like that I have to pull on the inserts before going to the wash, as its not that nice having to touch them when they are really wet or soiled. If I leave them in accidently they always just bunch up at the front end of the nappy and then I have to wash the whole thing again. We have other pocket style nappies now that we dont have to touch the inserts in and much prefer that design.
The elastic seems to deteriorate quickly, and ours has certainly become slack. This is a common problem with the brand from my experience and its a shame that the warranties dont protect you from it (because it is said that it is the customers fault for not washing them correctly) None of our other nappies that we use have suffered from slack leg elastic.
A decent nappy, but overpriced now I feel. There are lots of other brands available that do the same thing, but better in my opinion
Information from Bum Genius:
Experience the first cloth nappy loved by every-day people - like your babysitter, grandparents and even dad! The bumGenius one-size cloth nappy is the first cloth nappy to feature stretch-to-fit tabs (patent pending), making cloth nappying as easy and comfortable as using disposables.
Bum Genius One-Size cloth nappies:
NEW! Generous sizing accommodates larger babies.
NEW! Easily replaceable elastic keeps your diapers fresh.
3x3 snap down design* adjusts the sizing to fit small, medium and large sizes (approximately 7-35+ pounds).
Trim, snug and comfortable stretchy tabs* provide a custom fit.
Waterproof insert stopper* prevents leaking at the tummy.
Diapers are bundled with two inserts: a newborn insert for newborns and a one-size insert for your older baby.
Wide slot opening makes it easy to stuff and remove insert.
Slot cover* protects your baby from wetness.
All bumGenius One-Size Cloth Diapers include a small, lightweight insert for newborns and a larger one-size insert for your growing baby. When your baby outgrows the newborn insert, it works as an overnight booster or as extra absorbency for heavy wetters.
Only the Best for Your Baby
The soft, waterproof outer fabric keeps the diaper trim on your newborn and toddler. Soft, sueded inner fabric gently wicks moisture away from your baby's skin. Super stretchy, gentle leg and back elastic with rolled out casings keeps the yuk in and help to keep red marks away. Our unique covered* slot opening keeps your baby protected from moisture.
I had originally chosen another brand with a three part system but my Husband expressed an interest in changing the nappies once the baby arrived. So when we went to the Baby Show in Earls Court, we had a look at all of the Brands on offer and had a try. For my Husband I felt Bum Genius would be the easiest for him to use and the closest to a disposable nappy - so we chose this.
I can honestly say that we have already saved so much money using washable nappies - even with the initial outlay of around £200 for a set - with the show's discounts.
*Saving money in the long run
*Reducing household waste and therefore doing your bit for the environment
*No sore bottoms - my Daughter has been through teething and still has not had a sore bum. We used disposables when going on holiday and she started getting a red bottom - so they really do prevent soreness!
*More attractive than a disposable nappy
*Very easy to wash, I just put them into the washing machine together and the two parts come apart automatically
*Initial cost outlay would put people off - however when looking over a period of time, you can really see the savings
*You have to get used to making these up after washing them so will need to be dedicated. It is something that I have got used to.
*I was not able to use them on holiday as we stayed in a hotel with no washing facilities nearby
*My Daughter has figured out how to undo the velcro fasteners and can take her nappy off!
*The thinner insert is really only good for smaller babies or if you change the nappy very regularly. I had to move on to the thicker insert quite quickly due to leakage overnight and on occasion during the day.
*I feel that the velcro can rub and as it curls up on occasion, can be uncomfortable against your skin when holding your baby. I personally would prefer a different method of doing up the nappy.
When I was pregnant I decided I was going to use reusable nappies at least 50% of the time with my baby. I did lots of research into which brand to use - re-useable nappies have quite a high initial outlay so I wanted to get it right.
the Bum genius appealed to me because they are the only one's that don't require you to buy different sizes. All of the other shaped brands come in two or three sizes - you have to buy the bigger size as your baby grows.
The Bum genius are different - they are one size from birth to potty training and grow with your baby due to a popper system that increases a size of the nappies.
They are also in one piece - many of the reusable ranges come in two parts - essentially an absorbent nappy and a outer waterproof liner. Bum Genius has the liner incorporated into the nappy itself which is one less thing to think about.
They are shaped like a disposable nappy and fasten with Velcro tabs. I've found them really simple to use - You need a liner (I use a flushable liners which are really cheap to buy and contain the poo and allow you to flush is down the loo.) I dry pail the nappies themselves in a bucket with a tight fitting lid (around £5 from Mothercare) which contains the smells. A net bag in the bucket means I can take them out of the bucket without having to touch them. I do a wash every couple of days and after 6 months (I didn't use them for the first 6 weeks - I didn't want to over burden myself with a brand new baby, hormones and sleep deprivation!) and so far they are still in fantastic condition and cause no more real hassle than disposable nappies.
I still use disposables at night as they are a lot more absorbent over a long period of time. The bum genius are also bulkier than a disposable nappy (especially when the baby is smaller) so jeans and tight fitting trousers don't fit over them. This was frustrating and would really annoy me if I was using them full time.
Over all though, I think they are a great product and a really easy solution to wanting to be more environmentally friendly and save some money.
Having read a number of reviews on other parenting websites, I thought I'd try these on my 2nd baby. I bought a pack of 5 in white, each of which came with a newborn insert and a "normal" size insert which you can adjust the size of with the 2 poppers. The nappy itself has 2 rows of poppers to allow you to adjust its size for babies weighing 7lbs through to 35lbs. The whole idea is that these nappies are supposed to be as close to disposable nappies as you can get without the normal waste. In terms of washing and care, it's all pretty straight forward - you shake off any "solids" into the toilet, separate the insert from the outer cover and put it in your machine for a cold "pre-wash" before carrying a normal wash, then leave them to dry naturally. So far (because of the colder weather), the covers dry in less than a day, but the inserts take a couple of days - so if you've got a dryer, then that'll speed things along. At the moment, I'm still waiting for baby to arrive before I can review its "performance".