bumGenius Freetime Review

bumGenius Freetime ReviewThe bumGenius Freetime is made by the same company that makes bumGenius 4.0 pocket diapers, Flip covers, The bumGenius Elemental and Econobum diapers and covers. The sizing and design of all these brands is the same – they use the same basic pattern for all of these diapers. The bumGenius 4.0 pocket diaper is still the best selling option in my store, but the Freetime is quickly gaining on them!

What is the difference between the Freetime and the 4.0?

The bumGenius 4.0 is a pocket diaper. This means that there is an opening between the outer waterproof cover and the stay-dry lining. Each 4.0 pocket diaper comes with two absorbent inserts made of microfiber (like microfiber cleaning cloths). To use the pocket diaper, you simply slide the insert into the pocket opening like putting a letter in an envelope.

The bumGenius Freetime is an all-in-one diaper. This means that there are no extra pieces to find or lose. There is no pocket to stuff. Instead, the absorbent layers are sewn right into the diaper. That is what makes it an “all in one” diaper. The outer waterproof layer is attached to the inner stay-dry lining so the PUL (polyurethane laminate) does not touch the baby. The absorbent inserts are sewn in in a flap style. One flap is stitched in at the front and one at the back. Each insert has stitched lines to make it easier to fold the flap to the length you need. This also allows you to customize the diaper so you can put the most absorbency where it is needed for your baby. Fold to the front for boys and to the middle for girls.

How does the Freetime compare to other diapers in fit and trimness?

The bumGenius Freetime has a bit more absorbency than a single bumGenius 4.0 insert. This makes them a touch more bulky than the 4.0 pocket diaper. It is not a big difference, but if trimness is the most important issue for you – then the Freetime may be better for night time use for your family. If absorbency and convenience are more important for you, this is a great diaper.

The overall pattern is the same as the other bumGenius diapers, so the fit is still great for most babies from 8-35 pounds. As with any cloth diaper, hook and loop tabs offer the most adjustable fit. They are wonderful for getting a snug fit on thin or small babies. Hook and loop tabs are also wonderful for dads, babysitters, night-time diaper changes, and any time fussing with snaps seems like too much effort. Snaps are the most durable and, thanks to the stretchy tabs and double layer of snaps, they are still very adjustable.

How do they work?

My testers are raving about the bumGenius Freetime. They love how simple they are to use. They love not having to worry about finding any pieces or stuffing pockets. While stuffing pocket diapers is not difficult, it does get old after a while. With the bumGenius Freetime all you need to do is wash and reuse.

Several testers have told me that they are using the Freetime as a night-time diaper since it is naturally so abosrbent. If they need extra absorbency, they just tuck a doubler or hemp insert behind the stay-dry flaps. In fact, one family that does not cloth diaper during the day is using the Freetime at night since their 6 month old was wetting right through his disposable diapers by 2 AM! The Freetime is keeping their baby, and the crib, completely dry.

How do they wash?

The drawback to most all-in-one diapers is that they typically take a very long time to dry and they often develop odor issues because they don’t come clean easily. The Freetime is designed with a little absorbency in the diaper itself and the rest divided between the front and back flaps. Since no part of the diaper is more than three layers thick, they come clean easily and dry in a jiffy. The stay-dry suedecloth lining is stain-resistant and keeps baby feeling dry.

Overall Freetime Review:

I love the bumGenius Freetime. It washes and drys in a flash. The absorbency is great and it is easy to add more if needed. The fit is good on most babies and it is just a touch more bulky than the bumGenius 4.0. The bumGenius Freetime is also very affordable, just $2 more than the pocket diaper and well in line with other popular brands. My only concern with this diaper is that it is too early to know how the sewn-in inserts will hold up over long-term washing. Overall, I have no problem recommending the bumGenius Freetime to anyone who wants to get started with cloth diapers or extend their stash with a top-quality diaper.

As with other bumGenius products, you can buy the bumGenius Freetime at One Lucky Mama as well as other cloth diaper stores.


Otter Blotters 2 Size AI2 Cloth Diaper Review

Debby Reed of Otter Blotters sent me Hawaiian print all in two (AI2) 2 size Otter Blotter diaper for review. My first impression was – “Wow! This took a LONG time to sew!” These diapers have a huge amount of detail and must take a lot of effort to put together. I chose a diaper with mesh sides so we could use it as a pull-on diaper in addition to the hook and loop tabs. I love this feature, since my little girl has started potty training and this diaper can double as training pants. Being able to get a diaper on and off quickly is fabulous. Even better, the adjustable hidden tabs are impossible for little fingers to open.

The Otter Blotter is a pocket all-in-two, allowing for a lot of flexibility in how you use it. The inner pocket means you can use it as a pocket diaper. The snap in soaker pocket gives a stay dry option. The soakers are made from bamboo fleece – a very trim and absorbent option. If you choose to use the pocket and the snap in soaker, it gives a lot of absorbency.  My only problem with this diaper is that it took a really long time for the soakers to dry. They are sewn with only a few layers of bamboo in each section, but since bamboo is so absorbent it can take a while to dry.

The inner lining is suedecloth, my favorite stay-dry lining. Suedecloth is my favorite because it feels the dryest when damp and messes do not stick to it!  The outer print fabric (supplex, the fabric used to make surfing shorts) is adorable and holds up really well to washing and wear without pilling.

The hook and loop (like Velcro) tabs are adjustable in length and they attach inside a snap up panel. This keeps the tabs away from curious little fingers and discourages tiny naturists from taking off their diapers. The hidden tabs also make it impossible for them to snag on other laundry or scratch your arms and clothes while you hold your baby.

The Otter Blotter also adjusts in the rise, so it fits two different sizes.

Overall, this is a great diaper and it has many unique features that I have not seen anywhere else. You can see Otter Blotters AI2 and the other Otter products at http://www.otterblotters.com


WeeHuggers Bamboo Diaper Review

WeeHuggers all in one

WeeHuggers all in one

WeeHuggers bamboo diapers are made with super soft bamboo inside and out. They are available in an all in one style as well as a diaper cover. Lisa, the WeeHugg founder, sent us a gorgeous all in one to review.

This is a very, very trim diaper that is still very-absorbent. As you can see on my tester, it fits snugly without any added bulk. It fits nicely under clothing and is as close to a disposable in fit as any diaper I have seen.

I always have my little tester wear a diaper several times before I write a review so I can see how it performs under various conditions and how it holds up to washing. I am happy to report that the WeeHugger all in one holds up beautifully in the washer and dryer. This is the first diaper I have seen using the new bamboo PUL, so I was curious whether the PUL would wrinkle or separate in the wash. It has stayed smooth and waterproof despite my hot wash and hot dryer treatments.

WeeHuggers are advertised as a daytime diaper, so I also wanted to test how long the outer fabric would stay dry. Like any other natural fiber PUL (cotton prints, cotton knits, etc.) the outer fabric will wick moisture if the diaper is very wet. I first tried it for a 4 hour block of time that included a good long nap (yes, my little girl does nap from time to time!). As I expected, the outer part of the PUL did wick and was pretty damp after 4 hours. So, I tried it again with a Little for Now hemp diaper doubler. This time the outer part of the diaper stayed dry. When we used it for normal daytime use (no nap that day!) she stayed dry for over two hours.

The WeeHuggers diapers are designed with tiny mitten like Velcro-like closures that look like hugging hands around your child’s waist. When I first saw them, I was worried that the two layers of hook and loop tape would come apart in the wash. After 6 washes they are still tightly sealed together. Most hook and loop diapers tend to roll in at the waist on my skinny little tester, but this one rolled less than most.

Drying time was surprisingly short for an all in one. The WeeHuggers are designed with a flap style soaker made from bamboo/organic cotton french terry. All of the fabrics are bleached with peroxide instead of chlorine, so they are environmentally friendly. Another bonus – the WeeHuggers are made in America.

If you are looking for a very trim, environmentally-friendly diaper, the WeeHuggers all in one is an economical and adorable option. They will work best for daytimes and frequent changing, but with a doubler they do last longer.  I really like this diaper and it is fun to use. You can learn more about WeeHuggers at http://www.weehuggers.com.