BumGenius One Size

BumGenius 4.0 One Size Diaper Review

BumGenius 4.0 Review

BumGenius 4.0

BumGenius 4.0 one size diapers are a vast improvement over the BumGenius 3.0. I’ll admit it, I just did not like the 3.0 very much. The hook and loop was not very good and the laundry tabs would not stay shut. So, our 3.0 started looking pretty beat up very quickly. My biggest complaint about it was that at about 15 months – my daughter was too big for a diaper that was supposed to last another 10-15 pounds. I am happy to say that the BumGenius 4.0 sizing is much, much better.

At 2 1/2 years, my daughter is in the 90th percentile for height and she weighs about 30 pounds. Her genes are apparently part kangaroo – since she prefers to hop, jump, skip and run rather than walk – even if it is just across the room. She has powerful little legs to go along with her battery-powered personality. This has made it tough lately to find diapers that fit her well. The BumGenius 4.0 one size we have is the new snap version and it is sized perfectly to fit her. There is still an extra snap on each side, so she can grow a bit more before the weather warms up and Mommy puts her in Potty Training Bootcamp. The rise is also much better, and she has a bit of growing room there as well.

What about smaller babies? I tried the 4.0 on my skinny newborn nephew and the fit was very good. A tad bulky, but all one size diapers have some bulk on a scrawny newborn. He was 9 pounds, but thin as you can see in the picture.

The snaps are a great improvement. Although Cottonbabies (makers of BumGenius, Flip and Econobum) says they are using all new hook and loop that is made specially for them, I am so happy with snaps that I have not bothered to try the hook and loop. Apparently my customers agree, since the snaps outsell hook and loop by at least 3 to 1.

The most common complaint about diapers wearing out is that the elastic goes bad before the diapers do. We have never personally had this problem with any of our diapers, I do hear about it from others. While some companies simply use inferior elastic, even good quality elastic can go bad prematurely. One size diapers are at particular risk since they are used for such a long period of time.

Clover diapers started offering replacable elastic on their diapers several years ago and now some of the biggest names in cloth diapering are doing the same. FuzziBunz, BumGenius and Happy Heinys one size diapers are all available with easily replaced elastic now. The BumGenius 4.0 elastic is simply tacked in at the ends, so you can clip it and thread new elastic in if needed. Replacing elastic in pocket diapers used to be a real pain and required a fairly talented seamstress. The new style BumGenius elastic is so easy to replace that even the most newly-minted seamstress could pull it off.

The one thing I still don’t like about BumGenius 4.0 one size diapers is the way the pocket opening works. The covered slit opening allows poop to get up under the flap – making it potentially really gross to get the insert out. A couple of times I have washed the diaper with the insert still in it just to get it clean enough to take the insert out before rewashing it.

Oh, and did I mention the colors and prints? BumGenius 4.0 one size diapers are now available in 9 colors and 5 prints. The prints are limited edition, so there will surely be more coming at some future date.

Overall, I would recommend the BumGenius 4.0 one size diaper. I’d give it 8 stars though. If you just want a diaper you know will work, this is a good choice. It is reliable, the overall quality is great, and they are reasonably priced. The sizing is good, and you know you will be able to use it for most babies from birth to potty. I took off one star because I hate the pocket opening, and one star because they are sometimes made in Egypt.

You can see BumGenius 4.0 one size diapers at One Lucky Mama.


Baby Kanga One Size Review

Baby Kanga one size diapers ave a unique pocket opening – and it is a great idea. The pocket is located on the outside of the diaper. It has a zippered closure, so there is no chance of a messy diaper interfering with removing the insert. I held off trying these for a long time, since the pictures I saw online weren’t very clear about the zipper. I was not sure how this idea would work or if it was such a good plan. I finally ordered some and I am really glad I did.

Baby Kanga One Size

Baby Kanga One Size

This is one of my favorite diapers. It is easy to use, the sizing is perfect, and the quality is wonderful. We’ve been using our Baby Kanga one size diaper for more than a year and it is still in great shape. More importantly, it still fits my rapidly growing 2 year old. She is in size 3T clothes – so she has outgrown a lot of brands of one size diapers. This is one of the diapers I reach for first when the diapers are all clean.

Stuffing the Baby Kanga one size is easy. The zippered pocket gives plenty of room to get the insert in, and there is no chance of it shifting around after it is in place. The zipper pull is acutally made from ribbon – so there is no little pokey part like you’ll find on other zippers. The covered nylon zipper is located on the front of the diaper, near the waist snaps. It is cleverly concealed in the seam so it is only noticable if you look for it. Inside the pocket is a PUL flap to make sure that the insert does not wick onto the zipper and cause leaks.

The leg elastic is just right, not too stretchy or stiff. It does a fine job of containing messes. The inner lining is microfleece and since there is no pocket opening inside to worry about, cleaning messes off is a breeze. If you need to rinse the diaper with a cloth diaper sprayer – just remove the insert from the outside of the diaper. Simple as can  be!

The waist snaps are spaced for easy adjustments, and they cross-over for tiny newborn waists. The rise adjustment snaps are well-placed so the sizes work well as your baby grows – giving you three sizes in one diaper. The rise is long enough that we still get a nice under the belly-button fit even at 30 pounds and 37 inches tall. The PUL (waterproof outer layer) is stretchy so there is a bit more give and growing room in the Baby Kanga one size diaper. The Baby Kanga is also made in Canada – which is nice. So many companies are going to China for production now, I love promoting any company that keeps jobs in North America where workers are treated fairly and wages are decent.

Baby Kanga inserts are optional for retailers, so you may find that various retailers have different insert options. Most opt for a one size hemp insert. Hemp is incredibly absorbent, so I like this option. If you buy Baby Kangas from Little for Now cloth diapers they will come with a one size hemp insert.

This is definitely a diaper I would recommend. The price is a bit higher than other one size diapers, but the quality and convenience are well worth the small extra cost. The hemp insert also makes it worth the extra price since you’ll be getting improved absorbency along with a great diaper. Try a Baby Kanga one size today!


Blueberry One Size Diaper Review

Blueberry One Size Diaper

Blueberry One Size Diaper

Blueberry one size diapers are well-known and many parents swear by them. Unfortunately, they had me ready to swear at them. Blueberry one size diapers offer a nice, trim fit. That trim fit also comes with a narrow width in the crotch. When my baby was small, that meant constant leaks at the legs. I was never able to get a tight enough seal at the legs to prevent leaking. Her clothes would be wetter than the insert, so it was never an issue of how much the diaper could hold. It was simply a matter of how well it could contain mini-floods. I wonder if we would have had better luck with the snap version instead of the hook and loop. The snap version has two rows of snaps – and we often had good luck with diapers like that since we could get a tighter fit on the legs if needed.

I loved the one size combination insert that came with this diaper – and I actually ended up using the insert in other diapers since I liked it’s absorbency and how fast it washes and dries. It has half microfiber and half hemp fleece, so it is absorbent and trim.

As my little girl got bigger, we were able to use the Blueberry one size with fewer leaks, but it just never gave us the fit we needed. I still think this is a great diaper – it just did not fit my little girl and her heavy drinking ways. Other parents I have talked to have had good experiences with the Blueberry one size diaper, so I know it is a popular diaper. The minky version is supposed to be adorable and super cuddly.

The quality is very good. The inner microfleece lining is soft and the pocket opening is well-designed, if a bit narrow for stuffing. It is likely this diaper would fit well for babies with chunkier thighs – and those who do not have a 2-quarts-a-day rice milk habit.

I do like that the Blueberry diapers are made in the USA. That is a major plus in my book! My conclusion? These diapers are worth a try, but I’d try one before investing in a bunch since they don’t work for all babies.