A couple of months ago, I received a Bumkins all-in-one cloth diaper for review. I have to admit, I was looking forward to it. After all, fluff mail is always fun, and Bumkins isn’t a common diaper in my area. Different fluff is even more fun. It’s taken me a while to write up the review because I wanted to put it through the paces on both Norton (a toddler) and Eudora (an infant)… and I wanted to get adorable pictures of my testers to go along with the cloth diaper review.
Bumkins All-in-One Cloth Diaper Design
The Bumkins all-in-one cloth diaper is a tongue style all-in-one. You can either tuck the tongue in the pocket and snap it into place or you can leave the tongue on top of the pocket. If you leave the tongue on top, then it makes it easy to add some extra protection by stuffing an insert in the pocket. Or if you’re just not into stuffing anything and want to put a diaper on quickly, then just flip the tongue over the top of the diaper and away you go.
Bumkins All-in-One Cloth Diaper Construction
The Bumkins all-in-one cloth diaper shell is an extremely light and flexible TPU. The TPU is covered by a polyester microfleece. The absorbant bit in the middle is made of a super light and super thirsty bamboo cotton blend. The microfleece pills, of course, but the bamboo cotton blend is still soft and doesn’t have that weird lumpy bunching thing that lower quality blends often experience. It’s just as smooth now after multiple uses as it was when I took it out of the package.
Bumkins care is pretty darned basic and simple. They actually provide all the information you need to know to care for their diapers… and they also provide some useful cloth diaper laundry tips in general.
I got a great fit on Eudora, who is a tiny little peanut at nine months. Due to the lightness of materials, it’s a really trim fit. It’s trim enough for her to wear under jeans, but really, the prints are so cute that I wouldn’t want to hide them. She’s got plenty of room to grow. Norton, however, is two years and nine months old. I could just get the diaper on him on the largest sizing. It was a very low rise on him, but still functional. (For the record, he’s thirty-two pounds.)
Ease of Use
The all-in-one aspect of Bumkins makes it quite simple. However, there are five snaps per tab on each side, so ten different attachment points. That many points of attachment confused my husband, so he refuses to use it. (For the record, though, there are a lot of different diapers that confuse him in my stash, so he prefers to stick with only one.) I found that five snaps per side are way too many to use with my squirmy daughter (who has recently decided that she hates diaper changes), so I don’t. I use three snaps per side and call it a day. On the downside, that is exactly why it confuses my husband. It also makes it a little harder to get an equal fit on a squirmy child. But having those five snaps and the overlap option also means that it’s really easy to get that diaper to fit even the tiniest of babies.
Is the Bumkins All-in-One Cloth Diaper Worth it?
Oh, yeah. It’s a fun, nifty little diaper that’s light weight, effective, and well-made. It’s also the only North American, non-work at home mom company where you can get Dr. Seuss prints. And because they are licensed instead of knock-offs, you won’t have to worry about them getting seized by customs.