bumGenius Genius Series Diapers – A Comprehensive Guide

Since hanging out on the Cotton Babies Flash Mob Facebook group, I’ve learned that there’s a lot of interest in the Genius Series diapers… as well as some questions about what diapers are, in fact, part of the Genius Series and a whole lot of other questions.  So with that in mind, I bring you the Comprehensive Guide to the bumGenius Genius Series Diapers.

bumGenius Genius Series Diapers - A Comprehensive Guide (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

Part of what makes the bumGenius Genius Series diapers so desirable is that they are part of bumGenius’s limited selection of prints.  For a company that mainly focuses on solids, anything that’s a print will do well.  The Genius Series is particularly attractive to collectors.  However, not all releases of the bumGenius Genius Series diapers are universal, so that only adds to the confusion.

Albert & Lovelace – The Original bumGenius Genius Series

bumGenius Genius Series - Albert and LovelaceAlbert (left) was named after Albert Einstein.  The black diaper features white chalkboard type writing with mathematical symbols and equations, along with the famous E=mc2.  Interspersed throughout all of the mathematical stuff is the phrase “I’m a genius.”  Albert has been available in newborn, bumGenius 4.0, bumGenius Freetime, old bumGenius Elemental, new bumGenius Elemental, Flip, and Flip trainers.  The diaper has also been released in both snap and hook & loop closures.  Albert is still available in retail stores in all closures but hook & loop.  (Except for newborn size, as that’s only ever been available in hook & loop.)

Lovelace (right) was named for Ada Lovelace.  She was a mathematician and is also known as “the first programmer” for writing out an algorithm that was intended to be used by a machine.  The colors on the diaper are white, Dazzle, Sassy, and Mirror.  The snaps are Dazzle, Mirror, Sassy, and Grasshopper.  This diaper does not have any text on it at all.  Lovelace has been available in newborn, bumGenius 4.0, bumGenius Freetime, old bumGenius Elemental, new bumGenius Elemental, Flip, and Flip trainers.  The diaper has also been released in both snap and hook & loop closures.  Lovelace has been discontinued and is now becoming a “hard to find” print.

Irwin & Maathai – The Second bumGenius Genius Series

bumGenius Genius Series Diapers - A Comprehensive Guide (Iriwn & Maathai) - Cloth Diaper AddictsIrwin (left) was named after the late “crocodile hunter” and conservationist Steve Irwin.  The Irwin features a pattern of animals in Oops purple, a green that is close to Hummingbird, and other greens.  There is no text of any sort within the pattern.  To the chagrin of many Irwin diaper fans, the pattern is often mistaken as “camo” by other moms.  The Irwin was only released in bumGenius 4.0 and in two versions: multicolored snaps and Ribbit snaps.  The multicolored snaps is more sought after by collectors.  This diaper has been discontinued.

Maathai (right) was named after Wangari Maathai, a Kenyan environmental and political activist.  The Maathai reflects its namesake’s love of nature and the vibrant beauty in nature with a dazzling array of colors in flowers.  The Maathai has no text within the explosion of flowers on the print.  Maathai was only released in the bumGenius 4.0 with multicolored snaps: Grasshopper, White, Mirror, and Sassy.  This diaper has been discontinued.

Carroll & Jules – The Third bumGenius Genius Series

bumGenius Cenius Series Diapers - Carroll & Jules (Cloth Diaper AddictsCarroll (left) was released in November 2013.  The Carroll bumGenius Genius Series diaper was named for Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.  Carroll draws inspiration from Alice in Wonderland; the red diaper in a subtle rose print background is adorned with white rabbits, playing cards, keys, tea cups, and watches.  The white tabs feature pink snaps.  No multicolor snap option has been released as of this time.  “I’m a Genius” is worked into the pattern.  Carroll was available in hook and loop newborn size.  Carroll was released with snaps in the bumGenius 4.0, bumGenius Freetime, bumGenius Elemental (new style only), Flip, and Flip Trainer.  Carroll is no longer being manufactured and is considered “hard to find.”

Jules (right) was also released in November 2013.  The Jules bumGenius Genius Series diaper was named for Jules Verne, author of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.  This particular print features a Mirror colored base with some slightly darker bits to simulate waves, a dark blue-green kraken and anchor print with white fish and Sassy stars throughout.  “I’m a Genius” is worked into the pattern.  Jules was available in hook and loop newborn size.  Jules was released with snaps in the bumGenius 4.0, bumGenius Freetime, bumGenius Elemental (new style only), Flip, and Flip Trainer.  Jules is no longer being manufactured and is considered “hard to find.”  This is the first diaper where collectors were concerned with “pattern placement.”  Some prefer an anchor in the center of the bum, while others prefer the kraken.  Regardless of placement, Jules is highly sought after with a lot of drama as a result.

Audrey – The Lady

bumGenius Genius Series Diapers - A Comprehensive Guide (Audrey) - Cloth Diaper AddictsAudrey is the most recent bumGenius Genius Series Diaper released.  In March 2014, the bumGenius Audrey diaper was “leaked” to the Cotton Babies Flash Mob Facebook group.  Audrey is named for silver screen actress and children’s advocate Audrey Hepburn.  The design of the diapers is a print of sunglasses of various designs, which are a nod to Ms. Hepburn’s iconic look.  The word “stylish” is written in joined script between the rows of sunglasses.  “I’m a genius” is present within the lens of a rectangle pair of sunglasses, but is not heavily imprinted on the diaper.  Some Audrey diapers don’t have the phrase in a visible place.  Audrey was released in bumGenius 4.0 and bumGenius Freetime with no colored banding, in snap closure only.  The Flip and new bumGenius Elemental have a pink leg casing to contain the elastics, also only in snap closure.  The newborn size is the only version to have a hook & loop closure.

Audrey set records with the speed of sales: many stores were sold out within hours of stocking.  This was the beginning of some stores adopting a “one per customer” limit due to the start of the trend of people buying as many as possible to sell at an inflated price.  Audrey is a discontinued diaper and is increasingly difficult to find in stores.

Chaplin – The Little Gentleman

bumGenius Genius Series - The ChaplinChaplin, the eagerly awaited companion diaper to Audrey, was released by Cotton Babies on July 15, 2014.  He is a tribute diaper to famous silent screen comic Charlie Chaplin.  Charlie Chaplin was a comedic genius, both on stage and in silent film, who personified “rags to riches.”  The late Mr. Chaplin grew up in a “broken home” with an absent father and a mother who was in and out of mental institutions.  He spent much of his childhood bouncing between home with his mother when she was released from the institution and workhouses for the poor.  His acting career, both on stage and on film, released him from the poverty he knew as a child.  As a silent movie actor, he was famous for his “tramp” personification and his outfits of baggy pants, tight jackets, small hats, and a mustache.

The Chaplin is a tribute to Chaplin’s signature look, featuring a row of fedoras, top hats, bowler hats, and pork pie hats.  “Dapper” is written in joined script across a row between the hats using the same font as used in the Audrey’s “stylish” script.  In the white band of a black fedora, “I’m a genius” is present in the black script.

Cotton Babies learned from the previous Audrey release: the company gave retailers the option of pre-ordering the diapers before the release date without disclosing the appearance of the diaper.  This made it possible for stores to have their orders placed without scrambling or panicking, and also made it easier for the consumer to find Chaplin diapers without paying an exorbitant mark up within hours of release.  Cotton Babies also limited the number available for purchase at the time of launch, making it possible for everyone to have a chance at buying their diapers at retail price.  Although Chaplin is discontinued, this Genius Series diaper can still be found at retailers if one looks carefully.  (At the time of this update, they are still available at Cozy Bums in Canada.)

The Chaplin was released in bumGenius 4.0, bumGenius Elemental, bumGenius Freetime, bumGenius newborn size, and Flip.  This diaper was only released as a snap closure in all one size varieties.  Newborn size Genius Series diapers are only available in hook and loop closure.

Spence and Marie – The Aquatic Genius Series

bumGenius Genius Series - Spence and Marie

Spence is a tribute diaper in honor of Dr. E. Lee Spence.  Dr. Spence is, unlike previous Genius Series namesakes, still living.  In light of his “still living” status, he was able to grant Cotton Babies permission to use his name for the Spence Genius Series diaper.  Dr. Spence was selected for a Genius Series diaper due to his status as an underwater archeologist and maritime historian.  He is credited with the discovery and salvage of several Civil War era vessels.

The bumGenius Genius Series Spence is a nautical diaper to honor Dr. Spence’s work with lost ships.  Little adventurers for generations have been dreaming of finding lost pirate treasures through obscure little maps of their back yard, and the Spence does not disappoint.  Spence has a pattern of parrots, pirates, maps, and ship compasses (or are they “steering wheels?”) with “Ahoy!” playfully scattered across.  Spence snaps are Sassy; the diaper print features Clementine, Sassy, and Moonbeam accents throughout.  “I’m a genius” is written beside the map swirls, though some moms have reported that they don’t see “I’m a genius” anywhere on their prints.  The Flip and Elemental versions of Spence have white piping similar to Audrey’s pink.

Marie is a tribute diaper in honor of Marie Tharp.  Ms. Tharp was an American geologist who made a nautical contribution to science: she created the first scientific topical map of the entire ocean floor.  In an era before computers and satellites, Ms. Tharp’s contribution is even more important: she worked in an era where women were frequently excluded from her chosen field based completely on gender.  Women were strictly forbidden to work on ships at that time.  However, in 1965, she was finally able to work aboard a ship for data collection to further her work in ocean floor topography.

Much like Marie focused on what lay beneath the ocean, her Genius Series diaper focuses on deep sea fantasy: mermaids, seahorses, starfish, and other deep sea elements are scattered across the diaper with “SPLASH!” throughout.  Marie comes in a few snap varieties: you may find Marie with Zinnia or Dazzle snaps with Mirror rise snaps.  The print features Mirror, Clementine, Dazzle, and the discontinued Zinnia.  “I’m a Genius” is written in a tiny script along side seahorses.  The Flip and Elemental versions of Marie have zinnia piping similar to Audrey’s pink.

Both Spence and Marie were released on August 21, 2014.  Both prints were available in bumGenius 4.0, bumGenius Elemental, bumGenius Freetime, bumGenius newborn, and Flip.  All one size diapers were only offered with snap closure.  Newborn diapers only offer hook and loop closure for easier fit.  At the time of this update, both of these diapers are available for retail, though they are getting harder to find in the United States.  Canadian retailers are still offering them as pre-orders as they are not here.  I expect them to start filtering through to the Canadian retailers around Thursday, August 28, 2014.

Do you have a favorite Genius Series diaper?  What theme do you hope to see from the next pair of bumGenius Genius Series diapers?



About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. I LOVE that the names of the diapers are allusions to real people who made a difference. I can’t say if I have a favorite… I like them all!
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  2. cute designs! i really wish I had these when my kids were ind diapers!
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  3. Cute! I kind of wish I had cloth diapered my now 4 year old!
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  4. I love the Lovelace design. 🙂 I haven’t tried Bum Genius diapers yet. I have tried a few other CD brands.
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  5. What an awesome guide with so much great information. I love all of those prints.
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  6. Rachel N says:

    My favorite is the lovelace and albert prints. I have 3 lovelace elementals because I like the print so much. I am not a fan of the new audrey print at all or the maathai print.

  7. Sharon f says:

    I would love to find a Lovelace! I’m really curious to know if another one will come out soon. Shouldn’t the article say it was leaked in March? Instead of May for Audrey.

  8. Anastasia says:

    I love them ALL! & The Artist for the aeries (who can be a bit shy) is just as amazing as her designs. I also have a “rare” Carroll that has no script on it as well.

    BTW did you know LoveLace is the Oldest print? She came from a Shirt that CottonBabies had made before.

  9. These are pretty cool. I never knew there was anything other than plain white cloth diapers…I’ve been living in a bubble. 🙂
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    • LOTS of pretty colours. I have probably close to 200 cloth diapers at this point… and only a couple are plain white.

  10. Weng Rodriguez says:

    Stash shot please. 🙂

  11. Rita Topper says:

    I had no idea what the names of the diapers meant. I’m so much more impressed by their creative team for coming up with them and honouring those people. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  12. Brittani says:

    Love these prints! I have free times in Lovelace and Carroll. The green on most of them is ribbit, not grasshopper

  13. I love BG and my fav prints are Maathai and Carroll but Lovelace is one I can not get enough of.

  14. I feel like it should be noted that Jennifer Labit said on a post in the Cotton Babies group that Audrey DOES have a match. 🙂 She didn’t say when it was being released, though.

    • Yup. She said that after the article was written. 🙂 I plan to update when the new print is released.

  15. Such adorable patterns!
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  16. Mia Hicks says:

    these are all so cute!

  17. I have a Jules and I wouldn’t mind getting my hands on Irwin, Lovelace, and Albert. Not crazy about the others (including Chaplin).

  18. Anastasia says:

    I LOVE that Spence looks like a child’s artwork. Fitting since Dr. Spence found his first shipwreck as a 12 Year old!

    My daughter is in love with them both! My teenager sons tolerate them, a win/win for this family!

  19. I have Flips in Albert and Jules. Flips are my faves and the prints are definitely cute, but I could do without the drama. I don’t understand why Cotton Babies keeps insisting on these super limited runs. Why not make the supply meet the demand? Wouldn’t it be better for their bottom line?

    • You’d think… but when Lovelace was available forever, it was knocked off. And when the runs weren’t super limited, Irwin and Maathai sat on store shelves. They could hardly give them away. These limited prints, while often a pain for consumers, also ensure that consumers WANT them and they sell.

  20. The Irwin will always be my favorite! I grew up watching the Crocodile Hunter 😉
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  21. I love all of these! Only have Albert and Audrey though. Would love to get my hands on a Marie 🙂

  22. LOVE these! Jules and Irwin are my favorite. I will never get either one of them because I can’t spend the money they are sold for, but oh my goodness I would love either one! 🙂

  23. Bianca Munoz says:

    This is awesome! I love this post! I own some of the prints, and it’s just cool to put the diaper on my babies and think about this lol 🙂

  24. Brittany Barrett says:

    Time to update! My husband just saw Martin, which was just put online this afternoon and he immediately bought it for our son to wear when he is out and about with him.

  25. Bianca Suico says:

    Hi Suzy! Just wondering if you have an updated version of this post to include Martin, Osa, and Louis? Would love to read about it. Thanks!

  26. I’m not usually one to drool over LE prints, but I really like some of these from Bumgenius! My all-time favorite has to be Albert… my husband is a math teacher, so I think he appreciates the equations on my daughter’s bum. 🙂

  27. CharlieGirlsMama says:

    I know I’m a little late to the convo but does anyone know of any site or store that i can still purchase these covers? I’ve already ordered all the the bumgenius elemental diapers, off of cottonbabies, but i have yet to find the prints that are actually still for sale… help please


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