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.

bumGenius Elemental 3.0 Review!

I really, really wanted to review the new bumGenius Elemental 3.0 myself. Since my children have outgrown diapers, I’ve had to pass along cloth diaper reviews to awesome mom friends of mine. Bailey of Simply Mom Bailey has been provided the bumGenius Elemental 3.0 for review so that she could share her honest opinions.

There is nothing more exciting the release of a new cloth diaper, especially for the addict in all of us. The reveal of a redesign of the bumGenius Elemental at ABC Kids Expo 2016 was no exception to the excitement. Lucky for me, Cozy Bums was just the destination to pick up a new and improved BumGenius Elemental!

Our handsome model demonstrates the bumGenius Elemental 3.0

Personally, I have been a long time enthusiast for the first generation of the Elemental and I’m giddy with excitement to see the return of the rolled elastic.  Let’s see how this redesign holds up.

About bumGenius

bumGenius is a diaper manufactured by Cotton Babies, who also make Flip.  The company is based out of St. Louis, Missouri and run by the fearless CEO, Jenn Labit.  bumGenius has been a mainstay of the modern cloth diaper industry. The first bumGenius pocket diaper was created 2005.  From there, they have refined and developed their designs into the bumGenius 5.0, the bumGenius Elemental 3.0, the bumGenius Freetime, and the Flip.

bumGenius Elemental 3.0 Diaper Design

The Elemental 3.0 embraces many of the familiar design elements of its earlier predecessors, and continues to be an All-in-One Diaper. It’s the same shape and size, making it suitable for babies 8-35lbs. It still offers patented stretchy tabs. And inside the diaper, you’ll still find organic cotton and a loop design absorbency.

bumGenius Elemental 3.0 Review - Cloth Diaper Addicts

With the 3.0, we find the return of rolled elastics. The 3.0 features an organic cotton inner that backs the PUL (no more exposed PUL!) and is complimented with a SINGLE LOOP of luxurious organic cotton. Both the loop and backing consist of three layers of organic cotton, providing you with a total of 6 layers of absorbency.

What I Love about the bumGenius Elemental 3.0

Who doesn’t love an All-in-One? Aside from the classic reasons to love a simple, easy to wash diaper, here’s what I love about the Elemental 3.0.

  • Organic Cotton! One of my first priorities when choosing a diaper is natural fibres. I love keeping synthetics at bay. Natural fibres give me an easy care diaper that washes out beautifully.
  • Longer & Skinner Loop. The loop in the 3.0 is slightly longer and skinnier than previous versions. This extra bit of length and narrowness of the loop make it easier to fold up on the shorter rises. This simple change reduces the overall bulk at the front of the diaper.

Inner of the new bumGenius Elemental 3.0

  • Seriously Trim. The Elemental has always been a trim diaper, and the 3.0 is no exception! A few changes in the shape of the loop, give a cleaner fit both in the front and back. And my little man’s tush couldn’t get any trimmer if it was a disposable.

An amazingly trim fit with the bumGenius Elemental 3.0!

  • Single Loop. Unlike the previous double loop, the single loop means easier clean up at the end of the day (*ahem* Poop doesn’t get squished between the layers and result in many an irritated mama trying to spray it clean).

Improvements & Concerns

My husband and I have one major area of concern with the bumGenius Elemental 3.0. As the Chief Poop Sprayer, he was the first to address the issue with me.

The Loop. That darn Loop. When it comes to spraying a diaper clean that lovely, darling loop of cotton absorbency becomes a poop catcher. My husband wished to provide visual demonstration, but we held back. This was a constant complaint of mine with earlier versions, and continues to be my biggest concern. I *just wish* they had decided to cut the end of the loop to allow it to flap freely for the removal of solid waste (and to allow me to fold it up to maximize absorbency where I need it most).

If you use any sort of cloth diaper liner, whether it be fleece or disposable, this is probably a moot point.

A few other concerns I have…

  • Absorbency isn’t great. It’s about average compared to other major natural fibre All-in-One’s, and on par with the previous Elemental.
  • It would be LOVELY if the Elemental 3.0 offered the option for stay dry. Personally, a stay dry diaper isn’t make or break for my little guy, but I understand that many families value this.

Recommendations

The bumGenius Elemental 3.0 ranks highly on my list of recommendations and I strongly encourage you to give it a try. You’ll fall in love, and soon be collecting a rainbow of Elemental 3.0’s to complete your stash. Choosing an organic cotton all-in-one will not let you down.

The new bumGenius Elemental 3.0 is beginning to arrive at Cozy Bums Diapers.  All colours are available for pre-order and will be shipped out as they arrive.   Cozy Bums expects to have all colours (except for Fearless) in stock by the end of the month.  Fearless should arrive in mid to late December.

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – MC Sewing

Daily Cute Cute Fluffy Bum - MC Sewing (Cloth Diaper Addicts)This MC Sewing creation shows that it’s possible to show breastfeeding support and be super cute for Halloween at the same time!  This little princess is eighteen months old with a slim build.  MC Sewing is a Canadian WAHM who makes diapers that are fantastic for slender babies.  Our eighteen month old model here still has plenty of room to grow!

You can find more information about MC Creations on Facebook!

Funky Fluff DeLUX Hemp/Bamboo Soakers

Every time Funky Fluff comes up with something new, I’m impressed.  So when Funky Fluff asked me about sending one of their new products for review, I jumped at the chance.  The Funky Fluff DeLUX hemp/bamboo soakers have exceeded their usual standards of awesome!

If you love natural fibers, then you’ve had times of waffling between bamboo or hemp.  Which one do you want to use?  There’s the super softness and trimness of bamboo, but the cost effectiveness and lack of processing required to make hemp fabric….  How does one ever choose?  The Funky Fluff DeLUX hemp/bamboo soakers mean that you don’t have to choose!  You can have both.

About the Funky Fluff deLUX Hemp/Bamboo Soakers

Funky Fluff deLUX Hemp/Bamboo soakers are designed with a two layer hemp pad and a two layer bamboo pad stitched together down the middle.  As always, this soaker has snaps so that you can snap it to the shell or snap two soaker shells together.  These soakers can be used on their own to replace an insert in any Funky Fluff system or as an additional soaker to help with overnight absorbency.

What’s Awesome about the Funky Fluff deLUX Hemp/Bamboo?

These inserts are, in a word, designed to be superior in every possible way.  The inserts are sewn together with two lines down the middle so that they’ll dry faster.  They’re quite trim.  In fact, the 2.0 bamboo inserts are just over 1 cm thick… while these new, super awesome hemp/bamboo inserts are less than 1 cm thick.  I actually took a picture of a diaper stuffed with the old bamboo and the new LUX hemp/bamboo.  There was a full centimeter of difference between the two.

What’s Not Awesome about the Funky Fluff deLUX Hemp/Bamboo?

While these inserts do dry faster than the old 2.0 bamboo inserts, they still take longer than some to dry.  They also can get a bit rumpled in the dryer.  (If you’re bothered by your inserts not being perfectly flat, this may be a source of irritation for you.)  And at $15.95 Canadian, they are a bit pricey (though you do get two inserts for that price: a small and a large).

In a Nutshell?

If you have a heavy wetter, this is a great option for you.  If you like your baby to wear skinny jeans, then this is a MUST for you!  I’m so crazy about this insert that I’m going to just buy Lux covers and get the new Funky Fluff deLUX inserts to stuff!

You’ll be able to stock up on these tomorrow at Cozy Bums and other Funky Fluff retailers!  But because Funky Fluff is awesome and loves their customers, you can enter to win THIS amazing package!

Funky Fluff Prize

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – MC Sewing

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - MC CreationsHappy World Breastfeeding Week!  Breastfeeding advocacy never looked so cute as it does on this little eighteen month old princess.  The diaper is made by MC Sewing, a Canadian WAHM.  These diapers are a great fit on slender little ones.  Our model has plenty of room left to grow!

You can find out more about MC Sewing on her Facebook page.

bumGenius Chico – Formerly Known as Rudyard Kipling

I never thought that I would talk about race relations on Cloth Diaper Addicts.  It’s a website devoted to cloth diapering, not social justice.  Today, though, those two worlds collided.  All because bumGenius gave us a new diaper.

At 12:45 Pacific time, Cotton Babies released this diaper:

bg-ft-kipling-300It’s pretty, isn’t it?  And the print is so very clearly inspired by Disney’s The Jungle Book.  It’s what the masses have wanted: a Disney inspired diaper.  However, before The Jungle Book was a novel written by Rudyard Kipling.  Rudyard Kipling was a brilliant writer.  He was a literary genius.

In the Cotton Babies bio that they’d had on Kipling, they’d mentioned his support of British Imperialism.  I, initially, thought that it was the white paternalism and desire for power and riches that was British Imperialism.  I didn’t realize that British Imperialism went far beyond love of British culture and wanting to spread it everywhere through the growth of the Empire.  It wasn’t until today that I learned that there was a much, much less wholesome side to British Imperialism.  Kipling embodied that side.

He was a racist.  Not just a little racist who casually didn’t like people of another colour but kept his mouth shut.  No, he actually wrote a poem called White Man’s Burden.  I was personally horrified when I discovered the depth of his bigotry.  So, apparently, was Jennifer Labit.  Cotton Babies made the decision to rename the diaper Chico after a Latin American activist.

I will not vilify them for this decision.  Or for naming the diaper after Kipling in the first place.  Some very, very good things happened today because of this.  Some amazing conversations on race were had in a group that typically deletes them very quickly.  Some of the women of the Black Women Do Cloth Diaper group discovered some allies that they did not know that they had.  Cotton Babies made it clear what they want their brand to stand for… and it’s not racism.

There have been times in the past when I’ve been less than thrilled with Cotton Babies’ decisions.  (Hey, I’m human.)  But today?  Definitely not one of them.  Race is a conversation that we need to have.  We need to discuss the institutionalized racism that leads to black children being kicked out of a pool, or to black children being disciplined more harshly than their white peers for the same infractions in schools.  We need to discuss the actualities of the Spanish speaking population and their families, rather than let The Donald make his case.  We need to discuss the fact that Canada is far from perfect in terms of racial biases, and that First Nations families are still being destroyed through government interference today.

Cotton Babies opened a door for conversation that has needed to happen for quite some time.  I, for one, hope that eyes were opened and that the conversation continues.

New AppleCheeks Swim Diapers!

I am in LOVE!  AppleCheeks has once again thrilled us with a beautiful reveal.  This time around, we’ve got two new swim diapers: Bondi and Beth of Fresh Air.  While I think that Bondi looks a lot like St. Lucia (which is a favourite in our stash!), Beth of Fresh Air is so darned lovely that I’ll have to send on to an AppleCheeks rejuvinator to have some hidden PUL and fleece put in so that Eudora can wear it up until she potty trains!

Here’s the beautiful new AppleCheeks Swim Diapers.  Which is your favorite?

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Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – Flip

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - Flip (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Eudora is looking adorable showing off her Louis Flip!  The Louis is a bumGenius Genius Series print celebrating the musical genius of Louis Armstrong.  She loves it because she’s just adorable and likes to show off fluff… and I love it because I’m a band geek.  And since I played sax and clarinet, I got the perfect bum placement!

Louis was a Cotton Babies exclusive that ended up being available in a single shop in Canada and the UK… but you can get other adorable Flip Diapers at these affiliates: Cozy Bums (Canada), Diaper Junction (US/Canada), Lagoon Baby (Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Shoppe (US)

 

 

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Best Bottom Lace Discontinued

Best Bottom Retires LaceIs Best Bottom Lace your favorite print?  Or have you been on the fence about adding Best Bottom Lace to your stash?  If you’ve been debating, you’d better grab it quick.  Best Bottom Lace is now retired.  Once it’s gone from the stores, it’s gone forever.

I’m glad I got mine.  It’s one of my favorite Best Bottom prints… and it’s only been around for something like a year and a half, so it’s not a particularly aged print.

Will you be sorry to see the Best Bottom Lace print go?

At the time of publication, you can still find the Best Bottom Lace print at these stores (some affiliates): Cozy Bums (Canada, snap only), Kelly’s Closet (US, hook & loop only), Lagoon Baby (Canada, snap only), Nicki’s Diapers (US, hook & loop only)

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – TotsBots

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - TotsBotsEudora has enjoyed romping around in her new big girl bed.  Showing off her feet is even more fun for her when she can bounce all over first!  Here’s my little cuteness modeling her TotsBots Binky diaper in the Sixpence print. You can find TotsBots at these affiliates: Cozy Bums (Canada), Diaper Junction (US/Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US), Lagoon Baby (Canada), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada)