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.

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) [Read more…]

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – bumGenius 4.0

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - bumGenius 4.0 (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Check out my little cutie pie!  Eudora is modeling the bumGenius 4.0 in Hummingbird.  The green color is a perfect match to the green in the butterfly on her shirt.  Her smile is the perfect complement to anything!

Where to buy bumGenius 4.0: Cozy Bums (Canada), Diaper Junction (US/Can), Lagoon Baby (Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US), Kissed by the Moon (US/Can), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Shoppe (US)

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – bumGenius Freetime

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - bumGenius 4.0 (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Check out this little cutie pie!  She’s modeling a bumGenius Freetime in Lovelace.  Lovelace is one of the original diapers from the Genius series.  It’s currently out of print, but there are other genius series diapers that have been produced since then.

Where to buy bumGenius diapers: Cozy Bums (Canada), Diaper Junction (US/Can), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada)

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – bumGenius 4.0

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - bumGenius (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Today’s cute fluffy bum model is my Eudora!  She’s showing off her Irish Pride in a Hello Kitty t-shirt and a bumGenius 4.0 diaper in Countess.  Why is she under the table?  Well, she’d done something not terribly regal inside the Countess diaper and it needed a change.

Where to buy bumGenius diapers: Cozy Bums (Canada), Diaper Junction (US/Can), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada)

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – bumGenius

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - BumGenius (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Today’s cute fluffy bum features my own little beautiful disaster.  Eudora is wearing a bumGenius 4.0 in the discontinued genius pattern Lovelace.  She (and the entire kitchen) are coated in about five pounds of flour.

Where to buy bumGenius diapers: Cozy Bums (Canada), Diaper Junction (US/Can), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada)

New BumGenius Color! Hummingbird!

I LOVE when new colors come out in any diaper.  The last new bumGenius release made me deliriously happy with Carroll, Jules, and the Chelsea Perry series.  Now?  We get a brand new solid bumGenius color.  The last time we got new bumGenius colors was when Mirror, Sassy, and Dazzle were released.

Since a whole lot of people were unhappy when the bumGenius color Ribbit was discontinued, they had to do something to make us feel better.  I think they’ve done it. [Read more…]

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – bumGenius 4.0

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - bumGenius 4.0 (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Yeah, I’m hopelessly biased, but I happen to think that I have an absolutely gorgeous child.  Here’s Eudora modeling one of the most wonderful bumGenius colors ever: Ribbit.  The bad news is that Ribbit is discontinued.  The good news is that you can still find this color at certain retailers at a discount.  (Other bad news, though, is that the discounted diaper will not be covered by the usual Cotton Babies warranty.)  Get it while it lasts!

Where to buy: Cozy Bums (Canada), Diaper Junction (US/Can), Lagoon Baby (Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US), Kissed by the Moon (US/Can), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada)