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.

bumGenius Elemental Diaper – Favorite Things!

Welcome to the Favorite Things Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Cloth Diaper Revival.
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I had a really hard time figuring out my own favorite things for this event.  I have so many great brands that I love!  With that in mind, I decided that it was time to celebrate a new favorite: the bumGenius Elemental.
Prior to now, there were multiple reasons that the Elemental was not my favorite diaper.  The biggest reason was that it was a non-stay dry fabric… and Eudora has such sensitive skin that she needed to stay dry.  I bought the new bumGenius Elemental when it first came out, hated it, and set it aside for over a year.
Now?  Eudora is approaching three years old.  She’s ready to potty train from a biological standpoint, but isn’t particularly interested.  She wants to wear her “pwetty diapers” and will absolutely freak out when I put underwear on her.  Even though she’ll sit on the potty.  Even though she’ll sometimes let me know when she has to go before she goes.  So with that in mind?  I’ve decided that there will be no more stay dry fabrics against her bottom unless it’s time for overnights.  It means that I’m no longer stuffing my pockets and am laying a natural fiber insert on top.  And it means that natural fiber all-in-one diapers like the bumGenius Elemental have become more appealing than ever before.
Five Reasons bumGenius Elemental is one of my Favorite Things - Cloth Diaper Addicts

Why bumGenius Elemental is a New Fave

1.) bumGenius Elemental diapers are trim.

bumGenius Elemental diapers are, like, really trim.  It’s so trim that I’m in the market for a cheap body fat calipur or similar device so that I can pinch to measure the thickness of a bumGenius Elemental versus a disposable diaper.  Now that Eudora is at the age of pants having the adjustable elastic, I no longer require a big fluffy cloth diaper bum to hold her pants up… so a trim diaper under pants is so very nice!  And if you’ve got a normal sized child that you often have to upsize pants to cover that fluffy cloth diaper bum, the trimness of the bumGenius Elemental diaper may be enough to keep your little in pants that fit without being too long.

2.) bumGenius Elemental diapers are organic.

The absorbent portion of the bumGenius Elemental diaper is organic cotton.  As much as modern synthetics surround us, sometimes it’s nice to get back to the basics of natural, organic materials when caring for our children.

3.) bumGenius Elemental diapers are soft.

It’s pretty interesting.  Over time, some interiors get scratchier or less squishy.  With the cotton inners of bumGenius Elemental diapers, they just get softer and softer every time.  I hang them for an hour while things without PUL get dried on high in my dryer, then I throw them and everything else with PUL that’s still damp in on low.  I’m pretty crazy about how soft they manage to stay while still making sure that my daughter feels the wet.

4.) bumGenius Elemental diapers are US made.

I have some definite preferences for things being made in Canada and the US whenever possible.  I’ll even spend a bit more to do so because I like the knowledge that my shopping habits are creating jobs in the country of my birth or the country of my residence.  The American manufacture of bumGenius products is a definite selling point for me!

5.) bumGenius Elemental diapers are pretty.

I love the colors of the Cotton Babies line ups.  I think the prints of the Genius Series are usually pretty awesome.  bumGenius Elemental diapers offer all of the same solids and most of the same prints that we know and love.  With bumGenius Elemental diapers, I get to have every single thing that I currently want in a cloth diaper.  That’s why they’re now one of my favorite things!

What’s your favorite thing about the bumGenius Elemental?

You can find the bumGenius Elemental at these affiliates: Cozy Bums Diapers (Canada), Diaper Junction (US/Can), Lagoon Baby (Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Shoppe (US)

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BumGenius Freetime vs. BumGenius Elemental – What’s the Difference?

BumGenius Freetime vs. BumGenius Elemental (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Not too long ago, I was on a local cloth diapering Facebook group.  I saw a mom ask about the difference between BumGenius Freetime cloth diapers and the BumGenius Elemental.  An answer was “I think one is Velcro only and the other is snaps.”  I politely explained the difference.

On the outside, BumGenius Freetime and the BumGenius Elemental are nearly the same.  They both have the same shell that Cotton Babies uses across all of their lines.  Both are available as a snap closure and a hook and loop closure.  Either diaper can be purchased in the full rainbow of Cotton Babies colors.  The only difference is in the leg elastics.  You hardly tell them apart on the outside at all, and even then you’ll only know if you’re looking for it.  The real difference is on the inside.

BumGenius Freetime vs. Elemental (Cloth Diaper Addicts)BumGenius Freetime has two flaps for their absorbency.  The great thing about this flap system is that they are quick to dry.  The Freetime dries faster than a lot of my all-in-one diapers.  The absorbent pads are microfiber topped with a wicking micro suede, which is great for keeping baby’s bottom dry.

The BumGenius Elemental is the organic diaper.  Of course, the outer is synthetic with PUL, which keeps it leak proof, but the organic aspects come from the inside.  If you love the BumGenius design but don’t love synthetics, this is the diaper for you.  The fabric inside is organic cotton.  The layout of the diaper is similar to that of the GroVia hybrid organic inserts: you’ve got two sheets of organic cotton to do the absorbing.  The downside of the Elemental is that it does not wick moisture away.  Because both ends of the absorbent cotton are sewn into the diaper, it takes far longer to dry than the Freetime.

There’s your differences in the Freetime and the Elemental in a nutshell.  Both are great diapers in my stash and are backed by the Cotton Babies warranty.  Do you have a preference?

Where to buy: Cozy Bums (Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Store (US)

Cloth Diapers – Best and Worst for Poo (Part III)

Here’s the third and final installment of the best and worst cloth diapers for poo!  (Here’s the first and second installments.)

Swaddlebees Simplex One Size cloth diapersSwaddlebees Simplex All-in-One

Swaddlebees Simplex All-in-One one size cloth diapers will contain an average poop.  It sprays off well enough, but it’s more prone to get stuck in the elastics than some other diapers.  Depending on how you’ve got the all-in-one tongue folded, you would have to be careful not to drop the length in the toilet.  The birdseye cotton is also very prone to staining.  Meh.

Where to buy: Lagoon Baby (Canada), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US)

GroVia hybrid cloth diapersGroVia Hybrid

The shell is a fantastic thing to clean for poops.  I love how the mesh in the shell works with the sprayer.  No splash back like I find in other all-in-two diapers.  However, I hate the insert for poop.  There’s that two layer structure on the insert that just sucks for poop.  Invariably, poo get stuck in the gusset on the pad.  Poo gets between the layers.  And the organic insert stains horrendously.  It’s much easier to spray the poo off of the GroVia prefolds.

Where to buy: Cozy Bums (Canada), Lagoon Baby (Canada), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Store (US)

BumGenius Elemental

This is a great diaper if you like organic fibers and all-in-one diapers.  However, I hate cleaning poop.  The design of the Elemental leaves me with some of the same issues that I have with the inserts on the GroVia hybrid.  Poo gets caught between the layers.  It’s more prone to staining than microfiber and microfleece.  Don’t get me wrong; I love BumGenius Elemental cloth diapers.  I just don’t love when poop happens in that diaper.

Where to buy: Cozy Bums (Canada), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Store (US), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US)

AppleCheeks cloth diapersAppleCheeks

These are part of my “best diaper for overnights ever” collection.  I love them and wouldn’t trade them for anything.  With that in mind, they suck for messy poops.  The insert is stuffed through the middle, which means that you’ve got three poop options.  You can hope that it just falls off.  You can spray it with the insert inside.  Or you can touch poop to get the insert out without saturating it.  Ugh.  So far, I’ve been lucky and only had one poo in my AppleCheeks cloth diapers.  Fortunately, it fell off.

Where to buy: Cozy Bums (Canada), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Store (US), Lagoon Baby (Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada)

Sunbaby Cloth Diapers

Sunbaby cloth diapers come in the most adorable, gorgeous patterns imaginable.  I have a purple paisley one that is just beautiful.  That being said… it’s a cheap diaper.  Changing poops in them suck because of the placement of the insert opening.  My husband has actually asked me point blank to never buy those diapers again.  After the poo I changed yesterday afternoon, I’m inclined to agree with him.  Ugh.  And it wasn’t even that awful of a poop.  The Sunbaby contained it, but the clean up was dreadful.

Where to buy: Sunbaby.com, various co-ops

So that’s my complete list of the best and worst of cloth diapers for poo.  What are your best and worst?