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 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.

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – bumGenius 4.0

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - bumGenius 4.0 Eudora is ready for St. Patrick’s Day in her cute little shirt her grandma brought back from Brazil and a bumGenius 4.0 in Ribbit.

Ribbit is discontinued, but you can still get bumGenius 4.0 in other gorgeous colours from 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)

bumGenius Elemental Diaper – Favorite Things!

Welcome to the Favorite Things Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Cloth Diaper Revival.
Each blogger participating has a great cloth diaper prize for you to win, worth at least $20, so after you enter mine, be sure to hop around to all the others in the linky!  Don’t forget to enter to win one the GRAND PRIZE for the event!
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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)

Cloth Diaper Revival and the Favorite Things participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

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Win a bumGenius 4.0 Harper! (Canada only)

Win a bumGenius 4.0 Harper from Cozy Bums Diapers!We’re celebrating! bumGenius products dominated at the 2014 Padded Tush Stats awards… so to celebrate the awesome that is the bumGenius 4.0, Freetime, and Flip, we’re giving away a new bumGenius 4.0 in Harper. Harper was only sold at Abby’s Lane in the States and was never available for sale at any stores in Canada. That made for a lot of sad Canadians, so Cozy Bums is going to give a single winner a Harper for her very own!

*Disclosure: Bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is not in any way affiliated with Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, bumGenius, Flip, Padded Tush Stats, Abby’s Lane, or other entity beyond Cozy Bums. Winner will be verified, others may be spot checked. Open to Canadian residents 18+ only.

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Natural Fiber All-in-One Cloth Diapers

There’s a reason why there are so many different options for cloth diapers: everyone has different favorites.  Our babies are shaped differently and have different outputs.  Rather than just expecting us all to use the same thing and like it, now we’re blessed with an overwhelming array of cloth diaper brands to choose from!  But even with different brands, there’s different styles, different fibers, etc.  If you’ve decided that you love the convenience of an all-in-one, but only want natural fibers touching your baby’s bum, then this is the post for you!  Here’s a break down of some natural fiber all-in-one cloth diapers. [Read more…]

Stash Shot Video (November 2014)

It’s been a while since I’ve done a stash video.  So here’s the update.  (Now it’s time for an epic destash!)

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – bumGenius Elemental

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - bumGenius Elemental (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Today’s cute fluffy bum model is just way too cool for the rest of us!  She’s showing off how awesome she is in her bumGenius Elemental in the genius series print Audrey.  At thirteen months old, the Elemental is a perfect trim option!

Audrey is no longer available in stores, but you can find other bumGenius diapers at these stores: Cozy Bums (Canada), Diaper Junction (US/Can), Lagoon Baby (Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Shoppe (US)

bumGenius Maathai Re-Release!

Have you been desperate for a bumGenius Maathai, only to find that they were out of your price range since they’ve long since been discontinued?  Or you love the print, but you only like Flip?  If your fingers are fast enough, you might be in luck.

bumGenius Maathai Re-Release

bumGenius had some of the Maathai fabric still in storage, and since so many people on the Flash Mob had been begging for the return of this print, Jenn Labit decided to give the people what they want.

Maathai has been re-released, but on a limited basis.  It’s only available at Cotton Babies, not from any of the Genius Retailers.  And now, you can get it in bumGenius 4.0, bumGenius Elemental, bumGenius Freetime, bumGenius Newborn or Flip.

What do you think about the bumGenius Maathai re-release?  Do you think that this will help or hurt the limited edition resale market?

Win a bumGenius 4.0 Jules from Cozy Bums!

For the last year, the bumGenius print Jules has been the diaper to have.  They’re selling for three times their retail price (or more!) on cloth diaper groups.  A lot of cloth diapering moms say that a bumGenius 4.0 Jules is their unicorn diaper… but the price tag is too high for them.

Cozy Bums Diapers is giving bumGenius 4.0 Jules fans a chance to win a brand new Jules for their very own!

#WinAllTheDiapers! Enter to win a Jules 4.0 from Cozy Bums! 

About Cozy Bums: Cozy Bums Diapers is your Canadian source for modern cloth diapers.  This cloth diaper shop has been your one stop shop for all of your cloth diapering needs since 2007.  Now Cozy Bums is happy to offer this diaper from their cloth diaper vault!  If you’re in Canada, you can enter to win!

Special thanks to the following bloggers for helping promote this event:

Cloth Diaper Addicts
Maman Loup’s Den
This West Coast Mommy
Thinking About Cloth Diapers

The Parenting Patch
Retro Modern Melissa
The Bee Hive Buzz

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