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.

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?

bumGenius Halloween Cloth Diapers

Halloween is coming!  That means that it’s time for jack o’ lanterns, candy corn, scary movies, and fun!  To me, one of the most fun parts of Halloween is cute outfits to coordinate with cloth diapers.  Here’s my pick of bumGenius Halloween cloth diapers!

Best bumGenius for Halloween

Top left: Dazzle.  The Dazzle is a great bumGenius Halloween color.  It’s purple without being Grimace the Monster purple and compliments the Halloween outfit.

Top right: Sassy.  If you’re looking for a vibrant orange that will make a statement, Sassy is the bumGenius Halloween color for you!

Bottom left: Armadillo.  Personally, I love to use diapers that pick up accent colors on my kids’ outfits.  The dark grey of Armadillo makes it a great bumGenius Halloween color for coordinating with silver glitter.

Bottom center: Clementine.  Candy corn is a common decorative motif for Halloween.  Clementine is a fabulous bumGenius Halloween diaper for being a fabulous orange for coordinating with candy corn.

Bottom right: Ribbit.  Ribbit is a discontinued bumGenius color, but still rates high on the “great for Halloween” list.  It’s a deep enough green to look amazing as an accent.

What’s your bumGenius Halloween diaper of choice?

You can find these colors in all varieties of Cotton Babies products.  Please support Cloth Diaper Addicts by purchasing from these affiliates.  Cozy Bums (Canada), Diaper Junction (US), Kelly’s Closet (US), Lagoon Baby (Canada), Nicki’s Diapers (US), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Shoppe (US)

Cloth Diapers for Baby Dilly?

Jill Duggar Dillard shared an Instagram photo of herself and her husband… and shared that they were considering cloth diapers for Baby Dilly.

Cloth Diapers for Baby Dilly?Let’s be honest: I’m thrilled.  I can’t think of a better way to #makeclothmainstream than for them to be a regular staple on a reality show.  Of course, there’s more to it than just that.  Cloth diapers for Baby Dilly is the way to go, and that’s largely because I’m quite certain that there will be dozens of siblings for that little one.  (I don’t watch the show because I don’t do reality TV, but I’m not living under a rock.)  However, the young Mrs. Dillard’s family members used cloth at one point and quit because it was “too time consuming.”  When you consider that the young Mrs. Dillard grew up in a house with so many siblings that an in-home laundromat would be required to keep up, it’s not surprising that they’d give up on it. [Read more…]

Chaplin Is Still Available at Retail!

There’s a lot of craze over the latest bumGenius Genius Series diaper, the Chaplin.  We’ve been waiting for this diaper, the companion to Audrey, for months now and it’s flying off the shelves.

Some retailers have gotten wise to the flipping game and have decided to limit the purchase of the diapers.  Even still, though, there are people listing their new Chaplin diapers on eBay or Cloth Diaper Trader, sometimes before they even receive the diapers for themselves.  Chaplin Doesn't Have to Cost an Arm or a Leg (Yet)

You don’t have to pay $100 for a Chaplin yet.  Not while it’s still available at stores.

Jennifer Labit, CEO of Cotton Babies, was kind enough to provide a list of retailers who were on the list for receiving the Chaplin diapers.  As of July 21, 2014, not all retailers have received their Chaplin order.  Check out those stores before you decide to pay an exorbitant amount of money.

Did you get your Chaplin at retail?  What’s the highest price you’ve seen for one so far?

Grey Cloth Diapers the New Brown?

Back in October, I noticed that most big name manufacturers have discontinued their brown diapers.  It seems that brown cloth diapers are going out of fashion, along with those brilliantly contrasty brown/pink and blue/pink combinations.  I’ve noticed what seems to be replacing all of that brown: grey cloth diapers.

Grey Cloth Diapers are the New Brown

Grey Cloth Diapers – Everywhere!

Grey cloth diapers are a fabulous neutral that will still coordinate with most things… particularly since grey has become a common accent color in children’s clothing.  Sometimes you’ll find them on patterned diapers, too.

Grey Cloth Diapers in Your Pocket

Because of the midway price point and ease, pocket cloth diapers are “the gateway drug” to cloth diapering.  There are a few brands of pockets that now have grey cloth diapers in their line up.

grey-pockets

The AppleCheeks Steel Me diaper was out for six months as a limited edition, did beautifully well, and is now retired to make room for Riptide to join the AppleCheeks line up.  However, the AMP Pebble is still available and bumGenius Armadillo is now being shipped out to customers who pre-ordered from Cotton Babies.  (Hopefully that means that they’ll ship it to their retailers next week and it’ll be in my hot little hands two weeks after that.)

Grey Cloth Diapers as an All-in-Two

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The newest grey cloth diaper to join the line up is the Best Bottom Dragonfly Ripple.  The green is an avocado color… and honestly, I really love this diaper because it reminds me of Oscar the Grouch.  The GroVia Cloud was the first grey cloth diaper to start the trend.  The Planet Wise Grey Chevron is a nice and perfect grey color combination with the nice yellow pop on the piping.

Have you added a grey cloth diaper to your stash?  Which is your favorite?