New bumGenius Color! Armadillo

Oh, Jenn Labit, you’re whipping your bumGenius fans into a frenzy!  Over the last couple of months, it’s been a near continuous stream of new bumGenius selections.  And yesterday, you did it again with a new bumGenius color.  Meet the bumGenius Armadillo.

New bumGenius Color - Armadillo (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

Once again, Cotton Babies has released a diaper in colors from Picadilly Circus and Top Hat.  The grey used here is the same as the limited edition Artist Series Top Hat and serves to replace some of the discontinued colors from last year.  And instead of setting trends, Cotton Babies has followed trends by releasing another grey diaper.

Armadillo is set to ship to stores in May.  Cozy Bums, my cloth diaper “dealer,” has already placed her pre-order.

My Thoughts on the New bumGenius Color

It’s a nice grey.  It’s a truly gender neutral color.  But I have to admit, I hate the name armadillo.  I’m from Florida.  To me, armadillos are those stinking things that are always on the side of the road.  I’ve never actually seen a live one, but I saw a picture of a live one and was shocked at how ugly they are.  Yuck.  As much as I don’t wish anything ill, I have to admit that the ones that are dead and stinking on the side of the road are about as attractive as the live ones.  I can think of other words for grey that would be much, much more attractive mental picture for me.  And I can manage that even with the double letter trend that seems to be in all of their solids.

In a nutshell?  Color is a win.  Name is a fail.

What do you think of the new bumGenius color?  Will you be adding the Armadillo to your stash?

Cotton Babies Discontinues Colors

Are you a fan of BumGenius or Flip diapers?  If you’re missing a few colors (or just want some extras), now is the time to stock up.  Cotton Babies has announced that some colors are being discontinued.

Cotton Babies Discontinues Colors (Cloth Diaper Addicts) [Read more…]

Cloth Diaper Makers and Patent Protection

It’s been all over the cloth diaper world: Jenn Labit of Cotton Babies (maker of BumGenius, Flip, and Econobum) is determined to protect her company’s patents.  Some cloth diaper makers have decided that they will not sit back and allow their designs to be stolen while other companies take in the profit.  Tereson Dupuy of FuzziBunz has been fighting this battle for years.

Cloth Diaper Makers and Patent Protection (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

Take a look at these two diapers and tell me that the print is not a knockoff. And that’s only the beginning.

I’ve seen some comments floating around due to these cloth diaper makers’ refusal to have others take credit for their work. [Read more…]

Flip Trainers Review

I have a tendency: when I find a brand that I like, I go through everything that the company offers.  I know that I love BumGenius 4.0, BumGenius Freetime, and Flip hybrid cloth diapers, so when Flip trainers came out, I figured it was a given that I’d buy them and I’d love them.  After all, I’ve loved everything else that Cotton Babies makes, so why should the Flip trainers be any different? [Read more…]

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 Diaper Laundry and Bleach

Would you use this on your fluff?

Getting your cloth diaper laundry routine just right is a very personal thing.  There are a lot of factors that can influence the perfect cloth diaper laundry routine: water type, washing machine, number of diapers washed, the type of diapers, your kid’s deposits, and how you handle those kid’s deposits.  That’s just for the normal stuff.  Then there are the other things that come up.

Sometimes, I see a post in a group or community that suggests that one use bleach on cloth diapers.  I wince when I see that.  You see, using bleach on cloth diapers depends entirely on a few things.  (I’m realizing that “It depends” is a common answer when one is first using cloth diapers.  How maddening for the beginner or the curious!) [Read more…]