Yup – you read the title right. I have doubted the Bum Genius Pocket Diapers from Day 1. The cover is too thin and too light as well as the inserts it comes with didn’t look and feel absorbent at all. I have put them on to my daughter during different times of the day when she would take lesser milk as well as overnight when she takes at least 16 ounces of fluids before sleeping.
And guess what – it always tries to impress me. NO LEAKS. VERY ABSORBENT. NO WET BEDS. I have no right to complain at all. But why did I not end up buying more of this instead?
Read more about our experience with the Bum Genius pocket diapers.
Last Updated: April 11, 2017
Name Of The Product: BumGenius 4.0 Pocket Cloth Diaper – Snap
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The Bum Genius Pocket Diapers For Starters
The first time I tried to put my daughter in this diaper, the cover was too fit for her (my daughter was then 31 pounds upon first using this). Nevertheless, I managed to let her wear it without needing to force-expand the cover with a baby hanger.
Even after several washes, I doubt the cover will still stretch to make a more comfortable fit. We are already using the furthest buttons on both sides. I was right to expect that anytime my daughter goes back to being chunky again, it’s bye-bye time for this diaper cover. She has already outgrown it after using it for 8 months (31 pounds to around 37 pounds).
See the smallest and biggest setting of the Bum Genius pocket diapers.
Just snap the third row to the last row of buttons to get the smallest size. Leave it unbuttoned for the largest setting.
The Bum Genius Inserts
When you buy the Bum Genius pocket diapers, they include two inserts – an adjustable one (small to large) and a newborn size. They are both thin, but the newborn size looks “useless” because it is almost as thin as birds-eye cloths.
Nevertheless, I am always surprised how the added newborn insert can make a difference with absorbency performance. I tried using only the adjustable insert, and although it is absorbent, it is way better if you add in the newborn insert.
We have used this pocket diaper for a total of 8 months, and the cover still looks good. The inserts are also still very absorbent (when stashed inside different pocket covers’ brands I have in my stash) and they remain stain-free.
The Only Thing I Don’t Like
Had they made the leg opening a little wider, I would not hesitate to stack up on this cloth diaper. My daughter’s weight and chubbiness always change. Therefore I need a diaper that would accommodate her sometimes skinny and sometimes chunky thighs.
The Bum Genius garters on the leg part would usually leave marks on my daughter’s skin. There were days that my daughter’s waist has garter marks, too.
It has already become too tight for her. And like how I said bye bye to the Rumparooz covers, I also had to say goodbye to Bum Genius last month.
The Things I Like Best
Absorbent Without The Bulk
We sometimes equate thickness to being more absorbent. It is not true for the Bum Genius pockets. Upon first seeing this diaper face to face, my first impression was that it wouldn’t perform well. It looks flimsy and very thin to absorb wetness.
But it is the contrary. It manages to be at par with overnight cloth diapers that are bulky and thick.
It Doesn’t Leak
Some cloth diapers come with gussets on the side to prevent the leak. The Bum Genius pocket cloth diapers don’t have gussets, but they don’t leak either. A genius creation.
How To Wash It
Always rinse off the pee/poop immediately or as soon as possible and never soak it in a pail of water. If you cannot rinse it yet, put it in a wet bag for not longer than 12 hours.
MAKE SURE you rinse off the pee/poop residues before the 12th hour to make sure the stink will not be hard to come off.
After rinsing it, wring it dry and put it back in a sealed wet bag until it is washing day.
As for the detergents, it doesn’t matter what you use as long as it is bleach-free and has no fabric conditioner.
Also, avoid adding baking soda and other forms of additives to remove the smell. If you pre-wash(rinse off ASAP the pee/poop) and keep it inside a wet bag, your stash will be stink-free after washing.
Bum Genius claims that it is ideal for babies from 7 to 35+ pounds. But a 35-pound baby comes in many sizes. My daughter was only 31 pounds when she first used this but it felt a bit tight on the thigh part already.
Although not relevant to the performance of the cloth diaper, CUTE DESIGNS would add to cloth diapering moms’ decision to make a purchase. Sometimes, a lovelier print would be a tie breaker if you put two cloth diapers side by side with the same performance score. I hope Bum Genius makes more appealing prints and patterns.
Nevertheless, hats off to the makers of this pocket cloth diaper. I don’t know how they manage to make it so absorbent and leak-free without the added bells and whistles.
What Do You Think?
Let me know in the comments section if you have any questions.
Published on: October 21, 2016