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Review: bumGenius 4.0 One Size Cloth Diaper

2011 February 24
by MieVee @ MummysReviews.com

bumGenius 4.0 One-Size Cloth Diaper (Snap)

Finally, I’m reviewing bumGenius 4.0 One-Size Cloth Diaper, provided by Milagro Trading (previously known as Whoopeekiddies). bumGenius is a BIG cloth diapers brand, yet I’ve not tried it on Vee before, until this 4.0 snap version came along. Many mums starting out on cloth diapering would think about getting bumGenius, so I thought it’s better to review it for your consideration.

After 4 months of use, I’m glad to report that bumGenius 4.0 has become a reliable diaper for Vee’s outdoor trips, with zero leak experience.

About bumGenius 4.0 One-Size Cloth Diaper (Snap)

These are the main features of the pocket diaper:

  • Outer layer: Waterproof PUL fabric (100% polyester)
  • Inner lining: Suedecloth (100% polyester)
  • Inserts: Microfibre (80% polyester, 20% nylon)
  • Insert (One-Size, Microfibre): 3 layers of microfibre, 3 snaps
  • Insert (Newborn, Microfibre): 2 layers of microfibre
  • Closures: Vertical front snaps. 2 rows of 10 waist and thigh snaps. 5 possible settings.
  • Rise: 3 x 3 snaps for 3 settings
  • Country of origin: Pocket diaper made in the U.S.A. and Egypt; Microfibre inserts made in China

There’s also a a hook/loop (or velcro tabs) version. Both are available in a range of light or pastel colours and prints.

First Impressions

Ordering bumGenius is a little challenging because of the way the colours are named as “Bubble”, “Noodle”, “Sweet”, etc. without full pictures of the entire diaper. It’s quite hard to imagine and choose. Finally, I got the Butternut, to match Vee’s yellow clothes.

bumGenius 4.0 One-Size Cloth Diaper (Snap) (Details)

When Vee was a newborn, I loved using diapers with suedecloth on him because they’re very stay-dry and keep him happier. After he started potty-training, I switched to microfleece, bamboo and cotton diapers to help him feel the wetness. Touching bumGenius 4.0’s suedecloth layer brings back memories of Vee’s early months. How fast 2 years fly by!

Being a one-size diaper, its rise is adjustable by 3 settings. I found this interesting as many major one-size brands such as Happy Heinys and Rumparooz use 4 rise settings instead. The “missing” row is the Newborn setting for thinner babies.

There’s a cover at the pocket opening, which would help to keep the insert in while baby stays dry. The 2 inserts seem rather generic though.

One attractive point is the easily replaceable elastic in case it gets “shot” after many months of use. This feature is still uncommon among cloth diapers.

Our Detailed Review

Rating Guide: Oh no!     ★★ Poor     ★★★ Fair     ★★★★ Good     ★★★★★ Excellent!

(a) Prewash & Laundry: ★★★★ I prewashed the diaper and inserts by hand in cold water. Even after 1 prewash, the inserts started absorbing, which was a pleasant surprise!

Then here’s a strange observation: the laundry tabs says the diapers and inserts can be washed 60°C. But the website says to wash in hot at 40°C. From my understanding of laundry instructions, 40°C is warm, not hot wash. Then the warranty page says warranty is valid up to 60°C washes. Anyway, it’s a load of conflicting laundry information.

Over the past 4 months, I’ve washed at 40°C (my usual routine) and 60°C, when Vee had yeast infection on his eczema patches. Until now, the diapers are still fine.

(b) Ease of Use: ★★★★ The diaper is easy to put on with only one column of 2 snaps to fasten per side. Since I’m familiar with rise settings on one-size diapers, it’s easy to figure them out.

Tip: If you’re new to cloth diapering, or another caregiver is changing baby, try out 1-2 hook/loop diapers first. They’re easiest to use. When you’re more confident, then move on to snaps, and decide which type you prefer.

(c) Fit / Trimness: ★★★★ Generally, it’s harder to get a nice fit with snap diapers — if baby is in between snap sizes, the diaper becomes either too tight or too loose. With the unique stretchy tabs, the snap diaper fits Vee’s chubby tummy (think 20″ waist for a 2-year old!) very well. I like the gentle encased elastics that leave no red marks on Vee’s chubby thighs and back.

Vee has grown into the largest rise setting. Then, when he slimmed down a little due to the recent bout of diarrhoea, I adjusted the rise down to the medium setting for a better fit at the thighs. This adjustability is an advantage over sized diapers (with no rise settings). Overall, it fits him fine though he’s in an awkward stage when I sometimes couldn’t decide on his rise settings. Hmm… the paradox of having choices.

The one-size diaper insert comes with snaps, which I find unnecessary. I simply fold the insert to the desired length. When using the 2 microfibre inserts, the diaper still fits inside his pants.

Tip: To boost absorbency while maintaining trimness, use 1-2 thin hemp / bamboo boosters behind a regular insert. This combination is great for outdoor trips or even overnight.

Oh, have a look at Vee’s sexy bums…

bumGenius 4.0 One-Size Cloth Diaper (Different Views)

(d) Performance: ★★★★ For Vee’s outdoor trips, I like to use this bumGenius 4.0 with both inserts because it has not leaked before! I didn’t try it overnight on Vee because he sleeps on his tummy and needs fitted diapers or diapers with front elastics.

The suedecloth stays very dry indeed, good for babies fussy with wetness, though not recommended during potty training.

In the week we battled Vee’s diarrhoea, bumGenius 4.0 did stand up to the test of keeping the mess in. (In fact, EVERY modern cloth diaper we used during that awful week kept the explosive mess in. That’s the power of modern cloth diapers with high-quality elastics.)

(e) Quality: ★★★★ The sewing and workmanship is good. After many washings, the suedecloth has pilled just a little bit, yet more resilient than microfleece.

bumGenius 4.0 One-Size Cloth Diaper (Suedecloth)

The laundry labels on the inserts have started rolling up and wearing out at the edges. This sounds very picky but I look for quality in every detail, especially if the price isn’t low.

bumGenius 4.0 One-Size Cloth Diaper (Insert laundry label)

(f) Overall Value: Each bumGenius 4.0 with inserts retails at SGD35 each, which is in line with the current market rate of one-size cloth diapers from the U.S.A. Thanks to the snap version in the 4.0 range, I’ve finally taken the leap to try out bumGenius. Though it isn’t the type of “wow” diapers I get all excited over, it’s very reliable for outdoor use.

What we like about it:

  • Stretchy tabs that give a good fit at the waist
  • Gentle leg and back elastics that leave no red marks on chubby toddler
  • No leaks experienced so far — a diaper I’d use for outdoors
  • 1 year warranty to give quality assurance

What can be improved:

  • Provide consistent laundry instructions — up to 40°C (on website) or 60°C (on label)?
  • Give clearer names for colours and show pictures of diapers in each colour
  • Use a better fabric for laundry labels on the inserts and sew them horizontally across instead (so that they don’t roll up)

Get Your Own (with Discount!)

To get your own bumGenius 4.0 One-Size Cloth Diapers and a WIDE range of products for babies, kids and Mummy, visit Milagro Trading (previously known as Whoopeekiddies).

  • Special Treat: 10% discount on cloth diapering products and accessories (regular items only)
  • Discount Code: MUMMYREVIEWS11
  • Validity Period: Until 31 August 2011

Live outside Asia? You may check the price at Amazon.com here: bumGenius One-Size Cloth Diaper 4.0*

With the arrival of bumGenius 4.0 in Singapore and Malaysia, version 3.0 (hook/loop only) is also on clearance sale. I haven’t tried the 3.0s before though, due to mixed reviews on the hook/loop closures and smaller cutting. If you’re interested, check out:

Disclosures: I received a bumGenius 4.0 One-Size Cloth Diaper for review.

*: affiliate link to support the growth and maintenance of Mummy’s Reviews™

P.S. Catch all my Cloth Diapering Tips HERE. There’d be more tips coming up soon, so stay tuned!

16 Responses leave one →
  1. February 24, 2011

    I really like your comprehensive reviews!

    I am new to cloth diapering – just recently shifted my 15 month old to it. And we’re both loving it
    so far!
    I have BG 3.0 and have no issues with it. I would definitely try this BG 4.0!
    It would be great if you can also review the BG organic one size diapers and perhaps the Gro Via (if you haven’t yet) too?

    Oh and I got all my CDs from milagro trading too!

    Thanks and keep those reviews coming!

    • February 24, 2011

      Hi janie, thank you for your encouragement! Glad that you love cloth diapering, never too late indeed. 🙂

      I haven’t tried BG organic one-size cos i started having faith in BG only when they introduced larger cuttings recently. BG 4.0 is our first experience with the brand.

      As for GroVia, the AI2 cutting is also small, while my boy’s very chubby. I’ve seen them and don’t think his thighs can fit in. We’ve tried the new GroVia AIO though, very stretchy tabs and fantastic for pulling up and down to faciliate potty-training! Going to publish the review when the stocks arrive in the sponsor’s stores. Soooon…

  2. Mummy love permalink
    February 24, 2011

    Am very very [new] to CD and just got my first batch of CDs… was wondering which detergent brands can be used for my new CDs. Am already aware no bleach, no softerner, enzymes, etc but it is quite tedious to search out in the market…..
    Oh.. one of the brand in my to-try list is Bumgenius!!!!!! couldn’t be a better timing 🙂 … will try it once i’ve got the hang of my new CDs…

    • February 24, 2011

      Hi Mummy love, great that you’re trying out CD-ing! 🙂 I’ve been using Pureen H-A-D for the past 2 years. It’s good and affordable. Read the review here.

      If you’re from Singapore, then it’s now harder to find Pureen H-A-D from other mums’ feedback.
      I’m trying out and reviewing a CD-safe detergent called Nellie’s All Natural Laundry Soda. So far, it’s working well for the past week. In Singapore, it’s distributed by Moo Moo Kow.

      I also have a new box of CD-safe detergent called Tiny Bubbles, by the same manufacturers of GroVia diapers. Yet to try it, but quite sure it’s fine as I read several reviews before buying it. I got it at Tiny Tapir here.

      Milagro Trading (or Whoopeekiddies) also sells bumGenius Diaper Detergent. Go to here. The 10% discount code should apply.

      Except for Pureen H-A-D, these CD-safe detergents seem more expensive than commerical detergent. Yet they’d protect the lifespan of the cloth diapers we invested in, and ensure gentleness to baby’s sensitive skin. Only a small amount needs to be used per load, so each box can last a few months. Personally, I also use Pureen H-A-D and Nellie’s for my own laundry, as I’ve very sensitive skin prone to eczema.

      I’m writing an article all on washing cloth diapers. Hope to get it done soon. Happy CD-ing! 🙂

      • Mummy love permalink
        February 24, 2011

        Oh.. I’ve been reading and it seems Pureen H-A-D has been discontinued as well in Malaysia?? Or are u still able to get it from Parkson Pavillion?

      • February 24, 2011

        At a baby fair last year, Pureen staff told me H-A-D is still being produced. I just saw them at Bangsar Village, Village Grocer recently. A few months back, I grabbed several bottles at Parkson Pavilion. 🙂

  3. February 28, 2011

    In reality, it’s time you stopped thinking about anymore diapers, and stop using them already or he’d get too reliant. ;D

    • February 28, 2011

      Ha, sam… What a misunderstanding! 🙂 We started pre-potty training at 7 months old and he started pee-ing in potty since 8 months old, pooing there since 10 months old. By 2 years old now, he’s wearing only shorts at home, usually wets the night-time diaper once early in the morning and remains dry on naps more than half the time. Outdoors, he also asks to go to the toilet. Cloth diapers work more like training pants for us, to prevent messy accidents.

      This review is a little post-dated, since we started using it 4 months back. As long as Vee is still using 1 cloth diaper, I’d continue doing reviews to encourage other mums to try cloth diapering. And I’m trying my best to bake a new baby to succeed him as the next diaper tester. :p

      • March 1, 2011

        LOL – we just went cold turkey. Interestingly, nap & nighttime was the easiest. That’s why I was very certain that daytime would not be too difficult.

      • March 1, 2011

        Wow… cold turkey! That means your boy’s body is totally ready.
        Vee drinks a big bowl of soup during lunch, so naptime’s challenging. He was also a super-wetter when younger. Now that he wakes up dry or quite dry in the morning, I’m already more than pleased.

  4. kelly permalink
    October 3, 2011

    Hi, my 2 year 5 month old DS has started potty training. I want to switch over to cloth diapers so he notices wetness sooner that he is currently. Do you recommend these for that purpose or are they almost ‘too good’ (as if there is such a thing) at absorbing? THanks in advance!

    • October 10, 2011

      Hi Kelly, for potty training, you’d need to select cloth diapers that feel wet, for day time. BumGenius 4.0 uses suedecloth that stays really dry, so I won’t recommend them for potty training.

      Ideally, the diapers have side snaps and can be pulled up and down easily. This makes toilet trips more convenient, especially outdoors. And an older toddler can be independent pulling down his diapers by himself.

      You may wish to consider GroVia AIO for early stage training, and Kissaluvs Trainers when your DS has progressed well. Detailed reviews would only be published at a later time though.

  5. Lindsey permalink
    October 18, 2011

    Hi, I am also new to cloth diapering. I have a 19 month old daughter and a son due in December. I thought I’d make the switch to the one size diapers so I could test them out on my daughter first. I have a few bum genius 4.0 which I am using at night, currently with both inserts and a prefold which is finally keeping her dry. Her little bum looks huge but I honestly don’t care at night. We are having good days and bad with CDing. For instance, my husband put a bum genius 4.0 on her this morning and she leaked through before she hit the 2 hour mark. I inspected and I’m pretty sure he did everything right. We only had the one large insert in it. Should I be putting extra inserts in at all times because of her age? I just want her pants to still fit over the diaper. Do you always use both inserts with this diaper and have you tried the hemp inserts? Are they as absorbent as the regular ones? I need to figure this out so I don’t discourage my husband from joining the cloth diaper bandwagon with me. 🙂 Thank you for all of your advice.

    • October 19, 2011

      Hi Lindsey, if your girl is a heavy wetter (like my boy is), then 1 microfibre insert may only last 1 pee in the day. To stretch the diaper usage, especially for outdoors, I’d use both inserts or top up 1 with 1-2 hemp boosters. We’ve been using GAD, which is very trim: https://www.mummysreviews.com/2009/07/21/gad-hemp-diaper-doubler-2-layers/ You may try out other brands too.

      Hemp insert is much more absorbent than regular microfibre but use it behind microfibre, not on its own. Reason: it absorbs slowly, so pee can leak before being absorbed. Also, it can be stiff on its own, unless dried in a dryer.

      And yes, once mummy figures out the right combination for the kid, daddy would likely be happy to follow. Cloth diapering saves the family so much money. 🙂

      Hope this helps.

  6. September 3, 2014

    Hi MieVee,
    Just a little information that might be useful to other readers, interested in cloth diapering their baby, learning from your blog (as I do) and looking for cheaper second-hand cloth diapers.
    Some sellers in Singapore try to sell knock-offs of Bum Genius, usually either brand new or hardly used, for a much cheaper price than the genuines coming from the retailers, but still much more expensive than those are probably worth (cheap elastics that may loosen in a matter of days, waterproof laminate starting to shred after a few washes not even that hot, snaps full of nickels to give allergies and whatever else might come from having everything as cheap as possible) . Be aware of it, as it might not be the good deal promised.
    If anyone knows of other brands for which there might be cheap low-quality knock-offs circulating, I’d really appreciate if you could share.
    Kind regards,
    Lea

    • September 21, 2014

      Hi Lea, thank you for sharing this info. I haven’t come across these sellers, probably cos I haven’t been buying cloth diapers for a while, since we’re still reusing them for baby #3. Yes, I always support buying the originals, safest is through authorised retailers.

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