April 15, 2010

BumGenius 3.0 - what's the difference between all the different styles?

If you do a search for BumGenius 3.0 on our website, you get quite a few possibilities. The pictures all look similar, the names sound alike, but the prices are really different. What are the different styles and why do they have so many?

Good questions! As a retailer, I know it's confusing to have several products that sound and look the same. About once a month, someone orders the wrong diapers, so I thought I would clarify some of the differences.

The first one that you'll see on the list is the BumGenius 3.0 OneSize Pocket Diaper. This one is the most popular and the most well-known. It includes two inserts (newborn size and regular size) and adjusts to fit from 7-35 lbs. The rise snaps don't show up in this photo, but they are spread in rows across the belly of the diaper. This diaper only comes with velcro closures. It does have a pocket that the inserts must be inserted into for absorbancy. The lining is white suedecloth. It retails for $17.95 for one diaper or $203.40 for 12.

The next diaper you'll see on our list is the BumGenius 3.0 Deluxe All-in-One diaper. This one is the diaper that confuses many shoppers. It looks just like the OneSize Pocket Diaper, but it has a LOT of differences!
First difference: this is an all-in-one diaper. That means the absorbant layer is sewn into the diaper already. Inserts usually aren't needed for daytime use, though we do recommend them for nights. (And to further confuse the issue, this diaper does have a pocket so you can easily add an insert for extra absorbancy.) Second difference: this is a SIZED diaper. It comes in four sizes, Extra Small through Large. Retailing at $15.95 for one, this diaper comes at a nice price.

The final diaper that you'll find on our 3.0 list is the BumGenius 3.0 OneSize Organic All-in-One diaper. This diaper used to look identical to the other two, but the fine folks at BumGenius changed the closures to snaps. LOVE the snaps! The price is also a big difference. At $24.95 for one diaper, this is still a great deal when you consider the benefits of this diaper. One, it has undyed organic cotton inside. Many moms prefer only natural fabrics against their baby's skin, so this diaper is a perfect choice. Two, this diaper is an All-in-One, so the absorbant layer is sewn in. Wash, dry, and ready to wear again...no stuffing inserts! So simple for daycare, grandparents, or anyone changing the diapers. Three, this diaper is also one-size, fitting from about 7 lbs to about 35 lbs. There's no pocket on this diaper, so if you need extra absorbancy, simply lay in a hemp or cotton insert.

So there you have it. Three great diapers, each for use with different preferences.

April 13, 2010

Washing Diapers for the first time in a LONG time

This is sort of a Newborn Diapering, Part 2. I washed our first load of newborn diapers over the weekend. I'm now 31 weeks (due June 12) and I thought that would be one task I could get out of the way. Plus it would give me a chance to see how different brands washed up, how long they took to dry, etc. If you remember from my last post on this subject, despite cloth diapering for over 4 years, most of the brands in our new stash are new to me.

So onto the washing! I dumped all 37 diapers into the washing machine. They're small, and some are VERY small, so they all fit fine. I added 2 tablespoons of Country Save and washed in warm water. This isn't how I would normally wash diapers, but these have never been used, so I figured they didn't need hot water or the cold pre-rinse.

Then into the dryer they all went, along with 4 wool dryer balls to speed drying time. I like to make washing diapers easy on myself, so everything is washed together and everything is dried together. If I had to pull some things out to hang dry, or had to wash them separately, I wouldn't enjoy cloth diapering quite so much. My method doesn't always follow good diaper care, but a sane mommy with clean diapers is more important to me!

After the first 60 minute cycle (we have an old dryer, so take my dryer experience with a grain of salt), I pulled everything out to see how it did.

Velcro: All the velcro tabs held except for one tab on my Thirsties Duo Diaper. I also have Happy Heinys, BumGenius bamboo fitteds, Drybees, and a couple other diapers with velcro. So far they all held. No diaper chains today.
Colors: As expected, none of the colors ran in the wash, not even the dark blue Thirsties Fab Fitted. Everything was colorfast.

Drying Time: As expected, all of the pockets and covers were fully dry. Microfiber inserts were dry. None of the All-in-One diapers or fitted diapers were dry yet.

Into the dryer for a second run went the AIOs and fitteds. After a second 60 minute cycle (again, remember my dryer is old and desperately needs replaced), most everything was dry. Of the BumGenius Bamboo Fitteds, half were completely dry and half weren't. And of all the other diapers, only my 4 Spooky Kitty Collective fitteds weren't quite dry yet. They, along with the bamboo fitteds, went in with a load of towels to finish drying.