BumGenius 4.0 Cloth Diaper Review

When I started cloth diapering, I knew that I wanted to use One Size pocket diapers. I didn’t want to be overwhelmed with cloth diapers as entering motherhood was overwhelming enough. I also didn’t plan on cloth diapering my newborn, since I had lots of disposables given to me that would last for several weeks as I sorted out what cloth diapers would work for us. After trying a few pocket diapers, the ones that seemed to fit my daughter the best were the BumGenius (BG) pocket diapers. So we bought some of the BG 3.0 and some of the BG 4.0. Now, after over a year of cloth diapering, how have these diapers stood up and in particular, the newer version (BG 4.0).

bumGenius Logo

Like, I mentioned before, the BG 4.0 are one size, so they fit babies from a range of 7 to 35 pounds. My daughter is almost 16 months and just over 20 lbs, so she just finally moved into the medium setting on this diaper. You can see below the diaper was pretty fluffy on her when she was 2 months old, but the elastic around the leg was still tight enough to hold in any messes. Later at 16 months, the fit is still very good and elastic hasn’t been stretched out.

Bum Genius Cloth Diaper
Fit of diaper at 2 months
Bum Genius Cloth Diapers
Fit of diaper at ~16 months

Besides fit, here are some of the features that the BG 4.0 has to offer:

  • NEW! Generous sizing accommodates larger babies.
  • NEW! Easily replaceable elastic keeps your diapers fresh.
  • 3×3 snap down design adjusts the sizing to fit small, medium and large sizes (approximately 7-35+ pounds).
  • Trim, snug and comfortable stretchy tabs provide a custom fit.
  • Waterproof insert stopper prevents leaking at the tummy.
  • Diapers are bundled with two inserts: a newborn insert for newborns and a one-size insert for your older baby.
  • Wide slot opening makes it easy to stuff and remove insert.
  • Slot cover protects your baby from wetness.

Of course all the above features are nice, but the real questions is does it leak? Overall, I would say not usually, but we have had a few “accidents”. Most of these accidents were not really the diapers fault though. One cause is improper fit…meaning my daughter can now loosen and even at times remove her diaper completely since all of our BG 4.0 have the hook/loop closure rather than snaps. Another cause was at about a year, we had several leaks, which I then realized it was probably time to strip the diapers, but more importantly the microfiber inserts had quite a bit of build up and no longer were absorbing well. We haven’t had very many leaks since we stripped the inserts and only two reasons that aren’t the fault of the diaper. Reason one, I have serious prego brain and sometimes I think I changed her and then realize that no, I hadn’t…awful I know, but this has happened more than once in the last couple of months…please don’t call CPS, this condition is temporary. The other reason is my daughter is starting to sleep longer and stuffing the pocket with just the one-size insert and a doubler is no longer an adequate amount for night time. I think a simple switch to a more absorbent insert would fix this night time issue.

Another thing I like about BG 4.0 is the microsuede inner layer. Not only is it nice and soft, but it helps keep my little one’s skin dry. It is also easier to shake poo off of than it is to remove it from microfleece, which is always a plus in my mind. You can also see below that the microsuede has held up very well after a year and will definitely be useable for our new little one. I also like that these diapers are very user friendly, so not only is my hubby comfortable using them, but many of our extended family are surprised at how easy they are to use.

Bum Genius Cloth Diaper

Suggestions for improvement for BG 4.0

Sizes of Cloth Diapers
  • Although the aplix for the 4.0 is much better than it is for the 3.0, as you can see above. It still isn’t perfect. I do love that they offer a snap option in the 4.0, for those who don’t want to deal with the inevitable replacement for long term diaper use. As we plan to still use our hook/loop closure diapers on baby #2, I will be replacing or have someone replace the aplix using the convenient kits Cotton babies has to offer. We have been adding night time diapers with snaps into our stash as our daughter will be no longer using these diapers once we transition them over to baby #2.
  • I know that BG is finally offering a few prints, which I love the new Lovelace one, but I look forward to more prints.

Speaking of prints…

Cloth Diaper Prints


You can purchase a BG 4.0 diaper at Tender Loving Cloth Diapers for $17.95 or $19.95 for the artist series.

Thanks to the joint effort of Preserving a Sense of Wonder and Tender Loving Cloth Diapers, one inRandom reader will win a brand new BG 4.0 Artist Series diaper in their choice of print and choice of closure (hook/loop or snap)!

{Giveaway Closed}


  1. TheTreeHugginMomma says:

    I love jet setter!

    kaleidoscopejane at yahoo dot com

  2. Brandi Bowers says:

    I love the jetsetter. It would also complete my bG artist series set!

  3. tall_person13 says:

    I’d like to win free spirt

  4. Jessica Jollyjess6 says:

    I would like the effiel tower print. jolly_jess_6 at yahoo dot com

  5. Jessica Jollyjess6 says:

    I would like the Effiel Tower print.
    jolly_jess_6 at yahoo dot com

  6. LAURA FRIAS says:

    I would like the eiffel tower design

  7. sarah shult says:

    I like the yellow free spirit sheshult@hotmail.com

  8. I love the jetsetter! 🙂
    t42vek20 at gmail dot com

  9. I would choose the Eiffel Tower print in aplix if I won

    Carolyn H
    graceink at yahoo dot com

  10. Sunflower Joy says:

    concrete jungle is what I like

    anjellfire at gmail dot com

  11. I’d pick Free Spirit in snaps if I won! 🙂

  12. I would choose their Eiffel Tower print!

    colljerr at comcast dot net

  13. I would choose the free spirit pattern.

  14. Lori Thomas says:

    I like the Jet Setter print

  15. I like the jet setter.


  16. I like the bumGenius Elemental One-Size Cloth Diaper Artist Series.

  17. retail therapy or jet setter one

  18. eiffel tower

  19. effiel tower print

  20. I love the eiffel tower print

  21. bored2quickly says:

    I love jet setter! Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
    Renee Walters

  22. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    love the jet setter
    such a cute blue
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  23. I would love the “retail therapy” color
    jjak2003 at gmail dot com

  24. Eiffel tower is adorable

    ykatrina at hotmail dot com

  25. Retail Therapy is adorable!

    elwingarwen at yahoo dot com

  26. Anonymous says:

    i like jet setter! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

  27. I love Eiffel Tower!

  28. I would choose Concrete Jungle

  29. Thanks for the giveaway. I would choose Jet Setter.
    morales_y at yahoo dot com

  30. I love Eiffel Tower! jesllee (at) live (dot) com

  31. Attila & Tamara says:

    I’d choose Eiffel Tower

  32. Kristina S says:

    I would choose Eiffel Tower
    klsiegler at gmail dot com

  33. I would choose free spirit

  34. I like Jet Setter danaahudson@gmail dot com

  35. I’d love the Jet Setter. ngiraldi at gmail dot com

  36. I’d pick Retail Therapy

  37. Miranda Ward says:
  38. coleycoupons says:

    love free spirit

  39. Heather M says:

    Retail Therapy in Snap

    hmahan_0529 @yahoo dot com

  40. Katie Barrett says:

    I like the black and white Eiffel Tower SNAP 4.0.. I have never tried a Bum Genius Before.. :O)

  41. I visited TLC Diapers and I would choose Free Spirit! Thanks!

    katiekstewart at gmail dot com

  42. Linda Hawes says:

    loving the jet setter print! Linda Hawe

  43. I would pick jet setter! 🙂

  44. HomemadeBaby says:

    Love the concrete jungle print!
    Marysa {at} marysa {dot} com

  45. I’d pick jet setter.

  46. Chris DeHart says:

    I’d like to win a free spirit.

  47. Maria D. @ DownrightDomesticity says:

    I’d get the Eiffel Tower print! Thanks for the giveaway!
    maria.the.uncommon at gmail dot com

  48. Anonymous says:

    I like jet setter

  49. eiffel tower!

  50. Eiffel tower!

  51. I would choose Eiffel Tower
    karlawsuarez at gmail dot com

  52. Elizabeth B says:

    I like jet setter!
    elannbe at gmail dot com

  53. Anonymous says:

    i like either the effiel tower or concrete jungle (leaning towards effiel tower)


  54. I’d choose the free spirit print

  55. yellow free spirit
    thank you

  56. We like free spirit!-Sharon M

  57. ticklemetiffyyyy says:

    Hmmmm it would have to be the Eiffel tower or Jet setter!
    ticklemetiffy at gmail dot com

  58. Kristi Rowland says:

    jet setter

    harrisk3 at mymail dot shawnee dot edu

  59. concrete jungle

  60. concrete jungle.

  61. Rebecca O says:

    I love the Eiffel Tower in the Snaps. Thanks for the chance. bekki1820cb at gmail dot com

  62. I like the concrete jungle print!

    juliedianebaker at aol dot com

  63. Anonymous says:

    I like the Hoot design!


  64. I love the eiffel tower

  65. I like the Eiffel Tower.

  66. stracey2010 says:

    i would choose eiffel tower

  67. kathy pease says:

    id choose the free spirit

  68. I would choose the Eiffel Tower print

    cassieanne.smith at yahoo dot com

  69. I really like the Free Spirit print!!

  70. I’d choose the Jet Setter. Thanks! (Quanda)

  71. Shannon Reed says:

    LOVE bumgenius diapers– Agree- Eiffel Tower print is the cutest=)

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