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).
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.
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.
Suggestions for improvement for BG 4.0
- 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…
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)!