When I first heard that Bumgenius was releasing a new one-size all-in-one (AIO) cloth diaper, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one! I love Bumgenius products in general. They are remarkably popular with cloth diapering parents and understandably so, especially considering the exceptional design, quality materials and affordable prices they offer. With this in mind, I couldn’t wait to see what the new Bumgenius Freetime diaper was like. Bouncing Babies, one of Bumgenius’ wonderful retailers, sent me a Bumgenius Freetime AIO One-Size Diaper in Albert print to review. I can’t wait to tell you about these great diapers!
- One-size diaper fits 8-35+ lbs.
- AIO diaper with attached microfiber soaker
- PUL outer
- Suedecloth stay-dry inner lining
- Snap closure (two rows of waist snaps), also available with aplix
- Snap-down rise with 3 settings
Things I Love About It
The real question with this diaper is what’s not to love? I am always impressed with the quality of Bumgenius products and materials, and the Bumgenius Freetime diaper is no exception. The fabric is strong, the stiching is secure and even, and the snaps are perfect–not too hard OR too easy to snap/unsnap.
The print is absolutely adorable and one of my favorite cloth diaper prints thus far. It’s always a challenge to find a really awesome boyish or gender neutral print, but Bumgenius had a truly “genius” idea when they came up with the Albert print! I also love the new Lovelace print and if we have a little girl someday I know I’ll purchase several of that print because I think it’s just beautiful. And the solid colors Bumgenius offers are great too!
The overall design of the diaper is very similar to Bumgenius Elemental AIO One-Size Diapers, with the main difference being that the Elemental has an organic cotton soaker and the Freetime has a suedecloth-topped microfiber soaker. (You can read my review of the Bumgenius Elemental here). The Freetime sewn-on microfiber soaker looks like this:
A layer of microfiber is sewn into the diaper in the middle, and each of the soaker flaps is made of 2 layers of microfiber attached near the bottom or top of the diaper, for a total of 5 layers of absorbency.
Before putting the diaper on your child, you simply fold the two outer pieces of the soaker on top of each other like this:
Or you can fold the layers to adjust the absorbency to the front (for boys) or middle (for girls) of the diaper if you want more targeted absorbency.
This unique folding design allows faster drying time than most AIO cloth diapers and also makes it very easy to adjust the soaker for the appropriate size and absorbency for your baby.
I love the simplicity of the diaper as an AIO and that no stuffing is involved! I’m not huge on stuffing pocket diapers. Folding the two flaps is MUCH quicker for me than stuffing inserts into a pocket opening and then adjusting them to make sure they are flat.
The soaker is topped with soft suedecloth fabric which is a “stay-dry” material that keeps skin feeling dry even when the diaper is wet. We love stay-dry diapers!
For an AIO cloth diaper I was very impressed with the absorbency! Many AIO diapers with microfiber soakers only have 3 layers of microfiber, but the Bumgenius Freetime has 5, which makes the absorbency almost equal to that of a Bumgenius 4.0 Pocket Diaper stuffed with both microfiber inserts (a one-size 3-layer insert and newborn/doubler 2-layer insert). The number of layers is the same with the Freetime AIO and 4.0 Pocket, but the difference is in the size–the soaker is a little smaller overall on the Freetime. Still, the absorbency is very nearly the same. Baby M is a heavywetter and cannot make it through a normal between-diaper-changes period (about 2 hours) without completely soaking and leaking out of regular 3-layer AIO diapers. With the Bumgenius Freetime, however, we get to the next diaper change without leaks! Having an AIO diaper that can truly be used as an AIO without additional inserts is wonderful!
The fit on Baby M is very trim and the diaper hugs him perfectly. The rise is very high (something I appreciate on all Bumgenius diapers) and at 18 months and about 26 lbs he still has one rise snap setting to go. On the waist he has one more snap setting on each side. I really like the stretchy tabs on Bumgenius diapers because they allow me to get a better, more comfortable fit on Baby M. The leg elastic fits gently yet securely and we have not had any leaks with this diaper!
The Bumgenius Freetime AIO Cloth Diaper unsnaps in the rise to a nice large size that I’m pretty confident will fit Baby M until potty training. On the smallest setting, the diaper snaps down fairly small–about average for a one-size cloth diaper. The sizing is very similar to Bumgenius 4.0 Pocket Diapers, which I remember trying on Baby M when he was 9 lbs and 10 lbs and did not have much luck with them at that point in keeping leaks contained because of his skinny legs. So I feel more confident saying this diaper will start fitting babies well at 10-12 lbs rather than at 8 lbs, though it will vary based on your newborn’s size and shape.
Things I Would Change
Not very much! The only things I can think of are that I wish the diaper was a little softer/squishier–perhaps by using a stretchier PUL material and microfleece lining instead of suedecloth–and I wouldn’t mind if they added just one or two more layers of absorbency (or throwing in a doubler with each diaper) so I could feel more comfortable knowing the diaper could hold up for us a little longer if we were out shopping or in the car or something. Also, the back waist elastic is a little thin for my tastes and I would love to see them use a nice thick/wide elastic so it would be a little more gentle on the skin.
The Bottom Line
Overall I think the Bumgenius Freetime AIO One-Size Diaper is an ingenious design and I’m planning to get more! I definitely prefer them to the Bumgenius 4.0 Pocket One-Size Diapers because I don’t have to stuff the Freetime and they are super easy and quick to put on. I love the absorbency, the trim fit, and the quality materials. I really wouldn’t change much about this diaper and would wholeheartedly recommend it to any cloth diapering parent or anyone interested in trying cloth!
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