Lotus Bumz One-Size Cloth Diapers are one of the newest brands to hit the cloth diaper world. The company was founded just this year by Lorain Danus-Herder, a work-at-home mom who lives in Hawaii (read more about her experience as a work-at-home mom here!). In an interview with her, I asked her how Lotus Bumz came into existence:
“While I was pregnant I researched cloth diapers and waited patiently to find good deals on them since they were so darn expensive! I knew that even if I paid full price I would still save money in the long run, but I still didn’t feel comfortable spending $20 per diaper! Long story short, I realized that there are many moms out there that want to help the environment and save money, not to mention use the best quality product on their child, but don’t want to spend so much on one single diaper. I decided to take it upon myself to bring such a diaper to all moms out there. I did a lot of research to start a company offering the best quality diapers that can be affordable to everyone. And that’s how Lotus Bumz Cloth Diapers was created. ”
With a price tag of just $9.97 for solid colors and $10.97 for prints, Lotus Bumz are truly an affordable cloth diapering choice. But how do these diapers compare to other, more expensive brands? I was excited to try a one of Lorain’s cloth diapers and give you an up-close look at how these diapers work!
- Shiny, leak-proof exterior (PUL)
- Inside is Suedecloth lining
- Three rows of adjustment snaps to allow for a small/medium/large size in one diaper
- Hip snaps to prevent the sides from drooping
- Waist tab overlaps for extra-small waist size
- Includes a 3-layer microfiber insert
Things I Love About It:
They are very affordable. Who doesn’t love a $10 cloth diaper?
Attractive colors. I received a Lotus Bumz in Olive Green to review. The color is very boyish and matches many of Baby M’s outfits perfectly. In addition to the Olive Green, I love that Lotus Bumz offers a black diaper (called Nighty Night Black). Black is one of the very best cloth diaper colors in my opinion–it goes with anything, looks adorable on anyone, and is perfectly gender neutral. The Rock Star Red print is also cute, and if you have a girl, you have got to get a Pink Funky Monkey print (so adorable and fun!). I hope that Lotus Bumz keeps adding to their selection because I would love to see more great colors and prints.
Soft and squishy. I’m a huge fan of soft cloth diapers. It’s really hard to sell me on a diaper that doesn’t have the “melt in your hands squishiness” factor. Thankfully, Lotus Bumz does. Both the outer PUL and inner suedecloth are very soft.
Great fit. Below are some pictures of Baby M (13 months old, 23 lbs) modeling his new Lotus Bumz. It was easy and super quick to find the right rise and waist setting for him. The leg elastics are gentle, which is great for chubby thighs.
High rise in the back. No plumbers-tushy with this diaper! I compared the Lotus Bumz to a Bumgenius 4.0 (a nice high-rise diaper) and was surprised to find that the rise is actually higher in the Lotus Bumz. While the Lotus Bumz fit lower under the belly button in the front, they come up higher in the back. SO NICE. I love that I don’t have to worry about his crack showing–or the fear of an explosion up the back (if you know what I mean). Here is a comparison picture (Lotus Bumz on bottom, Bumgenius on top):
I also like how WIDE the crotch area is. As you can see in the picture above, it’s even a little wider than Bumgenius 4.0′s. You can stuff, and stuff, and stuff this diaper–which is great for overnights or going out.
The snaps stay snapped! Nothing is more frustrating than trying to put on a diaper and have the rise snaps come undone. The snaps on Lotus Bumz really snap securely, and I appreciate that about them. I’ve had snap problems with some of the pricier cloth diaper brands, so I was pleasantly surprised that this isn’t an issue with Lotus Bumz.
Regardless of how little or how big the waist snap settings are on this diaper, the hip snaps ALWAYS have a place to snap into. I can’t say enough how much I appreciate this fact. Since Baby M is a bit of a chubba wubba, I’ve had a lot of problems with diapers that feature hip snaps (Fuzzibunz One-Size for example) because his thick waist is often too large for the “standard” waist snap settings and the hip snaps end up digging into his skin since there is nowhere left to snap them into. Not so with Lotus Bumz! Even on the very widest setting (which is huge by the way), there’s a place for the hip snaps. This makes me a happy mama! Here is a picture of the Lotus Bumz in the smallest and largest settings:
Things I Would Change:
The first thing that comes to mind is the pocket opening. It is pretty small and it has elastic all the way around which essentially cinches it closed. These aspects make Lotus Bumz a little more challenging to stuff than other diapers with wide pocket openings, and it’s also more difficult for the inserts to agitate out in the wash. I’m not a fan of touching dirty inserts! This is not an end-all for me but I do wish the pocket opening were larger and didn’t have the elastic sewn to the inner suedecloth.
I like the microfiber insert, but I wish that the diaper came with two inserts or at least a doubler. Baby M is a heavy wetter and can barely make it through 2 hours wearing a single microfiber insert without completely soaking it. I always double up microfiber (or add hemp) inserts for him. Lotus Bumz does offer microfiber inserts sold separately for as low as $2 each, which is awesome, but I wish they included 2 inserts with each diaper.
I would like to see Lotus Bumz offer a microfleece or microchamois inner in addition to the suedecloth inner. Baby M has a “slight” reaction to suedecloth if he has been wearing it for several diaper changes in a row. Because of this, I generally alternate 2 microfleece diapers per suedecloth diaper, and that seems to do the trick. Still, I know that there other babies out there with suedecloth sensitivities (many who have much more severe reactions than Baby M’s) and it would be great if Lotus Bumz could offer an alternative inner material.
I am impressed with how big the Lotus Bumz can get on the largest setting, but I do not think Lotus Bumz would fit a newborn very well. While the waist snaps do overlap for a tiny waist setting, the leg openings are fairly wide even on the tiniest setting and the width of the crotch would be ridiculously bulky on a tiny baby. I would say this diaper would probably start fitting well at closer to 12 lbs.
The Bottom Line:
Overall I am very happy with Lotus Bumz and I hope to add more to my cloth diaper stash! For such a low price, they have some great features and I think they will definitely fit Baby M until he is potty trained which is a huge plus.
I would give Lotus Bumz Cloth Diapers an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars!
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