March 14, 2010

BumGenius Diapers: The Cloth Saga Begins

After doing some research into the best options for cloth diapers, I decided to kick off our cloth saga with BumGenius diapers. Lucky for me, there is currently a coupon out in 'Pregnancy' and 'Pregnancy and Newborn' magazines for BumGenius diapers (spend $10 or more on BumGenius products, receive one BumGenius All-In-One cloth diaper free).

So being the creative and resourceful personality that I am (read stubborn and a sucker for a good deal), I braved my local WalMart and purchased every copy of 'Pregnancy' they had in-stock. I then proceeded to purchase several more magazines from Barnes & Noble because I WAS GOING TO GET THE DEAL OF THE CENTURY ON DIAPERS, DANG IT.

Since only two local stores sell BumGenius diapers, I headed up to St. Paul to visit Peapods, a natural baby care and toy store. Their selection of cloth diapers was somewhat daunting for someone who had been a firm believer in disposable diapers, but I was determined to use my coupons and give cloth a try!

I picked up a small mountain of diapers and carried them to the checkout. You can imagine the look on the cashier's face when I dumped the pile onto the counter and whipped out my coupons; she was somewhat less than excited. (And who could blame her? I used to work retail and I HATED customers like me... people who would make you do six different transactions so you could get six free diapers. OH YEAH, I did that.)

After getting the diapers home, I strapped a one-size diaper to my son's backside and waited for the tell-tale rumble. When it came, I tore the diaper off his little butt and checked that thing like I was looking for a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

The diaper was very absorbent, especially with the newborn insert sitting inside and adjusted to fit Nathaniel very well. We continued to use the one size diaper over the next few days and found that it was made well, although we did experience an explosion that left mama with poo all down her jeans when she waited just a little too long on a changing. THANK GOD IT WASN'T IN PUBLIC.

BumGenius One Size 3.0 Cloth Diaper
Price $17.95
Fit
Absorbency
Waterproof/Leak Prevention
Quality
Overall Value

We also tried the BumGenius All-In-One diapers and were very impressed with the simplicity and efficiency of the system. The All-In-One diapers (size XS-L) worked perfectly for us; they have an excellent fit and are easy to use. These diapers are great to toss into a diaper bag since they don't require additional pieces, which is great for a sleep-deprived and somewhat forgetful mama like myself.

BumGenius All-In-One Cloth Diaper
Price $15.95
Fit
Absorbency
Waterproof/Leak Prevention
Quality
Overall Value

BumGenius provides quality diapers for a good overall value. Although the initial cost to diaper your baby's bottom with this brand will be a hefty sum, you can be assured that the diapers will provide you with good absorbency and a quality fit for your little one.

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