BumGenius 4.0 One Size Diaper Review

BumGenius 4.0 Review

BumGenius 4.0

BumGenius 4.0 one size diapers are a vast improvement over the BumGenius 3.0. I’ll admit it, I just did not like the 3.0 very much. The hook and loop was not very good and the laundry tabs would not stay shut. So, our 3.0 started looking pretty beat up very quickly. My biggest complaint about it was that at about 15 months – my daughter was too big for a diaper that was supposed to last another 10-15 pounds. I am happy to say that the BumGenius 4.0 sizing is much, much better.

At 2 1/2 years, my daughter is in the 90th percentile for height and she weighs about 30 pounds. Her genes are apparently part kangaroo – since she prefers to hop, jump, skip and run rather than walk – even if it is just across the room. She has powerful little legs to go along with her battery-powered personality. This has made it tough lately to find diapers that fit her well. The BumGenius 4.0 one size we have is the new snap version and it is sized perfectly to fit her. There is still an extra snap on each side, so she can grow a bit more before the weather warms up and Mommy puts her in Potty Training Bootcamp. The rise is also much better, and she has a bit of growing room there as well.

What about smaller babies? I tried the 4.0 on my skinny newborn nephew and the fit was very good. A tad bulky, but all one size diapers have some bulk on a scrawny newborn. He was 9 pounds, but thin as you can see in the picture.

The snaps are a great improvement. Although Cottonbabies (makers of BumGenius, Flip and Econobum) says they are using all new hook and loop that is made specially for them, I am so happy with snaps that I have not bothered to try the hook and loop. Apparently my customers agree, since the snaps outsell hook and loop by at least 3 to 1.

The most common complaint about diapers wearing out is that the elastic goes bad before the diapers do. We have never personally had this problem with any of our diapers, I do hear about it from others. While some companies simply use inferior elastic, even good quality elastic can go bad prematurely. One size diapers are at particular risk since they are used for such a long period of time.

Clover diapers started offering replacable elastic on their diapers several years ago and now some of the biggest names in cloth diapering are doing the same. FuzziBunz, BumGenius and Happy Heinys one size diapers are all available with easily replaced elastic now. The BumGenius 4.0 elastic is simply tacked in at the ends, so you can clip it and thread new elastic in if needed. Replacing elastic in pocket diapers used to be a real pain and required a fairly talented seamstress. The new style BumGenius elastic is so easy to replace that even the most newly-minted seamstress could pull it off.

The one thing I still don’t like about BumGenius 4.0 one size diapers is the way the pocket opening works. The covered slit opening allows poop to get up under the flap – making it potentially really gross to get the insert out. A couple of times I have washed the diaper with the insert still in it just to get it clean enough to take the insert out before rewashing it.

Oh, and did I mention the colors and prints? BumGenius 4.0 one size diapers are now available in 9 colors and 5 prints. The prints are limited edition, so there will surely be more coming at some future date.

Overall, I would recommend the BumGenius 4.0 one size diaper. I’d give it 8 stars though. If you just want a diaper you know will work, this is a good choice. It is reliable, the overall quality is great, and they are reasonably priced. The sizing is good, and you know you will be able to use it for most babies from birth to potty. I took off one star because I hate the pocket opening, and one star because they are sometimes made in Egypt.

You can see BumGenius 4.0 one size diapers at One Lucky Mama.

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2 thoughts on “BumGenius 4.0 One Size Diaper Review

    • Many people care about where the products they buy are made. Especially at a time when so many in the US (including my husband) are out of work and many families are struggling to feed their children, keeping jobs in the US is important to many people. Noting that a product is made outside of the USA is no more racist than noting what materials it is made with. I also note when a product is made in China or any other country. I love to support companies who are putting food on American tables. Companies such as Happy Heinys, Wahmies, Thirsties, Tiny Tush, and yes, even BumGenius are providing many, many jobs to US moms and dads who otherwise would be struggling to feed their families. I know that when I buy a product from Thirsties, for instance, it is made by work at home moms in the US. Making items outside the US can sometimes keep the costs down to a level where the average family can afford them. There are no simple answers here. However, if I am choosing between two items that fill the same need, and they cost the same, I will choose the US product whenever feasible.

      While some people refuse to buy any products not made in the US, I feel the subject is more complex than that. Families in Egypt and China and all other countries need to feed their families just as much as we need to feed ours. When I have so little money to spread around, I try to help those in my own backyard first. I know people who only buy US made products. I personally can not afford to pay more for US made items if it means choosing between clothing my child and feeding her. I know many other families are in the same boat. I carry products in my store that are made in Asia, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. When I remember to, I try to note in the product description where items are made so customers can make the choices they are personally comfortable with.

      For what is worth, I studied Arabic and Chinese in college with the hope of being able to travel to those areas of the world one day. While life circumstances never made it possible for me to travel that far, I have been priviliged to make many dear friends from all areas of the world. Somewhere there are pictures of me in a Middle Eastern dress dancing the dubke with a group of Arab students for an international talent show. It has been my blessing to be invited into the homes of families and individuals from far-flung parts of the world, to share in their regional foods and conversation. I have yet to find any way to identify good people or bad people with such insignificant clues as their ethnicity, skin tone or native language. Racism has no place in my world – economics does. Besides, I could never dislike any culture with such delicious food, such amazing works of art, such a beautiful language, and such warm-hearted people. Ma’a as-salaama!

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