BumGenius 4.0 Review

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Cloth diapers are a category unto themselves, filled with dozens of brands and styles, and the one-size-fits-all BumGenius 4.0 is a leading player. Reviews say these diapers are highly absorbent and as easy to put on a baby as disposables. At Diaper Pin, for example, parents laud the overall quality and performance -- snug, comfortable, and no leakage. One bought used diapers that had been worn by at least two children, replaced the elastic at the top, and reported they are as leak-proof as new. The inserts hold a lot of waste, reviews say, and one asserts that the baby stays dry longer than with bamboo diapers, another cloth variant. Using an extra insert provides extra protection.

Although most BumGenius 4.0 reviews say the universal size works, parent feedback indicates that one size doesn't always fit all. Some struggle with the diaper's bulkiness, especially on smaller babies. For babies weighing less than 12 pounds, BumGenius's newborn version may be an alternative.

Caregivers say the diapers wash up well and, according to a post at Amazon, emerge without odors or stains even when hand-washed. (Tip from one mother: Hanging diapers in the sun to dry helps minimize staining.) And while one father's review grouses about the exacting and time-consuming machine-washing routine, a chunk of parents happily note they save hundreds of dollars by using cloth rather than disposable diapers.

BumGenius 4.0 diapers (from $17.50/diaper, Amazon) consist of a waterproof outer shell and a microfiber cloth that's inserted into the diaper before using; each diaper comes with two inserts, one intended for a newborn. The diaper is designed for babies weighing between 8 and 35-plus pounds. It fastens at the top with a "butterfly" closure and adjusts for size with snaps or hooks and loops. There are stretchy sides and elastic around the legs and in the back. A stash of 12 to 24 diapers should be sufficient, and many diapers are put to use a second time around.

Washable BumGenius 4.0 diapers are an eco-friendly choice, and ultimately a frugal one. They're widely available at brick-and-mortar stores, online, and on the secondhand-baby-gear circuit.

Maralyn Edid

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