We have been using bumGenius Freetime nappies full time since Toby was about 7 weeks old. I am writing this review simply because I think they are a great nappy – we were not given any nappies or other incentive.
bumGenius is a family run American company – I believe that most of their products for sale outside the US are produced in their own facility in Egypt. bumGenius nappies are available from a variety of UK stockists. I got mine from a few different places depending where I could get the best offers at the time. The Freetime usually retails at £15.99 (unless you can get one in a sale or get discount for bulk buying) which is towards the top end of what you would expect to pay for a cloth nappy. However, the nappies are an all-in-one (AIO) nappy which essentially means you don’t need to buy any extras like inserts or wraps. It is also a birth-to-potty (BTP) or one-size-fits-most (OSFM) nappy so they should last as long as your baby needs to wear them. And they should last for more than one baby so the cost works out quite reasonable in the end. These nappies are available with popper or velcro (sometimes called aplix or hook and loop) fastenings and in a variety of colours and prints. All but one of our nappies are velcro fastening as I find it easier to get a snug fit and we have pretty much one of every colour I think!
The nappies are really easy to use as you can see in the pictures above. The length, or rise, of the nappy is adjusted using three sets of poppers on the front of the nappy. We currently have the nappy on the middle setting. As the nappy is an all-in-one the inserts (the part that actually absorbs the pee) are attached, which means there’s nothing to get lost in the wash and no need to match things up with the right nappy afterwards. As the inserts are only attached at one end they open up for drying (1) which dramatically reduces how long it takes. On a fine, breezy day they will dry in an hour or two on the line. Seeing as we don’t have many of those at the moment though, mine usually dry overnight in the airing cupboard or in about an hour and a half on low heat in the tumble drier. Once you have your clean dry nappy then you simply fold the flaps back in. They can be folded several different ways. Because we have a little boy we fold the front flap in half before folding it back into the nappy (2). This makes it more absorbent at the front where the majority of a boy’s pee ends up.
The back flap is then folded over the top (3) and a fleece liner (if you are using them) is placed on top (4). I then store my nappies in a drawer like this so they are just ready to take one off the pile and put on when needed.
These nappies, like a lot of others, also have laundry tabs which are used to protect the velcro during washing and to stop all your nappies ending up stuck together in one big ball when they come out of the machine.
There really aren’t many; I think the bumGenius Freetime is a great all round nappy. They only thing I would say is that, compared to my Tots Bots nappies, the velcro is quite stiff and can be a bit scratchy. This doesn’t actually matter if the nappy is put on properly as it doesn’t come into contact with your babies skin but if they aren’t put on quite right it can catch his tummy if he’s been sat up in a car seat for example.
We have only had a couple of very minor leaks from these nappies. Even then it was only a little bit where the moisture had wicked through at the leg seams and really my fault for leaving the nappy on too long! Usually Toby can wear one of these nappies for two or three hours before it needs changing. Because of this I don’t think I would recommend the bumGenius Freetime as a night time nappy unless you want to change nappies as frequently at night as you do during the day.
The only other minor negative is that there isn’t quite the same variety of cute prints and patterns from bumGenius as you get from some other brands of nappies (for example these by Tots Bots or these from Baba and Boo). This of course has no bearing on the performance of the nappy but it might sway some people.
I would recommend the bumGenius Freetime to anyone whether they are starting out with cloth nappies or are seasoned users. They are especially good for anyone new to cloth nappies (or maybe any reluctant Dads out there!) as they are really just like changing a disposable. The only thing I think that might put you off this nappy in favour of an alternative would be the price. We have 14 of these nappies for day time use so the initial financial outlay was quite high. That said, I only wash every two to three days so if you were willing to wash more often you could get away with less and they are quite often available in promotions or you may even be able to pick some up pre-loved making them a more affordable option.
So, in conclusion, the bumGenius Freetime is a great all-in-one birth-to-potty nappy. It certainly gets my vote.
**Disclaimer: I did not receive any compensation in return for this review. All opinions are my own.