As I’m wedded to the pop-in nappies, I was curious to see how the Bumgenius would compare to those ones – I wasn’t looking to swap and was perfectly happy with the pop-ins, but I was very pleasantly surprised with the Bumgenius.
It’s a slightly different setup to other nappies as this is a pocket nappy – you get the waterproof outer wrap, and then microfibre inserts which slip into a slot in the nappy. The advantage of this is that the wrap can be used with Bumgenius inserts, or other inserts (and Bumgenius are brining out disposable biodegradable inserts soon).
The nappy is a good fit – it’s birth to potty, and has poppers to expand as the baby grows. The lining of the nappy next to the baby’s skin is lovely and soft, and putting it together was completely simple, just stick in the insert and go! It’s also a superb nappy – the first time I used it, without all the pre-washing necessary with some nappies, we got three hours and not a single leak. I then got adventurous and tried it overnight, and for some strange reason my baby overslept and so he did 13 1/2 hours in the bumgenius with only the basic insert. And he was totally dry in the morning – so this nappy works. I’ve also used it with the pop-in night booster, and it’s been such a success that I’ve bought more of the Bumgenius wraps to use as night nappies.
The only downsides for me are the fabric of the wrap – the outside is quite ‘synthetic’ to the touch, a bit like nylon or something! However, the colours are cute (but Bumgenius – please bring out a red one!) and they look really lovely on. Putting the disposable liner in is also a bit odd because the liners I use are quite wide.The nappies dry really quickly; the wrap air dries overnight (or in a few hours really if it’s a warm day) and the soaker part is just one strip of fabric. Both parts of the nappy can also be tumble dried, apparently, although I didn’t try this (this is not true of the pop-in).
I’d give this nappy 4/5, although the missing mark is only personal preference really.