Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Absorbency Test and Review-bumGenius Elemental

There's something to be said about having friends that are into the same thing you are.  My friends tend to be just as nutty (or nuttier) as I am about cloth diapers.  When Maggie and I were chatting the other day and she came up with a great idea: Absorbency tests!!!  Now, if you don't immediately see the brilliance in this-don't worry, you will!  If you have been cloth diapering for any length of time you know that not all diapers are made equal.  As a matter of fact, some are heavenly,  and others are down-right horrid.  And it doesn't always have to do with price necessarily-although usually the better name brands tend to have tried and true, mom-tested products.  This absorbency test idea came at just the right time for me, because I have recently added some fluff to my stash that I had never tried before, so this week we will review my latest addition; bumGenius Elemental. Maggie had been telling me about the wonderful virtues of this diaper for a while now, so I decided to give it a go.  And here is what I found.  This diaper looks exactly the same as any other bumGenius on the outside, and it only comes with a snap closure.  Since I have a squirmy baby, snaps tend to not be my go-to closure because it can be extremely difficult to deal with.  Having said that, the bumGenius diapers close really easily with snaps.  I was surprised at the awesome feel of the organic insert that is attached to the inside of this diaper.  I was soooo super soft.  My baby wore it a few times and loved it, we were out for about 2 hours and he was not bothered by the wet diaper.  I decided to test the absorbency of this diaper with 1 cup of warm water.  Now, 1 cup might not seem like alot, but poured on a diaper it is like an entire night of wetness.  The first thing I noticed while pouring the water, was that the insert sucks all of it up almost immediately,  no liquid rests on the diaper at all, the insert seems very thirsty.  Another thing I noticed was that the diaper itself was absorbing water even if it was splashing outside of the insert area, and not a drop of the liquid leaked anywhere outside of the diaper.  This diaper was not stay-dry at all, the water was quickly absorbed but the insert felt very wet.  It was exactly like a natural fiber fitted inside of a diaper shell (which I guess is the point of an organic AIO).  When I gave the diaper a little squeeze at the end of the test, the water stayed pretty much in place and didn't come back up too much.  I was surprised by that.  The small organic insert really does it's job, and looks dry, even though it is completely soaked.  Overall I am so impressed with this diaper.  I am not sure I would use it for a 12 hour night, but definitely during the day and for nap time.  It really does not leak and feels wonderful to the touch.  If I had one complaint, it would be that the diaper takes FOREVER to dry.  The manufacturer recommendation is hang dry, and even overnight it is not completely dry.  Still, I find myself in love with this diaper, it's becoming a quick favorite. 
   

7 comments:

  1. You gotta love doing your own test on products so you know what claims to believe and which ones to discount. Thanks for the review. julieann r

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  2. We've been using BG 4.0s with Charlie since he was born, and we still love them. For nightime, I now stuff with a cotton prefold and a microfiber insert and even though he's a heavy night wetter, we almost never have any leak problems!

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  3. Thanks for the review! I've been thinking about trying out the BG elementals.

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  4. I have a few 4.0s and freetimes. I would love to try these too!

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  5. I love my bumgenius organics, and I find they are pretty absorbent. The only thing is at night they were giving her a bad rash, and I had to put a disposable on at night to save her bum. :(

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    1. I would guess it is because it is not stay-dry at all so all of that wetness was just sitting on her bum...my go to for night is the flip stay-dry for that very reason! Poor baby...what do you use now?

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  6. My sister is looking for some nice cloth diaper options. I saw the more absorbent the better! I will fwd this on to her, thanks!

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