Wednesday, October 24, 2012
BumGenius XS Newborn Review
As many of you know, I <3 BumGenius!!! The 4.0 pocket is by far my favorite OS diaper! So when I started building my stash of newborn diapers for Baby J, the bG XS were a MUST and I bought a bunch!! I was ridiculously excited to see bG's on my tiny little boy's bum! If you would like to read more about my initial findings with cloth diapering a skinny baby and our rocky start to cloth diapering Baby J, please see the Intro post here.
This diaper used to be called the BumGenius XS diaper because bG used to make sized AIO diapers. BumGenius stopped making the sized diapers, but kept the XS as the Newborn diaper. Hope this clarifies this! The XS and the Newborn bG AIO are the same diaper! :)
Fits: 6-12 pounds
Price Per Diaper: (4/5 Stars) This diaper retails for $12.95. This price is quite a bit lower than many other newborn diapers (pocket, AIO, etc) on the market! Plus you get the bumGenius name brand and quality. The bG diapers are fabulous because they are made WELL.
Leaks: (4/5 Stars) This diaper, along with most of our newborn stash, did not fit my skinny little guy at first. Since his legs were just SUPER thin, these diapers just did not get small enough around his tiny legs and would leak. But once he hit 8-8 1/2 pounds, these were perfect! They are super absorbent and once his little legs filled the leg openings these diapers were leak proof and one of our go-to diapers! This is an All-in-One diaper meaning there are no removable parts. It is a super easy to use one piece diaper! Since Baby J was so skinny (and we loved these so much), he was able to wear these diapers past the manufacturer recommended weight limit. As he approached 13-13 1/2 pounds, the diapers were getting too small and Baby J was leaking through them because he was peeing a ton more, but I cannot fault the diaper for that since we were using it past the recommended weight limit! We were able to use a doubler for a short while to gain some absorbency, but even a very thin doubler added too much bulk for the diaper to continue to fit well.
Fit: (4/5 Stars) This diaper is incredibly simple as an AIO diaper with an Aplix closure! There is no guess work in fitting the diaper to baby and this is AS CLOSE as you can get to ease and convenience of a disposable diaper! For the first few weeks, Baby J was just too thin to get a good fit around the leg openings, so we were unable to use these. Since there is just a simple aplix closure around the waist, there is no way to adjust the leg openings, but once he got up to 8-8 1/2 pounds, these fit like a dream! bG products always seem to fit my kids really well! Once the leg opening problem was solved (with weight gain) these were one of our #1 go to diapers! This diaper does not feature a snap down for the cord stump. Due to Baby J not fitting into these right away, this was not a problem for us. I did try this diaper on him as one of the first diapers (see picture above) and it hit right at his cord stump. He is a very long skinny boy, so I probably could have gotten away with it but if your baby is shorter, this diaper might be out until the stump falls off.
Ease of Use: (5/5 Stars) Can I give more than 5 stars? If you are considering cloth diapering but thing disposables are so much easier...this is the diaper for you! No fuss, no stuffing, no confusing diaper parts or lingo! This is an All-in-One diaper with no extra parts or inserts that need to be moved this way or that. This is a one piece diaper that has a simple velcro (Aplix) closure! This is as close to a disposable diaper as you can get! And with as many changes as a newborn needs...ease of use is a HUGE plus! These are also one of the easiest diapers to wash since they are an AIO!
Washing: (5/5 Stars) Easy! That is the one word to describe these diapers and washing them! The only thing you have to remember it to secure the aplix to the laundry tabs before washing...otherwise there is nothing to do! Toss in the wash, Toss in the dryer, and put back on baby! Simple! I also find that bG diapers release stains and poop marks extremely well! So these wash up clean and easy! Perfect for a beginner or a busy mom! (what mom isn't busy?)
Overall Performance: (4/5 Stars) Nothing but mad love for my BumGenius XS Newborn diapers!!! These are a FABULOUS newborn diaper and work wonderfully! My only complaint was the not fitting my little guy until 8-8 1/2 pounds. I wish these had fit sooner! But my skinny boy had troubles in so many diapers that this is more a fault of ours and not the diaper! Highly recommend these diapers!!!
Total Stars: 26/30
Posted by Laura D. at 8:00 AM