After enjoying resounding success with its one-size bumGenius pocket diaper and Flip hybrid system, Cotton Babies introduced the bumGenius Freetime All-in-One diaper.
Here are the basic features of the Freetime:
- 100% waterproof PUL (polyurethane laminate) exterior shell
- Sewn-in layer of microfiber
- Two suedecloth topped microfiber soaker pads (80% poly and 20% nylon), which are sewn at each end of the diaper
- Signature stretchy poly knit tabs at the waist
- Adjusts to fit from 8 to 35 pounds via the rise snaps
On the outside, it looks a lot like the bumGenius 5.0 pocket.
On the inside, the construction is very unique. There’s an inner core of suede-topped microfiber and then two partially attached pads (one is attached at front and one at the back). It’s designed this way so the diaper not only dries more quickly, but the inserts can be folded up shorter for a smaller baby.
If you lift up the pads, you can see they are open inside, which also further helps to cut down on drying time.
Here’s what the pads look like folded under to shorten them and fit in the diaper better when you’ve got the rise snapped up for a small infant.
You can also fold the front insert in half to put more absorbency there for a boy.
Performance: I love how trim this diaper is, thanks to the shorter inserts inside. In fact, it’s one of the trimmest AIO diapers we own. Yet Ingrid can easily wear it through a long nap. It’s roomy enough to add absorbency for night time. I usually just lay an insert right on top, instead of trying to position it underneath the soaker pads. We haven’t tried the Freetime overnight, but have had zero leaks during day time use.
Care: It dries fast in the dryer; if you line dry as bumGenius recommends, it takes longer but is much better compared to other AIO diapers. This is a tricky diaper to spray or dunk, because of the two flaps that hang down. Poo can sometimes get in three different places (on the two pads and on the inner core. This is one of the main drawbacks I have observed with the diaper. I like the concept behind the soakers, but cleaning them isn’t always easy. Thankfully, though, my sister-in-law and I both found that the fabric does not hold onto stains.
Value: The Freetime costs $19.95, which is in the medium price range, however there are other synthetic AIO diapers for less. You do get one of the best warranties in the business – 1 year, covering all components.
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Fit: Overall, the Freetime is a really trim and cute diaper. My SIL and I both got a good fit on our little ones, at different ages and different body types. I do wish the wing tabs were a bit longer. If you get hook and loop there’s a little more give, but I don’t care for bumGenius hook and loop.
The Freetime runs a bit smaller compared to the bumGenius 5.0 (pocket diaper). You can see the difference in size overall when they are placed side by side. And inside they are different at the back and front since the Freetime has a waterproof strip of PUL fabric.
My nephew, Roderick, is 7 months, 22 pounds and pretty chunky. He can wear the Freetime comfortably with the rise snapped up once, at the second-to-largest setting, so it has some room to grow there. The waist and leg snaps are at the second-to-last setting, which is great since my sister-in-law has found that he has to wear most “one size” diapers at the very last setting – which doesn’t leave him any room to grow and he’s not even a year old.
What I also liked about the diaper was that it washed and dried very well – no staining, and it actually air dried in the same amount of time as my microfiber BB inserts.
Interestingly, my Ingrid, although a toddler of 23 months, also wears the diaper at the same rise setting. But she’s small for her age and her legs are thinner. She’s modeling an additional limited edition print, the patriotic “Mary Pickersgill.”
Have you tried the bumGenius Freetime diaper yet? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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