washing bumGenius 3.0 one size cloth diaper

Gloria - posted on 02/21/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I am expecting and plan on using cloth diapers when my child is born. I have never had to actually wash a dirty diaper yet so I want to be well informed before I actually have to :).

My questions is: with the pocket diapers, do you have to take the insert out of the pocket before it's put through the wash?

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Denyel - posted on 03/25/2010

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Hi There,

We have BumGenius 3.0 and have been using them with our daughter for the past 5 months. We used sposies the first two weeks (till the cord stump came off) because they were too big for her (and she was 9lbs at birth!) and we didn't want to fold down the front and have it rub on the cord.

We haven't had any problem with our BG except that some of the Velcro is starting to fray a bit. I do take the inserts out when washing them. My usual wash routine is take the pail to the washing machine and pick up each diaper fold over the laundry tabs pull out the insert and throw them both in the wash. When I've got them going I wash my hands really well and i'm good to go. We wash one cycle on cold, the one on hot, then a rinse on cold. We use Planet liquid laundry detergent. We hang them to dry on this laundry drying rack we got for about $15. We use flushable liners to take care of most of the poop (some of the brands if they've only been peed on you can wash them with your dipes and use them again). And we use cloth wipes that also get washed with the dipes.

We also just got a couple Thirsties adjustable covers and use the BG inserts in them and they work great! Trimmer than BG in my opinion! Have fun mommy!

Majaliwa - posted on 03/17/2010

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I agree with Melissa. You'd be surprised what diapers will work for your baby, for you and for your lifestyle. Just buy a few different brands and/or types of diapers to start and once you find what works best - then purchase 2 days worth of that type and brand. With my first child I bought a few diapers - some prefolds, contours, and fitteds and then interchanged them with disposables I took home from the hospital until I figured out what worked best. I was shocked to find how much I loved prefolds on my son when he was a newbie. It wasn't until around 3 months that I switched to pocket and all-in-one diapers as they became easier to put on a squirming baby. I do have a BumGenius 3.0 Organic in my stash and I've never had leaks with this diaper. It's great quality and very trim. I'm expecting another son in July and plan on doing the same thing with him - prefolds to start and then switching to AIOs and Pockets when he's older.

Here's a small sampler package you may want to try to start to help you figure out what types of diapers might be best for you.

http://www.pootersdiapers.com/diaper-pac...

Also, I'd recommend checking out this video. It was a great help for me in determining what were all the items I would need to cloth diaper.

Melissa - posted on 03/16/2010

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My only recommendation to add is to not buy a ton at first in one type! Buy a couple of different brands and have them all prewashed and ready - enough combined for at least a day or two. Once you decide which ones you like you can sell the others on Ebay or DiaperSwappers and then replace them with the brand you like.

Wendi - posted on 03/03/2010

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BG have been a life saver for my twins. They are expensive initially, but so worth it in the long run! Make sure you get at least 2 days worth. ex. I have 40 for newborn twins. As far as washing goes, it is simple. Yes take out the liners! I got this really cool sprayer thing that attaches to the toilet. You just wash off a poopy diaper strait into the toilet. Just be careful of the pressure, although it can be adjusted. We wash the diapers on hot 1 cycle, then cold 1 cycle, then hang up to dry. (we use the kitchen table and hang them on the chairs) We wash the liners seperate unsnapped on hot and dry normal. Sometimes we use bleach on the liners just for smell. We have been using them for about 4 months and they have worked great! No stains or smells. Oh, and I use the annoying velcro kind. It isn't that bad, but I could understand how snaps would be easier. Sometimes the velcro gets stuck.

Jennifer - posted on 02/23/2010

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We've been lazy with our BG's in the past 6 months and we don't pull out the liners anymore. I've only had 3 diapers not separate in the rinse cycle.

Gloria - posted on 02/23/2010

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Thank you so much, ladies!

I am actually excited about starting to use my new cloth diapers. I have heard such good things about them! :)

Annette - posted on 02/22/2010

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oh and make sure you wash them before using them at least a few times. they are much more absorbent that way. And dry on the low heat setting.

Annette - posted on 02/22/2010

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Snaps all the way!!! But if your baby has extra sensitive skin AVOID the BG organics. My little guy gets terrible boil-like blisters when he wears them. He has no trouble with the all in one pockets. My littlest guy has no trouble with the organic ones, so the toddler must just have more sensitive skin. P.S. toddlers can take off the velcro tabs. :)

Sara - posted on 02/22/2010

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Yes but if you hold the front of the diaper and shake it over the pail, the insert will fall out without actually having to touch it.
I do want to second the organic all in ones though. The snaps are much much better. After about 6-8 months of use I had to replace the velcro on all my pockets. I ended up buying a snap press and adding snaps myself. Snaps are much better, and as a plus, when they get older and to that "take my diaper off stage" they usually can't take the snaps off.

Laura - posted on 02/22/2010

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Unless you have already bought the pocket ones, I'd encourage you to get the organic ones (BG 3.0). These are all-in-ones, have snaps instead of velcro, and are smaller (so clothes fit better!). I have some of the regular ones but definitely prefer the organic ones :]

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Yes. I find the easiest time to do this is before you put them in the bucket. If you line the bucket with a mesh bag, you can just move that straight to the machine without have to touch, sort through, all the diapers.

The only exception with pockets are the Mommy's touch easy clean pockets diapers. They open at the front and back and the inserts work their own way out during the wash.

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