For those of you who cloth diaper or plan to cloth diaper, I wanted to give you a little update on my experience these past few months with a brand I have raved about to many of you. I loved this brand. I thought it had a great fit, wonderful colors, and amazing absorbency. And it did have all of these things. For close to a year. Then the PUL started wearing, which meant that my “leak-proof” diapers were now leaving a big wet spot on my hip nearly every time I picked Lilleigh up.
Before I tell you the brand (as if you haven’t read the title), I want to be really clear. I am not writing this post to complain about this diaper or even give it negative publicity. I am writing this post because I want to set straight my view on this diaper. This is one of the top cloth diaper brands there is, and I have actually promoted it. However, I can’t stand behind it anymore. When I was looking to cloth diaper, I was lead to believe this was the brand to use. Now that I’ve had issues with this brand, I realize others have too. Why did I not see any reviews talking about these issues? I have talked to other mommas about it and commiserated with them about having to replace these diapers. I have also contacted the company without much luck. Totally bummed that this diaper didn’t work out because it seemed so promising…
The brand is Bum Genius. When we first began cloth diapering, we bought 12 new or near-new Bum Genius diapers. (I am not counting the 4 we bought very used because it was a given those would wear soon. That just helped me get in the groove of using cloth!) Now that I am nearly a year-and-a-half in, I have 3 Bum Genius diapers left. Well actually 4, but the 4th is on the way out any day. The other 3 are still holding up well. That’s 75% of my Bum Genius stash that has failed. It has had its PUL pull apart and weakened.
I contacted the company. The seconds sale diapers (bought new but a few minor defects that should not affect functionality), they won’t back up, which I guessed this much. I knew seconds sale diapers did not have a warranty, but it still seemed strange to me that if something is wrong with the diaper that does affect its functionality, they won’t stand behind it. Hmmm. The ones I bought new seem to be holding up okay. The company said I may have cared for the failing ones incorrectly. Looking at their extensive list of care instructions, I can see what could have gone wrong.
Just to clear the air. A few things I could have done wrong… 1) hung the diapers out to dry on a hot day, 2) washed them in too hot of water, 3) washed with vinegar. To address these issues… 1) Hot in Texas is 100+. Apparently the diapers can’t handle that kind of heat. Oops, my bad. 2) The hot water thing though is odd to me though because I have an “average” washer. It is nothing special. No special wash cycles. Very basic. It does not tell me temps, as most washers don’t. So when I am told to rinse a diaper on hot, I assume they mean “hot” as defined by a basic washer, right? So this doesn’t make sense to me, but it totally could be the case I suppose. 3) As for the vinegar thing, I read several places to use white vinegar to get smell out. But apparently you aren’t supposed too?? Again, my bad.
So I’ve owned up to what I could have done wrong to cause such a PUL issue. But what baffles me is that most of our diapers are the same age as the Bum Genius diapers, and NONE of them have had any PUL issues! So even if I did something to cause the PUL issues to occur, I still don’t want to buy – or recommend to y’all! – a diaper that needs very particular care. When caring for a baby, who has time for such an H.M. diaper?
(In case you are wondering, I have gradually replaced almost all of our Bum Genius diapers with other brands. (More on those brands to come!) All of these I got great deals on. Keep your eye out for EcoMom.com deals on Plum District (and deals of the like) because many organic baby sites like this sell cloth diapers. Buying a voucher like this allows you to make your own cloth diaper deal!)
What’s your take on Bum Genius? Have you experienced this?