Mellow Mummy: BumGenius Freetime Cloth Nappy Review : Taking life as it comes...

Sunday, 8 July 2012

BumGenius Freetime Cloth Nappy Review

bumgenius freetime in mandarinWhen Lara was in nappies, we didn't try BumGenius reusable cloth nappies until quite late in the day - it came as a little bit of a shock to the system to have to stuff a nappy and unstuff it before washing. The good news is that now that Holly is on the block, BumGenius have come up with a new design of cloth nappy - the Freetime nappy - that is a one piece nappy that requires no stuffing at all. Woop.

Holly was sent two of the BumGenius Freetime nappies to try out - they come in a wide range of fantastic bright colours and it would be amazing to have one of each. Holly's nappies are Mandarin orange and Mirror blue/green.

BumGenius Freetime is a one-size nappy which means it grows with your baby as they grow. It has taken some time but I think I've finally cracked the snapper thing - at first I was bamboozled by the number of snappers, you use them to fold the nappy over so that it is the right size for your baby. At two months old I have just moved Holly out of the very first size and into the middle setting on the snappers.  The nappies are suitable for around 8lbs to around 35lbs so should see us right through to potty training.

Both of our nappies have a hook-and-loop Velcro-style fastening which is supposedly easiest for a newborn baby as it is quick to open and close and allows you to get the right level of tightness around their waist. Freetime also comes with a snapper fastening too.

bumgenius freetime nappy with flaps

For me the most ingenious thing about the BumGenius Freetime nappy is the flippy flappy soft absorbent microfibre inserts. The flaps have earned the nappy the nickname of "The flippy flappy nappy" in the Mellow household.  These semi-attached inserts are the absorbent core of the nappy and because you don't have to waste time stuffing them into an impossibly small slot (as you do with other BumGenius nappies and other brands we have owned), this nappy saves a lot of time at each change.  They have quickly become our most popular nappy at changing time and the one both Mr. B. and I reach for first.

bumgenius freetime cloth nappyThe other advantage of the flappy inserts is that when you dry the nappy, the surface area is massive and you can get a lot of air around the flaps so they dry astonishingly quickly - another reason why they are our first choice nappy (because we can't wait for the other ones to dry!).

I love the look of the nappy, the flaps sit very well inside the stretchy elastic legs and so it appears smooth and bouncy and makes Holly's bum look infinitely squidgable.

As yet, I have not experiences any leakage whatsoever with the Freetime nappy and I am MORE than happy with the level of absorption.  We really like this nappy!

The BumGenius Freetime nappy costs £15.99 which I think is a bargain for something that will last you for years - you will probably need between 8 and 15 of these if you want to use them exclusively.

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