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bumGenius Freetime, New Elemental, and 4.0 Comparison Video

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⟩⟩⟩ Since there is a new version of the bumGenius Elemental I knew the people (you guys!) would want a new comparison video.  A cloth diaper video maker’s job is never done, eh?  I made a pretty fabulous video for this one so you have to watch it.  There will be far more information in the video but a brief run-down is below.

The main difference between the three diapers comes down to the insides- the outsides are virtually identical except the leg elastic on the bumGenius Elemental.

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⟩⟩⟩The New bumGenius Elemental  is explained in depth in another video: bumGenius Elemental {New vs Old} so I won’t beat a dead horse.  It is still an all-in-one, still has an organic cotton soaker, still attached at both sides, still doesn’t come in aplix-only snaps, and still uses the same sizing.  The changes: there is no longer a layer of cotton beneath the soaker and now it has exposed PUL, the elastic is encased and all polyester is what touches baby’s skin (no longer that puffy non-encased elastic covered in cotton) and the soakers attach a lot flatter by serging.  They seem a bit wider between the legs and the inserts do seem to shift/bunch up more than the old Elemental.  I have decided I prefer the old version myself.

⟩⟩⟩The bumGenius Freetime is another all-in-one from bumGenius but this one has a stay dry lining and microfiber soakers-two of them, that attach like petals to each end.  It is also explained in depth in the video and review: bumGenius Freetime video/review.  Initially those petals freaked me out when it came to poop but now I see if you let them hang over the toilet and spray them they aren’t nearly as hard to spray as I thought they would be.  The sizing is also 3-step rise, elastic is encased, and it has the option of snaps and aplix.  I’ve come to like this diaper quite a bit and would say it is second to the old Elemental, but first choice in the current line-up from bumGenius.

⟩⟩⟩The bumGenius 4.0 is a worldwide favorite among cloth diaperers.  For good reason, it is the most economical of these three diapers.  It is also One Size with a 3 Step Rise adjustment.  It has encased elastic with handy easier access to the elastic channel for replacement since the diapers last longer than the elastic normally does.  It has a lining of stay dry suedecloth and an envelope opening at the back where you stuff the microfiber inserts.  The 4.0 comes with 2 inserts standard- a One Size and a newborn/doubler for either using on the smallest rise with a tony baby or adding to the other insert for more absorbency.  The bulk of my personal stash is 4.0′s and once upon a time, was the previous version 3.0.  These also come in aplix or snaps.  When these first released I compared them to the 3.0 version for anyone interested in that video: bumGenius 4.0 Compared to bumgenius 3.0.

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If you have the older Elemental and want to see how it stacks up to the Freetime and 4.0 I have an older video comparison and a handy chart for reference: Elemental (old version) compared to Freetime and 4.0.

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Kim Rosas began Dirty Diaper Laundry in 2009 out of a desire to help more parents understand modern cloth diapers. She lives in Florida with her husband of 5 years and her two boys. Even though none of her boys wear diapers anymore she is still just as committed to promoting them. In her spare time Kim enjoys video editing, photography, and coffee.
  • Erin

    Thank you!! I saw the freetime pop up and I was wondering how it compares. VERY helpful! :)

  • iitszDEE

    Thanks for the comparison. It’s a whole lot more clearer now :)


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