Post # 1
So I am looking into cloth diapers and am very confused…however I have come across what seems like highly rated cloth diapers Bumgenius 4.0 one size fits all diapers that have great ratings.
My question is, when you change a baby what is the routine with it? Do you pull the inserts out to wash them or do you toss it all into the washer?
Post # 3
Yes, you would pull the inserts out before you throw them in the washer. You can pull the inserts out the diapers when you change your baby and throw it all in the diaper pail until it’s time to wash them.
Post # 4
I LOVE my 4.0s. Those and BG Freetimes are my favorite. Yes, you take the inserts out of the diaper after taking it off the bum, then throw the dipe and the inserts in the wet bag. I empty the entire wetbag in the washer (and throw in the wetbag!) and wash cold (no detergent), hot (with detergent), then another rinse. I hang dry the diaper, and put the inserts dryer.
Post # 5
My baby is 12 weeks and exclusively breastfed. Dirty diapers come off and go right into the wet bag. I personally don’t pull the inserts out before washing; I wait until after the first wash to do it. Once the inserts and shells are separated I do another hot, heavy duty wash with detergent, an extra rinse, and then throw everything into the dryer. I might have to modify this routine once baby starts solids (will probably get a sprayer attachment for the toilet), but it’s working for now. I wash the diapers every 2-3 days.
Post # 6
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We have a slim line trashcan, lid removed, with a Planet Wise pail liner. We remove the insert and put them both in the bin. Every other day or so, when we’re down to 4 or 5 clean diapers (we have 23), we wash them. Sometimes we do a rinse first, but normally we just do a normal warm wash with regular detergent (no fabric softeners) in the regular amount and then an extra rinse. Then we dry them til they are dry. If one diaper got too much poop on it, we might take it out back and hose it off first. We use flushable diaper liners to collect the poop. This isn’t necessary when the baby is breast only.
Post # 7
Are some bumgenius an “all in one” and some require the liners? I’m trying to understand the difference between the 4.0, freetime, and elemental!
Post # 8
@love108: 4.0 are pockets which require absorbant inserts to be stuffed in the pocket. They come with microfiber inserts which must be stuffed since microfiber cannot be put right up against baby’s bottom. I use other inserts I have (bamboo, hemp, flour sack towels) in my 4.0s as well.
Freetimes and elementals are all in ones. Freetimes have two fold in inserts that are microfiber topped with another fabric, I’m not sure what it is. Elementals have organic, all natural inserts that are sewn in place in the diaper. To make things even more confusing, there are original elementals and new elementals. The originals have a layer of fabric between baby’s bottom and the PUL, as well as additional absorbant layers. The new elementals pretty much look like a Flip cover with inserts sewn in (because the PUL is exposed). From what I can tell, people are obsessed with the originals because they are more absorbant and they are better for sensitive bottoms due to non-exposed PUL. But, they took forever to dry. That’s why Cotton Babies made the new elementals. You can get old elementals if you want to try one through buy/sell/trade groups on facebook.
Post # 9
@love108: Oh, and just in case you don’t know what PUL is, it’s somewhat plasticy, shiny fabric that makes the diaper waterproof 🙂