Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Fluffy Mail Giveaway Hop!


Welcome to the Fluffy Mail Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network!

If you're a cloth diapering Mom or Dad {or plan to be}, you know that one of the most exciting things about cloth diapers is... Fluffy Mail!  There's just something special about opening up a package of adorable fluff!  I've teamed up with over 30 other bloggers to bring you LOTS of chances to get the best kind of Fluffy Mail - a Giveaway Win!  So be sure to hop around to all the other giveaways at the bottom of this post before the event ends on May 15th!

Krazy for Kloth is offering a brand new bumGenius Elemental (BGE) to one lucky winner, provided by the awesome Jack Be Natural! I will have the full review and comparison of the new style BGE to the old one (which happens to be one of my personal favorites) coming in the next few days, but I didn't want to hold out on a giveaway for all you amazing readers! Make sure you stop back for your daily Twitter entries and read the full review! 

MY REVIEW

My technology issues have finally been resolved and now I can bring you the full review of the new bumGenius Elemental (BGE)! I'll be completely honest when starting this, I have been in love with the "old" Elementals for quite some time now. Although B is skinny for his age, he still has good size legs making for a great fit on the old Elementals. I'll do a comparison of the two in case you're like me and want to see what the major differences are.  


One of the reasons I adore the original BGE is because of the layers and layers of organic cotton. Not only are there two layers of organic cotton sewn into the PUL, but the inside of the diaper is also lined with organic cotton. Not the most fun diaper to prep (if you  happen to be impatient like me ;)), but the more you wash and use it, the more absorbent the diaper becomes. This had become my go-to diaper for naps, or car rides, or extended errands where (unless #2 occurs) you may be going 3-4 hours before changing a diaper.

With the new BGE, perhaps the only difference is the glaringly obvious one. There is no inner layer of organic cotton lining the PUL. You'll still get two layers of organic cotton sewn into the PUL, but underneath that is basically a cover. The PUL is exposed everywhere the organic cotton isn't sewn. (I'll talk about some potential benefits to this later).

New BGE (left) and Old BGE (right)

The fit factor:
The snaps on both versions are your standard bumGenius style of two rows across the band. Because of the natural fibers lining the inside of the diaper in the old BGE, the legs holes naturally "roll in" creating a nice seal at the leg without having to worry about gapping from snaps that don't fit "perfectly".  I can honestly say, I have NEVER had a leak in my old BGE's. Because of all of the layers of organic cotton, this tends to be a bulkier diaper. The stereotypical "fluffy bum" is in full force with the old BGE's and you'll most likely need elastic waist pants, or go up a size ;)



With the new BGE, since the inner lining of organic cotton is removed, the legs do not roll in like the prior version. This diaper fits more like a cover with the elastic being in contact with the leg. If you're familiar with the Flip diaper system, this fits similarly in my opinion, only you don't need to "stuff" it with your stay-dry or organic cotton insert the lining is already sewn in. 




See how the leg holes roll in on the old BGE? The new one fits more like a single-gusset cover

Extra Absorbency?
With the old BGE's I never felt the need for an extra insert for daytime or naptime. I did test it at night, and put in a Thirsties hemp/cotton doubler, and it lasted through the night just fine, but I was pretty nervous about the extra bulk creating gapping at the legs with my squirmy sleeping toddler. Since the inner organic cotton layers have a tendency to move you would have to use a material that safe to be in direct contact with baby's skin. (i.e. not microfiber) and you'd want a relatively thin one to be able to fit it between the inner layer and the sewn in organic cotton. 

When it comes to the new BGE's, I did notice some changes from an absorbency perspective. After waking from a nap (a nice 3 hour one! It was a crazy day...) the diaper didn't leak, but if felt noticably wet on the inside. Almost like when I took the diaper off I was expecting a little pool in the PUL. It's something that I think over time as the diaper becomes more absorbent will become less of an issue, but for night time you would definitely need to add an extra insert-whether it be a doubler or prefold. The nice thing about removing the inner layer is that it makes an AIO diaper a bit more customizable. For daytime, if you'd like a trim-yet absorbent-diaper, this will be a good fit. If you want to be able to use it for longer periods of time, you can easily add as many inserts as you need because the space between the inner PUL and organic cotton is much more forgiving. 

Cleaning:
This has been one of my biggest complaints with the old BGE. Because the layers are sewn in and there are so many of them, if you have a particularly messy diaper, there are plenty of "nooks and crannies" for the mess to become lodged. Spraying off the diaper is also an interesting experience because the cotton folds and sits in certain ways that allow for some nice ricochet moments. Definitely one you'll want to make sure the water pressure on your sprayer is low! Because of the natural fibers, it also tends to hold stains a bit longer/easier so sunning is a must if you are obsessive about pristine inner layers like I am. Unless you live in AZ like me, it can take a while for this baby to dry because of the organic cotton. Also, line drying can leave the cotton feeling a bit rough. Once they're about 75% dry, I usually toss them in the dryer to finish drying and soften the fabric back up. 

The new BGE has some of the same cleaning complaints because they layers are still sewn in, but because the inner is PUL and not organic cotton, the cleaning is a bit quicker. I'd still recommend sunning these diapers because the natural fibers are the same and will have the same predisposition of staining, but they do dry a bit faster with that inner cotton layer removed. 

The Verdict:

My overall opinion, is that while the new BGE is not dramatically different from the original, the changes that were made are significant enough to me to treat it like a completely different diaper. I was truly expecting to be disappointed and hate this new diaper because I have such a great admiration for the first one, but honestly, once I gave it a try, I can see how it would a great addition to a stash. It offers the comfort of natural fibers in a nice trim diaper. It gives flexibility to easily be used during the day, while still offering the ability to customize additional inserts for nighttime. The price on the new BGE is the same as the old one at $24.95, which is at the higher end for an AIO diaper, but it is comprised of organic cotton which is a more expensive material, plus you save on shipping when you order from Jack be Natural because shipping is always free! :)



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126 comments:

  1. I so want to try an Applecheeks Envelope Cover, and an Applecheeks Little Bundle Microterry Diaper !

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  2. I really want the Green Toys recycling truck for my toddler.

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  3. We would love to try a Grovia Wool Cover.

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  4. Love the Green Toys and the wooden teethers...

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  5. abrennan09@hotmail.com
    I like the "Zerbert Baby Burp Set Collection."

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  6. I'd love to try the ecoposh wool cover... been wanting to try wool!

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  7. I'd love to try a Boba 3G carrier!

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  8. I've wanted to try the Aden and Anais blankets.

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  9. applecheeks! i'd love a swim diaper :)

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  10. The Boba air carrier

    (Rachel N on raffelcopter)

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  11. I have really been wanting to try the Aden and Anais blankets.

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  12. Applecheeks Little Bundle Bamboo Diaper, in forget me not... so sweet

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  13. I would LOVE to try EcoPosh Recycled Organic Newborn Fitted Pocket Diapers!

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  14. The Appletini AppleCheeks bamboo bundle is gorgeous too!

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  15. Aden & Anais swaddle blankets, and the boba wrap.

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  16. would like to try their butt naked bubbles

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  17. Would love to try the Babykicks Premium hemp insert (http://www.jackbenatural.com/babykicks-premium-joeybunz-insert/)

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  18. We love out BG Elementals! Wouldn't mind having a few more in our stash.
    -Kortnei

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  19. I'd love to try the drier balls! -allie

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  20. I am have been wanting to try thr grovia aio

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  21. I like http://www.jackbenatural.com/rarpz-design-shark-pups/

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  22. I'd like to try http://www.jackbenatural.com/rumparooz-newborn-cover/

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  23. I've been wanting to try Green Toys- I bought the tugboat and airplane for my nephews but have yet to buy some for my daughter.

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  24. THe Green Toys and the Baltic Amber

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  25. I'd love to try the Grovia Diapers

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  26. I would also love to try best bottoms diapers!

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  27. a wool cover .... always wanted to try one

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  28. id like to try the thirsties booty love

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  29. I'm really wanting to try the Boba 3G!

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  30. i really want to try the best bottoms diaper as well

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  31. I love the Aden and Anais Bamboo Issie Security Blanket.
    Thanks for the giveaway! =)
    JJs2468@aol.com

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  32. I want to try BabyLegs Baby Cool Poolside Legwarmers!

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  33. I would love the Organic Baby Carrier by Boba

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  34. Rumparooz Lil' Joey AIO Newborn Diaper - PREPPY

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  35. The AppleCheeks size 2 covers look great!

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    1. I meant the boba air carrier. Stupid auto correct on my phone lol.

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  37. Besides the Elemental, I'd like to try the Thirsties Duo Diaper.

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  38. I just got a GroVia® Newborn All-In-One and really want some more.

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  39. I would love to try the GroVia Kiwi Pie™ One Size Fitted Diaper

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  40. I would love to try Thirsties Duo Hemp Prefolds from Jack be natural

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  41. I would like Kissaluvs Organic Cotton Hemp Fitted Diaper

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  42. I'd love to try the Boba 3G baby carrier!

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  43. the Rarpz Design Shark Pups is so cute

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  44. I need some wool wash and some wipe solution! Cjs looks good!

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  45. I'd like to try the Boba air carrier.

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  46. I would love to try the GroVia Kiwi Pie One Size Fitted Diaper

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  47. I'd love to try Applecheeks.. I've heard so many good things about them!

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  48. love the Inspired by Finn Adult Polished Amber Sunshine (17 - 18 inches)

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  49. I've always wanted to try an apple cheeks diaper!

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  50. I would love to try the EcoPosh OS Fitted Pocket Diaper, I have heard so many great things about them!

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  51. I would also love to try the Thirsties Duo Hemp Prefold.

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  52. I'd love the try an econobum cover.

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  53. I really want to try GroVia and Thirsties

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  54. I like the Rarpz Design Shark Pups diapers.

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  55. the gro via kiwi pie I love fitted diapers and I cant wait to order one for my new lil man

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  56. I would try an Applecheeks swim diaper

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  57. The applecheeks diaper

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  58. I would love to try the ecoposh wool cover!

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  59. I love the bumGenius 4.0 One Size Pocket Diaper.

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  60. I would love to try the Butt Naked Baby Gentle Shampoo :)

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  61. I would like to try the Grovia Kiwi Pie OS fitted diaper

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  62. I've heard such great things about the Grovia Wool Cover.
    Thanks for making this open to Canadians.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

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  63. I would love to try an Ecoposh wool cover!

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  64. I'd love to try a bamboo applecheeks diaper!

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  65. I would love to try the Kawaii snazzy minky diapers I love the prints

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  66. I already use Rumparooz, Rock in Green, Thirsties, but I would love to try Applecheeks

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  67. I would love to try a Boba 3G Classic Baby Carrier - Kangaroo

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  68. http://www.jackbenatural.com/pouch-pop-topper/

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  69. I'd love to try an EcoPosh fitted diaper.

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  70. I would love to try the GroVia diapers.

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  71. i've heard good things about swaddlebees simplex jenna_burris

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  72. I would love to try the Aden and Anais Bamboo Swaddle

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  73. Dandelion bamboo prefolds!

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  74. i would love to try applecheeks

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  75. some new fitteds. kissaluvs or ecoposh.

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  76. I would LOVE to try the Boba 3G Classic Baby Carrier in Dusk

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  77. I would like to try the Grovia AIO.

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  78. I would love to try an amber necklace.

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  79. I would like to try the Thirsties Duo All In One

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  80. I like their selection of natural herbs

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  81. I would love to try a Baltic Amber necklace.

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  82. I would love to try the Little Green Pouches!

    Thank you!

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  83. I would love to try an inspired by finn amber necklace!

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  84. Kawaii goodnight heavy wetter.

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  85. I want to try the Thirties duo wrap!

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  86. Apple cheeks swim diaper is definitely on my "to get" list for this summer!

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  87. I would love to try the bumgenius freetime or thirsties duo AIOs

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  88. I would really like to try a GroVia AI2!

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  89. I'd like to try the GoGreen Champ 3.0 Diaper!
    looks cute!

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  90. I've been wanting to try the Applecheeks system of diapering!

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  91. I would love to try the nipple cream and nursing pads

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  92. I'd like to try the Best Bottoms system!

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  93. I'd love to try it all...but if I can only say one: GroVia® Experience Package - Stay-Dry

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  94. I would love to try out some Grovias! :)

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  95. THe Applecheeks little bundle bamboo diapers. I've always loved the look of them, and the colors, but feel that at 29$ a diaper, they're still a little too pricey for me!

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  96. I would love to try the CJs Bug Banisher

    Jodi J

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  97. I would love to try the kissaluvs aio. I have never heard of one before!

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  98. I's also love to try http://www.jackbenatural.com/kissaluvs-organic-cotton-hemp-fitted-diaper/

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  99. Applecheeks Little Bundle 6-pack.

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  100. GoGreen is on my need to try list!

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