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    bumGenius Freetime and Elemental All-in-One Cloth Diaper Comparison Review

    Although I am a huge fan of all-in-two cloth diapers, I recently took a dive into the world of all-in-ones. I have long been a fan of Flip diaper covers, so adding two other Cotton Babies products to my stash was an easy jump. I recently purchased a bumGenuis Freetime all-in-one in Sassy (orange) and a bumGenius Elemental all-in-one in Dazzle (purple) to compare and review.

    Front of bumGenius Sassy Freetime and Dazzle Elemental Back of bumGenius Sassy Freetime and Dazzle Elemental

    Both the Freetime and the Elemental offer similar, if not identical, features. Both all-in-one diapers feature three rows of three torso snaps that allow the diapers to adjust between small, medium, and large sizes to fit babies between 8 and 35+ pounds. Two rows of waist snaps ensure a trim fit with every diaper change. The main difference between the two styles of cloth diaper is the interior material. The Freetime contains Stay Dry and microfiber while the Elemental contains 100% organic cotton. The two inserts on the Freetime are also loose on one side each while the two inserts on the Elemental are attached on both sides.

    Front of bumGenius Sassy Freetime Back of bumGenius Sassy Freetime

    Front of bumGenius Dazzle Elemental Back of bumGenius Dazzle Elemental

    At 27 pounds, my toddler daughter currently wears both the Freetime and the Elemental on the medium rise setting. (Note: In the photos of the Elemental, I apparently did not snap the left and right snaps on the torso as a result of my pregnancy brain fog. However, she assuredly fits comfortably in the medium sizing on both diapers.) She also wears both diapers on the second and third settings in, meaning that she still has one set of snaps on one side and two sets of snaps on the other side for a total of three extra sets of snaps. I am confident that both diapers will last her through potty training.

    In terms of prep, the Freetime is a bit easier because of the microfiber and Stay Dry material. One initial wash and dry is sufficient. The natural cotton material in the Elemental requires five to seven washes and dries in order for the fibers to reach full absorbency. If you do not want to prep your diaper more than once before use, you will need to change your child more frequently until reaching a total of five to seven washes and dries. The diaper may, however, leak until reaching maximum absorbency. After the initial prepping, both diapers perform about the same for my daughter. If you prefer natural fibers in your diapers, then I recommend the Elemental. If you refer synthetic fibers, then the Freetime is the diaper for you. I personally like the Freetime a little more, but only because I prefer Stay Dry material directly against my daughter’s skin.

    Interior of bumGenius Sassy Freetime Interior of bumGenius Dazzle Elemental

    Insert of bumGenius Sassy Freetime Insert of bumGenius Dazzle Elemental

    Inserts of bumGenius Sassy Freetime Inserts of bumGenius Dazzle Elemental

    Comparing Interior of bumGenius Sassy Freetime and Dazzle Elemental Comparing Inserts of bumGenius Sassy Freetime and Dazzle Elemental

    The difference in fibers also affects the laundering of the Freetime versus the Elemental. Because of the natural fibers, the Elemental requires a longer dry time than the Freetime. I can hang my Freetime up to line dry overnight and wake up to a dry diaper. When airy drying, the Elemental requires at least double the time. I usually allow the Elemental to line dry for a while, and then I toss the diaper in the dryer to zap the remaining moisture. If time is a consideration, I recommend the Freetime over the Elemental because of the shorter dry time for the synthetic fibers.

    The only other major difference between the Freetime and the Elemental is the price. The Freetime retails for $19.95 while the Elemental costs $24.95. Because I also prefer synthetic materials on my daughter, I also prefer the Freetime over the Elemental because of the significantly lower price.

    In terms of use and function, I am extremely pleased with both the Freetime and the Elemental. I have yet to have any problems with leaks with either diaper. The elastic also effectively holds in solid messes. I generally prefer double leg gussets over single leg elastics, but the single leg elastics on both bumGenius works exceptionally to prevent moisture and messes from escaping the diaper. Both diapers are also easy to put on an active toddler, and both styles are easy to wash. The Freetime is slightly easier to dry than the Elemental, but drying both diapers is a cinch. I recommend both bumGenuis diapers to any parent searching for an all-in-one.

    Front of bumGenius Sassy Freetime on Toddler 1 Front of bumGenius Dazzle Elemental on Toddler 1

    Leg of bumGenius Sassy Freetime on Toddler Leg of bumGenius Dazzle Elemental on Toddler

    Bottom of bumGenius Sassy Freetime on Toddler Bottom of bumGenius Dazzle Elemental on Toddler

    Back of bumGenius Sassy Freetime on Toddler Back of bumGenius Dazzle Elemental on Toddler

    Side of bumGenius Sassy Freetime on Toddler Side of bumGenius Dazzle Elemental on Toddler

    Front of bumGenius Sassy Freetime on Toddler 2 Front of bumGenius Dazzle Elemental on Toddler 2

    Final Verdict: If you are shopping for an all-in-one cloth diaper, I highly recommend both the Freetime and the Elemental from bumGenius. The only major differences between the two diapers are the interior material and the price. The Freetime contains Stay Dry and microfiber, and the Elemental contains organic cotton. The Freetime costs $19.95, and the Elemental costs $24.95. However, both all-in-ones fit almost identically, so I highly recommend either, with personal preference on material and price being the ultimate deciding factor.

    You can purchase the Freetime and the Elemental from bumGenius from Nicki’s Diapers, Diaper Junction, Kelly’s Closet, and Kissed by the Moon.

    Image Credits

    Front of bumGenius Sassy Freetime and Dazzle Elemental © 2014 Heather Johnson
    Back of bumGenius Sassy Freetime and Dazzle Elemental © 2014 Heather Johnson
    Front of bumGenius Sassy Freetime © 2014 Heather Johnson
    Back of bumGenius Sassy Freetime © 2014 Heather Johnson
    Front of bumGenius Dazzle Elemental © 2014 Heather Johnson
    Back of bumGenius Dazzle Elemental © 2014 Heather Johnson
    Interior of bumGenius Sassy Freetime © 2014 Heather Johnson
    Interior of bumGenius Dazzle Elemental © 2014 Heather Johnson
    Insert of bumGenius Sassy Freetime © 2014 Heather Johnson
    Insert of bumGenius Dazzle Elemental © 2014 Heather Johnson
    Inserts of bumGenius Sassy Freetime © 2014 Heather Johnson
    Inserts of bumGenius Dazzle Elemental © 2014 Heather Johnson
    Comparing Interior of bumGenius Sassy Freetime and Dazzle Elemental © 2014 Heather Johnson
    Comparing Inserts of bumGenius Sassy Freetime and Dazzle Elemental © 2014 Heather Johnson
    Front of bumGenius Sassy Freetime on Toddler 1 © 2014 Heather Johnson
    Front of bumGenius Dazzle Elemental on Toddler 1 © 2014 Heather Johnson
    Leg of bumGenius Sassy Freetime on Toddler © 2014 Heather Johnson
    Leg of bumGenius Dazzle Elemental on Toddler © 2014 Heather Johnson
    Bottom of bumGenius Sassy Freetime on Toddler © 2014 Heather Johnson
    Bottom of bumGenius Dazzle Elemental on Toddler © 2014 Heather Johnson
    Back of bumGenius Sassy Freetime on Toddler © 2014 Heather Johnson
    Back of bumGenius Dazzle Elemental on Toddler © 2014 Heather Johnson
    Side of bumGenius Sassy Freetime on Toddler © 2014 Heather Johnson
    Side of bumGenius Dazzle Elemental on Toddler © 2014 Heather Johnson
    Front of bumGenius Sassy Freetime on Toddler 2 © 2014 Heather Johnson
    Front of bumGenius Dazzle Elemental on Toddler 2 © 2014 Heather Johnson

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