I bought a Bumgenius Elemental in 2010 for my older son. I had only been cloth diapering for about a year at that point, but I was quickly figuring out what type of diapers I preferred. When my older son potty trained, my stash that felt like not-quite-enough-for-2-children, was a bit overwhelming for just one! I pared down my stash and donated diapers that weren’t my favorites, and this one didn’t make the cut. As I just posted this week, that doesn’t mean it’s a bad diaper, it just means it’s not my favorite. I was definitely intrigued by the changes and wanted to offer you a side by side comparison, so here it is. Two spankin’ new Bumgenius Elementals; one old style, one new, compared. (side note, no idea what is wrong with my *&*^&* picture color. My white balance looks great on the camera screen, then on the computer…blue. Edit pictures?? Ain’t nobody got time fo dat! 😉 This post better shows what Dazzle actually looks like!)
The basic idea of the diaper remains the same. It’s an organic cotton AIO with PUL outer and 6-layer loop style soaker.
The change I was most excited about was the leg elastic, since I personally prefer encased leg elastic, and the old style sometimes gave me trouble by rolling out and causing wicking.
The soaker is still 6 layers of organic cotton, sewn in a loop. However, the old style diaper had the soaker centered on a lining of organic cotton (I believe it is 2 layers, I couldn’t feel a third layer.) The new style instead does not have a lining, rather the soaker fits on the PUL and the soaker extends fully into the front & rear of the diaper, and covers more width as well. Therefore you are losing 2 layers under the soaker, but you are actually gaining additional layers at the front & back and sides of the diaper. The new version does dry more quickly. It was dry after 60 mins in the dryer on medium, while the old style was still damp, particularly where the soaker meets the liner (this was always the last place to get dry when I line-dried my old one!)
The diaper is now trimmer overall, but the 6 layers of organic cotton will still be considerably more absorbent than microfiber. For babies who need more absorbency, you can easily tuck a doubler or insert under the soaker.
As I mentioned, the sizing has been tweaked to fit a wider range of babies. I’ve measured each size of the old (pink) and new (purple) diapers to show the differences. Bear in mind that this isn’t an exact science, but it should give you a good idea!
An exciting change is that the Elementals are now made in the U.S.A., while the price remains the same (just under $25.) It may feel a little like “improved” peanut butter or spaghetti sauce packaging, where they add a dimple on the bottom, remove an ounce of product & leave the price the same. However, it’s clear that some cotton was removed, the removal still leaves the diaper with lots of absorbency, plus a trimmer fit and it’s now a U.S.A. made product.
Here’s the “old” style on my son, who is about 18ish pounds at 14 1/2 months old, and wearing the medium rise setting:
The soaker bunched up about the same in both diapers. I don’t want to gross anyone out, so click the image below to see the diaper wet if you’re interested in seeing how it bunched.
I still prefer a pocket diaper with hemp insert and stay-dry inner, but I am pleased with the changes made to the elemental. I think this will be a favorite for families who want to use natural fiber diapers, generally use prefolds or covers, but want an easy “babysitter” diaper.
Are you planning to try a new Bumgenius Elemental?
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