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Bumgenius Freetime All-in-One One-Size Cloth Diaper Review

Bumgenius Freetime 1

I was on pins & needles when Bumgenius announced their new products/colors. Although AIO diapers aren’t my favorite, I had to pre-order a Bumgenius Freetime one-size AIO cloth diaper. I had to. I’m sure you understand. 😉 I chose the new color, mirror.

Bumgenius Freetime 2

Since the Bumgenius Sized AIO diaper was discontinued (except the newborn AIO), the only Bumgenius AIO option was the elemental organic AIO. So, no option for those of us who prefer a stay-dry inner and/or hook & loop closures (I also prefer the encased leg elastic of the 4.0s and the old sized AIOs.)

Bumgenius Freetime 3 closures Bumgenius Freetime 4 vs 40 rear

I like hook & loop diapers, but the 4.0 H&L is the first that has held up well for me. I don’t have anything against snap diapers, but my husband really prefers the Velcro, and will dig through the pile to find one. I know he’ll never complain about me buying another diaper as long as it’s Velcro, tee-hee!! The Freetime has the same hook & loop that the 4.0 diapers have. (It also has the easily replaceable elastic the 4.0 has.)

In fact, while we’re comparing, let’s go ahead and see how they look compared to the 4.0 pocket diapers.

Bumgenius Freetime 5 vs 40 front Bumgenius Freetime 6 vs 40 elastic

Bumgenius Freetime 7 vs 40 front flat Bumgenius Freetime 8 vs 40 overall

Bumgenius Freetime 9 vs 40 back Bumgenius Freetime 10 vs 40 side

The Freetime and the 4.0 pocket diaper shells are very much the same as far as shape, size, cut, fit and so forth. (Stretchy tabs, available in snap or hook & loop closures, one size via snap down rise, leg elastic etc.) You can see a few subtle differences as far as the PUL at the front & back of the diapers.

Bumgenius Freetime 11 soakers Bumgenius Freetime 12 soakers folded

Obviously, the big difference is that while the Bumgenius 4.0 is a pocket diaper, the Freetime is an AIO. One of the things I dislike most about an AIO is how difficult it can be to get the soakers clean. I tend to turn my sized AIO inside out to wash it! The Freetime has two microfiber flap soakers topped with microfleece; one sewn at the front & one at the back (they look a lot like the stay-dry flip inserts.)

Bumgenius Freetime 13 folded up front Bumgenius Freetime 14 folded middle
Bumgenius Freetime 15 folded more in middle

The soakers have lines to help guide you in folding them. You can fold them all sorts of ways to get the maximum absorbency where you really need it. There’s also an extra layer of microfiber terry sewn into the shell. The shell inner and the soakers are topped with microfleece to keep your baby’s bottom dry.

These are the same size as the Bumgenius 4.0s, so if you like their fit, you will probably like the fit of the Freetime.

Here is the small measured folded & stretched (not an exact science of course!!)

Bumgenius Freetime 16 small folded Bumgenius Freetime 17 small stretched

Bumgenius Freetime 18 small Bumgenius Freetime 19 small side
Bumgenius Freetime 20 small back


Bumgenius Freetime 21 medium folded Bumgenius Freetime 22 medium stretched

Bumgenius Freetime 23 medium front Bumgenius Freetime 24 medium side
Bumgenius Freetime 26 medium back


Bumgenius Freetime 27 large folded Bumgenius Freetime 28 large stretched

Bumgenius Freetime 29 large front Bumgenius Freetime 30 large side
Bumgenius Freetime 31 large back

My son is right around 28 pounds, and the medium Freetime fit him the same way the 4.0 medium fits him.

Bumgenius Freetime 32 medium on 28 lb baby Bumgenius Freetime 33 medium on 28 lb 2 and a half year old

You’ve probably noticed (or you will now!) that my “modeling” photos aren’t perfect. Often the diaper is closed slightly crooked, is a little bunchy etc. etc. It’s not because I’m lazy or don’t want to make the diaper look nice. In actuality, it’s because I am changing a 2 1/2 year old who is usually moving while I do it! This is just how the diapers go on, and I want to test them as I’m likely to use them vs. trying to hold him down for 2 minutes to make the diaper look perfect, because that’s just not realistic for us!

Bumgenius Freetime 29 side Bumgenius Freetime 34 back

I’ve never been disappointed by a Cottonbabies product, and I’m not disappointed with this one. Still, I wouldn’t buy another one. I, personally, find a pre-stuffed pocket diaper just as easy (if not easier) than an AIO like this, and stuffing the diapers takes about the same amount of time as making sure the soakers are folded properly. At $19.95 each, the Freetime costs $2 more than the 4.0 pocket diaper, and I love that you can easily treat/bleach the pocket inserts separately and/or replace them if needed. You can also toss the inserts in the dryer & hang the shells to dry. With an AIO, you have to either machine dry the whole thing & risk a bit of pre-mature wear & tear on the shells, or wait a bit longer for the whole thing to air dry.

FTC compliance: I purchased the pictured items at normal retail prices. I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.

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Maria Moser
Maria is the mother of 3, writing about cloth diapers & going green. You'll often find her juggling her preschooler and typing 1-handed in between sips of cold coffee. Maria works with many companies within the cloth diaper industry and beyond, providing social media management, product development and other services.
  • October 16, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Is it absolutely necessary to buy a special hose attachment/nozzle for the toilet for use with cloth diapers? Won’t a squeeze bottle do the job? I am new to cloth diapering and I have a few months to decide, so please help! 🙂

    • October 17, 2012 at 7:00 pm

      I’ve cloth diapered for 3 years now, and I’ve never used a sprayer! I simple scrape off what I can, then throw the rest in the wash. When your baby isn’t eating solid foods, you really don’t need to rinse at all!

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  • Summer
    December 14, 2011 at 10:02 am

    I have been looking ALL over for a review of the new Freestyle and FINALLY! Yeay! I was registering for our baby shower for cloth diapers for our first child and when this new diaper came out I wasn’t sure if I should register for it or the 4.0. And it sounds like Ill just stick to the 4.0 because I agree with a lot of your valid points (like.. you can either stuff them or fold them.. it takes the same amount of time. And, the ability to wash the inserts separate or throw them away if needed). The only thing Im not sure about is if I will like velcro or snaps. It seems from most reviews that its 50/50. So, I think thats how I will register. 50% snaps and 50% velcro. Thank you for the awesome review!

    • December 14, 2011 at 10:09 am

      Congrats on the baby…yay!! Velcro is easy, but it does wear over time, and babies do learn to take it off! The good thing about the Bumgenius snaps it they are pretty easy as far as snaps go, just two on each side! 50/50 is a good idea I think. 🙂 My DH is a velcro lover…he’d rather I buy all velcro & replace them after a while, LOL. He digs through the basket for the velcro. 😉

  • Ginny
    December 8, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Thanks, can’t wait to try one.

  • December 7, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Erin
    December 3, 2011 at 10:50 am

    I’ve been waiting for a review, finally! Thank you.

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  • bethany
    November 29, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    woo hoo

  • Thereasa Willis
    November 29, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Wow super excited about this!!

  • Trisha W.
    November 29, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    I am interested in trying one of these, but I do wish Cotton Babies would make some more non-MF diapers.

  • Katie
    November 28, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Thank you!!

  • Christina S.
    November 28, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    I’m new to CDing and have AI2’s, pockets, and a stuffable AIO (bumcheeks). I’m leaning towards AI2’s (covers with either prefolds or hemp inserts) for home, but I need a daycare friendly cloth diaper that washes and dries well. I don’t know if this would be too troublesome for daycare but I’d like to try it for home first. Thanks for your honest review.

  • November 28, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    wow! Ic an’t believe you it already! I see what you mean about the pocket diaper, but my hubby doesn’t seem to want to stuff because of the size of his hands, so hopefully he’ll like them. I went ahead and preordered 2 of these on Saturday. But I would love to win one, anyway!

    • November 28, 2011 at 5:07 pm

      My hubby doesn’t wash or stuff, so pockets are like sposies for him. Anything with flaps & soakers & stuff frustrates him. I know he could do it just fine, but with velcro pockets around, that’s what he’s always looking for, LOL!!

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