Thank You Kristen for sharing your Bumbino experience. The stage is all yours.
"My fluffy mail is HERE!!!!
When my Bum Essentials package came in the mail, I was squealing! I mean, how amazing to get such a huge stash of diapers and wetbags just for sharing my cloth diapering story. I feel so honored to be able to share my experience with Bum Essentials diapers with you all, and the opportunity to show off some pretty adorable pictures of my littlest sweetheart too!
Day 1: My diapers are here!! (Or Harper's diapers, rather...) Time to prep! There were no instructions on the diapers on how to prepare the Bumbinos for use, and since I am still sort of new, and only familiar with microfiber, I decided to shoot Bum Essentials a message via Facebook. I had a reply within minutes...talk about great customer service! I was excited to find out I only had to wash 2 or 3 times before using! So, into the wash they went...
Day 2: The wetbag/laundry bag! I have to admit that during my excitement with the diapers yesterday, I didn't pay much attention to the wetbag and laundry bag. But today, I noticed! These are REALLY nice. Double-layered, thick, soft, and REVERSIBLE!! The laundry bag fits perfectly in my diaper pail, and the little bit that hangs over the rim looks so nice...not like the plastic-y, cheap PUL bag I had. I can tell these bags are going to last a loooong time! I wasn't sure if I would like the drawstring closure on the wetbag when I was out and about, but it works rather nicely. All odors are kept at bay, and it really is easier than a zippered bag to open and close. My Bum Essentials wetbag is now the one that is always in my diaper bag
Back to the diapers... I was so excited to try out the Bumbino diapers on Harper, my 12 month old daughter. I couldn't decide which color to choose first, they are all so vibrant and beautiful! I went with the green, which is my favorite color. I was super impressed with the fit! Harper is a skinny girl, so I was very thrilled that the hook and loop closure crossed over to get a really nice and tight fit. And did I mention the elastic in the FRONT of the diaper?? How wonderful for my crawling girl! I didn't have to worry about the BIG gap in the front that her other diapers have. I was impressed that the diapers fit her when set on the middle rise setting. Which is exactly where I think she should be since she is in the 'middle' of her diapered-life! I can see that the Bum Essentials diapers will fit a TINY baby all the way through potty-training.
Day 3: Thanks to the all-in-2 style of Bumbino diapers and the extra bum-pads I received, I am able to exclusively use Bum Essentials diapers! This is great so I can really get a feel for these diapers and subsequently fall in love with them (which I surely have...)! Last night was Harper's first "Bumbino overnight". I used the Terry-towel bum pad, I love how soft and cozy it is. I did lay a fleece liner on top of it, because Harper is very sensitive to moisture against her skin. This morning, I was a little nervous going into her room (aren't we all after the first night with a new diaper?). Impressed is not a big enough word. Not only did I find that the Bumbino did not leak, the Bum Pad was so absorbent that the Bumbino itself was DRY! I could reuse it if I wanted to!
So today, I tried out the Classic Pad for the first time. I have preferred the terry towels because of their softness so far... The Classic pad became very hard and stiff when it got wet. It did not seem to bother Harper at all however, so we kept using them throughout the day. Again, I am impressed by the absorbency--these pads can hold a lot of pee!
Still Day 3: Time to do diaper laundry! Call me crazy, but I love doing diaper laundry! It is an ongoing "project" for me to find the right routine using my HE washer. I double checked all the laundry tabs on the Bumbinos' hook and loop closures, and threw everything in the wash.... 3 hours later, I was ready to dry the diapers. I was very excited that all the laundry tabs stayed in place during the wash! Thankfully it was a beautiful day so I could hang them outside to dry. A few hours later, I pulled them off the line and tossed the Bum Pads in the dryer for about 15 minutes to fluff them up. They were so FRESH! I really like the smell of the natural fibers in the Bum Essentials diapers, they smell like...nothing! I have noticed that my microfiber inserts from other diapers always have a smell to them...I wish I would have known about Bum Essentials from the beginning!
Day 4: Trying out the classic Bum Pad again. Maybe they just needed that extra wash, because they seem a lot softer today.
Day 5..6..7..8..9..10: I have been using our Bumbino diapers for 10 days!! Even if I wasn't journaling my experience, I would pick these first out of my diaper stash. They are so easy to use, fit PERFECTLY, never leak, and wash so well! They always smell so clean after being washed. I am going to refer anyone with an HE machine to use these diapers. They just don't hold that stink in like microfiber. I really love these diapers, and have yet to experience a "diaper chain" in the washer or dryer, a problem I have heard others complain about when using hook and loop-closure diapers.
Day 11..12..13..14: Two weeks and still going strong! I need to add in that my husband loves these diapers too. Who can argue with a daddy-friendly diaper? The Classic Bum Pads just keep getting softer! They still get a little stiff when wet, but it is not a problem! It's not like cardboard stiff, or uncomfortable for Harper at all. It is almost nice because I know exactly when she pees and needs to be changed! ...and they are SO absorbent! I still prefer the Terry Towel however. I just LOVE how soft it is, how easy it is to rinse off the poo, and how much it absorbs while still feeling squishy-soft! And the Bumbino itself still looks amazing after several washes. The super soft interior has not pilled up at all, and is just so buttery soft, I wish I could wear them myself! HAHA!
I can't thank Bum Essentials Diapers enough for this experience! I truly love everything about these diapers! From how they look, to how they fit, to how they wash and still look BRAND new after nearly a month of everyday use. The colors are so beautiful. While they don't come in a ton of different colors or prints, the choices they do have are so nice, I really don't find myself wishing for more options, except maybe a white, I do LOVE a white cloth diaper!
Oh, and the wetbag and laundry bag? Still loving them. Still look like I just took them out of the package. I will recommend Bum Essentials to everyone I know. I would give these diapers 5 stars, even if I didn't receive them as a prize. They are amazing, wonderful, and our go-to diaper!
I am so grateful that my essay was chosen so I got the wonderful opportunity to build my diaper stash with Bum Essentials diapers. I am now able to cloth diaper full time withOUT having to do laundry every single day. So, I thank you so very much for helping me to save our planet! Oh, and my 6 year old who inspired my family to convert to cloth? She thanks you too... She calls the Bumbinos her gift to her baby sister. How right she is! "