Cloth diaper Thurs: BumGenius Freetime

After receiving a number of free cloth diapers at BlogHer 2011, I started a feature on the blog called “Cloth Diaper Thursdays” where I review cloth diapers that I have tried recently or talk more about my cloth diapering journey. For more cloth diapering posts, make sure you check out my contributing posts to CottonBabies blog as well.
~~~I have to admit that BumGenius is really my go-to brand for cloth diapers (and, disclaimer, I write for their blog). For the first year of my son’s life, our stash was exclusively BumGenius. We started out with what used to be called the BumGenius Organic All-In-One, which looked like this:

My main problem with this diaper was the drying time. I loved that there was no need to stuff inserts like pocket diapers but, due to the thickness of the organic cotton, it sometimes took up to 2 days for these diapers to fully line dry in humid North Texas weather! I could dry them in the dryer but that would shorten the life of the waterproofing PUL in the diaper. I found that I could reduce drying time somewhat by detaching one side of the Organic AIO, but eventually even that was cumbersome and I ended up selling all my Organic AIO’s on

Recently, BumGenius took the Organic AIO off the market and has replaced it with the BumGenius Freetime. Same concept — an AIO diaper with no pocket-stuffing required, but this time the drying time is significantly reduced due to new materials, and now the inserts are “semi-attached”, meaning they are each only attached on one end only:

I love this diaper! The drying time is still more than the BumGenius 4.0 pocket diaper, but not much. Fit is the same, and it does great with both poop and pee. I’ve also added hemp or cotton doublers underneath the inserts for additional absorbency.


  • No pocket stuffing
  • Great BumGenius fit (one-size diaper that sizes in the rise with snaps)
  • Double inserts provide a lot of absorbency
  • Reduced drying time
  • Super cute colors and patterns!


  • Longer drying time than a pocket cover & insert

And one more note — right now CottonBabies is running a Buy 5, Get 1 Free sale on the Freetime diapers. So if you’re looking to set up your stash for a new baby (or a 2nd baby!), I’d highly recommend stocking up now!

Rating: 5 out of 5

*NOTE: I received the BumGenius Freetime diaper free from Cottonbabies as a writer for their blog. All opinions are my own. Also, I don’t receive any commission or affiliate fees if you buy from Cottonbabies 🙁