Everyone who uses cloth has at least heard of BumGenius nappies, if not tried one, and there seems to be a BG nappy for every type of cloth nappy user. They currently have the AIO newborn nappy, the AIO organic/Elemental OS nappy, the 4.0 pocket OS nappy, the AI2/Hybrid Flip system, the new Flip training pants and the low cost Econobum nappy system. So with all that under their belt, what else could they offer us? Well the Freetime is it, the ease of an All In One but with the quick drying capabilities of a pocket/Flip nappy and in a money saving one size fits most format.
I got mine from Baba Me and the Freetime costs £15.99 which is the same price as the 4.0 pocket nappy and is the average price for a premium one size nappy – especially when you think of the range of colours they now come in and the two new yummy prints. I picked the new Sassy colour, I wasnt sure I’d love it at first but it is lovely – very gender neutral I think as well, I’m all for bright colours!
I have to say our personal favourite BG nappy is the Elemental the OS organic AIO, it fits super trim, is very thirsty but the downside is that it takes an age to dry. The Freetime has been designed with fixing the issue of AIO’s being the slowest drying nappies and I think they’ve come up with a pretty simple and neat solution. The outside of the Freetime looks the same as all the other BG nappies, the soft waterproof outer comes in the full range of BG colours and prints and it comes in either velcro or snaps and has the standard snap down rise on the front. It also has the gentle leg elastic at the legs and the back of the nappy and the leg elastic can be easily replaced as with the BG 4.0.
Inside the Freetime is microfiber, five layers of it to be exact – two in each of the inserts and one layer sewn into the actual shell of the nappy. The Freetime has two inserts, but what’s great about it being an AIO is that they are attached to the nappy, one at each end, so you dont lose them in the wash, there’s nothing to stuff and as they flap out they speed up drying. And you can fold them up and place them where your LO needs that extra boosting, at the back, middle or front of the nappy or just have them laid on top of each other so they overlap. I love the design of this and I’ve often wished the Elemental had the same flap out inserts (for some reason they’re sewn in at both ends). Another great factor in the Freetime design is that the inserts are topped with suedecloth to keep your little one feeling dry.
Ease of use: As the Freetime is an All In One there’s nothing to stuff or snap in to get it ready to use, but you might have to fold the inserts depending on what size rise the nappy is on or if you need the extra absorbency at the front/middle/back. The fact that they come in either snaps or velcro is great and means they’ll suit everyone. And of course when it comes to taking the nappy off there’s no insert to pull out of the pocket or unsnap, you just simply pop it all in the wetbag/bucket, simple! A really easy nappy for Daddies, Grandparents, childminders or nursery to use and no ‘assembly’ required.
Performance: I was unsure how well the Freetime would work with Chloe, seeing as she can be a bit of a heavy wetter and in general mf isnt that good of an option for her. But we’ve not had any leaks, and when I change her after 3 hours there was no dampness on her skin and it could probably have gone a little longer. I did start to add a single bamboo booster underneath the inserts, which fitted in fine and easily came apart in the wash. This meant I was confident to leave the Freetime on for 4 hours and especially when she was going to be in the car for a while and if Chloe still had naps then I’d be happy to use it then to. Again though it could have gone longer but 4 hours is really the max I like to leave Chloe in something, even for testing purposes. So I am pleasantly surprised and impressed with the Freetime, the extra addition of the booster doesnt add any bulk and it means it can be a great nappy for heavy wetters – another booster could be easily added if needed and I’m sure a light night wetter could even use it overnight! Drying time is fab, we’ve not had a huge amount of warm sunny days at the minute but hanging it on the airer in the morning means it’s dry by the afternoon, so it’s great for those that need something quick drying.
Design: The Freetime is lovely and trim on and I do love the concept of it, the ease of an AIO but with the benefits of fast drying and being able to customise the absorbency to where your little one needs it. I also like that you can add a booster underneath the inserts and so still get the stay dry layer next to their skin and of course as it’s an AIO there’s the not having to sit and stuff pockets and no need to unstuff or do anything to it when putting it in the nappy bucket as it all just unflaps in the wash for a good clean. I do generally find BG’s (4.0 and the Flips) quite wide between the legs but as Chloe is now bigger it’s not so much of an issue, once she has it on and is off and about it soon squishes into a more natural narrower shape. I do wonder how well the Freetime would fit at the smallest end of the weight range as you cant take out the inserts like you would with say the 4.0 and just use the newborn one. So I think it would be bulky on a little baby but nearly all one sizes are so it’s a trade-off you always have to decide on when using versus newborn/sized nappies. The only improvement I’d realy like to see is if there was some hemp or bamboo in there so we wouldnt even need to boost. Maybe if each insert had the stay dry suedecloth then a layer of mf and then a layer of bamboo/hemp, it would still dry quick but it would make it just that bit more thirsty. And I’ll be honest, I just dont like mf, in an ideal world there’d be none in there but I’d keep the stay dry layer, but of course then it would be slower to dry, so each to their own I guess as a lot of people just have mf nappies and love them!
Overall: I will be keeping our Freetime and maybe adding another one or two as they are great as a fast drying nappy and so easy to use. It really is great to just throw it in the nappy bag as is and then when dry just fold the inserts in – add a booster maybe and away you go, no finding the right insert and snapping it in, no having to stuff pockets, a perfect no hassle nappy! I’m well-known for preferring AIO and AI2′s over pockets as they are much quicker to ‘prepare’ but the Freetime is possibly the best AIO, easy to use and quick drying but as I said, but I’d love to have a hemp/bamboo or even an organic cotton version like the Elemental! There’s a slight bit of bulkiness to it compared to say our GroVia’s or FuzziBunz Elite but the ease of use is just so nice.
I’d take a Freetime over a BG 4.0 pocket anytime as it’s so easy to use (I must be getting lazy in my old age). Daddy really like them and as I said I’d be more than happy for Chloe to use these at a nursery or with Nanny with no issues. If someone is after the very easiest way of using cloth or if you need something fast drying or you just want a good quality nappy to last from birth to potty then the Freetime is for you. You’ll get you’re monies worth from them and the resale value on them should be good as with all BG nappies. These are a good addition to the BG range, using cloth at it’s simplest!
I bought the nappy mentioned in this review and wrote this because I wanted to, no compensation was received for doing it and no one has told me what to write, all words (including spelling mistakes) and opinions are 100% my own and genuine.