Cotton Babies/BumGenius big news for 2011

It only seems like earlier this year that Cotton Babies/BumGenius released the Artist Series of prints across their nappy range, in reality it was late last year. Now I admit I wasnt blown away by the print range, I did in fact get a few but really they just weren’t for me. Also when they released the new colours, Sweet, Noodle, and Bubble, again I tried them (all for the purposes of research and not because I’m an addict of course) but again I just didnt really like much.

But now BG are again bringing out some new colours and a new Artist Prints Series – I did think it was time they bought out some new prints as everywhere has been selling the ‘old’ range cheaply or has simply run out. So firstly they have 3 new colours – and it’s interesting to note that they are retiring the Bubble and Sweet colours, maybe it wasnt just me and everyone else I’ve spoken with that wasnt a fan of them!

So here are the 3 new colours, Dazzle, Mirror and Sassy, very bold and striking for BG, I actually like them all, but Dazzle and Mirror are probably my favourite. Compared to the previous ‘odd’ names of Sweet and Bubble I do actually like Dazzle, Mirror is a little odd but okay and Sassy I’m not sure on, nothing wrong with it but it just wouldnt have been my first choice. But I do actually think that they fit nicely in with the existing colours, so overall a big well done there.

And also the new Artist Series, Albert and Lovelace, which although again I really love both the prints, it is a shame they didnt do one or two more, I’m guess they’ll add more maybe in the new year. Considering with the previous Series they had 5 prints, it would have been nice to have 3 or 4 at launch but I guess along with the 3 new colours there is lots of new pretties. But Still I really do love them both, the only slight downside is I wish the tabs were coloured to match or even just any colour other than white! They’ve managed to colour the stretchy tabs before in the plain colours so I cant seen why they dont for these, even just a solid black for the Albert one and the new Dazzle/Mirror/Sassy solid colour for the Lovelace. Maybe it’s just me being picky but I would have definitely preferred anything other than white, still gorgeous though and I’ll be wanting a Lovelace – maybe not too keen on the name as with Sassy but still, when will I ever say it again?

So that’s the new colours and prints done with, next on to the new nappy, yes a new BG nappy! So BG currently do the AIO OS organic nappy, the pocket OS stay dry nappy, the AI2 stay dry/organic/disposable Flip nappy and now a AIO OS stay dry nappy! If you didnt know, BG used to make a sized AIO stay dry nappy which was really good, the downside being long drying times and it only came in velcro. But a lot of people (including myself) loved them in the XS and small sizes for little ones but earlier on this year they discontinued them except for the newborn size. I have also tried the AIO organic BG (now renamed Elemental) and it is a really good nappy, bulky on newborns as you’d expect but very thirsty – I’ve always wished the inner layers were only sewn in at one end and not at both, so they could flip out for faster drying.

So now they are going to launch the new Freetime nappy (again not sure if I like the name) which is a sort of super easy mix between the quick drying of the pocket nappy and the ease of an AIO. It’s a one size and has the usual snap down rise and comes in both snaps and velcro but there’s no pocket so no stuffing to do.  The inner layers are stay dry material and are attached at each end of the nappy so they can be flapped out for faster drying, brilliant!  I’m not sure how well these will work for heavy wetters but I’m sure you can pop in a lay in booster should it be needed. The only improvement I’d have liked (yes I know I’m super picky!) is that there’d be some bamboo/hemp in there (as Chloe out pee’s microfibre) but with still keeping at least one of the flaps stay dry so it can be next to baby’s skin. But all in all it does sound like a winner, now they just need to make a night nappy for heavy wetters! The price is £16.99 which compares to the V4 well and will come in all the BG colours, including the 3 new ones and the new prints.

And lastly as if all that wasnt enough they have released more info on their training pants, which I’m going to have to start thinking about for Chloe once she starts to show an inclination. They are basically a bit like flips with organic lay in inserts – which have velcro on the back to stay in place, which doesnt sppeal to me much as I hate velcro attacking nappies in the wash! They are pull up/down so nice and stretchy but also have snap sides for easy access and the side bits can be bought in different colours to customise the pants for your little ones (which sounds very similar to the GroVia training pants – so I might have to get one of each to compare!). It’s a nice idea but personally I just think they’re trying to squeeze out a few more pennies from you. I dont think I’d get different sides, I’m sure Chloe would be happy to pick the training pants and wouldnt feel the need to have different side panels. They come in a pack of one shell and 3 organic inserts for £27.99 which sounds a lot but I guess that’s 3 wears from it and I’ve not really looked into training pant prices yet so that could be about the norm. And again these will be in all the colours plus the new prints.

I think the release date for all of these is January for us over here, I’m not blown away by any of them but they are all positive additions and yes I have to say I probably will be getting one of the new Freetime’s and Training Pants to try in Dazzle, Mirror and possibly a Lovelace as well, again purely for review purposes and not because I’m addicted to anything new and shiny and cloth nappy related!

Okay so I think I’ve rambled on enough but there is an official launch video you can watch which sums everything up pretty well.

Michelle xx

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3 Responses to Cotton Babies/BumGenius big news for 2011

  1. Jenny says:

    I was a little confused when you said that you wished there was a stay dry flap on the BG freestyle. In the picture it looks like both flaps have stay dry material. Sorry, I am new to cloth diapers and a little confused. Also, can you tell me how you dry your AIOs? Thanks!

    • Michelle says:

      Hi on the new Freetime, they do have stay dry material on the flaps. What I said was that I wished the nappy was bamboo/hemp (as Chloe is a heavy wetter and out pees most microfiber nappies) but if that the top of one of the flaps still had a stay dry top so that it would be that next to her skin rather then if it was all just bamboo/hemp which can feel very wet.

      Sorry if it read wrong – I guess I should just start making nappies rather then picking faults in currents one and wishing for improvements!

      AIOs and some night fitted nappies do just take an age to dry 24-48 hours hanging inside sometimes. I try not to use the tumble dryer and in winter I do drape them over the radiators or pop them in the airing cupboard but there’s not really much you can do, which is why I’m more of a fan of AI2’s or with AIO where the core flaps out – like the Freetime.

      Hope that all makes sense now and good luck with going cloth!!

      Michelle xx

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