A few months ago, my son’s bumGenius one-size pocket diaper started to leak around the legs. When I took his pants down to change his diaper, I found there was a gap between his legs and the diaper. Then he started coming to me pointing to his diaper and asking for help – the hook and loop holding the diaper closed had let go! Our diapers were all well over 2 years old and are now servicing two children simultaneously. I tried to ignore the signs for a while, but it was clear: we would need to repair the diapers using bumGenius Refresher kits. These kits are sold on CottonBabies.com and contain brand new hook and look closure tabs, laundry tabs, and new leg and back-of-diaper elastic. Definitely the solution to our saggy, baggy diaper problem!
I’m not going to lie, I put it off at first because it was intimidating. Almost our entire stash is composed of bumGenius all-in-one one-size pocket diapers – either 3.0 or 4.0’s (5.0s available now!). I was a little overwhelmed at the thought of sewing new velcro and replacing the elastic in 25+ diapers. But I am here to tell you: it IS possible, and it’s not as difficult as you might think. I also have a few handy tips to make your efforts easier – learn from my mistakes!
Refresher Kits Include What’s Needed
Which velcro does the kit replace? All of it! Here’s a quick picture:
In the first frame, you can see the worn velcro. The first step in the process is to remove the old velcro tab with a ripping tool, as seen in the middle frame. Good news: you don’t have to remove the old laundry tab! Sew the new one right on top of the old one, as shown in the last frame.
Velcro tab removal tip:
Be very careful not to rip the body of the diaper when you’re removing the old tab! I got a little crazy and tried to do it super fast, but that was a mistake. If you rip a hole in the diaper, the new velcro tab you sew onto the hole will have nothing to grab onto. I actually completely ruined a few diapers this way. Ouch!
The hook and loop replacement is really very fast once you understand what you’re doing. The time stamp on the first frame in the picture above and the timestamp on the last frame was only 13 minutes apart. That means it took me only 13 minutes to rip off the old tab and sew on the new one and the new laundry tab.
Learn from my mistakes:
Only work on 1-2 diapers at a time, otherwise, you’ll reduce your available stash of diapers.
My initial idea was to sit down and rip the old tabs off a huge batch of diapers all at once while watching TV, and then go and sew the new tabs on. All in one night. I did get the old tabs removed, but that rendered my diapers unusable and removed them from rotation in my stash until I had time to sew new the new tabs on. It ended up taking me about a week to have the time to sit down and sew all the new tabs onto the diapers. I had to do twice as much laundry and my kids were running out of diapers all the time.
Leg elastic replacement
I was actually more intimidated by this process than the velcro because about half my stash are bumGenius 3.0’s. Here is a picture of the difference between 3.0’s and 4.0’s/5.0s when it comes to accessing the leg elastic:
As you can see, the 4.0s and 5.0s have easy, convenient access to the leg elastic – you just put your finger in and pull out the elastic! The casing of the elastic in the 3.0’s is completely enclosed. To access the leg elastic in a bumGenius 3.0, you will have to make a tiny cut in the casing from the outside and pull it out, like this:
Either way, once you get the elastic out, it’s really not that difficult to sew the new elastic onto the old, pull it through, and sew the other end. When you’re finished, clip off the old elastic. Each diaper takes me around 30 minutes. More good news: this is definitely something you can do while watching TV in the evenings. I replace my elastic while watching Downton Abbey.
I actually did not have to replace the elastic on the back of my diapers, but I have saved the remainder of the elastic in the kits in my sewing basket for the time that I will. It should work almost exactly like replacing the leg elastics, only half the time commitment.
In the end, I was very pleased with what a big difference the refresher kits made. It was like having brand new diapers. No more leaks for my son, and I only spent around $30! Have you ever used a bumGenius refresher kit? Do you have any other tips to share?