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Rumparooz G2 Review
Price: $25.95 at Amazon
Pros: One-size, great adjustable fit, customized absorbency, unique inner gussets, roomy pocket
Bottom line: Simply our favorite. Easy to use, so soft, highly customizable, & excellent performance.
The Rumparooz G2 One Size Pocket Diaper receives our Editors' Choice Award in our round-up of 15 top cloth diapers. Besides the fact that we were thrilled with its plush, soft materials, it is a high quality, customizable cloth diaper that performs excellently. We tested it with the Microfiber 6r Soaker insert which we found to be both absorbent and excellent at retaining moisture inside the diaper away from baby. Both the Newborn and One Size Microfiber 6r Soaker inserts that are included with the G2 can be used together as a doubler (two layers of absorption) or separately depending on the degree and location of absorbency desired. The pocket is wide with stretchy elastic which makes it very easy to stuff. We also love this diaper's unique dual inner gussets that serve well to hold in mess and reduce leakage. Simply put, this is one great cloth diaper.
Editor's Note 10-14-15: Though the Rumparooz G2 has been renamed to the Rumparooz One-Size Cloth Pocket Diaper, there have not been any changes to this fantastically-performing diaper itself.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
Rumparooz are made by Kanga Care, a company founded in 2006 by a mom named Julie Ekstrom who found that her 2nd daughter was extremely sensitive to disposable diapers. Cloth diapering presented a viable alternative, but Julie was frustrated in finding a cloth diaper that would fit her daughter and not leak.
A Quest for Leak-free Performance
The pursuit of a leak-free cloth diaper led Julie to start sewing her own cloth diapers (a natural step for Julie who had been sewing for 30 years). She developed an innovative double-gusset that solved the leak problem with her daughter, and that design later became a patented feature of Rumparooz diapers.
Top Performance with Ease-of-Use
Our extensive testing of 15 cloth diaper systems served to validate Julie's design innovation. No other diaper in our test scored a perfect 10 of 10 in Fit/Leakage except the Rumparooz G2, and it was one of only two diapers to score a perfect 10 in comfort as well.
Needless to say, the Rumparooz G2 performed very well in both our hands-on and lab testing. We found it to be easy to use, very comfortable for baby, and it performed very well in key tests such as absorption where it tied for 2nd place. Hands down, this was our favorite pocket diaper, and it nudged out the Flip Hybrid to win our Editors' Choice award (it is worth noting that the Flip Hybrid is also a great cloth diaper worth considering; it nearly tied the Rumparooz on overall score and won our Best Value Award due to its exceptional combination of great performance and low lifetime cost).
If a friend asked us to recommend the best cloth diaper, the Rumparooz G2 is the first and best diaper system we'd recommend.
Umm, What's a "Pocket" Diaper?
Cloth vs. Disposables has a more detailed description of the various types of cloth diapers, but simply put, a pocket diaper has an opening at the end of the cover into which an absorbent insert is stuffed (if you imagine shoving a handkerchief in your pants pocket, you're not too far from the concept). Some parents like this type of diaper better than an All-in-Two (AI2) diaper, where the absorbent insert is simply laid into a cover, because they know that once the insert is in the pocket, it's unlikely to shift around.
Most pocket diapers have the inner side of the pocket (the side that touches baby's skin) typically made out of some sort of synthetic fleece layer that wicks moisture away from baby into its core. The disadvantage of a pocket diaper is that you'll need to have a lot of them, since with every diaper change, you'll need to replace both the absorbent insert and the pocket cover. In contrast, an All-in-Two system such as our Best Value Award winner, the Flip Hybrid, allows you to just change out the absorbent insert and keep on using the same cover if a baby solely urinates or happens to have stool just on the insert alone (this saves you money, and results in less laundry overall).
Nonetheless, with a customizable sizing range from 6-40 pounds, this is a cloth diapering system that can easily take your little one from birth to potty training. The materials used are conscientious and high quality with skillful stitching and seams. The cherry on the sundae is the array of lively solid colors and cute as can be, whimsical prints in which the covers are available.
One Rumparooz G2 includes 2 inserts: 1 Newborn and 1 One Size. The newborn insert has an hour-glass shape which is less bulky providing more comfort for infants. As mentioned above, what is cool is that the inserts can be used either individually or together (as a doubler) attaching via snaps to customize absorbency for light or heavy wetters, daytime or nighttime, and wetness in either the front, middle, or back.
The highest absorbency score in this cloth diaper review was 8 of 10, which went to our Best Value award winner, the Flip Hybrid. But, the Rumparooz G2 was close behind the Flip, performing very well in our Absorbency testing with a 7 of 10. We used both the Newborn and One Size Microfiber 6r Soaker inserts together in its doubler form for this test. Both inserts when snapped together stuff into the pocket very easily. As shown below, they can be arranged for maximum absorbency where it is needed most.
Though we found Kanga Care's Microfiber 6r Soaker inserts to be very absorbent, in our absorbency test, our mock urine liquid did take a sufficient amount of time to absorb through the top microchamois fleece layer of the pocket. Once absorbed, however, the microfiber did a good job of retaining the urine inside the diaper and the top microchamois did a great job of keeping our filter paper (and, thus, baby's skin) dry. This cloth diaper is definitely a candidate for overnight use.
Take note: Microfiber should only be used inside a pocket. It should absolutely not be laid into a cover and put directly against baby's skin as it is so absorbent that it will act as a dessicant, dry baby's skin out, and surely give baby a raw rash if used in this manner!
Kanga Care provides 2 alternative insert options for the G2, both comprised of natural fibers, the Hemp 6r Soaker Insert (55% hemp, 45% certified organic cotton) and the Bamboo 6r Soaker Insert (50% bamboo, 20% organic cotton, 30% poly fleece). We did not evaluate these in our testing. Apart from being natural (non-synthetic like polyester), absorbency is their strength and they are a good option for nighttime use or heavy wetters. However, although absorbent and fine to put directly against baby's skin (unlike the above mentioned microfiber material), natural fibers have very poor wicking ability so they would not be something you would desire to be directly against baby's skin for a prolonged period of time and necessitate changing more frequently, as is true for cloth diapering in its entirely (when compared to disposable diapering). Fortunately, the G2 has its microchamois, wicking inner layer that does the trick nicely with this diaper.
Lastly, because the G2 pocket is so roomy, there is an option to mix and match with other brand inserts and prefolds. The possibilities are endless, and it creates flexibility in diapering to suit various needs. In our testing, we went astray a bit and tried the G2 for nighttime with the Baby Kicks Premium Joey Bunz (hemp/cotton), Thirsties Duo Hemp Prefold (hemp/cotton), a One Size Microfiber 6r Soaker on top and a BabyKicks Joey Bunz (hemp/cotton) on bottom.
We found the fit of the G2 to be stellar, and thus, it scored the highest of any cloth diaper we tested with a 10 of 10 in this metric. The Rumparooz G2 is one-size spanning 6 to 40 pounds. It has 4 rows of snaps for the rise, more than any other cloth diaper we tested in this review and 2 rows at the waist, so it is more likely to get the fit you're looking for as baby grows. As highlighted below, the Newborn setting begins at 6 pounds, Small at 10 pounds, Medium at 15 pounds, and Large (which is fully unsnapped) at 20 pounds which will fit up to a 35-40 pound child.
In terms of leakage with the G2, it was rare in our hands-on testing. The G2 diaper was used on a range of ages and sizes from infants to toddlers and up to 3 year olds. We did not experience any leaks on an active male toddler with the larger One Size Microfiber 6r Soaker alone. We had one leak with a 3 year old girl at nighttime when only the One Size soaker was used. After this, we used both soakers together as a doubler and, voila, no leaks with lots of overnight urination. Because we liked it so much, we even tried to use this diaper on a 41 pound boy at nighttime, but alas, it was too small.
Our favorite feature of the G2 is the dual inner gusset design. These gussets are unique because of where they are located on the inner fleece layer. They are sewn on the inside of the cover more toward the center and further from the leg openings, where the gussets are usually positioned on diapers. They act as an initial barrier to keep messes away from the edges where they're more likely to leak out.
The G2 scored 10 of 10 in Comfort alongside the Best Value, the Flip Hybrid. Although on the bulky side, if we had to pick one word to describe this diaper it would be soft ! Everything about this diaper is soft. The inserts are plush and pillowy. The fleece inner layer of the cover is velvety and delightful to the touch, and it stays that way even after many washings. The elastic at the leg openings and waist is very stretchy and soft, so it's comfortable yet snug against baby's skin.
Though bulky, the G2 truly creates that adorable, poofy cloth diaper bubble butt. There is certainly some extra padding there for when baby learns to walk! The inserts are quite fluffy, so this diaper is not as trim as others we tested and may be trickier to fit under snug clothing. We often used only one insert during the daytime, which did cut down on bulk and still worked great. Nonetheless, hands down, this is our favorite diaper of the bunch. Because it is the most soft and luxurious, bulk didn't bother us one iota.
Ease of use
We did not give any cloth diaper a 10 of 10 in this metric solely for the reason that they do need laundering, and thus, are not as convenient as disposable diapers.
Nonetheless, the Rumparooz G2 scored an impressive 9 of 10 in ease of use, along with 4 other diapers occupying our top 5 which include the Flip Hybrid, our Top Pick for Best Green Diaper the GroVia Hybrid, the bumGenius Freetime All-in-One, and the FuzziBunz Elite.
The two downsides of all pocket diapers in our opinion is the extra step needed to stuff the insert into the diaper prior to use and not being able to reuse the cover. Concerning stuffing, however, this diaper is different. Even though you have to stuff it, we found that the pocket opening is nice and wide so that stuffing is a breeze. In comparison, we found both the BabyKicks Premium Pocket and the Thirsties Pocket to be more difficult to stuff. The pocket of the G2 is roomy enough that your hand doesn't get stuck as you're trying to slide in and align the insert. Further, the pocket is so spacious that it's not at all difficult to get both inserts in together.
We really like how the G2 is a One-Size diaper accommodating babies from infancy to potty training with a range of 8 to 40 pounds. An added bonus is that both the cover and inserts can be machine-dried on low which is a big bonus for those without space or time to line-dry. Most covers specify to line dry the cover. Now, for longevity of the waterproof lining of any cover, line drying is best. But if this doesn't concern you, machine drying everything sure is handy.
The Rumparooz G2 received a 8 of 10 in Eco-Health. It is well-worth noting that the company Kanga Care which produces Rumparooz has made great strides to appeal to those parents seeking more eco-friendly, natural cloth options. The cover's inner is 100% hypo-allergenic micro chamois and the outer is 100% polyester which is laminated with thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) for waterproofness. The Rumparooz Microfiber 6r Soaker insert we tested with the diaper is composed of 80% polyester and 20% polyamide.
Although both the cover and insert we tested are make of synthetic materials, use of TPU is not too common in cloth diapers to date. An interesting eco-highlight about TPU is that not only is it biodegradable, but it is also heat-bonded rather than chemically-bonded like PUL, polyurethane laminate, used for waterproofness in most leading cloth diaper covers. Per Kanga Care's website, "When composted, they (both the polyester and TPU) will biodegrade in 4-5 years." Besides the Rumparooz G2, the only other cloth diaper with TPU laminate is the GroVia Hybrid.
As mentioned above, Rumparooz offers two natural fiber inserts: a Hemp 6r Soaker (55% hemp, 45% certified organic cotton) and a Bamboo 6r Soaker (50% bamboo, 20% organic cotton, 30% poly fleece), again, neither of which were tested in this review.
Hemp has distinct advantages in that is is a crop that needs much less water than cotton. Besides being very absorbent, it also has natural anti-microbial qualities as well as resistance to mold which is handy when a soiled, wet item is sitting in a pail awaiting washing. Though hemp has 3x the strength of cotton, it depends on being blended with cotton for softness in an insert. Hemp inserts do tend to be a bit stiff when line-dried, but they do soften with repeated washings and can also be machine dried with wool drier balls to soften up, too.
As with hemp, bamboo has distinct eco-health benefits, too. Like hemp, bamboo has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial qualities and is very absorbent as well as highly wicking. It retains 70% more moisture than cotton, is hypoallergenic, and great for babies with sensitive skin. It is softer than both cotton and hemp. Bamboo is a quickly renewable resource that does not depend on pesticides for growth. It also releases 30% more oxygen into the environment than a traditional tree.
EcoPosh Wool Diaper Cover as well as a One Size EcoPosh Recycled Organic Fitted Pocket Diaper made from recycled water bottles, organic cotton, and bamboo. Both of these are available in Newborn versions as described below.
The Rumparooz G2 is an all-around, quality diaper that will take your little one from birth to potty training with superb function, fit, comfort, quality, and ease of use. For those that are new to cloth diapering, it does require a learning curve, which can quickly be overcome if a little time is spent learning how it functions. Stuffing the pocket is easy and laundering the G2 is straightforward. It even suits those looking for an eco-friendlier choice in cloth diapering.
Though the Rumparooz G2 is a pricier option to invest in at the very beginning compared to other brands of cloth diapers, we feel if that if the pocketbook allows, it is a extra cost that is well worthwhile. It shines in performance, quality, and comfort. Additionally, the entire system can be placed in the drier on low which can save time if that is necessary. Take a peek at our price value chart for a visual. Considering the lifetime cost of disposable diapering, your savings will still be substantial going with the G2 system.
We love the Rumparooz G2 for its customizable absorbency, superb fit, unsurpassed comfort, quality with great attention to detail, plush comfort, and ease of use. We didn't mind the set up for this diaper because the spacious pocket, fluffy softness and superb absorption made up for it. It offers maximum comfort on baby with exceptional functionality. If you are okay not being able to reuse a cover during changes and a little more laundry, we definitely recommend Rumparooz G2, our Editors' Choice.
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