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bumGenius Leg Elastic

Replacing the leg elastic in bumGenius 4.0 diapers is super easy and helps you get more wear out of your diapers. Most of our 4.0s were purchased before the birth of our second son over 2 years ago and have been worn and washed many times. Being worn by toddlers, repeated washings and age caused the leg elastic to relax and it was time to replace the leg elastic in preparation for the arrival of baby #3!

The bumGenius 4.0 diaper is my favorite diaper, which is why my diaper stash primarily consists of them. We do have several bumGenius 3.0s that are nearly 4 years old, have been worn by 2 babies and have already had the leg elastic replaced.

Replacing the leg elastic in the bumGenius 4.0 is simple since they are designed for easy leg elastic repair. (This is not the case for the 3.0s, the leg casings are completely, making  this process a little more difficult. I’ll be replacing the elastic in our 3.0s for the second time to get some more wear out of those diapers too).

Supplies Needed:

Supplies

  • Elastic (1/4″ elastic, cut in 4.5″ strips)*
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors

*I purchased 1/4″ elastic which will cost me about $2 to replace all the elastic in my diapers.

Directions:

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Step 1 – Turn diaper inside out.

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Step 2 – Locate one end of the elastic.

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Step 3 – Pull a bit of the existing elastic out of the seam.

 

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Step 4 – Take a new piece of elastic and sew onto the end of the existing elastic.

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Step 5 – Make sure your stitches are tight and the new elastic is secure on the old piece.

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Step 6 – Sew the opposite end of the new elastic onto the old elastic to prepare to pull it through the seam. Be sure this stitching is secure. You do not want the stitches to come apart while in the leg casing.

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Step 7 – Snip the old elastic near where the new piece is sewn on.

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Step 8 – Once the old elastic has been snipped, prepare to pull the new piece through the casing.

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Step 9 – Go to the opposite end and pull on the existing elastic which will pul the new elastic through the casing.

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Step 10 – The new elastic is through the casing and ready to be sewn on the other side.

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Step 11 – While holding onto the new elastic that has been pulled through (so it doesn’t fall back into the casing), snip off the end of the old elastic. Remove the stitches holding the new and old elastic together.

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Step 12 – It’s now time to sew the new elastic onto the small piece of old elastic.

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Step 13 – Securely sew the new elastic onto the end of the old elastic.

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Step 14 – Once the new elastic is securely sewn onto the end of the old elastic, you’re finished! You’re replaced one side of the leg elastic!

One Side Replaced

The elastic on the left has been replaced while the right side is the old elastic. You can see the difference replacing the elastic makes.

Replaced Leg Elastic

This shows you the difference replacing the leg elastic can make. The diaper on the left just had the elastic replaced while the diaper on the right has not. Over time and after many wears and washes, the elastic relaxes and makes the diaper bigger. Replacing the leg elastic gives new life to your diapers and makes them able to fit small babies.

It takes me about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on distractions, to replace the elastic in each diaper. It is well worth the time to extend the life of our diapers.

Replacing the back elastic follows the same steps as the leg elastic. The back elastic tends to wear slower so you may not even need to replace it.

Once I finish replacing all of the elastic in our diapers, we’ll have like new diapers ready for our new baby and will only have spent $2!

These diapers have been well worth the investment, 10 of them are nearly 4 years old and the rest are over 2 years old. We haven’t had to purchase any cloth diapers at all for baby number 3 since the ones we already have are in such wonderful shape.

I hope this tutorial helps you replace the leg elastic in your diapers and extend their life!

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How to Replace bumGenius 4.0 Leg Elastic

 

When Weston was on the way, I was so intimidated by the thought of cloth diapering two! You’d think after cloth diapering for over a year and a half, I’d just need to purchase more diapers and we’d be ready for our new addition. It really was that simple but I definitely over thought it at the time worrying about the ‘perfect’ number of diapers and the wash routine.

After cloth diapering two for 6 months, I can honestly say it is not easy {nothing about having two littles ones is} but it’s not hard either. 

With Paxton, we had 24 diapers which was a comfortable amount with our wash routine. By the time Weston arrived and I began cloth diapering at 2 weeks, we had added 18 more diapers bringing our total diapers to 42. This was a comfortable amount of diapers for two children. I never ran out of diapers but there were a few days that I’d be a bit nervous when we were down to one or two diapers while the inserts were in the dryer!

My wash routine was every day and a half and sometimes every day! Washing large loads of 24-30 diapers wasn’t getting the diapers clean, so I split the loads up washing covers/pockets separate from inserts/prefolds/wipes. I’d line dry the covers and dry the inserts in the dryer and by the time the inserts were out of the dryer, the covers would have line dried.

Cloth diapering two definitely means you’re doing laundry a lot more often but every time I’d do a load of laundry, I’d remind myself of all the disposables that weren’t going in the trash as well as the money I was saving (I can’t imagine the expense of two in disposable diapers!)

If you’re thinking about cloth diapering two babies, don’t over think it or worry about it too much. Find the amount of diapers you’re comfortable with and involve your husband in the wash routine so you get an occasional break from the constant laundry!

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When we first started cloth diapering, we would take disposables with us when we were on the go and didn’t even want to think about leaving home with cloth diapers.

After a month of cloth diapering at home, I purchased a wet bag  to store the soiled diapers in while we were away from home.

The only extra things you need to cloth diaper on the go are a wet bag and a wipes container. We use a disposable wipes container to hold our cloth wipes and a medium wet bag .

When I’m getting ready to leave the house, I put several wipes into the wipes container and grab diapers and a wet bag.

I tuck the diapers, wipes and wet bag into our diaper bag and we’re ready to go. The diaper bag also contains my personal items (wallet, keys, cellphone) in the flower print bag, an extra bodysuit for Weston and a muslin blanket which I use as a nursing cover. I also have stashed a burp cloth and 2 bibs in the outside pockets!

Cloth diapers take up more room in a diaper bag than disposables but if you try to pack lightly, it shouldn’t make that much of a difference. I can easily fit up to 4 cloth diapers in my diaper bag. The boys also have small backpacks that I send to church which hold 2 diapers, a wet bag and wipes as well as extra clothes and a sippy or bottle.

Changing cloth diapers while away from home is easy thanks to the wet bag. I simply place the soiled diaper into the wet bag and put the wet bag back into the diaper bag.

I typically change the boys in the car so I don’t attempt to dump solids, I just place the entire diaper in the wet bag. If I change the diaper in a restroom, I will dump any solids.

When I get back home, I take the diapers out of the wet bag and put them in the diaper diaper pail.

Cloth diapering away from home really is easy!

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When you begin cloth diapering, you typically start at home and then once you get comfortable with it, you try leaving home with cloth diapers. After you’re comfortable with leaving home with your baby in cloth then traveling with cloth diapers is the next step!

We’ve visited our parents and taken a few overnight trips with the boys 100% in cloth and it’s simple. It just requires a bit of planning to have your diaper stash washed and ready to go when you leave.

Traveling with cloth diapers is really easy and saves money!

Do you travel with your cloth diapers?

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