bumGenius Reusable Cloth Nappy Starter & Value Packs

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bumGenius Reusable Cloth Nappy Starter & Value Packs

bumGenius Value Packs save you even more money. And to give you greater flexibility and options, you can chose a mix of Elemental Organic, V5 pocket nappies and Freetime all-in-ones.

You can also chose your favourite colours that are in stock at the time - just add your preferred colours in the comments box at the checkout or mention if you want boy/girl or neutral colours and we'll do our best to accommodate you.

Here are the best value bumGenius bundles for you:

* Little Genius Value Set (5 Nappies):

- A MIX of 2 x Elemental Organic All in One, 2 x Freetime All in One and 1 x V5 Pocket Nappy  (includes at least 1 print and 4 solid colours).

- OR A FULL SET of 5 Elemental or 5 Freetime or  5 V5 pocket nappies of your choice (includes at least 1 print and 4 solid colours).

* Middle Genius Value Set (10 Nappies):

- A MIX of 4 x Elemental Organic All in One, 4 x Freetime All in One and 2 x V5 Pocket Nappies (includes at least 2 prints).

- OR A FULL SET of 10 x Elemental or 10 x Freetime or 10 x V5 nappies of your choice (includes at least 2 prints)

- FREE delivery

* Big Genius Value Set - Everything you need to become a cloth nappy supremo!:

- A MIX of 8 x Elemental Organic All in One, 8 x Freetime All in One and 4 x V5 Pocket Nappies (includes at least 4 prints).

- OR A FULL SET of 20 x Elemental or 20 x Freetime or 20 x V5 nappies of your choice (includes at least 4 prints).

- FREE delivery

What is the difference between the different types of nappies listed?

Let's give you a bit of lowdown on each type of bumGenius nappy you can buy in our value packs:

bumGenius Elemental Reusable Cloth Nappies

bumGenius Elementals are made from organic, natural fibers next to your baby’s bottom.  The newly improved, one-size, one-piece, all-in-one (AIO) nappy is an ideal, natural solution that doesn’t compromise performance. Multiple layers of luxuriously soft, 100% organic cotton provide optimal absorbency, while gentle elastic and waterproof outer cover prevents leaks. Don't be fooled by its slimness, it's as good if not better than the rest when it comes to absorbency. The tabs stretch for a perfect fit and combined with snap fasteners they make using cloth nappies easy. The all-in-one "no-stuff" system is an ideal solution for busy families with children in creche. It really is as easy to use as a disposable nappy. Using the snaps on the front of the nappy, adjust the size if needed, put the nappy on your baby, wash, dry and re-use. No extra steps. No stuffing. No cover required. These Elemental one-size are designed to fit most babies weighing between 7 and 35 pounds (pretty much birth to potty training).

Features of Elementals:

  • Fully-lined with 6 layers of absorbent, 100% organic cotton
  • Waterproof outer cover prevents leaks
  • Accessible, replaceable, gentle elastic designed specifically for cloth nappies
  • Durable 3x3 snaps adjusts the sizing to fit small, medium and large as babies grow (approximately 8-35+ pounds)
  • Trim, snug and comfortable stretchy tabs provide a custom fit

bumGenius Freetime All in One Nappies:

bumGenius Freetimes are a firm favourite. They are an All-In-One, which means everything is included and sewn together, so there's no stuffing like a pocket nappy. The two flaps are arranged to adjust the absorbency and to dry quickly. Fold the flaps in different ways to accommodate more absorbency in front, middle, or back. The multiple layers of stay dry lined microfibre make this a very simple to use cloth nappy, and also quite quick drying.

bumGenius Freetimes and V5s feature a patent pending butterfly closure system to provide a comfortable, trim fit. This simple design makes cloth nappies as easy as using disposables. The Freetime "no-stuff" system with semi-attached inserts is an ideal solution for families with a child in day-care or family members resistant to cloth nappies! Using the snaps on the front of the nappy, adjust the size if needed, put the nappy on your baby, wash, dry and re-use. No extra steps. No stuffing. No cover required. These one-size nappies are designed to fit most babies weighing between 8 and 35 pounds. This is a really simple to use all in one, once again bumGenius have proved themselves to be GENIUS when it comes to cloth nappies!

Features of Freetimes:

  • Semi-attached, stay dry inserts dry faster and allow for customized absorbency where your child needs it most
  • Stay dry material is a manmade microfibre fleece which is quick to dry.
  • 3×3 snap down design* adjusts the sizing to fit small, medium and large sizes (approximately 8-35+ pounds)
  • Trim, snug and comfortable stretchy tabs* provide a custom fit
  • One step cloth nappy - no stuffing!
  • Two rows of snaps ensure a trim, bumGenius fit every time!
  • Gentle leg elastic contains the mess!

The soft, waterproof outer fabric keeps the nappy trim on your newborn or toddler. Soft, sueded inner fabric gently wicks moisture away from your baby's skin. Super stretchy, gentle leg and back elastic with rolled out casings keeps the yuk in and help to keep red marks away.

bumGenius V5 Pocket Nappies:

This one size nappy can be used from birth to potty - no need to buy small, medium and large sizes, you can adjust this one as your baby grows (from approx 8-35 pounds), saving you money and hassle.  Made up of a soft outer nappy with a pocket which holds the inner pad - both of which get washed each time (hence the name pocket nappy).

Features of V5s:

  • Easy to dry – the 2 part nappy is quick to dry and the inserts can be placed in a tumble dryer if needed (all in one nappies like Freetimes and Elementals aren't recommended for a dryer as the outer waterproofing is attached to the nappy and can't go in the dryer).
  • The pocket style allows for customized absorbency and extra boosting with additional inserts where your child needs it most
  • Stay dry material is a manmade microfibre fleece which is quick to dry.
  • 3×3 snap down design* adjusts the sizing to fit small, medium and large sizes (approximately 8-35+ pounds)
  • Trim, snug and comfortable stretchy tabs* provide a custom fit
  • Two rows of snaps ensure a trim, bumGenius fit every time!
  • Wide slot makes it easy to stuff and remove the insert. 
  • Slot cover keeps your baby protected from wetness. 
  • New waterproof insert stopper prevents leaking at the tummy. 
  • Gentle leg elastic contains the mess!

No soaking required - leave them in a dry plastic bucket with a sealed lid or a zippered wetbag until you are ready to do a wash (usually every 2 -3 days). Check out our nappy bucket mesh bag to make it even easier from bucket to machine.

Some things to consider when choosing Elementals, Freetimes or V5 pocket nappies: 

- Freetimes and Elementals inserts are attached already so there is no need to stuff the insert into the pocket nappy, saving you time.

- Elementals are made from the most environmentally friendly material - organic cotton - so is the best option for the environment. The only downside is natural materials will take longer to dry.

- V5s are a little more flexible in that you can easily stuff the outer pocket with extra inserts if you have a heavy wetter or when your baby needs extra absorbency at night.

- V5 inserts can be tumble dried, Freetimes/Elementals cannot because the waterproof outer is attached.

- Freetimes have more microfleece overall for increased absorbency but even so are a slightly slimmer fit than the V5. Elementals are a surprisingly slim fit for such good absorbency.

- Colours and closure options are the same for all three types.

How many do I need?

We recommend approx 20 nappies. You will probably go through approx 6-8 a day, especially in the early days, so this amount means you will only have to do a wash every 2-3 days approx - some nappies will be drying, some will be in the wash and some will be ready to use.

How do I wash them?

Pre-wash cold. Wash hot (100F/40C) with your usual full dose of detergent  Extra rinse. Line Dry. No fabric softeners. 

Before their first use, wash them at 40 degrees one or two times without detergent - this will help increase the initial absorbency and 'fluff them up' to hold more moisture.

When a nappy is dirty, place it in a DRY bucket with a lid or in a zippered wetbag (check out our Planetwise brand) until ready to wash. bumGenius are easy to wash at up to 60 degrees. You can use a little antibacterial nappy wash if you are washing at 30/40 degrees (check out our Bio D Nappy Wash) as not all bacteria is killed at less than 60. On occasion, or each time, you can also prewash cold, then do your normal hot wash. This stops urine from 'locking in' by rinsing it out first.

NB: Never use fabric conditioner/softener as this will also greatly decrease absorbency. 

Easy to dry – line drying outdoors is best but when that's not possible, line dry indoors on a clothes horse, or maybe in a hot press or even use a dehumidifier - they are great for damp houses. Leave on a sunny windowsill to watch stains disappear!  V5s inserts can be tumble dried on a low heat but all-in-ones like Elemental and Freetimes can't as the waterproof outer is attached. 

What are disposable nappy liners?

Disposable nappy liners are thin sheets of paper that can sit inside the bumGenius nappy (top layer nearest the skin) to help keep them cleaner after your baby does a number two. The liner can be binned with any solid waste inside it and the nappy itself stays much cleaner for the washing machine. We highly recommend that you use nappy liners along with your cloth nappies as they will make life much easier! We stock liners by Popolini on a roll (suitable for newborns) or in a box (suitable for all ages). We also recommend that you use liners if you are using nappy creams so that the oil doesn't get stuck on the material affecting its ability to wick moisture away from your babies bum. You can also use reusable washable nappy liners made from fleece.

Still a bit confused???

Don't worry - you aren't alone, researching cloth nappies is a minefield!! If you have any questions at all that haven't been answered here, pleas drop us an email and we will do our best to help.  You can also read some of our blog articles here

Delivery & Returns

Order by 2pm for next day delivery

Place your order with us before 2pm and we will pick and pack your order the same day for next day delivery with DPD nationwide.

FREE DELIVERY in the Republic of Ireland on orders over €75!!!

We use the following providers to get your order to you as quickly and cheaply as possible:

DPD Couriers: €4.99 for next working day delivery up to 21kgs within Ireland.

Most orders will arrive with you the following day. Sometimes deliveries may take 2 days depending on what time you place your order. 2pm is our cut off for next day delivery but sometimes we can still add your order to the collection after this time. On rare occasions orders may take more than 2 days to deliver and we will let you know what the hold up is if this is the case.


We aim to use the least amount of packaging possible so we reuse the boxes and packaging we receive from suppliers so don't be alarmed if your new bubble bath arrives in a baby wipes box!

Click and Collect Orders:

Your click and collect orders are usually ready to collect within minutes of placing your order. We're open for click and collect from 10-5 Monday to Friday.  (If you need urgent breastfeeding items etc outside of these hours, please get in touch with siobhan@earthmother.ie and we'll try our best to get them to you).

1. At the sliding gates entrance to 49 Grange Avenue, turn left into the parking spaces nearest the back building. Follow the pedestrian walkway behind the yellow rail. If you've a little one in the car or want to maintain more social distance, give us a ring on 01-8397637 and we'll bring your order to your car. 

2. On foot, please stay left behind the yellow lines on the pedestrian walkway and don't cross the working forklift yard. 

Please do not drive or walk into the working yard/forklift area. 


Turn into the industrial estate from Grange Road. 
Take a left at the first T junction
Number 49 is the last building on the right hand side (Brown building with sign for Heterochem at the front). Turn left at the gated entrance and around the corner for our parking spots. 

Northern Ireland
We do ship to Northern Ireland with DPD at a cost of €4.99. We do not offer free shipping to NI.

Europe Deliveries:

Shipping to Europe costs from €7.50 and takes 2+ days depending on your location - we ship through DPD Couriers & An Post. 

UK Deliveries:

Unfortunately since Brexit we cant ship to you in the UK without setting up a UK VAT number and as a small business its not an option for us, so we can’t ship anything unfortunately.

Worldwide deliveries:

We can use An Post Registered Post to ship around the world. Get in touch to discuss prices. 

Returns Policy:

You may return new, unopened items within 14 days of delivery for a full refund.

We'll also pay the return shipping costs if the return is a result of our error (you received an incorrect or defective item, etc.).

You should expect to receive your refund within one week of giving your package to the return shipper, however, in many cases you will receive a refund more quickly. This time period includes the transit time for us to receive your return from the shipper (2 to 4 business days), the time it takes us to process your return once we receive it (1 to 2 business days), and the time it takes your bank to process our refund request (5 to 10 business days).

You may return unworn garments like Modi Bodi Period Underwear or Boba baby wraps only in original unopened packaging for a credit or refund within 30 days of your purchase.

If you need to return an item, simply send us an email telling us what the item is and why you wish to return it. We will then email you instructions on how to return it to us to get your refund. Alternatively call us on +353 1 839 7637.

Customer Reviews (19)
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19 Reviews:

Good quality and easy laundering
22 April 2024  | 

These nappies were my favourite. The best bit is how easy they are to launder. The shell dries quickly on the clothes horse .

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06 August 2020  | 

I got the organic cotton pack with 10 nappies and free liners. They are very good nappies. Leak as much as the biodegradable nappies when they get too full. (not much). The nappies can last the night as long as you put one on just before bed and take it off asap in the morning. When drying them by air turn them inside out and the dry within 24hr. For tumble dry I have a baby care setting and the nappies have come out perfect. With only the 10 nappies, I put a wash on every night and have a constant cycle going, I do think I need to get 10 more to put washes on every second or third day. The liners are great when they poo as you just get rid of all the solid and then wash the nappy under the tap before putting it in the machine. The service from Earth Mother was great, I did email and they got back to me the same day with a nice manner and helpfulness. I have been using this site for 2 years (if not longer) now and its always been perfect.

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Best value I found and great service
09 July 2019  | 

I'm so happy with my purchase - they went the extra mile to make sure I had a good mix of colours and patterns and I'm happy to find the nappies live up to their reputation and are excellent. We're actually using less nappies than we would normally because they're so reliable and absorbent. My son seems so comfortable in them too.

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Reusable nappies package
21 March 2019  | 

Great quality !!!!

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Recommend as starter pack
10 February 2019  | 

We purchased the ‘middle genius value set’, which was a mix of freetime, pocket nappies and organic cotton; and this was our introduction to cloth nappies. We've been using these for over 1 year, since our son was approx. 1 month. We used a mix of disposable and cloth for the first 8 months, with disposable used mostly in case of emergency (i.e. forgetting to put on a wash when we hadn’t built up our ‘stash’!), and we only use cloth nappies now. They have plenty of snaps and good elastic to ensure a snug fit, and the colours and patterns are very cute. We have a bucket to store them in at home, and put on a ‘nappy wash’ every 2nd day. We have reusable washable wet bags to store the used nappy when we’re out and about.

Out of the 3 types of nappies in the pack, organic cotton takes the longest to dry on the clothes horse/line, and although it took us a little while to get the hang of tucking in the cotton after putting on the nappies (so that they don’t leak), they work perfectly. I really like the organic cotton nappies. My husband prefers Freetime nappies as they are easiest to put on (less tucking required and no stuffing). Freetime take a little longer to dry than the pocket nappies as we dry them on a clothes horse/line. The liners for the pocket nappies can be put in the dryer, and it is easy to stuff the nappies. I’m glad we bought the mix as they all have their good points and differences. Tucking, stuffing and/or folding all take a matter of seconds.

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Excellent service
11 October 2018  | 

Great product, excellent service and prompt delivery. Would recommend to anyone. The staff at earthmother couldn’t be more helpful.

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4 years later and as good as new
30 July 2018  | 

I bought the value pack 4 years ago (Sept 2014). The service provided by Earthmother was great, both in terms of guidance and advice over the phone, and in terms of delivery. In July 2018, we had our second child and the nappies are still as good as new which I find impressive. In spite of the occasional leaking, I would strongly recommend BumGenius. I prefer the V5 pocket design (with buttons rather than Velcro) which is suitable for newborns as well as toddlers (unlike Freetime all-in-one).

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24 July 2018  | 

This value pack was great for trying different types. They are all absorbent (no leaks) but it made realise the drying time was the most important factor for our household. Easy washing. My partner not a big fan of all the buttons. Otherwise I find them great

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Cloth nappies
12 February 2018  | 

Love the nappies! Siobhan was so helpful and great to deal with. After using the trial pack I was sold! The trial is a great idea! Thanks for all your help Siobhan

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Free time nappies
07 October 2017  | 

Love these nappies so much! Made the switch from disposables and haven't looked back! They came quickly and Siobhan was very helpful

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