Elemental Joy Review

Elemental Joy Review

I have a special place in my heart for Cotton Babies cloth diapers. Econobums prefolds & covers were our first cloth diapers. Next, bumGenuis 4.0 cloth diapers were our first pockets and cloth diapering sparked my interest for Eco-friendly brands and this website! When I saw that Cotton Babies was releasing yet another line of diapers, Elemental Joy, I had to order some to test out! Here is our review of Elemental Joy, lots of photos and some affiliate links for purchase.

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I ordered a set of diapers and thought these would be great to test out. I was excited to open the package and have my first look at this diaper line. To be honest, my initial reaction wasn’t great. The diapers felt thin compared to our BG 4.0 and 5.0 diapers and the flat insert felt very much like the thickness of a flour sack towel. However, I knew I needed to prep the insert and give this a full test drive before making an real judgement. Take a look below. My son is nearly 2 and 38 lbs, he really shows the max size for diapers for babies and toddlers.

Elemental Joy Features

  • One Size pocket style diaper
    • Fits babies approximately 8-35lbs
  • Pocket accommodates any diaper insert for customized absorbency
    • Comes with a Birdseye flat
  • Birdseye flat diaper inserts
    • Requires prepping/several washes to reach full potential
    • 27″ x 27″ / 100% Cotton
      • 100% cotton
      • 27 x 27 inches
      • Fold in different ways to customize fit and absorbency
      • Single layer washes easily and dries quickly
  • 3 x 3 snap down rise for adjustment
  • Waterproof PUL outer layer
  • Pocket Diaper is Made in the USA!!
  • Insert is Made in the USA or Made in Pakistan
    • of domestic or imported materials
  • Warm wash, tumble dry low or line dry

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elemental joy reivew

elemental joy reivew

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elemental joy inserts

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Elemental Joy compared to bumGenius 5.0

If you’re shopping at Cotton Babies and wondering if the BG 5.0 is worth more than double of the Elemental Joy, you’ll want to see this comparison. While the Elemental Joy comes with a Birdseye flat, the BG 5.0 comes with a synthetic microfiber insert. One point for Elemental Joy, I prefer natural fiber inserts.

Major differences are the presence of the fabric fold on the stay-dry lining, aka blowout flap, on the back of the 5.0, a slightly larger cut for the Elemental Joy. Another difference is the presence of PUL on the inside of the 5.0. This helps prevent pee from wicking up onto clothing and covers some of the top snaps. However, if you change baby as often as needed and have enough absorbency hopefully pee-wicking won’t be an issue.

The snap pattern and placement seems identical. The lining and PUL (waterproof layer) of the BG 5.0 does feel a bit thicker. The BG 5.0 also has a stretch to the tab and full stay-dry lining throughout the diaper. As you can see, there is PUL piping all the way around the Elemental Joy diaper. Is this better? That’s really personal preference.

The line is fairly new so time will tell about differences in durability and leg elastic relaxation.

Is the BG5.0 better? I think this diaper has the upper hand with the insert and the price is amazing. I invested in similarly priced Alva baby straight from China diapers for my 3rd son. They were used for 3+ years with great durability. For this price…it’s a USA made cloth diaper with a natural fiber insert. You can’t go wrong! Move over “China cheapies” there’s a new, quality affordable diaper in town!

 

elemental joy compared to bumgenius

elemental joy reivew compared to bumGenius

elemental joy reivew compared to bumgenius

elemental joy reivew

elemental joy reivew

Overall impression

I found that after fully prepping the insert and pad folding it, I got 10 layers! Yes! 10 layers! To my surprise, I like this diaper. It’s a bit bigger than the 5.0 you see above, but fits the flat cloth diaper really well. I would recommend these to someone searching for a great priced cloth diaper that competes with similar low-cost diapers (without the CPSIA compliance) from overseas.

High-five Cotton Babies.

Downsides? Like I said, we’ll see over time if the diapers prove to be durable. However, Cotton Babies has great customer service so I wouldn’t let that deter you from adding these.

The flat may not be enough absorbency for heavy wetting babies…but then again, what is? However you can easily add a booster to the diaper and a flat is so easy to wash and dry!

Where to buy

Kelly’s Closet (USA)

Nicki’s diapers USA)

Lagoon Baby (Canada)

CozyBums (Canada)

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Ashley Spooner
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Ashley Spooner

Good to know it will fit my almost 2 year old whose 35 lbs!!! He’s getting so big so not all OS fit

Ashley+Chassereau+Parks
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Ashley+Chassereau+Parks

I love that they are made in the US. I wonder about the elasticity over time too. I really like the price too! I will have to look at getting some of these for baby #3. I need to replace some of the diapers I used through my older two girls.

Ashley Spooner
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Ashley Spooner

Good to know it will fit my almost 2 year old whose 35 lbs!!

Barbara
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Barbara

Sounds like a real good diaper. I like that they’re USA made. I also prefer the natural fibers and am learning quick about all the different inserts and covers. We haven’t bought a lot yet as some articles suggest you find which you prefer first. My daughter will become a mother in April and will be using cloth. I will be the primary sitter and be doing the laundry as her job is long hours.

Alyssandra Church
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Alyssandra Church

i tried alva baby diapers and had little success they just dont hold up but i love the price is comprable and I like bumGenius Elemental diaper the brand is over all really good, and of course I prefer a diaper made in the United States.

Denise Beeman
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Denise Beeman

I wondered if the pul was thinner like the econobum covers. I know that it works but I really prefer a thicker pul most of the time. I am a flat lover but like pockets for quick changes when out and about. At the price it is very tempting to invest in more.

Tamber Couch
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Tamber Couch

Thank you for this review these look awesome I’d love to try them.

Molly
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Molly

Thanks for the review! I absolutely love my 4.0 and 5.0, and would be interested to try this elemental as well.

Katelyn Deveraux
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Katelyn Deveraux

Definitely a good review. It is always nice to support USA made products but sometimes it is just too expensive. It looks like this one will be in a good price range and like you said it is made with natural fibers. We will definitely be looking at this when our first arrives 🙂

Wendy
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Wendy

Great review! These certainly sound like they are worth trying. Love the price point, made in the US, fibre content – and they are such cute diapers!

Marie
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Marie

Elemental joy sounds like a great diaper, especially for the price! I love how trim they fit as well.

Amanda Joosten
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Amanda Joosten

I love your reviews they are always such a great deciding factor for me. When deciding on something for the kiddo I love to check your page first. Never tried these but would love to.

Rachael Ross
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Rachael Ross

I have gotten several diapers from Cotton Babies and love per using their website.. I love all my BG diapers, so it would be fun to try this diaper.. When I first started cloth diapering three years ago, microfiber was what came with pockets.. Now there are so many natural optipns to try..

Rachael Thibodeaux
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Rachael Thibodeaux

Thank you for the review. I am going to be a first-time cloth diaperer and am trying to figure out what will be the best and easiest diapers to use. There are so many options, LOL!

Alison
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Alison

Looking forward to trying this brand of diapers!

Helle Thorup
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Helle Thorup

Thanks for a great review. Can’t wait to try these out. All the pictures were super helpful to get a better feel of the diaper.

Megan Krous
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Awesome selection, love that I can use the diapers for a longer amount of time. Oh and huge plus being made in the US.

Anne
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Anne

Kudos to Cotton Babies for an America-made, budget friendly pocket diaper!

Bailey
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I’m a little conflicted on the EJ. The idea seems great, but I admit I get a little frustrated with mine as time goes on. I love how big it fits, but there seem to be a growing cut discrepancies and the snaps.

Bailey
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The Elemental Joy is a great idea, but I’m not entirely sold on it. It’s not a favourite in my stash but I’ve never liked microseude, AWJ is much nicer material.

Heather Johnson
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I love the design and the price point!