Imagine, you are holding your precious bundle of joy and all of a sudden you feel something warm and wet only to discover its a….LEAK!
I’ve been there.
I’ve shuddered in embarrassment as my friend held my baby and found herself covered in warm liquid. I’ve woken up my baby only to find out he was wet from a leak. I’ve taken my baby out of the car seat hoping that it’s just sweat, but finding out it’s not. But what’s worse than pee?
Nothing is more terrifying than a baby excreting feces out of every crevice of their diaper. A poop-splosion will leave you in a state of panic and is never a fun or easy task to clean up. I laugh at the image of my husband shouting, “Oh my….it’s everywhere!!!”
These constant leaky diapers and blowouts lead to several outfit changes, baths, and loads of laundry (a mom’s worst nightmare).
What if you could avoid this by choosing the right diaper?
The variety of diaper brands today is abundant and it can be overwhelming deciding which brand to choose. For most parents, choosing the right diaper is done through trial and error. Like those parents, I tried every diaper imaginable and what I have come to realize is that you should be picky about your diapers. That’s why I have chosen to use Green(er) diapers!
Why Choose Green(er) or Cleaner?
When choosing diapers, I suggest picking a brand that is labeled hypoallergenic and eco-friendly for two reasons: 1) for the environment 2) sensitivity in child.
Obviously, the most earth friendly diaper is a cloth one and if you can do that, kudos to you! For myself, I didn’t like the idea of having to carry around a dirty diaper all day and all the loads of laundry I would have to do if we cloth diapered. If you are conscious of what pollution you are putting into the earth, look for a diaper that is biodegradable.
Many children have sensitivities to the materials used in generic diaper brands. Repeatedly breaking out in a diaper rash is often an allergic reaction to a diaper. Look for diapers that are labeled hypoallergenic, without chlorine bleaching, fragrance, and lotion. For me, I wanted to eliminate the chance of my little one having a reaction to generic brands so I chose to go green from day one.
Which Brand Do I Choose?
When buying diapers, I consider the following: accessibility, environmental impact, price, and performance.
Maybe I’m just a lazy mom, but I prefer to buy brands that I have easy access to (Amazon, Target, Kroger, etc.) and that I don’t have to hunt down. So my top 5 are all easily accessible diapers that you can send your husband to the store to buy or that you can buy in one-click.
Did I mention babies use A LOT of diapers? A lot of diapers = a lot of money. Diapers shouldn’t break the bank. Being a stay-at-home mom our family is dependent on one income. For that reason, I always choose diapers in an affordable price range.
Most importantly, I choose diapers based on their performance! I need my diapers to offer protection, comfort, and be reliable. I need my diapers to save me from having to do another load of laundry or give my baby yet another bath.
Before I share my favorite green diapers, I would like to note that there are much greener diapers than these. But like I said, my diaper choices have to fit all of these requirements!
I hope my honest review of these diapers will help you in making your diaper decision!
My Green Diaper Choices
- Pampers Pure
- Amazon Mama Bear
- Seventh Generation
- Honest Company
Environmental Impact: Free of chlorine bleaching, fragrance, parabens, and latex. Made with 100% certified renewable electricity and sustainably sourced wood pulp. Not biodegradable.
Fit and Comfort: Pampers Pure come in subtle prints that are gender neutral and utterly adorable! The diapers are a soft cotton material. Pampers Pure seem thinner than most diapers.
Absorbancey: Pampers Pure Diapers have a wetness indicator. Just like Pampers Baby Dry, Pampers Pure offer 12 hours of protection and they live up to their claim. While the diapers are thinner and get full faster, we use these as night-time diapers (12+ hours) and have not had any leaks!! These also do well with holding in poop, but they do not have a pocketed back waist band to hold in blowouts.
Environmental Impact: No chlorine, latex, petroleum based lotions, fragrances or dyes. Babyganics diapers contain exclusive 100% natural NeoNourish Seed Oil Blend to help nurture and support baby’s skin. They are created with the most natural and renewable plant-based ingredients. Babyganics diapers are biodegradable.
Fit and Comfort: Babyganics diapers come in a plain white design (pretty boring). They are very soft and fit baby well!
Absorbancey: Babyganics have a clear wetness indicator pattern that becomes green when wet. It can be difficult to see the indicator and often it takes awhile to appear. Babyganics also offer 12 hours of protection. We have used Babyganics at night and they are always reliable. They are also our go to diaper if we want to avoid a poop-splosion.
Price: $0. 25/each
Environmental Impact: These diapers are hypoallergenic (free of fragrance, elemental chlorine, and natural rubber latex). Not biodegradable. These diapers are the least environmental friendly of the 5.
Design: Honestly, I bought these diapers because of the name and the adorable bear print (duhhhhh). These diapers do come in two prints: white and the bear print. They are comparable to Huggies and have a Quilted liner, pocketed back waistband, flexible leg cuffs and are comparable. By far, these are the best fit and softest of all the diapers we have tried!
Absorbancey: Mama Bear diapers claim to have 12 hours of protection. However, we have experienced leaks before in these and they aren’t always the best for blowouts. I trust these for a daytime diaper. These diapers have a clear wetness indicator.
Environmental Impact: Seventh Generation diapers have 0% chlorine bleaching in the absorbent core, no fragrances, and no lotions. The animals featured on the diapers rely on the forests their FSC® certified diapers help to protect. The inks used on the diapers are free from lead and other heavy metals. Seventh Generation diapers are biodegradable.
Design & Fit: Seventh Generation offers two designs: plain brown or an animal print. I love the animal print and find it to be gender neutral (I’ll skip the brown paper bag). The fit is OK, but the diaper is rough to the touch and stiff.
Absorbancey: These diapers are great for daytime use. They have no wetness indicator, so you’ll have to check regularly. They are not designed for overnight use or heavy wetters.
Environmental Impact: Honest Company diapers are made with naturally derived, plant-based and sustainable materials. They are made without: chemical bleaches, latex, fragrances, chlorine processing, lotions, phthlatates, optical brighteners, organotins, and most common allergens. Unlike most diaper brands, Honest Company lists all of the materials used on the back of the package. I also like that buying these diapers helps fund research. These diapers are not 100% biodegradable because of the spandex and petrochemicals.
Design & Fit: Honest Company has a TON of cute designs and prints! I was initially attracted to them because they had designs for holidays, boys, girls, and different seasons. These diapers fit well, however, the material is stiff and rough.
Absorbancey: These diapers have no wetness indicator and are a daytime diaper. While the diapers are cute, they are made of a stiff material and aren’t always the perfect fit. Because of this, I have noticed lots of leaks and blowouts while using Honest Company. Honestly (no pun intended), these are last on our list for functionality purposes.
What Do You Use?
What kind of diapers do you use or plan to use? Share with us in the comments below.
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