Let’s face it, diapers are a must when it comes to babies. Whether you choose to cloth diaper or use disposables, we all want the best for our little ones. Unfortunately, conventional diapers don’t bring the best in ingredients especially considering that diapers are on a baby pretty much 24 hours a day for the first few years of their life. So, after 4 babies and a lot of diapers, I am bringing you my picks for the best organic diaper brands!
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Why Choose Organic Diapers
This might be a new concept to you…organic diapers?! Yes, it’s absolutely a thing and it’s also a necessity in my opinion. And I am sharing why here!
Ingredients and Chemicals To Be On The Lookout For and Try to Avoid
First, you want to pick from brands that are willing to be transparent. If they won’t share their ingredients with you, then there is no way of knowing what your little one will be exposed to. Of course there are varying ingredients that makeup each diaper brand, but here are just a few to be on the lookout for when choosing what diaper is best for your babe:
Chlorine/Bleaching Agents: Bleaching is done to the ‘pulp’ of a diaper to get the desired white that so many are accustomed to when it comes to diapers. And, unfortunately a by-product of this process could be dioxin, which is a known carcinogen. There are varying ways to bleach the pulp, with some being safer than others. You can look for 100% chlorine free, unbleached or totally chlorine free (TCF) for safer diaper options.
Perfumes/Fragrance: If you are familiar at all with ‘fragrance,’ you know that if you see it listed on a label or a brand says they use ‘fragrance,’ it is important to dig in and find out exactly what makes up that fragrance.
If you want all the details, you can read my blog post Natural Perfume and Fragrance.
But, in a nutshell, when you see the word “fragrance” on a label of a product there could be dozens of other ingredients in it as well- and more like hundreds to be exact. A company does not have to disclose their exact ingredients in their fragrance since it is looked at as “trade secret” by the Food and Drug Administration.
Dyes: While dyes are what can make a diaper look a little cuter, this study found that they can also be responsible for dermatitis.
Lotions: Since the diaper manufacturers don’t have to disclose their ingredients, there is no way to know what exactly is in the lotion formulation they have chosen for their diaper. It isn’t needed for the function of the diaper and could potentially add MORE toxic chemicals for your baby to be exposed to. Plus, some babies have such sensitive skin and these can be an irritant for them.
Phthalates: Yep, even diapers can contain phthalates, which was found in this recent study. These are added to the plastic parts of the diaper for added flexibility. And since these can be absorbed through the skin and are known hormone disruptors, it is best to avoid!
VOC’s: And that same study that found phthalates in diapers also found VOC’s, because those same plastic parts of the diapers will emit VOC’s (or if there is fragrance it could be from that too). And when you consider the length of exposure for the little ones wearing diapers…it’s another one that is best to avoid when at all possible.
This list is why it is so important to stick with a brand that is transparent in their manufacturing practices as well as their ingredients!
Why get eco-friendly diapers
I think we all have a pretty good idea that there are way too many disposable diapers headed to the landfills. I mean, when I think about how many diapers we go through…it’s a lot! Obviously this will come at a price and mostly that is towards the environment.
So, when we can choose a diaper made from more eco-friendly materials, it just makes sense! An eco-friendly diaper will be made of sustainable materials such as hemp or bamboo. When looking into a diaper brand, you will be able to see if they use eco-friendly manufacturing practices as well. There are even a few options I will share below that you can compost!
Best Organic Diaper Brands
This is the cleanest diaper I’ve found on the market. It doesn’t contain any perfumes, optical brighteners, dyes, and chlorine. It’s made from 100% certified sustainable resources and the absorbent core is phthalate free. Also, the closures are latex free. I get mine from Amazon, but you can also get them at health food stores too. If your child suffers from a lot of allergies these would be a great option especially! I love how soft they are.
Most natural diapers usually feel pretty rough but not these. I also have never had issues with blowouts with these either. You can even compost parts of the diaper. They really perform well and hit all the marks when it comes to an organic diaper. The only thing I would say is they are very pricey and can add up over time. The reviews around Bambo Nature seemed to love how clean they were but there were some issues with absorbency. Of course the higher price point was something that people didn’t like also. Check them out here.
**Best Overall Organic Diaper**
These I discovered with my third baby and love them! They are made of viscose fibers from responsibly sourced bamboo. They are chlorine free, latex free, alcohol free, and fragrance free. They are even certified OEKO TEX a leading world- wide safety certifying body. Read more on OEKO TEX here. These are also great because you can just get on their diaper subscription and save money and have them delivered to your front door! They are so soft and really worked well, I didn’t have a ton of blowouts or leaks.
It was awesome being able to have them delivered. Made life so much easier as a busy mama! Overall, when reading reviews for Dyper they were all very positive and said how they were the best eco diaper they had found. The major complaint I read was how the sizes weren’t always spot on. Their sizing is a little unique compared to other brands. I would say their diapers are a little larger than average. Check them out here.
These are definitely a cleaner option overall. Free of chlorine, fragrance, and VOCs. They are made using plant-based materials but do still contain some plastic. These are faves for sure because they work! Which is huge when talking about a natural diaper. These aren’t super thick feeling but very absorbent. Hands down the best diapers for nighttime wearing. We hardly ever have any leaks, even as my kids have gotten older. My hubs is obsessed with these and always says he doesn’t want to be without them.
They are easy to find as well! You can get them on Amazon, at Target and most grocery stores in general. They may not be the absolute cleanest but they hit all the main organic components for me in a diaper. If you subscribe and save them on Amazon you can save a good amount too. The goal is to find a clean diaper, but also an effective one and these are definitely effective! When reading the Amazon reviews they are nothing but good for the most part. Many praise their absorbency and durability overall. I couldn’t agree more! Check them out here.
Unlike most diapers that sit in a landfill forever, Nest diapers do the opposite! They degrade- how cool is that. They are made from plant based and sustainable materials. The ingredients are environmentally friendly and renewable. They are also independently tested by a laboratory and are Oeko-Tex 100 & SGS certified. They are free of fragrance and chlorine. The diapers themselves are simple and white. Nothing written on them or logo. Just the diaper, which I appreciate. Upon first glance at the diapers I noticed that they appeared larger and wider than other brands of the same size. They do allow for a little more growth than typical diapers in my opinion. I really love how wide they are. It helps to keep everything inside the diaper. The diapers don’t smell at all. Another thing I love! We have had two blowouts using them but both times it was when my husband had changed him. I’m not pointing blame but he didn’t pull the diaper sides out like I usually do. I mean all you moms can feel me on this!
I love how they are softer than some other natural brands that I’ve used in the past too. They mold to the baby’s body instead of being stiff and scratchy. My hubs and I liked these when they were younger but once they got older and were crawling we noticed there were a lot more accidents. You can compost Nest diapers if they have the composting in your area, however it’s not set up for most places, so still not completely a win. Many reviews said they ran shorter, which I would agree with. They are wider and not as narrow. Several people said to size up if you’re in between sizes. The general consensus from the reviews was how soft they are, which I would agree with! Check them out here.
These are chlorine, latex, fragrance, and lotion free. They are also free of any chemical bleaches. However, they do contain plastic. The outer layer is made with plant-based plastic, while the inner layer is made with petroleum-derived plastics. They do contain a chlorine-free wood pulp too. The diaper itself is really cute. They come in a ton of fun patterns. But they aren’t the softest and feel rougher to the touch. Overall, if you’re going disposal they’re a decent option and avoid a lot of the normal irritants. They are spendier but you can save a good amount by buying them in a bundle on their website. The bundle even includes wipes! I used these a lot with my first daughter and second. I love the fun prints.
They worked well when they were younger and even up until 1 years of age. The only thing I don’t like is that they aren’t that soft and so for a newborn baby I prefer something a little less rough on the skin. They also didn’t absorb as well as some of the other diapers I mentioned. A lot of reviews on Honest Website stated they were great diapers all around. Many said they loved the new wetness indicator that was added but didn’t like how the diaper felt shorter now. Overall, the reviews were pretty in the middle on Amazon and Honest.com. A good organic diaper but not great. Check them out here.
These are chlorine, latex, dye and perfume free. They are made from renewable resources of corn and wheat starch. They are a lot softer than the Seventh Generation Diapers and the Honest Diapers. They also have a really good absorbency overall. They aren’t as expensive and easy to find. I found they were a little narrower overall but worked great. I didn’t have any major issues with leakage or blowouts. My biggest complaint is not being able to find them as easily as I used too. They used to carry them at Target, but not anymore. I’ve been able to find them at Walmart and Amazon. But not all sizes. And if you go to their website they redirect you to Amazon but as I mentioned Amazon didn’t carry all the sizes? So not sure what’s happening. Many reviews I read on Amazon stated they had issues with their baby getting rashes with these diapers. I never experienced that myself but it seems like something to note if you do have a baby that has sensitive skin. However, many people commented that they preferred these over many natural diaper brands like Honest and Seventh Generation. Check them out here.
This is a tried and true brand that really delivers on all the fronts, especially when it comes to budget friendly organic diapers. It can also easily be found at Target! And every mom said yes. These are latex free, chlorine free, petroleum free and fragrance free. They’re made from plant-derived materials and a unique oil blend called NeoNourish. NeoNourish is a blend of sunflower, cranberry, raspberry, tomato and black cumin seed oils. The diapers also have a wetness indicator that’s nice for knowing when the next change needs to happen. They’re not the softest diapers but not rough or scratchy like the Honest brand diapers. These worked well when they were younger. I noticed as they got older they didn’t work as well when it came to my little guy. But I liked them for my daughters. From the reviews I read on Amazon many had similar experiences. Liking them when their baby was younger and not as much as their baby got older and bigger. They felt they didn’t hold up as well and they had more blowouts. All reviews seemed to agree that the price was so good! Check them out here.
Earth and Eden
This was a new brand to me when having my fourth baby. I hadn’t seen them before. You can find them on Amazon and they are pretty budget friendly. They are free from free from lotions, parabens, latex, fragrance, and chlorine bleaching. I could tell initially when opening them that they were a little wider than many diapers. I didn’t have any blowouts using these at all! I know so many factors can cause blowouts, but these were great for us. I like how they were a little wider, really helped keep everything inside the diaper. They also were not super stiff but had a softness to them unlike other organic diapers. The absorbency was great. There was no diaper irritation either. I just used the size 1 from the start since my baby girl was almost 9 lbs. when she was born and newborn only went up to 10 lbs. They were a little big on her at first but she quickly grew into them! Definitely recommend these overall. A great overall organic diaper and more budget friendly. Will buy again. Check them out here!
Organic Diaper Brands I Don’t Recommend
These are easy to find and can be bought at most health stores, Whole Foods, and Targets. They aren’t as pretty as some of the diapers, just a brown earthy color. They are also rougher and not as soft. They are chlorine, fragrance, and ink free(they do use pigments). Made with chlorine-free wood fluff pulp, a plant-based ingredient, sodium polyacrylate, polypropylene, adhesives, polymer spandex, polyurethane, and inks. There are some petroleum based ingredients found in the diapers unfortunately. I found the absorbency to not be as good as other natural diapers, we had a lot of leaks with them and found I definitely couldn’t use them as a nighttime diaper or they would leak. My husband really didn’t like them, but I thought they were ok during the day. After reading some of the Amazon reviews I noticed a lot of people saying similar things about bad absorbency overall. They also had issues with the gel in the diaper getting on their baby’s skin. Check them out here.
Mama Bear (Budget Friendly)
I’ve ordered these before on Amazon when looking for a more budget friendly organic diaper option. I didn’t realize until later on that they are actually Amazon’s own brand of diapers. You’re only going to be able to find these online. They are free of chlorine, fragrance, and lotions. However, they do use petroleum plastic as the main source of what makes up the diaper, with some sustainably sourced pulp mixed in there. They have an umbilical cord cut out which helps to protect the healing belly button. The diapers are also produced in a zero waste to landfill facility. This means the waste is typically reused or recycled. They have a wetness indicator that signals when it’s time to be changed.
They are definitely a more budget friendly option for a more natural diaper. These are going to be your best bang for your buck for sure. I liked the diaper overall during the day but not at night as my baby got older. I noticed a lot more accidents and leakage. They just aren’t a very thick diaper, more thin in my opinion and also not as absorbent. I think you could definitely try out these diapers for the daytime, but then use a different diaper for at night. This was similar to a lot of the reviews that I read on Amazon about them too. People complained they were too thin and didn’t work as well at night and as their baby got older. Many reviews agreed they were soft for the budget friendly price! Check them out here.
Are Organic Diapers Worth It?
I think organic diapers are worth it. While organic diapers can all vary on how clean they are. I would say all of them really exclude the major heavy hitters when it comes to harmful chemicals like chlorine and fragrance. Just by eliminating these two ingredients you are not exposing your baby to so many harmful chemicals! It really makes a difference, especially when considering how many diapers a baby goes through.
What was your favorite organic diaper brand?