Just before my daughter turned 6 months old, our favorite cloth diapers started to leak multiple times a day. I generally look for the most eco friendly baby products, but after weeks of excess laundry and hours (and hours) spent trying to troubleshoot the fit and possible mineral build up, I made a decision: We were going to switch to eco friendly disposable diapers to save our sanity. Because once you lose a whole day down the rabbit hole of a cloth-diapering group on Facebook, you know you need to reevaluate your priorities.
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Though at first I felt guilty for using disposable diapers, I was comforted to discover that they weren’t necessarily worse than cloth. I was also happy to discover that the options for eco friendly disposable diapers that are affordable, absorbent, and sustainably sourced have greatly widened in recent years, and it’s now possible to pick a brand that provides detailed, transparent information about their manufacturing process.
But which was the best eco friendly diaper for my family—and how well would they actually perform? I decided to put them to the test.
Seventh Generation, the Honest Company, and Earth’s Best are mainstays in the eco diaper market, but I was eager to try out a few new options. A friend raved about Andy Pandy diapers and Parasol’s cute designs seem to cover bottoms all over Instagram. And I’d been curious about the 365 store brand from Whole Foods for a while since I see them every time I stop in for groceries.
To attempt a fair trial of the five leading eco friendly diapering brands, I tried each one for a few days during both daytime and nighttime with my baby. At the time of the tests, she was 8-9 months old, about 20 pounds, and was waking up once or twice to breastfeed most nights. I had been using Pampers for nighttime since they were the only ones I’d found that could handle the 12-hour stretch of time, so my bar was pretty high with overnight protection.
A note about shopping for eco friendly diapers
I know that many families rely on Costco or Target for diapers, but in my small Midwestern town, Amazon offers me the best selection and prices on eco-friendly diapers. I use their Subscribe and Save feature for an additional 20% off each month and my monthly diapering costs are about $40-$42, including wipes. (I buy a jumbo package of wipes every 2-3 months.)