Parents’ Favorite Organic, Natural, and Non Toxic Diapers Ranked

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If you’re searching for organic baby diapers, chances are you are looking to avoid the harmful chemicals and irritants often found in the most popular and accessible diaper brands. Whether your primary focus is on non toxic diapers, or you’d also like to consider your diapers’ impact on the environment, we’ve ranked the best organic diapers currently available on the market based on their ingredients, their environmental impact, and parent reviews.

Best Organic Diapers

DYPER is our top pick for organic diapers for a multitude of reasons.

To begin, the diaper itself hits all the highlights. They are chlorine, latex, fragrance, lotion, PVC, TBT, phthalate, and dye free. Their top and back sheets are made from 100% bamboo. They are Standard 100 certified by OEKO TEX.

From an environmental impact perspective, there is a lot that DYPER is prioritizing. For starters, their diapers can be composted, but composting diapers can be complicated. Some wet diapers could be broken down with your personal compost, but composting diapers with poop usually needs to be done commercially. Independent diaper composting services are few and far between (right now, our research returned results for only San Francisco and Minneapolis-St Paul). So with DYPER’s REDYPER program – in partnership with TerraCycle – you’re able to add a composting service for $39/month to your subscription. 

In addition to this, DYPER purchases carbon offsets for each of your deliveries and their packaging is recyclable. These diapers are manufactured in China.

DYPER offers a subscription service through their website, but you can purchase packs online through sites like Amazon. The subscription service will save you money. We suggest starting with a pack to see if they’re a good fit for your baby before proceeding forward with the subscription.

What parents love

  • Wetness indicator. A must for most parents today, but a feature sometimes missing from organic diapers.
  • SOS Program. If you’re signed up for a DYPER subscription, their program comes with an “SOS button” that allows you to request an emergency delivery at no extra cost.

what parents don’t love

  • Some parents had issues with absorbency. We recommend getting a trial pack first to see if they are a fit for your child.
  • These diapers are only elemental chlorine free and not totally chlorine free.

Bambo Nature is our runner up pick for best organic diapers based on performance. Their reviews trump all other organic diapers and from our staff’s personal experience, they’ve been the best at controlling for leaks and blowouts. We’ve highlighted some picks below that offer bamboo top and back sheets (which Bambo doesn’t have), but they’ve made our runner up spot because we’ve found them to be the best for absorbency. 

These organic baby diapers are totally chlorine free (a recent update from the brand), and also fragrance, latex, paraben, phthalate, lotion, TBT, and dye free. The product is dermatologically tested and Asthma Allergy Nordic Certified.

They also have been given the Nordic Swan Eco Label – a notoriously difficult certification to secure – and are certified by the Forest Sustainability Council. Their diapers can be commercially composted if you have a composting service and are manufactured in Denmark. They do not test on animals.

what parents love

  • Packaging is recyclable.
  • Great absorbency, with minimal leaks and blowouts.

what parents don’t love

  • Bambo Nature diapers have a polypropylene (a petroleum-based plastic) top sheet and a polypropylene/polyethylene back sheet

Best Natural Diapers for Babies

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Best Natural Diapers

Nest Baby Diaper

Nest Diapers are constructed from plant-based materials and are 87% certifiably compostable. They are chlorine, paraben, phthalate, fragrance, TBT, latex, and lotion free. They are Oeko-Tex 100 and SGS certified. The top and back sheet are made from bamboo and sugar cane.

Their products are vegan, not tested on animals, and manufactured in Mexico. Their diaper bag is recyclable.

If you’re evaluating between Bambo Nature and Nest, Bambo outranks on performance, but Nest organic baby diapers do not contain polypropylene or polyethylene. If you’re evaluating between these diapers and Andy Pandy (see below), Nest does not contain aloe, which introduces one less potential irritant to your child. 

Best Non Toxic Diapers

Best Non Toxic diapers

Andy Pandy

Andy Pandy organic diapers are some of the best organic diapers as they contain no latex, chlorine, alcohol, phthalates, TBT, PVC, BPA, or other preservatives. They are totally chlorine free. Their top and back sheet are made from bamboo and they are 87% biodegradable. 

They do have a wetness indicator, and with every purchase, two trees are planted through the Eden Reforestation Project.

The product is made in China, but run by a Michigan-based family company.

The one downside to the product is that it contains aloe. This may not be an issue for your baby, but for some parents, it is a reason to go with one of our recommendations above.

Best Sustainable Diapers

Best sustainable diapers

Eco Pea

Eco Pea diapers are 85% biodegradable and made from 85% bamboo. There is no added fragrance and they are chlorine, phthalates, TBT, latex, paraben, and alcohol free. They are totally chlorine free and use water-based ink for ther designs. 

Their products are vegan and cruelty free. The company ships their products in biodegradable packaging, their shipping process is carbon neutral, and the company participates in 1% for the Planet.

Their organic diapers have a wetness indicator. Like Andy Pandy, these diapers contain aloe, which may or may not be an irritant for your child.

Best Organic Diaper for Overnight

Best overnight organic diaper

Coterie

Coterie diapers are on this list specifically for how well they keep kiddos dry overnight. Many parents will purchase these diapers just for overnight use and use a more affordable product during the day.

Coterie diapers are free of fragrance, TBT, chlorine, lotion, latex, dyes, alcohol, parabens, and phthalates. Overall, their diapers are made with 25% plant-based materials. Their wood pulp is totally chlorine free and from sustainably managed forests.

Their products are made in Canada and do contain a wetness indicator.

They do not test on animals, offset the carbon footprint of every purchase through NativeFootprint, and donate 1% of every order to Diaper Recycling Technology. 

Like Bambo Nature, one downside to Coterie’s diaper is that the top is made of polypropylene and the back sheet of polypropylene and polyester. In addition to that, they are the most expensive diapers on our list.

That being said, parents rave about the performance of these organic diapers, particularly for overnight use. If you can’t seem to find an organic diaper that keeps your baby dry through the night, consider making the investment in Coterie simply for night time.

Best Organic Diaper Subscription Service

Best organic diaper subscription

Abby & Finn

While many of our recommended organic baby diapers offer a subscription, we recommend Abby & Finn as our favorite organic diaper subscription service because they win out in one important area: cost. Signing up for this subscription service not only offers ease, but will be kinder on your wallet than the brands listed above that offer subscriptions.

Abby & Finn’s diapers are chlorine, fragrance, lotion, dye, latex, TBT, and phthalate free. Their wood pulp is totally chlorine free and comes from sustainably managed forests. However, their diapers have a top sheet made of polypropylene and a back sheet made with polypropylene and polyethylene, which you may be looking to avoid. 

Abby & Finn donates 30 diapers to families in need with each subscription box purchase. Their shipping packaging is recyclable but the outer plastic packaging the diapers come in is not.

Other Organic Diaper Brand We Like

While they didn’t make any of our top ranked lists, specifically for reviews regarding performance, Little Toes and Eco by Naty are two organic diaper brands whose ingredients we like a lot. They’re a great option if you’re considering Andy Pandy and want to try a few different options to see what works best for your baby. Eco by Naty would have made our list, but it seems that a recent redesign has impacted performance and there has been an uptick in user reviews complaining about leaks. Similarly, some user reviews for Little Toes point out that the adhesive comes undone quite easily.

Shopping for Organic Baby Diapers In Store

Most of our best organic diapers are brands found exclusively online or through a subscription service. If you need to make a run to the store and want to know which organic diaper brands to look for, we recommend Seventh Generation, Honest, and Pampers Pure. While none of these options are as clean or green as those listed above, they are reliable in a pinch. These diapers are all chlorine, fragrance, lotion, latex, and dye free. If we had to choose between the 3, we’d go with Seventh Generation, given the company’s extensive emphasis on sustainability and parent reviews on performance.

Organic Baby Diaper Buying Guide

Diapers are one of the most notorious products to give parents pause. We all have likely heard how they’re terrible for the environment, but what may be lesser known is that many contain ingredients that could be harmful to your child. There is no set definition for organic diapers, so we approached this from the perspective of the cleanest and most natural ingredients, along with these ingredients and manufacturing and business practices impact on the environment. 

Starting with impact on your child, here are things parents usually look for when shopping for the best organic diapers or natural diapers. It it is ultimately up to you which of these are most important for your family, but you should consider the following:

  1. Are the diapers fragrance, latex, and lotion free? These are the additions that can be irritating to babies’ sensitive skin.
  2. Are they elemental chlorine free (ECF) or totally chlorine free (TCF), as well as paraben, tributyltin (TBT), and phthalate free? These are the harmful chemicals you should watch out for. Chlorine free is what you’re looking for in terms of impact on the baby, where TCF is considered more environmentally friendly (although that has been debated) than ECF. 
  3. Do they use natural dyes and adhesives (or even better – none at all)? This helps keep other chemicals and irritants out. 

For impact on the environment, you will also want to consider:

  1. Are they biodegradable and/or compostable? No diaper is 100% biodegradable due to the use of super absorbent polymers. 
  2. Is bamboo used in the construction? How much of the diaper is made from bamboo? The more bamboo used, the more biodegradable the diaper will be.
  3. Is the packaging recyclable?
  4. Does the company follow sustainable business practices?

Buying organic diapers can be expensive, so you need to evaluate which of the above you’d like to avoid when making the investment for your family. 

Cloth diapers are an option many families consider, which can be a more cost-effective alternative to avoid many of the same things above. When looking at cloth diapers, you can find some that are using certified organic cotton. But cloth diapers can be a time consuming investment, and one that may not be practical for some families, such as city dwellers without in-unit washer and dryers. For this article, our focus was on disposable diapers.

Our Research Process

We started our research on best organic baby diaper brands by referencing the reviews, ingredients, manufacturing, and packaging for many organic diaper companies in this space, including:

  1. Abby & Finn
  2. Aden + Anais
  3. Aleva
  4. Andy Pandy
  5. ATTITUDE
  6. Babyganics
  7. Bambo Nature
  8. bumGenius
  9. Cloud Island
  10. Coterie
  11. Cuties Complete Care
  12. Dewor
  13. DYPER
  14. Earth and Eden
  15. Earth’s Best
  16. ECO BOOM
  17. Eco by Naty
  18. Eco Pea
  19. Happy Little Camper
  20. Healthynest
  21. Hello Bello
  22. Honest
  23. Huggies Pure and Natural
  24. Huggies Special Delivery
  25. Joone
  26. Little Journey
  27. Little Toes
  28. Made of
  29. Mama Bear
  30. Natural Blossom
  31. Nature’s Promise
  32. Nest
  33. Nurture
  34. Pampers Pure
  35. Parasol
  36. Poof
  37. Seventh Generation
  38. Thrive Market

The first thing we looked at were the ingredients. Which of these products didn’t contain or minimally contained the ingredients that parents should approach with caution when purchasing diapers? Following this, the ingredients received a second evaluation for their environmental impact.

This gave us a clear list of stand-outs, where we were then able to look for organic certifications or biodegradability and/or compostability.  

From here, our focus was on reviews and staff experiences. While finding the right organic diaper for your child with regards to leaks and fit is a bit of a personal experience, we were able to gather enough review information to rank the remaining contenders based on parent satisfaction.

We picked our final winners based on additional standouts, such as sustainable business practices or their particular edge in a certain category (such as value).

Our biggest takeaway from reviewing these products is that while cloth diapers are often thought to be the best organic choice for parents, there are quite a good number of brands offering high-quality, eco-friendly, affordable options for those who would prefer disposable diapers.

While you’re searching for organic and non-toxic baby products, check out our favorite organic baby clothes, organic baby food, and organic baby cereal.

Sources

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  3. https://www.mychildmagazine.com.au/the-chemicals-found-in-disposable-nappies/
  4. https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/2018-4-september-october/ask-mr-green/there-biodegradable-disposable-diaper
  5. Eco Pea Customer Service
  6. Nest Customer Service
  7. DYPER Customer Service
  8. Coterie Customer Service
  9. Abby & Finn Customer Service

Moss Lane Staff

The Moss Lane Staff is comprised of seasoned content professionals who specialize in synthesizing large amounts of information and making it accessible to every day readers. This article was written and edited by multiple members of our staff to ensure comprehensive coverage of the topic.