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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, parent reviews, and, most importantly, our own personal experience.
While there are many factors we used in our evaluation, we placed a particular emphasis on performance. As parents ourselves, we know, at the end of the day, we just desperately want a diaper that keeps the mess in to save ourselves the stress (and outfit changes). Our selections below are good for baby and okay (but, admittedly, not great) for the earth, but exceptional at containment.
Best Organic Diapers
Bambo Nature is our top 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 top spot because we’ve found them to be the best for absorbency.
We also like that these diapers have a wetness indicator and are generally easy to find. It is actually the only brand on the list we’ve found at local baby stores.
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
Best natural diapers
Eco by Naty
Based on mixed reviews, we didn’t have the highest expectations when first trying Eco by Naty. However, they exceeded our expectations in almost everyway.
For starters, these are some very clean diapers. There are no oil-based plastics that will come in contact with your child’s skin, and there are no fragrances, TBTs, phthalates, or dyes. The absorbent layer is made from FSC-certified wood pulp.
These diapers are also vegan, OK Biobased certified by TUV Austria, and Standard 100 certified by OEKO TEX.
The only thing we don’t like about this diaper, and the reason it isn’t in our top spot, is that they do not have a wetness indicator. This may seem like a small reason, but for our staff, we find these indicators particularly helpful. A wet diaper isn’t always easy to spot – especially for first time parents.
We trialed these diapers when our babies were younger, which means their diapers were getting changed often. Some parents have complained about the absorbency (since it is all natural), so if your baby goes quite some time before needing a diaper change, you may want to start with the trial pack to see how they work.
Best Sustainable Diapers
Best sustainable diapers
DYPER is our top pick for sustainable 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. your baby before proceeding forward with the subscription. These diapers are only elemental chlorine free and not totally chlorine free. They do have a wetness indicator.
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.
DYPER was the brand we were most excited to try at the beginning of our parenting journeys, so why isn’t it a top pick? Performance! Unfortunately, we had a lot of leaks with these diapers. In fact, these are the worst performing diapers on our list. They remain on the list because of their REDYPER program – something truly unique.
Best Non Toxic Diapers
Best Non toxic diapers
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 their designs.
The first time we used Eco Pea diapers we actually thought for a second someone was playing a trick on is because they look exactly like DYPER’s diaper. However, once we started using them, we realized they weren’t the same. Eco Pea’s felt more durable and certainly were. We experienced zero leaks with this product and rate under Bambo Nature solely for its accessibility.
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. These diapers contain aloe, which may or may not be an irritant for your child.
Best Organic Diaper for Overnight
Best overnight organic diaper
Sposie Booster Pads
The first question we had when babies came on the scene in our respective families were: do we even overnight diapers?
In our experience, the answer is that you definitively need some type of overnight solution once your baby starts sleeping through the night. And you’re definitely going to want a good solution once your baby starts solids.
The reason we keep using the word solution is because we don’t think there is a best organic diaper for overnight. All of our favorites don’t quite have what it takes for overnight and we didn’t want to use the brands most recommend (Huggies was a popular recommendation). A lot of people recommended Coterie for overnight, but they couldn’t even contain leaks during the day, let alone night.
So that’s why we recommend Sposie Overnight Booster Pads. While not organic, the are hypoallergenic and free of fragrance, latex, phthalates, and chlorine. They also use cruelty-free materials.
This keeps you from having to buy multiple brands of diapers and are much lighter-weight when we think about shipping costs. And, they work like a charm.
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. That being said, these diapers do not have a wetness indicator. If this is something you need (which, again, is a real priority for our staff), Honest is likely your next best option.
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:
- Are the diapers fragrance, latex, and lotion free? These are the additions that can be irritating to babies’ sensitive skin.
- 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.
- 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:
- Are they biodegradable and/or compostable? No diaper is 100% biodegradable due to the use of super absorbent polymers.
- Is bamboo or other plant-based materials used in the construction? How much of the diaper is made from plant-based materials? The more plant-based materials used, the more biodegradable the diaper will be.
- Is the packaging recyclable?
- 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:
- Abby & Finn
- Aden + Anais
- Andy Pandy
- Bambo Nature
- Cloud Island
- Cuties Complete Care
- Earth and Eden
- Earth’s Best
- ECO BOOM
- Eco by Naty
- Eco Pea
- Happy Little Camper
- Hello Bello
- Huggies Pure and Natural
- Huggies Special Delivery
- Little Journey
- Little Toes
- Made of
- Mama Bear
- Natural Blossom
- Nature’s Promise
- Pampers Pure
- Seventh Generation
- 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 creating a list of final contenders based on parent satisfaction.
We picked our final winners based on our personal experience with these diapers. Once our list had been shortened to the top 10, we were able to get hands on experience using these brands with our babies to see how these diapers held up with leaks and blowouts, as well as overnight (with our trusty Sposie pads – none could go it alone).
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.
- Eco Pea Customer Service
- Nest Customer Service
- DYPER Customer Service
- Coterie Customer Service
- Abby & Finn Customer Service