Total honesty moment here - I really wanted to be a cloth diaper momma. I had everything ready to go: multiple cloth diapers, water sprayer connected to toilet, laundry rack for drying. You name it, I had it. Then reality hit and my son kept peeing through the beautiful cloth diapers. As I desperately researched how to fix the problem, I switched over to regular disposable diapers and haven’t gone back since.
Part of the allure of cloth diapers is the lack of chemicals on a material that touches my sons skin all day. I knew I would want the best possible disposable diaper I could find without sacrificing comfort (did I mention how soft cloth diapers are?!) so I tried out three different "higher end" brands advertised as chemical free. Below is my review of Honest Brand, Aden + Anais, and Parasol Co (original and updated brand.) Reviews are for regular daytime use, I’ll be doing an overnight diaper review separately.
Sizes: 1-6 (7-37+ lbs)
Price: $0.23 per diaper (on Amazon for size 3)
Ingredients: Polypropylene non-woven, Super-absorbent Polymer (Sodium Polyacrylate), Wood Pulp (chlorine-free), Polyethylene Film, Latex-free Hygiene-grade Elastic, Hook and Loop Closing Tabs
The first diapers I tried were from Parasol Co. They have since updated their product (below) but you can still purchase this version on Amazon. These work well for a wider baby.
Pros: Free of lotions, chlorine, fragrance, latex. Hypoallergenic and source wood pulp from certified sustainably managed forest. Also very soft.
Cons: Lacking a bit in design choices (six in total.) Absorption is ok but I ended up trying out new brands when my son would pee through these diapers overnight. As he gets older I need diapers that can last a bit longer.
Sizes: 1-6 (7-37+ lbs)
Price: $0.43 per diaper (on Parasol Co for size 3)
Ingredients: Polypropylene non-woven, Super-absorbent Polymer (Sodium Polyacrylate), Polyethylene Film, Latex-free Hygiene-grade Elastic, Hook and Loop Closing Tabs
Trying these out. I like the changes a lot. Waistband is wider and taller. Even softer. These work well for a wider baby.
Pros: Free of alcohol, bleach, lotions, chlorine, parabens, latex, heavy metals. Hypoallergenic and source wood pulp from certified sustainably managed forest. Also very soft. Much better waistband and leg cuffs, blowouts would be much harder in these.
Cons: Lacking a bit in design choices but I like these over the older version. Expensive.
Ingredients: Absorbent Bio-Core (Totally Chlorine-Free (TCF) Wood Pulp From Sustainably Managed Forests, Sodium Polyacrylate Containing Renewable Materials & Odor Inhibitors Including Citrus Extract & Liquid Chlorophyll), Outer Layer (Plant-Based PLA), Inner Layer (Polyethylene & Polypropylene), Leg/Waist System (Polymer Spandex & Polypropylene), Polyolefin Adhesives in the Seams & Joints
Run out of diapers while traveling and need to pick some up? Best bet will be finding Honest diapers - they are sold in almost all department stores. That’s how I tried these out in the first place. Good for longer/skinnier babies as the have nice, high waistbands.
Pros: So many designs!! We love the space design and skulls - but they have anything you can imagine. Good amount of padding, my son hasn’t peed through these and because of the high waistband zero blowouts. Made Without: Latex (natural rubber latex) , chlorine processing, fragrances or lotions
Cons: My son is wide and these are a little harder to pull around the sides. Sometimes hard to tell if the diaper needs to be changes. Not as soft as other brands. Best choice when in a pickle.
Ingredients: chlorine free wood pulp, polypropylene nonwoven fabric, superabsorbent polymer (sodiumpolyacrylate), polyethylene film, latex free hygiene-grade elastic
These are my go to diapers of the moment mainly because they are THE SOFTEST diapers. I love how these feel and as they fit the wider baby, they are perfect for my son.
Pros: Soft, soft, soft. Seriously luxurious. Good absorption, easy to tell when they are full/no blow outs. Just overall love these. Fluff sourced from 100% sustainable resources. Hypoallergenic and free of harsh chemicals; chlorine, fragrances, lotions, latex, lead and heavy metals.
Cons: Even less designs than Parasol but still cute.
I did a quick photo comparison of the diapers (length, width) below with red marks to show difference. Nothing fancy - literally marked with marker on phone. Also, all except bottom two show where smaller hits lagers - bottom two I did opposite.
Honest vs Parasol (new) in length Honest a bit longer
Parasol (original) vs Aden + Anais length Same in length
Honest vs Aden + Anais length Honest is longer
Honest vs Aden + Anais width Aden + Anais is wider
Aden + Anais vs Parasol (new) width Aden + Anais is wider
Parasol (new) vs Parasol (original) width Parasol (old) is wider