A Week Without Cloth Diapers & Healthier Disposables to Consider

There have been days or times where I have turned to disposable diapers over the years or used disposable liners with a cloth cover; Yet I cannot think of a time that I went a whole week at home without a cloth diaper. I typically only turn to disposables for an occasional day while I pull myself together from one stress or another, while traveling abroad, or an emergency diaper I grab from the glove compartment of the car when I realize I have forgotten to bring along diapers (and a wetbag. Reusable shopping bags work great in a pinch). I typically don’t even have a disposable diaper in the house, although I will buy a package every once in a while which lasts forever.

A couple of weeks ago I used a whole package from start to finish. Three dozen disposable diapers. I had this strange guilt that I had to brush aside, because it was just something I needed to do. It was not the cloth diapers or the laundry. It had nothing to do with cloth diapers. The past couple of months have been rather stressful and emotional for me as we have just wrapped up some legal matters related to the car accident my daughter and I were involved in years ago. I feel like my mind has been scattered and these huge decisions that were going to impact the rest of my life made everything else seem insignificant. I also knew that the disposable diapers and eating out far too many nights were all temporary stepping stones so I could focus my energy on the meetings and decisions that would impact my future. It was draining to say the least.

I feel like I have more or less pulled myself together and I am striving to be more present. For my family, on my blog, and back to my regular old chores like laundry, cleaning, cooking and, yes, washing those cloth diapers. So whether it is burn out from playing supermom or life’s unexpected events there will be a time when you just need to use disposable diapers and be okay with that decision. As long as you’ve weighed the pros and cons you need to trust your decision and hopefully, it is just a temporary thing– because life while your kids are in diapers is just not as colorful or fun without them. But when you choose to use them, what disposables do you choose?

I think it is important to try and make wise decisions when turning to convenience products, but I will admit the choices I have in rural Missouri can be slim if you do not have time to plan ahead (as in, order online or stock up when you are traveling to the city). Seventh Generation has been my go-to that I can buy locally and online, but I have also tried Tushies and Nurtured by Nature. Each have had their pros and cons, and I have liked what I have used fine, but since we use them so rarely I haven’t really ventured out too far. When it is all said and done it is just garbage, but I still want to reduce my footprint on the environment as much as possible and most importantly, make the healthiest choice for my baby.

Below I will be comparing size 3 diapers that are found on Amazon with the Amazon Mom Subscribe & Save program (product description bullet points are taken from the Amazon product description) that are compostable, chlorine free and otherwise healthier choices for your baby and the earth. I think that these prices are very competitive and seem to be lower than most supermarkets unless you have a coupon. I know that there are other brands out there, but I think Amazon covers a good number of popular eco-friendly options and I was pleased to discover a couple of European brands that I would not have found shopping in my neck of the woods anyways.

Note: the European brand sizing runs smaller than the American sizing you may be used to so keep this in mind with a couple of the brands below. They start at 1 rather than 0 for newborns, so you will probably need to size up. Remember to multiply kilograms by 2.2 to get the equivalent pounds.

Bambo Nature
Approximately $65 for 168 ct. (0.31 cents per diaper) with 20% off Amazon Mom Subscribe & Save discount.

  • The most absorbent, highest quality diaper in the world; 99% compostable
  • Certified free of dangerous chemicals
  • Certified free of all known allergens

Broody Chick
$17.99 for 28 ct. (0.64 cents per diaper, Jumbo Boxes available at some retailers for closer to 0.50 per diaper). No Subscribe & Save available at this time.

  • Fully compostable
  • Chlorine Free, G.E. Free, Fragrance free
  • Breathable and Hypo-allergenic
  • Natural super absorbers, Ultra thin construction
  • Exceptional comfort and fit

Earth’s Best
Around $34 for 140 ct. (0.24 cents per diaper) on Amazon Mom with additional 20% Subscribe & Save.

  • Latex-free, dye-free, perfume-free
  • Renewable, naturally absorbent materials such as corn and wheat starch
  • Non-toxic superior absorbency

Nature Babycare
Approximately $32 for 108 ct. package (0.30 cents per diaper) with the Amazon Mom Subscribe & Save discount.

  • Made from natural and renewable materials
  • Naturally breathable
  • Chlorine and fragrance-free
  • Made from GMO-free corn based film

Nurtured by Nature
Approximately $32 per 124 ct. (o.26 cents per diaper) on Amazon Mom with additional 20% Subscribe & Save.

  • Totally chlorine-free pulp and uses 20-30% less petroleum-based materials than the leading brands
  • Backsheet and topsheet material made from annually renewable resources
  • 30-40% more sustainable materials than the leading brands
  • Comparable features and performance to national brand premium products
  • Full stretch side panels

Seventh Generation
Approximately $30 for 140 ct. (0.22 cents per diaper) on Amazon Mom with additional 20% Subscribe & Save.

  • Premium Absorbency using wood pulp
  • Free of Chlorine Processing
  • Free of Fragrances and Latex
  • Free of Petroleum Based Lotions

I recognize that prices on Amazon change on a daily basis, so these numbers are rounded and approximate. Seventh Generation, Earth’s Best and Nurtured by Nature are all in the same approximate price range at around 0.25 per diaper and Earth’s Best stood out to me out of the three. Having tried Seventh Generation and Nurtured by Nature, perhaps the grass is greener on the other side, but it is definitely a brand I would consider trying in the future. Regardless, these are all in the same price range as the mainstream brands you find at the supermarket, so it is proof that it is possible to make healthier choices without spending more money.

Bambo Nature was a new brand to me and I am definitely intrigued and impressed with their awards in Europe and general reviews. These are comparable in price to the Nature Babycare brand (also from Europe) and the fact that they are imported is probably the reason why the price point is slightly higher. Still at around 0.30 cents per diaper it is not a huge difference and can be well worth it if you believe it is the best for your children and the environment. The standards in Europe are pretty high, so I would like to think that these are both great choices for your children’s health and the environment.

Lastly, Broody Chicks has the most adorable packaging and I am definitely curious about this little diaper! Unfortunately, it comes to be two to three times more expensive per diaper on Amazon, but it is not available through the Subscribe & Save program so the discounts are not as deep. I am not sure if there are ever coupons available, but it is definitely a brand to consider in your comparisons (I am always up for supporting the little guys) and if you are only using disposables every once in a blue moon the price per diaper is not as significant of a factor.

What are some other unbleached, compostable or otherwise “green” brands to consider?

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By Emi Stapler. I am a cloth diaper advocate, green parenting blogger, mother of three and a military wife who enjoys sharing my motherhood adventures and advice. Follow me at The Cloth Diaper Report on Facebook, Twitter @TheCDReport , Google +, Pinterest and Instagram.
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  1. Have you considered GroVia’s BioDiaper? I haven’t tried it, just curious.

    • I tried their Bio Liners years ago, back when they were still under the Grobaby name. After writing this article I am definitely planning on writing an article outlining the biodegradable liner options on the cloth diapering market as another comparison and I think I will include the Bio Diaper there. Maybe this all calls for another week or two of disposables to put all the brands I am curious about to the test!

      • actually, we have a BioDiaper, a full disposable, as well as the BioSoaker that goes into our hybrid shell. The BioDiaper is great for me when I need that break like you mentioned, or when I travel. Best of luck with past resolutions.

  2. We still use disposables at night because she has soaked through everything else (and is angry once wet!) by 1am. We bought Earth’s Best this last time, but will never do it again. It feels as if she’s leaking through them every night, or at least every other night. Hate them!

    • It sounds like they may be good for daytime use though, no? I am still curious to try them perhaps during our move this summer. My daughter was a fire-hydrant pee-er and I almost threw in the towel a time or two until we found something that worked for us (crazy thick hemp fitted with thick wool longies). High on my to-try list are the Nature Babycare diapers!

  3. Thanks! I CD nearly 100% of the time but we’re taking a trip to my parents’ for 2 weeks and leaving LO with them… sure, they have a washer, but we have limited baggage space and don’t want to leave them with more than they can handle, so I’m on the search for a good disposable. Normally I use Honest Co. and they’ve been fine, but after the run-in the Honest Toddler, it’s time for me to support someone else. Was wondering about Whole Foods 365 brand? Ever tried?

    • This jogged my memory and I actually think I bought a package once for my oldest years ago. I do not remember exactly how they worked, but I do not have any negative memories so they must have worked well. We have never lived near a Whole Foods so it isn’t a brand I have had access to, but I would definitely give them a try!

    • I’m a huge huge fan of CD but we used disposable diapers once. We tried Whole Foods 365 for our second child when camping. Their polymer does very well in terms of absorbency and it never leaks.

      Emi, where can I get Seventh Generation for 22 cents per diaper? I want to give them a try for our third baby and I’m hoping to get a hand of some before the end of May. Closest one I’ve found is 28 cents for newborn and 25 cents for size 1 from the diaper price checker -http://checkhowmuch.com/baby-diaper.php

      I’m glad you were open to trying disposables.

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