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Nature Babycare Review
Price: $0.37 List | $0.37 each (in 124-pack) at Amazon
Pros: Great absorption and leak prevention, better health and eco-friendliness
Cons: Not as comfy or durable
Bottom line: High performing, healthier option that is Earth friendly
Nature Babycare is a green diaper with significant consideration for baby health and the environment. This diaper offers impressive performance for both absorption and leakage and provides a total package of performance and eco-friendliness. While this diaper struggled to be comfortable or durable, earning the lowest durability score in the review, we think it is a fair trade off for being good for baby and better for the environment and we think most parents will be impressed overall. This diaper won our Editors' Choice award and is the option we would recommend to friends.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
Nature Baby Care diapers are made by Naty, a Swedish company started by Marlene Sandberg over 20 years ago. Marlene had concerns about what disposable diapers were doing to the environment. After five years of research, Marlene formed ECO by Naty and launched a biodegradable, environmentally friendly disposable diaper followed by a line of baby care products. Marlene's philosophy, as stated on the company website, "I started my company with the determination to make a high-performance diaper that was friendlier on nature and healthier for your child. ECO by Naty products are all that."
The chart below provides a comparison of the 24 diapers we tested for this review including the Nature Baby Care diaper (blue) that earned the highest score in the group.
The sections below provide more information on how this diaper performed during testing compared to the other diapers we tested. The overall score is calculated using the individual metric scores with a heavier weighting for absorption and leakage, two functional aspects we think are critical for a great diaper.
Nature earned a 10 of 10 for absorption. This is not only the high score for the group, but it is the only diaper to achieve this high.
During testing, this diaper worked consistently for each repetition with little variation that implies consistency in manufacturing and quality we didn't see in every product. With less moisture transferred to the test paper, this diaper should keep baby's skin drier. Drier skin translates to less chance for skin irritation and diaper rash. Absorption is arguably the most important functional element of a diaper, so it is great that this diaper performed so well in this metric.
This diaper earned a leakage score of 8 of 10. This score is the high for the group tying with five other diapers.
Diapers need to absorb liquids fast, so they don't have a chance to leak out. This diaper performed well in our run-off test that we use to indicate the potential for leaks. With no run-off in the pan, this means that the mock urine was quickly absorbed into the core which gives the urine less of a chance to leak out. Also, less than a third of online reviewers expressed concerns over leaks. Leakage is something that is hard to test for because many leaks are a result of poorly fitted diapers or diapers left on the baby too long. It is difficult to say what factors played a role in the diapers that leaked.
Nature earned a 3 of 10 for comfort which is the lowest score for the group where the average is 7.
Unfortunately, this diaper didn't do that well compared to the competition for comfort. The back and liner are not very soft to the touch, and the elastic and cuffs aren't as skin-friendly as the majority of the competition. Is this a result of their efforts to be environmentally friendly? Perhaps, but it is still a disappointment, and we encourage parents to view it as a trade off for such a healthy and eco-friendly option.
This diaper earned a 7 of 10 for health. This is higher than much of the competition with only two diapers earning a higher score with 8s. However, it is the best performing diaper with a higher health score.
This diaper has an allergy certification and is totally chlorine free (TCF) and latex free. This diaper says it is fragrance-free, which must mean added fragrance because we did smell a baby powder odor when we opened the package. It also doesn't say anything about lotions or dyes, but there is a print on the diaper.
Nature earned an 8 of 10 for ecology. This is the high for the metric with no diaper earning a higher score.
We love how eco-friendly this diaper is. Naty offers a full disclosure of the diaper ingredients but not of their manufacturing process. These diapers use FSC TCF pulp, bio-based plastics, and GM free corn. They are mostly biodegradable and compostable under the right condition, and they are working on recyclable and biodegradable packaging.
Nature earned a 1 of 10 for durability, the lowest score in the group where the average is 6.
This diaper is not as durable as the competition, and it might be a result of its biodegradability and compostable makeup. We aren't sure, but it is a disappointment no matter how you look at it. While some of this can be mitigated by changing baby's diaper more often and always using clothing over the diaper, it still had more complaints related to durability online than any other product we researched. Most of the complaints are related to faulty tabs, which leaves the diaper unusable or modified with tape. Some of the issues were related to the diaper simply falling apart. Again, much like comfort, this is a trade off for finding a great performing green diaper.
This video includes information about the diaper and its design.
This video includes information on how Naty began and the philosophy of the company.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz
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