Bambo Nature diapers are one of our favorites, because they meet all the important qualifications and more. They are soft, fit great, contain no nasty chemicals, and as one of the few commercially compostable* diapers on the market, they are actually eco-friendly.
Things We Love
- Chemical and Fragrance Free: Chlorine-free. Fragrance-free. Latex-free. Hypoallergenic. The only “unnatural” thing in this diaper is the sodium polyacrylate fill**, which is the same moisture-absorbent gel fill used in all effective disposable diapers on the market.
- Extra Soft and Comfortable for Baby: These are soft to the touch and fit just right.
- Environmentally Super-Friendly: These diapers are as environmentally friendly as disposable diapers come. They are even commercially compostable!
Things We Don’t Love As Much
- Meh Designs: The little animal designs on the front of the diaper are not our favorite, and are unfortunately more cutesy than cute. The rest of the diaper is plain white though, so if you can get over the cutesy animal thing, at least the rest of the diaper is inoffensive.
Bambo Nature Diaper Alternatives
- If Cost is a Concern, Part 1… If you still want something that's commercially compostable, Naty by Nature Babycare diapers are slightly less expensive than Bambo diapers (and also not as soft).
- If Cost is a Concern, Part 2… If money is tight and you don't plan to commercially compost your diapers anyway, less expensive alternatives include Earth's Best, 7th Generation, Target Up & Up, or even cloth.
- If You Prefer Super Soft, Cute Prints… Aden + Anais, Parasol, and Pampers Pure diapers are adorable and similarly priced, but they're not commercially compostable if that's something that's important to you.
Total Cost of Ownership***
- $2400 – $3700/child (list)
- $1900 – $3000/child (subscription with Amazon Prime)
*“Commercially compostable” means diapers need to get to a commercial composting facility in order to biodegrade. (They will not decompose in a home compost.) If you put them in your trash can, they will still go to a landfill and will not biodegrade. If you live in or near a major city, you might have a commercial diaper composting service in your area. This is a great way to care for the environment if you have decided cloth diapering is not right for your lifestyle.
**Sodium polyacrylate fill is considered safe in diapers by all current measures and standards, but has been linked to toxic shock syndrome when used in tampons and feminine hygiene products. If its use concerns you, cloth diapers may be a better option for your baby.
***Total cost of ownership was calculated using a few arbitrary averages, knowing full well that no baby is average. We used approximate weights from height/weight charts to determine how many days the average baby would be in each diaper size. These are the numbers we used:
- 30ish months as the arbitrary average potty training date, though this is “early” for some and “late” for others
- Five Newborn diapers/day on the low end and fourteen Newborn diapers/day on the high end, for 40 days
- Seven Size 1 diapers/day on the low end and ten Size 1 diapers/day on the high end, for 60 days
- Seven Size 2 diapers/day on the low end and ten Size 2 diapers on the high end, for 110 days
- Five Size 3 diapers/day on the low end and eight Size 3 diapers/day on the high end, for 160 days
- Five Size 4 diapers/day on the low end and eight Size 4 diapers/day on the high end, for 180 days
- Five Size 5 diapers/day on the low end and eight Size 5 diapers/day on the high end, for 365 days.