It's no surprise that many commercial diaper composting services use Naty by Nature Babycare diapers as their go-to compostable* brand. We're fans too. In fact, these are our top pick for best disposable diaper, and our hands down favorite eco-friendly diaper brand.
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.
- Environmentally Super-Friendly: These diapers are as environmentally friendly as disposable diapers come. They are even commercially compostable!
- Good Looking: They are white with small, simple, minimalist gray designs and patterns. We love this look.
- Least Expensive Commercially Compostable Diaper: Of the three major commercially compostable brands (Bambo, Naty, and Andy Pandy), Naty diapers are the least expensive by about 15%.
Things We Don't Love As Much
- Stiff and Crunchy: Compared to some diaper brands (like Bambo, Parasol, Aden + Anais), Naty diapers are considerably less soft.
- Slightly Less Absorbent: Compared to Bambo diapers, Naty diapers are a bit less absorbent. Though don't worry, they still perform very, very well in absorbency tests!
Naty by Nature Babycare Diaper Alternatives
- If Cost is a Concern, Part 1… Naty diapers are the least expensive of the commercially compostable options out there, but 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 Want Softer Diapers… Naty diapers are pretty soft to begin with, but if you want something even softer, Bambo Nature diapers are both soft and commercially compostable. Aden + Anais and Parasol diapers are soft but are not compostable if that is something that's important to you.
- If You Want More Colorful Prints… Aden + Anais, Parasol, and Honest Co. all have great prints, but none are commercially compostable.
Total Cost of Ownership***
- $2000 – $3200/child (list)
- $1700-$2600/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
One last note: The newest production of these diapers are called Eco by Naty. They are similar to the Naty by Nature diapers, though frankly not quite as great. There was, however, a weird hiccup in production as Naty switched production runs, and some of the early packs of Eco by Naty diapers are AWFUL. Naty has pulled all these packages from their own inventory, but you can still accidentally buy them on places like Amazon, so beware! If you happen to buy a pack of Naty diapers that are especially boxy, poorly made, and bad at containing leaks, you likely have one of these faulty packs. Simply reach out to Naty customer service, and they will set you right with a new pack!