Parasol diapers are very similar to Honest Co. diapers, but are significantly softer and slightly more expensive.
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.
- Super Soft; Great Fit: Parasol diapers are soft to the touch and fit just right.
- Environmentally Considerate: Parasol diaper cores are made with wood pulp from sustainably managed forests, but that’s about it for environmental consideration.
- Refreshingly Transparent Brand: Parasol says what it is and doesn’t claim more. They stand for great things like supporting artists, sourcing and creating great products, and manufacturing effective diapers at an approachable price point. They don’t claim they are more than what they are.
- Great Prints: The best thing about Parasol, besides the soft-factor, is the prints! They don’t have nearly as many prints as Honest Co., but the ones they do have are beautiful.
Things We Don't Love as Much
- Not Compostable: Parasol diapers are not commercially compostable and will end up in landfills. This is true of most other disposable diaper brands too though, so this isn't a huge ding against Parasol in particular.
- Slightly More Expensive: They are slightly more expensive than Honest Co. and Aden + Anais disposable diapers, both of which also feature great prints.
Parasol Diaper Alternatives
- If You Want Eco-Friendlier Options… Bambo Nature diapers are equally soft and commercially compostable at a slightly cheaper price point, though they're not available in nice prints. Naty by Nature Babycare diapers are not quite as soft, but they are less expensive, commercially compostable, and available in a nice neutral print.
- If You Love Great, Colorful Prints… Aden + Anais and Pampers Pure have nice prints and similarly soft diapers for a slightly cheaper price point. Honest Co. diapers are not as soft but come in great prints also at a less expensive price point.
- If Cost is a Concern: If money is tight, less expensive alternatives include Earth's Best, 7th Generation, Target Up & Up, or even cloth. None of these options (except cloth!) have particularly adorable prints.
Total Cost of Ownership**
- $2600 – $4000/child (list)
- $2000 – $3200/child (subscription with parasolco.com)
*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.