Andy Pandy Review
Pros: Eco-friendly, few leaks, comfy
Cons: Price, poor absorption, not very durable
Manufacturer: Andy Pandy Kids
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Our Analysis and Test Results
Andy Pandy is a part of the Hansen Kids LLC company, as a small owner-operated business located in Michigan. Inspired by their love of family and the planet, the company strives to create environmentally friendly and safe products for children. In 2013, the Hansen family released their dream diaper, the Andy Pandy Premium Bamboo disposable diapers, after years of research and testing to create a quality, eco-friendly product.
This diaper scored well for leakage, coming in above-average in our tests. In our tests, we had minimal to no leaking during testing, but some Amazon reviewers did experience some leaking during normal use, which impacted the leakage score. This score is still good, but the competing green diaper, Nature Babycare earned an 8.
We also loved the efforts this brand has made to create an eco-friendly diaper with nods to baby health as well. This diaper uses renewable bamboo for the outside, and inside covers raised with no pesticides or chemicals, it is totally chlorine-free (TCF), and biodegradable under the right conditions. This diaper is latex, dye, perfume, alcohol, preservatives, phthalates, PVC, TBT, and Antioxidant free. It does have an aloe liner, which is akin to a lotion additive in our opinion and a pH strip for wetness indicating.
The Andy Pandy diaper is also comfortable with soft fabric and non-abrasive tabs and elastic. It came in close to the front of the pack in the comfort metric. Sadly for the Andy Pandy, the comfort factor might have caused an unfortunate durability problem not found in all of the cozy competition (see dislikes below).
Unfortunately, this diaper did not score well in our tests for absorption, with one of the lowest scores in the group. Liquids don't get trapped in the diaper core and could either run off or sit wet against baby's tushie, potentially causing irritation or possible diaper rash. Absorption is a key functional feature of a diaper along with preventing leaks, and it is hard to love a diaper with a score this low.
This diaper is also not very durable. Compared to the other options we tested, this diaper earned a well below average score for durability as it seems fragile, and the backing falls apart. Our research also indicated that some users had trouble with faulty tabs and leaking SAP (the portion of the diaper that collects and traps liquids and looks something like Jello when full). A diaper doesn't have to have a very long life, and we suspect the attempt at being biodegradable has left this product on the thinner side, but it should last between diaper changes, so you don't end up with a mess on your hands.
Andy Pandy is a cool diaper with a great attempt at being eco-friendly and still effective. This diaper hits the mark for Earth-friendliness and baby health, but it misses the boat for absorption and durability, making it a no-go no matter how much we love the impressive leakage score and cozy feel. While being eco-friendly is important, other diapers get the job done in that department with better scores for leaks and absorption than the Andy Pandy.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz