Pros: Absorption, comfy, durable, better health
Cons: Average leakage and eco-friendliness
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Our Analysis and Test Results
Babyganics is the brainchild of two childhood friends, Kevin and Keith. The inspiration came when they were both starting families and wanted products that were good for their homes, families, and the Earth. They tried to find products that were good for babies and the environment. The same friends now have five kids between them and are still running the company together.
Babyganic diapers earned an exceptionally high score for absorption. We were impressed by how few diapers could beat them in this metric.
This diaper had significantly less moisture on the test paper than most of the competition. Less moisture means a drier diaper surface and reduced odds of diaper rash from wetness. Absorbency is a big deal and one of the key functions of a diaper, so when a diaper performs this well, it comes with some bragging rights.
This diaper was average for leakage, the second most important functional component for a diaper.
In our tests for the run-off, this diaper performed exceptionally well with no mock urine reaching the pan. Theoretically, the diaper should absorb liquids fast enough to prevent excessive leaks. However, in real life, many online reviewers expressed a higher than average occurrence of leaks. Why the discrepancy? Well, duplicating the possibility of leaks in a lab situation is hard. Much of what helps prevent leaks is the fit of the diaper and how well parents monitor diaper changes. Leakage will vary from baby to baby and how often the diaper is changed or how well the diaper fits based on size.
Babyganics was one of the top scorers for comfort, with few options feeling more comfortable in comparison.
This diaper uses softer fabric on the inner liner and back. It isn't the cushiest in the group, but it is comfortable. The elastic and motions points are where this diaper shines with a very skin-friendly feeling where it counts. The worst part of this diaper is the closure tabs and cuffs, which are a little on the rough side. Overall, however, this diaper is one of the coziest we felt during our comparison of all the options we reviewed side-by-side.
This diaper was well below average for health.
Babyganics offers a partial disclosure list of ingredients and what this diaper does not contain. We prefer more disclosure, but we will take what we can get. More information helps parents make informed decisions so they can influence manufacturers with how they spend their money.
This diaper is totally chlorine-free (TCF) and free of latex. Babyganics says it is free from fragrances, but there is a perfumy odor when you open the package. They use a Neo Nourish Seed Oil Blend for the inner liner, and while it is a specific blend of natural products, it could still be irritating to some babies. Hence, we prefer a lotion-free approach instead with a less is more attitude (they list free of petroleum-based lotion). Babyganics also doesn't comment on being dye-free, but there is a print on the diaper, so we assume it is not. This diaper doesn't have an allergy certification.
Babyganics earned a surprisingly low score for eco-friendliness, which is a disappointment for a brand that strives to be Earth-friendly. Unfortunately, to score this low is relatively average for the group with just a few other green diapers getting closer to a 10.
Once again, Babyganics offers a partial list of materials and manufacturing for eco-friendliness. This diaper is TCF and uses some plant-based materials in the core to decrease the use of SAP. It is not biodegradable, nor does it use recycled or recyclable materials.
This diaper earned a high score for durability. It shared the top space with just a few other diapers.
We did not experience and durability related issues during testing and feel it is a good compromise between comfort and durability.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz