Hands-on Gear Review

Babyganics Review

Editors' Choice Award
Price:   $0.32 List
Pros:  Absorption, comfy, durable, better health
Cons:  Average leakage and eco-friendliness
Bottom line:  Top performance where it counts with a comfy feel and durable design
Editors' Rating:   
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Type of Diaper:  Green
Chlorine-Free:  Totally, Chlorine-free
Perfume-Free:  Not Listed
Manufacturer:   Babyganics

The Skinny

Babyganics diapers is a green diaper that strives to be good for baby and the environment. This diaper has impressive absorption abilities that will keep baby's skin drier and help prevent skin irritation and diaper rash. This product earned some of the higher scores for comfort and durability which is a great combination not commonly found. The back and inner liner are both soft, but the elastic and cuffs are truly skin-friendly. This diaper earned an Editors Choice award for bringing together performance and better scores for health and ecology than much of the competition. While we wish it were tougher on leaks and even better for health and the environment, we still think it has it where it counts for most families.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz

Last Updated:
Friday
July 28, 2017

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Babyganics was started by two childhood friends, Kevin and Keith. The inspiration came when they started families of their own and searched for products that were both good for their home and families as well as the Earth. They wanted to find products that were good for babies and the environment. The company is still run by the friends who now have five kids between them.

Babyganics diaper earned a second place overall score with impressive absorption performance.
Babyganics diaper earned a second place overall score with impressive absorption performance.

Performance Comparison


The comparison chart shows the overall scores for each diaper we tested for this disposable diaper review. Babyganics diaper (in blue) came in second place out of 24 products with impressive results for absorption, comfort, and durability.


The sections below provide additional details on how this diaper performed during testing compared to the other products we reviewed. The individual metric scores were used to calculate the overall score with a weighted emphasis on absorption and leakage, key functionality metric for diapers.

Babyganics earned a 9 of 10 for absorption with a limited amount of moisture transfer to the paper.
Babyganics earned a 9 of 10 for absorption with a limited amount of moisture transfer to the paper.

Absorption


Babyganic diapers earned an 9 of 10 for absorption. This is the second highest score in the group with only the Nature Babycare diapers earning a higher score.


This diaper had significantly less moisture on the test paper than most of the competition. Less moisture means a drier diaper surface. A drier diaper means a drier baby and less chance of skin irritation and diaper rash from wetness. This is a big deal and one of the key functions of a diaper so it is definitely bragging rights when a diaper performs this well.

The run-off test for leakage indication showed no mock urine in the pan and very little moisture on the paper. This indicates less of a chance for leaks because the liquid is absorbed before it can make it out of the diaper.
The run-off test for leakage indication showed no mock urine in the pan and very little moisture on the paper. This indicates less of a chance for leaks because the liquid is absorbed before it can make it out of the diaper.

Leakage


This diaper earned a 6 of 10 for leakage, the second most important functional component for a diaper. While this score is average for the metric, only 9 out of 24 diapers earned higher scores.


In our tests for the run-off, this diaper performed really well with no mock urine making it to the pan. This indicates that theoretically, the diaper absorbs 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 fit of the diaper and how well parents monitor diaper changes. This will vary from baby to baby and how often the diaper is changed or how well the diaper fits based on size.

Babyganics diaper is a very comfortable diaper with soft cloth and skin friendly elastic and cuffs.
Babyganics diaper is a very comfortable diaper with soft cloth and skin friendly elastic and cuffs.

Comfort


Babyganics earned an 8 of 10 for comfort with only one option feeling more comfortable upon comparison to the competition.


This diaper uses softer fabric on the inner liner and back. it isn't the softest in the group, but it is nice and definitely comfortable. The elastic and motions points are where this diaper shines with very a 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 24 options we reviewed side-by-side.

Health


This diaper earned a 5 of 10 for health which is above the average, but not as impressive as some of the competing green diapers.


Babyganics offers a partial disclosure list of ingredients and what this diaper does not contain. We prefer more disclosure on par with that found on the Bambo Nature website, 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 so 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.

Ecological


Babyganics earned a 4 of 10 for eco-friendliness which is a disappointment for a brand that strives to be Earth-friendly. This is an average score for the group with other green diapers earning the high of 8 including our other Editors Choice option, Nature Babycare.


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.

Babyganics is the most durable green diaper we tested.
Babyganics is the most durable green diaper we tested.

Durability


This diaper earned a 7 of 10 for durability. This is the high score for the review tying with several other diapers, including Seventh Generation our Best Value winner and fellow green option.


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

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