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Bambo Nature Review

Healthy option for a baby that is comfortable and durable, but absorption and leak protection aren't the absolute best
Bambo Nature
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Price:   $0.39 List | Check Price at Amazon
Pros:  Great for health, durable, comfortable
Cons:  Average for leaks
Manufacturer:   Bambo Nature
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Sep 22, 2021
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  • Absorption - 40% 6
  • Leakage - 20% 5
  • Comfort - 15% 7
  • Health - 15% 9
  • Eco-friendly - 5% 6
  • Durability - 5% 9

The Skinny

Bambo Nature is a green diaper with a soft and thick high-end feel. This diaper earned the one of the highest health scores out in our test groups, making it a shoo-in choice for parents concerned with health and limiting chemicals around their baby. This diaper performs well enough for absorption and leakage and has better eco-friendly aspects that helped it stand out from the crowd. Bambo is a healthy, eco-conscious option we suggest families consider when looking for a healthier, green, disposable diaper that still performs well.

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Pros Great for health, durable, comfortableGreat absorption, soft material, better health and eco-benefitsImpressive absorption, great leak protection, comfyGreat absorption, better health, and higher eco-friendlinessDurable, comfortable for baby, affordable
Cons Average for leaksLess durable, below-average leak preventionAverage eco-friendliness, lower health scores, less durableHard to find a good fit, not as comfy or durableAverage absorbency, less eco-friendly
Bottom Line Healthy option for a baby that is comfortable and durable, but absorption and leak protection aren't the absolute bestA soft and cozy diaper with some green practices and high absorbency performance but less than stellar leak protectionTop performance in absorption and leaks with a comfy feel but they aren't as green as some of the competitionA high absorbing, healthier option that is Earth-friendly and healthier, though it isn't very durable or comfyA durable diaper that has some health and comfort benefits without breaking the bank
Rating Categories Bambo Nature Sensitive Protection Babyganics Nature Babycare Mama Bear Gentle Touch
Absorption (40%)
6.0
9.0
9.0
10.0
6.0
Leakage (20%)
5.0
5.0
8.0
6.0
7.0
Comfort (15%)
7.0
8.0
8.0
3.0
7.0
Health (15%)
9.0
6.0
3.0
6.0
7.0
Eco Friendly (5%)
6.0
6.0
4.0
8.0
4.0
Durability (5%)
9.0
4.0
3.0
1
9.0
Specs Bambo Nature Sensitive Protection Babyganics Nature Babycare Mama Bear Gentle Touch
Type of Diaper Green Green Green Green Traditional
Chlorine-Free Elemental
Chlorine-free
Totally Chlorine-Free Totally
Chlorine-free
Totally
Chlorine-free
Elemental
Chlorine-free
Perfume-Free Yes Yes Not Listed Yes Yes
Biodegradable No No No 99.9% No
Contains SAP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Miscellaneous Materials Details Corn Based Plastics
Wetness Indicator Yes No Yes No Yes
Stretchable Side Wings Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stretchable Back No No Yes No Yes
Eco-awards Nordic Eco-label
FSC Certified
Asthma-Allergy Denmark
FSC Certified
Vincotte OK Biobased Certified
Swedish Asthma and Allergy Foundation Recommended
"Good Environmental Choice" Eco Label from Swedish Society for Nature Conservation
EcoCert
GOTS Certified

Our Analysis and Test Results

Bambo is a family-owned business run by parents dedicated to creating eco-friendly baby products that are healthy for your baby. Bambo believes that choosing safe, healthy, and environmentally responsible products shouldn't mean sacrificing performance. The company works hard to achieve and maintain ecologically responsible certifications working with Abena, a Denmark company known for its environmentally sensitive manufacturing process. According to the Bambo website, "Bambo Nature was the first baby diaper in the world certified with the esteemed Nordic Ecolabel and EU Flower ecolabel." They are also members of the United Nations Global Compact.

Performance Comparison


Bambo earned an average score for absorption indicating it can get...
Bambo earned an average score for absorption indicating it can get the job done, but there are options that work better.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Absorption


Bambo earned a barely above-average score for absorption for the group. In our previous disposable diaper testing, Bambo performed better in this metric, so it is a sort of disappointing result, though certainly better than some of the competition.


This diaper had some moisture transfer to the test paper. It isn't a significant amount and is better than many of the diapers we tested, but any wetness on the paper indicates moisture that could be against the baby's bum. Wetness on the skin could lead to irritation or diaper rash, especially if your baby has sensitive skin prone to irritation. That said, less than a third of the diapers tested earned higher scores for this metric, making Bambo's results better in comparison. Our hands-on testers indicate this is one of the best for absorption, even for overnight heavy wetting.

The Bambo diaper had some run-off in the pan and more moisture...
The Bambo diaper had some run-off in the pan and more moisture absorption on the test paper than some of the competition.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Leakage


Bambo fell right in the middle of the group with its leakage score.


This diaper had a small amount of run-off during leakage tests. Runoff indicates that liquid didn't absorb as quickly as some of the other diapers resulting in a potential for leaks. Also, our research indicates others have experienced leaks as well.

While online reviewers complained of leaks from the leg cuffs, we...
While online reviewers complained of leaks from the leg cuffs, we didn't experience this in our tests.
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff

Being able to absorb liquids and prevent leaks is what a diaper is all about, so it would have been nice to see higher scores here. However, at least half of the other diapers earned lower scores for leak protection, so it isn't that your Bambo diaper will fail to perform. Depending on your goals and habits, we think the trade-off of the occasional leak is worth it, given the impressive health and ecology scores of this diaper.

The inner liner and back of the Bambo are soft and very skin friendly.
The inner liner and back of the Bambo are soft and very skin friendly.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Comfort


Bambo earned an average comfort score. The high in this metric is 9, with nearly half of other diapers scoring higher than Bambo. However, we also discovered that many of our top scorers did not do much better in this metric, indicating that comfort doesn't translate to functional.


Bambo uses bamboo for the back fabric and inner liner. The material is soft, and the motion points are skin-friendly with no roughness compared to the competition.

The Bambo diaper is a comfortable option with a soft fabric-like...
The Bambo diaper is a comfortable option with a soft fabric-like inner liner.
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff

The elastic on the sides and back aren't our favorite, but the rest of the diaper is cozy. Testers liked the higher back for keeping poops contained and felt the inner liner was soft and very skin-friendly.

Bambo diapers are a healthy choice for little ones with the highest...
Bambo diapers are a healthy choice for little ones with the highest score in the review for health features.
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff

Health


Bambo impressively earned one of the highest scores in our health tests. No other diapers were able to come close to matching Bambo's efforts at creating a healthy diaper for a baby, which is a highly notable achievement that makes this diaper a winner for parents who value this metric over all others.


Bambo has made substantial efforts to provide a baby-friendly diaper with as few additives and irritants as possible, so you get the safest disposable diaper possible to place against your baby's skin. Bambo also provides one of the most transparent ingredient lists we have seen, and we are impressed by the amount of knowledge they offer to help consumers make informed choices.

This diaper is free of chlorine, latex, lotions, perfumes, dyes (though it uses pigments on the waistband), deodorants, phthalates, organotins, heavy metals formaldehyde, PVC, and more (see video below at 0:55). If knowing what is in your baby's diaper is your thing, you'll be more than pleased with the disclosure and clarity provided throughout the Bambo website.

Bambo is a more eco-friendly option than some of the traditional...
Bambo is a more eco-friendly option than some of the traditional options we reviewed.
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff

Ecological


Bambo earned higher than the average score for eco-health, with only a few products scoring higher. Bambo is a "green diaper," making more significant strides than the average diaper to create a gentler product on Earth than most disposable options.


They offer a full disclosure list, and they include what best practices they use during the manufacturing process. Bambo uses a Denmark manufacturing company with the coveted Nordic Swan endorsement, which is hard to earn and keep and means they are living up to a certain standard that limits their impact on the environment. We love this!

Some online reviewers indicated faulty tabs on the Bambo diapers.
Some online reviewers indicated faulty tabs on the Bambo diapers.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Durability


Bambo earned an impressive result for durability in our testing and research, with no product earning a better result.


During our testing and hands-on use, we didn't experience any issues related to durability and this diaper, even after serious overnight saturations. However, our research did indicate a tiny percentage of reports on faulty tabs and the diaper falling apart. The numbers were so low that it is potentially a reflection of user error. Given our positive experience, we feel confident saying durability is high in this diaper compared to the competition.

Even with an overly full diaper the Bambo kept it together in our...
Even with an overly full diaper the Bambo kept it together in our tests.
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff

At-home testers felt this diaper held together better than the competition during day and night use. If durability is a problem, you might consider how frequently you change diapers and if that plays a role in your experience.

Conclusion


Bambo is a green diaper doing its part to help the environment and baby's health. With better than average scores for absorbency and leak protection, this durable and comfy diaper earned top scores for health making it a good choice for parents with health-related concerns.

Manufacturer Video


More information on how Bambo diapers and made and what they do and do not contain.

Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz