Bambo Nature Review
Pros: Great for health, eco-friendly, comfy
Cons: Average for leaks and durability
Manufacturer: Bambo Nature
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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.
Bambo earned a barely above-average score for absorption for the group. In our previous disposable diaper review, Bambo earned a higher performance score for this metric. We think this could be a result of changes made to the diaper recently.
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 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 testers indicate this is one of the best for absorption even for overnight repeated wetting.
Bambo fell right in the middle of the group with its leakage score.
This diaper had a small amount of run-off during tests for leakage. Runoff indicates that liquid didn't absorb as quickly as some of the other diapers resulting in a potential for leaks. Also, some online reviewers reported they experienced leaks as well.
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 did worse, so it isn't that your Bambo diaper will fail to perform. We think the trade-off of the occasional leak is worth it, given the impressive health and ecology scores of this diaper.
Bambo earned an average comfort score. The high in this metric is 9, with about nearly half of other diapers scoring higher. However, we found 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 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 impressively earned one of the highest scores in our tests for health. Only a few other diapers were able to come close to matching Bambo's efforts at creating a healthy diaper for baby, which is a highly notable achievement.
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 earned higher than the average score for eco-health. Very few products scored higher.
Bambo is a "green diaper," making more significant strides than the average diaper to create a product that is easier on the Earth than most disposable options. They do offer a full disclosure list, and they include what best practices they use during the manufacturing process. Bambo uses a Denmark manufacturing company that has 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!
Bambo earned an average durability score for the metric and group.
This diaper isn't the most durable in the group, but given the lifespan of a diaper, it doesn't necessarily need to last forever. Online reviewers had complaints of faulty tabs and the diaper falling apart.
We didn't experience that during testing, but we also recognize our testing period, and the number of diapers is lower than the average time your baby will be in diapers. Hence, it is essential to consider outside experience. Our testers indicated that the diapers held together well, even under excessive wetting overnight. Testers actually felt these diapers held together better than the competition.
More information on how Bambo diapers and made and what they do and do not contain.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz