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Eco by Naty Review

A high absorbing, healthier option that is Earth-friendly, but it isn't very durable or comfy
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Eco by Naty Review (The Eco by Naty diaper suffered from more faulty tabs than the competition and the outer cover can tear if a wet...)
The Eco by Naty diaper suffered from more faulty tabs than the competition and the outer cover can tear if a wet diaper is left on too long.
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Manufacturer:   Naty
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Jun 2, 2023
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RANKED
#9 of 19
  • Absorption - 45% 9.7
  • Leakage - 25% 5.8
  • Comfort - 20% 2.7
  • Durability - 10% 1.0

The Skinny

Eco by Naty is a green diaper with significant consideration for your child's skin and the environment. This best diaper dynamo offers impressive performance for absorption, with a better-than-average overall performance and eco-friendliness. While this diaper struggled to be comfortable or durable, earning the lowest durability score in the review, we think it is a fair trade-off for being good for your baby and better for the environment. We think most parents will be impressed overall. We recommend this diaper to friends who want a top-performing green diaper and value earth-friendliness over budget concerns. Check out our article on the best disposable diapers to see how it ranks versus competitors.
REASONS TO BUY
Great absorption
Better health
And higher eco-friendliness
REASONS TO AVOID
Hard to find a good fit
Not as comfy or durable
Editor's Note: After an update on May 30, 2023, this gear review now includes more information about how it compares to all of the diapers in our review, including thirteen newly tested options.

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Bottom Line Very earth-friendly, healthy choice with high absorption but disappointing comfort and durability performanceImpressive absorption and leak protection make this high-end diaper a real contender if you can afford the price of admissionImpressive performance and better health nods than you'd expect make this a budget-friendly diaper parents will loveWith great absorption and leak protection, this durable and comfy diaper is a reasonably priced option for most familiesGood absorption and few leaks with a budget price that are easy to find, but no nods for eco-health
Rating Categories Eco by Naty Parasol Clear and Dry Kirkland Signature Hello Bello Premium Huggies Snug & Dry
Absorption (45%)
9.7
10.0
10.0
8.7
8.0
Leakage (25%)
5.8
9.4
9.0
8.4
7.8
Comfort (20%)
2.7
8.0
8.6
7.4
7.5
Durability (10%)
1
10.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
Specs Eco by Naty Parasol Clear and Dry Kirkland Signature Hello Bello Premium Huggies Snug & Dry
Type of Diaper Green/Traditional Green Green Traditional Green Traditional
Chlorine-Free ECF/TCF TCF TCF ECF TFC Not Listed
Fragrance-Free No - Strong baby powder scent Yes Yes Yes No - Strong baby powder scent
Biodegradable Eliminated as much non-biodegradable material as possible. Not listed Not listed No Not listed
Contains SAP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Miscellaneous Materials Details GM Free corn based film Made with "Drylock" technology, which means less wood pulp is used for core of diaper Made with Plant Based Materials (At least 23%+ by weight) TCF fluff pulp from sustainably managed forests, a high-performance Super Absorbent Polymer, polypropylene/polyethylene/polyester nonwoven fibers, plant-derived PLA nonwoven fiber, spandex strands, and an elastomeric fill Wood Pulp
Sodium Polyacrylate
Polypropylene
Polyethylene
Adhesives
Polyester
Polyrurethane elastics
Wetness Indicator No No Yes Yes Yes
Stretchable side wings Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stretchable Back of Diaper No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Eco-Awards & Certifications 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 Nordic Swan Eco Label, PEFC Forest Sustainability, PETA Cruelty-Free and Vegan, Original Excellent Dermatest , FSC, ROHS compliant Good Housekeeping ~ "2022 Parenting Awards"
New York Magazine ~ "Best Diaper Subscription"
ptpa.com ~ "winner"
Dye-Free Not listed, does have a print Uses water-based inks Not listed, does have a print No "Printing inks are used to provide a decorative design. The colorants and pigments we use are evaluated to ensure they are safe and non-sensitizing."
Lotion-Free Not listed Yes Yes Yes Not Listed
Latex-Free Yes Yes Not listed Yes Not listed

Our Analysis and Test Results

Eco by Naty diapers come from Naty, a Swedish company started by Marlene Sandberg over 20 years ago. Marlene had concerns about what disposable diapers were doing to the environment. After five years of research, Marlene formed ECO by Naty and launched a biodegradable, environmentally friendly disposable diaper followed by a line of baby care products. As stated on the company website, Marlene's philosophy stated, “I started my company with the determination to make a high-performance diaper that was friendlier on nature and healthier for your child. ECO by Naty products are all that.”

Performance Comparison


eco by naty - you can see almost no moisture transfer onto the test paper for the...
You can see almost no moisture transfer onto the test paper for the Nature Babycare absorption test. This translates to a drier baby which could mean less skin irritation, less diaper rash, and a happier baby.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Likes


Eco by Naty earned an exceptionally high score for absorption, beating most of the top-ranked disposable diaper competition we tested.


This diaper showed consistent and excellent performance for each repetition during testing with little to no variation. These results imply consistency in manufacturing and quality we didn't see in every product. This diaper should keep a baby's skin drier with less moisture transferred to the test paper. Drier skin translates to a decreased chance of skin irritation and diaper rash.

eco by naty - the nature diaper performed well in our tests for absorption but in...
The Nature diaper performed well in our tests for absorption but in real life finding the right fit for your baby will impact the diaper's ability to absorb whatever your little one dishes out.
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff

Absorption is arguably the most important functional element of a diaper, so excellence in this metric plays a large part in this diaper's overall high score. Some testers remarked this is even good for excessive overnight wetting feeling drier than some of the options in our best overnight diaper review.

eco by naty - nature babycare had no run-off in our leakage tests which indicates...
Nature Babycare had no run-off in our leakage tests which indicates less opportunity for leaks.
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff

This diaper is only an average performer for leak protection. While not horrible, Naty is nothing to brag about compared to other top-ranked diapers.


Diapers need to absorb liquids fast, so they don't have a chance to leak out. This diaper performed well in the run-off test that we used to indicate the potential for leaks. With no run-off in the pan, the diaper quickly absorbed the fake urine into the core. However, a higher percentage of online reviewers expressed concerns over leaks. Leakage is hard to test because many leaks result from poorly fitted diapers or diapers left on the baby for too long.

eco by naty - the eco by naty diaper works well at preventing leaks if the fit is...
The Eco by Naty diaper works well at preventing leaks if the fit is right. If the fit is too small, you'll have more leaks and possible chaffing.
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff

It is difficult to say what factors played a role in the diapers that leaked. This diaper has a hard-to-fit design that had some of our testers struggling with their usual size. Once they moved up to a larger size, the diaper performed better for absorption and leaks.

eco by naty - the babycare diaper earned a higher rank in health by limiting their...
The BabyCare diaper earned a higher rank in health by limiting their use of known irritants.
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff

This diaper offers a lot for the health of your baby's skin. it is the best-performing diaper with more consideration for health and the environment. This diaper has an allergy certification and is totally chlorine-free (TCF) and latex-free. This diaper says it is fragrance-free. However, we smelled a baby powder odor when we opened the package, so we assume they refer to “added fragrance.” It also doesn't say anything about lotions or dyes, but there is a print on the diaper.

eco by naty - nature has gone above the norm for ecological considerations in...
Nature has gone above the norm for ecological considerations in their use of natural and renewable resources as well as additional biodegrable features.
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff

We love how eco-friendly this diaper is. Naty offers full disclosure of the diaper ingredients but not their manufacturing process. These diapers use FSC TCF pulp, bio-based plastics, and GM-free corn. They are mostly biodegradable and compostable in the right conditions (not found in a typical landfill), and they are working on recyclable and biodegradable packaging.

eco by naty - the materials used to create nature babycare diapers are not that...
The materials used to create Nature Babycare diapers are not that comfortable and actually feel rough in some areas.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Dislikes


Naty's strong point is not comfort, earning one of the lowest scores for this metric.


Unfortunately, this diaper didn't do that well for comfort compared to the competition. The back and liner are not very soft to the touch (with the back feeling almost like paper), and the elastic and cuffs aren't as skin-friendly as most of the competition. Is this a result of their efforts to be environmentally friendly? Perhaps, but it is still a disappointment, and we encourage parents to view it as a trade-off for such a healthy and eco-friendly option.

eco by naty - the babycare diaper isn't the most comfortable option in the group...
The babycare diaper isn't the most comfortable option in the group with rougher cuffs and materials than the competition. However, finding the best fit will impact overall comfort, and we found a size larger than your usual size is often a safe bet with this diaper.
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff

This diaper runs small, and we recommend parents consider a larger size than they would typically buy in a traditional disposable. Our testers remarked that finding the best fit is key to comfort and performance.

Size matters!
Given the difficulty in finding the right size diaper for our testers, we recommend parents buy the smallest package size until they determine which size fits their baby the best. Being flexible will prevent unnecessary extra expenses or a surplus of diapers you can't use.

eco by naty - a significant number of online reviewers feel the nature babycare...
A significant number of online reviewers feel the Nature Babycare diaper is not very durable with faulty tabs and diapers that fall apart before diaper changes.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Nature earned a disappointing score for durability both as a result of our testing and online research.


This diaper is not as durable as the competition, and it might be a result of its biodegradability and compostable makeup. We aren't sure, but it is a disappointment no matter how you look at it. While you can mitigate this by changing the diaper more often and always using clothing over the diaper, it still had more durability-related issues noted online than any other product we researched. Most of the complaints are related to faulty tabs, which leave the diaper unusable or modified with tape. Some of the issues were related to the diaper frankly falling apart. Again, much like comfort, this is a trade-off for finding a high-performing, green diaper. Our testers' biggest complaint was disappointing closure tabs that lose their stick if you open them to check the diaper or adjust the fit. This issue resulted in throwing away dry diapers and being unable to fold a used diaper to keep the contents contained after changing.

Should You Buy the Eco by Naty?


Naty is an impressive green diaper with an impressive absorption score and an eco-friendly design and manufacturing process. We love what this diaper design offers for the baby's health and the environment. While this diaper lacks comfort and durability and sports an above-average price, we think it is an excellent choice for those looking for the greenest disposable diaper without sacrificing performance. Don't forget it works well as an favorite overnight diaper.

What Other Disposable Diaper Should You Consider?


If your budget is somewhat smaller, but you still want a diaper with more for health and the environment, Hello Bello Premium is a good compromise. While it doesn't have as high of an environment score, it is still far above the average for the group, and it has a better health assessment because Naty has a scent (despite saying fragrance-free) and doesn't say if they have a lotion or not. Hello Bello states it is free of both. With good performance in absorption and leak prevention, Hello Bello brings a lot to the table with a significantly lower price and better availability.

Manufacturer Video


This video includes information about the diaper and its design.


This video includes information on how Naty began and the company's philosophy.

Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz