Nature Babycare Review
Pros: Great absorption and leak prevention, better health and eco-friendliness
Cons: Hard to find a good fit, not as comfy or durable
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Our Analysis and Test Results
Nature BabyCare 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. Marlene's philosophy, as stated on the company website, "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."
Nature earned an exceptionally high score for absorption. Its impressive score is one of the main reasons it earned an Editors' Choice award.
During testing, this diaper worked consistently for each repetition with little to no variation, which implies consistency in manufacturing and quality we didn't see in every product. With less moisture transferred to the test paper, this diaper should keep baby's skin drier. Drier skin translates to less chance of skin irritation and diaper rash.
Absorption is arguably the most important functional element of a diaper, so it is excellent that this diaper performed so well in this metric. Some testers remarked this is even good for excessive overnight wetting feeling drier than some of the competition come morning.
This diaper earned another well above average score for leakage. Only a few other diapers were able to match the performance of the Nature Babycare.
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 use to indicate the potential for leaks. With no run-off in the pan, this means that the diaper quickly absorbed the mock urine into the core, which gives urine less of a chance to leak out. Also, less than a third of online reviewers expressed concerns over leaks. Leakage is hard to test for because many leaks are a result of poorly fitted diapers or diapers left on the baby too long.
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 leakage.
Nature's strong point is not comfort. It earned one of the lowest scores for the group, where the average is 7.
Unfortunately, this diaper didn't do that well compared to the competition for comfort. The back and liner are not very soft to the touch, and the elastic and cuffs aren't as skin-friendly as the majority 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.
This diaper runs small, and we encourage parents to 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.
Given the difficulty in finding the right size diaper for our testers, we recommend parents buy the smallest size package until they determine which size fits baby the best. Being flexible will prevent unnecessary extra expenses and or a surplus of diapers you can't use.
This diaper earned an above-average score for health. It ended up higher than much of the competition, with only a couple of diapers earning higher scores. However, it is the best performing diaper with a higher health score.
This diaper has an allergy certification and is totally chlorine-free (TCF) and latex-free. This diaper says it is fragrance-free, which must mean added fragrance because we did smell a baby powder odor when we opened the package. It also doesn't say anything about lotions or dyes, but there is a print on the diaper.
Nature earned a well above average score for ecology. Very few diapers in this metric earned a higher score.
We love how eco-friendly this diaper is. Naty offers full disclosure of the diaper ingredients but not of 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, and they are working on recyclable and biodegradable packaging.
Nature earned a very poor score for durability. It was near the bottom of the group, where the average is 6.
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 some of this can be mitigated by changing baby's 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 leaves the diaper unusable or modified with tape. Some of the issues were related to the diaper frankly just 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 need 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.
This video includes information about the diaper and its design.
This video includes information on how Naty began and the philosophy of the company.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz