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Nature Babycare Review

A high absorbing, healthier option that is Earth-friendly, but it isn't very durable or comfy
Nature Babycare
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $0.48 List | Check Price at Amazon
Pros:  Great absorption, better health, and higher eco-friendliness
Cons:  Hard to find a good fit, not as comfy or durable
Manufacturer:   Naty
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Sep 22, 2021
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  • Absorption - 40% 10
  • Leakage - 20% 6
  • Comfort - 15% 3
  • Health - 15% 6
  • Eco-friendly - 5% 8
  • Durability - 5% 1

The Skinny

Nature Babycare is a green diaper with significant consideration for your child's health and the environment. This diaper offers impressive performance for absorption in a total package of higher 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, and we think most parents will be impressed overall. This diaper is the option we would recommend to friends who want a top-performing green diaper who values earth-friendliness over budget concerns.

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Pros Great absorption, better health, and higher eco-friendlinessGreat absorption, soft material, better health and eco-benefitsImpressive absorption, great leak protection, comfyDurable, comfortable for baby, affordableGreat for health, durable, comfortable
Cons Hard to find a good fit, not as comfy or durableLess durable, below-average leak preventionAverage eco-friendliness, lower health scores, less durableAverage absorbency, less eco-friendlyAverage for leak protection
Bottom Line A high absorbing, healthier option that is Earth-friendly, but it isn't very durable or comfyA soft and cozy diaper with some green practices and high absorbency 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 durable diaper that has some health and comfort benefits without breaking the bankA healthy option that is comfortable and durable, but absorption and leak protection aren't the absolute best
Rating Categories Nature Babycare Seventh Generation... Babyganics Mama Bear Gentle Touch Bambo Nature
Absorption (40%)
10.0
9.0
9.0
6.0
6.0
Leakage (20%)
6.0
5.0
8.0
7.0
5.0
Comfort (15%)
3.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
Health (15%)
6.0
6.0
3.0
7.0
9.0
Eco Friendly (5%)
8.0
6.0
4.0
4.0
6.0
Durability (5%)
1
4.0
3.0
9.0
9.0
Specs Nature Babycare Seventh Generation... Babyganics Mama Bear Gentle Touch Bambo Nature
Type of Diaper Green Green Green Traditional Green
Chlorine-Free Totally
Chlorine-free
Totally Chlorine-Free Totally
Chlorine-free
Elemental
Chlorine-free
Elemental
Chlorine-free
Perfume-Free Yes Yes Not Listed Yes Yes
Biodegradable 99.9% No No No No
Contains SAP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Miscellaneous Materials Details Corn Based Plastics
Wetness Indicator No No Yes Yes Yes
Stretchable Side Wings Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stretchable Back No No Yes Yes No
Eco-awards 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 Eco-label
FSC Certified
Asthma-Allergy Denmark

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."

Performance Comparison


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

Absorption


Nature earned an exceptionally high score for absorption, beating all of the competition.


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

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 competition come morning.

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

Leakage


This diaper is only an average performer for leak protection. While not horrible, Nature Babycare is nothing to brag about.


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, this means that 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 too long.

The Nature diaper works well at preventing leaks if the fit is...
The Nature 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.

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

Comfort


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


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 (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.

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 and or a surplus of diapers you can't use.

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

Health


This diaper earned an above-average score for health. It was higher than much of the competition, with only a few 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. However, we smelled a baby powder odor when we opened the package, so we assume they are referring to "added fragrance." It also doesn't say anything about lotions or dyes, but there is a print on the diaper.

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

Eco-Friendly


Nature earned a well above average score for being eco-friendly.


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 (not found in a typical landfill), and they are working on recyclable and biodegradable packaging.

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

Durability


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.

Conclusion


Nature Babycare is an impressive green diaper with the best absorption score in the group and an impressive eco-friendly design and manufacturing process. We love what this diaper design moist and what they bring to the table both for the baby's health and the environment. While this diaper is lacking in 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.

Manufacturer Video


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