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Parasol Review

Healthy for baby, but pricey for below-average absorption and disappointing environmental considerations for a green diaper
Parasol
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $0.56 List | Check Price at Amazon
Pros:  Free of several irritants, comfortable
Cons:  Expensive, poor absorption, disappointing ecological concerns for a green diaper
Manufacturer:   Parasol
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Sep 13, 2021
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  • Absorption - 40% 3
  • Leakage - 20% 5
  • Comfort - 15% 7
  • Health - 15% 6
  • Eco-friendly - 5% 3
  • Durability - 5% 6

The Skinny

The Parasol diaper is an overall below-average diaper with a better health score but disappointing performance in most tests. It has soft fabric and skin-friendly tabs and motion points, creating a comfortable diaper, but it isn't better than average. On the downside, this diaper didn't perform well in our tests for absorption, which means there is a potential for skin irritation and diaper rash from contact with excess moisture. The absorption problem, coupled with the disappointing leak protection, means this diaper will likely disappoint and leave more than one person feeling wet. These flaws make it a diaper we don't recommend.

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Pros Free of several irritants, 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 Expensive, poor absorption, disappointing ecological concerns for a green diaperLess 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 for baby, but pricey for below-average absorption and disappointing environmental considerations for a green diaperA 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 high absorbing, healthier option that is Earth-friendly, but it isn't very durable or comfyA durable diaper that has some health and comfort benefits without breaking the bank
Rating Categories Parasol Seventh Generation... Babyganics Nature Babycare Mama Bear Gentle Touch
Absorption (40%)
3.0
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%)
6.0
6.0
3.0
6.0
7.0
Eco Friendly (5%)
3.0
6.0
4.0
8.0
4.0
Durability (5%)
6.0
4.0
3.0
1
9.0
Specs Parasol Seventh Generation... 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 No No Yes No Yes
Stretchable Side Wings Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stretchable Back No No Yes No Yes
Eco-awards Nordic Swan Eco Label
PEFC Forest Sustainability
PETA Cruelty-Free and Vegan
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

Parasol Essentials for baby make diapers and wipes. It is a company founded on the belief that baby products should be safe and eco-conscious. The company has spent years creating a soft top sheet layer that uses less wood pulp than traditional diapers. They believe that eco-friendly diapers don't have to be bulky or rough. The company makes efforts to use fewer materials from sustainably managed forests, less packaging materials, and reduced shipping waste, so their diapers have a smaller overall footprint.

Performance Comparison


In our tests for leakage, the Parasol did leak, but it still scored...
In our tests for leakage, the Parasol did leak, but it still scored about average compared to the competition. However, the combination of possible leaks and poor absorption mean this diaper could lead to a wet mess.
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff

Likes


We liked that this diaper earned an above-average score for health and gave some serious consideration for chemicals and materials that could be potential irritants to a baby's skin.

The Parasol diaper is relatively durable, but there are diapers in...
The Parasol diaper is relatively durable, but there are diapers in this review that are both more comfortable and durable.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

This diaper is free of chlorine, perfume, lotion, and latex, with a partial disclosure list on the diaper ingredients.

Parasol is a fairly comfortable diaper with soft fabric and friendly...
Parasol is a fairly comfortable diaper with soft fabric and friendly closure tabs.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The Parasol also earned average scores for comfort and durability. While it isn't the most comfortable or durable selection, it has soft fabric and skin-friendly motion areas and tabs. The diaper is reasonably durable with few complaints on how it holds up when wet, but it isn't anything to write home about, and other options were more durable.

The test results for the absorption capabilities of the Parasol were...
The test results for the absorption capabilities of the Parasol were disappointing with significant wetness transfer on one end.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Dislikes


This diaper did not perform well in our absorption tests, with a low score for locking liquids away, coming in significantly below the top-scoring diapers. The Parasol had more wetness transfer to the test paper than much of the competition, which could mean possible skin irritation for your baby, a diaper rash, or wet clothing and bedding.

This diaper earned a below-average score for ecology. While Parasol markets itself as an "eco-conscious" diaper, it didn't stack up compared to other green diapers we tested. The Parasol has a partial disclosure list for ecology. It shows a Nordic Swan Eco-label and is PEFC, cruelty-free, and vegan. It does not discuss biodegradability for the diaper or packaging, and it doesn't mention the use of renewable resources. Some diapers we tested have similar accreditation and earned higher scores for absorption and leaks. Others also have significant eco-friendly certifications and manufacturing processes.

Parasol is a pricey diaper with a higher price than most of the competition. Given the lower overall score and the disappointing absorption results, it certainly isn't worth the added cost, in our opinion. Even if you don't mind paying more for an Earth-friendly diaper, this product is not a standout, and others are better for the environment and cost less.

The Parasol diaper has cute patterns and a higher price.
The Parasol diaper has cute patterns and a higher price.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Conclusion


The Parasol diaper is a below-average diaper with few impressive test results across individual metrics. It performed below average for leak protection, but the absorption score was even more disappointing and had more moisture transfer to the filter paper than much of the competition. Given that a diaper needs to lock away liquids and prevent leaks, it is frustrating that it isn't good at either. This self-proclaimed "eco-conscious diaper" had surprisingly little supporting information for ecology, leaving us disappointed for eco-friendly as well. Overall, the higher price and lower scores mean the Parasol is a no-go, in our opinion.

Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz

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