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 and the disappointing leak protection mean this diaper will likely disappoint and leave more than one person feeling wet. These flaws make it a diaper we don't recommend or like as much as the disposable competition.Editor's Note: This gear review was updated with new information on award-winners to help you decide on the right diaper for your needs on April 20, 2022.
Pros: Free of several irritants, comfortable
Cons: Expensive, poor absorption, disappointing ecological concerns for a green diaper
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|Pros||Free of several irritants, comfortable||Impressive absorption, great leak protection, comfy||Great absorption, soft material, better health and eco-benefits||Great absorption, better health, and higher eco-friendliness||Durable, comfortable for baby, affordable|
|Cons||Expensive, poor absorption, disappointing ecological concerns for a green diaper||Average eco-friendliness, lower health scores, less durable||Less durable, below-average leak prevention||Hard to find a good fit, not as comfy or durable||Average absorbency, less eco-friendly|
|Bottom Line||Healthy for baby, but pricey for below-average absorption and disappointing environmental considerations for a green diaper||Top performance in absorption and leaks with a comfy feel but they aren't as green as some of the competition||A soft and cozy diaper with some green practices and high absorbency but less than stellar leak protection||A high absorbing, healthier option that is Earth-friendly, but it isn't very durable or comfy||A durable diaper that has some health and comfort benefits without breaking the bank|
|Rating Categories||Parasol||Babyganics||Seventh Generation...||Nature Babycare||Mama Bear Gentle Touch|
|Eco Friendly (5%)|
|Specs||Parasol||Babyganics||Seventh Generation...||Nature Babycare||Mama Bear Gentle Touch|
|Type of Diaper||Green||Green||Green||Green||Traditional|
|Miscellaneous Materials Details||Corn Based Plastics|
|Stretchable Side Wings||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Eco-awards||Nordic Swan Eco Label
PEFC Forest Sustainability
PETA Cruelty-Free and Vegan
Vincotte OK Biobased Certified
Swedish Asthma and Allergy Foundation Recommended
"Good Environmental Choice" Eco Label from Swedish Society for Nature Conservation
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.
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.
This diaper is free of chlorine, perfume, lotion, and latex, with a partial disclosure list on the diaper ingredients.
The Parasol also earned average scores for comfort and durability compared to the disposable diaper lineup. 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.
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.
Should You Buy the Parasol?
The Parasol diaper scored in the bottom third of products with few impressive test results across individual metrics. It performed below average for leak protection, but the absorption score was even more disappointing, with more moisture transferred 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, and there are better diapers available.
What Other Disposable Diaper Should You Consider?
If a green diaper is your goal, Nature Babycare and Bambo Nature are both great options with impressive results for health and eco-friendliness without any sacrifice to absorption or other key considerations. Bambo is the top pick for baby health, with the highest score in our tests. Seventh Generation Sensitive Protection is a good option as well, with good test scores in most metrics that make it a good all-around diaper no matter what your goals, with an average price for a green diaper, which could make it more affordable for some families.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz
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