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Walmart Parent's Choice Review

Price:   $0.25 List | $0.21 each (in 144-pack) at Amazon
Pros:  Price, fairly absorbent
Cons:  Possible leaks, low health score, not eco-friendly
Bottom line:  Cheaper option that is fairly absorbent but can leak
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Type of Diaper:  Traditional
Chlorine-Free:  Not Listed
Perfume-Free:  Yes
Manufacturer:   Walmart

The Skinny

The Walmart Parent's Choice diaper is a budget-friendly diaper that offers relatively good absorption of liquids. Unfortunately, absorption is only part of the picture, and this diaper did not stand up to the competition when it came to leakage or any other metric we considered. Parent's Choice diaper is not eco-friendly and is still produced using chlorine, something many high-end brands are moving away from. We think this diaper could score higher if it were better on leaks and if it were more comfortable and durable, two components it seems to lack.



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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz

Last Updated:
Friday
July 28, 2017

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Parent's Choice diapers are made by the Walmart company. Walmart produces a variety of products under their own brand label to bring cost-effective solutions to their customers. Walmart also makes the White Cloud diaper and baby products.

The Walmart Parent's Choice diaper has a cute pattern (contains dyes) and a cheaper price.
The Walmart Parent's Choice diaper has a cute pattern (contains dyes) and a cheaper price.

Performance Comparison


The comparison chart provides a simple quick look at the overall scores for the diapers we tested in this review. Walmart's Parent's Choice diaper did not break the top half the diapers tested falling short in important metrics like leakage and health.


The information below includes what we like and dislike about the Parent's Choice diaper based on the diaper's results during testing.

Compared to the competition  the Parent's Choice diaper has only a fraction of the moisture transfer to the test paper indicating baby will stay drier.
Compared to the competition, the Parent's Choice diaper has only a fraction of the moisture transfer to the test paper indicating baby will stay drier.

Likes


The Parent's Choice diaper performed fairly well in our tests for absorption with an above average score of 7 of 10. This significantly helped its overall score because absorption is weighted heavier than any other metric we test. The diapers we tested were fairly consistent across the board implying consistent quality. It is easy to see from the pictures of the test paper that not much moisture was transferred to the paper meaning baby's tushie should stay drier than it would with much of the competition.

While Parent's Choice does lock away moisture eventually  the run-off and potential for leaks are still rather high as indicated by this test and online reviewers that experienced leaks.
While Parent's Choice does lock away moisture eventually, the run-off and potential for leaks are still rather high as indicated by this test and online reviewers that experienced leaks.

Dislikes


Ther is really a lot to dislike about this diaper and if it hadn't performed so well in tests for absorption then it would have scored lower. This diaper earned a 4 of 10 for leakage with a significant number of online reviewers complaining of leaks using this diaper. Our leak test results also indicated a good amount of runoff as the absorption of liquid was slow.

We don't like that Parent's Choice is still using older methods of manufacturing that uses chlorine and produces dioxins in the diapers.
We don't like that Parent's Choice is still using older methods of manufacturing that uses chlorine and produces dioxins in the diapers.

We don't like that Walmart has given no consideration to the environment or to baby's health with scores of 1 of 10 for eco-friendliness and only 3 of 10 for baby's health. While no disposable diaper is great for the Earth, there are steps to make them more friendly like using renewable resources or being biodegradable under the right conditions. For health, this diaper does not offer a full disclosure list of materials and chemicals used and it isn't free of dyes or lotion and it looks to made using chlorine (something many higher end diaper brands are moving away from). It is fragrance-free which is something, but babies with sensitive skin may react to the added lotions or the dioxins left behind during the manufacturing process.

Parent's Choice is not very comfortable or durable earning below average marks in both metrics.
Parent's Choice is not very comfortable or durable earning below average marks in both metrics.

More to dislike, this diaper is not very comfortable. With a score of 6 of 10 for comfort, this diaper performed below average. It does have nicer elastic on the back and the motion points are not too rough, but the fabric isn't soft and the tabs can be somewhat poky.

Conclusion


Walmart Parent's Choice diaper is an inexpensive diaper that many budget conscious parents may try. It offers better than average performance for absorbing liquids, but it isn't the best at preventing leaks and it doesn't have much else to offer. This diaper is not eco-friendly, doesn't offer much in the way of consideration for baby's health and isn't as comfortable or durable as much of the competition.

Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz

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