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Walmart Parent's Choice Review

Cheaper option that is fairly absorbent but can leak
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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
Manufacturer:   Walmart
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Jul 28, 2017
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  • Absorption - 40% 7
  • Leakage - 20% 4
  • Comfort - 15% 6
  • Health - 15% 3
  • Eco-friendly - 5% 1
  • Durability - 5% 4

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 uses chlorine in the production process, something many high-end brands are choosing to leave out. 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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Price $0.25 List
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Pros Price, fairly absorbentGreat absorption and leak prevention, better health and eco-friendlinessAbsorption, comfy, durable, better healthGreat for health, eco-friendly, comfyGreat health, good absorption, eco-friendly
Cons Possible leaks, low health score, not eco-friendlyHard to find a good fit, not as comfy or durableAverage leakage and eco-friendlinessAverage for leaks and durabilityPossible leaks, not so cozy
Bottom Line Potential leaks make this inexpensive option a poor choiceEarth friendly, healthy choice that works greatKeeps baby drier in a cozy, durable diaper that has better health statsComfy, healthy option with performance where it countsBest green bang for the buck that works well with a top health score
Rating Categories Walmart Parent's... Nature Babycare Babyganics Bambo Nature Free & Clear
Absorption (40%)
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7
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Leakage (20%)
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Specs Walmart Parent's... Nature Babycare Babyganics Bambo Nature Free & Clear
Type of Diaper Traditional Green Green Green Green
Chlorine-Free Not Listed Totally
Chlorine-free
Totally
Chlorine-free
Elemental
Chlorine-free
Totally
Chlorine-free
Perfume-Free Yes Yes Not Listed Yes Yes
Biodegradable No 99.90% No No No
Contains SAP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Miscellaneous Materials Details Corn Based Plastics
Wetness Indicator Yes, for sizes 1, 2 and 3 No Yes Yes No
Stretchable Side Wings Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stretchable Back Yes No Yes No Yes
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
FSC Certified
Rainforest Alliance Certified

Our Analysis and Test Results

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.

The Walmart company makes parent's Choice diapers. Walmart produces a variety of products under its brand label to bring cost-effective solutions to its customers. Walmart also makes the White Cloud diaper and baby products.

Performance Comparison


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, which 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 transfer of moisture 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


There is 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 one of the lowest scores in the group for leakage, with a significant number of online reviewers complaining of leaks using this diaper. Our leak test results also resulted in 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 not considered the environment or baby's health, earning with abysmally low scores for eco-friendliness and 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. 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 below-average score comfort, this diaper didn't impress. 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