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Smartipants Cloth Diapers

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
4
Cute cloth diapers, need an extra insert
Greenness Rating: 
5
Cloth diapers that you can reuse indefinitely
Value: 
4
Cheaper option than most one-size cloth diapers
Overall Rating: 
4

Updated review!

As my son has gotten older, I've found that with an extra insert SmartiPants diapers work extremely well.    I initially had a lot of problems with these diapers leaking (see first review below) when my son was small.  Now that he's 2, after I put in an extra insert they work a lot better than BumGenius.  Especially now that my son can rip open the velcro cloth diapers!

I don't know why these leaked so much when my son was small.  But these are excellent toddler diapers and I'm bumping up my review to 4 stars.    ... read more

Full Circle Chlorine-Free Diapers

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
5
Great, reliable diapers
Greenness Rating: 
4
Chlorine-free, made with corn and wheat products
Value: 
5
Comparable to other disposable diapers
Overall Rating: 
5

full circle organics - diapers

Much like the other chlorine-free diapers I've reviewed (such as 365 Whole Foods and Seventh Generation), these are not an equally green alternative to cloth diapers.  They're just a slightly greener alternative to your average Pampers.  That said, these diapers were a combination of things I like:  chlorine-free, reliable, and inexpensive.

I read that these diapers are exactly the same as Earth's Best Chlorine-Free Diapers, possibly made by Earth's Best.  They have a cute little design on the front, which is also fun!  They haven't leaked for us at all, and my son is a heavy wetter!... read more

Rumparooz Cloth Diapers

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
5
Best one-size cloth diapers I've used
Greenness Rating: 
5
Reusable diaper with no harmful dyes or chemicals. The diapers will even biodegrade!
Value: 
5
More expensive than other OS cloth diapers, but better quality
Overall Rating: 
5

rumparooz diaperThese are great diapers!!  I once was Bum Genius faithful, with the economical but leaky Smartipants as our backups.  But, as my son got older and became a very heavy wetter, we began having problems with them.  Sometimes we need to use more than one liner, and they're not so reliable when it comes to overnight or outings.

Rump-a-rooz are awesome.  Just by touching them, you can feel that they are high quality.  They are very snug around my son's legs, and they have yet to leak.  While with the other cloth diapers I need to change them every 2 hours like clockwork, I can use Rump-a-rooz for overnight, nap time, car trips, and other situations where I may be unable to change him.... read more

Earth's Best Chlorine-Free Diapers

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
5
These diapers work really well!
Greenness Rating: 
4
Not biodegradable, but chlorine-free, dye-free, latex-free, fragrance-free...
Value: 
5
Runs for about $10 for a pack of 38. Not bad for chlorine-free!
Overall Rating: 
4

While not as green as cloth diapers and not biodegradable (Broody Chick is the only brand that I've found which is fully biodegradable), they're excellent and affordable alternatives to disposable diapers that contain dyes and bleaches.... read more

Broody Chick Compostable/Biodegradable Diapers

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
5
As absorbent as any other conventional disposable diaper
Greenness Rating: 
5
Legitimately 100% biodegradable -- toss 'em into your compost heap!
Value: 
3
VERY expensive, but I've found no other disposable diapers this green or this effective
Overall Rating: 
4

broody chick compostable and biodegradable diapers

These are awesome, awesome diapers.  A few weeks ago I wrote a review of Nature BabyCare diapers, which are only partially biodegradable and they leaked like crazy.  

Broody Chick diapers, on the other hand, are ONE HUNDRED PERCENT biodegradable.  Yes, you can actually compost the pee diapers.  (but never compost human feces...throw those diapers in the garbage!)  

The diapers are also made from annually renewable resources, are chlorine-free, fragrance-free, and hypoallergenic.   They're even packaged in a cardboard box instead of a plastic bag.... read more

Nature Babycare Diaper

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
2
Leaky leaky
Greenness Rating: 
5
The greenest disposable diaper I've used to date
Value: 
3
More expensive than most disposables
Overall Rating: 
3

While much greener than most disposable diapers you'll find, the Nature Babycare diapers just don't quite work for us.   Before I get into all of the icky details, I want to sing the praises of the greenness of this diaper.  

First off, they're partially biodegradable.  This is better than most disposable diapers, but unfortunately, I think their marketing lead me to believe that they were totally biodegradable and could even be thrown into my compost bin.  They're not fully biodegradable and you cannot compost them.   BUT, they still are a better option in terms of biodegradability than your average disposable -- even better than other green diapers I've reviewed.  Much of the diaper is made from non-GM corn starch, which is awesome.... read more

365 Chlorine-Free Diapers

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
5
Passed the three tests: pee, poop, and overnight!
Greenness Rating: 
4
Chlorine-free, and more eco-friendly than most disposable diapers, but still not biodegradable
Value: 
5
At $9.99 for 35 diapers, it's a great deal
Overall Rating: 
4

That's my baby, Isaac, sportin' 365 diapers.

Like the Seventh Generation diapers, I put these diapers through the tests:... read more

  • The Pee Test.   To pass this test, the diaper simply needs to hold a small amount of pee without leaking.  If a diaper can't pass the basic pee test, it's diaper to me.  How did 365 fare?  Passed, except for one time.  We did have one leaky diaper incident, but the rest of the time, there was no problem.  I think I'll chalk the leak up to human error.  (With a squirmy 11 month old who'd rather streak, it's hard to get a diaper on!)  
  • The Poop Test.  Can this diaper contain a mass quantity of baby poop?  Passed with flying colors.  No problems here.  
  • The Overnight Test.  We prefer to cloth diaper most of the time, but we do use disposables at daycare and overnight because all of our cloth diapers result in a pee-soaked baby and crib in the middle of the night, sadly.  How did 365 do?  Passed.  Woohoo!
  • Seventh Generation Chlorine Free Baby Diapers and Wipes

    Review Summary
    Keeness Rating: 
    5
    As effective and absorbent as traditional disposable diapers and the wipes do the trick!
    Greenness Rating: 
    3
    More eco-friendly than most disposable diapers, but still will not decompose
    Value: 
    4
    A little more expensive than non-green options
    Overall Rating: 
    4

    Seventh Generation Diapers

    We put the Seventh Generation Diapers through three tests:... read more

    1. The Pee Test.   To pass this, it just needs to hold a small amount of pee without leaking.  If a diaper can't pass the basic pee test, it's a useless diaper.  The verdict?  Passed.  
    2. The Poop Test.  Can this diaper contain a mass quantity of baby poop?  (In this case, some of the messiest baby poop known to man: blueberry poop.)  Some diapers regularly cause leaks down the leg and up the back.  How did Seventh Generation do?  Passed.  And the wipes did their job as well.  
    3. The Overnight Test.  We cloth diaper most of the time, but we do use disposables overnight because all of our cloth diapers result in a pee-soaked baby in the middle of the night, sadly.  How did Seventh Generation do with this test?  Passed.  

    Huggies Pure & Natural

    Review Summary
    Keeness Rating: 
    4
    On par with your average disposable diaper in terms of quality
    Greenness Rating: 
    3
    Greener than your average disposable, but NOT chlorine-free!
    Value: 
    4
    A little more expensive than other disposables
    Overall Rating: 
    3

    The most notable thing about these diapers is that they are much softer than most disposables and it also contains some organic cotton, less ink, and no perfumes.  They're not a green alternative to cloth diapers, as they are not biodegradable, but they are definitely better than your average disposable diaper.  They're a decent alternative to cloth diapers, for nighttime use, vacations, daycare, etc.   They don't leak and hold up very well in all types of diaper situations.  ... read more

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