Diaper Fit

By Julie Siewert

Diaper Fit

I spend far too much time online in Facebook Mom groups. There, I said it. And if you also have also ventured into some of these groups, you’ve learned a few things. For as much as we are all different, there are some similarities. I see some of the same questions coming up time and time again in these groups. Since I’m “the diaper lady” those are the questions I pay attention to. Moms are always asking:

“why are these (insert brand name here) diapers leaking?”

“what brand of diapers do you use overnight, my (insert brand name here) diapers are always leaking!”

“these (insert brand name here) diapers aren’t working for my baby, what do you use?”

“why is my baby pooping so much that it’s coming out the back?”

You want the answer? I’ll tell you.

It’s all about the fit. That’s it. There is no magic brand of diapers that will work perfectly for all your closest Facebook friends AND for you, too. Every baby is different, and so every diaper fits a little different also.

 The Basics of Diaper Fit Pinterest

A diaper (disposable or cloth) is basically an absorbent material secured around your baby. The absorbent material does its job of soaking up what your baby gives it. There is elastic (or something similar) around the legs and back to keep all the mess inside.

You see where I’m going with this. The problem isn’t with the absorbency (usually) it’s with the FIT! If it’s not secured properly, the diaper will not contain all your baby’s “output”.

We all know that babies come in all sizes and shapes. Think “chunky monkey” vs. “chicken legs”. The same diaper won’t fit both of them well.

What you may not know is that all diapers fit a little different, too. Take this example:

Diaper Fit Comparison

Take 3 diaper brands: Target’s Up & Up, Seventh Generation and Earth’s Best. All three brands pictured are size 1 diapers (fits 8-14 lbs.). The first photo shows how much wider the Target diaper is than the Seventh Generation. If you’ve got a baby with a wide “stance” the Seventh Generation diapers may not provide enough coverage. On the flip side, the Target diapers may be too wide or bulky on a smaller baby. The second photo shows how much taller the Seventh Generation diapers are vs. the Earth’s Best diaper. So, a tall baby may not get enough coverage from the Earth’s Best diaper, while a shorter baby may be drowning in a Seventh Generation diaper.

See how I keep saying “may”? You never really know how a diaper will fit your baby until they’re wearing it. You might need to try multiple brands of diapers to find the right one for your baby.

 Baby in diaper

photo credit: @avaya.and.addison

Diaper sizing and weight ranges

Most diaper brands follow “traditional” US sizing (for example; size 1 is 8-14 lbs.). Many eco-friendly diaper brands are made outside the US, which is why the weight ranges on their diapers are often slightly different. Make sure you check, size 1 is not the same everywhere.

You can check out our Diaper Brand Information page to find more information about each brand including links to their in-depth “Spotlight Series” post which includes their weight chart.

Even with weight ranges printed on the diaper packaging, there is overlap. Newborn diapers can fit babies up to 10 pounds, while size 1 diapers fit babies 8-14 pounds. It’s all about how a diaper fits YOUR unique baby.

Fun fact, CVS Health brand diapers have a “smart fit” indicator on their diapers to help parents judge when it’s time to move up to the next size. That only includes the waist size, but it’s still helpful.  You can read more about CVS brand diapers here.

Many experienced Moms will tell you that if your baby’s diaper suddenly starts leaking when it didn’t used to before, it may be time to move up a size. Bigger size diaper = more absorbent square footage = better absorbency PROVIDED that it still fits well (if the leg holes are too big, baby will pee right out the side).

 Baby diaper fit

photo credit @childhoodsquares 

Absorbency

It bears repeating.  Bigger size diaper = more absorbent square footage = better absorbency PROVIDED that it still fits well.

As babies grow and start eating and drinking more, their ”output” increases. More poop and pee mean that diapers need to absorb more. Thankfully they are growing into bigger diapers, so there is more space in the diapers for absorbent material.

Do the different brands of diapers absorb differently? Is one “better” than the others?

Yes and no. Yes, they do absorb differently. And some use different absorbent materials. Huggies adds FSC Certified wood pulp to their absorbent materials. Eco by Naty uses less SAP (Super Absorbent Polymer) in their diapers. Earth’s Best includes corn and wheat starch for absorbency. Every brand is different. Are any more absorbent than others? Maybe. Is it a significant amount? Probably not.

You can read more about what is or isn’t in each diaper brand on our Diaper Brand Research and Information page.

If you have a growing baby that sleeps for longer stretches at night, you may need more absorbency than many diapers can provide you. Some brands make an “overnight” diaper with extra added absorbency. They typically start around size 3.

 Multiple brands of diapers on a shelf with teddy bear

photo credit @b.joyfulphotographycommercial 

Tips and tricks

To find a diaper that will fit your baby properly, you really will need to try a few different brands. It’s easiest and best to try them all side by side with a Diaper Sampler package. You can try a few diapers in each brand to get an idea of the fit and function of each one. There are packages that make excellent baby gifts for an expectant couple or custom packages for parents who know which brands they’d like to try.

If your baby’s diaper is “suddenly” leaking, it might be time to size up.

If your baby’s diaper often squirts poo up their backs, it might be time for the next size up diaper.

If your baby is sleeping long stretches at night and their diaper is consistently leaking only at night, you might want to consider overnight diapers with more absorbency.

Diapers cost more (per diaper) the bigger the sizes get. You could consider keeping them in a smaller size and just switching brands of diapers (one that still fits but fits bigger) to keep your cost down.

If you have a toddler and even overnight diapers aren’t holding overnight, you’re probably almost ready to potty train. Toddlers will unconsciously begin holding their bladder as they get closer to being ready to potty train. You may find that they are doing this at night (“holding it” until they can’t any longer and peeing a whole lot instead of peeing a little bit each time all night long). This makes it almost impossible for any diaper to hold it all (since it’s coming all at once). Take heart, you’ll be done with this soon.

If you have a really big toddler/big kid and you’re having a hard time keeping the urine in all night, there are “big kid” sized disposable overnight underwear (a brand name is GoodNites). They offer more absorbency with bigger sizing. The fit of these may be tough on smaller kids, though.

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There you have it. If you have read this far, you deserve a prize for knowing all there is to know about diaper fit. Can we make a “diaper fit award”? This sounds like a good idea.

Do you have any Mom advice as far as diaper fit? I’d love to hear it in the comments!

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Celebrating 1000 Facebook Friends with a Giveaway!

By Julie Siewert

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Celebrating 1000 Facebook Friends with a Giveaway!

This giveaway is closed. Congratulations to Melanie!

 

We are celebrating 1000 friends on Facebook with baby shower…for you!

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Contest ends 7/29/18 at midnight. Winner will be notified by email.

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Amazon Prime Day Diaper Deals 2018

By Julie Siewert

Amazon Prime Day Diaper Deals 2018

Whew! That was an awesome sale! Many of the best deals are done now, but a few of the coupons are still active. Get them while you can! -Updated 7/18/18

 

It’s here! Amazon Prime Day 2018 is here. Like a major holiday for all of us Prime shoppers. I’m going to be rounding up the top diaper deals for this sale for you. If you already know which diaper brand works best for your baby, and you’re buying diapers anyway, you may as well save a few bucks in the process!

 

Disclaimer: Diaper Dabbler is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. This means that if you buy something from the links in this blog post, I might earn a few cents. Thanks!

 

Prime Day is the fantastic celebration of Amazon Prime’s birthday. This year it’s a 36-hour event with hundreds and thousands of sale items coming and going throughout the event.

 

Yes, you need to have an Amazon Prime account to get these deals. Don’t have one? You can get a 30-day free trial and cancel after you’ve ordered. Make sure you’re signed up for Amazon Family to get THE best diaper deals.

 

 

Fun fact, with your FREE Amazon Family account you can get 20% off your diaper purchases on Subscribe & Save…you CAN use the Subscribe & Save WITH the day’s deals to get an even better deal!

What to do…choose your deal, instead of choosing “one-time purchase”, choose “Subscribe & Save” and watch the savings come off! (note: not every diaper brand will have the Subscribe & Save option, but most do)

Keep in mind, the deals I'm posting are valid at the time I'm typing this. The best deals will sell out quickly, so don't think too long about this!

 

50% off Earth's Best diapers

 

40% off Babyganics diapers (multiple sizes)

 

40% off Babyganics wipes also

 

Save 40% off with coupon on Seventh Generation diapers (multiple sizes included).

 

Save $3 off your purchase of Pampers Swaddlers, Cruisers or Pure Protection diapers

 

Save an extra 30% on your first bundle of diapers from Honest Company. Specific sizes and patterns

 

Save $5 on Eco by Naty diapers

 

 Save an extra 10% on aden + anais diapers

 

$5 extra coupon on Pampers Easy-Ups

 

 

Save $3 on Huggies Little Snugglers

 

Save $1.50 on Huggies Snug & Dry

 

Happy shopping!

 

It isn’t on a special Prime day deal, but if you’re not sure which diaper brand is the right one for YOUR baby, you may want to try a Diaper Sampler Package!

 

 

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Exploring Baby Registries Series: Gugu Guru

By Julie Siewert

Exploring Baby Registries Series: Gugu Guru

Gone are the days when expectant parents just went to their local Babies “R” Us store and registered for the baby items they wanted. Today, Moms are increasingly turning to the internet for their baby registries. There are many reasons to use online registries, including ease of use (shopping or registering in your pj’s!), nationwide or worldwide availability, simplicity of ordering and comparing items, and the unlimited options of using multiple shops.

In our Exploring Baby Registries series, we are aiming to demystify online baby registries by looking at the features of each one and giving you the information you need to choose which one is right for you! Come along on the journey, today we’re examining Gugu Guru (pronounced "Goo-goo Guru") baby registry.

*Disclaimer: This post is not endorsed or sponsored by Gugu Guru. All opinions are my own and information obtained was from my own internet research. For more information about Gugu Guru, visit their website at www.guguguru.com.

 Exploring Baby Registries Series: Gugu Guru pinterest

Besides having a catchy name that you can’t help but smile when you say (try it, I dare you!), Gugu Guru is one of the big baby registries with some fancy features, especially if you don’t want to have to do it all on your own.

 

What makes them stand out:

Before you start your Gugu Guru baby registry, you take a quiz. Gugu Guru recommends products for you according to your answer profile. Even more, they have a Concierge service. You can literally hire professional baby planners to create your baby registry for you. What a HUGE benefit! Even without paying for their Gugu Guru Concierge service, you get the experience of the pros. After you create your registry, you can choose to either publish it right away or send it in for review by a real person!

 

The basics:

Gugu Guru’s website has an "Explore" section, where you can check out all products they recommend. What they don’t have included in their recommendations, you can add from the web at the end of your registry.

Gugu Guru's blog has product highlights, gift guides, inspiration and more.

Gugu Guru's baby registry has been featured by many big bloggers like Cate + Ila and Pregnant Chicken.

 Gugu Guru Baby Registry Quiz

How to get started:

Starting a Gugu Guru registry was easy.  Just a quick and simple style questionnaire, I probably spent 5 minutes choosing mood boards that were “more like” or “less like” my style. I also answered a few questions about my lifestyle (type/setting of home, activity level, etc.).

Then they recommend which products might be great for you. If you don’t love their choice, they give you a whole bunch of other options to choose from. You can even choose if their recommendation isn’t in your price point and they’ll adjust the recommendations!

They’ll also remind you of things you “should” add to your registry to go along with your favorite items (like the mattress protector specific to your co-sleeper).

There are oodles of categories and baby items to choose from when building your registry. They’ve thought of pretty much everything, including Netflix gift cards and pizza. This is going to take some time. But, at least you’re not wandering through a store. You can do this in your pj’s while eating ice cream.

You also have the option at the end of all the choices to “add a custom product”. Here’s where you can add what YOU want to your registry. You can add items from your favorite small shops or unique Etsy finds that Gugu Guru doesn’t know about yet. Just copy/paste the link and you can add it to your registry. They don’t make it real obvious, or very convenient, but it’s there for you to add things that you haven’t already found in their recommendations (you know, like your favorite Diaper Variety Package 😉).

 Add a Custom Product to your Gugu Guru Baby Registry

After you’ve found all that you want on your registry, you can choose to either publish it or send it to their expert to review it for you.

Their professional Baby Planners (including the famous Julie McCaffrey from BabyNav Baby Planners) can provide you guidance in choosing the products that are right for your family. It could save you a boatload of time and stress to let someone else plan out your registry.

 

Now, the fun begins! Go create your baby registry, and don’t forget about your favorite small shops!

 

And may I suggest registering for a Mega Mom Diaper Variety Package (or any Diaper Dabbler Sampler Package). It is the perfect gift to help you decide which brand of diapers will work best for your baby.

 

Happy registering!

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Diaper Brand Spotlight Series: Kirkland Signature Supreme

By Julie Siewert

Diaper Brand Spotlight Series: Kirkland Signature Supreme

With gazillions of different diaper brands out there, it’s hard to know which ones to buy for your baby. By doing your research and comparing the brands, you can narrow down the list of diapers you’d like to try. Here we’ve compiled the available information about Costco’s Kirkland Signature Supreme diapers in one convenient post for you.

*Disclaimer: This post is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Costco™ or Kirkland Signature™. I’m just a mama who knows how to use her keyboard to find information. Any mistakes or inaccuracies in this post are my own, and I will gladly correct them with the right information, once I know about it. To find further information about Kirkland diapers, visit their website at www.costco.com.

Here is everything you ever wanted to know about Kirkland Signature Supreme diapers.

Let’s start with my completely subjective thoughts about Kirkland diapers. These diapers look fluffy, similar to a Huggies diaper. These diapers are not going to be called a “trim” diaper.

Diaper Brand Spotlight Series: Kirkland Signature Supreme

Here’s the basics:

Kirkland diapers are an economical choice, with their regular prices starting around $.15 per diaper, and occasional sales making the price less.

Kirkland diapers are made in the USA. They are hypoallergenic and do not contain natural latex.

Kirkland diapers are sold at Costco stores and online.

Kirkland diapers have a “pocketed waistband” similar to what we see in a Huggies diaper. They offer a wetness indicator in sizes 1 and 2.

Kirkland diapers do not come in a Newborn size. Kirkland diapers do not come in training pants.

 

Kirkland Signature Supreme sizing:

Size 1 up to 14 lbs.
Size 2 12-18 lbs.
Size 3 16-28 lbs.
Size 4 22-37 lbs.
Size 5 27+ lbs.
Size 6 35+ lbs.

 

And there you have it. Everything you ever wanted to know about Kirkland diapers.

Just for giggles, common misspellings of Kirkland include: Kerkland, Kirklend, Kirklands and Kirkland's.

So many moms love Kirkland Signature diapers, but will they work for your baby? You won't know until you give them a try!

 

Diaper Dabbler carries 3-pack samples of Kirkland diapers in size 1. It is also available in our Modest Mama Diaper Variety Package and our Prepared Parent Diaper Variety Package

 Build Your Own Custom Diaper Variety package size 1

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A Foster Parent's Guide: Preparing to Diaper a Foster Child

By Julie Siewert

A Foster Parent's Guide: Preparing to Diaper a Foster Child

“My Mom always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” –Forrest Gump

 

Forrest wasn’t talking about foster care, but he might as well have been. As a foster parent, you never know what child will be on the other end of that phone call you get in the middle of the night. A newborn baby from the hospital? An endangered toddler? A big kid with big problems?

If you’re taking placements of kids age 0-4 one thing is almost certain. You’re going to need to be ready for anything…and that includes diapers. Since the average age of potty training in the US is close to 3 years old, the odds are low of receiving a child not in diapers. And so many children come into foster care with little more than the clothes (or diapers) on their back.

A Foster Parent's Guide: Preparing to Diaper a Foster Child 

Disposable diapers

You are expected to provide diapers for your foster child when they are at your home. Often times, foster children will not come with additional diapers when they arrive at your home, so you’ll need to be ready with a supply of diapers for any size child. You may or may not also be asked to provide diapers and a diaper bag for your foster child during their parental or family visitations (check with your caseworker for the specific circumstance).

Many foster parents are experienced at changing diapers. As “experienced” parents, you may have a preferred brand of diapers or baby wipes. Just keep in mind that all babies are different, and sometimes those diapers that you love might not work out for the baby you have in your care. Some babies have extra sensitivities to the ingredients in the diapers (or wipes) that you choose, or their body shape doesn’t fit with the diapers you know and love. You may have to try out a few brands of diapers to find the right one for some children.

Being ready for anything doesn’t have to include a wall of diaper boxes just waiting for the right sized child to come along. A package like the Caregiver’s Choice Diaper Sampler Package has 6 diapers in each size, giving you enough diapers to have on hand for emergencies or new placements.

 

Cloth Diapers

Did you know that some foster parents use cloth diapers at home? With modern cloth diapers, it IS an option with a growing number of foster families. (*Note-please check with your caseworker and state regulations) There are resources online for foster parents who cloth diaper, including the Rebecca Foundation. A quick Google search resulted in numerous blogs and forums supporting cloth diapering foster families.

You can read more about part-time cloth diapering here.

Please note, if you are going to use cloth diapers at home, you will still need disposable diapers for your foster child for visitations or respite.

 

Other necessities

Besides just diapers, you’ll need to have baby wipes and likely some kind of diaper rash cream on hand as well. It’s good to be ready.

Having a central changing station in the house is a good way to keep your supplies together and to create a diaper changing routine for your foster children.

 

Being a foster parent to young children is a wonderful way to open your home and heart to a child in need of a safe place to live. Thank you for what you do.

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Exploring Baby Registries: Babylist

By Julie Siewert

Exploring Baby Registries: Babylist

Gone are the days when expectant parents just went to their local Babies “R” Us store and registered for the baby items they wanted. Today, Moms are increasingly turning to the internet for their baby registries. There are many reasons to use online registries, including ease of use (shopping or registering in your pj’s!), nationwide or worldwide availability, simplicity of ordering and comparing items, and the unlimited options of using multiple shops.

In our Exploring Baby Registries series, we are aiming to demystify online baby registries by looking at the features of each one and giving you the information you need to choose which one is right for you! Come along on the journey, we’re going to start with Babylist baby registry.

*Disclaimer: This post is not endorsed or sponsored by Babylist. All opinions are my own and information obtained was from my own internet research. For more information about Babylist, visit their website at www.babylist.com.

 Exploring Baby Registries: Babylist

Babylist is one of the most popular and well-known online baby registries. They boast that 1 in 5 first-time families create a Babylist baby registry, and that over $12 million in gifts have been given using the Babylist registry.

What makes them stand out:

With your Babylist registry, you can register for physical products AND gifts you can’t put a price on (think: dog walking, home cooked meals, babysitting services).

 

The basics:

Babylist offers a free app and registries are available from any device you use.

Currently, Babylist is offering a free Hello Baby Box with new registries. This is something we’re seeing more often now as online baby registries are working to offer some of the same benefits as their in-store counterparts.

Babylist’s website has Sample Registries (like this one from Pregnant Chicken)  and Gift Guides on their website to help you find popular items that others register for.  You can register for gifts you find across the internet, from big box stores online to Etsy or other small unique shops.

 

How to get started:

Starting a Babylist registry was VERY easy. You can start it on your laptop or download their app. Visit their website at www.babylist.com.

If you’re using your laptop, on most browsers you can get a “Babylist button” that will make it quick and easy to add anything across the web to your registry. If you find something you like while on the web, just click the “Add to Babylist” button in your bookmarks and it’s added to your registry.

If you’re using their app to add products, click on the + symbol and search or type in the website address you’re looking for. Once you find what you want, use the “Add” button in the bottom corner.

 Sample screenshot registering for Diaper Dabbler gift with Babylist

You will have the option to add notes to each registry item. You can make note of which color or style you’d like, or just mention that you’d really like that item.

You will specify your mailing address in your registry. When your friends are shopping your registry, they can choose to have the gifts sent to them or sent directly to you. Your guests will choose which gift they want to buy, and then come back to let your Babylist registry know that they have bought the gift for you. You’ll have access to a great “thank you card” list for after your shower!

 

Now, the fun begins! Go find your favorite baby products from across the web, and don’t forget about your favorite small shops! I made up a sample baby registry just for fun. You can check it out here.

And may I suggest registering for a Mega Mom Diaper Variety Package (or any Diaper Dabbler Sampler Package). It is the perfect gift to help you decide which brand of diapers will work best for your baby. 😉

 

Happy registering!

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Diaper Brand Spotlight Series: Mama Bear

By Julie Siewert

Diaper Brand Spotlight Series: Mama Bear

With gazillions of different diaper brands out there, it’s hard to know which ones to buy for your baby. By doing your research and comparing the brands, you can narrow down the list of diapers you’d like to try. Here we’ve compiled the available information about Amazon’s Mama Bear Diapers in one convenient post for you.

Here is everything you ever wanted to know about Amazon’s Mama Bear diapers.

*Disclaimer: This post is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Amazon. I’m just a mama who knows how to use her keyboard to find information. Any mistakes or inaccuracies in this post are my own, and I will gladly correct them with the right information, once I know about it. To find further information about Mama Bear diapers, visit their website at www.amazon.com.

 

Diaper Brand Spotlight Series: Amazon Mama Bear pinterest image

Here’s the basics:

Mama Bear diapers are available only from Amazon. Large cases (in the size 1, a case is 216 count) ship free if you have Amazon Prime. Single packages (32 count, for size 1) are available only if you participate in Prime Pantry (not free shipping).

Mama Bear diapers are made in the USA.

 Amazon Mama Bear diapers

What is actually in a Mama Bear diaper? What are Mama Bear diapers made of?

Mama Bear diapers are hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and free of elemental chlorine.

All sizes of Mama Bear diapers have a wetness indicator.

Mama Bear diapers are available in printed or plain white diapers. Diaper Dabbler carries the printed version.

Mama Bear sizing:

Newborn up to 10 lbs.
Size 1 8-14 lbs.
Size 2 12-18 lbs.
Size 3 16-28 lbs.
Size 4 22-37 lbs.
Size 5 27 + lbs.
Size 6 35+ lbs.

 

Diaper Dabbler carries Mama Bear diapers in size 1. It is available in our budget-friendly Modest Mama Diaper Variety Package, Prepared Parent Diaper Variety Package or our Size 1 Custom Diaper Variety Package.

Mama Bear diapers are replacing Babies “R” Us store brand diapers in our Modest Mama Diaper Variety Package.

Modest Mama Diaper Variety Package

But how do they work?

If you check the reviews on Amazon, they look good so far. This is a new diaper, so the reviews are just starting to roll in.

But you won't know how they work for YOUR baby until you give them a try!

Diaper Dabbler carries 3-pack samples of Mama Bear Diapers in size 1.

Build Your Own Diaper Variety Package size 1

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Are Your Baby's Diapers Made in the USA?

By Julie Siewert

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Are Your Baby's Diapers Made in the USA?
Every parent has their own priorities, their “line in the sand”, if you will. When you’re faced with a gazillion different brands of disposable diapers, your priorities can help you narrow the list down to the ones you’d like to try.

If a “made in the USA” sticker is your priority, I’ve got your back. Did you know that it’s not so easy to Google where each diaper brand is manufactured? Well, the Googling part is easy, it’s the ANSWERS that are lacking. I had to email most of the companies directly to find the answer to “where are your diapers made?”. But my work is your gain.

Without any further ado, here are your American made diapers (in no particular order):
    
Now, this is not an exhaustive list. I could not survey every single diaper brand out there. I based my list (selfishly) on the brands that Diaper Dabbler carries. You can see the full list of brands, as well as additional research and information about each brand here.
    
Are Your Baby's Diapers Made in the USA?

What was interesting is that the vast majority of diapers are made in the United States. And that the major name-brand diapers were all US made, and even the store brand diapers were made in America too! Most of the eco-friendly diapers are not made in the US.

One note of clarification, while I’m saying these brands are made in the USA, I do not know where the materials they use to make the diapers are from. I take that to mean that the diapers are “made” in the US from components that might not be from around here. Maybe all the brands assemble the diapers in the USA from foreign components, or maybe they don’t. We don’t know.
Walmart's Parent's Choice diapers boasts that their diapers are made in the USA with 75% or more US materials. It's printed on their packaging now, so they're not fooling around.
  
Modest Mama Diaper Variety Package Made in the USA

Did you know, all the diapers in our Modest Mama diaper variety package are made in the USA?

Do you use diapers made in the USA? What are your reasons?
    
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How Eco-Friendly are Your Diapers?

By Julie Siewert

How Eco-Friendly are Your Diapers?

We all know that diapers aren’t REALLY eco-friendly. Cloth or disposable diapers both use resources and create waste. But, diapering is a necessary evil in our culture (we’re not getting into elimination communication here). Believe it or not, I am a big fan of cloth diapers. But this article will focus on the eco-friendly disposable diapers. What’s in your diaper, what isn’t in your diaper and what makes them eco-friendly.

“Eco-friendly”, as we all know, is not a well-defined term. It can mean so many things, or nothing at all. There is no “standard” when it comes to what is in (or isn’t in) a diaper, or what qualifies one to be “eco-friendly”.

Here at Diaper Dabbler we carry a range of eco-friendly diapers. We like to have a wide selection of diapers that parents want to try. Some are the more “premium” eco-friendly diapers, and others are more “mainstream”. Like those terms? I totally made them up. But they help convey the point, which is that the eco-friendliness of a diaper is a matter of degrees.

How Eco-friendly are your Diapers Pinterest

So which is the “best” eco-friendly diaper?

I’ll answer you truthfully, the best eco-friendly diaper (or any diaper, for that matter) is the one that works for your baby and your family. The diaper has to fit your baby well (so as not to leak), it has to absorb well, and it has to fit your family’s lifestyle and your priorities. You may love one specific diaper for its eco-friendly ideals, but the reality of it might not be quite as perfect.

The solution is to do your research and learn about all the brands of diapers (I’ll give you the resources below). Then, you can narrow down your search to a few favorites and a few backup options. Try sample-size packages of all of them to see what works and fits your baby. Once you KNOW what works, you can go ahead and buy in bulk with confidence!

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What are you looking for in a diaper?

These are some of the categories that can make a diaper eco-friendly or not. For information on each brand and what it contains, see our Research and Information Page, or contact the diaper manufacturer yourself.

No chlorine bleach

Chlorine bleach produces a nasty chemical byproduct (dioxin) when used to bleach diapers. Many brands are using chlorine-free purifying practices, while others are going completely bleach-free.

What’s in the fluff?

Super Absorbent Polymer (SAP) is the gel-like stuff that soaks up all that urine. It’s magical how much it can hold. The safety of SAP has been questioned, but never fully decided. Some brands of diapers use lower amounts of SAP and add other absorbents. Many are sustainably-sourced or FSC certified.

No fragrance

Many of the eco-friendly diaper brands do not contain fragrance.

Low-chemical

The fewer chemicals involved, the more eco-friendly a diaper is. Plain and simple. I find in my research, the more things they can say they don’t have, the more eco-friendly it is.

Biodegradable

Some diapers promote that they are biodegradable (or partially biodegradable). That sounds really great, but once they are tossed in a landfill (inside a plastic garbage bag), I don’t know that they actually degrade any quicker than a traditional diaper.

Where is it made?

Surprisingly, most of the name-brand or mainstream diapers are made in the USA, while the more eco-friendly diaper brands are made abroad. Where a diaper is manufactured and where its components are sourced from is something many parents are interested in when researching diapers.

So which diapers are REALLY eco-friendly?

Of the brands that Diaper Dabbler carries (and granted, it’s not all of them), these are the brands we choose for our eco-friendly Mother Earth Diaper Variety Package: Aleva Naturals, Bambo Nature, Earth’s Best, Eco by Naty, Babyganics and Seventh Generation.

Pampers Pure Protection diapers profess to be more eco-friendly than their other Pampers brand diapers…and they’re right. But I don’t think they quite rise to the level of being called “eco-friendly”, at least by me.

Want to order an eco-friendly diaper sampler package? It's a simple and convenient way to try and compare a variety of eco-friendly diaper brands. Our Mother Earth Diaper Variety Package is available in size 1 or size 3. What a thoughtful gift to give to expectant parents!

Resources to learn about your diapers:

Diaper Brand Research and Information Page-here’s a quick and dirty breakdown of each diaper and where to go for more information. Easy to see and compare brands.

Diaper Brand Spotlight Series-our blog series going in-depth into each brand of diapers to learn more.

Each specific diaper brand has information on their website. If you are interested in a brand not listed here, you can generally find information on their website.

 

Chemicals, absorbent fluff and sustainability might not be lively topics for most dinner parties, but in the circle of new parents, they often come up. Happy researching!

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