If you are pregnant or recently had a baby there is no doubt that you have seen the Honest Company’s ads for their diapers and wipes. They are touted as an eco-friendly, non-toxic alternative to the big brands and come in lots of adorable prints. Their marketing message is spot on and resonates with a lot of moms who are concerned about limiting their baby’s exposure to chemicals and generally caring about the environment. I was definitely interested in giving these diapers and wipes a spin with the birth of our second baby.
With our first, we used the Pampers Sensitive Swaddlers and Pampers Sensitive Wipes exclusively. We had zero issues with them, in fact baby #1 never got diaper rash with this combo and we only had a few instances of blowouts. For the purposes of this review I will be comparing the Honest Co. diapers and wipes to Pampers Sensitive. I was pretty sure they would blow them out of the water. After all, they had been rated higher by Baby Gear Lab in their “Battle for the Best Disposable Diapers.” So I sent my husband off to Target (don’t you just love Target?) to buy a pack of the diapers in the newborn size and a package of the wipes. Let the comparison begin!
I was super excited to break into the package. I was anticipating the diapers to be softer and more luxurious feeling (wait did I just use the work luxurious in reference to a diaper? Jeez, I am such a mom.) than the Pampers. However, I was extremely disappointed to find that the diapers felt stiff with an almost plastic feel to the cover. In contrast, the Pampers had a nice cloth-like hand feel that both me and my husband much preferred. The diaper was also much larger than the Pampers with a more boxy shape, no belly button cutout and no wetness indicator. Boo, boo and boo.
But the real test was how would they compare on the baby? That’s what really matters, right? Well, when I first tried this diaper on our newborn she was just about 7 lbs and it was waaaay to big. Seriously, the fit was comical. I also noticed when I put the diaper on her that the tabs were large and stiff. Their velcro did not seem to secure them as well as the Pampers and their placement meant a rough edge was directly on my little one’s tender little leg. I had zero confidence that the diaper would even stay on her little bummy much less be comfortable for her. I immediately removed the diaper and decided to wait another week for the wear test so she could get a little bigger.
The following week we tried again.
Fit: still too big and boxy, tabs: still digging into her leg (seriously why did they design them this way?) but it didn’t seem like it was going to fall off so we decided to move forward with the wear test. We used the diapers for the next several days as we went through the pack we had purchased. We didn’t like them any more over that period of time. Diaper changes were more difficult because of the poor fit and design. We were both eager to get through the pack and back into the Pampers Sensitive Swaddlers. In fact, my husband had actually purchased two packs and we decided we would rather take the second pack back rather than have to continue to use these diapers.
Again, super excited to break into the wipes. I noticed that the packaging of the wipes was more substantial and had a higher quality feel to it. I appreciated that the plastic cover also stayed open rather than just flipping back immediately like the plastic on the Pampers refill pack and was also much more streamlined than the Pampers packs that included a plastic stay open lid. The wipes came out one at a time and had a very nice plush cloth-like feel. They were definitely thicker than the Pampers wipes and I used less of them when changing my little one’s pee pee diapers. My husband also liked the wipes a lot the first time he tried them. However, his enthusiasm for them diminished with the first poopy diaper. He definitely felt like they didn’t clean up the mess as well as the Pampers Sensitive. For the real messes being slightly thinner seemed to be an advantage for the Pampers. Who would have guessed? In the end we went through the pack and felt like they were good wipes with some advantages over the Pampers and some disadvantages.
First impression: Not impressed and actually disappointed in the diapers. Wipes were good but not sure if they are really worth the premium price.
Final verdict: Honestly? Still not impressed. These diapers definitely did not live up to the hype and the wipes weren’t clearly better than the Pampers. In the end we decided to stick with Pampers Sensitive Swaddlers diapers and Pampers Sensitive wipes for baby #2. Several weeks later and we are still happy with this decision.
Have you tried Honest Company Diapers or Wipes? I’d love to hear what you thought of them. Just leave me a comment below!
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