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When I got the opportunity to review the new BabyGanics Rear Gear Ultra Absorbent Diapers, I jumped at the chance. After all, being a mom to three and having spent the majority of my adolescence babysitting either my siblings or various kidlets in the neighborhood, I have used what seems to be every brand of diaper on the market and fancy myself a diaper aficionado of sorts. I can tell you which brands work better for boys and which for girls, can tell you which brands seem to absorb the most and are therefore better for overnight use, and I can tell you which brands to avoid because they are guaranteed to give your baby a rash. But enough about my stellar ability to discern which diapers are the best…this post is about how the BabyGanics brand stands up to others currently on the market!
I received, in the mail, one jumbo box (92 count) of size 3 diapers. The box brags that this brand of diaper is chlorine-free, and contains “no toxins, latex, petroleum-based lotions or fragrances”, and is made from plant-based natural and renewable resources.
With so much talk about chemicals included in baby products that have been linked to an increased risk of cancer, it’s enough to make your head spin, making BabyGanics claims on their packaging a big deal. Let me tell you why: did you know that an infant’s poorly developed outer layer of skin has the potential to absorb up to FIFTY- that’s right: 5-0- different harmful chemicals into it, depending on the brand of diaper and the ingredients they use? I didn’t either. AND I didn’t know that it was common practice to use things like petroleum (read: crude oil) or dioxins in infant diapers. Apparently I’m not the aficionado I thought…humph! Considering this, I was excited to swath Baby A in a brand of disposable diaper that wasn’t going to leach harmful chemicals into her tiny body! But, how would they stand up to more widely distributed brands like Pampers or Huggies?
First thing I noticed when taking these diapers out of the packaging was that they are SUPER SOFT! Seriously: the softest disposable diaper I have ever felt and second only to cloth. I also noticed that they are indeed fragrance-free (like they claim) and different from their non-organic counterparts which tend to smell like a combination of baby powder and chemicals. Welcome relief. These diapers feel very light-weight, and they appear as though they have good stretch in them along the back and around the legs. Baby A was excited to try something new (She’s too cute, even if I do say so myself!), so we got to work. These diapers are indeed very stretchy, and even though my teensy-tiny baby was on the small end of the weight range for this diaper (they run 16 to 28 lbs, she weighs in at a whopping 15 lbs on a heavy day), they fit her well with some major overlapping of the tabs at her tummy (pictured).
During the daytime hours I knew we’d likely not have any issues with these diapers leaking. She simply doesn’t get wet enough during the day to leak before I change her. So, I knew that the real test of these diapers’ absorbency would come overnight. With bated breath I put away our tried-and-true overnight diapers and put A in a BabyGanics diaper: THEY ROCKED THE OVERNIGHT PEE! I was SO pleasantly surprised! No leaking around the legs, at her belly, or leaching of moisture through the outer layer of the diaper. Score!
Here is what I really like about these diapers:
- Organic- made from plant-based ingredients and fewer chemicals than other disposable diapers
- No fragrance
- Good absorbency, overall
- Awesome fit
- Unexpected perk: I had a hard time smelling poo while A was wearing these diapers!
I felt like the only downsides to these diapers are:
- The tabs on the diapers came un-stuck easily, and I was worried the diaper might simply fall off (pictured below)
- they don’t seem to pull moisture away from the skin as well as some other brands. Baby A has a seriously sensitive bum, so we have to be careful how wet her bottom is in diapers so she doesn’t end up with a wicked rash. Her skin was more wet in these than in other diapers, but we were able to avoid rash by being consistent about giving her bottom a chance to completely dry during changes
- the company does not provide a list of ingredients, on their box or their Web site, included in their diapers. They claim to be a plant-based product, but it isn’t possible for a consumer to easily verify the absence of certain chemicals.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this brand of disposable diaper, and they are a good value for your money: a jumbo box of 92 size 3’s retails for $30, which is comparable to other brands. It’s nice to not be paying extra for an organic product!
BabyGanics Rear Gear Ultra Absorbent Diapers are available exclusively at all Babies R Us locations, with prices starting at $11.99.