The only thing that will hug your baby more than you is their diaper, but how do you know which brand to choose? I'm a mom and if my six-month-old daughter is going to have something touching her precious bottom 24/7, it’s got to be quality. I tried three of the most popular brands out there—Coterie, Honest, and Pampers Pure—and am here to help you decide which might be right for you and your little one based on what's most important to you, whether that's absorption, softness, sustainability, design, or price.
If you are worried about absorption…Coterie
Coterie diapers are 2X more absorbent than other diaper brands, meaning fewer leaks for you to clean up. I’ve never had to deal with a leak first thing in the morning when I’ve put my daughter in these diapers overnight. I actually no longer buy separate overnight diapers, plus, I'm sleeping more because I don't have to do changes at night.
If you care about softness…Coterie
Are these diapers secretly somehow cloth? They aren’t, but they feel like they are, and they are so nice to the touch. They’re actually made partially from “wood pulp from sustainably managed forests.” I find that both hilarious and very appealing. Plus, a soft diaper will keep your baby comfortable and not irritated by any scratchy material rubbing against them. Pampers Pure was a close second, coming in between the mega-softness of Coterie and the regular-ness of Honest.
If you want a fun design…Honest
Honest offers any sort of diaper print experience you might want. They have about 10 basic prints that are almost always available, and they release special edition prints seasonally. Some are cutesy, some are quirky, some are loud and bright, some are sweet and delicate. They also offer plain white diapers if that’s more your speed. Pampers Pure diapers have faint prints on them, and you don’t know what you’re going to get until you open the box. Coterie's diapers are only offered in plain white.
If you care about price…Pampers Pure
While Pampers Pure does not offer a subscription and can only be found at big box retailers, the price is the lowest of all these brands, coming in at around $60 for a month’s worth of diapers. Honest and Coterie both offer diaper subscriptions (in addition to one-off purchases), adding convenience with having diapers arrive monthly at your doorstep. An Honest subscription is $62 for 1 month of diapers, while a Coterie subscription is $85 per month.
If you care about using clean ingredients…Coterie
Most notably to me, Coterie diapers are free of chlorine bleach, fragrances (which often contain alcohol), dyes, latex (which I personally have an allergy to), and they haven’t been tested on animals. But the list very much goes on and it’s very compelling. Coterie uses third-party labs to test the diapers and back up their claim that they’re clean. I’m into that. While Honest Brand was founded on having clean diapers and they have a "No List" (a list of over 2,500 chemicals/materials they don't use), I haven't been able to find this list. They do reference that phthalates, parabens, and animal cruelty are “no”s for them, but I’d love to see the whole list. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Pampers Pure diapers are made from premium cotton. They give a full list of ingredients on their website, and most notably are chlorine-free and their odor absorber is mineral-based.
The Ultimate Winner...Coterie
You know your baby best and what's important to your family, but for me, the winner is Coterie. It's worth it to me to spend a few extra dollars per month to get a few extra hours of sleep each night, reduce diaper rash, and know my baby has the cleanest and most comfortable diaper. If that sounds like you, use code EXTRA10 to get your first box of Coterie diapers for $76.50.