Friday, September 13, 2019

let's talk diapers



What was once not a hot topic of conversation in my world, I now find myself researching, talking, and laughing about. As parents your life starts to revolve around diapers. Did we pack enough? Did he blow out? Do we need to size up? Diaper rash? etc etc etc. There’s a lot that goes into finding the right diaper for your baby and right brand for the family!

Every diaper brand claims to be the perfect diaper and I can attest that no diaper is 100% perfect. Babies come in all different shapes and sizes and grow at different rates and that all changes how the diaper works for your individual baby! On top of that, as a parent you decide what matters to you in a diaper and in the brand on top of just its functionality.

While we try to be as low waste, nontoxic and adhere to a “slow lifestyle” in our household, we chose not to use cloth diapers for now (it was the one thing Carman wasn’t down for in the low waste department. wasn't down to wash poop. and I get it ha!). So with that being said, I set out to find the best “clean” diaper for Miles. 
Choosing a “clean” diaper helps reduce the risk of irritations, allergic reactions and exposure to harsh chemicals and artificial fragrances. 

We’ve tried out quite a few diapers in the nontoxic market and have liked and disliked things about each one. We wanted a diaper made with safer materials - TCF (totally chlorine free), fragrance free, VOC free, phthalate free, paraben free among other things. 

Some of our favorites in the beginning were:
Parasol: super soft, TCF, adorable prints, but the shape and fit didn’t work for Miles.
Seventh Generation: easily available at store like Target, mostly clean but I did find them a little rough on his skin. 
Honest: well made, use mostly good ingredients, were absorbent and the fit was the best. We ended up sticking with Honest Diapers for a bit.

We were pretty happy with Honest until I found Miles peeing through his diaper almost every night. This happened at the same time as a growth spurt so I decided to look for a new brand instead of just sizing up. Back on the diaper hunt! 


The new kid on the block in the diaper market and we couldn’t be more impressed. We’ve been using Coterie for almost two months now and we absolutely love them. First impressions: they are SO soft, inside and out. I mean these are truly the softest diapers I have ever felt. They are also impressively absorbent. With Miles sleeping longer stretches, he’s going through the night with one or less changes and NO MORE PEEING THROUGH HIS DIAPER !!! No more taking the sheets off the bed in the middle of the night like a zombie! They are made to wick moisture away from baby’s skin in 16 seconds, faster than any other diaper, which has been great in this humidity. They have stretchy panels on the side which help give a snug fit which is great for us, because even though Miles is getting bigger, his waist is still so tiny. 

Coterie diapers are free of fragrance, lotion, latex, rubber, dye, alcohol, heavy metals, parabens, phthalates, TCF, VOC’s, optical brighteners, animal testing and there are no harsh chemicals. I feel so good knowing these diapers are free from all of the nasties. They also are committed to making big strides in sustainability! They help offset the environmental impact of diapers that are going out into the world - helping you and other parents offset your carbon footprint re diapers! They also donate unused or returned diapers to families in need so no diaper is going to waste, which I love. 

There are no prints (something we ended up having fun with from other brands), I personally love the simple aesthetic these diapers have — there’s nothing cuter than a baby in a simple white diaper and the packaging aesthetic is also A+. I also love that via the website you can stock up on diapers in whatever amount fits your needs the best (1, 3 and 6 pack increments and the price per diaper gets cheaper in larger quantities)! Diapers range from Newborn to size 6 and their size finder helps recommend the perfect fit if you’re on the fence which I think is so helpful because I always go back and forth when trying a new brand. 

All in all, I couldn’t recommend Coterie more - Miles has had considerably less blowouts (still a few here and there, no diaper is perfect!), never pees through the diaper, and I really love how soft they are since he’s in a diaper all day and night. Not to mention how “clean” they are which is a big deal for me!


* this post is in partnership with Coterie but all opinions are my own! *

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