A boutique brand, Parasol diapers have a well designed aesthetic, and the diapers themselves just look and feel plush. That feel combined with a score that earns it a Snug sensitive badge makes this a worthwhile brand to check out.
Parasol did not receive top marks in absorption and for that reason, may be something to consider if your child is prone to diaper rash. These puppies are definitely on the pricier end of the spectrum, and as such were not eligible for a Budget badge. You can take this to the bank though- your baby will look good in Parasols.
- Soft material – Parasol diapers look and feel and like miniature clouds.
- Cool designs – Unique styles that don’t go over the top with colors and wild patterns.
- Budget – Parasols are the most expensive diapers we carry.
- Absorption – Despite the voluminous profile, these diapers have below average absorption scores.
- Company Background
Parasol is a boutique brand based out of California, with diaper manufacturing in China. Their stated goal is to make an ‘eco-concious diaper that gives babies freedom from irritation and discomfort.’
Parasol diapers earned a slightly below average score for performance, with below average absorption and slightly above average leakage scores from Baby Gear Lab.
During Baby Gear Lab’s testing, the Parasol diapers had more wetness transfer to the test paper than many other (less expensive) diapers. If your child is prone to diaper rash or sensitive skin, this poor performance in absorption could cause issues with more wetness sitting against the skin for a longer period of time.
When compared to absorption, the Parasol diapers performed better with above-average leakage scores. There are better-performing diapers out there, but leakage stands out as a positive highlight for the Parasol diapers’ performance. As we note elsewhere, many issues with leaks can be attributed to incorrect fit and/or comfort.
The Parasol diapers are above average when it comes to designing a baby-healthy diaper, with some serious consideration to the ingredients used (and not used) throughout their manufacturing. The diapers are free of chlorine, fragrances, lotions, and latex, earning the Snug “Sensitive” badge.
While transparency is key to a diaper brand’s reputation and understanding what goes into making their product, independent third-party certifications are absolutely necessary is holding the industry accountable. A good diaper brand tells you what is/isn’t in their diapers and a great diaper brand proves it.
Parasol has the following third-party certifications related to baby health and sensitivity.
- GMPC – Good Manufacturing Practice for Cosmetics (GMPC) guidelines provide guidance for manufacturing, testing, and quality assurance in order to ensure that a manufactured product is safe for human consumption or use. These are required in the EU and highly suggested in the US.
- Excellent Seal of Approval by Dermatest – The Dermatest seal is a guarantee for the reproducibility of test methods and also provides reassurance for consumers and manufacturers. Products awarded this seal live up to the promise of the tested and confirmed quality.
The Parasol diapers had above average transparency, including details on fragrances, lotions, pthalates, chlorine, parabens, dermatologist testing, and animal testing. They have ingredient lists on their website, as well as a short list of what is NOT in the diaper and its manufacturing processes.
Parasol diapers were above average when it comes to the quality of their ingredients that go into their diapers and the manufacturing process.
Unfortunately, we can’t ask a newborn how one diaper fits over another. We can, however, ask parents to gauge the comfort of their child and get a good sense for which diapers are the most comfortable for different babies. Our scores for comfort are subjective measures based on real-world testing and analysis of thousands of product reviews (i.e. asking and listening to parents). Diapers are meant to be universal, but in reality there are differences between diapers that will make the fit and comfort better for one body type over another. Honest diapers, for example, are significantly more narrow than Naty’s line of Eco diapers. This means that a longer, thinner body type might work better in Honest diapers — or it might simply mean that you’ll need to size-up on Honest earlier. We try to provide all the context you need in making the right decision for your child, as well as the right decisions on when/if to size up.
The Parasol also earned average scores for comfort and durability, so while it isn’t the most comfortable or durable option, it does offer a very soft fabric and skin-friendly motion areas and tabs.
It shows a Nordic Swan Eco-label and is PEFC, cruelty-free, and vegan. It does not discuss biodegradability for the diaper or packaging, and it doesn’t mention the use of renewable resources.
Parasol maintains a list of independent third-party certifications that show its commitment to being a sustainable, eco-friendly brand and company.
- FSC – FSC certification ensures that products come from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits. The FSC Principles and Criteria provide a foundation for all forest management standards globally.
- No animal testing – This is an unregulated claim that the product is not tested on animals and is “cruelty-free”. Best case scenario, this applies to all raw materials and players upstream and downstream in their supply chain. Worst case scenario, this applies only to a narrow scope of raw materials, suppliers, and/or timeframes.
Many of the ingredients using in diaper production find their way back into our ecosystems — whether through industrial by-products, off-gassing, or landfill disposal. For example, all diapers will claim to be “cholorine free”, while the details vary significantly between an “elementally” cholorine free (ECF) process and a “totally” chlorine free (TCF) process. ECF pulp production results in the release of dangerous chemicals into the environment such as halogenated organic pollutants and chlorinated compounds, which TCF pulp production is (as you’d expect) totally free of these risks.
Parasol diapers use the ECF pulp production processes and do pose a risk to local environments. Their use of minimal plant-based materials does not help the raw material scoring.
Manufactured in China, there is no way around a large carbon footprint for the Parasol diapers, as diapers are shipped overseas for consumption in the US (more than likely, shipped several times between various distribution centers before arriving at your door).
A baby can use more than 2,500 diapers in their first year, with 10+ diapers used each day as a newborn. The costs can add up quickly and every family’s budget is a personal consideration in picking diapers.
The Parasol has high-end pricing.
- Size 1 costs: $0.41 per diaper for Parasol
- Size 2 costs: $0.49 per diaper for Parasol
- Size 3 costs: $0.51 per diaper for Parasol
- Size 4 costs: $0.61 per diaper for Parasol
- Size 5 costs: $0.68 per diaper for Parasol