Disclaimer: This product was sent for free for purposes of a review. All opinions are the writer’s own.
I’ve long been on the hunt for a natural diaper that actually works, but so far, through five kids and twelve years, my efforts have largely been unsuccessful.
There was a brief foray into cloth diapering, a trial of a diaper with natural ingredients, and even a deep dive into several different diaper brands, but through it all, I’ve stuck with one type of diaper for my babies. I’ve never really had much hope for a natural diaper that would actually work, so when I had the chance to try out the Happy Little Camper diaper brand–the very one championed by Hilary Duff–I’m going to be honest with you: I didn’t have high hopes.
But I’m happy to say I was pleasantly surprised to be very wrong.
I expected the same-old, same-old with a diaper brand that promised to be natural but couldn’t deliver, but the Happy Little Camper diaper somehow has seemed to land on the perfect blend of natural component and effective leak protection.
Thin But Absorbent
What struck me the most about the Happy Little Camper diapers is how thin they are while still being very absorbent. I’ve found that in many natural diaper brands–or even the diaper brands that claim to be natural but actually aren’t–the diapers are incredibly thick and bulky to make them absorbent. But the Happy Little Camper diapers are as thin as traditional diapers, such as Pampers or Huggies. For the record, I’m a devoted Pampers mom for the fit and the slim profile, but the Happy Little Campers diapers are definitely comparable to Pampers.
Some of the features of the Happy Little Camper diapers are:
- Bio-core blend
- No harmful chemicals–that means these diapers are free of added fragrances, harmful dyes, chlorine, latex, phthalates, silicone, triclosan, sulfates or lead.or parabens
- Soft top and back sheet–I can attest this is real!
- No VOC’s or toxic adhesives
- Natural ingredients, such organic aloe vera and Vitamin E
- TDI-free elastics
- Sustainably sourced pulp and FSC-certified natural cotton
My 16-month-old daughter wore her Happy Little Camper diapers for several weeks and we had no issues with leakage, rashes, or skin sensitivity. They fit her well, held up through poopy diapers and overnight, and overall were a seamless switch from our usual Pampers. I was very impressed with the quality and fit.
Bundle Up to Save
If you’re looking to buy Happy Little Camper diapers, you might also consider saving some money with their Subscribe + Save programs, which let you choose monthly diaper deliveries or a bundle both diapers and wipes together. You can choose 3, 4, of 5 week deliveries and pick the bundle that works best for you. (More diapers, less wipes, or vice versa.) The Happy Little Camper wipes, like their diapers, are made of natural cotton, non-toxic, and chemical-free. In fact, on their website, Happy Little Camper makes the bold claim that their wipes are the “cleanest, greenest” wipes on the market. Impressive indeed.
However impressive the natural aspect of the wipes may be, I have to say I was not a fan of the wipes for our family. They are much smaller than traditional wipes I use, such as Huggies, and because of that, I found that I couldn’t clean my baby well enough and ended up pulling a giant pile of wipes out to get the job done, so it was pretty wasteful and just didn’t work well for me. If I had to purchase again, I’d stick to the diapers unless using a natural wipe is a top priority for you.
Before You Buy
The only drawback I found to the Happy Little Camper diapers is that the diaper tabs are positioned more “inwards” than on my trusty Pampers that I’ve used for years with all of my babies. I realized very quickly how much I rely on muscle memory when it comes to diaper changing, so I almost had to relearn how to change a diaper with tabs in a different position.
The trick to these diapers, I discovered, is that you have to make sure to pull the tabs out before you lay your baby down on the diaper to change it, because once the baby is down, the tabs are in so far that you really can’t reach them. This did prove to be a challenge for the first few diaper changes, especially of the really dirty variety, but once I got used to it, it was no big deal. However, if you’re used to regular Pampers or Huggies, it could be something you notice.
Overall, my Truly Mama verdict is that if you’re looking for a natural diaper, I can honestly say that I haven’t found a natural diaper that I have liked as much as the Happy Little Camper line, so I think you and your baby will both be happy campers with this brand. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I buy Happy Little Camper diapers?
You can buy Happy Little Camper diapers directly from their site or on Amazon.
Are Happy Little Camper diapers biodegradable?
Happy Little Camper diapers are up to 34% biodegradable.
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Pros & Cons
No harmful chemicals
Tab position can be awkward
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Reviewed by Chaunie Brusie, RN, BSN…