I had heard about the Honest Company a few times when Hattie was first born, but I was turned away by the fact that I would be ordering an entire month’s worth of diapers at one time. Their addictive little patterns were super tempting, but until I did a little mom research I opted to just pick up a case of Pampers at our local Wal-Mart when need be. Out of nowhere one day I began to wonder what exactly was so bad about regular diapers, for “green” or “eco-friendly” diaper companies to actually be in business to prevent. There must be something scientifically and factually better for them to be able to make a profit and market themselves. Think about it, a new brand of sippy cups surely can’t maintain its image if its “spill-proof” seal leaks. That would go against its entire advertisement foundation, and then no one would support it. The more I read about regular diapers, the more I wanted to try out Honest diapers. The main chemicals in standard diapers- like dioxins from chlorine, and VOC’s are shown to lead to many problems including decreased immunity (this is the one that made me most wary). I strategically plan what Hattie puts into her mouth, because I want her diet whole and healthy. She eats every single day, multiple times a day, so I keep her diet nutritionally dense. Her diapers sit on her skin, touching her mucous membranes all day, every day, so I wanted to keep that as healthy as well. Yes, a healthy and more cost effective option would have been cloth diapers, but I opted not to go this route, so I felt like a good alternative was eco-friendly diapers, plus, they are biodegradable! I worried that they would not be as absorbent as I would like, but we have no more “overflow” accidents now than we did before. They absorb as well as our standard diapers, and I actually do not smell the urine stench as much as I did with our previous brand. I decided to do some good ole’ math to tally up the damage before I dove in. I was buying a case of Pampers, and Parent’s Choice wipes by the case from my local grocery store, admittedly, I’m not a coupon user, so I always paid the standard price. I calculated price per wipe and price per diaper, then did the same for an Honest Company Bundle (6 packs of diapers, and 4 packs of wipes). The result was that the Honest bundle cost me $12.00 more a month than what my current selections were costing (this was in the size 1 diapers, quantities differ with sizes). When I referred back to that scratch sheet of paper today in preparation for this post I literally had written down next to the circled difference. “Is $12.00 worth a healthier alternative for my precious baby’s body?” “Yes” was written in neon pink highlighter with yellow fireworks surrounding it. I’ve been extremely happy with my decision since that day, and absolutely love her adorable diapers. We are complemented on them often, but my favorite part is that I know even though I have a lot to learn as a mommy, and I will never make every single decision correctly, I can day by day, and little by little, try to be good, better, best. I feel a little bit better by making an educated choice when it comes to her diapers, and at the end of the day, making a good decision leads me to feel a little bit better, and any mom can tell you that having that feeling is simply the best. If you want to try out the Honest Diapers you can order your own by following this link. I pay $79.95/month for my supply of wipes and diapers, which usually last me about a month and a half. The company emails me a few days before my shipment is sent out and I can log onto their website to bump back my ship date if I do not need them at that time (you can order a sample pack for only $5 bucks and some change through their “Free Trial” link). They deliver my diapers right to my door with free shipping in an adorably happy box filled with turquoise printed artwork. The name of the employee who boxed your order is even stamped onto your receipt. The few times that I’ve had to email the company for questions or technical support they have been overly helpful and extremely pleasant. The quality customer service is something that I truly admire. In our December shipment, as a Christmas gift, they included a real baby Noble Fir tree with instructions on how to plant it. How lovely was that? You can also try any of their other healthy products ranging from cleaning supplies and pull ups to toys and vitamins.
Now for some fun pictures. Hattie loves to water her tree every few days, so I had to catch her in action since the weather finally gave us one warm afternoon. Of course, she had to wear her rubber boots, but who am I to argue, they’re adorable anyways. Enjoy!
Happy, healthy bums!
UPDATE 11/2014: Hattie has been wearing her Honest diapers for over a year now, and we decided to try our hand at potty training! I grabbed some pull-ups at the grocery store because my Honest shipment wasn’t shipping for a few more weeks (I had added some Honest training pants to my bundle). Two days later, Hattie started to have some blood in her urine, and would cry that her bottom hurt. Her irritation soon cleared up, but the doctor’s only suspicion as to why this sudden irritation occurred was the grocery store training pants! She had been chemical free on her bum for so long that the sudden introduction to the harsh irritants caused my sweet girl to have a painful few days! My husband even said after that day that we were Honest customers for life!