Seventh Generation Diapers and Baby Care Line Review

Seventh Generation has an excellent line of products including diapers and baby care just for the littlest people in our lives that are far safer alternatives to brands that contain chlorine, petroleum-based chemicals and sodium-laureth-sulfate. I had the opportunity to review the products and here are my thoughts!

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Seventh Generation Diaper Review

Even though we are a cloth-diapering family (see my complete cloth diapering guide here), we have always bought disposable diapers to use during times when the kids get sick (lots of yucky diapers), for traveling when it is terribly inconvenient to haul around bags of soiled diapers (YUK!), and for long days away from home. So, I am always on the lookout for paper diapers that contain less chemicals and have less environmental impact, and am happy Seventh Generation does provide that type of diaper! My only wish is that they were also biodegradable, then they’d be the perfect.

So, what makes Seventh Generation’s diapers different from other brands? They are:

  • Free of Chlorine Processing
  • Free of Fragrances and Latex
  • Free of Petroleum Based Lotions
  • Hypoallergenic

Seventh Generation Disposable Diaper Review

Environmental Impact

Plus, the way they are manufactured has less environmental impact, which makes me happy. For a complete description of the manufacturing process, click here. To sum it up, here is what they write on their site:

All disposable diapers, including Seventh Generation’s, rely on man-made materials to deliver the high-level performance that parents expect of modern diapers. These materials are mostly petroleum-derived and are not renewable, which adversely impacts the environmental footprint associated with these products. At Seventh Generation, we are pleased to offer an alternative that is not bleached with chemicals containing chlorine, and are working hard to further improve the sustainability of our diaper products. The wood pulp used in our diapers has not been processed with chemicals containing chlorine. This prevents dangerous chlorinated toxins from being released into the environment through the pulp production process.

Again, if they could just take it one step further and be biodegradable, I’d give them a big thumb’s up!

How do they perform?

After using the diapers for several months, I’ve found they perform just as well as other leading brands of disposable diapers with no leakage problems or fitting issues.

You can order the diapers online and also at most major retailers, including grocery stores! They have:

 

Seventh Generation Baby Care Line Review

Seventh Generation Wee Generation Baby Care Products Review

I also had the chance to use some of the products from their baby care line, including:

It was interesting to try these products, since I make all of my own already from pure ingredients. Overall, I was quite happy with how they performed and they all have low toxicity ratings from the Environmental Working Group, which is my go-to source to see if a cosmetic or cleaning product is safe. Plus, I do love how Seventh Generation promises full ingredient disclosure on all their products, which many companies do not do. My one wish is that both the foaming baby shampoo and wash had less chemicals and more natural ingredients, however, I do feel they are much safer products than baby shampoos containing detergents like sodium laureth sulfate.

Seventh Generation Foaming Baby WashMy Fav: Foaming Baby Shampoo and Wash

We have been using this on our boys for several months now and have no complaints! I love foaming soap bottles, and so do the boys. In fact, it has helped us to teach them (ages 3 and 1) how to wash themselves. They now get in the tub, pump out some soap and start scrubbing all the necessary parts (smile). It has made bath time fun for them and I like the wash because it’s tear free and it keeps their skin soft. They don’t need any lotion after their baths because this shampoo is so gentle.

It passes the test! Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Rating  – 2 out of 10 for toxicity, but with limited data

Seventh Generation Baby Lotion ReviewBaby Lotion

I honestly haven’t used this very much, because my kids haven’t needed it. But, I do like some of the ingredients – extra virgin olive oil, citrus peel oil, and shea butter. The rest I can’t pronounce, and that worries me, but Seventh Generation does explain what each one is here.

It passes the test! Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Rating – 2 out of 10 for toxicity, with limited data

Seventh Generation Diaper Cream ReviewDiaper Cream

Unlike the above two products, this one is 100% USDA biobased with 100% plant-based ingredients. I’ve been using this one on my youngests’ bum while he had quite a few yucky diapers, accompanied with an awful rash. It took care of the rash in a day. I love that this product basically has the same ingredients that I use in my homemade diaper rash cream, including shea butter, beeswax, and zinc oxide. Other ingredients include: castor oil (which is a great skin conditioner and healer) and extra virgin olive oil.

It passes the test! Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Rating - 1 out of 10 for toxicity, with limited data

Seventh Generation Baby Shampoo ReviewBaby Shampoo and Wash

This shampoo seems to work just as well as the foaming soap, and they aren’t much different. It doesn’t strip my children’s skin of natural oils and no lotion has been needed after bath time, even in the middle of winter! It has a few ingredients that concern me, and I would like to see removed (Limonine and Potassium Sorbate).

It passes the test! Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Rating - 1 out of 10 for toxicity, with limited data

 

Disclaimer – I received these products for free in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are not influenced by the fact that the products were free. The post also contains affiliate links. For my full disclosure policy, click here.

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