Before my first child was born, I decided to use as many natural and eco-friendly products as possible (within my limited budget). I mostly used cloth diapers and cloth wipes at home. However, when we went out in public or traveled, I always opted for disposable diapers and disposable wipes. The first “natural” disposable brand I tried was Seventh Generation. This is a review of Seventh Generation Chlorine Free Diapers and Seventh Generation Unscented Baby Wipes with Aloe Vera & Vitamin E.
Seventh Generation Diapers
A package of forty Newborn-size Seventh Generation Chlorine Free Diapers costs about $30. (Note: As the diaper sizes grow larger, there are fewer diapers per package for approximately the same price.) These diapers are readily available from online retailers and in stores that sell “natural” products. I have even seen them in some big toy stores.
These diapers are free of chlorine, fragrance, and latex. These diapers do contain a polymer gel, and they are not biodegradable.
Seventh Generation Chlorine Free Diapers have a plain brown outer layer which gives it the appearance of a “natural” product. (A nurse once said to me, “Your baby is wearing whole wheat diapers!”) However, these diapers aren’t particularly soft. They do not have the same soft feeling as some of the better known national brands. Instead, their crinkly stiffness makes it seem almost as if the baby is wearing an absorbent paper bag.
The performance of Seventh Generation Chlorine Free Diapers is comparable to that of other premium brands. Although we did have a few “blow-outs” during my baby’s newborn days, these diapers usually contained most messes. We had very few leaks when my baby wore these diapers. In fact, they were absorbent enough for her to wear them as nighttime diapers without any leaks.
Seventh Generation Chlorine Free Diapers do tend to run a bit small. It always seemed as if my baby needed to move up to the next size quickly.
Overall, despite their rather expensive price, I was quite happy with Seventh Generation Chlorine Free Diapers. I am not certain, however, that they were really any healthier for my baby than any other disposable diaper. Eco-conscious parents on a budget would save more money by choosing to cloth diaper exclusively. And many national brand diapers perform the same or better as Seventh Generation Chlorine Free Diapers and cost a little less.
Seventh Generation Unscented Baby Wipes With Aloe & Vitamin E
Seventh Generation Unscented Baby Wipes cost about $5 for a box of eighty. Refills are sold in packages of eighty and also cost about $5. There’s no real price advantage to buying the refill instead of the box, although the refill does have less packaging.
These baby wipes are hypo-allergenic and whitened without bleach. They contain natural cleansing agents and softeners. The formula for Seventh Generation Unscented Baby Wipes contains no harsh chemicals.
I was particularly pleased when I read the ingredient list for these wipes. Many other baby wipes contain harsh chemicals and possibly cancer-causing ingredients. Seventh Generation Unscented Baby Wipes, however, have mostly natural ingredients.
These wipes tend to be a bit thin, dry and small. (Buying the refill package rather than the box seemed to help the wipes stay moist for a longer period of time.) It usually took twice as many wipes as a regular brand to get my soiled baby clean. Since these wipes are almost twice as expensive in the first place, this pretty much quadrupled their cost.
Because of their natural ingredients, however, I continued to use Seventh Generation Unscented Baby Wipes most of the time. And unlike other baby wipes, I felt comfortable using these on my baby’s hands, too-not just her bottom.
Overall, I recommend Seventh Generation Chlorine Free Diapers to eco-friendly parents with plenty of cash for diapering needs. Mommies with a tighter budget, however, would probably find cloth diapers to be more economical.
I highly recommend Seventh Generation Unscented Baby Wipes, particularly if your baby has sensitive skin. However, parents on a budget who are concerned about chemicals can also simply opt for a cloth that’s been dampened with plain water instead of a commercial wipe.