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Natural Disposable Diaper Reviews For Eco And Health Conscious New Moms

Updated on March 26, 2015
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How To Choose Healthy Eco-Friendly Disposable Diapers

Don't most moms want eco-friendly non-toxic, natural disposable diapers for their baby? If you're reading this you may be concerned about what unhealthy chemicals may be lurking in diapers.

Being excited about having a new grandchild on the way gave me incentive to learn more about natural products including disposable diapers. I want to share the information I've learned from this search.

This review compares the "greener" disposable brands. Included is a list of chemical ingredients in other conventional diapers, that you may avoid by buying a natural brand. Since your baby will wear diapers pretty much 24/7 a top decision you will make as a health-conscious new mother (or dad) is which brand to buy. I wrote this article to make the public more aware and aid you in making a good choice.

This review will answer questions about some of the best natural disposable diapers on the market now, and show pros and cons of each.

Below, are natural diaper buying options from Amazon (a trusted online company), if you wish diapers delivered to your home. Such convenience! Baby's well-being and comfort are mother's first concerns. Enjoy your little one!

If you'd like to share a comment on which brand you will clothe your baby in, (even if not one of five listed) please join in. Continue down the page.

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Look Out For These Bad Substances When You Read Diaper Package Labels.

  1. FRAGRANCE (phthalates) - Chemical fragrances can disrupt hormones, cause headaches, cause allergic reactions, or trigger asthma. The EPA and Dept. of Health and Human Services list some types of phthalates as "probable carcinogens".
  2. CHLORINE (bleaching agent) - Used in manufacturing to bleach diapers white. In factories chlorine produces a toxin Dioxin which pollutes air and water. Dioxins can impede the immune system, cause reproductive and developmental problems, hormonal problems, and are carcinogenic. Some babies are reported having an asthma-like reaction to chlorine in diapers. Buying unbleached diapers cuts down the dioxin pollution from the factories and in the landfills and is healthier for baby.
  3. TBT (tributyl-tin) - fungicide / biocide used on some crops. It Is very toxic!
  4. DYEING AGENTS - The dye on some diapers with colored designs have caused allergic rashes.

Share Your Comment On Disposable Diapers Labeling

Don't you think parents and consumers should have the right to full disclosure of what they purchase? I do! You will be closer to getting an eco-friendly, healthier disposable diaper by checking the labels and learning more about harmful ingredients. Unfortunantly, diaper companies aren't required to label all their ingredients.

Further down the page are several eco-friendly brands, and reviews, with their pro and cons.

Don't you think consumers have a right to know what they are purchasing for their baby to wear 24/7?

Yes, diaper manufacturers should label all ingredients, chemicals, and substances clearly on the package.

Yes, diaper manufacturers should label all ingredients, chemicals, and substances clearly on the package.

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    • RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      Absolutely! I hadn't even realised some of the points you make above. In my day, we used terry nappies but disposables are so easy to use these days, that it's hard to even think of getting "old fashioned" nappies but you quite rightly make the point that there could be some real "nasties" lurking inside!

    No, it doesn't matter to me. They wouldn't sell them if they had toxins. Could they?

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      Not All Diapers Are Created Equal

      Who would have guessed looking at regular conventional disposable diapers (including most leading brands ) have substances that could be harmful to the baby. View five or six healthier and greener diaper options (in random order, spread out below) and comment on your favorite.

      A Sylish Bag A Mom Will Love

      You're kidding! This is a diaper bag? Who would know the purpose for this bag is for carrying baby's diaper and feeding essentials. Wow, it's such a beauty!

      Read My Pros And Cons Written To Review Each Of The Following Diapers. There are some good natural diapers on the market. The research I did can help you make a good healthy diaper choice for your baby. Remember the diapers aren't listed in order of rating or preference, but randomly.

      1. Nurtured by Nature

      Pros:

      I've read a lot of good reviews on Nurtured by Nature disposable diapers. More sustainable materials used such as Chlorine-free pulp. That is a good ecology practice as no toxic dioxin pollutants are released into the water or air at their manufacturing facility. Their diaper materials have less petroleum-based chemicals than leading brands. They cut down on amount of synthetic gel (SAP) used for absorption. These disposable diapers have a mix of a bio-based absorbent material called ActyFill and part traditional synthetic gel.

      Was formally Natural Choice Diapers.

      Cons:

      A few said they leak and others mentioned a rash but I found very few negative complaints.

      2. Seventh Generation Free and Clear Diapers

      Diaper color is tan brown. The company uses a brown mix pigment, the reason being that without using pigments the color is translucent like a milk jug which is too see-through, showing waste.

      Pros:

      Chlorine-free, fragrance-free, latex-free, and free of petroleum-based lotions, hypo-allergenic.

      Premium Absorbency, contains wood pulp. Seventh Generation discloses their ingredients.

      cons:

      Contains SAP (sodium Polyacrylate), and many synthetic ingredients in materials.

      Why Parents Choose Disposable Diapers Over Cloth: 5 Good Reasons - Do You Agree?

      1. Some parents both work and daycare may require disposable diapers.
      2. More pediatricians think disposable diapers cause fewer rashes, especially those caused by too infrequent diaper changes (which should be avoided).
      3. Using disposable diapers may seem more hygienic than washing soiled diapers.
      4. Some moms and dads are too busy to do loads of extra laundry (diapers). Washing cloth diapers may require extra soaking, and multiple washings, using bleach which is not that eco-friendly.
      5. Others may use cloth diapers at home and disposables for outings. Wouldn't you rather diaper your child in a disposable than tote dirty diapers when away from home. Who wants to bag smelly or wet diapers and carry them along in your stroller or car.

      3. Nature Babycare Diapers Or Naty

      Pros-

      Popular in comments. The diaper materials seem good for baby and the environment. Nature Babycare diapers are chlorine-free, unbleached, have no latex, fragrance, no TBT (tributytin), and are hypo-allergenic. They advertise that they are good for the baby and environment. Less bulky fit with center channel. Diapers have more biodegradable breathable corn-based materials than leading brands. This company is based in Sweden and has an award-winning patent on the diaper's center channel. It's made less bulky and with less polymers. The package uses the name Naty.

      Cons:

      Not having stretchy side panels made diaper too tight with not much give for some toddler fits. Diapers run small by some opinions given. A few more diaper changes with newborn's liquid blow-outs. No problem later on.

      4. Earth's Best

      Pros:

      Chlorine-free, latex-free, dye-free, perfume-free. Made with natural absorbent fibers such as corn and wheat starch.

      Cons:

      Some reviews say they don't fit well—Way too tight and leave red marks around elastic.

      Not as easy on the pocketbook as some other brands, but consider quality.

      Diaper Bags For Men. Dads, Here Is A Man's Bag When You Take The Baby Out, Even Sport Themes available.

      So roomy and convenient they are great for either dad or mom, and convenient for either baby boys or girls. Baby girls won't mind, yet! :) Dads have to feel comfortable carrying a bag to suit them. There's a big selection of colors or prints with sport themes and other motifs.

      Diaper Dude Messenger Diaper Bag for Dads, Gray with Orange Zippers
      Diaper Dude Messenger Diaper Bag for Dads, Gray with Orange Zippers

      I hear dads really like these better than carrying something around that looks like a "girls purse". Look here at the different colors, camouflage print-ha ha, you can hide the bag's purpose. Also, different dude motifs, even sport motifs like Red Sox, Phillies, Mets. . . and more. This grey one is made of nylon, some bags of polyester, and has outside pockets and comes with a changing pad.

       

      Abena Bambo Nature Diapers

      5. Abena Bamboo Nature Disposable Diapers

      I've read blogs and authors recommending Bamboo Nature as being good "green" natural diapers.

      Pros:

      Clorine-free, Fragrance-free, lotion-free, free of dangerous chemicals, non-toxic, hypo-allergenic, breathable, stretchable side panels.

      Super absorbent, soft. Has European certification-EcoLabel award. Many recommendations.

      cons:

      Not as economical as some other brands, but has good benefits.

      Double-check to get the right size, they are sized differently.

      Choose Best Disposable Diapers: Toxic-Free

      Guidelines in Checking Labels For Unwanted Ingredients

      Society is more conscientious of the myriads of chemicals, toxins, and pollutants we are exposed to every day. As part of the going "green" movement, increasing alerts warn of things carcinogenic, and those to cause other health problems.

      Your babies and toddlers may spend two to three years, or more in diapers and pull-ups. Young babies wear them 24/7. Babies immune systems and organs are not fully developed, making them susceptible to toxins and chemicals. Their tender skin is sensitive. I am aware of babies having bad chemical burns or allergic rashes to conventional throw-away diapers. It may seem like a few, but still of concern.

      Some Babies may not ever have any noticeable reaction to their disposables. Even so, you may feel compelled to try new eco-friendly choices. Sometimes, having more exposure to an allergen makes a sensitivity happen so it's good to lessen the exposure. Make sure the disposables you choose are ones that "breathe". If you have a choice it's better to error on the side of caution in purchasing diapers.

      What About SAP---Sodium Polyacrylate?

      I haven't found enough information that would confirm that SAP (sodium polyacrylate) is harmful to babies' health. Although, I've read in lab reports with mice it can cause asthma symptoms and respiratory problems. Acrylic acid is used in producing SAP. Sodium polyacrylate is a chemical polymer, (crystals or powdery looking), that when wet changes to a gel-like substance that is super-absorbent. (If you've ever torn a wet conventional diaper you will see the gel).

      SAP is one of the debates, maybe an old debate. Seventh Generation Free and Clear use it, and it's freely disclosed on their label. We can appreciate companies like Seventh Generation who disclose all their product ingredients on their website.

      Also, gDiapers makes a convincing statement SAP is safe. It's used in their disposable "refills". Read below under Articles: Disposable Diapers Substances Safety.

      Some other natural diapers listed here have polymers, however some have lessened any bad effects from it by combining polymers (SAP) with a sustainable plant-based absorbent material. Most all diaper manufacturers use SAP at least for part of their absorbent material.

      The controversy started years ago when SAP used in tampons was linked possibly to Toxic Shock Syndrome. Never proven to be the whole cause. Those companies removed SAP from their tampon products in the 1980s.

      With diapers, the SAP isn't intended to be sitting next to a baby's skin. (I've read that it could cause irritation touching skin for a period of time.)

      Polymers are used in other products such as plant potting soil to increase moisture retention.

      Diaper Debate Lives On

      Which diapers are greener, toxic-free, healthy, and comfortable? Besides disposables' non-washing convenience making diapering easier, is there a way to prevent the landfill being filled with more diapers that may take 300-500 years to decompose?

      After researching, surprisingly there wasn't a clear answer among experts as which would leave less environmental impact on Mother Earth-Using washable cotton diapers or disposable diapers.

      Regarding washable diapers it depends on many factors:

      ~What chemical detergent you use

      ~ if you use chlorine bleach

      ~temperature of water

      ~using a dryer

      ~multiple washings using much water. . .

      OR. . . Disposable diapers:

      ~Throwing diapers in the trash that end in the landfill

      ~Materials in diapers that may be unhealthy to baby

      ~toxins and chemicals in production of disposables that harm the environment

      Now newer disposable diapers are manufactured with fewer harmful chemicals. Innovative natural sustainable materials replaced those suspected harmful. These eco-friendly disposables claim of being healthier for baby and the environment than the regular conventional disposable diapers. I hope reading this page helped your search to find the diaper you'll want for your baby.

      This isn't a perfect world, yet some baby product manufacturers are making strides to change to a "greener" product. Consumer demand from ecology and health-minded parents for natural diaper products are making companies take notice. They have come a long way but I feel society is still in the infancy of finding the perfect diapering solution.

      gDiapers Disposable Inserts Case, Medium/Large/X-Large (13-36 lbs)
      gDiapers Disposable Inserts Case, Medium/Large/X-Large (13-36 lbs)

      Note: these are just the liners. This is part of a 3-part diaper system. The gPants covers and pockets holding the liner are sold separately. The company also sells cotton diaper liners that are washable to use in the pocket and gPant.

       

      What about gDiapers DIAPER REFILLS? - Disposable

      Eco-friendly flushable refills are to be used with waterproof pockets and covered with gDiapers cloth covers with velcro snaps. Pockets are rewashable and the purpose is to hold the liner in place. They snap into the outer colored cover. One pocket comes with the cover (gPant) when purchased. Pockets can be purchased separately to use as spares when washing a soiled pocket.

      Pros:

      Liners are eco-friendly. It is a disposable or flushable liner says gDiapers. No fragrances, No latex, No petroleum-based lotions, nor chlorine.

      cons:

      Liners Contain SAP (Sodium Polyacrylate). However, gDiapers gives a convincing statement that testing shows it's safe.

      Some complaints gDiapers don't fit their baby well or have good coverage. Other criticism by some that gdiaper refills plug up their toilet, if flushed. Comments written by water treatment system workers say flushed diaper products are a problem. They are part of the sludge they separate and that doesn't decompose entirely.

      Bag For Soiled Diaper Or Wet Baby Outfit

      Planet Wise Wet Diaper Bag, Owl
      Planet Wise Wet Diaper Bag, Owl

      Another use is for times when a trash can is inconvenient for a disposable.

       

      Would love to hear from you mothers with some experiences regarding diaper choices or woes. We'd also love to hear from mothers awaiting their precious arrivals. Any comments or concerns?

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          Marianne Gardner 3 years ago from Pacific NW, USA

          @ningbabyblog: I appreciate your comment. I'm happy for you and your kids having no problems with conventional disposable diapers. I do hope I help more good parents, like you who may not have heard of any negative health effects. Thanks for reading my lens.

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          ningbabyblog 3 years ago

          This lens is very informative. Thanks for posting the info, 1angelsbestkeptsecrets. I used conventional disposable diapers for both of my kids and never think of chemical exposure when using them. I wish I have these info earlier. Now, my kids don't need diapers anymore. Hopefully more parents will aware of that so less children will be affected.

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          Marianne Gardner 3 years ago from Pacific NW, USA

          @RoadMonkey: Thank you for reading my lens. It may not be widely known, but have heard of some babies whose health is adversely effected, or have terrible burning diaper rashes. Others may not notice any symptoms that they'd connect with the diapers.

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          RoadMonkey 3 years ago

          Very helpful lens thank you. I had not realised that the move to disposable nappies included a move to increased chemical use!