Earth's Best TenderCare diapers are one of the heavy hitters in the eco-friendly disposable market. Experts praise the diapers' absorbency and fit, but parents offer more mixed reviews. The chlorine-, dye- and fragrance-free materials appeal to those seeking a greener disposable option, but parents should take note of several reports of rashes. The diapers also contain corn and wheat, which can be potential allergens for some babies.
Absorbency gets mixed reviews. An expert lab test gives Earth's Best TenderCare diapers high marks for absorbency, fit and comfort. However, parents' reviews are not quite as enthusiastic, with some complaining of leaks and blowouts. There is no wetness indicator, and many reviewers say the tabs break easily. The diapers have a slim profile, but some reviewers say they have a papery or waxy feel that lacks the softness of other brands. Some say the diapers run a bit small, and several parents report that their babies broke out in rashes after using the diapers.
No latex, perfume or dye, but watch for potential allergens. Earth's Best TenderCare diapers are made with non-chlorine-bleached materials. They are also latex-, dye- and perfume-free. The absorbent core contains corn and wheat, which some parents like because it makes the diapers more natural; others say this adds potential allergens to the diapers. Like nearly all disposable diapers, these diapers include sodium polyacrylate (SAP), a gel that boosts absorbency and that parents express concern about its safety though there are no studies that showing there are any dangers when used in diapers. The diapers are not biodegradable or compostable. They do not feature special designs or characters other than the Earth's Best logo.
Review Credibility: Excellent In lab tests of 20 disposable diapers, Earth's Best TenderCare diapers rank third and are picked as an Editors' Choice. The diapers rate highly for absorbency, fit and comfort "at an exceptional price point," the review notes. However, they do feel a little waxy, Spurrier says.
Review: The Battle for the Best Disposable Diapers, Juliet Spurrier, Nov. 15, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good TreeHugger.com's brief roundup of eco-friendly diapers includes both disposables and cloth diapers. Copeland likes Earth's Best TenderCare because they are free of chlorine, dye, perfume and latex, and she also lauds the use of corn and wheat to boost absorbency. The short review does not compare the diaper to others or note cons.
Review: 10 Best Green Baby Diapers on the Market, Blythe Copeland, Jan. 23, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good Earth's Best TenderCare diapers earn 4.1 out of 5 stars in more than 590 reviews on Amazon.com. Reviewers like the chlorine-free, dye-free, fragrance-free material. However, some reviews are mixed on absorbency, and there are several reports of rashes. Others complain that the diapers are stiff, the tabs rip easily and the corn and wheat contained in the diapers could aggravate allergies.
Review: Earth's Best TenderCare Chlorine Free Diapers, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of February 2013
Review Credibility: Very Good Munroe-Mahoney compares seven leading eco-friendly disposable
diapers, rating them on a 5-star scale and noting pros and cons. Earth's Best TenderCare diapers earn 4
stars for reliability, affordability and chlorine-free processing. While the
diapers are not as soft as some others, she says she likes the brand's wide
availability and ability to contain messes and withstand leaks.
Review: The Battle of the "Green" Disposable Diapers, Krissy Munroe-Mahoney, Feb. 9, 2011
Review Credibility: Very Good Earth's Best TenderCare diapers are one of Bestcovery.com's runners-up for best newborn diaper. A short review praises the diaper's latex-, perfume- and dye-free materials. The review also praises the diapers' absorbency and moisture-resistant cuffs. No cons are noted. Pampers Swaddlers, Huggies Pure and Natural, Seventh Generation Free & Clear and Broody Chick diapers are also reviewed.
Review: Best Diaper, Natasha Puryear, Sept. 27, 2012
Review Credibility: Good In a brief roundup of four eco-friendly disposables, moms praise Earth's Best TenderCare diapers' absorbency, chlorine-free processing, fit, easy-to-use fasteners and slim profile. However, others say they have a "papery" feel that can make crinkling noises. The roundup does not compare the brand to competitors.
Review: 4 Mom Tested Eco-Friendly Diapers, Editors of Parenting.com, Not dated
Review Credibility: Good GoodGuide.com scores diapers according to company-level environmental commitment, social policies and potential health concerns. Earth's Best ranks among the bottom half of rated companies on its environmental and social policies, taking big hits for packaging that is not eco-friendly and poor company transparency.
Review: Best Disposable Diapers Ratings, Editors of GoodGuide.com, Not dated