Parents in the market for greener disposable training pants should check out Seventh Generation Free & Clear Training Pants. The hypoallergenic materials are a good option for kids with sensitive skin, and parents say the pants strike a happy medium for potty-training children by containing some -- but not all -- messes. However, some find the training pants stiff and say they made their kids uncomfortable. Others dislike the company's use of tan dye, which they find disingenuous for a company promoting a natural product.
Slim-fitting but stiff. Though there are a few complaints of leaks, most reviewers say Seventh Generation Free & Clear Training Pants keep messes in check. Some parents recommend them for children who are in the earlier stages of potty training because they may not contain bigger accidents. While the training pants are easy to pull up and down, some say they are stiffer and more papery than other brands. The tear-away sides earn praise for making it harder for kids to rip off the pants but easy for parents to clean up major messes. The pants have a slim profile under clothes, but some reviewers say they run small.
Chlorine-free, but not dye-free. Seventh Generation Free & Clear Training Pants do not contain fragrances, latex, petroleum-based lotions or chlorine, all of which earns a lot of praise from reviewers. However, the company does dye the diapers tan to make them appear more natural, a tactic many reviewers find off-putting. Just like nearly all disposable diapers or training pants, they include sodium polyacrylate (SAP), a gel that boosts absorbency. There haven't been any studies establishing a dangerous link between health issues and diapers or training pants use. The training pants are not biodegradable or compostable.
Review Credibility: Very Good Seventh Generation Free & Clear Training Pants are among Bestcovery.com's five picks for best training pants. Puryear says they're the best disposable option for eco-conscious consumers or kids with delicate skin, since they're hypoallergenic. She says that their tear-away sides make dealing with accidents easier; however, she adds, they are not as widely available as some other popular training pants.
Review: Best Diaper, Natasha Puryear, Sept. 27, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good Seventh Generation Free & Clear Training Pants earn 4 out of 5 stars in nearly 300 Amazon.com reviews. Owners say they are gentle on kids' skin, hard to tear, slim under clothes and easy to slip on and off. Most reviewers are satisfied with absorbency, though some do complain of leaks. While some parents like that their children can't get the training pants off by pulling at the diaper tabs, others say having to rip the sides away for big messes is inconvenient. A few reviewers complain that the diapers are stiff and their children are uncomfortable, and others dislike the potential corn and wheat allergens, the tan dye and the diapers' sizing, which they say runs small.
Review: Seventh Generation Training Pants, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of February 2013
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Review Credibility: Good Parenting blogger "Christy" is a fan of Seventh Generation Free & Clear Training Pants, saying they are a good choice for a child who needs a bit of absorbency but who can also pull training pants up and down by themselves. She likes the tear-away sides for tending to big messes, and praises the plant-based, chlorine-free, fragrance-free materials. She notes that pictures of the Lorax on the diapers are hard to see.
Review: Seventh Generation Training Pants, "Christy", March 2, 2012