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Seventh Generation Sensitive Protection Review

A soft and cozy diaper with some green practices and high absorbency but less than stellar leak protection
Seventh Generation Sensitive Protection
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff
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Price:   $0.36 List | Check Price at Amazon
Pros:  Great absorption, soft material, better health and eco-benefits
Cons:  Less durable, below-average leak prevention
Manufacturer:   Seventh Generation
By Wendy Schmitz and the BabyGearLab Review Team  ⋅  Sep 22, 2021
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  • Absorption - 40% 9
  • Leakage - 20% 5
  • Comfort - 15% 8
  • Health - 15% 6
  • Eco-friendly - 5% 6
  • Durability - 5% 4

The Skinny

Seventh Generation Sensitive Protection diapers impressed us during testing due to their high absorption rate and cozy design. With uber soft fabric and a snug fit, even the most active babies will be comfortable wearing these flexible diapers. They also are above average in terms of baby health and eco-friendliness, giving them an extra edge over the competition for parents with concerns for the environment or chemicals. While not the best for durability and below the average for leak protection, we think these concerns can be solved with more frequent changes. The Sensitive Protection diapers have what it takes to be an excellent green diaper with fast absorption to keep babies dry. Despite a higher chance for leaks and some durability concerns, we think most families will like this greener diaper.

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Pros Great absorption, soft material, better health and eco-benefitsImpressive absorption, great leak protection, comfyDurable, comfortable for baby, affordableGreat for health, durable, comfortableDurable, comfy, lower price, good leak protection
Cons Less durable, below-average leak preventionAverage eco-friendliness, lower health scores, less durableAverage absorbency, less eco-friendlyAverage for leak protectionNot eco-friendly, no considerations for health
Bottom Line A soft and cozy diaper with some green practices and high absorbency but less than stellar leak protectionTop performance in absorption and leaks with a comfy feel but they aren't as green as some of the competitionA durable diaper that has some health and comfort benefits without breaking the bankA healthy option that is comfortable and durable, but absorption and leak protection aren't the absolute bestDurable and cozy diaper with good performance for the price, but it lacks ecology and health considerations
Rating Categories Seventh Generation... Babyganics Mama Bear Gentle Touch Bambo Nature Kirkland Signature...
Absorption (40%)
9.0
9.0
6.0
6.0
6.0
Leakage (20%)
5.0
8.0
7.0
5.0
7.0
Comfort (15%)
8.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
9.0
Health (15%)
6.0
3.0
7.0
9.0
3.0
Eco Friendly (5%)
6.0
4.0
4.0
6.0
1
Durability (5%)
4.0
3.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
Specs Seventh Generation... Babyganics Mama Bear Gentle Touch Bambo Nature Kirkland Signature...
Type of Diaper Green Green Traditional Green Traditional
Chlorine-Free Totally Chlorine-Free Totally
Chlorine-free
Elemental
Chlorine-free
Elemental
Chlorine-free
Not Listed
Perfume-Free Yes Not Listed Yes Yes Yes
Biodegradable No No No No No
Contains SAP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Miscellaneous Materials Details
Wetness Indicator No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stretchable Side Wings Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stretchable Back No Yes Yes No Yes
Eco-awards Nordic Eco-label
FSC Certified
Asthma-Allergy Denmark

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Seventh Generation company has been operating for 25 years, focusing on creating better, safer products for families and the environment. They aim to design plant-based products that are both safe and effective. Seventh Generation products range from baby supplies to household cleaners. They are a certified B Corporation, and according to their website, "We are always evaluating how to reduce their environmental impact, increase performance and safety, and create a more sustainable supply chain."

Performance Comparison



Seventh Generation Sensitive Protection earned one of the highest...
Seventh Generation Sensitive Protection earned one of the highest scores for absorption.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Absorption


Seventh Generation diapers earned one of the highest scores for absorption, outperforming most others in the group.


We were impressed with this diaper as it achieved consistently high results throughout all three rounds of absorbency testing. Relative to other products, these diapers only show a small amount of green moisture transfer on the filter paper, indicating that they effectively lock away excess moisture and keep your baby from feeling soggy. Perhaps, our only complaint is that they didn't distribute the liquid very well. Much of the "urine" remained in the center, never fully reaching each end of the diaper. You can see from the filter paper above that most of the green is localized to one area. While not a deal-breaker, it could indicate that further wetness may not absorb at all once the center is saturated. Arguably, it is likely time for a diaper change, but some of the competitors were able to use their lock-away cores from end to end more evenly.

The double gusset helps prevent leaks.
The inside of the diaper is a smooth textureless material.

Leakage


A combination of research and hands-on leak testing shows that Sensitive Protection diapers are slightly below average in terms of leak protection.


This diaper absorbed liquid almost instantly in our runoff tests, letting very little mock urine reach the pan. This kind of result, along with high absorption rates, typically indicates good leakage protection. However, a higher percentage of online reviewers reported issues with leakage or blowouts.

To reduce the potential for leaks, make sure you fasten the diaper...
To reduce the potential for leaks, make sure you fasten the diaper around your child's waist as tight as is comfortable, leaving no wiggle room or gaps.
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff

Diaper fit and the frequency of changes influence the overall leak protection it can provide; any diaper will leak if it gets too full. So to ensure your baby is blowout-free (as much as one can), use a properly sized diaper, and attach the tabs, so it is snug around your baby's waist. We also recommend frequently checking your child's diaper to see if it is soiled. The stretchable back and side wings should help this problem as well.

The fit and fabric of the Seventh Generation make it a comfortable...
The fit and fabric of the Seventh Generation make it a comfortable diaper for active babies.
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff

Comfort


Sensitive Protection earned one of the highest scores for comfort, and the current version is a vast improvement over previous versions of Seventh Generation diapers.


The materials used are soft and non-abrasive, smooth inside and out, with no quilting or texture. Even in areas where the fabric is wrinkled and folded, it is soft to the touch. Our tester was at ease in this diaper, and at points of motion such as leg gussets and waistband, he did not experience any lasting marks or rashes. We love that Seventh Generation found a way to combine coziness and eco-friendliness into a comfortable green diaper.

Sensitive Protection diapers are manufactured using some green...
Sensitive Protection diapers are manufactured using some green practices that make them better for your baby.
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff

Health


While not the highest-scoring disposable for health concerns, Seventh Generation is above average for the group regarding baby health.


These diapers use the preferred totally chlorine-free manufacturing process and are also free of perfumes and lotions. Unfortunately, however, the entire diaper is dyed. According to the manufacturer, even the "brown layered materials" contain dye. This practice feels intentionally misleading, as the brown color falsely indicates a more natural product when it actually uses more dye than competitors. Seventh Generation does not list any allergy certifications for their diapers. Still, they provide a partial disclosure of their ingredients and allude to some more health-friendly practices.

The outside of the Seventh Generation diapers has a print, and the...
While not the highest-scoring diaper in this metric, Seventh...

Eco-friendly


Again, while not boasting a top score, Sensitive Protection is above average for more eco-friendly, with a score better than half of the competitors.


Sensitive Protection diapers are not biodegradable, but the Totally Chlorine Free bleaching process eliminates the output of dioxins and other pollutants into the environment. Seventh Generation is also a certified B Company and has FSC and Rainforest Alliance certifications to boot. Although not the most environmentally friendly, we admire the company for taking steps in the right direction, and their score in this metric reflects these efforts.

Durability is not the strong suit of Sensitive Protection diapers.
Durability is not the strong suit of Sensitive Protection diapers.
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff

Durability


Durability is not a strong point for Sensitive Protection diapers. While beating out some competing green diapers in this metric, they still scored below average for the group.


Nearly 20% of users reported some durability concerns in our online research. The most prominently reported issue is the construction of the diaper not holding up during use and allowing SAP to leak. Some parents noticed extreme sagginess when wet, with the diapers even falling apart in some cases. However, it can be challenging to determine durability in a single-use product. We believe parents can resolve these issues by knowing when the diaper is soiled and changing your baby more frequently. Regarding tab durability and fabric integrity, Sensitive Protection diapers faired relatively well in our side-by-side tests.

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Wendy Schmitz and the BabyGearLab Review Team