Are you looking for eco-friendly pull-ups that are completely non-toxic and healthy for your toddler? If you are, then I have 12 really great options for you to try out!
Whether you are about to begin your child’s potty training journey or are further along in the potty training process choosing healthy and safe training pants for your toddler has never been easier!
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Why should you choose eco-friendly training pants?
The best pull-ups for your toddler will always be ones that are completely free from harmful chemicals and are made from safe and natural high-quality materials.
While disposable training pants are not the most eco-friendly options out there, choosing brands that use sustainable materials and even better biodegradable materials will definitely lessen the environmental impact.
Are regular pull-ups toxic?
Unfortunately, the answer is yes. I know that options like Pampers easy ups and Huggies pull-ups are not only affordable but are also really easy to find in all of the retail stores. However, they contain so many toxic ingredients that can have potential long-term health effects on your young child.
There is also a higher chance of your toddler developing an allergic reaction to the ingredients as well as skin irritation and diaper rashes.
Trust me choosing eco-friendly pull-ups is 100% worth the extra cost and the extra effort.
Some of the ingredients you will find in regular pull-ups are:
- Chlorine: Chlorine is used to whiten parts of the training pants. Unfortunately, this whitening process releases dioxins, a highly toxic chemical present in your baby’s diaper. Dioxins can cause cancer, reproductive health issues, developmental issues, hormone interference, and damage to the immune system. 1
- Fragrance: Fragrance is a blanket term that companies can use in place of specifically listing a wide variety and combination of toxic chemicals. By law, companies are required to list the ingredients in their products, unfortunately, there is a loophole that allows these companies to simply list fragrance in place of having to list out every toxic chemical. Since there is no way of knowing exactly what is being used, any time you see fragrance listed in the ingredients just know that there are hidden chemicals there that you want to avoid. 2
- Petroleum-Based Lotions: Petroleum-based lotions are used in diaper products as a way to moisturize a baby’s bottom and to create a barrier that will theoretically prevent diaper rash. Petroleum is a fossil fuel derivative that is left behind after oil is produced. While it is believed to be safe when properly refined, more often than not petroleum is contaminated with cancer-causing impurities that easily absorb into the skin. 3
- VOCs and Phthalates: You know that smell that diapers and pull-ups often have. It is a smell I have often heard described as “baby smell” since that is what most babies smell like (thanks to their diapers). Well, unfortunately, it is from VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and Phthalates. These toxic chemicals evaporate easily and quickly at room temperature and are then released into the air allowing them to be inhaled as well as absorbed through the skin. They have many negative effects on our babies and can affect our babies’ development, as well. Some potential side effects are cancer, asthma, neurocognitive impairment, and congenital defects. 4
- Synthetic Dyes: Most synthetic dyes are created from petrochemicals (see Petroleum Based Lotions above). These synthetic dyes have the potential to bleed through the parts of the pull-ups that come into contact with your baby’s skin. Diaper Dye Dermatitis is very common reaction toddlers develop due to exposure to these toxic dyes. It usually presents as a red inflamed rash that is both painful and itchy.5
- Heavy Metals: More often than not the dyes used on regular pull-ups can contain heavy metals as well. Exposing your baby’s skin to heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, and mercury can lead to certain cancers, as well as developmental issues and learning disabilities. Be sure to always choose products that use heavy metal-free dyes.
- Optical Brighteners: Optical brighteners are whitening agents that help to slightly offset the yellowing of whites. The problem is that the chemicals used can lead to reproductive health issues and rashes, especially for children with sensitive skin.
What is the difference between regular diapers and pull-ups?
The idea behind regular diapers and pull-up style diapers are basically the same. However, there are a few major differences.
- Regular diapers are traditionally used for babies that can be easily changed while lying down. They have sticky tabs on both sides of the stretchy sides so you can easily put on or take off the diaper.
- Pull-ups or training pants have an elastic stretchy waistband that can be pulled up or down. They do not have the adhesive tabs that regular diapers do—making them best to use for toddlers during the potty training process due to their similarity to underwear.
- There are some diaper companies that do sell pull-up style diapers in smaller sizes for younger babies as some parents do prefer that, but most brands only make them for older children in the 2T-5T size range.
Are training pants necessary for potty training?
No, training pants are definitely not necessary. Some parents find that using pull-ups during the day can cause some diaper confusion and just lead to extending the potty training process much longer than it has to be.
In my experience, I have found it best to use regular underwear during the day and then I will switch my toddler into training pants as overnight diapers. They are also very helpful to have on car trips as well to avoid any unnecessary accidents and messes.
The Best Non-Toxic and Eco-Friendly Pull-Ups for your Toddler
Whether you refer to them as pull-ups, training pants, or diaper pants the options on this list are healthy, absorbent, and are sure to make potty training all the more enjoyable…hopefully.
Eco by Naty Pull-On Pants
If you are searching for eco-friendly pull-ups, you can’t get any more eco-friendly or non-toxic than the Eco by Naty pull ups. These high-quality training pants are super soft and thin, making them a great choice for all of those active toddlers out there. The stretchy sides are easy to tear away during diaper changes and the elastic cuffs at the legs create a flexible fit while keeping leaks and blowouts from occurring.
These skin-friendly pull-ups are made with plant-based materials and 0% oil-based materials. All of the ingredients are chosen to reduce the chance of skin allergies and rashes.
Eco by Naty is independently certified for the renewability of their raw materials as well as vegan certified, Oexo-Tex 100 certified and TÜV Austria Certified.
As a fun little extra, the animal designs on the front are super cute. These training pull-ups come in sizes 4, 5, and 6.
Healthynest Pull Up Style Diaper
Healthynest makes my absolute favorite diapers and pull-ups hands down. They are soft, super absorbent, and breathable. Their pull-up style diapers are very easy to pull up and down. Even my 2 1/2-year-old can easily do it all by himself and I can happily report that we have never had a problem with leaks.
I love that Healthynest not only has a focus on your child’s health but your child’s brain development, as well. The activity cards that they send with your order are so much fun to do and really help to give some really good ideas.
Healthynest diapers and pull-up style diapers are the first and only to ever be EWG verified. They are also Made Safe Verified and Oexo-Tex 100 Certified. To make them even better they are made with premium organic cotton and most importantly only plant-based materials will ever touch your baby’s delicate skin. Their absorbent core is 60% sodium polyacrylate and 40% percent FSC-certified wood pulp for extra absorbency and Totally Chlorine Free.
Finally, these diapers are sustainably produced using renewable energy. Their pull-up diapers come in sizes 3, 4, 5, and 6, so you can use them for quite a bit of time with your child.
The only negative I will say is that they are definitely on the pricey side, however; they are absolutely worth every penny.
Ecoriginals Training Pants
If you are looking for a truly healthy and eco-friendly pull-up that biodegrades in as little as 3 months and is made from almost all plant-based materials then Ecoriginals is exactly what you are looking for. I love these pull-ps so very much, and the best part is that their absorbent materials are completely free from SAP- which is hard to find in a pull-up or diaper.
There are so many things to love about these Australian-based training pants, that it’s hard to know where to even start.
- Materials: These pull-ups are more than 90% plant-based. The only ingredients that come close to your baby’s delicate skin are 100% pure cotton, Non-GMO corn starch, and FSC-certified wood pulp. They are also Totally Chlorine Free.
- Plantcell Technology™:Using these wonderful plant-bassed materials the Ecoriginals training pant can soak up to 900 ml of liquid and moves it into the highly absorbent core keeping your toddler dry for up to 12 hours and virtually rash-free.
- Sizing: My favorite thing about these training pants is the sizing. They go up to a larger size than any other pull-ups on the market making them a good choice for bigger kids. The sizes are, crawler training pants (13-24 pounds), toddler training pants (22-31 pounds), walker training pants (29-40 pounds), and finally the biggest size is junior training pants (40+ pounds).
- Comfort: The waistband of Ecoriginals is pure cotton making it soft and so comfortable for your active toddler.
Ecoriginals training pants are Oexo-Tex certified. They also received the Dermatest Seal of Approval and are packaged in biodegradable paper packaging.
Dyper Training Pants
Dyper Training Pants are another favorite brand of mine. They are another really great bamboo diaper. This one is made from soft and breathable bamboo viscose as well as Totally Chlorine Free Fluff Pulp and SAP.
Dyper Training Pants are Oexo-Tex certified and come in 4 different sizes: 2T-3T, 3T-4T, 4T-5T, and 5T-6T.
I do want to add that Dyper’s SOS service is amazing and has saved me a few trips to the store for a quick package of diapers. Just so you know they will ship you out a package of diapers within 4 hours with completely free shipping, just be sure that you do it a few days before you are completely out, otherwise, they may not make it to you in time.
Andy Pandy Premium Bamboo Training Pants
Andy Pandy makes some of the highest quality training pants. They are soft and absorbent and non-toxic. The training pants consist of a 100% bamboo top sheet and back sheet making them strong yet thin and comfortable. They have no designs whatsoever so they are completely free from any inks or dyes.
Andy Pandy training pants have an absorbent core made from Totally Chlorine Free fluff pulp and Sumitomo SAP. The elastic waistband is easy for your toddler’s little hands to easily move up and down, which can’t be said for all pull-up type diapers.
These premium pull-ups also boast a wetness indicator and are naturally hypoallergenic and antibacterial. I will say that Andy Pandy Training Pants can be hard to get your hands on at times (they are super popular and of amazing quality), so if you do see the size you need available…don’t wait to order them! The training pants come in sizes 2T, 3T, and 4T.
Eco Pea Co. Bamboo Training Diapers
Eco Pea Co. Bamboo Training Diapers are made from sustainably harvested bamboo that is Totally Chlorine Free and is processed using steam instead of dangerous chemicals. These training diapers are over 85% biodegradable.
The super absorbent core is made from SAP and bamboo fiber. The bamboo front and back sheets make these training diapers so very soft and skin-friendly.
The Eco Pea Training Diapers have a wetness indicator, and blow-out guard, and are snug-fitting in all of the right places. The packaging is also 100% biodegradable paper.
They come in 3 different sizes: 2T-3T, 3T-4T, and 4T-5T.
Parasol Clear + Dry Natural Disposable Diaper Pants
Parasol Natural Disposable Diaper Pants are designed with your baby’s sensitive skin in mind. They used medical-grade fabrics and are the only pull-up brand to use their patented RashShield™ protection. This means that the fabric and super absorbent core of PLA and a small amount of FSC-certified wood pulp, wick away urine and moisture and lock it deep into the inner layers of the diaper pant. This equals no diaper rash for your little one.
Parasol is also well known for its comfort. They use breathable fabrics and have a very flexible fit in the waist and leg openings- creating the perfect fit with no irritation or red marks.
These training pants are totally chlorine free and received the Dermatest Seal of Approval. Parasol’s diaper pants come in sizes 4 or 5.
Bambo Nature Dream Training Pants
Bambo Nature Dream Training Pants are my go-to training pants when I am in between subscriptions and need a quick and affordable eco-friendly pull-up. They are soft to the touch, very absorbent, and feature a wetness indicator and easy tear sides.
The backsheet is fully breathable and made from Totally Chlorine-Free fluff pulp and the core is Totally Chlorine Free pulp and SAP.
Bambo’s Dream Training Pants are certified by the Nordic Swan EcoLabel which certifies the product is sustainable from start to finish. They also have the Asthma Allergy Nordic certification that certifies the product will not cause any allergies, eczema, irritations, or asthma and are also dermatologically tested.
These pull-ups come in sizes 4, 5, and 6.
Bambo Dreamy Night Pants
Bambo’s newest addition to their diaper and training pants line is their Dreamy Night Pants. They come in bigger sizes than the Dream training pants and are perfect for children who are in the last stages of potty training or older kids who need some nighttime protection. They are fully breathable and super discreet, acting almost like regular underwear.
The Dreamy Night Pants have all of the same certifications as the other diapering products in Bambo’s line. However, the one huge difference is that they are not Totally Chlorine Free and only Elemental Chlorine Free, so there are no dioxins produced, but chlorine dioxide is used for the bleaching process.
These Night Pants come in girls’ or boys’ prints and in sizes M or L.
Honest Company Training Pants
If you want adorable and fun prints for your toddler’s potty training journey the Honest Company Training Pants are the perfect choice for you. Plus they are very affordable and available just about everywhere, including most big-box stores.
They have a comfortable underwear-like fit and are really easy for your little one to get up and down.
They are made from Totally Chlorine-Free wood pulp from sustainably managed forests and SAP. The front and back sheets are made from Polyethelene and Polypropylene.
While these wouldn’t be my first choice for eco-friendly pull-ups, they are a good option in a pinch or for families on a tight budget.
You can choose between girl prints and boy prints that change pretty regularly. Honest Training Pants are available in sizes 2T-3T, 3T-4T, and 4T-5T.
Seventh Generation Toddler Training Pants
Seventh Generation Toddler Training Pants are another affordable eco-friendly pull-up option that is sold in many online stores as well as big-box stores. This training pant is a lot thinner than most while still being really absorbent.
The core is made from Totally Chlorine Free FSC-certified wood pulp as well as SAP. The rest of the diaper is made from polypropylene.
The waistband is super stretchy and comfortable for your toddler and the easy tear-away side panels make for easy diaper changes.
The Seventh Generation Training Pants are available in sizes 2T-3T, 3T-4T, and 4T-5T.
Hanna Andersson Organic Training Unders
I realize that these are not considered “non-toxic disposable training pants” and are instead absorbent underwear however if you are looking for something that is truly eco-friendly as well as safe and healthy to use while your child is potty training- these organic training unders from Hanna Andersson are hands down my favorite underwear for my toddlers. And have helped me successfully potty train 4 children in a very short period of time.
They are made from Oexo-Tex certified organic cotton and have a super comfortable fit that is perfect for first-time underwear wearers. They also come in a wide variety of adorable prints and colors.
The best part is that despite the fact that they are extra absorbent (just in case of accidents) they can also be used for your big kids well after they are fully potty trained because they are actual underwear.
So I just thought that I would include this option just in case you were looking for something a little more underwear and a little less diaper in your potty training pants.
|Where to Buy
|Eco by Naty
|Oexo-Tex, Eco-Certified, TUV Austria
|Amazon | Naty
|EWG, Oexo-Tex, Made Safe
|Oexo-Tex, Dermatest Seal of Approval
|Amazon | Ecoriginals
|Amazon | Dyper
|Amazon | Andy Pandy
|Eco Pea Co.
|Eco Pea Co.
|Dermatest Seal of Approval
|Amazon | Parasol
|Bambo Nature Dream
|Nordic Swan EcoLabel, Asthma Alergy Nordic
|Amazon | Bambo
|Bambo Nature Dreamy
|Nordic Swan EcoLabel, Asthma Alergy Nordic
|Amazon | Bambo
|Hanna Andersson Unders
|Amazon | Hanna Andersson
Eco-Friendly Pull-Ups are the perfect choice if you are looking for the safest diaper product while your child is potty training. These options are all healthy, safe, super absorbent, comfortable, and best of all safe for the planet.
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