it seems the last time that this was really scrutinized was in 2008. there is a ton of info on blogs and celiac sites from that brilliant year, which happens to be right around the time i was diagnosed as celiac, and had our first baby, funny enough! but not so helpful now that we're in 2014!
in 2008, the general consensus was that huggies was safe, except for their soft skin products. they actually went into a lot of detail about their avoidance of each gluten source, save oats, which is why the soft skin line was out for us. pampers gave their verbal commitment that their products are gluten free, and seventh generation was unwilling to say one way or the other.
fast forward 6 years - can you believe we are six years beyond the year 2008? doesn't it seem like that was just last year!? oh nostalgia, it can really be distracting ;) back to the important stuff. since i was contacting all of these companies anyway, i also checked into wipes so we can feel good about what we're using to clean these sweet bums before diapering them!
and if you're reading this wondering why the heck it matters whats in our diaps and wipes, since we're not eating them anyway, check out this article on why this is important stuff to tackle!
pampers: after waiting on hold for half of my long drive home one day, i then spent 11 minutes on hold while the customer service gal checked it out, only to have her come back to the phone call and ask "how do you spell that?". g. l. u. t. e. n. "oh, okay. i didn't see that on the ingredient lists so yes, our products are gluten free"... i patiently explained once again that it wouldn't be listed as gluten, but instead it would be an ingredient within an ingredient, to which she asked "so what would it be called?". i tried again to explain that there could be hundreds, even thousands of ingredients that could contain gluten, and that we generally need to get to the scientist level of a company in order to really investigate what goes into a product. oh man, i swear that communicating with different companies has taught me so much about effective communication! i single handedly credit rogers for improving my communication skills after all the back and forths about our cell phones over the years! so in the end i was told that all pampers products are gluten free, including diapers and wipes. but not in writing, so take from that what you will. i can tell you that it's not quite reassuring enough for me.
seventh generation: i'm still waiting anxiously (but thanks to my recent return to yoga, less anxiously) to hear back from them as to whether or not the diapers have any wheat or gluten derivatives in them. i am hopeful that the answer is no, and if you've never tried these diapers before - they are actually really great! my mom likes to make fun of the color, as they look a bit like used packing paper, but i was really impressed with them. the wipes, however, are free and clear!
*the update on this one is that the diapers are gluten free, but the training and nighttime pants contain wheat. its up in the air, according to seventh generation, as to whether or not the wheat starch would have an affect on a gluten sensitivity (as it's not the wheat protein), but for me it's a clear choice to us an alternative to the training and nighttime diaps.
question to seventh generation: do the new baby wipes include any ingredients derived from wheat, soy, corn or tree nuts?
answer from seventh generation: our new baby wipes have been tested for gluten and are gluten free. they do not contain any ingredients derived from tree nuts, however, plant-based ingredients such as those in our wipes may contain soy or corn.
moi: hi, i'm just wondering if your diapers or wipes contain gluten?
g-lady: they don't actually.
moi: i've just learned that some diapers use the raw ingredient of corn, and some use wheat. do you guys use either of those?
g-lady: nope, we don't
moi: oh wow, that's exciting! so no wheat or gluten in your products at all?
g-lady: i have heard that same thing as well, but ours aren't any of those. they are vegan as well.
and did i mention that these diapers are so stinkin' cute!?
moi: are all of your products gluten free? diaps and wipes?
huggies: thanks for the question, jessica! our huggies diapers do not contain wheat, rye, barley, spelt, triticale, kamut or farina. if you have any additional questions about ingredients, you can call us at 1-877-648-2484 or contact us here: http://bit.ly/8ZuAUH. We're happy to help!
moi: thanks for the quick response! i have heard that some of your products may contain oats, is this the case or have i heard wrong?
huggies: hi jessica. the only huggies product containing oats are our huggies soft skin wipes products.
moi: thank you
easy peasey lemon squeezy.
the honest company: this one's a bit of a complex answer, and a big bummer! when i first spoke with a customer service rep, i was told that all of their products are gluten free. when i questioned specifically about the presence of wheat in their diapers, she said that they are working with a third party company who is testing for gluten in their products, and she believed at that time that they had concluded that they are safely gluten free. however, she was awesome about respecting our celiac needs and went ahead and checked with their research and development people and sent me this email:
Thanks for reaching out! I want to let you know that all of our products are gluten free! Wheat is used in the diapers because it's one of the only crops currently used for biopolymers ("plastics" made from plants). To our knowledge, no studies have been done regarding potential impacts on people with allergies or celiac disease. We do know that plastics made from corn go through a heating process to extract the starch from the corn and it destroys the immunologically reactive profilin. But it's unclear if the same sort of "neutralization" happens when wheat is processed, but we'll explore this as best as we can. We are also eager to find non-food crops to create our biopolymers from. In the meantime, consult your family physician about whether or not you should try our diapers and how to best monitor for reactions if you do.
The Honest Company
oh man, i really struggle with this - this message not only repeats exactly what is said in the faq's, but more importantly, it contradicts itself. one sentence is telling us that ALL of their products are gluten free, and another sentence is telling us that it's unclear as to whether or not the wheat is still intact in the diapers - in which case, they are definitely not gluten free! while i want to trust that the rest of their products are gluten free, i lose faith very quickly when a company, a representative, a restaurant, etc, makes a mistake like this. it makes me nervous to trust their assurance of gluten free-ness and because of that, until there is more conclusive testing on the diapers and some clarification from the powers at be, i will sadly choose to avoid this company.
pull-ups & goodnites: this is a late addition to the post, and wouldn't have been included at all had my sister not brought it to my attention! thanks sis! i totally forgot to look into what our older son uses, which is especially ironic seeing as how he is confirmed celiac! thankfully, these guys were actually the easiest to find out about as it turns out they're both made by huggies! funny how companies will package things up a little differently but have it all be the same product? either way, they're both safely gluten free! huggies gives us the same, in depth assurance as they do with their huggies diapers - free from any possible source of gluten. pfeuf!
pampers diapers and wipes are gluten free, but won't put it in writing. huggies diapers are safe and they have been great about assuring us of that. The soft skin wipes ARE NOT gluten free however the rest of the wipes made by huggies are. g diapers and wipes are safe, and seventh generation diaps and wipes are safe. beware though, the training and nighttime pants are not safe. the honest company's diapers are not safe, their wipes may be, but it seems they have some confusion on what gluten free really means. cloth diapers, for you brave souls, are for sure the safest bet and most likely the healthiest for your babe! but that's not my area of expertise, so i'll stick to what i know ;) for us? it will be huggies, seventh generation or g diapers from here on. disposables for lazy days, and g diapers for the days that start with a good, strong coffee!
good luck to you in your diapering endeavors! may your hands be gluten free and your baby's bums be as soft as they're meant to be -