4.19.2012

Do you know what's inside a disposable diaper?

There are so many ways today's parents are searching to give the best to their babies.  Parenting books are full of advice on the best ways to parent.  I see parenting styles debated daily on social media outlets.  Yet, the companies that produce products for our children are constantly trying to market to the most conscience  parents. BPA free bottles. Crib sheets that look like bumpers on the side. Organic baby food. But what about diapers?  Many parents are quick to invest in the books, bottles, and organic food, but do you know what's inside your disposable diapers?

Photobucket A disposable diaper is composed of...
  • Toluene- creates the awful smell in paints and gasoline.  
  • Dioxin- used in bleaching the diaper to make it look white. The EPA considers it to be a cancer causing agent
  • Sodium Polyacrylate- those disgusting crystal gels that absorb the waste in the diaper.  Sodium acrylate has been removed from tampons as of 1985 because of it's link to Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). 
Source: Changing Diapers: The Hip Mom's Guide to Modern Cloth Diapering by Kelly Wels

A study from the Archives of Environmental Health found that mice exposed to the chemicals released by disposable diapers created asthma like symptoms. Have you ever met a cloth diapering mom who switched to cloth because her child was allergic to disposable diapers?  All of those nasty chemicals are irritating that sweet, soft baby skin!

So sure, disposable diapers are convenient, but are they really what's best for your baby?


1 comment:

  1. I just found your blog(s) through ELF. I am very new to cloth diapering and my son is nearly 17 months old. It has taken me way too long to try them, but I am so glad I did. I'm super excited to start this new journey!! Looking forward to reading more of your blogs on the topic :)

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