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).
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?