Cloth Diapering 101

Why I Chose To Use Cloth Diapers-Part I:

What is in a disposable diaper?

1. SODIUM POLYACRYLATE – This is the chemical, added in powder form to the inner pad of a disposable diaper that makes it super-absorbent. When the powdered form becomes wet, it turns into a gel. (These are the shiny balls you sometimes find on your baby’s bottom when you’re changing him). Here are some facts about it:

-When the baby’s skin gets wet, this super absorber can pull fluids from baby’s skin.
-Reported to cause severe skin irritations, oozing blood from perineum and scrotal tissues, fever, vomiting and staph infections in babies

-When injected into rats it has caused hemorrhage, cardiovascular failure and death.
-Lethal to cats if inhaled.
-Banned from tampons in 1985 because of its link to Toxic Shock Syndrome.
-Has killed children after ingesting as little as 5 grams of it.
-Causes female organ problems, slows healing wounds, fatigue and weight loss to the employees in factories that manufacture it.

2. DIOXIN-This is the chemical by-product of the paper-bleaching process, using chlorine gas, in the manufacturing of diapers. Facts about it:

-It is a carcinogenic ~ cancer-causing chemical
-The EPA lists it as the MOST TOXIC of all cancer-linked chemicals
-In small quantities it causes birth defects, skin/liver disease, immune system suppression & genetic damage in lab animals
-Banned in most countries, but not the United States

3. TBT (TRIBULYTIN) In May 2000 Greenpeace found TBT in Pampers® Baby Dry in Germany. TBT is one of the most toxic substances ever made. It harms the immune system and impairs the hormonal system. There is speculation that it could cause boys to become sterile.

4. DYES/FRAGRANCES: Dyes found in some disposables are known to damage the central nervous system, kidneys, and liver. The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) received reports that fragrances caused headaches, dizziness, and rashes.

It is speculated that disposable diapers can also cause….

1. MALE INFERTILITY- Disposable diapers could be the cause of the sharp rise in male infertility over the past 25 years. It is thought that disposable diapers heat up boys testicles to such a degree that it stops them from developing normal.

2. UTI INFECTIONS IN BABY GIRLS also seem on the rise with an increased use of disposable diapers.

3. ASTHMA In 1998 a study showed that childhood respiratory problems, including asthma, might be linked to inhaling the mixture of chemicals emitted from disposable diapers.

BABIES POORLY DEVELOPED OUTER SKIN LAYER ABSORBS ABOUT 48 CHEMICALS if you use disposable diapers & wipes and standard baby products. This can be greatly reduced by using cloth diapers and natural baby products.


4 Responses to “Cloth Diapering 101”

  1. 1 ladyareto February 9, 2007 at 7:35 pm

    hi….dioxin is also used in the process of bleaching tampons and menstrual pads.

    it’s criminal.

    buy organic cotton, non-bleached, or washable, reusable pads.

  2. 2 Kind of Crunchy Mama February 9, 2007 at 9:38 pm

    Stop! Stop! Stop! I don’t want to hear it. I want to firmly keep my head in the sand and keep using disposibles.

  3. 3 mrshavisham February 9, 2007 at 11:32 pm


    Hey, I was like that too, and somebody forced me into hearing it! LOL. Now it’s my turn to spread the love. You should definitely tune in to Part II of this lesson. It may help.

  4. 4 antropologa February 10, 2007 at 12:15 am

    Excellent. Now tell us what cloth diapers/system to buy. Every time I research it (today actually) I get overwhelmed and can’t buy anything.

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