The dirt on disposable diaper ingredients
During pregnancy, your baby spends roughly nine months surrounded by amniotic fluid in the safe confines of the uterus.
Post-birth, he or she will spend double or triple that time wearing a diaper. Which means, even with all of the skin-to-skin contact, all the time you spend holding and nuzzling that incredibly soft skin – the diaper will still spend more time touching your baby than you will.
This may leave you wondering: what’s in the diapers I’m using?
Disposable diaper companies often use fragrance, chlorine, dyes and other chemicals which can cause irritation (diaper rash, dermatitis, allergic reactions) to your baby’s skin. The absorbent part of the disposable diaper is often made up of super absorbent polymers (SAP). These gel crystals can sometimes be found on your baby’s skin and cause painful skin burns.
According to some sources, SAP has been linked with toxic shock syndrome. Disposable diapers have also been said to contain dioxins, which have been classified as carcinogens, or cancer-causing substances.
By law, diaper companies are not required to disclose their ingredients, which is why when you visit a diaper company brand’s website or look on the packaging, you won’t find any specific ingredients listed.
If you are concerned with the ingredients in disposable diapers, cloth diapers may be a great alternative that fit your lifestyle and meet your budget. For one, the cloth diapers we use at Green Diaper Babies are made from 100 percent cotton, microfiber, or bamboo.
As Green Diaper Babies owner Shannon Griffith points out, “We don’t put saran wrap on our bodies. We wear cotton, we wear fabrics, why can’t our child also?”
When you use the weekly service at Green Diaper Babies, we take care of the laundering of your cloth diapers, and we also want you to know that we take our washing process very seriously. Each load of diapers goes through a thorough wash and rinse cycle without overexposure to the linens, ensuring longevity for the diapers and safety for the skin.
We take time to test the diapers’ pH to make sure they don’t irritate your baby’s bottom and to make sure no soap residue or bacteria remains. We also sort through our diapers after washing them to remove any ripped, torn or stained diapers.
It is important to us that you receive only the best quality diapers week after week. We are happy to put a lot of thought and care into what touches your little one’s bum!
At Green Diaper Babies we also know you are making a difference in reducing the waste of disposable diapers. In the first three years our service helped families keep close to one million diapers out of landfill waste.
We are happy to be contributing and helping other families make a difference in their local environmental impact with their diapering choice.
**For more information about disposable diapers ingredients, see the list of resources we found helpful. We want you to feel confident and educated in the choices you make for you baby so we encourage you to do your own research and come to your own conclusions.