Our Babies’ Health
Babies have fragile skin that is more susceptible to what is put on it than adults. The longer our babies sit in a disposable diaper that contains harsh chemicals, the greater the potential risk.
Many disposable diapers contain a number of chemicals including, but not limited to, Dioxin, Tributyl-tin, and Sodium Polyacrylate (SAP). These are extremely toxic and have been linked to a number of health concerns from hormonal problems to cancer. In fact, Dioxin is banned in most countries, but not the United States.
Cloth diapers are made from 100% cotton. Soft, natural fibers are against your baby’s skin. Cloth diapers are the ultimate in recycling; once they are no longer suitable for diapering they can even be used as rags around the home!
Disposables were invented in 1961, and take up to 450 years to break down – to think that the first disposable diaper ever made is still sitting in landfill and will be long after our great grandchildren are gone.
Dumping of raw feces is illegal, yet do you know anyone who empties the solids into the toilet before throwing out a disposable diaper? More than 100 viruses are excreted in human feces including hepatitis and live polio (from vaccines) and this poses a threat not only to contamination of ground water at landfill sites, but eventually can lead to our source of water and soil.
Disposable diapers use 3.5 times more energy, 8 times more non-renewable raw materials, and 90 times more renewable materials than cloth diapers. The energy it takes to make a single disposable is enough energy to wash a cloth diaper 200 times!
Cloth diapered babies potty train as early as 24 months or younger. Since babies diapered with cloth can feel when they are wet, they can more easily make the connections that lead to bladder control.
Babies that use disposables and pull-ups can take up to four years of age to be completely potty trained.