CLOTH VS. DISPOSABLE DIAPERS
Americans Throw Away 18 Billion Disposable Diapers
Enough to Stretch to the Moon and Back 7 Times.
Y our baby will spend about 25,000 hours in diapers and need about 6,000 diaper changes during the first years of life. Your decision to use disposable or cloth diapers will have a great impact on your baby's comfort and health, and on your peace of mind and finances. The 90's cloth diaper systems are so easy to use (no soaking, no pins).
Chemicals in Disposables
Since your baby will spend so much time in diapers, let's take a closer look at disposable diapers. On the market since the early 60's, the disposable diaper changed from a plastic diaper with a lot of paper fluff to a diaper constructed of a waterproof plastic outer layer, an absorbent pad with super absorbent chemicals, and an inner liner. The super absorbent chemical, sodium polyacrylate, absorbs and holds fluids in the diaper. This chemical has been linked to toxic shock syndrome, can cause allergic reactions, and is lethal to cats if inhaled. Death has occurred from ingestion of just 5 grams of this chemical. Pediatric journals contain reports of this chemical sticking to babies genitals. When the baby's skin gets wet, this super absorber can poll fluids form baby's skin.
Dioxin, the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is a byproduct of bleaching paper. Even in the smallest detectable quantities, dioxin has been known to cause liver disease, immune system suppression, and genetic damage in lab animals.
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