Switching to Cloth Diapers - The Health ReasonsEmily McClements
Last week we talked about the environmental reasons for switching to cloth diapers, and today I wanted to address the health impact of disposable diapers on our little ones.
Disposable diapers are made with paper, plastic and absorbent chemicals. Chemicals that sit next to your baby’s most sensitive skin 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for usually 2 years or more! The huge quantity of time that children spend in diapers is enough reason to look closely at the health impact they have on babies and children.
Disposable diapers are made with chemicals such as chlorine and AGM (absorbent gel materials) which have been linked to childhood asthma, a lower sperm count in boys, and infertility later in life. These same absorbent gels were banned from tampons in 1985 because of their link to Toxic Shock Syndrome. Those chemicals are not something that I want my toddler’s bum sitting in all day, every day.
Cloth diapers are much healthier for your baby’s bum. Diapers that are made of natural fabrics like cotton, bamboo and wool are gentle and breathable, allowing air to circulate around the diaper area, which helps to decrease diaper rash. Not to mention that they are much softer and probably more comfortable than sitting in a paper diaper all day. I mean, would any of us want to wear paper underwear?
Next week we’ll talk about the cost savings of using cloth diapers over disposables.
More on cloth diapers:
- Top 10 Picks for Modern Cloth Diapers
- A Beginning Guide to Cloth Diapers
- The Basics of Using Cloth Diapers
- Cloth Diapering Day-to-Day