Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Real Diaper Week: Day 4

Since Booty Buns Cloth Diapers decided to co-host the Great Cloth Diaper Change 2012, so many cool things have happened! I am so grateful to take part in such an amazing experience & help educate people about cloth diapering.

Real Diaper Week is the week right before the big event {April 21, 2012}. Everyday between April 16 & 21 there will be a new topic to blog about to help get our readers pumped for the record breaking event. If you want to blog during the Real Diaper Week, click here & add your blog to the linky, then pick a topic {or all of them} and start writing!

If you are in Orange County & would like to join us, please email Rose at {rose (at) rosieposiebaby (dot) com} with your name, your baby's name & baby's height. Even if you don't live in Orange County, CA you can still participate! Click here & search for a host near you. Just type in your zip code & look for some where to join in.

Today's Topic is:
 Real Simple Real Diapers for Babies – Health benefits, cloth diapers in hospitals, or cloth diapers in day cares


Crude oil. 

Yep, I said it, crude oil.  

The same stuff that keeps your car running, keeps wars going & makes you curse at the gas station. Did you know that its also the same stuff that is used to make disposable diapers?

Its true!!!

Click here to see the Power Point presentation that will open your eyes to a whole new world of information.

People often think that using cloth diapers is dirty, or hard, or unsanitary; while they praise the ease & sanitation of disposables. Let me tell you, once I found out that it takes 1 cup of crude oil just to make 1 disposable diaper, I was so happy that I made the switch to cloth.

There are a whole slew of health risks surrounding crude oil including respiratory problems,
  liver, kidney, reproductive, blood, immune system and nervous system damage, cancer and birth defects. These are long term side effects of a major ingredient in disposable diapers!!!! Also, dioxin is a by-product of paper bleaching and is listed on the World Heath Organization's {see chapter 6: Dioxins} list of persistent environmental pollutants.

"Dioxin exposure as a child will impede the immune system of the individual forever.  It means that they will never be as strong as they should have been.  Dioxins are responsible for a range of reproductive and developmental problems, damaging the immune system, along with causing major hormonal imbalances and cancer.  Many infants are now exposed to dioxins 24 hours a day, and yet society wonders why girls are beginning puberty younger than ever, and hormonal disorders are becoming increasingly common in children." {excerpt from}

If you've ever used disposable diapers, then chances are you've seen those little gel balls that form once the diaper is wet. If you're like me, you may have wondered what in the world they are; well, they are sodium polyacrylate. Sodium polyacrylte used to be found in tampons until it was discovered that it causes toxic shock syndrome. For those who don't know what TSS is, its a very deadly bacterial infection. I actually had an uncle pass away from it when I was in elementary school. Its serious stuff. It can come on and take a life in what seems like a blink of an eye.  

Tampons come with a TSS warning; its too bad that disposable diapers don't also come with a warning as well.

Maybe one of our savvy readers can create a petition and get a movement started. It may help save a baby from TSS, or a lifelong complication from exposure to dioxin & sodium polyacrylte.

Not satisfied with the dangers of disposable diapers yet? Well, today is your lucky day! There's more!! Disposable diapers create Volatile Organic Compounds {VOC} which can wreak havoc on little nervous systems, immunity & can cause eye irritation. The EPA even lists some VOCs as carcinogens. The VOCs found in disposable diapers include: ethylbenzene, toluene, and xylene.

Wow!! If parents were really educated about all these things, they may make a different choice about diapering their little ones. This isn't some thing that people can claim no control over, this is something that every one can make a choice and a difference by doing. If you don't care about the global reasons to use cloth, think about the little reason you care for day in and day out.

Sooo . . .  are cloth diapers any better?


Babies who are lucky enough to use cloth diapers are not exposed to the health risks associated with the chemicals found in disposable diapers. They don't end up with chemical burns or disposable diaper rash. Did you know that one of the leading causes of diaper rash is chemical burn caused from the chemicals & dyes found in disposable diapers?

Since cloth diapers are made from cloth, babies enjoy a more comfortable diapering experience. If you want to test this out on yourself, go to Etsy & search for 'mama cloth' & buy some. Try them for one day the next time you have your cycle, then go back to paper pads. Heck, you can even try it when you're not having a cycle just so you can see what it feels like {Daddy can do this too!} Your baby also can tell the difference.

Here's some food for thought: 

Our society has become a very instant-gratification centered group of people. We have become so accustomed to short cuts & easy way outs that we tend to forget that slow and steady wins the race. In all the generations of cloth diapers, no baby had an allergic reaction to chemicals because there are none{maybe in the laundry soap, but not the cloth itself - so use cloth friendly soap}; no baby ever got cancer or organ problems from dioxin in a cloth diaper and no baby ever died from TSS caused by a cloth diaper. Those are all things that have happened from using disposable diapers though.

I wonder if hospitals and daycare centers looked a little more closely at these issues, would they be more fluffy friendly? 


If you want to help make a difference you can contact your local hospitals and daycare centers about allowing and offering cloth diapers. You can make a difference! Even the largest of movements were started by 1 person or a small group of people. 

You can give them Booty Buns contact info {bootybuns (dot) clothdiapers (at) gmail (dot) com} if they are interested in learning more or bringing cloth back into their facilities. It may also be a good idea to print & share this Power Point with them about how disposable diapers are made.



  1. Great post! I know I'm late on answering this...but I chose to cloth diaper my baby for the environmental benefit first and the cost savings second. I honestly didn't realize that disposables were a hazard to a baby.

    I am so addicted to it and want to spread the word as much as possible and try and get as many places accepting them as possible as well. Thank you for the power point on disposables!

  2. I really don't know why anyone would NOT want to cloth diaper!