Diapers kept out of landfills by GNB customers as of October 1, 2010
Cloth is better for your baby's health and development
There are more than 60 chemicals in disposable diapers. Some
are known toxins and one is a chemical banned
from tampons in the 1980s. These chemicals have been linked to asthma and male
In contrast, cloth diapers have been linked to less diaper rash and younger
potty training. Don't believe us? Do your own research.
Asthma One study (1) exposed mice to both disposable
and cloth diapers in a mid-sized room. Chemicals released by the disposables
caused symptoms similar to asthma. Out of six cotton and disposable diaper
brands tested, the cloth diapers did not cause any problems.
Male infertility Another study (2) attributed the increase
in male infertility in the last 25 years to the fact that most parents now
use disposables. The plastic-lined disposables kept more heat next to the scrotum - as
much as 2 degrees - and
temperature is key to fertility. We're not for babies having babies, but someday
you might want grandchildren.
Chemicals There are many in disposables but we'll mention just two. The super
absorbent "gel" sodium polyacrylate is used in almost all disposables
(the exception is Tushies diapers, the only disposables we will provide) and
is the same sort of chemical that was banned from Rely tampons in the 1980s
because of its link to toxic shock syndrome. This chemical is how a baby's
bottom can feel dry even when sagging with the weight of urine. It enables
parents to delay diaper changes on the guise that the baby is dry, but dry
does not mean clean.
The other chemical is dioxin, which is a by-product of the bleaching that
makes the diapers white (our diapers are unbleached and, therefore, softer!).
A study (3) showed dioxin can cause cancer, birth
defects, liver damage and skin diseases. Why would you choose to put your baby's
bottom in nearly constant
contact with harmful chemicals for years?
The bottom line: Don't trust that the diaper companies have your baby's best
interest at heart. Cincinnati's own Procter & Gamble denied its diapers
were contaminated with hormone pollutant TBT even after Greenpeace
conducted its own study. Greenpeace's toxics expert, Thilo Maack, said: "The
reaction of Procter & Gamble is a scandal. The company is downplaying the
danger instead of actively searching for the source of TBT in Pampers. It is
absolutely irresponsible to expose
babies to these extremely toxic substances."
Potty Training You can expect your baby to potty train a year earlier in cloth diapers. Chemical-laden
disposables feel too dry, so your baby doesn't understand that they pee and
then are wet. (Of course, cloth diapers do soak it up, just not as instantly.)
"In 1957, 92 percent of children were toilet-trained by the age of
18 months, studies found. Today the figure for 2-year-olds is just 4 percent,
according to a large-scale Philadelphia study. Only 60 percent of children
have achieved mastery of the toilet by 36 months, the study found, and 2
percent remain untrained at the age of 4 years."
"The products [wipes] are also benefiting from the fact that children
now wear diapers until they are 36 to 42 months old, some six months longer
than when Baby Fresh was introduced 16 years ago (in 1977)."
Of course it's nice not to have to change diapers, but potty training is
also is highly significant for your baby's development. Columnist and best-selling
author John Rosemond says late potty training delays the switch from parents
as caretakers to parents as authority figures. This helps explain why modern
parents may have more discipline problems.
Diaper rash This one is simple. In the 1955 virtually every baby in the United
States was diapered using cloth diapers. In 1961, Procter & Gamble introduced
Pampers, a disposable diaper. In 1991, approximately 90% of babies in the United
States were diapered using disposable diapers. Coincidentally, the occurrence
of diaper rash has increased from 7% in 1955 to 78% in 1991, according to the Journal of Pediatrics (6)