So today's topic is disposable diapers. The truth I've discovered about the dangers to health and the eco system, and why I won't ever look back from cloth!
Unless you practice Elimination Communication (the link brings you to an engaging post about EC and a moms, reluctant, but successful journey int ECing her daughter) your child will be in a diaper 24/7 minus a few minutes for baths and naked booty time if you allow it, for as long as 2 1/2 - 3 years, longer for special needs children and often longer for night time struggles.
So have you given any thought on what that diaper you wrap around your baby's sensitive bottom is made of? How in the world it soaks up so much urine when it is so thin when taken out of the package? What those gel beads are that cover your baby's privates? Are they Toxic? Harmful? Surely not!
I didn't even consider it to be a problem until after I had already started looking into cloth for financial reasons! But when I began to notice articles everywhere on the environmental and health reasons to cloth diaper, my decision to cloth diaper was set in concrete, no one could budge me, in spite of the financial obstacles I faced getting started!
Here is a one of the first articles I ran into Autumn Becks post "Are Disposable Diapers Really That Bad?"
It is estimated that 1 disposable diaper takes up to 500 YEARS to fully decompose...and their not even sure that it will ever fully decompose.
If that wasn't bad enough, we are throwing away human waste! Even a babies poop is full of germs, and if your baby is taking meds for any reason those will seep into the ground (once the diaper is decomposed enough for the poo to escape). It could seep into untreated aquifers and well systems. It could be picked up by plants, that are then eaten by wild life, or even us!
Here are a few articles I've found about the environmental impact disposable diaper have!
Living Strong, and again, and yet again.
Fox News (not sure how I feel about some of the conclusions but it is another view to consider)
Fact: Americans throw away enough disposable diaper each year to stretch from the moon and back at least seven times. -Julia Butterfly Hill
So what do you think? Do/did you use disposables or cloth? If you use(d) disposables, has this made you rethink that decision?
P.S. So sorry this was posted so late getting out...the kids were especially difficult today, and I struggled cutting this post down to a manageable size. I hope it is understandable...as always I'm happy to clear up anything that is illegible and answer any questions!