Today we have Tiffany Carra, owner of Fort Worth cloth diaper store Simple Baby, guest blogging for Dodge Family Chiropractic! As an expert on all things cloth diaper, we asked Tiffany to share wih us what some of her reasons were for chosing to use cloth diapers instead of disposable diapers. Cloth diapers are very easy to use in today’s age, and many families are initially drawn to cloth because they are motivated to save money. Aside from the ease and money saving properties, there is another strong reason to give disposable diapers a more skeptical evaluation. Read Tiffany’s discovery about the chemical contents of the average disposable diaper!
For the most part there are two reasons why people chose to cloth diaper, Economy or Ecology. Both are very valid reasons, and most cloth diapering families will grow to embrace them both. When I began to research cloth diapers, my interests were piqued by the economy of them all. It was not until long after I began my research that I realized that there were other benefits.
Did you know that the major brand name disposable diapers often contain toxins like Tributyl-tin (TBT), Dioxin, and sodium polyacrylate? These chemical concoctions make disposable diapers a microcosm of carcinogins, hormonal disrupters, environmental pollutants, and heat generators.
According to a May 12, 2000 Green Peace article TBT can be absorbed by the body through the skin. This was further supported by an article released by the, Environmental Health News organization, in March of 2013. The article showed that when exposed to TBT that mice had higher instances of liver disease.
Dioxins are classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an environmental pollutant. Effects of dioxin exposure range from skin lesions to immune, endocrine, nervous, and reproductive system restrictions. The WHO also defines some “sensitive subgroups” of people who are more sensitive to dioxin exposure. They are fetuses and newborns.
For those old enough to remember what Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) was, sodium polyacrylate is the absorbent material in diapers. It is VERY similar to the absorbent materials used in the TSS tampons of the 1980s. In diapers the polyacrylate material is covered in plastic, creating a pocket of material rich with bacteria that stays on children for hours and quite possibly could be producing enough heat to render male children sterile.
What does that mean for you?
For me the fact that approximately 90% cheaper than disposables was enough to pique my interest. However, the environmental and health impacts I discovered were astonishing. The studies I uncovered cemented the fact that I was going to at least give cloth an old fashioned college try, despite all those stories about how horrible cloth diapers were. To my surprise they were not anything like what my grandmother and friends had said they were. Today’s wide range of cloth diapers makes chemical-free diapering pretty simple.
Considering the chemicals and additives included in disposable diapers, cloth diapers are certainly worth a try! To allow our Dodge Family Chiropractic patients and fans the ability to give cloth diapers a go or to add to their current cloth diaper stash, we are offering a $50 gift certificate code to Simple Baby’s online store!! Use the rafflecopter link to enter or enter over on our Facebook page!
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Tiffany Carra owns the Fort Worth Cloth Diaper Store, Simple Baby, and is a chapter leader for the Tarrant County Birth Network, a chapter of BirthNetwork National. For more information about attachment parenting and cloth diapering topics visit the Simple Baby Blog.