Well as an expecting father I am getting to know lots or stuff and doing lots of research on the best ways to bring up a healthy child and some of the
stuff I read has led me to believe that cloth diapers are simply the only option.
The conspiracy is that I believe companies purposely add dangerous chemicals in disposable diapers which have been shown to be terrible for the
environment let alone the child. here isa few paragraphs I copied from a site with info on the subject:
What is better for your baby?
"Even though disposable diaper manufacturers spend millions of dollars every year on advertizing that their diapers feel "drier", no scientific
evidence indicates that diaper rash occurs more often with cloth diapers than with disposables. In fact, because disposables feel drier, many parents
postpone diaper changes too long and the bacteria from the urine remains in longer contact with the baby's skin causing redness and irritation. In
addition, because the plastic in disposable diapers prevents the proper circulation of air, ammonia from the bacterial-breakdown of urine is unable to
escape causing further irritation; whereas cloth diapers with a wool or micro-fiber cover allow the baby's skin to breathe, thereby eliminating this
source of irritation. The best way to prevent diaper rash, however, is frequent diaper changes, regardless of which kind of diaper one uses.
What is most frightening about disposable diapers is the unknown or passively ignored presence of toxic chemicals. One such chemical is dioxin, a
highly toxic by-product of the bleaching process. Secondly, sodium polyacrylate, the clear gel-like substance you often find on your baby's genitals
after a diaper change, gives disposable diapers their super absorbant characteristic. Its use in tampons was banned in 1985 because of its link to
Toxic Shock Syndrome. And most recently, TBT or Tributylin was found in disposable diapers in Europe. TBT is ranked by the World Health Organization
(WHO) as one of the most toxic substances in use in consumer products in the world today. It is a biocide and is used in killing or preventing the
growth of bacteria. And although the WHO has also revealed that the amount of TBT found in disposable diapers poses no threat to the health of a baby,
the question still arises: Why is such a toxic substance needed in a diaper? And furthermore, even though the TBT in diapers does not adversely effect
those wearing the diapers, what about the safety of ground water from decomposing diapers in landfills?
What's more, new scientific studies have linked disposable diapers and their harsh perfumes and toxic substances to the increase of asthma in
today's society. Laboratory rats exposed to disposable diapers straight out of the package have suffered increased eye, nose and throat irritation,
as well as bronchioconstriction similar to that of an asthma attack (according to Rosalind C. Anderson, lead author of the report "Acute Respiratory
Effects of Diaper Emissions", Archives of Environmental Health, 54, October 1999). "
Link to the site I quoted:www.awchamburg.org...
I've visted a few places and talked to a few other parents and the ones who used cloth diapers seem to have saved $$ and apparently not exposed their
child to harmful chemicals.
So why do soo many parents ridicule parents who use cloth, which seems to be the case from talking to parents who do use disposable's? They think its
a waste of time and also bring up stuff that just isnt true like cloth babies get more rashes. Its false as Ive talked to 3 close friends with kids
and my girlfriends mom who I truly think are telling the truth when they said next to no rashes while using cloth because they get changed more often
and bacteria has less chance to grow.
Is it a conspiracy like say flouride to beging the chemical contamination as young as possible or just greedy buisness not caring enough to add
whatever they think will sell and make profit while disregarding safety of infants? The fact I'll save 1000$ a year made the choice for me though!