Disposable diapers are some of the most convenient diapers available today but there are many concerns that parents have about their sustainability as well as interaction with the baby’s skin. Some concerns are the dyes, sodium polyacrylate (the super absorbent gel), and dioxins which are a by-product of the bleached paper. Sodium polyacrylate is linked to toxic shock syndrome and can cause a number of allergic reactions.
Other factors to take into account when using disposable diapers are all the different parts of the diaper that may cause choking or poisoning. Babies put everything in their mouth, and a diaper is no different. If they tear one apart they may find bits of plastic, Velcro, plenty of dyes, and other harmful to ingest substances.
Disposable diapers also cause a severe increase in diaper rash, over 50% more than babies using cloth diapers. Each baby is different though and may not have any problems at all with these diapers, though they are still a major pollutant to the environment. Cloth diapers can cause rashes just easily when they are not changed enough so change them whenever they are wet. Looking for more indepth information about diapers? Check out our parents guide to diapers titled, Green Diapers, Cloth Diapers and Disposable Diapers: The Breakdown.