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Go Toxin-Free with Cloth Diapers: Say Goodbye to Sodium Polyacrylate



When there is a new baby on the way, you are completely immersed in ensuring you are making the right choices to give your child the very best life. Of course, you want the best products that will contribute to the healthiest environment for your baby. But even though you are doing as much research as possible to keep your baby healthy, some things can sneak past you; it’s incredible how many toxins can be found in every day baby products, including disposable diapers.

Disposable diapers contain many different types of chemicals that can unknowingly contribute to various health concerns for babies. Most disposables contain Dioxins, TBT, Sodium Polyacrylate, dyes and fragrances, among other things.

We want to make sure you are completely informed about what you are putting on your baby’s skin, so we are happy to bring you our series Go Toxin Free with Cloth Diapers to let you know what you’ll find in disposables and why you don’t want that anywhere near your baby.

Today we’re talking why it’s time to say goodbye to Sodium Polyacrylate

Disposable diapers consist of several layers that work together to pull moisture away from your baby’s skin, absorb liquid and keep mess contained with a waterproof layer. Sodium Polyacrylate is a powder inserted into the inner compartment of disposable diapers that allows these diapers to hold up to seven pounds of liquid. When the powder gets wet, it turns into a gel; if you have ever seen a gel-like substance ooze out of a wet disposable diaper, you have seen Sodium Polyacrylate.

The problem with Sodium Polyacrylate

Sodium Polyacrylate was once present in tampons, but removed because it was found to cause Toxic Shock Syndrome. It has been implicated as a contributing factor of staph infections and is a skin irritant. And yet, even with these implications, Sodium Polyacrylate is still found in super absorbent disposable diapers.

Because it is meant to absorb moisture, it also absorbs all of the oils and moisture from your baby’s skin, causing a drying effect. It should come as no surprise then that it is a leading cause for diaper rash.
The effects of exposure to Sodium Polyacrylate have been studied very minimally, so we don’t know exactly what kind of damage it can do with constant contact to your baby’s reproductive organs. But we do know that short-term effects include allergic reactions, severe skin irritation, oozing blood from the perineum and scrotum, fever and vomiting. It has also been responsible for the death of children who have ingested as little as five grams of the chemical and been the cause of health implications in workers who manufacture it.

Go Toxin Free

The best way to protect your baby from Sodium Polyacrylate in diapers is to use cloth diapers that are completely toxin-free. Cloth diapers are effective because of the absorbent fabric and waterproof cover. There are no chemicals added to absorb moisture, the fabric does that without assistance.
Cloth diapering is no harder than using disposable. But with the health risks associated with disposables the extra time to wash, dry and assemble cloth diapers is worth the peace of mind. When considering cloth vs. disposable, choose a healthy life for your baby by choosing cloth.

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