Thursday, October 21, 2010

Why I Buy Non-Bleached Diapers...

Pampers have been the diaper used for babe since he was born; we tried Huggies and Luvs, but both caused rashes (this was true for my sister's son, too).

Up until recently, I have used Pampers.  I stopped using them and started to buy non-bleached diapers (e.g., Earth's Best and 7th Generation)just a couple months ago because I suddenly thought, "Hmm...why would I want my child to have a bleached anything on his body- especially a bleached diaper, which is in direct contact with his skin every moment of the day (minus bath-time).

Interestingly when I started using non-bleached diapers, something wonderful son, who has had eczema since infancy, suddenly did not have eczema anymore!

Now just this past week my husband ran to the store to get diapers (my son was wearing a swimmie at this moment!) and he returned with Pampers.  Okay, I thought, we can use this one box- don't be so crazy about this!  But once again, something interesting son's eczema came back.

So I decided to look into bleached diapers this morning and I found this news story...guess this isn't new, but I didn't know about it til today:

Parents claim new diapers cause severe rashes

Fri Apr 30, 10:13PM PT - KVUE-TV Austin 2:48 | 794 views

DALLAS - Calling it the biggest innovation in 25 years, Proctor and Gamble's new Pampers Swaddlers and Cruisers diapers with Dry Max have only been on the shelf for a little over a month and there are…

Now my son's eczema is not as horrible as these rashes, but for those of you who have it or have a child who has it, you know it is at least uncomfortable and, at times, very painful.

Like all things, a change from bleached to non-bleached diapers might not be right for you, but just think about it- that can't hurt, right?


  1. We use non-bleached only since Teo was born. Our plan was to do cloth actually, but it still hasn't happened.
    Non-bleached is not only better for your baby's skin, but for the environment too!

  2. My mother-in-law was just in this past weekend and we were talking about this. She, like my mother, used cloth diapers. She said her babes got rashes from anything else.

    I started out with cloth, but that only lasted a couple days- too much leaking. However, now that he's older and we are more comfortable with ickiness...haha...I think we might try cloth again. And, not only are they better for babes' skin and the environment, but so too cheaper!

  3. There was a very good article about cloth diapers in Mothering magazine (may - june 2010 issue).

    The scary part is how much waste a single child creates in the period from birth through toilet training - according to the statistics, 5000 diaper that end up in the landfill!!! To make it worse, it takes 500 years for a diaper to decompose.

  4. Found this ratings site for cloth diapers.

    I have tried the "g diapers" and didn'y care for them; am thinking of trying the "rump-a-rooz." I'll let you know how it turns out.

  5. Just got a mamamonkies follower share that she read this post and tried non-bleached diapres- no more eczmea!