The True Cost of Diapers

Disposable diapers have gone through a number of changes over the years. Disposable diapers can still be as simple as plastic covering paper. Or they can be made with high tech super absorbent gels and feature glow in the dark cartoon characters on them. Whichever disposable diaper you choose can have a serious impact on the environment, and possibly your child’s health.


A parent’s number one priority when it comes to any children’s product is their baby’s health. Parents want to keep their children’s skin dry and diaper rash free. There is a lot of different things that can cause diaper rash. Fragrances, chemicals, prolonged exposure to urine, and some dyes.

In recent years concerns have been raised about the dye sodium polyacrylate, and dioxin. Dioxin is a by-product from bleaching certain types of paper. Sodium polyacrylate has even been linked to toxic shock syndrome. Not all but many diaper manufacturers use these types of chemical in their production process.

According to the EPA some dyes, mixed with dioxin is known to cause central nervous system, kidney, and liver damage. Even some fragrances have been linked to headaches, dizziness, and rashes.

Last year problems recorded by the Consumer Protection Agency regarding disposable diapers were chemical burns, obnoxious odors, choking on diaper paper, linings melting onto the baby’s skin, and ink staining. Some reports have noted that babies were pulling the diapers apart and eating the super absorbent plastic gel inside of them.

Every person is different, and can have different reactions to different chemicals. This doesn’t necessarily mean that running out and buying all cloth diapers will solve all of the problems. If cloth diapers are not changed often enough diaper rash will form, and bacteria will grow. Certain fragrances and from the laundry detergent used at diaper cleaning services can be just as irritating.

Financial Cost

Many parents will find their wallets and purses a little heavier once their child has mastered potty training. Cost estimates for disposable diapers can be anywhere from $60 to $90 per month depending on the brand and the frequency of changing.

Using a diaper service will run you about the same depending on the area you live in. Laundering your own cloth diapers will save you some money, but who really wants to do that?

The Environment

Estimates say that 5 million tons of untreated waste and 2 billion tons of urine, feces and disposable diapers are added to landfills yearly. Although most diapers are biodegradable they need light, and oxygen to do so and that is something landfills are lacking.

So it will take several hundred years for these diapers to break down. It also takes about 80,000 pounds of plastic and 200,000 trees a year to diaper American babies.

The untreated waste piling up in our land fills threatens underground water supplies with contamination. Even using cloth diapers will result in an increase of water (to wash) and gas (to dry). The quicker you can get your child potty trained the better it is for everyone.

With the cost of diapers being so high for both your wallet, and the environment it makes sense to pick up a copy of The Magic Bowl today. It will save you money month ,and the environment month after month.

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