As a first time mother, I used disposable diapers for about the first two months of my son’s life because I needed to focus on breastfeeding and getting as much rest as possible. I had non-toxic diapers from different companies that provide samples to expecting mothers. We also bought a few of our own. Therefore, my son has tried about 5-6 different diaper brands. So, my son and I did this research for you and your little one.
I can understand why cloth diapering might not be the best decision for your family. Cloth diapering is a lifestyle. It is a commitment because there are quite a few steps to maintaining the integrity of the fabric and cleaning them. If you are curious about how I clean my cloth diapers, please check out my Cloth Diaper Wash Routine. If cloth diapering is not for you, then here are 3 non-toxic diapers that I recommend. However, let’s address a few things on why you should buy non-toxic diapers for your baby.
What Chemicals Are In Diapers?
Disposable diapers contain toxic chemicals and fragrances that can contribute to asthma, developmental delays, hormonal imbalances, and even cancer. Yikes! If you do not want your baby’s booty to touch any of that, then there are two alternatives: non-toxic diapers and cloth diapers. Choosing to use non-toxic diapers for your baby is just as good as cloth diapers :). Disposable diapers have chlorine and its derivatives in them. During the bleaching process, the chemical dioxin is a byproduct. Dioxins are highly toxic chemicals that can impair the immune system. They are carcinogenic and contribute to skin irritations and allergic reactions. Disposable diapers can go through two different bleaching processes: elemental chlorine free pulp and total chlorine-free pulp. ECF does not fully eliminate dioxins, it only reduces them. However, TCF is a bleaching process that does not generate dioxins. Always look for TCF labeling when purchasing disposable diapers.
There is a list of other chemicals, dyes, and fragrances that are in all disposable diapers, even the non-toxic brands. So, there isn’t really a way to get away from all of the chemicals. Sodium Polyacrylate (SAP) is present because of it’s absorbency, but can cause skin irritations and is a health hazard. If at any time your disposable diaper has left small gel-like crystals on your baby’s skin, then this is the SAP in the diaper. Contact the company directly and ask for a refund because they should not do that. I could go on and on about the rest of the chemicals, but that’s not why you’re here, right?
Honest Company Diapers
I have tried Honest Company’s diapers, bath soap, and lotion. These diapers are the cutest that I have seen in the non-toxic brands. They have the cutest little prints that remind me of the designs that you can have with your cloth diapers. The diapers were really absorbent and did not have a chemical smell to them. However, they can be a little pricey.
These diapers have wetness indicators which are great for newborns! When I was breastfeeding, I needed to know that my baby boy was feeding properly and the best way to tell that are by the diapers. These are suitable for sensitive skin, no chemical smell, and absorbent, but they are pretty steep in price.
These are perfect for babies that have sensitive skin! Bamboo Nature diapers are suitable for overnight wear because they are highly absorbent. These diapers are made from soft materials, which make them very comfortable for baby. The sizing may differ for your baby though, so if the first size doesn’t work just return and go up a size.
Are there any non-toxic diapers that I should have added to this list? Comment them below because I would love to hear your feedback!