Bad for Baby?
Along with the environmental impact, disposable diapers are believed to pose a danger to baby's health. Many brands contain chlorine, a harsh chemical that can cause skin irritations and rash. Research also shows that if a person is exposed to it over long periods of time, chlorine can lead to cancer. Disposable diapers also contain latex, perfumes, and dyes that can trigger allergic reactions.
A study by the University of Kiel indicated that the reduced breathability of disposables may create a raised temperature inside the diaper that is unhealthy for male babies. And many experts believe the stay-dry comfort of disposables makes it harder to potty train toddlers.
And let's not forget the cost: Disposable diapers cost an average of $4,000 per child over a two-year period. But while cloth diapers are cheaper and more eco-friendly, they simply aren't a viable option for everyone. "Cloth is more work," says Snow. "Luckily, there are a number of 'green' products on the market that are healthier for the environment and for your baby."