Disposable diaper ads??

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Wed, 05-07-2003 - 6:41pm
On the heels of the previous thread regarding the convenience of formula feeding, or the effect of marketing....I have another question. I am particularly interested in the bf'ers response to these questions and the links provided. WHO is also mentioned in one of the links.


Anyone have problems with them?? Don't they "influence" new parents the same way formula does?? Don't they show the convenience of disposable diapers?? Doesn't that sabotage the want of parents to save the environment or not put their child at risk of complications later in life because of disposable diaper use??

Do you know the number of chemicals in disposable diapers?? Did you know they *leak* onto your baby's skin?? Did you know that these chemicals cause cancer in laboratory animals?? What about the risks later in life due to their use?? How do you know the 2-3YEARS of their use won't cause problems?? Are you willing to take that risk??


Here's some info including risks:

http://sciborg.uwaterloo.ca/earth/waton/s891.html

http://webhome.idirect.com/~born2luv/facts.html

http://www.thenewparentsguide.com/diapers.htm

http://www.awchamburg.org/AWCH_Health_Env/AWCH_Diapers.html

http://webhome.idirect.com/~born2luv/wrong.html

http://www.diaperware.com/whycloth.html

http://webhome.idirect.com/~born2luv/asthma.html

http://www.preciouscargo-naturalbabysupplies.com/disposable.html

<<<"Disposables appear to produce less sewage because in them, human waste goes to dump sites. This practice violates World Health Organization guidelines and is technically illegal.">>>

How many of you are violating WHO code???



christine


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Wed, 05-07-2003 - 6:50pm
More info regarding the dangers of disposable diaper use. I am particularly interested in WHO's stance on this since many many of you site them as very important and having no hidden agenda. Their stance regarding disposable diapers is pretty clear....if not for the safety of babies, for the safety of the planet.


http://www.panna.org/resources/gpc/gpc_200008.10.2.20.dv.html

http://diapershop.com/health.htm

http://216.239.33.104/search?q=cache:C463WphLQyYC:www.who.int/emc-documents/tse/docs/whocdscsraph2003.pdf++disposable+diapers++world+health+organization&hl=en&ie=UTF-8


The last link I copied in HTML form because I am not sure how many of you have Acrobat reader.


christine


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Wed, 05-07-2003 - 6:53pm
I guess I'm violating every code in the book...lol. Not only do I FF, I also use disposable diapers. For me it's simply again a convenience factor. And I honestly don't know if my babysitter would be willing to deal with cloth diapers, especially since I have 2 girls in diapers. I love my Huggies...lol.

Ilka



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Wed, 05-07-2003 - 7:04pm
LMAO....such is life.

I am sure you understood my point by bringing it up. Also, my including the WHO's stance regarding the impact and the health hazards regarding disposable diapers and the chemicals in them.


thanks for responding

christine


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Wed, 05-07-2003 - 7:09pm
We use cloth for the very reason you mentioned:

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Although it is rare, there have been cases of the gel crystals in disposables getting into the urethra of the baby & causing problems. Also, there is the same chemical/material in disposables that caused toxic shock syndrome in tampon wearers. Although any risk is relatively small, we opted to use cloth. I do have to admit though, it is hard to find a good quality cloth diaper if you don't know where to look. They cannot be found in stores (at least not in my area). We did all our research here @ soup because they have a diapering board that was a great resource.

We did also consider the environmental impact dispoable diapers have, but our main reason was because of all the chemicals, etc. in dispoables. It is so difficlut to avoid chemicals anymore. They are in everything. As hard as we try to be chemical/additive/preservative free, it is nearly impossible in this day & age.

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I do believe diaper companies influence all parents, just like formula companies do. Like I said before, the only cloth diapers I could find in my area are the cheap Gerber ones (and there aren't a whole lot of them available either). You can only order the good ones online or through a catalogue. Diapers companies have made cloth diapering almost non-existant. My Uncle's wife didn;t even realize you could buy cloth diapers anymore until she saw me change Sierra. Once again, what price are we ultimately paying for all of these "conveniences"?

Janet & nursling Sierra, the cloth diaper wearing, granola loving baby ;)

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Wed, 05-07-2003 - 7:17pm
Good for you. My personal favorites are the Mother-ease One-size diapers, then these AIO's I bought off of a SAHM off ebay are wonderful!!

I do believe that the disposable diaper market is much more influencial on parents than that of formula makers. I SAH and I am constantly bombarded by diaper ads.

Yes, studies have found that those babies who use disposable diapers and much more prone to diaper rash. I also have read where a girl is much more susceptible to the chemicals in disposables....yeast infections.


christine


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Wed, 05-07-2003 - 7:53pm
I completely agree with your post. I think the marketing of disposable diaper companies is very pervasive and I fell pray to it. I used disposables with my older ds because I really didn't know any better. The thought of cloth didn't even cross my mind because I didn't know anyone that used cloth. Hmmmm. I think the same thing happens with ff. I somehow learned about cloth for my 2nd ds and am kicking myself that I didn't use it with my first. Cloth is healthy, fun, cute and really not that much more difficult than disposables. I also wonder if my older ds's allergies aren't partly due to disposables. (He did have many complications at birth which I think could be related to his allergies so I really don't know, just have theories).

I think one difference between the marketing of formula and disposables is that formula makes ALOT more money than diapers. I also don't think that disposable diapers have as many potential complications as formula. (Who knows, I could be wrong on that one!)

As a side note as for what I use for cloth- I LOVE Fuzzi Bunz!

Danielle

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Wed, 05-07-2003 - 8:22pm
I use cloth diapers because I don't want those chemicals on my son's bottom.

Do I think it's the same as the danger of formula advertisting? No way!

My reason is because formula feeding has UNEQUIVOCALLY been proven to cause health problems not only in an infant, but also as that infant grows into an adult! The health implications could very likely follow that formula fed baby throughout their life.

The jury is still out on whether disposable diapers cause health problems. However, I do like to be cautious, so I don't use them.

But, no, I don't think it's the same thing.

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Wed, 05-07-2003 - 8:48pm
I "tried" cloth diapering with my first......LMAO. I tried using the Gerber gauze ones you get in the store. I thought that was ALL there was!! Boy, was I wrong. With my second ds....a whole new world opened up for me.....boy oh boy the power of the internet!!


christine


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Wed, 05-07-2003 - 8:51pm
I'll tell you why the jury's still out......because formula has been used for decades longer than disposable diapers. I believe that is the ONLY reason.


christine


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Thu, 05-08-2003 - 12:00am
Disposables concern me. I use cloth at home, but disposables on outtings. And I dump solid waste out of disposables, when and if there is any that is dump-able.

Fio.

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