by Taetske | 2:39 pm
(Last Updated On: May 5, 2019)


How safe are Babys diapers?


A new baby is born into the family bringing great joy to the parents, perhaps brothers and sisters and the grandparents from both sides. Of course, the parents want the best for their baby and a lot of things will be needed to make the first years of your baby, good and healthy years.


mother and baby

Mother and Baby


Because of modern times, a lot of time-saving products have come on the market. One of them is disposable diapers. In old times mothers would stay at home and as part of their housework were expected to boil cotton diapers and when dry, use them again.

I was born in Australia in 1950 and my Mother told me while living on a farm that she would boil my diapers in a big pot hanging over the fire.

Nowadays as mothers often have a job to manage besides their housework, disposable diapers were welcomed. Even if it is often noted on the package, to clean the diaper before disposing of it, there hardly will be anybody who does that. They are thrown away dirty as they are.


throw away diapers

Throw away Diapers


How many diapers does a baby use?

A baby will dirty around 6 to 8 diapers a day and that means up to 10.000 before your baby will be able to sit on a potty. All the diapers put a strain on our environment. It seems that diapers are the third largest consumer item in landfills.

Each baby contributes with some 2000 pounds of garbage. That is a huge figure and requires some rethinking of what we are doing.

Then you must also consider that non-biodegradable diapers can prevent any organics from decomposing. This can also include dormant microbes and bacteria.


landfill with compactor machine

Landfill with Compactor Machine


We must also consider the role of oil in the diapers. Oil is the raw material for the polyethylene plastic which is used for manufacturing diapers. It takes around 1625 quarts of oil to have your baby wear diapers for 30 months. That is more oil then you will probably need in your total life to keep your car lubricated.



Dangerous chemicals found in diapers

Besides this environmental problem, some more bad news has come my way. I really think it is very important you know about this as it poses a health risk to your baby.

I suppose you have heard about glyphosate in food, something which has to be avoided at all costs. It has now been discovered that glyphosate and a whole bunch of other toxic chemicals are present in diapers. This is definitely very bad news as your baby will be exposed to this for some 30 months, the first months in its life.



Diapers Test

The French safety agent ANSES has conducted tests these last years and have come with disturbing facts. They identified 60 chemicals like glyphosate (that is the active ingredient in Roundup) that are present in diapers. Some others were lindane, quintozene, and hexachlorobenzene, all of which were banned in the European Union and have been banned for more than 15 years.

Those nasty chemicals found in diesel engines and cigarette smoke are also in your baby’s diapers. Who would have thought that? They are PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons ) like dioxins and furans.

Most of these toxic chemicals are carcinogenic and also endocrine disruptors. The argument that diapers are on the outside does not hold as the skin is our biggest organ so these things are absorbed over time. 30 Months to be in contact with these awful things is far too long to discard it as a health risk.


sleeping baby

Sleeping Baby


Now you may ask what can one do? Only 5 % of parents living in the Western world use cotton baby diapers. There are a lot of brands on the market that are eco-friendly have no nasty chemicals etc. They will cost approx 0,50 each and you can throw them away. So, now it is up to you to decide what is best for your baby.

I would say baby’s safety is first on the list. So that will reduce your choice to environmental disposable diapers or go back to good old times and boil a pot with cotton diapers. I hope you will find the time to do that.



An Afterthought

As our planet is getting more and more soiled by waste, especially the plastic waste which is a hazard to marine life, fauna and flora, and even humans on a whole, it would be a good thing to rethink our actions even if it is on Baby Diapers.


Source: Dena Schmidt, staff writer for Natural Health 365 on February 18, 2019

Photo Source:  Pixabay


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Todd Matthews

It’s crazy to think that something as simple as diapers can be so harmful to the environment and one’s health. While I’ve researched the negative effects of plastics, chemical wastes, and even things like vehicle exhaust, I had yet to read anything on diapers, but throwing away six to eight a day equates to forty-two to fifty-six per week. Within one year, the math is astonishing, and this is just one item. Now throw in plastics and the amount is already close to staggering. Luckily, we’re now seeing some more eco-friendly alternatives enter the market. 

Mar 05.2019 | 04:33 pm


    Good Morning Todd,

    Thank you for your comment on my website. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    On both my websites I have a couple of posts on plastic. The more I investigate the more plastic I find, it is about everywhere in our modern life. One could actually call it the plastic invasion.  We are suffocating the environment with all these plastic inventions. As cotton can also put a strain on the environment as it needs lots of water the best would be to use hemp. From building a house to making clothes, all can be made from hemp. We need a global brainwash, perhaps that would help.

    Regards, Taetske

    Mar 06.2019 | 07:45 am


I believe the safety of our infant one’s should be the priority of parents when sourcing for diapers to purchase. It’s not advisable to keep using to toxin filled diapers for our babies. 

This disposable diapers are also a strain on our already polluted environment. I wish everyone can start using more eco friendly diapers to help our children and the environment too.

Thanks for this write up, was really an eye opener.

Mar 05.2019 | 04:35 pm


    Good Morning Louis,

    Nice to see you again. Thank you for your comment.

    I could never imagine that diapers were harmful to babies and also the environment. All these modern inventions might look good at first glance but there you see it is no good what so ever. I hope people will change and buy eco-friendly diapers.

    Regards, Taetske 

    Mar 06.2019 | 07:36 am

Irin Khan


After reading your article I come to learn about the harmful side of Baby Diapers. Which I did not know before. This is a great message to save our babies and the environment’s future. A baby diaper is an essential product to the parents in the modern age. Now I think, We have to innovate the echo friendly diaper system which is good for babies and the environment. The harmful ingredient which are used in a diaper should restrict.

Mar 05.2019 | 05:33 pm


    Good Morning Irin,

    Thank you for visiting my website and leaving a comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    I was really shocked when I found out about those chemicals in diapers. Just imagine what harm it does to babies. Then the environment also suffers from this invention. Humans invent crazy things.

    Regards, Taetske

    Mar 06.2019 | 07:32 am

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