Sponsored post. [divider_flat]You’ve probably heard that the body’s largest organ is the skin.
It breathes. It secretes. It absorbs.
This means anything we put on our skin gets absorbed into our bodies. For that reason, we should all be more careful about what we use, even more so on our children!
For every chemical that is added to a product that goes on or against the skin, it is just one more thing that can cause issues. This is true not only for cloth diapers but also anything that comes in contact with our skin…detergents, laundry boosters, fabric softeners…lotions, body washes, shampoos…The list is endless.
You might already be using cloth diapers on your baby.
Kudos to you!
That one choice makes a world of difference for your baby’s skin. Instead of the man made (and sometimes harmful) chemicals that are found in all disposable diapers, many cloth diapers are made of organic, natural fibers. Cloth diapers also allow much more airflow than a disposable one ever could.
Wondering why cloth diapers are better for avoiding skin sensitivities? It is simple and comes down to the fact that there are just less chemicals in cloth diapers for skin to react to. Did you know that there are fifteen chemicals that can be found in disposable diapers (1)? Wow!
You will still have whatever the cloth diaper is made out of and however it might have been processed. But there are FAR less chemicals involved than what you will find in disposable diapers.
What else can you do? (Besides using cloth diapers) ;)
*If you want to take it a step further, try cotton or hemp cloth diaper inserts. These are naturally occurring fibers and we’ve found that they usually cause less issues for those with sensitive skin. Cotton and hemp also wash easier than synthetic inserts which could cut down on possible rashes caused by ammonia buildup. Hemp is also naturally antimicrobial.
*Use cloth wipes instead of disposable wipes. Depending on the brand of disposable wipes you buy, you could be subjecting your child unnecessary chemicals. You won’t ever have to worry about your cloth wipes being recalled the way disposable wipes can be.
*If you still want to use disposable wipes, a great choice is Aleva Bamboo Baby Wipes. They are made of eco-friendly, unbleached bamboo and enriched with natural and organic oils. They aren’t bleached so you won’t find sulphates or other harsh chemicals that can be found in many other disposable wipes. As an earth friendly plus, they are 100% biodegradable within 21 days. If only all disposable products decomposed so quickly!
Organic, natural products are PERFECT for anyone’s skin, but especially those with sensitivity issues. Doctors often recommend these kinds of products to reduce flare ups. They don’t contain artificial colors or fragrances which are common culprits for skin sensitivity and rash issues.
*One final step you can take is looking at your wash routine (not just for cloth diapers, but for all of your laundry). Residual detergent is sometimes a trigger for eczema (and in some cases can even cause contact dermatitis depending on how sensitive the skin is). Using a free and clear or natural laundry detergent can help. We recommend Aden + Anais Laundry Detergent. It is naturally-derived and free of petroleum, dyes, harsh chemicals and phthalates.
Cutting out excess and often unnecessary chemicals is a huge step you can take to improve not only the health of your skin, but also your whole body.
Smile2Baby is generously offering All About Cloth Diapers readers a Mother’s Day discount of 10% off store wide. Use code Baby10 at checkout. Valid until 05/16/15. You can check out their shop at http://smile2baby.com/.
I have a special giveaway just for those of you who take the time to read this far. Believe me, I truly appreciate it! I want to bless an AACD reader with something they might need. Visit http://smile2baby.com/ and tell me with a comment which product from the shop you would love to win and WHY. Don’t forget the why, because it is important! I will select a winner from the comments below for the product they chose. Ends 5/16/15. Open to US.
Congrats Amanda Jordan. She select the Bummis Three pack for her prize. Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to comment.
Jenn is a long-time cloth diaper educator and a passionate small business advocate. She has worked in the reusable diaper industry for over a decade, helping millions of families via her websites All About Cloth Diapers, Thinking About Cloth Diapers and Cloth Diaper Geek as well as hundreds of small businesses during that time. Her goal always to provide simple, reliable information.