BABY ESSENTIALS - part 01

Hi Ya'll!

Since most of the responses from my original post were from other Mamas worried about the products they were using on their babies, I decided to do this blog first. I am sure I will be adding onto and editing this as I learn, but we can all learn together! Lets face it, I was bound to be a crunchy mom some way or another, but there is no shame in my game!

DISCLAIMER: I am not an expert, I am a first time mom who is spending every free moment of my time researching and studying to provide my family with healthier and cleaner options. I share because I care. I am, in NO WAY judging any of you mamas out there that cannot make the switch. You all know what is best for your family and your household. I only share my findings and solutions as suggestions! I will never suggest products that my family doesn't or wouldn't use. All affiliate links are provided for your convenience.

I originally wanted to do all Baby Essentials in one post, but it is a lot of info. I don't want to overwhelm you, so today we are only covering Diapers! 

First I'm going to list all of the Baby Essentials I had BEFORE I started this journey, then I will share a list of solutions that I have found and even some links where you can purchase! With each DIRTY product I will have 3 solutions: 1. Convenient Solution 2. Affordable Solution and 3. a DIY Solution.

DIRTY:

DIAPERS - PAMPERS SWADDLERS / NO RATING*

*Diapers do not show up on the either of the apps because Diaper companies are not required to list the ingredients of their products...but have no fear, I have done my research!

We used Pampers Diapers and Wipes for the first month of Everly's life because the hospital used these products on her immediately after she was born. We trusted that if the hospital used them, they must be safe! We thought wrong. 

Pampers, Huggies, and everything else – all follow the same basic model:

The outer lining is made of polyethylene film, essentially the same stuff that’s in plastic wrap. The inner lining that touches your baby’s skin is usually made of polypropylene, a common material that’s also found in thermal underwear, among other things. Both materials are considered completely safe for young skin. Some brands enhance the inner lining with aloe and vitamin E, skin-friendly compounds that are often found in diaper rash creams.

The absorbent center contains wood pulp and super-absorbent polymers, usually sodium polyacrylate.

Are the chemicals in disposable diapers safe?

Sodium polyacrylate: According to various material safety data sheets (documents created by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration that list potential hazards of chemicals in great detail), the sodium polyacrylate in diapers is mild stuff. Inhaling small particles might irritate the airways, but it’s considered nontoxic.

Dyes: The dyes used in diapers are generally safe. But in rare cases, Disperse Blue 106, Disperse Blue 124, Disperse Yellow 3, and Disperse Orange 3 have been known to trigger allergic reactions in babies.

Perfumes: Some babies are sensitive to citral and other perfumes in diapers, although actual allergic reactions seem to be uncommon. According to a 2009 report in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, the amount of citral in a typical scented diaper should be about a million times too low to cause any trouble.

Dioxins: The wood pulp in diapers gives them a little extra cushioning and absorbing power, but it can also introduce other potentially worrisome chemicals, namely dioxins. This family of chemicals, created when wood pulp is bleached with chlorine, is known to cause cancer in humans.
— https://www.owletcare.com/blog/baby-diapers-are-they-safe/

CLEAN SOLUTIONS:

DIAPERS:

CONVENIENT SOLUTION - HONEST CO. / NO RATING

The Honest Company diapers have no harsh chemicals—they’re made without chlorine, latex, dioxins, PVC, heavy metals, finishing treatments (silicones), fragrances and lotions (usually made using phthalates). They’re mostly made with plant-based, biodegradable, and sustainable materials, and our super-absorbent bio-core significantly reduces the need for sodium polyacrylate (SAP) – the gel used in conventional diapers that gives them their absorbency. Finally, our designs are printed with lead-free inks and they’re fashionably cute.
— https://blog.honest.com/whats-inside-disposable-diapers/

Honest Co Diapers are our favorite, and are SO convenient. We get a bundle delivered to us once every 2 months that includes 6 packs of diapers and 4 packs of wipes. It's a little pricier but it's nice to have an automated package sent to our doorstep right when we need it. Also remember, you are paying for the quality of product and for the safety of your little babe's bum! 

AFFORDABLE SOLUTION - EARTH'S BEST / NO RATING

Comfortable and super absorbent, Earth’s Best® TenderCare Chlorine Free Diapers are made from earth-friendly renewable resources including corn and wheat starch. Latex-free, dye-free, and perfume-free. Your baby will love the premium fit and the breathable, stretchy diaper material.
— https://www.earthsbest.com

Earth's Best has the best quality chemical-free diapers in the lower price bracket. 

DIY SOLUTION - CLOTH DIAPERING / okay, DIY-ISH

We used cloth diapers for the first 7 months of Everly's life and we loved it! It is an investment on the front end, for sure, but totally worth it in my book! Plus, it's a HUGE money saver and is so much better for the environment! If my husband wasn't 'over it' we would still be using them, HA! 

If you want to buy new, our favorite cloth diapers were BumGenius Freetime All-In-One Cloth Diapers

If you are okay with using pre-loved cloth diapers (we did!) I see people selling them all of the time on Facebook Marketplace, Buy Sell Trade Groups, and on Craigslist! This means less of an investment for you on the front end, but still all of the money saving benefits!

If you are interested in the math breakdown that shows just how much money you can save by cloth diapering read this article.

I will be covering all of the Baby Essentials slowly but surely, so stay tuned! If you have a specific product you would like me to research, just let me know in the comments and I will add it to a future blog or respond to your comment with the solution.

Thanks for being on this journey with me!

*** The DIRTY ratings used in this blog are found on the Think Dirty App. I also love the Healthy Living App.