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Winning Photos, Calendars, Parties, and MORE!

Thanks to all who participated - the photo contest was a huge success! We had lots of high-quality entries - - look to see some of the photos appearing in our materials in the coming year!

Huge thanks also to our sponsors, who are providing all of the prizes for this contest!! We had 53 RDA members vote in the contest, with instructions to give preference to photos that illustrate the ease and benefits of using 100% reusable cloth diapers in a variety of situations. Here are the results.

The GRAND PRIZE WINNER, BethAnne Hunter, will receive a Flip UltraHD 2nd Generation Video Camera, courtesy of RDA business member and sponsor diapershops.com.

Life is short, be adventurous, wear cloth diapers! Enjoying the views from the top of the Colorado National Monument.

The 1st RUNNER UP, Robin Eiszler, will receive either a $50 gift certificate to RDA business member and sponsor Metro Minis or a $50 gift certificate to RDA business member and sponsor Suburban Tree Hugger.

14-month-old Desmond playing outside in a Fuzzibunz one size

The 2nd RUNNER UP, Bethany Foutz, will receive either a $50 gift certificate to RDA business member and sponsor Metro Minis or a $50 gift certificate to RDA business member and sponsor Suburban Tree Hugger.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

All 12 winning photographers will receive a copy of the RDA 2011 100% Reusable Cloth Diapers Photo Calendar, which will be going on sale in December at our store full of cloth diaper advocacy gear. To launch the calendar, we will be having another Twitter party with EcoChicParties, so mark your calendar for Tuesday, December 7th. If you didn't win a prize in this contest, come to the party where you could win a prize AND learn how to participate in our RDA Holiday Online Auction.

Congratulations also to the other photographers to be selected for the calendar!!!

  • Shannon Dannelley
  • Zachary Guy Hayes 
  • Rebecca L. Gettel 
  • Elisabeth Merchant
  • Nikki Williams 
  • Heidi Johnson 
  • Amanda Burns 
  • Karol Quinn
  • Tasha J Grant 

RDA? RDIA? What's the difference???

I attended the Real Diaper Industry Association annual meetings last week in Las Vegas. So many great interactions over a single day and a half that I'm buried with follow-ups and motivated such that I can hardly sit still and want to work on all our prospects at the same time. But I'm trying to remember to breathe and prioritize, and I keep coming back to the most surprising thing that I discovered at the meetings...

Some people don't know the difference between the Real Diaper Association (RDA) and the Real Diaper Industry Association (RDIA) *gasp*! It occurs to me that possibly even you readers "in the know" about cloth diapers might not know the difference. So, I'm devoting this blog post to attempting to explain it.

First, a tiny bit of history. The RDA was founded in 2004 with the support of both business and individual members. During discussions about cloth diaper advocacy and education, some business members formed connections and started to discuss industry-specific actions, such as banding together to procure health care for their employees. These kinds of trade activities were prohibited under the 501(c)(3) non-profit status that RDA has. So several businesses formed a separate organization in 2008, called the Real Diaper INDUSTRY Association, which is a 501(c)(6) trade association, to address the needs of the INDUSTRY (cloth diaper manufacturers and retailers and diaper services).

They purposely chose a similar organization name to represent our continuing ties as we work together to promote cloth diapering, both as a public service and to grow business. In fact, we've continued to share a Board member in Lori Taylor, who is also a founder of both organizations. Additionally, we have many members in common, as many business owners choose to participate at the industry level with their peers at the RDIA while continuing to support the grassroots advocacy efforts of the RDA. This makes sense, as messages about the benefits of reusable cloth diapers come more cleanly from a charitable organization than from the industry.

We continue to conduct work together, as some needs overlap. For example, the diaper service members of the RDIA considered cloth diapering in daycare a big priority, which is a need RDA has been hearing from its constituents since we opened our doors. So the two organizations worked together on a joint project to help people find cloth-diaper-friendly daycares and are continuing to work on education and outreach to daycare providers about cloth diapering. Additionally, outreach to hospitals and work with government incentives were both discussed at this year's meetings, with representation from both organizations included in the conversations. Continued work in these areas will occur jointly.

One common misconception is that the RDA is for individuals and the RDIA is for businesses. While it's true that individuals are only eligible for RDA, we need participation from businesses as well. As we embark on some major upcoming research work related to diaper choice, we're going to need all the help we can get, and I hope to be able to depend on RDIA and our industry members for their support!

Still confused? Honestly, the announcement of the formation of the RDIA to RDA members in January 2009 said it best. More questions? Leave a comment, please, and I'll try to address them...

Heather McNamara
Executive Director, Real Diaper Association


What to expect (with cloth diapers) when you’re expecting…

One of the 2010 Real Diaper Association annual goals was to update our research related to diapering. Our Diaper Facts page continues to be the most frequently accessed page on our site, and I am proud that it is the most thorough, and thoroughly-cited, compilation of research on cloth diapers out there. But it doesn’t stay up-to-date on its own. So, what have I been up to lately?

Working with a couple of librarian volunteers who have found dozens of published research papers related to diapering, I am reading and compiling useful information that we will eventually make public via our WhatAWaste.info site. In the meantime, I’m immersed in papers on diaper choice and the health and environmental implications of diapers. I honestly haven’t seen anything really new in the latter two categories, but there is some really useful information regarding diaper choice out there. I’m hoping we can use it to design and focus future studies on how to effectively influence diaper choice.

One thing that seems clear is that most cloth diaper decisions are made prior to a babies’ birth1,2. In fact, cloth diaper choice is usually one made earlier in pregnancy, with disposable diaper choice being made at the end or after birth. While this makes sense based on the amount of conversions I seem to get when talking about cloth diapers in childbirth classes, it is still somewhat revealing as I also hear many anecdotal examples of people switching to cloth diapers months (or even years) after their baby is born. This suggests that it would be most useful for Real Diaper Circle Leaders and volunteers to work with childbirth educators, midwives and OB/GYNs to reach the prenatal crowd when they’re still in the decision-making process.

If you know someone involved in the prenatal business in your community, you too can reach out and offer to teach them or their clients about reusable cloth diapers. Many times, all it takes is a personal connection/resource to get people started! Good luck!

Heather McNamara
Executive Director, Real Diaper Association

Rockney RM, Culpepper L, Figueira GC, et al. Diaper Choice: Too Costly to Bury. Clin Pediatr 1991;30:472. http://cpj.sagepub.com/content/30/8/472 

2 Uzzell D, Leach R. The Implementation and Evaluation of Cotton Nappy Provision at East Surrey Hospital Maternity Unit. 2003. http://www.surrey.ac.uk/Psychology/EPRG/files/Nappy%20Study.pdf


6 Years of Cloth Diaper Education and Advocacy

Happy anniversary to the Real Diaper Association!

Where do we grow from here? 

When Real Diaper Association launched our website six years ago today, we had big dreams of spreading our passion for babies in cloth diapers. We were going to have Real Diaper Circles in every state reaching out to talk to thousands of families face to face to help them learn how easy it is to use simple, reusable cloth diapers.

None of us had any nonprofit experience. What we didn't realize is: it takes longer than you think it will to build a grassroots organization. It took us a year or so to find our groove.

And, it takes even longer with volunteers squeezing out an hour here and there. Hundreds of volunteers and a dozen board members have given many thousands of hours because they want to see more babies in cloth diapers.

And, it takes even longer on a tight budget. Many hundreds of business and individual donors have supported our work.

We have been fiscally conservative. We don't do much that costs money, and we don't spend much money when we do spend.

We have talked since long before our opening about having an Executive Director who could bring cloth diapers to the masses. We saved a small nest egg, but we knew that we didn't have enough income from donations to sustain an employee long term.

A year and a half ago, we decided to risk success, and we conducted a thorough search for the right candidate to be our paid Executive Director.

We found Heather McNamara.

Since February 2009, Heather has built on the foundation of years of volunteer work. She has accredited many new, active Real Diaper Circle Leaders. She has chaired a joint campaign with the Real Diaper Industry Association to get more cloth diapers into daycare centers. She has created informational and social media campaigns, like the 100% reusable cloth diapers campaign to gather and distribute tips on travel, nighttime diapering, and laundry. She has networked with waste and environmental professionals to find ways that RDA can help them as they help cloth diapers. She has made active connections with cloth diaper businesses, activists, and volunteers. She has overseen fundraisers, like the 2010 photo contest and calendar and our campaign to raise $3,500 in 35 days.

During Heather's first year job review, she told RDA board members that she has taken on RDA as part of her identity. I tell you this in hopes that you will understand how very lucky you and I and all of us are to have Heather McNamara working for cloth diapers.

We understood that by hiring an employee we risked spending our nest egg. We have managed to stretch our potential six months for an employee to eighteen months so far. Our $3,500 in 35 days campaign is helping us stretch funds further.

It has been worth every penny to take the risk. We no longer have a nest egg, but we have something better. We have a string of successes as Real Diaper Association and our volunteers work to fulfill our mission. We have a board that works through consensus and nonviolent communication. We have more than 100 volunteers currently in training to become Real Diaper Circle Leaders. This charitable organization has survived its infancy and is emerging into its adolescence. We still need you. We have the solid foundation, the people, and their skills.

We still need you to teach others about cloth diapers. We still need you to support the organization with your tax deductible donation.

Please wish Real Diaper Association a happy 6th anniversary today with a donation of any size either through Razoo or directly through PayPal by clicking the "Donate" button to the right.

Lori Taylor is the last of the RDA founders still on the board of directors. She was President of RDA from 2004-2010. Now she has semi-retired to become the Vice Chair and Faithkeeper of the organization.


The second most popular question.

When working a cloth diaper outreach booth at a fair, people immediately touch the diapers and ask about how they work. After I've explained the cloth diaper equation (all diapers need two things - moisture absorbency + moisture resistance) and shown them a few different diapers, they dive into the next question, "so, how exactly do you CARE for the diapers?", with kind of a little wink/nod on the word "care". To answer the question, I come prepared. One of our Circle members put together a poster with pictures and captions describing the entire process from taking the diaper off the babe through washing, drying, and restocking, and the visuals are perfect for introducing the cloth diaper laundering process.

The fact is, basic care of simple, reusable cloth diapers is pretty straightforward. However, talk with a group of cloth diaperers long enough, and you'll find that many have run into some trouble laundering their diapers. There are many variables between diaperers - we're not all using flats and (optional) wool covers and washing by hand like our grandmothers did. Different diapering materials and how they're sewn together, a variety of washing machine types and routines, different detergent ingredients and formulations, variations in water type, baby health and skin sensitivities - - all these and more can have an effect on the diapers themselves, requiring each cloth diaperer to find the right combination of diaper and care routine that works best for them.

That said, there is a lot of advice out there amongst the experts. I have learned so much from the other moms in my Real Diaper Circle! Some of them have taken it upon themselves to conduct chemistry experiments in our particular water to help give local advice on detergents. Others generously share their methods for overcoming obstacles. Over the years, I've heard MANY tips and tricks for solving diaper care problems, and some of those have been so useful that they've become part of my initial introduction to diaper care.

Since many people don't have such a great support network, the Real Diaper Association continues the 100% Reusable Cloth Diapers campaign, which is intended to help people succeed with reusable cloth diapers in every situation. In each phase of the campaign, the RDA collects advice from the experts (parents!) and compiles it into a tip sheet for people struggling to overcome that obstacle. In the previous phases of the campaign, we've helped parents cloth diaper overnight and use cloth diapers while traveling. Now we'd like to help people identify the laundering process that will work for them.

If you've been cloth diapering for any amount of time, you've probably picked up a trick or two. Please contribute to the campaign by sharing your advice for caring for cloth diapers here. Thanks for your help!!

Looking for advice NOW on laundering your cloth diapers? Visit your local Real Diaper Circle or see what parents are recommending here

Heather McNamara
Executive Director, Real Diaper Association


Cloth diapers in hospitals?

Editor's Introduction: The cloth diaper movement is a big one, and there are a lot of areas to pursue in getting cloth diapers onto more babies.  Recently, momentum has developed around getting hospitals to use cloth diapers on newborns, thus introducing the idea to parents right in their baby's first days.  It would send a powerful message besides reducing hospital waste.  Some hospitals have voluntarily gone in this direction for financial reasons - less waste means savings for them.  Vilate Thacker, RDA member, has emerged as a leader in this movement and wrote up the post below to update us on how it's going.

Cloth in Hospitals... is this far fetched? Well honestly, it was less than 50 years ago that it was the norm. 50 years is not that far removed from us mamas now. Only a few generations. We just need to remind hospitals that cloth is better for babies.

Can we do that? Can we get them to see all the trash they are adding to the landfills? I don't know... but that is our quest. Cloth in Hospitals has a blog and also a fantastic Facebook page titled "We want to see cloth diapers in Hospitals!"

The beginning of this group was small and insignificant really. I was chatting on Twitter with a few friends and said wouldn't it be nice if we could get more hospitals to use cloth diapers. Well the next day one of the mamas told me that she had made a FB page. LOL! Just like that! Then the other mama was like hey you should promote it with a big giveaway only do it like a telephone game. BUT have the participants call the hospitals. So we posted lots of info for the first week and built up our numbers. The we had a huge giveaway with some amazing sponsors. I make cloth diapers and thought a "diaper mascot" would be fun! So I hurried and whipped out a diaper and got it on a baby and got some amazing pics of it to make a button for our blog and FB page.

Feel free to grab the button and put it on your blog!

I even sell the "Hospital Diaper" through a Nifty Nappy retailer with $2 from every sale going to the Real Diaper Association.

We had amazing participation in our big contest in which people received points for helping the cause (contacting hospitals, spreading the word, etc) and it was fun to read though all the comments. We had so many people contact so many hospitals. We had hospitals that responded that they were interested in looking at literature about it. We even found a few that are already using cloth. This was exciting because we had the chance to ask them a few questions and get some information that can help us in the future.

This is where I need some help though. I don't know how to proceed. I feel very overwhelmed. I am a WAHM with 6 kids and I feel like I have bitten off more than I can chew... but I know I don't have to do it alone.  Perhaps some of you RDA supporters might be willing to lend some time / ideas? If we all do a little together we can do a lot!

We need to keep the momentum going.  We need to get people to take the information to the hospitals they called. We need to keep them motivated, and we need to collect all the info in one place. We tried to start a discussion on the FB page where people could post information they had gathered, and a few did, but not nearly enough.

I know I don't need to preach to you... you are the "choir" so to speak! We know the best choice, but we need to help the hospitals see this. I would love to have you join in the movement and get any idea you might have. You can feel free to email me any time with ideas or suggestion.

What can you do to help get Cloth Diapers back into our Hospitals?

Vilate Thacker, Nifty Nappy, vilate@niftynappy.com


Announcing the Cloth-Diaper-Friendly Daycare Directory!

Finding good daycare for your children is hard. You want to find one with a similar approach to caring for your child, experience in handling a broad range of children and problems, and staffed by people you trust to take a major role in your child's daily life. Hearing Marisa L. Tobey, owner of Ready, Set, Go! Learning Center in Portland, Maine talk about using cloth diapers on the children in her care would definitely sway me towards her center.  She said,

"Teaching children healthy habits is especially important at the age when they're learning basic life skills. We teach them to compost, recycle, respect nature, eat healthy and organic/local, grow their own food, conserve water and reduce waste. Using cloth diapers in our daycare center is a huge part of practicing what we teach...and we produce so much less waste than other centers. We're teaching social responsibility."

Unfortunately, not all daycare providers see cloth diapers quite this way - yet. The Real Diaper Association and the Real Diaper Industry Association have been working on several related activities to facilitate the use of cloth diapers in daycare. A big step is recognizing that there are a lot of daycare providers already using or accepting cloth diapers. Finding those daycares, though, frequently takes a lot of effort - - until now...

The new Cloth-Diaper-Friendly Daycare Directory is now live and ready for you to use!

While RDA received some tips in their 2007 survey about cloth diapers in daycare, the information is old so we need your help in finding cloth-diaper-friendly daycare providers to include in the directory. This directory is ready to fill a major need that we've been hearing about at RDA since our founding. But it is absolutely reliant on the public to populate the data and make it as useful as it can be!!! WE NEED YOUR INFORMATION!

  • If your child wears (or wore) cloth diapers in daycare, take a minute to add as much information as you can about that daycare to the directory.
  • If you know someone who uses cloth diapers in daycare, go to the directory and click on the Share links at the bottom of the page to send an email or Facebook message to that person asking them to contribute information to the directory.
  • If you are a daycare provider who accepts children in cloth diapers - or, better, PROVIDES cloth diapers for the children in your care - BY ALL MEANS, add your information to this directory!
  • If you own a diaper service proving cloth diapers to a local daycare provider(s), add their information to the directory, or share the link with them (daycare.realdiaperindustry.org) so they can add themselves.
  • If you are merely sympathetic to the cause of cloth diapers in daycare, share the link to the directory (daycare.realdiaperindustry.org) in any way you can.

If you're looking for a daycare in your area that accepts your cloth diapers and nothing appears in the directory for your area (yet), the joint RDA/RDIA project team published a tip sheet for parents about how to ensure a caretakers’ acceptance and use of cloth diapers for a child in their care. Hopefully, it will result in acceptance of your cloth diapers, and you'll be able to soon return to the directory to add your provider!


Real Diaper Facts Carnival Post Optimization

Are you writing a post for the Real Diaper Facts carnival? You should!

And, when you do, consider the fine points of your writing.

The Real Diaper Facts carnival encourages bloggers to use real diaper facts to counter the diaper lies found on the page below.

http://www.pampers.com/en_US/diapers-myths-and-facts

A Note on Blog Post Optimization from a Pro

I see three knots of keyphrases used in the disposable diaper article listed above: 1) the vs comparison, 2) environment, and 3) sustainable diapers.

To anyone who pays attention to cloth diaper keywords, it will be obvious that a copywriter has added the three most common keyword phrases for comparison between single-use, throwaway diapers and reusable, cloth diapers.

  • disposable diapers vs cloth diapers
  • cloth versus disposable diapers
  • disposables versus cloth

A quick analysis shows that the keywords this page has been written for are "environment" (5 times) and "environmental" (2 times) but the code is full of "sustain" (4 times in code) and "sustainable" (just 2 times). The target here is "sustainable diapers." (They could have improved the page for this phrase, but I have no intention of telling THEM how!) If you use the phrase "sustainable diapers" in your post in a way that is appropriate to content, you can boost the search rank of your post higher than the lies about sustainable diapers on that page.

When you refer to cloth diapers in your post, call them "cloth diapers." People don't search for shortened names ("Do you use cloth?") or nicknames ("Nasty sposies").

Pay attention to your description. This is the text that will often appear in search engines or when your page is linked, such as when shared on Facebook. Does the description below describe your post? If so, use it. If you don't know how to add a description to a post, add a plugin like All in One SEO Pack to give you more control.

Are cloth diapers really better for the environment? Learn more about sustainable diapers myths and facts at [insert your blog name here].

Sustainable diapers are the focus. Notice the bad grammar in the description? It's a little optimization trick.

While you are at it, why not throw in a few more keyphrases when you write about real sustainable diapers. Once you've finished your Real Diaper Facts carnival post, keep writing. Write about the waste of one-time use products and a throwaway culture using these keyword phrases.

  • disposable diapers in landfills
  • disposable diaper waste
  • chemicals in disposable diapers

Now get writing! Pour out all that you know about diapers and all of the verified real diaper facts that you can find into a great post on diaper lies and real sustainable diapers.

Lori Taylor

President, Real Diaper Association


Real Diapers, Real Sustainability

Real Diaper Facts carnival

You are cordially invited to a cloth diaper blogging carnival on real sustainable diapers. Open a new post NOW because we’re off to the start immediately.

What are the real diaper facts vs. the diaper lies? To participate in this carnival, create your own version of "Myths and Facts about Sustainable Diapers," which happens to be the title of a page on the Pampers website.

http://www.pampers.com/en_US/diapers-myths-and-facts

A myth is a traditional, true narrative from a culture’s long-ago golden age, and we don’t need to play that game. So, let’s just talk about lies, lies that are told in pursuit of profit and market domination.

What are the lies told about cloth diapers? And, what are the truths you tell in answer to those lies? You are welcome to use Real Diaper Association’s Real Diaper Facts page, What a Waste, or any verified source of information about diapers to support your answers.

Who?

Any cloth diaper blogger is welcome to join in the carnival, even if you only blog about cloth diapers occasionally. If you want to counter the lies, damn lies, and statistics that corporations tell in defense of their products, you are eligible. If you know the difference between "sustainable diapers" and real sustainable diapers, you are eligible.

When?

Linky your post by Thursday, May 20th, 1PM Eastern Time, and your post may be included on the Real Diaper Facts carnival host post on the RDA blog RealDiaperEvents.org. To Linky your post:

  • At the bottom of this post, CLICK "Click to enter here"
  • Add your post title and URL to the Linky list
  • Grab the code below (more details at the very bottom), and add to the bottom for your Real Diaper Facts post while in HTML mode:
<script src="http://www.linkytools.com/basic_linky_include.aspx?id=27830" type="text/javascript"></script>

Your post will be linked from all of the other Real Diaper Facts posts, and any new posts will be linked on your post. It’s a brilliant McLinky tool.

To publicize the carnival:

  • Add the text below to the top of your post
This post is part of the Real Diaper Facts carnival hosted by Real Diaper Events, the official blog of the Real Diaper Association. Participants were asked to write about diaper lies and real diaper facts. See the list at the bottom of this post to read the rest of the carnival entries.
  • Or, add the code below to the top of your post
<em>This post is part of the <a href="http://www.realdiaperassociation.org/diaperfacts.php" title="What are the real diaper facts?">Real Diaper Facts</a> carnival hosted by <a href="http://www.realdiaperevents.org/" title="Cloth diaper blog">Real Diaper Events</a>, the official blog of the <a href="http://www.realdiaperassociation.org/" title="Real Diaper Association for cloth diapers">Real Diaper Association</a>, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to cloth diaper education. Participants were asked to write about diaper lies and real diaper facts. See the list at the bottom of this post to read the rest of the carnival entries.</em>

Then What?

Real Diaper Association may create a permanent page on RealDiaperAssociation.org or WhatAWaste.info to show off your great answers. We will quote you and provide links to your blog for quoted diaper facts and diaper lies.

Where to start?

Here is an example.

Diaper Lie: But I heard that studies show the environmental impact of cloth diapers and disposable diapers is equal.
Real Diaper Facts: Don’t believe it! Read the in-depth What a Waste review of the studies disposable diaper manufacturers use to justify their claims. The real diaper facts are not what is implied by those urging you to use throwaway diapers. (From "But I Heard. . ." on What a Waste. See more information on "Flawed Impact Studies Review.")

Now, go write.

Don’t limit yourself to the most obvious diaper lies. Go after them all.

A Couple of Asides

We reserve the right to remove any inappropriate posts from the carnival list.

This Real Diaper carnival is a one-time or perhaps very occasional event. If you just can’t wait and want more cloth diapers and carnivals, check out the regular carnivals held by Cloth Diapering Bloggers.

Marketers (like those at P&G) use several techniques to optimize their posts to make sure that their page appears when someone does a search.  We want OUR posts to appear when people search for "cloth vs. disposable diapers" or "sustainable diapers" - NOT their lies.  Here are some ways to give your post more oomph.

Linky Code

For BLOGGER blogs & blogs that allow Javascript (that includes Wordpress blogs NOT hosted for FREE at Wordpress.com):

<script src="http://www.linkytools.com/basic_linky_include.aspx?id=27830" type="text/javascript"></script>

For free WordPRESS.com hosted blogs or blogs that do NOT allow javascript:

<p><b>Powered by Linky Tools</b></p><p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.linkytools.com/basic_list.aspx?id=27830">Click here</a> to enter your link and view the entire list of entered links...</p>


Disposable Diaper Chemicals Under Investigation

I opened my local paper (the San Diego Union-Tribune) the other day to find this headline, "Diaper-rash cases spur probe by safety agency." The Consumer Product Safety Commission has launched an investigation into Pampers' Dry Max diapers following "complaints of babies and toddlers suffering severe and persistent diaper rashes and blisters that resemble chemical burns." Of course, Procter & Gamble denies the possibility that its "Dry Max technology" could be the cause. (Side note: I find the use of the word "technology" to be amusing - is the word "chemicals" too harsh-sounding for consumers?)

I've recently become aware of the Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database, which studies thousands of cosmetic products (soaps, moisturizers, sunscreen, toothpaste, etc) on the market and reports on the safety of each product's ingredients. The hope is that, with increased awareness about things like neurotoxins and reproductive toxins in our shampoo, consumers will refuse to purchase dangerous products and the entire market will change. Perhaps this investigation by the CPSC will address the dangers of applying chemical-filled diapers to the sensitive skin of babies' bottoms.

I'm not hopeful the CPSC results will make much difference in the marketplace. There is far too much money in this market, as is apparent in the quick-response damage-control team at P&G responding to the problem by dismissing the arguments of parents whose babies have been hurt and insisting that it's impossible (!) that their diapers could be causing the problem. Disposable diaper companies have been able to overcome bad publicity - and even scientific study results - in the past*. However, I'm hopeful that the current investigation will cause more parents to reconsider the health threats posed by constant exposure to the chemical in disposable diapers and investigate the possibility of using cloth diapers.

I will continue to use my 100% reusable cloth diapers and avoid the concern altogether. If you, or someone you know, are concerned about disposable diapers, find a local Real Diaper Circle and get support in making the switch to cloth diapers.

Heather McNamara

*including, for example the OSHA "Material Safety Data Sheet on Superabsorbent Polymer" [the chemicals in disposable diapers] stating, "Preexisting skin or breathing disorders may become aggravated through prolonged exposure". For more information, review the history compiled by Peggy O'Mara in A Tale of Two Diapers in Mothering magazine.)

P.S. Speaking of DryMax, did you see the claims that reducing the size and increasing the absorbency of their disposable diapers can reduce landfill contributions? Sounds like greenwashing to me. Want to reduce waste? Use 100% reusable cloth diapers.


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