Better For Babies.

September 30, 2009

Organic and natural fibers are better for babies and it’s why those are our fabrics of choice for what’s next to baby’s skin. Did you know that a baby’s skin is more porous and thinner than adults? That means that their skin absorbs things very easily. Johnson and Johnson states on the their website the following about a baby’s skin: “A baby’s skin is thinner, more fragile and less oily than an adult’s. A baby’s skin also produces less melanin, the substance that helps protect against sunburn. It’s less resistant to bacteria and harmful substances in the environment, especially if it’s irritated. Babies also sweat less efficiently than the rest of us, so it’s harder for them to maintain their inner body temperature.” This means that children are at greater risk for pesticide-related health problems than adults. Lotus Organics states that, “Millions of children in the US receive up to 35% of their estimated lifetime dose of some carcinogenic pesticides by age five through food, contaminated drinking water, household use, and pesticide drift”. Scary stuff for parents to read. Those of us that choose to cloth diaper are typically well aware of the eco benefits and we embrace them. That said, most will agree that the cloth diapering trends of days gone by are not only unappealing to many but unrealistic for most. In an economy where most households have parents working outside the home and are utilizing child care on some level, one’s diaper choice is key in a successful cloth diapering household. I have been asked why Stinky Couture does not make an all organic diaper as a staple product? In my mind blending the best of both world’s makes more sense; organic and natural fibers next to baby’s skin while incorporating man-made high performance fabrics where most effective. I have found that this hybrid cloth diaper addresses not only the need for absorbency, it washes cleaner, dries faster and allows for enhanced comfort and a superior fit. Though there are those that will happily use a simple cotton flat to diaper baby, there are those of us that want it all; the benefits of cloth diapering with the ease and convenience of a disposable diaper. . . and let’s not forget our insatiable need for style and flare!

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