Disposable DIapers

Can Disposable Diapers be healthy? A big Yes. Find out How

Your baby poops a lot, and you need a lot of diapers, no surprises there. An average baby goes through around 6-8 diapers a day, which amounts up to over 10,000 diapers by the time they are potty trained. These numbers do very little to comfort you regarding your baby’s health and that of our planet. But disposable diapers are not as good as they are convenient. Let’s look at some diaper facts, shall we?

Dangers of Disposable Diapers

Each disposable diaper has about 50 chemicals, including dioxin, sodium polyacrylate, and polyethylene. While these chemicals give diapers high-absorbency rates, it causes a lot of harm to your baby and the environment. Your baby’s sensitive skin can potentially absorb these chemicals, leading to rashes and other health issues.

Another dangerous fact about disposable diapers is the use of crude oil to manufacture the polyethylene plastic they contain. This means that around 1 cup of crude oil is needed to make the plastic for one disposable diaper. Assuming an average use of 6,500 diapers, that’s around 1,625 quarts of oil to manufacture them. This is not good news for the depleting resources of our planet.

Highly-absorbant disposable diapers mean less diaper changing from the parents’ end. But this also means that babies have more exposure to ammonia from their urine, super-absorbent chemicals, and bacteria. The result? Nasty rashes on your baby’s bum.

As worrying as these facts are about diapering babies, there is a silver lining: hybrid diapers.

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The Magic of Hybrid Diapers

Hybrid diapers are perhaps the biggest blessing (after your baby, of course) for health and environment-conscious parents. These work exactly like a disposable diaper, but without the harmful side-effects. Disposable inserts and waterproof outer covers make up a hybrid diaper. Though commonly used in countries like the US, hybrid diapers are a new concept in India, and Bdiapers is the brand that brought it to us.

One of the biggest benefits of using a hybrid diaper is the complete absence of chemicals in its two components. Most outer covers or shells are made of cotton, which airs your baby’s bum and avoids moisture retention. These cloth shells come in a variety of cute designs, ranging from flowers to butterflies.


When it comes to disposable inserts, some hybrid cloth diaper companies like Bdiapers have biodegradable pads. They are made of natural, decomposable materials like plant cellulose. This prevents the absorption of any chemical or rashes on your baby’s bum. You can even flush down some of the inserts (although we don’t recommend this since it causes pipe clogs).

Essentially, hybrid diapers have two types of inserts:

  • inserts sticking to the shell
  • inserts tucked into a pocket in the shell

Both types don’t allow the inserts to move around within the diaper. This makes the hybrid diapers just as good as disposable diapers. The efficiency of a hybrid diaper can be particularly noted while traveling or camping. New moms no longer have to lug a pile of dirty diapers around. Moreover, a pile of thin nappy pads is much smaller than a pile of disposable diapers.

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Healthy Disposable Nappy Pads from Bdiapers

Disposable nappy pads turn a cloth diaper into a hybrid cloth diaper. As mentioned before, these nappy pads come in two varieties, ones that stick and ones that you need to insert. The best part about these organic diapers is that they are eco-friendly.

Since Bdiapers Nappy Pads are made of biodegradable materials, disposing of them has little effect on the environment. While disposable diapers take hundreds and thousands of years to decompose, you can create compost with disposed of nappy pads in 4-5 months (if you are interested in doing so).

Disposables use sodium polyacrylate (SPA), which can absorb 100 times its weight when in contact with water or liquid. However, they leave deposits on your baby’s skin and cause more harm than good. With disposable nappy pads, however, there is no need to fear such side effects. Made of natural ingredients, they are highly absorbent but also healthy for your newborn.

Moreover, disposable inserts like a nappy pad, are the best options when traveling. When on the move, you are forced to make your baby wear a diaper the whole day. With regular disposables, this can cause discomfort and rashes. However, when you use hybrid diapers with removable inserts, it is easy to change the pads and gives your newborn’s bum some breathing space.

Yet another advantage of using a disposable nappy pad is the minimal washing required. The environment and health-conscious parents will choose cloth diapers when at home. However, this demands a lot of washing. On the other hand, with disposable nappy pads, you won’t have to wash a whole diaper, reducing the amount of washing you will need to do in a day.

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Final Take

Having a baby is a blessing, but it also means a lot of poop. While disposables may be convenient, they can be unhealthy for your little one and the environment. With hybrid diapers, you get the best of both worlds. You get the convenience of a leak-proof diaper and a diapering solution that is good for your baby. And this is how Bdiaper’s disposable diapers can be healthy for your tiny tot.

Amrita Vaswani
I am a cloth diapering, baby-wearing, breastfeeding co-sleeping mother of 2 boys – now, 9 and 4 years old. Pre BDiapers, I held core marketing positions with companies such as Microsoft and Colgate Palmolive (Sydney). Bdiapers was born out of my deep passion for everything natural and sustainable and a desire to go back to the basics.
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