CHILD WILL SPEND 24 HOURS A DAY IN DIAPERS FOR 2-3 YEARS—THAT
ADDS UP TO ABOUT 9,000 DIAPER CHANGES! CLOTH DIAPERS PROVIDE
HEALTH AND COMFORT.
DIAPER RASH WAS NOT COMMON IN BABIES UNTIL THE WIDESPREAD
USE OF DISPOSABLES.
CLOTH IS A BREATHABLE FIBER AND ALLOWS MORE AIR TO CIRCULATE
AROUND A BABY’S SENSITIVE SKIN, UNLIKE DISPOSABLE
DIAPERS WHICH ARE COMPOSED OF PLASTIC, PAPER, AND SUPER
WHY USE CLOTH DIAPERS?
1—CLOTH DIAPERS ARE FREE OF HARMFUL CHEMICALS.
2—CLOTH DIAPERS HAVE A LOW ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT.
3—CLOTH DIAPERS PROPERLY DISPOSE OF WASTE PRODUCTS.
DIAPERS ARE ECONOMICAL.
5—CLOTH DIAPERS FACILITATE POTTY TRAINING.
6—BABIES ARE MORE COMFORTABLE IN CLOTH.
The super-absorbent chemical found in most disposables diapers
is called sodium polyacrylate, the same chemical that was
removed from tampons because of its link to toxic shock
syndrome. Babies have an adverse reaction to this chemical.
There have been documented cases of sodium polyacrylate
being found in the urinary tract of babies, and it has caused
severe diaper rash and bleeding in the perineal and scrotal
tissues of some babies. Disposables
may also be a trigger for asthma in babies.
Trace amounts of dioxin—the most toxic of all cancer linked
chemicals—used to bleach paper has also been found. In smallest
amounts, dioxin causes genetic damage, liver disease, and
immune system suppression.
Chemical absorbent disposables do not breathe so this raises
a baby’s skin temperature by a significant amount. One study
claims four degrees. This is a potential source of irritation
and when the heat combines with wetness on or near the skin,
and with the bacteria breakdown of urine, the risk of skin
Did you know…500 disposables are made from a full grown
Although it is illegal to dispose of human waste in trash,
disposables are dumped anyway. In the United States 16-18
billion disposables are dumped into landfills each year.
They carry over 100 viruses to the landfills—including polio
and hepatitis B from vaccine residues. It takes 5 centuries
for them to decompose. With cloth diapers, feces are routed
through a sewage system which is designed to dispose waste
Living, Conscious Diapering
Figgy Diaper Wraps Are Convenient
No diaper pins here! With a click and two snaps, Figgys fasten
easily and quickly for wiggly babies and busy moms on the
go! Figgys are the first 2-way adjustable diaper
Figgys Won’t Leak
Dip a Figgy liner in water and you’ll be amazed! Figgys are
made with 100% cotton fabric, EPIC by Nextec® that is water
and stain resistant, breathable and washable. No laminates.
No coatings. Its soft-to-the-touch comfort lasts wash after
A Few Figgys Grow a Long Way
Figgys adjust to fit and expand as your baby grows in width
and height. Over the course of the diapering period, a few
adjustable Figgys will cut your need for the number of diaper
wraps in half.
Figgys Support the Organic Cotton Industry
Figgys are made with an organic cotton outer-fabric. Organic
cotton eliminates the use of toxic chemicals and promotes
natural, biological growing methods that are gentle to the
environment. The100% cotton Figgy diaper wrap is uniquely
soft, comfortable and eco-friendly.
Toilet Train Earlier
Toddlers don’t know they need to be changed when wearing disposable
diapers. Cloth lets them know when they are wet and teaches
them to move to the next stage. Great for self-esteem!
Disposable Diapers and the Environment:
Two years worth of disposables produces ONE TON of garbage.
They represent the 3rd largest consumer item in the municipal
solid waste stream. Resource and human waste in landfills
pollute underground water supplies; create air-borne viruses
and a severe public health hazard.
* 70% more energy than a cloth diaper per diaper change
* 10-20 times more raw materials
* 2 times as much water, even when cotton is factored in
* 3.4 billion gallons of oil and over 250,000 trees a year
Disposable Diapers and Toxins
Disposable diapers contain trace amounts of the carcinogen
DIOXIN, as well as large amounts of chemicals for absorbency
Rashes Are Not “Normal”
They increase from 7.1% to 61% with the use of disposable
diapers. Disposables mask the signal to change a full and
hot soiled diaper, resulting in bacteria-caused rashes.
Disposable Diapers Are Linked to Asthma
Lab mice exposed to disposable diapers suffered increased
eye, nose and throat irritation, including bronchoconstriction
similar to that of an asthma attack.
Disposables “Cost” More Than Cloth
Disposables: 3 years at $2,200/year = $6,600 (approx.)
Cloth diapers: 3 years at $600/year = $1,800 (approx.)
to use the FIGGY:
may use any style of diaper with the Figgy. Prefold diapers
can be used without pins, simply fold into thirds lengthwise
and insert into valley of the cover. If diapers are too long,
fold under either end, the front for boys is helpful, or fold
the back under for bedtime pooling. Because the water repellant
cotton is also breathable, you will eventually feel a dampness
after 3-4 diaper changes. This is common as well as useful
for parents who will be able to detect better when the diaper
If the Figgy is very damp, either switch to another Figgy
and let the damp one air dry, or if it is completely saturated,
it’s time to launder. Another advantage of the Epic lining
is that it is stain resistant. Over time there is no build
up of a greasy yellow stain or odor. If baby experiences a
rash, reflect on what the baby or nursing mother has eaten
as this changes the ph balance of urine. Most important, make
sure baby doesn’t sit too long in a wet diaper. And, if there
is a rash, soak baby in a baking soda bath to change the ph
of the skin—2 tablespoons of soda in the bath water is magic.