Like other ecologically aware parents, my husband and I had the whole discussion on whether to go the disposable diaper route or the cloth diaper route. We don't have a washer and dryer in our house... yes I am at the laundromat every week, joy of joys! Given that fact, for now we have opted for disposable diapers.
Olivia initially wore a Pampers diaper here and Huggies diaper there, as they were given to us by friends and relatives. We noticed redness in her diaper area and my husband did some research and discovered that Seventh Generation diapers are chlorine free and are comprised of non-toxic materials. We guessed these diapers would be the answer to ending her irritation, and we were right.
Pampers and Huggies also have a weird odor to them, even when unsoiled. Maybe it's due to an attempt at a deodorizer, but the smell was a turn off for us. Seventh Generation diapers are fragrance and latex free and hypo-allergenic. These were all a plus for us as Olivia had a bout of baby eczema and we required that only the purest things touch her skin.
If all those reasons aren't enough to convince you to make the switch, Seventh Generation goes so far as to claim that using these diapers will help alleviate the spread of cancer by reducing the amount of cancer causing dioxin that pollutes the air when the diapers are disposed. They add,
"If every household in the U.S. replaced just one 40-count package of size 3 conventional diapers with our chlorine-free diapers, we could avoid 133,000 pounds of pollution from entering the environment."
And finally, you'd think that these diapers would be more expensive than leading brands, but when bought in bulk they are comparable in price. We order ours from amazon.com and they are shipped to our doorstep for free so we don't have to use gasoline to go get them at the store.
We also use Seventh Generation baby wipes, which are also chlorine free and alcohol free as not to dry out baby's soft, precious bottom!