No parent would deliberately expose their child to dangerous chemicals. Unfortunately however, this is a mistake that many make accidentally.
Just because a product is designed for children doesn’t mean that toxins haven’t been used in its production. And one of the most common examples of this, is diaper bags.
Considering the fact that they’re designed to be used around babies, you might expect manufacturers to be extra careful. Unfortunately, you would be wrong.
When trying to figure out which company makes the best diaper bags, it’s therefore important to look past fashion. And to focus instead on the chemicals that have been used in their construction.
The two most dangerous chemicals used in the manufacturing of these products are phthalates and, surprisingly, lead.
PVC and Phthalates
PVC, or vinyl as it is also known, isn’t particularly dangerous on its own. When it’s melted however, phthalates are often used to bind it back together. And this is where the danger comes in.
At the time of writing, the danger of phthalates is still debatable. But more and more studies are starting to link them to problems as diverse as asthma and childhood obesity.
The use of phthalates has been banned in children’s toys since the nineties. Despite this fact, it is still used in many items that children come in contact with, most notably, changing pads and diaper bags.
If you’d like to protect your child from the potential danger of these chemicals, look for a diaper bag that’s both PVC and phthalate free. The reason I warn of PVC also is that even if phthalates aren’t used, some other kind of chemical has been.
And the alternatives don’t look particularly safe either.
While the dangers of PVC and phthalates are still debatable, the danger associated with lead exposure is scientific fact. Multiple studies have linked lead exposure to both brain damage and development problems, both of which are irreversible.
Because of these dangers, there are strict European regulations limiting just how much lead can be used in the production of consumer products. Unfortunately however, multiple tests have shown that many companies ignore these regulations.
In a similar fashion to avoiding phthalates, the responsibility for avoiding lead therefore falls to you, the parent. Do your research, and before you buy a diaper bag, make sure that it’s both lead and phthalate free.