As parents, ensuring your child’s safety and comfort is vital. One crucial decision involves the type of nappies you use. If you have opted to go for disposables this guide will help you understand the importance of choosing non-toxic, eco-friendly nappies and provide practical advice on making the best choice for your little one.

Understanding the Risks of Traditional Disposable Nappies

Have you ever thought about how long the average baby spends in nappies? A baby typically wears nappies for about 2.5 years, which equates to approximately 912 days or around 21,888 hours. Considering this extensive use and the fact that they get wet and warm it’s essential to ensure that the nappies you choose are safe and free from harmful chemicals. So what chemicals may nappies contain?

Chlorine and Dioxins

Many traditional nappies undergo a chlorine bleaching process to achieve a clean, white look. This process can produce dioxins, harmful compounds linked to cancer and hormonal disruptions. Opting for chlorine-free nappies eliminates this risk, ensuring your baby’s delicate skin is not exposed to these toxins.


Phthalates are chemicals used to increase the flexibility of plastics and are found in many nappy brands. These chemicals can disrupt hormones, cause respiratory issues and lead to developmental problems in infants. Choosing phthalate-free nappies helps protect your baby from these risks.

Fragrances and Dyes

Many nappies contain synthetic fragrances and dyes to mask odours and enhance appearance. These can contain undisclosed chemicals that may cause skin irritation, allergies, or respiratory issues. For babies with sensitive skin, it’s best to choose fragrance-free nappies or those using natural, non-toxic fragrances.

Super Absorbent Polymers (SAP)

SAPs are used in nappies for their absorbency but may contain harmful chemicals like dioxins and VOCs. These can leach into your baby’s skin, especially with prolonged contact. Selecting nappies with safer absorbency materials is a healthier choice.

The Importance of Ingredient Transparency

Transparency in ingredient sourcing and disclosure is crucial when choosing nappies:

  • Informed Decision-Making: Knowing what materials are in contact with your baby’s skin allows you to make safer choices.
  • Health and Safety: Transparent ingredients help you avoid harmful chemicals linked to skin irritation, respiratory issues, and hormonal disruptions.
  • Environmental Impact: Brands committed to transparency often prioritise sustainability. Choosing such brands supports responsible environmental practices.
  • Accountability and Trust: Transparent brands build trust and demonstrate a commitment to safety and quality.

Making Safe, Non-Toxic, and Cost-Effective Choices

  • Opt for Chlorine-Free Nappies – Choose nappies free from chlorine bleaching to minimise exposure to harmful dioxins. Chlorine-free nappies are safer and promote a healthier nappy experience.
  • Fragrance-Free Options – Select fragrance-free nappies or those with natural fragrances to reduce the risk of skin sensitivities and respiratory issues. Synthetic fragrances can contain allergens and irritants that are best avoided.
  • Look for Certifications – Seek out nappies certified by reputable organisations such as the Nordic Swan Ecolabel or OEKO-TEX Standard 100. These certifications ensure high safety and environmental standards.
  • Consider Biodegradability – Choose nappies made from biodegradable materials to reduce environmental impact. While no disposable nappy is fully biodegradable, selecting those made from eco-friendly materials supports sustainability.

Taking the Guesswork Out: Bambo Nature Nappies

At The Conscious Parent, we recommend Bambo Nature nappies for their transparency, quality and eco-friendliness. These nappies are made from the finest, most transparently sourced raw materials, ensuring safety and comfort for your little one.

Why Bambo Nature?

  • Transparency: Bambo Nature provides clear ingredient lists and sources materials responsibly.
  • Safety: Free from harmful chemicals like chlorine, phthalates and synthetic fragrances.
  • Eco-Friendly: Made with biodegradable materials and certified by trusted organisations.
  • Ingredient Breakdown of Bambo Nature Nappies
  • Backsheet: Made of breathable, soft, and comfortable polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) without phthalates.
  • Absorbent Core: Composed of fluff and SAP. Fluff is plant-based, FSC® certified and totally chlorine-free (TCF). SAP are super-absorbent polymers that lock in moisture.
  • Top Sheet: Made of breathable, soft polypropylene fibres that keep the skin dry.
  • Glue: Hot melt adhesive based on natural ingredients such as synthetic resin and wax.
  • Ink: Non-sensitising ink used for the wetness indicator.
  • Sub-layer: Made of nonwoven material designed to distribute liquid into the absorbent core.
  • Wetness Indicator: A liquid-sensitive strip that turns blue when wet.
  • Channels: Thermosealed channels that enhance absorption and minimise the risk of nappy rash.
  • Leg Cuffs: Latex-free polypropylene non-woven cuffs that secure a tight fit around the thighs.
  • Tape: Made from glue, polypropylene, silicone and non-woven for a snug fit.

Make the Conscious Choice

Choosing the right nappies is a crucial part of your parenting journey. You may be tempted by the price point of the nappies at your local supermarket. But are they really the best choice for your child? You may think, so everyone uses them they must be ok. Are they really ok, how do we know that? By selecting non-toxic options you are helping to protect your child’s health and contribute to a healthier environment.

Remember to stay curious even when it comes to nappies! You can check out the Bambo Nature range we have available here.