No mother wants to see her baby suffer, especially not when they are in their first few months of life. But that is exactly what I had to do as my infant son struggled with ongoing and severe diaper rash.
I exhausted myself trying every diaper and every cream known to man but he would still bleed even through the waxy white ointment. My son does not have any crazy skin condition, he is just like many babies, sensitive to chemicals. Most parents just accept diaper rash as a normal part of baby care, but it shouldn't be and does not have to be.
Finally after much exhaustion I turned to using cloth diapers, something I really did not want to do. I was wiling to do anything however to bring him some relief.
Cloth Diapers provided part of the solution as he was not sitting in paper, plastic and chemicals all day every day. But the secondary issue was the wetness which in turn would irritate his skin and prevent the healing of the rash. I could not find cloth diapers that could keep his skin dry (like disposables) and chemical free (like cloth) so I looked to my own ingenuity to solve that problem.
Having taken courses in sewing and textiles, I started experimenting with fabrics that might be able to keep my son dry. 24 hours after I put a piece of polar fleece in between my son's skin and his cloth diaper, his rash was completely gone and his skin was bone dry and healthy. It became clear that the best way to prevent diaper rash was a dry, chemical free bottom!
There was no way of me to know or research what was in the disposable diapers that might have led to my child's sever rash because they are not mandated by the FDA to do so, unlike every other product on the market. This is something we are seeking to change.
It was not long after that I started making cloth diapers form my home and selling them to other mothers who were also experiencing the same frustrating thing. The demand was so great that just 6 short months after selling my first diaper I had to start hiring people to help me. What started out in the middle of my living room floor had quickly grown into a business that I could hardly keep up with. Within two years I had built my own manufacturing and distribution facility and demand continued to grow at amazing rates of speed. But why?
By modernizing cloth diapers parents finally had a real choice over using chemical laden disposable diapers. At least with a cloth diaper you know what they are made of! This rapidly growing modern cloth diaper movement was a true testament that parents were tired of being told what diapers they would use by what was on the shelf at the box stores. They wanted better, they wanted a choice, and the modern cloth diaper companies gave that to them.
There have been a lot of twists, turns and challenges for both FuzziBunz and the entire cloth diaper industry over the last 17 years but one thing remains steadfast and that is the demand by modern parents for better diapers for their babies. No longer are large corporations dictating to parents what they must buy. Now more than ever parents today are demanding more sustainable, responsible and consciously created products and with the ease of online retail are able to get exactly what they want from companies committed to meeting their needs.
While I cannot speak for other companies, I can speak for FuzziBunz in saying that while many things have changed over time, as they often do, we continue to be proud to be a player in the modern cloth diaper movement and will continue to evolve with it until we see the day, and it will happen, that cloth becomes once again a mainstream product.
My story is but one of millions about babies that cannot tolerate chemicals in disposable diapers. Lets hold the FDA and the disposable diaper companies accountable by forcing them to list their ingredients on their packaging...everyone else has to.