Oh boy, do I ever struggle with those moments! They seem to always get me at Walmart. I have a love hate relationship with Walmart. It goes something like this…
I love that Walmart offers me more than groceries to fulfill my never-ending itch to shop. I hate that Walmart offers clothes, kitchen gadgets, household items, movies, electronics…EVERYTHING to prevent me from ever being under budget.
One item that caught my eye a couple of weeks ago is the new Huggies Pure and Natural diapers. It must have been an exceptionally stressful day for me because upon seeing them I actually called my husband and asked if I could buy them!
I am ever grateful for my sensible husband who is hardly ever swayed by emotions. He calmly said, “No. Unless you know for sure they don’t have those gel crystals.”
I know Huggies isn’t stupid. They aren’t going to clearly state on the package whether or not Sodium Polyacrylate is in these “pure and natural” diapers. Consumers are smart these days and that may sway a few people if they saw a big word that sounds unnatural on the package.
But, upon seeing in a very, very fine print some kind of jargon that went “don’t be alarmed if you see gel crystals on your baby’s parts after peeing in this diaper. That is simply the super-absorbent gel we use to ensure a good 4 hours or more in our diapers.” Or something like that.
For a more straight-forward answer, I found that Courtney Poulos of Green Living and Design actually wrote to Huggies asking them if their “pure and natural” diapers contained the polymer gel. Their response: YES.
Not so pure. Not so natural. But hey they tried. I mean at least the little part touching your baby’s skin is organic cotton…well it’s “included” any how.
If you need a refresher course in what Sodium Polyacrylate is and why it’s bad check out these past posts:
Stay strong, mamas! Remind yourself why you cloth diaper next time you crave convenience