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Possible Diaper Shortage Could Mean Higher Prices or Using Cloth Diapers (GASP!)

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Possible Diaper Shortage Could Mean Higher Prices or Using Cloth Diapers (GASP!)

Posted by Michele Zipp
on October 1, 2012 at 3:19 PM
 

baby in diaper
Enjoy that diaper now, little buddy.
Nothing like a diaper plant explosion to make us cringe at the fact that acrylic acid is used in disposable diapers. But this is serious, my fellow parents. This is the stuff hitting the fan kind of serious. There is speculation there could be a diaper shortage as a result of the massive explosion at a chemical plant in Japan -- they are one of the world's largest producers of this key component in disposable diapers.

The acrylic acid is a main ingredient in a resin called SAP -- it is what makes diapers absorbent. But now we have to brace ourselves for what could turn into the biggest blow-out ever. This could mean no more convenience, much more laundry, and (gasp!) no more diaper cakes!

We all know what happens where there is a gas shortage. The prices soar. Now we have to worry about that with diapers! There may soon be long lines of people attempting to buy what's left in stock. And, worse, there could be empty shelves and just one last 'sposie in your diaper bag.

Many of us are going to put potty training into high gear.

I will also note that this is a terrible thing that happened because almost three dozen people were injured in this explosion at the Nippon Shokubai plant, and one brave firefighter lost his life.

Will this send disposable diapers users scrambling to stockpile just in case? Considering the news that other factories producing the same product have a backlog of work, I'm not going to take any chances and will get extras. In the event we successfully and completely conquer potty training (fingers crossed), I can always sell my stash to another mom in need. In fact, I bet a lot of trading may be going on amongst parents. Kids grow out of diapers so fast sometimes leaving us with extras of the smaller size lying around.

Of course we have to now prepare ourselves for the barrage of "that's why I use cloth." But before you go there, remember not everyone has a washing machine. And some of us have multiples.

Does this potential diaper shortage worry you? Will you stock up? Or is this just a big stink over nothing?

 

by on Oct. 1, 2012 at 7:30 PM
Replies (11-20):
Chellie13
by on Oct. 1, 2012 at 7:49 PM

I'm thinking of using cloth this time around because of the prices now, let alone if they go up any more.

Cullen.Girlie.
by Member on Oct. 1, 2012 at 7:52 PM
Eh, the price increase won't bother me. We will still use disposable. :)
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cemcnair
by on Oct. 1, 2012 at 7:56 PM
Most do now!

Quoting Sat.Wed:

Problem not all daycares allow a child in cloth diapers to attend so it should be interesting thank goodness neither of my childern are in diapers anymore
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IhartU
by Gold Member on Oct. 1, 2012 at 7:58 PM

 

Quoting cemcnair:

Most do now!

Quoting Sat.Wed:

Problem not all daycares allow a child in cloth diapers to attend so it should be interesting thank goodness neither of my childern are in diapers anymore

 I know in some places, they want you to get a note from the Pediatrician in order to use cloth in the daycare.

cemcnair
by on Oct. 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM
All of the ones I interviewed (seven) took cloth no problem!

Quoting IhartU:

 


Quoting cemcnair:

Most do now!


Quoting Sat.Wed:

Problem not all daycares allow a child in cloth diapers to attend so it should be interesting thank goodness neither of my childern are in diapers anymore

 I know in some places, they want you to get a note from the Pediatrician in order to use cloth in the daycare.

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Sat.Wed
by Bronze Member on Oct. 1, 2012 at 8:01 PM
I think some of it is also sanitary issues? Idk really


Quoting IhartU:

 


Quoting Sat.Wed:

Problem not all daycares allow a child in cloth diapers to attend so it should be interesting thank goodness neither of my childern are in diapers anymore

 I never understood this. I think most of the time, they just aren't familiar with the new types of cloth diapers and think it's still all prefolds, pins and rubber pants.


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Sat.Wed
by Bronze Member on Oct. 1, 2012 at 8:03 PM
Not here even the hospital run daycare will NOT admit a child in cloth diapers, I have thankfully NEVER had to utilized a daycare


Quoting cemcnair:

Most do now!



Quoting Sat.Wed:

Problem not all daycares allow a child in cloth diapers to attend so it should be interesting thank goodness neither of my childern are in diapers anymore

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cemcnair
by on Oct. 1, 2012 at 8:06 PM
Nope. As long as the parent provides a wet bag. It's more sanitary than putting sposies in the trash where kids can get into it. My wet bag is zippered :)

Quoting Sat.Wed:

I think some of it is also sanitary issues? Idk really




Quoting IhartU:

 



Quoting Sat.Wed:

Problem not all daycares allow a child in cloth diapers to attend so it should be interesting thank goodness neither of my childern are in diapers anymore


 I never understood this. I think most of the time, they just aren't familiar with the new types of cloth diapers and think it's still all prefolds, pins and rubber pants.


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cemcnair
by on Oct. 1, 2012 at 8:07 PM
That's just sad...
Good for you?


Quoting Sat.Wed:

Not here even the hospital run daycare will NOT admit a child in cloth diapers, I have thankfully NEVER had to utilized a daycare




Quoting cemcnair:

Most do now!





Quoting Sat.Wed:

Problem not all daycares allow a child in cloth diapers to attend so it should be interesting thank goodness neither of my childern are in diapers anymore

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Sat.Wed
by Bronze Member on Oct. 1, 2012 at 8:22 PM
Yes it is, yea grandma grandpa and great grand ma helped when they were younger still do now a few times a week


Quoting cemcnair:

That's just sad...

Good for you?




Quoting Sat.Wed:

Not here even the hospital run daycare will NOT admit a child in cloth diapers, I have thankfully NEVER had to utilized a daycare






Quoting cemcnair:

Most do now!







Quoting Sat.Wed:

Problem not all daycares allow a child in cloth diapers to attend so it should be interesting thank goodness neither of my childern are in diapers anymore


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