now that we're starting to get some sleep at night, and feeling in the swing of things with crew baby, i feel like i've come up for air long enough to figure our a greener, less toxic diapering solution for this round of child rearing. i've been doing some research and getting pretty excited for the diapers made by the honest company, both for their healthier, greener atributes, as well as their oh-so-cute prints and patterns. let's be honest, this is a three part investigation for me - good for sweet crew, good for the future of these kiddos and the earth they live on, and for vanity's sake, easy on the eyes.
all was looking so good, until i poured myself a glass of wine and sat down to order them tonight. the one last thing i needed to check was if the wipes were gluten free, and while i was looking into that, i stumbled across this frequently asked question and answer:
Will the wheat in your diapers cause a reaction in my son if he has allergies and celiac disease?
Wheat is used in the diapers because it's one of the only crops currently used for biopolymers (plastics made from plants). To our knowledge, no studies have been done regarding potential impacts on people with allergies or celiac disease. We do know that plastics made from corn go through a heating process to extract the starch from the corn and it destroys the immunologically reactive profilin. It's unclear if the same sort of "neutralization" happens when wheat is processed, but we'll explore this as best as we can. We are also eager to find non-food crops to use to create our biopolymers. In the meantime, we recommend you consult your family physician about whether or not you should try our diapers and how to best monitor for reactions.
what!? there can be wheat in diapers!? here i am, thinking i've got this whole celiac mom thing under control, and i've never once inquired as to the presence of gluten in diapers!?!? wipes, always. i check those bad boys out like nobody's business. but diapers!? i have my work cut out for me tomorrow, stay tuned....