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Explosion in Japan Could Cause Worldwide Disposable Diaper Shortage, Higher Prices

Prepare to shell out a few extra bucks on your baby's diapers--or consider this cheaper and Earth-friendlier alternative.

Moms and dads of infants might have to shell out a few extra dollars in coming months with an expected worldwide diaper shortage.

According to STLMoms.com, an explosion at a Japanese chemical plant, which produces a key element in disposable diapers as well as produces 10 percent of the world’s diapers, happened this past weekend and could affect diaper production.

Currently, disposable diapers in Hazelwood and Florissant run close to the same prices. A pack of size 1 Huggies, approximately 40-50 count, costs $11.99 at Walgreens and $10.99 at Schnucks. Larger packages of Pampers, between 84 and 112 count, between sizes 3 and 5 cost $24.97 at Schnucks and $27.99 at Walgreens.

If parents aren't willing to pay a few bucks extra, there’s always the alternative of cloth diapers.

Kathy Huntebrinker owns Maryland Heights-based Baby Care Diaper Service, a cloth diaper service, and said that she’s ready to go if more parents look toward the cloth diaper route. She said on average, $19 per week would get parents 80 diapers dropped off and picked up by their service, which she said is less than an average for disposables.

The service travels to Florissant and as far out as O'Fallon, MO.

Huntebrinker also pointed out that cloth diapers are healthier for the environment as well as helps babies potty train earlier rather than later.

What do you think of the diaper shortage? Will it deter you from disposable diapers or are you prepared for a price spike? 

barbara valenti October 05, 2012 at 08:57 AM
Historical diapers now that's a novelty!
Angela Atkinson October 05, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Haha, I guess you're right, Barbara! :)

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