**4-H 2008 National Youth Science DayExperiment**
The Baby Diaper Secret
One of the most common applications for super absorbent polymersis their use as the water-absorbing ingredient in baby diapers.That’s right… baby diapers! It’s possible that you mayeven have worn them for a few years not so long ago. Ask yourparents about the difference this kind of diaper made in theirattitudes about life.
In spite of their usefulness, these diapers can be a problem. Ifyou’ve ever observed a baby in diapers splashing in a wadingpool, you know that even one diaper can absorb lots and lots ofwater! Most public pools won’t allow them to be worn in thewater because huge globs of gooey gel can leak out and make a messof the filter system. Also, some folks used to throw them away intoilets. Not a good idea unless you’re a plumber.
But for the most part, these diapers are a great invention andmake for dry, happy babies!