Cloth for baby, we love it and it makes perfect sense, but why don't more women choose reusable menstrual products for themselves as naturally as they choose the reusables for their child?
Personally I think there are a couple factors why we've chosen throw away tampons and maxi pads most of our lives. (Read more...)
New Years often comes with over optimism. At least if you are me! I fall totally off the wagon with whatever I am doing and plan whole heartedly to start the new year off right!
I think it's great to be optimistic and I have always been. But I have a habit of...(read more)
I'm no environmental saint, but I can't help but laugh when people are amazed that I use cloth diapers. Have we gotten so consumed by our disposable lifestyle that the idea of washing and reusing something is so mind blowing?
She thinks cloth diapering is for hippies.
My mother-in-law and I have a very special relationship that involves colossal amounts of passive aggression (on her end) and patience (on my end). My husband is an only child from rural NY and I come from a huge family of eccentric French-Cajuns from New Orleans. You do the math.
The Cloth Diaper Blog is getting an editorial facelift and we are stepping outside the diaper pail to bring you new topics and fresh content! Feel free to comment about our new approach and let us know if there is a topic that you would like to see.
I knew from the start of cloth diapering I would use cloth wipes. It just makes sense. I'm already washing the diapers, why not the wipes too?
So how do you use cloth wipes? Are they inconvenient? Actually, I think they're easier than you think!
Once you give sensible moms and dads out there the new option to cloth diaper, many of them jump on board because they just hadnt realized that they could save so much money! And when this happens, one solitary cloth diapering family suddenly becomes a part of something bigger than themselves, they become a community.
Okay, so you’ve decided to cloth diaper probably because you know you’ll save thousands doing so not to mention the fact that you’re helping the environment and your baby’s precious skin. But what next? What does cloth diapering your baby entail?
The stash. You need a stash of diapers that will suit your cloth diapering needs. The amount of diapers you should have will depend upon whether or not you will be using cloth diapers full time or part time. A newborn will soil 8-12 diapers a day and an older child will soil 6-8 diapers a day. I would suggest that you need enough cloth diapers to get you through at least two days of diaper changes if you’re going to cloth diaper full time. If you are going to do it part time, any number of cloth diapers will help keep your disposable diaper bill down. Even if you only use three cloth diapers a day, that means you won’t have to buy 90 disposables that month.
What started as a simple way to save money actually transformed my life.
I love the color green, but never considered myself to be green or crunchy. I jumped into cloth diapering to save some green not be green. Something mysterious happened to me and my conversion began in November of 2009 when I became a cloth diaper junky. From the moment my sweet little boy had his bum covered in an oh-so-colorful cloth diaper I was addicted. What started as a simple way to save money actually transformed my life.
This thought came to me when I was dressing my daughter in her onesie that says, “Does this diaper make my but look big?”Urban dictionary.com
defines a crunchy mama as:“Mother who supports homebirth,
breastfeeding, baby wearing, cloth diapering, co-sleeping, gentle
discipline, etc. One who questions established medical authority; tends
to be vegetarian and/or prepare all-organic foods.
Posted by Cloth Diaper Blog Guest on 9/17/2011
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Almost three years ago, when I was just a normal, Aquafina-chugging twenty-something, I attended my best friend's baby shower, where I met her cousin's new wife and their little baby boy. It was a hot day in July and the tiny guy was wearing only a t-shirt and something very cute and colorful on his bum. "Is that a cloth diaper?" I asked. "Why yes it is." "It's adorable!" For the next ten minutes or so she told me all about the wonders of cloth. From that moment, it wasn't even a question for me: I knew I was going to cloth diaper my kids. It just made sense. It was economical. It kept lots of smelly plastic diapers out of the home and out of the landfill (as a two-time nanny and frequent babysitter I had plenty of experience with those). And I'll reiterate, they were ADORABLE!
Just prior to the birth of my first daughter, friends of mine asked if we were planning on using disposable diapers, cloth diapers or no diapers. My wife and I already planned on using cloth diapers. But what in the world was this last option: no diapers?
I was intrigued.
After some research, I discovered what this “no diapers,” otherwise known as Elimination Communication (EC), is all about. Now, just about two years later, I am all about EC. Why?
Posted by Cloth Diaper Blog Guest on 5/14/2011
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As a cloth diapering, eco-conscious mama, do you ever find yourself in uncomfortable situations with non-cloth mamas? Ever been subjected to the raised eyebrows, the snide comments, or have you yourself, perhaps without thinking, participated in this kind of behavior? Do you ever feel a little like you're in a kind of battle?
Posted by Cloth Diaper Blog Guest on 2/24/2011
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My daughter's preschool teacher had one of those looks on her face.
Uh oh. Here it comes, I thought. What did my daughter do at school today?
I'm a twice-a-year cleaner - fall and spring. I have to admit, I'm pretty bad for the six months preceding the big purge. I tend to leave dishes stacked in the drainer, laundry stays in the baskets and deep cupboards might as well be a black hole. Once it goes it in, it won't come out again. Last week, I celebrated some recent weight loss with a closet cleaning (peace out size 14). This weekend, armed with new gloves and a steely resolve for what I might discover lurking in the shadows, I went on a raid of my kitchen cupboards. I am loathe to admit I found a bottle of Jimmy Neutron vitamins circa 2003 (flashback) and sunscreen that appears to have had separated. I also found a potato that had grown antlers and vacuum bags for a vacuum we sold 4 years ago.
My grandmother lives in a lovely Alexandria, Virginia suburb a few miles from Mt. Vernon. It's a wonderfully historic area, the kind that comes with its own juicy gossip dating back to the 1700's. She's fortunate in that she bought the home as a young woman and hung onto it while the military moved her around the world - and let me tell you her little neck of the woods has been discovered. One need only peek at her tax bill to understand.
Don't just jump on the gift registry bandwagon! Read these helpful tips and suggestions for eco-friendly and budget friendly baby shower gifts that the mom to be will love and may not have thought to ask for!
Posted by Cloth Diaper Blog Guest on 10/24/2010
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Your Ecological Footprint basically measures your particular "impact" on the Earth. Parents teach their children that every decision has a direct or indirect consequence, whether good or bad. When the same logic is applied to using cloth diapers, or any of the other demands humanity makes on nature, the rationalizations begin.
While I was researching what was going on with cloth diapers in the news this weekend, I ran across a thought provoking article about Why People Don't Recycle. The author, Ashley Schiller, interviewed five individuals as part of an investigation to "help proponents of recycling better understand the 'how' of what can be done to increase participation" in recycling programs.
We started cloth diapering our first son when he was about 9 months old and we had just discovered we were expecting #2.
We've now been using cloth for a little over two years and haven't looked back! Now that we are now expecting #3 we can watch our savings grow, as well as see how much waste we are not generating!
Jennifer Crossley, staff writer for the TimesDaily.com published an interesting article, Green bottoms up: Many parents returning to cloth diapers, last Friday. In it she described how cloth diapers are "en vogue with snaps and Velcro and other added conveniences" and that "The diapers ride the green wave for families hoping to cut back on the amount of waste they produce."
In TIME's 2009 Best & Worst Lists Dan Fletcher listed reusable cloth toilet wipes as one of the Top 10 Odd Environmental Ideas. According to Fletcher, "Environmental experts recently called toilet paper 'one of the greatest excesses of our age,' leading to suggestions that Americans adopt reusable cloth toilet wipes as an environmentally friendly alternative."
When families cloth diaper their children instead of using disposable diapers, they save money and also support the environment. Another way families can save money and support the environment is through participation in a local Community Supported Agriculture*, or CSA.
Go green with cloth diapers and other natural and more sustainable lifestyle choices. Let's not just celebrate Earth Day once a year, let's celebrate it each and every day with the choices we make.
Posted by Cloth Diaper Blog Guest on 3/13/2008
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I love to Google for the term "Cloth Diaper" and select the search link for "NEWS". In fact, even more, I love subscribing to the alerts and have them show up nice and neat in my inbox.
In her article, 50 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint, Diane Solomon cuts to the chase by simplifying ways EACH OF US can help cool down our earth. I say "our earth" because until we take personal responsibility we won't truly make change.
Your friends are about to throw you a baby shower. You are so excited and hop off to your local baby supercenter to register. Maybe you go to two or three places, after all this is your first, second, or fifteenth baby and YOU NEED STUFF. It is an exciting time - a time for planning and implementing, and if you're like the majority of us, a time to save where you can.
Are you familiar at all with the National Association of Diaper Services? If not, check out their link - specifically, their directory of cloth diaper services across the United States. Not everyone wants to care for their child's cloth diapers in their home - we understand that. Our goal is to promote the use of cloth diapers over disposable diapers and, hopefully, run a successful family business in the meantime. However, we understand that not everyone is within our reach - and for those that aren't - we want options available.
We talk a lot about cloth diapering here ... *der* we are a cloth diapering blog, however, we are also strong advocates of many other natural family living choices. And by family, we mean everyone in the family. Making more natural living choices means getting everyone on board. It IS a family's business to be about the work of making more earth-friendly, healthy choices.
As we read across blogs and web forums we hear a lot of excuses for why families don't cloth diaper their babies - even from families who pride themselves in making earth-friendly choices.
As a mother I enjoy many modern conveniences. Take for instance the microwave - perfect for re-heating the same cup of coffee 3 times because I was too busy wiping noses, bums, or putting together Lego® castles to sit down and drink it. Yea microwave! GO MICROWAVE!
Take your natural living a step further with biodegradable baby wipes! Biodegradable wipes are the perfect accessory to the cloth diapers lifestyle.
Kaara and Chris Smith (center) with their children Will, Noah, Zoe and River, use environmentally friendly products and practices in their Laurel home.