Cloth Diapering 101

Before we talk about the basics of cloth diapering, you need to consider if it is practical for you.  Mainly, are you planning to send your kid(s) to daycare?  If so, most daycares will not use cloth diapers.  There are some that will, but it’s just something that you would want to look into prior to spending money on cloth diapers.  This is true for glass bottles too, just fyi. Now, if you’re considering cloth diapering, but don’t know much (or anything) about it, then…

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Why Eco-Friendly Disposables Are Worth It

  Eco-friendly, more natural, disposable diapers are worth it because of the long term potential health risks that conventional disposables carry. Conventional disposable diapers contain traces of dioxin, which is a toxic product of paper bleaching process.  It is carcinogenic and listed by the EPA as most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals.  For this reason, you want to look for disposable diapers that are 100% chlorine-free.   Conventional disposable diapers also contain tributyl-tin, a toxic pollutant known to cause hormonal problems.  Finally, they contain sodium…

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Bottles

GLASS vs. PLASTIC Simply put, go with glass if possible!  Glass doesn’t have any of the harmful chemicals that plastic has. There are a few reasons you may need to get a few plastic bottles.  One big reason is that some daycares will not accept glass bottles or jars of any kind.  Another reason for plastic (I have a few for this reason), is if we’re traveling I don’t want to risk breaking the glass bottle and not having back up, so instead I’ll just…

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Quality on a Budget: Consignment

Below are various ways I’ve found to save a ton of money on kids items (clothes, gear, and personal items).  The quality and brands that you can get for a fraction of the original price are incredible.  They are definitely worth checking out. CONSIGNMENT SHOPS vs. CONSIGNMENT SALES: Consignment sales: These are one weekend events where a huge gym or large open space that is filled with a ton of baby items.  They tend to be cheaper then consignment shops, its a whole bunch of individuals selling…

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To Cloth Diaper or Not?

Before we talk about the benefits of cloth diapers, you need to consider if it is practical for you.  Mainly, are you planning to send your kid(s) to daycare?  If so, most daycares will not use cloth diapers.  There are some that will, but it’s just something that you would want to look into prior to spending money on cloth diapers.  This is true for glass bottles too, just fyi. WHY CLOTH? HEALTH: Disposable diapers contain traces of dioxin, which is a toxic product of…

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Pajamas

When buying infant/toddler PJs there are a few questions that come up about flame resistance and whether to buy footed or not.  Here are my thoughts on the topics. FLAME RESISTANT vs. NON-FLAME RESISTANT: Legally all children’s PJs must be flame resistant for up to 50 washes unless specifically stated that they are not flame resistant.  If they are not flame resistant then they will have a something written on the inside tag saying ‘wear snug fitting not flame resistant’ and, if new, will also…

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