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Virginia Duan



Bay Area, CA

I'm Virginia Duan, a Taiwanese American writer, who focuses on parenting through brokenness, teaching kids Chinese in an English dominant environment, bilingual homeschooling, and social justice. I am known for my unflinching honesty, fury-tinged humor, and using ten words when one would do. You can read more at my blog, Mandarin Mama

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How to Cloth Diaper for Less
April 3, 2018 8:00 am | by
How to Cloth Diaper for Less

I won’t lie. When I was researching cloth diapers before I had my first child, I was taken aback by the cost. I knew it would cost more than a box of diapers, and after I figured out the costs of diapering over a lifetime, I accepted that though the initial outlay was higher than I wanted, I would save money in the long run compared to using disposable diapers. I ended up using cloth diapers on four children and even after factoring my need to buy an additional 2 dozen prefolds, more diaper covers, and a new wet bag,

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4 Cloth Diapering Tips for Newbies
March 24, 2018 8:00 am | by
Cloth diaper tips for beginners

New to or considering cloth diapering? Starting any new thing (especially as a new mom) can be really intimidating. When my oldest child was born, I had already purchased everything I needed for cloth diapering but was too anxious to start actually using them. Here are four cloth diapering tips I would tell my younger self now that I’ve had four kids and cloth diapered them all. 1) Just start. It took me three months with my first kid and when I finally gave it a go, it was much easier than I thought it would be. Yes, there was

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