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How Often?
August 29, 2008 10:45 pm | by

How often do you need to change your baby’s cloth diaper? Well isn’t that the question of the century? I think the best answer you can get it just depends.It depends on baby’s age, on how, what and how often they are eating. I depends on how they are sleeping and the condition of their skin. You can see that the answer to this question is one that every family has to work out for themselves. If your baby is soaking through his clothes, change him more often. If your baby isn’t even wet yet, wait a while. That doesn’t

 
The Wrestling Match
August 23, 2008 10:17 am | by

About the time baby learns how to flip from back to front, the trouble begins. Babies like to practice their skill and when do you want them on their backs more than during a diaper change? Overnight diaper changes go from being a pleasant time to talk and play to an all-out battle with a wet cat or a fish out of water. When they learn how to crawl it gets even worse. Now, not only can they turn over, but they have the potential to actually escape as well. Fun times! This is about the time my diaper changes

 
I am not a Bag Lady!
August 12, 2008 10:22 pm | by

I don’t even like purses. In high school I would find the smallest one that would still hold the bare minimum of things I needed to carry around. It was basically just a wallet with straps. So you can understand how I hate carrying a diaper bag. I am picky about my diapers bags. If I have to carry around a ball and chain, then it should do its job and make my job easier. But I have never, until now, found a bag that truly does that. For Christmas this past year my mom got me the Skip Hop

 
Diaper Houdini
July 31, 2008 10:29 pm | by

There comes a moment in most babies’ lives when they realize they have a special power: the power to remove their own diapers. Fear shoots up and down a parent’s spine to consider the possibilities that exist now. The look of realization on a child’s face when they realize they can strip down on their own is priceless. This is suddenly a huge step towards their independence. They get to decide if their clothes stay on or not. Lily will brush up against the velcro of her diaper and realize that it has been left uncovered and suddenly her face

 
One Step at a Time
July 21, 2008 10:15 pm | by

Watching a child learn how to walk is fascinating. I recently had the privilege one more time as Lily moved from all fours to running on two legs. Babies do best learning to walk barefoot. It allows them to use their toes to balance. Often new walkers who are first put in shoes will have a hard time for a few hours as they learn to use their feet differently. Shoes like Robeez allow a baby to have some (very cute) foot protection while still giving them full freedom to use their toes and flex their feet as they should.

 
A Toy Question
July 2, 2008 10:14 am | by

I received this email from a reader a few days ago, with a question about some of the wooden toys for babies on the CottonBabies website: Dear Jenni, I’ve been reading the Cloth Diapers blog and enjoying it a lot–thanks! I really love my bumGenius diapers, and I am interested in some of the wooden toys you recommended on the blog that are sold on the Cotton Babies site. My only concern is that some of them appear to have very small pieces, either wooden balls or bells. Without seeing the toys in person, I was concerned about a possible

 
Elimination Communication
July 1, 2008 11:33 pm | by

In hanging around with moms who tend towards natural ideas, I had heard whispers about EC, but I quickly wrote it off as something that was a little over the edge for me. Elimination Communication is sometimes called Infant Potty Training, but it really is a little more and a little less than that. The name Elimination Communication sums up exactly what it is about, communication with our very young children about their elimination needs. Think about it, your child found ways very early on to communicate with you about other needs like being tired or hungry. Their elimination is

 
Lunchtime! Part 2
June 29, 2008 11:28 pm | by

An easy, healthy meal/snack idea for little ones. Frozen mixed vegetables. Served while frozen. Really! Even the child whose nose often turns up at veggies will like them now because they don’t taste like veggies, they just taste like ice. Lily hates peas. She is the only one of my kids who doesn’t like them. But she will happily sit in her high chair and eat frozen peas. To round out and make a meal with some protein and carbs, you can add in some cheese or some browned ground meat of your choice. Rice or some favorite crackers round

 
Why Bamboo?
June 20, 2008 8:42 pm | by

The envorinment may not be my primary reason, but it is at least part of my reason for cloth diapering. I want my kids to grow up in a world that is not bogged down in pesticides and garbage. Having reusable diapers helps to minimize both of those. But cotton can be a picky and pesty crop. It requires a lot of water and often many pesticides, although you can find organic cotton products, they are harder to grow. I live near several cotton fields. The defoliant that is sprayed on them to aid in harvesting is some nasty stuff.

 
Lunchtime! Part 1
June 19, 2008 2:26 pm | by

Toddler Lunch of the Week:Black beansMozzarella CheeseAll Bran Crackers (or other family favorite) Once baby has tried out several kinds of foods and is getting to the “Me Do It!” stage, meals can get messier, but they can also be more fun. In an effort to sneak in a little more protein for Lily I have been putting some beans on her high chair tray while we eat lunch. At the start of the week dumped out and rinsed a can of organic black beans and put them in an easy to reach container. Lunch could hardly be easier! Her