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Busting Cloth Diaper Myths: “I can’t cloth diaper my formula fed baby”

Posted by Erika Froese on Feb 17, 2015 2:13:26 PM

ESTIMATED READING TIME: 3 MINUTES

You have a baby on the way – maybe your first, maybe your fourth - and you’ve decided cloth diapering is the system for you and you're considering cloth diapering. Prepare yourself; you are soon going to be bombarded with unsolicited advice and facts, much of which just isn’t true. For some reason, whether people have used cloth diapers or not, everyone has an opinion and everyone has heard a myth they are eager to spread. 

With so much information coming at you from every angle, it’s hard to know what is true and what isn’t. Fear not – our blog series, Busting Cloth Diaper Myths, will tackle these myths one by one so you know exactly what you are getting into.

 

Today’s Myth: “You can’t cloth diaper when you formula feed”

This may not be a common myth, but we’ve heard it a few times — “Wow, you formula feed and use cloth diapers? Brave!” I know that I have said it before, and I will say it again: if you have a good quality, leak-free cloth diaper, nothing else matters. Cloth diapering works as long as you have invested in the best diaper out there.

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Topics: Diaper Myths, Cloth Diapers, Cloth vs. Disposable, Breastfeeding, Formula Feeding

Cloth Diapering creates Community

Posted by Erika Froese on Feb 13, 2015 11:49:30 AM

ESTIMATED READING TIME: 3 MINUTES

If you aren’t a cloth diaper user yet, you’ve probably noticed that cloth diapering mamas stick together. And for those cloth diapering parents out there, I know you are nodding in agreement — you have a community of like-minded mothers that you know you can talk to and rely on.

Don’t worry, the cloth community isn’t exclusive, we welcome new members! But why does the cloth diapering crowd stick together? We have some theories:

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Topics: Cloth Diapers, Advocacy

Use your Cloth Diaper Changing Time to Teach Sign Language to Baby

Posted by Erika Froese on Feb 12, 2015 5:05:58 PM

ESTIMATED READING TIME: 4 MINUTES

It has become a growing trend: teaching your baby to “speak” using sign language before they are able to verbally communicate their wants and needs. But, as with teaching your baby anything, the only way to succeed is to be persistent and find the time. Luckily, you have one-on-one time to practice signing with your baby every day and you probably don’t even realize it — when you are changing their cloth diapers!

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Topics: Cloth Diapers, Baby development, Bonding with baby, Sign Language

Cloth Diaper Fabrics: Why Should I Consider Organic Textiles?

Posted by Erika Froese on Jan 14, 2015 11:09:00 AM

ESTIMATED READING TIME: 3 MINTUES

When you are looking for the perfect cloth diapering system, the choices can be overwhelming. Which style is best? Which colors do you love? At the top of that list, however, should be the question, “What kind of fabric is best?”

We have explored fabric options in a previous blog, but today we are going one step further. Many parents consider cloth diapers for the health and environmental benefits, so it is only natural that many lean towards an organic textile option.

But what does organic really mean? And what should you look for in an organic fabric? Let us help clear things up for you.

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Topics: Cloth Diapers, Fabrics

What goes into making a Quality Cloth Diaper?

Posted by Erika Froese on Jan 6, 2015 2:22:00 PM

ESTIMATED READING TIME: 4 MINUTES

A few years ago, I was contributed to Baby Shop Magazine with an article about what goes into making a quality cloth diaper. It all comes down to educating yourself in order to find the best cloth diapers for your baby. After being in the cloth diapering business for so many years, I have some insights to share on what to look for to ensure you invest in a high quality cloth diaper.

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Topics: Cloth Diapers 101, Cloth Diapers, Quality Cloth Diapers

Cloth Diapers vs. Disposable Diapers: Environmental Impact

Posted by Erika Froese on Jan 6, 2015 1:27:21 PM

ESTIMATED READING TIME: 4 MINUTES

We make choices in everything we buy. Virtually every product we purchase has some impact on the environment. We need to determine which alternatives are less harmful and choose to use these products and practices whenever possible.

It is the cumulative effect of all our seemingly insignificant choices that has led us to our "drawing on the capital" rather than "living off the interest" of our earth’s resources. Do we drive to the park or ride our bikes? Do we take juice boxes or a jug of water? Do we put the clothes in the dryer or hang them out to dry. Cloth vs. disposable diapers represent one of many common choices in our society that needs to be considered in the light of environmental concerns.

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Topics: Cloth Diapers, Cloth vs. Disposable, Environment

Cloth Diapers and your Baby’s Health: What you Need to Know

Posted by Erika Froese on Jan 5, 2015 5:18:25 PM

ESTIMATED READING TIME: 3 MINUTES

Have you ever considered what disposables are made of? How did they get to be so white? How do they manage to absorb so much?

Disposables are made mostly of soft, fluffy pulp which is produced by chemically treating wood fibers. The pulp undergoes a whitening and softening process when it is exposed to chlorine-based bleaching agents, such as chlorine gas and chlorine dioxide.

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Topics: Health, Cloth vs. Disposable

Cloth Diapering 101: What to Look for in your All-in-Two Diapers

Posted by Erika Froese on Dec 12, 2014 10:47:00 AM

ESTIMATED READING TIME: 3 MINUTES

Finding the right diapering system is essential to enjoy cloth diapering.  You will be sure to stick with cloth diapering if you love your diaper — after all, when something works, it’s great; but when it doesn’t work, it’s easy to just give up. One of the easiest systems that has emerged in the last few years is the all-in-two or hybrid cloth diaper system. They make for an ideal compromise between convenience, functionality and cost, so to help you see why they are a growing favorite let us help guide you through what to look for when considering an all-in-two system.

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Topics: Cloth Diapers 101, Cloth Diapers, Cloth Diapers and Daycare, Quality Cloth Diapers

Should I Use Baking Soda and Vinegar to wash my Cloth Diapers?

Posted by Erika Froese on Nov 25, 2014 5:03:49 PM

ESTIMATED READING TIME: 3 MINUTES

We know that some people shy away from cloth diapering systems for fear that keeping them clean will be a nightmare. But when you decide to use cloth, you are sure to get plenty of advice about the best way to wash them. If you are using cloth diapers, you've likely been told that the best way to clean them with with vinegar and baking soda. On the other hand, some people are concerned with how it reacts in the cleaning process. So what's the answer? Should you use baking soda and vinegar to wash your cloth?

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Topics: How To, Cloth Diapers 101, Cloth Diapers, Fabrics

What Makes Quality Cloth Diapers: Fabric

Posted by Erika Froese on Nov 24, 2014 11:44:00 AM

ESTIMATED READING TIME: 3 MINUTES

It goes without saying, but when you cloth diaper, you need a high quality product that is reliable and leak-free. Knowing what to look for in a diaper will ensure you find a system that you can depend on — a reliable cloth diaper makes it easy to stick with it, after all. Leaky diapers get frustrating; the more leaks you have the more likely you are to give up and switch to disposables.

You chose cloth for a reason, so let us help guide you in your cloth diaper choice by teaching you what to look for in a quality cloth diaper.

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Topics: Cloth Diapers, Fabrics, Quality Cloth Diapers