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100% USA-Made Green Toys for Christmas

If you are looking for a last minute Christmas gift, consider trying a toy by Green Toys!  An innovative company, their toys are constructed primarily of recycled milk jugs.  If you would like specifics, the material used is called high-density polyethylene (or HDPE), considered one of the safest, cleanest plastics around.

Toy’s made in the USA are few and far between in today’s world.  However, you’re in luck, all Green Toys are made in our own California.  They are packaged in boxes from recycled material.  Green Toys makes a variety of products appealing to both boys and girls.  They make a dump truck, recycle truck, fire truck, tea set, dish set, tug boat, sand play set, blocks, and more!

Jack has a lot of fun playing with his dish set and sand play set.  It is refreshing to know if he puts the dishes or sand shovel in his mouth (and he has!), he is not subjecting his body to harmful chemicals.  Jack recently had an opportunity to try out a Green Toy Recycle Truck, donated by Green Toys.  The truck has a movable bed and a back door that opens and closes.  Jack enjoyed putting things in his truck bed and driving it around.  This toy is great for indoor and outdoor play.  Jack likes to play with the truck in his sand box in the summer.  I love that this toy does not require batteries and instead encourages pretend play and creativity.  Some times Jack pretends he is driving different places, picking up recyclables and other times he just drives it around with his other trucks.  He enjoyed this toy at the age of 2 and I’m sure it has many years left of play and creativity.  Also, a plus, Green Toys, including this truck come with an affordable price tag, around $7-$25.

Have you tried a Green Toy?  If so, how did your child like it?  What is your favorite product by this company?

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Should I Vaccinate My Child?

This is an important decision that you and your family have to make.  I hope to provide you with the tools and resources to make the best decision for your baby.  The goal of this presentation is to present both sides of this issue.  I know the issue of vaccination brings out some very strong feelings on both sides, and we’re going to try to look at the whole issue objectively.

The Case For Vaccines

The Centers for Disease Control is the government entity that oversees vaccination policy.  This group exists to protect the PUBLIC health and we need to look at their recommendations as a PUBLIC issue.  CDC policy exists to prevent epidemics.  The CDC is not some government agency that is conspiring with the drug companies to make money, even though there are some connections between those making policy at the CDC and the drug companies that are, in my opinion, potentially inappropriate.  So, lets look at the public issue of vaccinations.

In years before vaccination programs diseases spread rapidly and severely injured or even killed large numbers of innocent children.  Diseases like polio were uncontrolled and did great harm to American children.  Since the introduction of vaccination there are rarely, if ever, widespread epidemics in the US.  It cannot be denied that vaccines have saved the lives of children.

Vaccinations create a “herd immunity” to diseases.  The best example of this is the case of rabies.  At one time over 50% of all rabies cases in the United States were caused by dog bites.  Today, because of a vaccine program that is mandated for dog’s rabies is NEVER spread through dog bites.  In fact there has not been a case of rabies spread by a dog bite in the US in over 20 years!  Countries that do not vaccinate their dogs for rabies continue to see similar rates of rabies infection by dog bites.  The vaccination program in the US has created a “herd immunity”, meaning that the dogs in this country are not susceptible to the disease anymore (so long as they are vaccinated).  This shows that a well designed vaccine program does work on a public health scale.

The CDC has large amounts of data that suggest the overall safety of vaccinations.  They contend that “vaccines offer protection without disease”.  Research shows that there are very few injuries caused directly by childhood vaccinations.  The program has worked so well in fact that in late 1980’s and early 1990’s it was significantly expanded.  In the early 1980’s children were vaccinated against 4 diseases, now by the age of 2 kids are vaccinated against  11 diseases with sometimes over 20 vaccinations.  These vaccinations have made diseases like chickenpox almost unheard of today.  In fact, I know a child who got chickenpox naturally and because of dehydration had to go to the hospital with it.  The parents said every intern was brought in to see this rare disease!

We have vaccination policies to thank today for the near elimination of polio, whooping cough, tetanus, measles, mumps, and rabies.  And there have been few injuries to children along the way.

The Case Against Vaccines.

Earlier we stated that CDC makes policy that is good for the PUBLIC as a whole and not necessarily the individual.  There are some alarming statistics that have come about since the expansion of the vaccine schedule.

“For the first time in history, U.S. [and Canadian] children are sicker than the generation before them. They’re not just a little worse off, they are precipitously worse off physically, emotionally, educationally and developmentally. The statistics have been repeated so often, they are almost boring.

Obesity affects nearly a fifth of children, triple the prevalence in 1980. Juvenile diabetes is up 104% since 1980. Autism, once regarded as having a purely genetic etiology, increased more than a thousandfold in less than a generation. The incidence of asthma is up nearly 75%. Life-threatening food allergies doubled in the past decade. The prevalence of allergies increased nearly sixfold. Almost one in 10 children—between four and five million kids—have been diagnosed with attention-deficit disorder. Nutrient deficiencies, not seen for decades in U.S. children, are prevalent again, or still persisting.” Source: Why Do Pediatricians Deny The Obvious? By Judy Converse, MPH, RD, LD)

There are 2 arguments against vaccines that need to be addressed.

First, the thimerosal/mercury debate.  Between 1988 and 1992 children were given large amounts not only of vaccine, but also of a preservative called thimerosal, which contains mercury.  These children received much larger dose of mercury from their vaccines than the FDA considers safe.  Today their parents believe this caused this generation of kids to have higher rates of autism.  While this is a very hotly debated issue, we have to note that the rate of autism is much higher in recent years.  The CDC states that studies have shown that there is probably no greater incidence of autism in children given vaccines with mercury compared with those who didn’t get the mercury.  But there is a MUCH higher incidence of autism today compared with before the additions of the new vaccinations to the schedule.  Additionally, the CDC has removed thimerosal from most vaccinations given to children (except the flu vaccine and DPaT, Tetanus, Hepatitis B, and Meningitis).  So, the real issue surrounding this is whether the parents of children who were vaccinated between 1988 and 1992 should be compensated for the damages their children may or may not have suffered.  Since there is so much money at stake this will continue to be a hot debate for years to come, but the lower levels of mercury in current vaccines mean that children today have a lesser risk of suffering from the problems of 1988 – 1992.  However, I still hate the idea of any level of mercury being intentionally put into a child and the vaccines that contain it should be used with caution.  A few additional ingredients found in current vaccinations, according to the CDC, that you may want to know about include   formaldehyde, MSG, Aluminum, chick skin, chick kidney cells, chicken embryo, mouse brain culture (yes you did read that correctly).

The second, and I think more important argument against vaccines is the way vaccines stimulate the immune system and the effect that has on allergy and auto immune conditions.  To explain this argument we need to first explain how your immune system works.  This is the most current information on immunity.   In fact basic medical texts still do not contain this explanation of the immune system.  Just 3 years ago the text we used in chiropractic school (a standard in health care texts) made NO mention of this.  So, the explanation you get for how vaccines work is usually over simplified, not because the nurses and pediatricians are trying to patronize you, but actually because they may not know this information.  What they know and have probably told you is this:  “A small amount of a dead, or weakened virus or toxin is injected into the body.  The body develops antibodies and remembers how to create those antibodies so when the real virus comes along you fight it off quickly and never show signs of the disease.”  The immune system is a lot more complex than this leads us to believe.  There are two sides to your immune system:  one side makes antibodies in the blood and kills germs while the other causes symptoms that help the body eliminate the germs on a larger scale.  The in the blood side is referred to as humoral immunity or Th2 immunity while the rest of the body’s immune response, specifically the lymphatics, thymus gland and spleen is called cell mediated or Th1 immunity.  For simplicity’s sake I’m only going to use the Th1 and Th2 names.  Th2 causes a large inflammatory reaction throughout your body while Th1 causes fever, vomiting, rashes, etc.  What vaccines do is exactly what the health department or pediatrician told you.  They stimulate the Th2 system to learn to make antibodies and cause a massive inflammatory reaction when the virus is encountered later.  The Th1 system is activated very little or not at all by vaccines.  We know this because you don’t have symptoms when you get a shot.  If you got a disease naturally both sides of the system would be used to kill the invader and a sort of balance would be maintained.  What is really interesting about this is that some people seem to be more Th1 dominant or Th2 dominant, meaning some people show very few symptoms of a disease, while others show all the symptoms when they get sick.  Since vaccines stimulate only a Th2 response, children who receive many vaccines, or many vaccines all at once tend to move to a more Th2 dominant state, making them more likely to experience large inflammatory reactions when exposed to outside stimuli like germs or even pollen and other allergens.  They are also more likely to suffer from auto-immune conditions.  Basically, Th2 dominant people have more problems with asthma and allergies and auto-immune diseases than Th1 dominant people and we are training our children’s immune systems with vaccines to be Th2 dominant.  Vaccines won’t cause problems in children who are more Th1 dominant, but if you start out Th2 dominant and then train your body to become more Th2 dominant you could be heading down an unhealthy road.  Since CDC policy is about PUBLIC health, these are not concerns for the CDC.

The last thing I want to close with on the anti-vaccine side is the role of CDC.  Remember the dog example and how wonderful it is to have no rabies?  And it is wonderful for us to not have rabies in our society, but that vaccine is not completely safe either.  Some dogs do have adverse side effects and even die from it.  There was actually a case of this here in Columbus not long ago when the humane society did a vaccine clinic.  It was all over the news because the humane society didn’t inform the owner of the risks before administering the vaccine and the dog died.  So, while rabies vaccine policy is good for the whole, it isn’t necessarily good for each individual part of the whole and it certainly wasn’t good for that dog or its owner.  The same is true for human vaccine policy.  There is some risk and the CDCs concern is not about how many kids today have allergies and auto-immune diseases, but rather how to control the PUBLIC spread of infectious disease.  So you need to make the right decision for your child and consider everything and not just follow the CDC guidelines blindly.

So, I hope this was somewhat balanced.  I know I can’t be completely objective, especially since the anti-vaccine side is always so poorly displayed as ignorant by the media and the medical community.  There are strong arguments both for and against vaccines and the best thing for us to do as parents is consider everything before vaccinating.  Your living environment is extremely important in your decision.  For the record, Jack has not been vaccinated at this point.  He may be vaccinated when his immune system has developed further, but probably not with all of the vaccines available.  We considered this.  We live in non-densely populated area where disease spread is slow, he was not taken out a lot when he was very little and he was and still is breastfed to maintain immunity through breast milk and eats a very healthy diet and has no nutritional deficiencies.  All of these factors contributed to our decision and I think we should all consider our individual situation before making this decision.

Resources

Great Article:  “How vaccinations work”  by Philip F. Inco, M.D.

http://www.ei-resource.org/articles/gulf-war-syndrome-articles/how-vaccinations-work/

National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC):  http://www.nvic.org// where you can report a vaccine reaction, harassment.  Also look for the downloadable pdf flyer to help you determine the signs and symptoms of a vaccine reaction.

CDC’s Vaccination page:  http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/

CDC’s Vaccination ingredients:  http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/downloads/appendices/B/excipient-table-1.pdf

CDC’s Immunization Schedule:  http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/schedules/downloads/child/2007/child-schedule-bw-print.pdf

CDC’s school immunization requirements by state and school grade, also exemptions allowed (p.38) http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/laws/downloads/izlaws05-06.pdf

CDC Vaccination info statements:  www.cdc.gov/nip/publications/VIS

Dr. Joseph Mercola’s Vaccination Information:

http://search.mercola.com/Results.aspx?k=immunizations

Think Twice Global Vaccine Institute – note the section on immunization laws to help parents separate facts from fiction. www.thinktwice.com

http://www.informedchoice.info/cocktail.html

Canadian-based Vaccination Risk Awareness Network (VRAN) provides in-depth information on vaccine risk’s and side effects.  www.vran.org.

Great blog article by Dr. Dolly Garnecki, DC

http://travelingwithbaby.wordpress.com/2009/06/12/health-happy-round-up-vaccine-awareness/

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Homemade Green & Organic Play Dough

Growing Up Green!Welcome to the weekly series, Growing up Green.  This will be your eco-friendly stop for green, all-natural, toxin and chemical free tips for your family.   Learn simple and meaningful ways to make your children’s environment a little safer for their health and the earth.

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Jack 20 months Halloween 013Thursdays we have fun with art in our house and recently Jack and I created our own Green play dough.  The great think about homemade play dough is that you know and have control of every ingredient in it.  There was nothing toxic about our play dough.  I’t may not have tasted great if Jack put it in his mouth but it was safe without toxic chemical ingredients and dyes (see recipe below).  Once made, Jack enjoyed squishing and patting the play dough.  He also had fun guessing what animal, but or vehicle I was making.  Jack really wanted to drive the play dough car we made around the table but it wasn’t so hardy!  We enjoyed our art day with play dough.

 Green & Organic Play Dough:

–          1 cup Organic Flour

–          1 cup Warm Water

–          2/3 cup Sea Salt

–          2 tsp Cream of Tarter

–          1 tsp vegetable oil

–          Juice from ¼ Beet for red/pink color (*for blue try blueberry juice and for yellow try turmeric spice or curry powder.  Mix the above primary colors for additional colors.)

Mix the first 5 ingredients in a pot over medium heat.  Add in natural coloring.  Stir and heat until think.  Remove from heat and kneed until smooth.  Let cool then dig in!  Store play dough in an air tight container in your refrigerator.  Play dough will keep for quite a while.

** I have yet to try the blue or yellow yet.  If you have tried them or have another idea for all natural colors I’d love to hear about it!

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Giveaway: Convenient, Cost effective Cloth Diapering

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I recently was introduced to a new idea in cloth diapering… The most convenient and innovative one-size cloth diaper on the market! Instead of a pocket, this one-size has a snap on soaker insert. This is a wonderfully novel idea because the same cover can be re-used by simply snapping in a fresh insert at each diaper change. This makes this diaper very cost effective because you won’t need as many pricy covers. A single cover can be used for multiple diaper changes, i.e. Instead of needing 40 complete diapers. You will only need ½ or less of the quantity of soakers depending on your child’s age. You can also keep some money in your pocket because this diaper can be used on infants from 8lbs to 30lbs.

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So what is this new diaper?

The Gro Baby System. Gro baby cover is made of a soft mesh cotton. The inner soaker is oh so soft with organic cotton velour. I love the closure tabs on the Gro Baby. They are similar to velcro but the fibers are soft and short so they won’t collect fuzz or lint. I anticipate they will last much longer than traditional Velcro. This is perfect for little guys like Jack who are too squirmy for snaps on the changing table. My main complaint with this diaper is that the inner soaker takes a long time to dry, 70 min. in the dryer and it’s still not done. When I line dry they take longer than any other cloth liner I have. Also I found I really need to be on top of changing Jack often throughout the day otherwise he will pee though to the cover and I will have to change the entire diaper. I do think I was being a little lax on the diaper changes and I think it is good for his skin to do more frequent changes. Overall, I’m a big fan of the Gro Baby system.

gro-baby-soaker-padsYou could win a Gro Baby Shell with liner and booster with the color of your choice from Sprout Soup. Here’s how to enter:

 

  1. To be entered go to Sprout Soup and leave a comment at this post of your favorite product they carry. Be sure to leave a valid e-mail so I can contact you to claim your prize. The contest is open to U.S. shipping addresses only For Extra entries: 
  2. Subscribe to Mom Going Green and leave a comment stating that you did. 
  3. Blog about this giveaway and linking to Mom Going Green using ”Convienent, Cost Effective Cloth Diaper Giveaway” as the title in your blog’s post. Then, leave a comment here with a link to your post. 
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  5. Follow me on (DrHeatherP) on Twitter and Tweet about this giveaway with”DrHeatherPGiveaway – Win a FREE cloth diaper http://bit.ly/2UZgJd“.  Then comment with a link to your tweet.
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This contest runs until 11:59PM (EST) on Sept. 18th, 2009. One winner will be randomly selected (via random.org) and announced on this post and e-mailed sometime shortly after the contest concludes. If a winner doesn’t respond within 72 hours, a new winner will be selected

If you are not the lucky winner and would like to purchase Gro Baby Organic cloth diapers check out Sprout Soup online or at their store in Columbus, Ohio (the Clintonville area). The staff at Sprout Soup are always very helpful and personable, and are happy to show you how the diaper works. They have also put together the following recommendations on how many Gro Baby diapers you will need:

Newborn – 8 shells, 36 soakers or purchase infant sized prefolds

Babies 4-6 months – 8 shells, 30 soakers

Babies 12 months – 6 shells, 24 soakers

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Inaugural Giveaway: Green Magic Skin Care

Mom Going Green presents it’s inaugural Green GIVEAWAY!

Congradulations to Angie Arndts, the winner of the Green Magic gift basket.

2008-choice-fund-raiser-016Last summer we attended the CHOICE summer picnic and Charity auction benefiting CHOICE, the non-profit midewife group we used for Jack’s home birth (which I hope to re-cap at his 18 month birthday blog in August).  At the auction I bidon a basket of all-natural, Green Magic herbal creams and salves, homemade by Jill Schroer, one of Jack’s midwives.  I was so excited when I won the gift basket, my first silent auction win!   I have been using the products regularly and I love them.  I love that I know what all of the ingredients are.  There are no ingredients in Jills products that sound like they belong in chemistry class.  I feel 100% confident that the salves made by Jill that I use on Jack’s skin are safe and healthy for him.  Years ago, I didn’t realizethat there are other options for skin care besides what is sold in drug stores.  I’m so glad I have found so many wonderful options for Jack that are natural and chemical free.

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Green Magic Skin Care

Jill, owner and operator of Green Magic, jill schroeris a certified herbalist from the California School of Herbal Studies.  She has over 12 years experience making traditional herbal remedies.  All remedies are handcrafted in small batches from organic or ethically wildcrafted herbs.  Jill is also a mom, so she knows the value of having wholesome options for your baby.  Green Magic also makes ring slings for baby wearing.

healing salveOne of my favorite products in the Green Magic line is the Healing Salve, made of olive oil, comfrey, nettles, lavender, beeswax, and essential oils of rosemary and lavender, and vitamine E.  This salve is for cuts, scrapes, and skin irritations.  I have used this countless times on Jack.  It worked wonders when he had minor scratches from scratching himself at night, or for dry skin and minor eczema.  It is very soft and has a wonderful scent.  I have also frequently used the Calendula Salve, an antiseptic salve for diaper rash, sores and ulcerations.  I can’t tell you how much I love homemade products and the comfort of knowing what is in them is safe.  Additional products I have  tried include:

  •  Antifungal Salve
  • Cough Syrup
  • Chap stick
  • Talc-Free Baby Powder
  • Poke-root Salve, for mastitis

Jill does not have an online store but you can contact her at jillgreenmagic2003@yahoo.com if you would like to place an order.

 Jill has graciously donated a gift basket  for one lucky reader.  The gift basket includes:

  • Healing salve – good for cuts, scrapes, skin irritations
  • Arnica salve – good for bumps, bruises, aches, and pains
  • Poke root salve – specific for mastitis, breast lumps, and lymphatic conditions
  • Venous support salve – for varicosities, hemorrhoids, etc.
  • White pine moisturizer – a deeply penetrating natural lotion for face and body
  • Naturally Red Lip balm – give your lips a splash of color with out the artificial colors and dyes

To be entered in the giveaway please leave a comment answering the following question: Which of the products in the gift basket do you think you’ll use the most?

For Extra entries:

  1. Earn a 2nd entry:  Subscribe to Mom Going Green and leave a comment stating that you did.
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  3. Earn a 4th entry:  Follow me on (DrHeatherP) on Twitter and Tweeting about this giveawaywith”RT @DrHeatherP  in a Gift Basket by Green Magic – Natural skin care http://bit.ly/Sj7dd“.   Then comment with a  link to your tweet.
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Leave a valid e-mail address, so I can contact you to claim your prize, or it’ll go to another person.  The contest is open to U.S. shipping addresses only.

This contest runs until 11:59PM (EST) on July 20th, 2009.

One winner will be randomly selected (via random.org) and announced on this post and e-mailed sometime shortly after July 20th. If a winner doesn’t respond within 72 hours, a new winner will be selected

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Check us out on our CBS local news

Jack, Greg and I were interviewed by Columbus 10tv about raising our baby Green.  Click to watch!  Look for “Green Baby Products” on the left.

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Getting Started with Cloth Diapers

fuzibunzI love using cloth diapers on Jack.  I first started contemplating cloth diapers before I became pregnant, when I heard a statistic about disposable diapers taking up an astounding about of landfills.   Aproximately  18 billion diapers are added to landfills yearly.  Dirty diapers make up 2- 5 percent of landfills depending on the source.  According to the EPA, it takes the average disposable diaper 500 years to decompose!  No wonder you can smell a landfill from miles away!

The Green Way to Go

I think cloth diapering is definitely the GREEN way to go.  They are better for the environment by not contributing to landfills, where the chemicals in disposables will be absorbed into the ground and eventually water (after 500 years), not to mention the energy costs to produce the large quantity of disposables used in the world today.   You will have to make an initial investment but ultimately they will save you money in the long run, especially if you re-use them on multiple children.  I often here moms complain about having to buy 100’s of dollars in diapers at the grocery on a regular basis.  With cloth you can forget about that weekly expense!

Better for Baby

Babies using cloth diapers are less likely to get a diaper rash.  This is because they are changed more often.  Disposable diapers can hold many urination’s therefore little ones are often sitting, lying, playing, crawling, and walking around in their own urine much longer.  The wetness increases the chances of a diaper rash.  In addition, most disposable diapers are loaded with chlorine and other irritating chemicals which are part of the absorbent gel.  Harsh chemicals such as chlorine shouldn’t be touching your baby’s skin.  There are some companies who make disposable diapers that are chlorine free such as seventh generation and Tushies.  One more tid bit:  cloth diaper babies typially potty train earlier than disposable diaeper babies.  This is in part due to coth diapers being less comfortable for little ones to remain wet.  They learn that it is more comfortable to not sit in a wet diaper.

Getting Daddy on Board

Jack7months 124Some moms have  a challenge when mommy wants to use cloth and daddy doesn’t.   Fortunately I didn’t have that problem.   Neither Greg nor I mind going a little out of our way for the environment or to save money.    Using cloth diapers on you baby really is easy.  For those dad’s who are protesting, cloth diapers now aren’t what they used to be.  Gone are the day’s of pins and prefolds.  Don’t get me wrong, there are many people who absolutely love using prefolds out there.  But for those picky dads (or moms) there has been great strides in the improvement of cloth diapers.  Many brands look just like disposables and have velcro or snap tabs that close as easily as disposables. 

So Many Options – where do I start?

After I became pregnant I began looking into different cloth diaper types.  I used several resources including:  Cloth Diaper Diva, The Diaper Pin and Diaper Jungle.  You can also buy, sell and trade at Diaper Swappers.  Check out Cloth Diaper Blog for cloth diaper sales around the web.  For local shopping in the Columbus, New Albany, and Gahanna area, try out Sprout Soup.  I was a little intimidated by the many different cloth diapers.  I had no idea what a prefold was, or a fitted vs. AIO.  I’m here ease your pain and explain what these different types are, pros and con’s and Jack’s experience with different types.  I also suggest checking out additional cloth diaper reviews online.

ALL IN ONE

These diapers are just like the name,drybeesall-in-one.  One diaper with an inner absorbing layer and outer waterproof covering with velcro or snap closures.  The inner layer is often of fleece or which helps wick the wetness away from baby’s skin.  The outer layer is typically made of PUL (PolyUrethane Laminate), a waterproof material.  An absorbant soaker sewn into the diaper.  AIO’s and AIT’s (below) adjust as the baby grows so you don’t have to buy an entire new inventory of cloth diapers at each stage.  They are the closest to disposables you can get.  Brands:  BumGenius, Bumkins, Swadlebees, DryBees

Pros:  Extremely easy to use

Cons:  Somewhat expensive, difficult to get clean and dry

ALL IN TWOs

Just like the all-in-ones but in two pieces.  The absorbent soaker insert is not attached for easier cleaning.  This is nice in case the soaker needs replaced.  Brands:   Bumkins, Swaddelbees,  Rainforest Baby

Pro:  Easier to wash and dry than AIO’s

Con:  More pricey than other cloth diapers

CONTOURkissaluv contour

A fitted diaper (see description below) without the fasteners or elastic at the legs or waist.  A simple design.  Add a doubler for extra absorption and don’t forget the cover!  Brands:  kissaluv

Pros:  Versatility to get the right fit for your baby

Cons:  Tough with a squirmy baby, potential for leakage problems

FITTED

ClovernewbornfittedFitted diapers are made of an absorbent cloth, shaped like an hour glass with gathers by the legs.  They typically snap closed.  These diapers need a cover.  A doubler can be used to increase absorbency at night.  Brands:  Kissaluv, Happy Heiny’s, Tiny Birds Organic, Mother-Ease

Pro:  Less expensive than AIO’s and AIT’s

Con:  Take a long time to dry, they require a cover, and do not adjust as the baby grows, therefor need a new inventory of diapers.  In the long run, an expensive option. 

FLATSflat diaper

Exactly like the name, they are a flat square, intended to be folded to fit the baby, usually origami style and fastened with a snappie or pins.  They are single layer, 100% cotton material.  They also require a cover.  These are likely the diapers your grandma used. Brands:  Wildflower Diapers, Green Mountain Diapers 

Pro:  inexpensive, versatile, easy to wash and dry

Con:  Need folded and require a cover.

POCKETbumGenius-one-size-3_0-twilight-thumb

These are similar to AIO’s and AIT’s.  They have a pocket for the absorbent material so that mom and dad (we don’t discriminate) can customize the amount of absorbent material needed for their little one.  Brands:  BumGenius, Bumwear, Happy Heiny’s, Fuzzibunz, wonderoos

Pros:  Easy to wash, dry, customize your adsorbent material,

Cons:  Can be bulky, requires a stuffer, doesn’t adjust as baby grows.

PREFOLDsprefold

Prefolds consist of a rectangular piece with a middle panel thicker (typically 6-8 layers) and outer thin layers.  They are often made of gauze or birdseye, however there are DSQ diaper service quality also called Chinese Prefolds often made of hemp which are better quality.  Prefolds are intended to be folded and fastened with a snappie (triangular shaped piece with sharp ends to hold diaper in place) or pins.  A cover is needed.  They are easy to wash and fast to dry.  But may be hard with a squirmy baby due to the folding time.  Check out How to Fold a Prefold At Diaper Jungle.  BrandsCloth-eez, gerber

Pros:  Inexpensive, easy to wash and dry

Cons:  May be intimidating at first, require a cover, might be tough with a squirmy baby.

ONE SIZEone size tiny tush

One Size diapers grow with the baby by having extenders.  Several AIO’s and Pocket diapers are One Size.  Brands:  BumGenius, Haute Pocket, Happy Heiny, Tiny Tush

Pros:  This diaper will get your child from infancy to potty trained without needing to buy a larger size.  Economical

Cons:  May look bulky on newborns, can be more expensive than some diapers such as prefolds. 

COVERSbummiwwmbig

Covers are needed for fitted, flat, and prefold diapers.  They are usually contoured with elastic at the legs and snap or velcro closed.  They are made of Polyurethane laminates (PUL), waterproof nylon, fleece or wool.  Brands:  Bummis, Happy Heiny, Imse Vimse

Jack Tested Diapers

These descriptions are Jack’s experience with each diaper, it may not be the same for all babies.

(I love the names of all the diapers, so cute and funny!)

AIOAIO homemade

Homemade by a woman’s friend whom I purchased off of craigs list.  These diapers were a go-to diaper if all others were dirty or running small.  Jack tended to pee through them, to his clothes, the second time if we didn’t recognize that he went, but when we were more diligent about observing those things the diapers held up well.  This diaper did not work for bed time.  Just not absorbent enough.  They fit him for a fairly lengthy period, about 3 months to 10 months.  But they were too big when he was younger and he did outgrow them before he turned one.  They were easy to launder except that they took a very long time to dry.  Cost:  $12

Ease of use:  5/5

Comfort:  3/5

Bulkiness:  3/5

Maintenance ease:  4/5 

Night Time Absorption:  1/5

Value:  4/5

BumGeniusbumGenius-one-size

Love these diapers!  These are what we settled on.  We found them to be the easiest to use.  They have a fleece liner that wicks the wetness away from his bottom.  The cloth insert soaks up all of the liquid very well, and you can add as many as needed (it will become progressively bulkier though).  Jack does well with one insert during the day and used 2 at night when he got up more often and we changed him and 3 inserts now that he is sleeping longer (some nights anyway).  The waterproof cover works well.  I love the Velcro because Jack is very squirmy on the changing table so snaps just don’t work for us, although snaps are supposed to last longer than the Velcro.  I hope I am able to replace the velcro myself if it begins to wear.  I like that these diapers dry faster than others.  The liners take a little more time but the diaper itself drys in no time.  Most importantly I like how these diapers adjust (with snaps that let out more material) as Jack grows so we don’t have to purchase an entire new diaper supply at each growth spurt.  They also make an AIO and fitted diaper.  Cost:  $17.95

Ease of use:  5/5

Comfort:  5/5

Bulkiness:  4/5

Maintenance ease:  4/5 

Night Time Absorption:  5/5

Value:  4/5

Bumwearpurplebee

Jack tried out one Bumwear diaper.  I like that they are similar to the BumGenius in that they are a pocket diaper with a fleece liner.  I’m not a fan of the snaps.  I feel like these didn’t fit Jack as well.  The way it snaps, to get it snug at the waist it makes this pouch and gaps at this legs.  We had some issues with leakage.  Also this one does not grow with the baby as well, it has elastic to grow a bit but no extenders.  Also this diaper is very pricey –           Cost:$27 (I got it on craigslist for much less)

Ease of use:  4/5

Comfort:  3/5

Bulkiness:  4/5

Maintenance ease:  4/5

Night Time Absorption:  3/5

Value:  2/5

Earthwise Baby

We tried a few of these diapers when Jack was a little older, maybe 6/9 months.  They are a fitted, one-size with a snap on extra absorbent doubler and gathers around the legs.  They velcro closed.  They fit nicely, looked comfortable.  It works pretty well with the cover.  I’d probably saw this is my favorite fitted.  I really think the one-size is the best value of all cloth diapers.  I like the velcro, easy to use.  They require a cover and take longer to dry.   Earthwise baby don’t have the fleece liner like the pocket’s so again when wet, stays wet.  These diapers I got from the ChoiceParent Resource Center (a donate and take room).  I have searched online and haven’t found a photo or website to view information except for a few reviews.  I wish I could tell you where to get these and how much.  If I find out, I’ll post an update!

Ease of use:  4/5

Comfort:  4/5

Bulkiness:  3/5

Maintenance ease:  3/5

Night Time Absorption:  2/5

Value:  4/5

Happy Heiny’shappy heiny

I loved this diaper when Jack was little, we had a newborn size.  It looked very comfortable for him.  It is a pocket, very well made, velcro is nice and thick and Lay’s nicely in the front.  Also has the fleece liner.  I wasn’t a big fan of the insert, it was a different type of cloth that didn’t seem to hold the liquid as well.  Jack would saturate it to the max after one potty.  My biggest beef with this diaper is that it didn’t grow with baby, and there were so many sized that I would have had to spend a fortune to use these exclusively.  They now make one-size diaper which i think is a much better value, and they carry fitted diapers as well.  Cost:  $17.95

Ease of use:  5/5

Comfort:  5/5

Bulkiness:  4/5

Maintenance ease:  3/5

Night Time Absorption:  3/5

Value:  1/5 (their one-size would be a better value)

Haute Pockethaute pocket

I would put this diaper somewear between the BumGenius and Bumwear.  It too is a pocket diaper with fleece lining.  I like the shape of this diaper, the “wings” on either end make it fit nicely when snapped – but it does has snap’s which becomes an issue with squirmy wormy babies.  This diaper also has snap extenders to grow with baby.  It has a little of that same pouch problem but not as much as the Bumwear.  Overall, not too bad.  Cost $17.95

Ease of use:  4/5

Comfort: 4/5

Bulkiness:  3/5

Maintenance ease:  4/5

Night Time Absorption:  4/5

Value:  3/5

Kussaluvskussaluv

We used a number of these diapers when Jack was first born.  I liked that they were small and looked comfortable on him.  They are a fitted diaper with snaps and needed a cover so that is another lengthy and challenging diaper change for Mr. Squirmy pants as daddy liked to say.  My biggest issue with this diaper is that Jack would pee through the diaper, cover, and his clothes every time he wore one of these diapers, so lots of leakage.  There is no fleece liner like the pocket’s so when they are wet, they are very wet and stay wet.  Overall thought Jack had issues peeing out of diapers through his clothes but these were probably the worst.  I know not all boys and most girls don’t have this issue so these might be a nice option for other babies.  They aren’t as bulky as some of the pocket and AIO diapers.  They are less expensive but after you add in the cost of a good cover they are nearly the same price as other diapers.  They also take a really long time to dry (in a dryer sometimes over 90 min).  They might be better with a line dry, which we didn’t have available at the time.  Cost:  $12.95

Ease of use:  3/5

Comfort:  3/5

Bulkiness:  5/5

Maintenance ease:  3/5

Night Time Absorption:  1/5

Value:  3/5

Mommy’s Touchmommy's touch

This is a pocket, one-size cloth diaper.  It has a waterproof outer layer and fleece lining with a cloth absorbent removable soaker inside.  This diaper is snap which again, many moms love but didn’t work for our wiggly baby.  Mommy’s Touch does make diapers with velcro.  This diaper has variations to enlarge your baby grows however I found them confusing.  And Jack has nearly outgrown his Mommy’s Touch at 25lbs.  Cost:  $18.95

Ease of use:  2/5

Comfort:  3/5

Bulkiness:  3/5

Maintenance ease:  3/5

Night Time Absorption:  2/5

Value:  3/5

Mother-easemotherease

These are a One Size diaper with snaps and require a cover.  They are also a one size so they grow with baby.  It has nice “wings” on both sides so it clothes nicely, but again, the slow snappes.  I didn’t like how there was not elastic at the legs so Jack had leakage issues with this one.  One insert can snap into this diaper which works well for the daytime , but that was not enough for Jack at night.  They are low cost but after adding in a good cover, price is similar to other diapers.   Cost $12 (they also make an AIO and Fitted)

Ease of use:  2/5

Comfort:  2/5

Bulkiness:  3/5

Maintenance ease:  3/5

Night Time Absorption:  1/5

Value:  3/5

Make Your Own Wipe Solution

Why not use cloth wipes;  you will be laundering the diapers anyway so it’s no problem to throw in the wipes too!  This is so incredibly easy, and think about the money you will save and the chemicals you will spare you little ones skin.  All you need is:

1 Cup water

1 TBS baby bath soap

8-15 drops of  tea tree essential oil

(for scent and to prevent fungus/mold)

If you have a diaper warmer, try adding the solution into the warmer, however any container will due.  For cloths, I use wash cloths or receiving blankets cut into small squares.  I received enough receiving blankets for an army at my baby shower.  Simply dip the cloth in the solution and you’re ready to go.

Cloth Diaper Ready

I hope you now feel confidant to try out cloth diapering.  This basic information can help your family choose a diaper that every family member is comfortable with.  Cloth diapering is simple, eco-friendly and great for your baby.  I hope my basic info and reviews were helpful.  If you have any questions let me know drhprenger@gmail.com

Please comment:  tell me how you got started with cloth diapers?

Stay tuned for upcoming posts on Laundering your cloth diapers and another on Natural Remedy’s for itchy bug bites and bee stings and choosing a good repelant.

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