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Healthy Dessert’s Cookbook Giveaway!

Congradulations to the winner, Teslaca, picked from random.org

 

Yes, you did read that right.  I did use the word’s “Healthy” and “Dessert” in the same sentence.  And, doing so I’m not talking about “fat free” or “sugar free”, which are not health at all, but thats a topic for another day.  Mom-blogger at Modern Alternative Mama, and author, Kate Tietje has just released her 4th cook book “Treat Yourself:  Real Food Desserts”!

Kate’s book is loaded with fabulous recipes utilizing natural ingredients such as honey (with immune benefits, especially when using local honey), pure maple syrup (not the kind that has corn syrup in it), Sucanat (the least processed form of granular sugar) comparable to Rapadura; also, butter, cream, fruit, almond flour and sprouted grain flour and other natural foods.  For those with food allergies and gluten sensitivity or intolerance she has plenty of grain-free and some GAPS-friendly recipe’s too!

I have tried the Chocolate Hazelnut Sauce from Kate’s dessert cookbook, her version of Nutella, a favorite in many households.  It was extremely easy to make, and no artificial unpronounceable ingredients!  It MIGHT have taken me 6 minuets.  We dipped banana’s in the Chocolate Hazelnut Sauce for an after dinner treat.  Kate also suggest trying it atop her crepe recipe or as a frosting on a cake.  This is definitely a great recipe if you want to impress the family and throw together a quick dessert in a bind.

Tonight my husband requested Lemon cake so I whipped out Kate’s new book and was happy to make Kate’s version of this classic dessert,  loaded with wholesome ingredients and a great fresh taste for the summer.  It turned out very moist and very lemony! Her recipe called for a bunt pan which I didn’t have so I used a 11×8 glass baking dish and enjoyed the same great taste, toped with homemade whipped cream (without white sugar).

GIVEAWAY (starts 9/12, ends 9/16/2011)

Kate has generously donated a free copy of “Treat Yourself:  Real Food Desserts” for one lucky reader.

Here’s how to enter:

  1. To be entered go to Modern Alternative Mama and leave a comment at this post of which recipe from the Table of Contents you would most like to try.   Be sure to leave a valid e-mail so I can contact you to claim your prize.

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  2. Blog about this giveaway and linking to Mom Going Green using  ” Healthy Dessert’s Cookbook Giveaway” as the title in your blog’s post.  Then, leave a comment here with a link to your post.
  3. Go to Modern Alternative Mama and subscribe and comment here that you did so.
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Discount Code

If you do not win the giveaway but would really like to own this fabulous cookbook you can purchase the book at Modern Alternative Mama and receive 25% off using the following code: GREENTREAT.  It expires on: 9/19/1

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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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A Fun Treat for Columbus Toddlers

We spent our beautiful, sunny, and warm Saturday afternoon going for a leisurely walk around downtown and the short north.  We had a nice lunch at ZPizza which offers organic, all-natural, and gluten-free food.  We stopped in a few local shops and learned about Everybodyrides, a program where local retailers in the Short North provide bikes for people to borrow to get around town then return when done, a greentastic concept!  Read more about Everyonebikes here.

Before we made it downtown we stopped at one of our favorite local toy stores, Larson’s, in Upper Arlington.  They sell many wooden and safe toys for kids and babies.  They have a wide selections of all types of toys and games.  We were looking for train tracks to put around the castle that Greg built with his friend Shane for Jack for christmas.  While checking out I noticed a sign that said they offered a free gift for any customer turning 2!  It was a oval train track by Nuchi with 2 colorful dinosaur train cars, valued at $19.95.  I was pumped!  I love Nuchi trains, it is a great company with high standards for safety.

Nuchi is a subdivision of the Little Little Little Toy company or the little3 toy company .  The little company was started by Peter Reynolds, former president of BRIO’s American subsidiary.  He split from brio due to a personal conflict.   I spoke directly with Nuchi and despite being made in china, which I’m not crazy about, they comply with the American and European safety standards ASCM 963 and EN71.  They could not guarantee zero ppm lead but said they do extensive testing and are always well under the standards listed above.  They aren’t designed to be replica’s of existing trains but have a more playful, and colorful look, enticing children’s imaginations.  According to TD monthly, this is a great up and coming company.  Nuchi trains are compatible with brio and thomas train sets.

The free train set Larson’s is giving out is the perfect size for little hands.  It is so hard to find anything for free, let alone a high quality train set!  I recommend any parents of a 2 year birthday boy or girl to pay a visit to Larson’s!

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This Green Toy Stack’s Up Quite Nicely

If creativity, learning, and fun are characteristics you look for in a toy, then I have a recommendation for you.  We recently had an opportunity to try out a toy by the Green company, Plan Toys.  We have enjoyed Plan Toys long before this opportunity came about.  I love their durability.  I can tell you Plan toys nicely withstand the wrath of a toddler boy!  We have numerous Melissa and Doug wooden toys that have broken.  I called to get a replacement on one and they said it was on back order and over a year later we have not revived the toy  I was also hassled on the phone while trying to get the replacement for my child being too rough with the toy.  Well my wild and crazy AKA normal 2 year old boy has been equally rough with his Plan Toys and they have withstood the test (with the exception of 1 train connection breaking which was promptly replaced without hassle).

Planing Green

They pride themselves on their green practices.  They use organic rubberwood, no pesticides, non-toxic, non-formaldehyde glue, water based dye without lead or heavy metal, recycled materials, and soy/water based ink for printed materials which is readily biodegradable and easier to recycle than standard chemical ink.   For the past five years, Plan Toys have we replanted over 43,000 trees in 47 acres of a 2,000 acre area that has been devastated by wild fires and deforestation.   I think that gets a special green star from Mom Going Green!  Green efforts are applauded for Plan Toy’s use of renewable energy.  They use solar energy to power kiln-dries wood machines and burn scrap wood from toys as fuel.   They will soon add a biomas steam turbine generator to their repertoire of energy sources.  They also have a program called “Adaptive Toys for Children with Special needs”, where they donate specially created toys for special needs children.

Safety Matters

For parents concerned about safety Plan Toys couldn’t have made it more accessible for you to check the safety record on every toy they make.  If you Click Here, you can select any toy and Plan Toys will email you a detailed safety analysis of that toy.  It can’t get much easier than that!  As a parent who throughly researches toys before purchasing, I can tell you how refreshing it is to not have to dig and dig for hours to find safety data on a company.

Stacking up Fun

The toy we recently tested was Tower Stacking.  Jack loves to stack so this toy was great for him.  It has 5 plates each with a number on one side and a color on the other side.  Green is 5 and there are 5 green stacking blocks, red is 4 and there are 4 red stacking blocks, and so on.  The stacking blocks are all different shapes.  Some have angles so that brings another dimension to the stacking challenge.   When I first opened the toy I wasn’t sure where to begin.  I guess as an adult I was looking for directions but Jack just dove in to experimenting with the different shapes and colors.  I did find on Plan’s website Play ideas.

What I like most about this toy is that it covers many areas with different colors, shapes, sizes and numbers and that it is simple which allows for a lot of creativity and exploration by little hands and minds.   Jack had a little bit of a challenge with stacking some of the more narrow pieces.  He tried to stack each color, but the Tower Stacking toy is recommended for 3 and above and Jack just turned 2.  I think this shows that it is a toy that can grow with your child.  Jack had fun picking out the colored blocks and counting them, pointing out the different colors and experimenting with the stacking.  As he grows I’m sure he will explore the variety of different stacking options even more.


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Quality Toys for Your Little One

 If you are looking for quality, made in America toys for your little one for birthday’s, holiday’s or a special occasion, Holgate Toys should definitely be on your list.  This is one of our favorite toy companies.  I’m confidant when Jack is playing with a Holgate toy, that I don’t have to worry about him being exposed to toxic chemicals.  They are simple and classic toys with plenty of room for creativity and learning.  They are the type of toys that will receive lots of play by your children and your grandchildren and maybe even your great grandchildren.  I first saw Holgate toys while shopping at Sprout Soup in Columbus.  I loved the look and quality of them so I researched the company online.  I found nothing but positive information about the company.  They are based out of Pennsylvania.  All of the toys are made form Penn wood.

All Holgate Toys meet or exceed ASTM F963-07 Toy Safety Standards and conform to the (CPSIA) Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008.  Find details on the safety testing of each toy here.  I have seen Holgate toys on several all-natural and green websites and several local stores.  Jack recently had an opportunity to test out a complementary Hickory Dickory Dock Clock donated by Holegate for the purpose of this review.  I love this toy because it offers education play and discovery with colors, numbers, shapes, and telling time.  It isn’t often you can find a all-in-one like that!

Jack, now 24 months really likes pointing out the colors and shapes.  He likes to put the blocks in the correct hole.  My only wish for this toy is that the holes for the blocks be deeper so he doesn’t knock them out as easily.  Overall it is a wonderful toy and so far has withstood the rough play of our 2 year old boy.

Holegate has graciously donated one of their educational wooden toys, Jumbo Lacing Beads for a Mom Going Green Reader.  This toy is great for practicing hand eye coordination and learning colors.

Enter the Giveaway:

  1. To be entered go to Holegate Toys 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:
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This contest runs until 11:59PM (EST) on February. 21st, 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

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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.

Green Magic Skin Care

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:

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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.

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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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