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What’s Old is New Again

Raise your hand if you were cloth diapered as a baby.

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I was born in 1982 and, yup, I was cloth diapered in the traditional “flats-and-prefolds-and-safety pins-and-rubber pants” sort of way. It could have been because we had very little money. It could have been simply because my mother was an economical fiend (in a good way). It could have been because it was how my mother was taught to do things. It also might have been because I was the last of four and my mother wasn’t about to change up her system at that point.

Back then, it wasn’t a hip trend to CD since the only diaper color available, as far as I know, was, um, white. (I still have an affinity for a cute, white-fluffed bum.) Although, seriously, haven’t they come a long way? It wasn’t really done to save the planet, either, … Read More

Making the Switch From Disposable to Cloth Diapers

When my husband and I were expecting our first child, we discussed whether we should use disposable or cloth diapers. We liked the idea of the environmental friendliness of cloth but worried about the extra work (as in laundry) that washing and folding the diapers might require.  We still hadn’t decided what do by the time our daughter was born.  Much to our surprise, the first diaper she ever wore was a cloth one–at the hospital!

The hospital where all three of our children were born is a  “Green Hospital.”  It has a BPA-free Mother and Baby Wing, the cafeteria uses real silverware instead of plastic, it uses 100% biodegradable plastic cups and straws made from corn, it recycles all of its paper, plastic and metal-among other things, it composts not only food but landscaping debris, and it uses cloth instead of disposable diapers.  The nurse with Read More