Handsocks is on a mission to keep babies' arms and hands cozy and protect them from scratching. Handsocks aims to expand their collection via their new Kickstarter campaign, including prints named after real children and limited edition styles. Learn how you can support the project!
On busy days is definitely tempting to throw a bunch of junk food in your grocery cart that doesn't require cooking or peeling. It's also tempting to buy your baby those tiny tubs of baby food, and I have bought them on several occasions. The other day I loaded 10 tiny tubs of baby food into my shopping basket, only to look down and evaluate the small amount of baby food I was paying $12 for. I put the baby food tubs back, went to the produce aisle, and instead spent about $15 on a whole acorn squash, a bunch of bananas, several sweet potatoes, apples, and whole carrots. I got a lot of fresh produce for my $15 and best of all, my baby got to enjoy healthy baby food purees that were straight from raw fruits and veggies packed with nutrients and even a little fiber. Happy baby!
I've been cloth diapering for 4 years now. I've run the full cycle, from putting teeny tiny cloth diapers on my newborn with every riser row possible snapped together, all the way through potty training my toddlers. I've washed more than a hundred loads of cloth diapers; stripped my cloth diapers, deep cleaned them, and bleached my cloth diapers in the sun. I've dressed my kids with cloth pull ups at night, used cloth diapers as Eco-friendly swim diapers, and used a cute cloth diaper cover in the place of bloomers under my baby's dress. Cloth diapers are very universal and pretty awesome for saving money and living an Eco-conscious lifestyle. Here are five of my personal perks for using cloth diapers!
Homemade baby food can be a wonderfully affordable and healthy mealtime option for your baby, especially when packed with wholesome ingredients like kale and quinoa! Here are four tasty combinations we came up with using the healthy grain quinoa.
It's no secret that cloth diapering is the cheaper route in the long run... But starting out the initial start-up cost can be a little overwhelming to moms on a strict budget. What's a mom to do? Thankfully, cloth diapering on a budget is possible. Here are a few quick tips to get you started.
I've been using cloth diapers for more than 2 years and I love the convenience, savings, and Eco-friendly benefits. But after 2 years of regular daily use, our diaper inserts were looking (and smelling) a bit rank. I've heard the smell referred to as a "rotting turnip smell". I regularly strip our cloth diaper inserts using an ammonia bouncer, but what do I do when that isn't good enough? I put some elbow grease into the problem and came up with a cloth diaper deep cleaning process that made our cloth diaper inserts practically good as new!
Deciding to use cloth diapers for your baby is good for the environment, healthy for baby, budget-friendly, and who doesn't love a fluffy baby bum?! A cute cloth diaper paired with a T-shirt or baby leggings = instant outfit!
So why don't all parents choose cloth? Washing those adorable little poo-catchers is scary! Or... at least it seems that way to those who haven't done it before. Washing cloth diapers is actually quite simple. Just as many families' wash routine for clothing is different, there are many different ways to wash cloth diapers. If you stick to the following simple routine for cleaning your cloth, you won't go wrong.
Having a baby often means bringing a lot of new stuff into your home. Preparing for a new baby is an exciting time, and the nesting process is often very much enjoyed by moms. Having a baby can also involve a lot of disposable trash — wipes, diapers, packaging from the myriad of gifts, and baby food jars. Here are some tips to help minimize your household trash, reduce the clutter, and make your new life with a baby a little more eco-friendly.
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Diapering is often the biggest new activity that comes with a baby -- and the most work. Using cloth diapers will significantly reduce household trash at about 2,000 diapers a year per child. Once you get into a routine, cloth diapers are very easy to use and clean; simply wipe off any solids into the toilet, wash them on a warm pre-wash, and then wash them in a regular cycle with detergent. Cloth diapers also dry quickly and the inserts come out fluffy in the dryer. Cloth diapers can also be "stripped" of any buildup once a month using Rockin' Green Funk Rock. Simply soak the diapers for 1 hour in 4 tbsp. of Funk Rock, followed by a normal wash. Easy as can be. Our favorite cloth diapers are snap in diapers and pocket diapers. Many cloth diaper styles are also available for all preferences. Reusable wipes are simply soft pieces of cloth that you use instead of disposable wipes. You can wash and dry reusable wipes along with your diaper loads. Plus cloth diapers are just stinkin' cute! (no pun intended)
Baby food can be expensive and making your own baby food can be inconvenient. These are some regular cheap foods that you can easily feed your baby.