Solutions for Nighttime Yeast Infections Caused by Cloth Diapers

We all want to consider the health of the planet, but when our babies end up with reoccurring rashes and yeast infections from cloth diapers at night, it can be tempting to switch to disposables.  I did.  Of course, first there were weeks of trouble shooting, but then exhaustion set in and I surrendered to disposables.  I tried to switch back several times, all with the same results.

Our readers have rushed to my aid with a host of tips for yeast infection prevention and treatment.  Perhaps they can keep you from using disposables in those hazy nights of early parenting. They inspire me to continue my quest for an all-cloth diaper lifestyle!
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What Reusable Drink Bottle Set Works Best for Kids?

We blush with happiness whenever people write to us with questions and quickly scramble to find answers. This week we’re calling on all our readers to help lend their input on the following email question.

“I have what I realize is a pretty specific question: what are some good ways to pack drinks with our lunches?

I pack a lunch for my preschooler nearly every day, and for myself at least two days a week. But I’m not happy with the drinks that go with these lunches. I either bring or buy a single-serving beverage — and it bugs me to pay almost $2 for a small bottle of milk.
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Which Cloth Diapers Last The Longest?

The Chinese prefolds I’ve used are legendary for the many baby bottoms they kept dry over the years. Those very worn cotton prefolds were purchased secondhand, used by my son, passed onto another baby, and then swaddled my daughter. Finally, I gave the surviving few away to another new mom while the rest are used as kitchen rags. While the prefolds were incredibly sturdy, I didn’t have the same luck with the wraps. Although I purchased them new, the velcro is worn and pulls away from the seams a bit more with each use. (I know I could repair the cloth diaper velcro, but my daughter is just months away from potty training so I think we’ll just wait it out.)
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The Green Baby Guide’s Best POCKET Diaper Posts

Not sold on pocket diapers? Check out how to choose an eco-friendly diaper system and figure it out once and for all! Joy and I had an old-fashioned diaper duel (which involved impassioned blogging rather than shooting each other at forty paces) in which she argued that pocket diapers are better than prefolds.

The bumgenius one-size diaper adjusts to fit babies as they grow.

Her love for pocket diapers was so strong that her argument came in the form of a five-point ode. Powerful stuff. After our fight had reached a stalemate, she came back with three more reasons she loves pocket diapers. She just won’t take “prefolds are better” for an answer!
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Affordable Wooden Play Kitchens Make Eco-friendly Holiday Gifts

Wooden play kitchens have gone mainstream! Just a few years ago, I couldn’t find a wood child’s play kitchen for under $250. (I’ll admit I didn’t look too hard after my initial search proved so disappointing.) So what did I do? I picked up something similar to this Alex Toys In My Kitchen Set at a consignment shop for $12, tricked it out with some IKEA pots and pans, and voila! I had an inexpensive little play kitchen for my child. (Here’s the original post I wrote about this slap-dash effort at creating an affordable wooden play kitchen.)

This year I looked around and found several darling wooden kitchens, many of which were under or around $100!
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Pampering Holiday Gifts for Pregnant Women: Indulging the Expectant Mothers on Your List

Pregnant women need pampering.  Why?  Because when their feet are massaged, when their tongues are bathed in dark chocolate, and when they are immersed in honey bubble bath, their babies are enjoying an atmosphere of relaxation and contentment as well.   Those bambinos will be getting piles of presents in the months to come, but new and expectant moms deserve some special thought as well.

After trolling the Internet for the perfect gifts (and remembering my own pregnancy cravings), here’s what I came up with:

The Microwaveable Flax Seed Filled Neck Pillow or Momma Earth Herbals Aromatherapy Packs are perfect solutions for driving away winter chill while luxuriating in relaxation.  (Please consider a few free foot massage coupons to accompany these lovely gifts!)
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Do You Have a Kindle?

How do you like it? We’ve written before about this electronic reading device: The Kindle for Breastfeeding Mothers: Is It Green? We never reached a perfect conclusion. While conventional books are made from trees and travel hither and yon before they reach the reader, the Kindle takes energy to produce–and one day, it will need to be recycled (or thrown in the trash).

If you have a Kindle, how do you like it? Do you think of it as a green alternative to regular old books?

Reusable Nursing Pad Reviews and Recommendations

Washable nursing pads save money and cut down on waste. How many disposable pads does the average woman toss before her breastfeeding days are behind her? There’s really no “average woman” in this case. Some women don’t leak at all between feedings, and therefore have little need for nursing pads. Others leak the entire time they are breastfeeding, even once the child starts eating solid foods and the constant need for nursing dies down.

The LANAcare wool nursing pads review was one of our earliest Green Baby Guide posts. If you’re considering washable nursing pads, there are three main options: cotton, wool, and silicone. I chose wool for its absorbent and antibacterial properties. Unlike cotton, wool doesn’t feel cold and wet, so there’s less discomfort while wearing the pads, even if they’re soaked.
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Creative Indoor Play for Kids–Including Holiday Crafts!

When the rain hits around here, cabin fever quickly descends unless we seek creative indoor entertainment.  Luckily we have a huge supply of cozy kid-friendly fall activities for those chilly afternoons indoors.

If you’re still waiting for that first baby to arrive, you can while away the time with our DIY baby mobile made of beautiful paper birds.  Or, you can whip up a few homemade hemp diaper liners to fill out your cloth diaper layette.  Don’t forget to buy or use your library for free access to books! Check out our practical little publication, The Eco-nomical Baby Guide for some entertaining and eco-friendly reading.
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Green Holiday Gift Ideas for Baby and Eco-Friendly Stocking Stuffers for Baby

We like the emphasize that most babies will be utterly content receiving a cardboard box this holiday season, but if family and friends insist, we do have some excellent ideas for green gifts.

If your child is old enough to interact with bigger playthings, there are plenty of wooden toys for babies and kids and other types of eco-friendly toys for babies and young children.

Looking for stocking stuffers for babyBaby Legs are inexpensive, adorable, and long lasting.  They come in just one size that can potentially be worn from infancy through the preschool years.  And there’s no need to take them off when changing your tot’s diaper or setting your babe on the potty. Natural teething tablets are also a great addition to baby’s holiday loot.
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