The Mother-ease Blog

Cloth Diapering 101: Traveling with Cloth

Posted by Erika Froese on Aug 22, 2014 10:00:00 AM

ESTIMATED READING TIME: 3 MINUTES

Many parents who choose to cloth diaper their child are faced with an internal debate when a road trip looms: “Should I use disposables to make this easier?” Some parents do give in and travel with disposables, thinking that is so much more convenient. But when you consider the costs, environmental concerns and comfort, you’ll realize that traveling with cloth isn’t so bad – all it takes is a little planning.

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Topics: Cloth Diapers 101, Cloth Diapers, Traveling

Potty Learning: The Benefits of Cloth Training Pants

Posted by Erika Froese on Aug 20, 2014 8:00:00 AM

ESTIMATED READING TIME: 3 MINUTES

Admit it, potty learning (or potty training) isn’t easy. And it is only made more complicated when trying to find the right training pants. But with the right cloth training pants, potty training can get easier. You need something reliable, easy to get on and off and absorbent enough to hold accidents (but not so absorbent that your toddler doesn’t feel the wetness). And if your child has grown up in cloth diapers, you do not want to switch to disposables now. Have you been using disposables? It’s time to switch to cloth and find out just how great reusable baby products are!

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Topics: Potty training, Training pants

Cloth Diapers and the Environment: The Impact of Washing

Posted by Erika Froese on Aug 18, 2014 9:00:00 AM

ESTIMATED READING TIME: 3 MINUTES

Why use cloth diapers? Besides the health benefits and cost effectiveness, using cloth diapers is a great way to lower your environmental impact. From birth to potty learning, a baby goes through an average of 8000 diaper changes. The sheer volume of diaper changes makes one thing very obvious: choosing cloth diapers or disposable diapers plays a major role in the welfare of the planet.

To teach you about how you can make a difference, our series Cloth Diapers and the Environment will guide you through each aspect of how your decision impacts the environment.

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Topics: Cloth Diapers, Environment

Cloth Diapers and Daycare: The Day-to-Day Diaper Schedule

Posted by Erika Froese on Aug 13, 2014 9:00:00 AM

ESTIMATED READING TIME: 3 MINUTES

When you decided to cloth diaper your baby, chances are you made the decision based on how you and your family would be able to handle the diapering system. But now that it is time to go back to work and you are looking for daycare, cloth diapering might suddenly seem a bit more complicated. The fact that you have a daycare facility that is open to your diapering system is a great start, now the trick is to work out a routine that keeps cloth diapering easy!

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Topics: Cloth Diapers and Daycare

Cloth Diapers 101: All about One-Size Diapers

Posted by Erika Froese on Aug 11, 2014 10:00:00 AM

ESTIMATED READING TIME: 4 MINUTES

 

The decision to cloth diaper isn’t always an easy one, made more difficult by the vast number of brands and styles to choose from. One of the more common and popular styles of cloth is one-size diapers, which are designed to take your child through multiple weight ranges and stages — some claiming to fit from birth to potty training. But fit and function are very different; just because they fit from birth to potty training doesn’t mean they will remain effective the entire time.

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Topics: Cloth Diapers 101

Disposable Nursing Pads vs. Reusable Nursing Pads

Posted by Erika Froese on Aug 7, 2014 11:00:00 AM

ESTIMATED READING TIME: 3 MINUTES

There are beautiful associations when it comes to nursing – cuddling and bonding with your baby as you provide nourishment. And while breastfeeding is a wonderful and rewarding experience, it does come with some unpleasant side effects like sore nipples (for a short timeit usually takes a few weeks for nipples to toughen up) and leaking breasts.

Nursing pads can help keep you comfortable and prevent embarrassing leaks from soaking through your clothing. They are available, like diapers, in disposable or reusable options. So which are the best option for you? Let's talk about disposable nursing pads vs. reusable nursing pads.

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Topics: Breastfeeding, World Breastfeeding Week, Nursing Pads

Do I Really Need Nursing Pads?

Posted by Erika Froese on Aug 6, 2014 10:00:00 AM

ESTIMATED READING TIME: 3 MINUTES

As an expectant mother, you have already been making many decisions on how you want to raise your baby. One of those decisions is whether or not to breastfeed. If you have decided that breastfeeding is for you, you will need to purchase nursing pads. For the first few days after your baby is born, you may be able to get by without them, but as your milk comes in you will need nursing pads.

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Topics: Breastfeeding, World Breastfeeding Week, Nursing Pads

What you Need to Know About Breastfeeding

Posted by Erika Froese on Aug 5, 2014 3:00:45 PM

ESTIMATED READING TIME: 4 MINUTES

No matter how prepared you think you are when you are entering motherhood, there are always surprises. Many breastfeeding mothers are happy to share advice and stories of their experiences, but no matter how much you are told, you will still feel unprepared. So here are some important things to know about breastfeeding to help you deal with your new experience.

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Topics: World Breastfeeding Week, Nursing Pads

Busting Cloth Diaper Myths: “I need a diaper stash”

Posted by Erika Froese on Jul 30, 2014 12:43:52 PM

ESTIMATED READING TIME: 3 MINUTES

You have a baby on the way – maybe your first, maybe your fourth – and you’ve decided cloth diapering is the system for you. Prepare yourself; you are soon going to be bombarded with unsolicited advice and facts, much of which just isn’t true. For some reason, whether people have used cloth diapers or not, everyone has an opinion and everyone has heard a myth they are eager to spread.

With so much information coming at you from every angle, it’s hard to know what is true and what isn’t. Fear not – our blog series, Busting Cloth Diaper Myths, will tackle these myths one by one so you know exactly what you are getting into.

 

Today’s Myth: “I need a diaper stash”

When you first begin researching cloth diapering, determining which brand is best can be overwhelming at best. There are many cloth diaper companies and styles out there, but which one is best? You may think that with so many choices, you should have a collection of types and brands. But not all cloth diapers are created equally and your best bet for effective cloth diapering is sticking to the one perfect style and brand.

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Topics: Diaper Myths, Cloth Diapers, Cost

Go Toxin-Free with Cloth Diapers: Say Goodbye to Sodium Polyacrylate

Posted by Erika Froese on Jul 28, 2014 12:42:07 PM

ESTIMATED READING TIME: 4 MINUTES

When there is a new baby on the way, you are completely immersed in ensuring you are making the right choices to give your child the very best life. Of course, you want the best products that will contribute to the healthiest environment for your baby. But even though you are doing as much research as possible to keep your baby healthy, some things can sneak past you; it's incredible how many toxins can be found in every day baby products, including disposable diapers.

Disposable diapers contain many different types of chemicals that can unknowingly contribute to various health concerns for babies. Most disposables contain Dioxins, TBT, Sodium Polyacrylate, dyes and fragrances, among other things.

We want to make sure you are completely informed about what you are putting on your baby's skin, so we are happy to bring you our series Go Toxin Free with Cloth Diapers to let you know what you'll find in disposables and why you don't want that anywhere near your baby.

Today we’re talking why it’s time to say goodbye to Sodium Polyacrylate

Disposable diapers consist of several layers that work together to pull moisture away from your baby’s skin, absorb liquid and keep mess contained with a waterproof layer. Sodium Polyacrylate is a powder inserted into the inner compartment of disposable diapers that allows these diapers to hold up to seven pounds of liquid. When the powder gets wet, it turns into a gel; if you have ever seen a gel-like substance ooze out of a wet disposable diaper, you have seen Sodium Polyacrylate.

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Topics: Cloth Diapers, Health, Cloth vs. Disposable

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