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Have you decided to use cloth diapers for your baby? Congratulations! You’ve made a choice that is great for planet Earth because you’re keeping 7000 disposable diapers out of the landfills. You’ve also made a choice that will save you a lot of money. Using disposable diapers costs about $1500 per child, while with cloth diapers, your only costs are the initial diaper purchase and the cost of water and electricity to keep the diapers clean. Learning how to wash cloth diapers, however, can be a challenge. Follow these steps to get your washing routine off to a good start. Pre-Use Washing Before using your cloth diapers for the first time, you should wash them. Synthetic diapers need to be washed just once before using. Diapers that are made of a natural fiber like cotton, bamboo, or hemp should be washed and dried three to six times before their first…

One of the most popular questions parents of newborns ask is, “How do I get my baby to sleep through the night?” It seems every pediatrician, grandparent, and even strangers all have their own secret recipe for getting your baby to sleep (and stay asleep,) so you can get the much-needed rest you need. Some of this advice is valuable. Some of it is downright dangerous. While anyone who’s ever spent a few nights around a newborn can attest, sleep is a luxury that is hard to come by. Parents and caregivers desperate for sleep will often resort to any means imaginable to get even four or five uninterrupted hours of shut-eye. But, take heart. You are not alone. Parents around the world can sympathize with you. It does get better.  Did you know that, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 90% of newborns sleep 6-8 hours straight through…

Are you a tired, sleep-deprived new mom? You’re not alone. Being awakened multiple times each night by a screaming infant is familiar territory for every new parent. These tips on how to get a baby to sleep through the night can help you get your little one on a consistent sleep schedule. Follow a set bedtime routine Prepare your baby for sleep by following the same bedtime routine every night. One study showed that babies who follow a nightly routine before bed fall asleep more easily, sleep more soundly, and cry less frequently in the middle of the night. Try following these steps as you begin to create your baby’s nighttime routine: Bathe your baby. The warmth of the bath and the soothing sounds of the water will help her begin to wind down. Turn on a white noise machine in the room where your baby sleeps. Cuddle or rock…

Traveling with children can be an intimidating challenge, to say the least. The very idea of traveling with kids in tow can conjure up an image of diaper disasters, temper tantrums, and the dreaded repetition of “are we there yet?” However, taking your kids on a trip doesn’t have to be the nightmare it may sound like. With the right plans and attitude, traveling with kids can be fun, or at least not the fraught experience many imagine it to be. Here are some great tips for making traveling with your kiddos less stressful: Traveling in General The first step to making your journey the best it can be is to adjust your attitude. If this is your first big trip with your children, you may have a too-rosy outlook involving your kids being perfect angels the entire time. Or you may be experiencing the opposite: nightmare visions of constant…

For many kids, summer is all about fun at the pool or the beach. For others, however, water-related activities are terrifying. It’s important for parents to learn how to help their children overcome fears about water and swimming. Working through these fears makes it possible for kids to enjoy a popular summer activity with their friends, and also makes it less likely that they will fall victim to accidental drowning. (The CDC reports that in the United States, accidental drownings account for about 10 deaths per day, and 1 in 5 people who drown are under the age of 14.) Respect your child’s fear It can be tempting to try to dismiss or minimize your child’s fear in an attempt to get him into the water more quickly. This strategy will likely backfire, and you’ll end up making him even more resistant to the idea of swimming. Your child’s fear…

Most parents of newborns have similar shopping lists. Food (to keep them energized during long, sleepless nights), emergency pacifiers, wipes and many, many packs of disposable diapers are essential. When exhausted dads walk down the baby care aisle on autopilot at 3AM there’s no question that diapers are needed. However, most don’t consider there is an alternative…cloth! Gone are the days when cloth diapers were considered unhygienic, difficult to close and, of course, the only option. Many more mothers than you expect rely on cloth diapers today. Baby care is a very personal decision and on the surface, cloth may seem outdated, complicated and just plain gross. However, there are always unseen benefits to every option. Let’s carefully weigh the pros and cons to help make the best decision for YOUR family! 1. COST A family should expect to spend $3,000 per child on diapers. That is a HUGE financial…

Choosing the right diaper can be a little bit of a minefield, especially if you’re new to the parenting game. For first time parents, you want everything to be perfect, and that includes diapers, which is not an insignificant investment and is going to be part of your baby’s life for the 2-3 years. So you’re right to take it seriously. There are dozens upon dozens of diapers on the market, and by just checking the packaging you’re not really going get a clear picture on where the diapers rate in terms of absorbency, fit and comfort. You need an independent guide to walk you through the various options so you can pick the right diaper for you, we have you covered. We’ve done a lot of the hard work for you, by reviewing and selecting the top 5 diapers on the market right now. Both for disposable diapers and…

If your gut feeling says you might have a bun in the oven it can be agonizing to wait to find out for sure. Though ultrasounds and pregnancy tests are the only foolproof method of being certain, most urine tests won’t give accurate results until at least a day after your first missed period; an ultrasound can take even longer, as the fetus is invisible until 5-6 weeks after gestation. Thankfully, there are several signs of pregnancy that often show up long before a urine test or ultrasound is possible. Though every pregnancy is unique and every woman will experience theirs differently, the presence of these 15 symptoms, especially in conjunction with one another, might be a good indication that you’re a mommy-to-be. Early Signs Tender or swollen breasts It takes a lot of time for your breasts to gear-up and transform into milk-machines, so it’s no surprise they start…

Children do not come with instruction manuals. They do not come with a how-to guide allowing parents to avoid making mistakes as they raised them. Children test the boundaries of patience and rules. As a parent, you worry about making harmful mistakes that will forever scar your child and instill bad behaviors. You are not perfect, no parent is. They all make mistakes. Here are 10 of the most common mistakes all parents make. Yelling The most common mistake all parents make is yelling at their children. You probably have promised yourself more than once that you are no longer going to lose your temper and start screaming at your child. However, something happens, and you find yourself right back where you do not want to be raising your voice. While it might seem like the only way to get your child’s attention is to yell at them, it makes…

We’ve all heard the complaints:  Kids spend too much time on screens.  They’re disconnected and preoccupied.  Family time is a lost luxury.  The list goes on and on.  While few people will argue that media and technology are not responsible, at least in part, for some of the negative behaviors we recognize in 21st century kids (and adults, too!) there doesn’t seem to be a very cohesive consensus on what to do about it, partly because not all media exposure is inherently bad.  Some of it, in actuality, can promote positive outcomes. Positive Effects of Media on Children TV shows like Sesame Street encourage empathy and cultural awareness all while exposing young viewers to early educational concepts such as letter and number recognition and identification of shapes and colors.  School-aged children can collaborate on school projects with their classmates via approved platforms.  Older children and teens find media is beneficial…