Are Cloth Diapers More Environmentally Friendly?

February 08, 2010 :: Posted by - Summer :: Green Living, Parenting :: (5) Comments

Ring of Cloth Diapers
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Cloth diapers have been the only choice mothers have had for centuries. With the arrival of the disposable diaper in 1940, parenting was turned on its head. Parents were freed from the constant need to wash and dry diapers ever day, instead they could simply toss out a used diaper and put on a fresh cleaning one. However, many parents are now returning to cloth diapers for environmental and health issues. Are cloth diapers really better than the disposable ones?

The average child will go through almost 6,000 diapers in their lifetime. That is a lot of dirty diapers, all of which will eventually find their way into a landfill. These diapers can take up to 500 years to fully decompose, slowly leaking chemicals into the ground as they do so. Cloth diapers, however, are washed and reused several times before being retired. Less trash and fewer chemicals making their way into the world is always a good thing. Read more…

Vegetarian Kids

November 24, 2009 :: Posted by - Summer :: Food, Parenting :: Comments Off

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I am trying to cut out meat from our diet. Maybe not entirely out, and I’m still not ready to give up milk and cheese, but replacing many of the typical meat dishes with vegetable ones. This is a two-part idea, based on both my desire to stay away from cruelly treated meat animals and to keep the man I love living for a few more years.

So I plan out a vegetarian menu, I buy the food, I cook the meals, we all eat it as a family. Sometimes it’s a hit, sometimes it’s not. But I try to always make it as healthy as possible. So when I found out that there was a parenting poll about feeding kids a vegetarian diet and that most of the people who responded thought it was cruel to do to kids, I got a little peeved. How in the world is making an effort to feed your kids a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables cruel? When did fruits and vegetables and beans and grains become close to child abuse? Read more…

Homemade Baby Food

November 13, 2009 :: Posted by - Summer :: Food, Parenting :: Comments Off

At 6 1/2 months my baby has taken an interest in food. She leaves forward, swipes at food on the plates, mimics our eating, and stares in deep concentration as we move forks and spoons to our mouths. So we decided to give her a taste and see what she thought.

It was an overwhelming success.

Homemade mashed potatoes are fun to smoosh around with her tongue while smiling. Mashed peas are an interesting taste sensation. But bananas, oh bananas, are the clear winner. As soon as she gets a taste she grabs the spoon from my hand and doesn’t let go until she has licked it clean. A little mashed banana mixed with a bit of water makes her a very happy girl. Read more…

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