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When I decided to cloth diaper it was one of many decisions that stemmed from my desire to raise a healthy baby. I knew that the amount of chemicals in disposable diapers were harmful to our children, so it seemed logical to cloth diaper in an attempt to keep more natural fibers close to my son’s little bum! But what about the chemicals in our foods- the ones my son will eventually eat as he transitions to solids- and the meals that I eat in order to nourish him through breast milk?

Take an inventory of the grocery shelves and food pantries in America and you will see an overwhelming supply of processed, chemically enhanced food. The added preservatives, salts, and sugars are enough to make you wonder if some of these substances should even be called food products! If we’re making the choice to cloth diaper- whether due to financial, environmental, or health reasons, it makes sense to look at our diets as well. Although my son is not eating solids yet, I have a line-up of healthy, natural recipes that can double as both a serving of baby food for him, and a satisfying meal for our family.

The next time you’re in the kitchen, take a good look at the foods you’re feeding your family and see if you can incorporate more fruits, veggies, and whole grains. Then, open up the pantry and make something healthy and delicious that the whole family can share! I know our family is feeling happier and healthier due to our decision to cloth diaper and eat whole foods. It is all about making choices that are a little more natural, and it starts with a few baby steps anyone can take:
  1. Replace one processed snack with a whole fruit or vegetable each day, i.e. an apple with nut butter
  2. Eat at least one meal a day that the whole family can share (see recipe below)
  3. Replace processed, refined sugar with Agave nectar, 100% maple syrup, or honey (honey should not be consumed by children under 1 year of age)
  4. Switch from refined white flour to 100% whole grains or from white rice to brown rice
  5. Get your kids into the kitchen and cooking with you- whether that means wearing the baby in the sling while you wash lettuce, letting your toddler “make music” with pots and pans as you prepare dinner, or helping your older child to slice strawberries and mix pancake batter- cooking is fun!
Recipe: Baby’s Sweet Potatoes (baby food) and Curried Lentil Stew (family meal)

I love this recipe because it is delicious and healthy. You get protein and fiber from the lentils, vitamin A from the sweet potato, anti-inflammatory properties from the curry powder, and fruit and vegetable servings from the onions, tomatoes, peas, and apricots. Plus, you’re already cooking sweet potatoes, so why not feed the baby a nutritious meal as well?

Curried Lentil Stew:
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups red lentils
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups diced tomatoes (or 2 cans)
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, diced and steamed (reserve 1/2 of one for baby food puree)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 1/4 cup dried apricots
  • 1 T curry powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  1. Drizzle olive oil in a stew pot on medium heat, sauté onion and carrot until tender.
  2. Add chicken broth, red lentils, diced tomatoes, bay leaf, curry and apricots- bring to a boil and let simmer for 30 minutes or until lentils are tender
  3. Stir in 1 diced sweet potato and peas until heated through
  4. Make Sweet Baby Sweet Potato Puree (recipe below) for baby and enjoy as a family!
Baby’s Sweet Potatoes:
  • 1/2 large sweet potato
  • 2 T breast milk, formula, or water
Take 1 cup of the steamed sweet potatoes from the above recipe and mash together with breast milk or water. You may use a fork, blender, or food processor to achieve desired consistency.
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Diapers & (Healthy) Dishes

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I’m pretty sure that no matter how perfect the washing routine, how powerful the detergent or how frequent the washes, eventually we all end up with the dreaded ammonia smell in our diapers. I truly thought I had figured out the perfect combination to avoid the ammonia, but I, too, got hit with what I consider to be one of the two major pitfalls of cloth diapering; the other pitfall being the usually sometimes related repelling/leaking. The following are the methods that I use to rid myself of the ammonia odor and otherwise freshen and restore my cloth diapers.

Stripping is usually the first stop. Stripping involves several very hot washes without detergent to wash and rinse away any detergent build-up. After about 2-3 hot water washes I do a check of the water during the wash cycle to see if the agitation in the washer is resulting in any suds. Once I get perfectly clear, sud-free water I do an extra cycle for good measure.

There is a term that has become quite well-known recently in the cloth diaper circuit. It is “Rock the Soak” and all the kids are doing it! It is actually a very simple procedure of soaking your cloth diapers in Rockin’ Green Soap for a minimum of 1-3 hours and a maximum of overnight. Depending on how much build-up, stink or stains your diapers have, this soak can yield some pretty dramatic results. I prefer to do this in my bathtub overnight with enough water to cover the diapers and about 4-6 scoops of Rockin’ Green. I then hand rinse and follow with a full laundry routine cycle, adding an extra rinse or two to be sure everything is rinsed out.

I have also used OxiClean to give my detergent a boost. I use it after the initial rinse of my laundry routine and before a full wash. I will do what’s called a “Quick Wash” on my washer with 1-2 tablespoons of OxiClean. I always make sure to add some extra rinses at the end of my wash to be sure the OxiClean is out of my diapers completely. I’ve found that the OxiClean helped brighten and freshen up my diapers.

The microterry inserts are definitely the workhorses of my diapers and they bear the brunt of the damage in my opinion. Their purpose is to absorb, right? Well, as they absorb the moisture they also absorb the bacteria and odor. Bleach does a great job of getting rid of all of this yuck. I always do at least 3-4 rinse cycles after a bleach soak. This gets rid of any bleach or bleach smell, while giving my inserts a nice strip in the process

Probably the best method for getting rid of the ammonia smell is the cheapest and most tried and true: line drying in the sun. After using one or a couple of the above methods I will always finish with a line dry to insure that I have wiped out smells and stains. The UV rays naturally bleach while the fresh air works its magic. Oh, what my neighbors must think when they see me smell each and every one of my diapers as I pull them off the line. Little do they know this obsessive mama does this every single time my diapers come out of the washing machine, whether they’re headed for the dryer or the sun.

by Jennifer G. - Blog Contributor
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Attack the Ammonia

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Living in sunny Florida and having a pool in our backyard I’ve always wondered what made swim diapers so special. One of our first purchases last year was a swim diaper for our baby. It wasn’t much more than a water proof cover with a mesh liner inside. We also have a small stash of disposable swim diapers that friends have handed down. When I first got involved online I began asking what other people used for swim diapers – guess what? They use their cloth diapers as swim diapers!

After I thought about this it actually made since – the cloth diapers that we use are diaper covers with inserts. If you remove the insert the diaper cover is still soft and resembles the swim diapers specially marketed for the pool. They fit snug around your baby and will keep the pee and poop inside while swimming. They won’t be super absorbent without the liner but when was the last time you looked at the fit of disposable swim diapers – there is on way they keep any liquids INSIDE! And those specially marketed cloth swim diapers aren’t much more absorbent than a cover. So why invest in a new stash of swim diapers when your stash is already filled with diaper covers?

What about the chlorine in pools? Will it hurt my cloth diapers? Chances are you already add bleach to your washing routine at least once a month and the chlorine in pool water is about the same strength (or weaker).

What about the beach? Yes, my daughter wears her cloth diapers to the beach too. At least the water at the beach is fresh water so you don’t have to worry about the effects of chlorine on your diapers. You may have to remove quite a bit of sand from your diapers though if your little one is anything like mine. I find sand in practically every opening and crevice for days following our beach trips.

Want to know what my favorite cloth diapers and accessories for swimming? I prefer my Thirsties Duo as a swim diaper. The unique leg gussets tend to hold everything in. My favorite accessory for swimming - our Bum Essentials Bum Bag (wet bag). The Bum Bag is made from a double layer of the same material as the Bum Essentials diapers. When we leave the beach or pool (if we aren’t at home) we simply remove the diaper and bathing suit and toss them in the Bum Bag. A quick rinse in pool shower and it’s time to put on a new diaper. Our beach trips are easy to pack for because we don’t do anything different than any other trip – cloth diapers, wipes, and wet bag!

What’s your favorite beach tips? Planning a trip to the beach – have questions on what to pack? Email Calley at theeecochic@gmail.com with your questions. They may even be featured on The Eco Chic blog.
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Let’s Go Swimming – In Cloth Diapers!

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Noticed something a little different around Kelly’s Closet lately? One of our favorite brands, GroBaby, has recently rebranded and relaunched itself as GroVia to better represent the brand values and offerings. With this new branding, GroVia is embracing their mission to simplify the way parents nurture their babies with nature and we couldn’t be prouder of them!

The inaugural product launch from the newly branded company is the GroVia Bio Diaper, a proprietary disposable diaper made of special fibers and renewable resources. These phenomenal diapers are approved under the strictest global testing and certification system as a product that contains no substances known as harmful to humans.

To complement the new branding and product launch, GroVia honored moms and moms-to-be in a very special Mother’s Day celebration in Los Angeles. The GroVia and Celebrity Parents Celebrate at the Annual Dog and Baby Buffet found celebrities like Minnie Driver and Jodie Sweetin autographing GroVia Diapers to be auctioned off to benefit the Shriners Hospital for Children.

Way to go GroVia!
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Nurturing Baby…Naturally: GroVia Launches with Fanfare!

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After my second child was born, I found myself nursing my voracious little eater for hours on end in front of my laptop. As I searched for old Mary Tyler Moore Show episodes, I started to think about what I wanted to do when all this new baby stuff was over. I didn’t want to go back to teaching full-time, and I had no interest in selling anything of any sort. I wanted to support moms like me; conscientious moms who want a healthy planet for their children, and who don’t equate good parenting with spending lots of money.

I had been cloth diapering my first child since birth and felt really good about that decision. So many of my friends scoffed at the very idea of cloth diapers, and yet I persisted in doing it and talking it up to anyone who would listen. During a particularly long middle-of-the-night feeding, I came across a non-profit organization called the Real Diaper Association You’ve seen them in other Cloth Diaper Whisperer posts; they have a great cloth diaper calendar that was featured a couple months ago. What you may not know (as I didn’t) is they act as a support system for hundreds of parents throughout the country who are interested in cloth diapers or who currently cloth diaper. They compile scientific studies that support cloth diapering, they educate parents who want to know more about cloth diapering, and they train people to run local cloth diaper circles (I call it La Leche League for cloth diapers).

That last part seemed like the perfect project for me. Yes, it’s volunteer. Yes, it’ll take some time. And yes, I’ll be talking to a lot of parents who don’t prioritize things the way I do. All of those facts were OK with me. To be honest, I was excited about the challenge – if I wasn’t going to work out of the home for a while, I wanted something that would keep my brain engaged.

Chicago is a wonderful city with good Midwestern values, but we are far behind the coasts as far as progressive parenting practices. My cute little Southside neighborhood is even further behind the rest of the city. Most parents I talk to down here don’t even know cloth diapers exist! Needless to say, I have my work cut out for me.

I finished my RDA leader training this summer and started an online group to serve Chicagoland parents. It has quickly grown from a couple of my friends to an impressive 76 members as of today (OK, I’m impressed anyway). I have three other wonderful leaders from different parts of the city working with me to spread the word and hosted my first circle meeting last week.

Despite all the work we still need to do, I’m having a great time challenging other parents to see their decisions differently. To me, cloth diapering is the first step in defining your family’s environmental and financial values. We don’t waste our money and we’re certainly not going to waste the precious resources we’ve been given.

If you’ve got any Chicago area friends, please send them our way! And keep spreading the cloth diaper love!

by Katrina P.
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