Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Got an old t-shirt? Then you have a diaper!

I've been using cloth diapers on my son since he was born. It was an easy decision for me - I have substantially younger brother for whom I changed many, many diapers, and my mother mostly used cloth. Cloth diapers have come a long way in the decade and a half since my brother was born.  There are countless types, some extremely easy for the novice user, and some more complicated; some plain white (or undyed) and some with the cutest prints you can imagine. I could go on for ages.

Today, while hanging out in my newest forum addiction, Diaperswappers, I stumbled upon a link to an awesome tutorial for turning a t-shirt into a diaper - without sewing a stitch. This is extremely intriguing to me, because I don't have a sewing machine right now but am interested in having my own stash. I've been using a diaper service mostly (apartment laundry rooms are no fun), but the allure of the cute diaper is always there. Check out the tutorial for yourself. I will probably try this out with one of the legion of t-shirts left over from 16 years of school and swim teams. I'll let you know how it goes!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Babywearing PSA

This is (sort of) older news, but still important for me to post here. As I mentioned, I'm a fan/growing advocate of babywearing. But, babywearing can be dangerous - even deadly - if you're not using the proper equipment with the proper instruction. Infantino Slingriders are one of the most popular baby carriers on the broader market, and they are hands-down the most dangerous. Read the consumer report blog post here. I would go into more depth, but instead I'll link to a great blog post from a fellow babywearer. And here is an excellent, scientific explanation with pictures as to why these slings are dangerous and deadly. If you know someone who uses one, please let them know it's not safe. There are many affordable alternatives that are MUCH more comfortable.