Category Archives: Diapering
Cloth Diaper Data: What Do We Know About Poverty & Accessibility?
“Cloth diapers are typically not an option for the poor who often lack working washers and dryers.” – St. Louis Post Dispatch Today’s post is focused on the data we now have about cloth diaper feasibility and washing when a family is living on an income below the poverty line. As awareness grows around diaper need, […]
How to Cloth Diaper for (Almost) Free
Below is a question I received from a person with a business background who attended one of my cloth diapering classes. Dear Jenn, Why do you talk about tshirt diapers during your Cloth Diaper 101 class? You aren’t selling diapers when you teach people how to cloth diaper for free. Sincerely, A Business Person My […]
What happens when a baby has enough diapers?
Imagine what happens when a baby has enough diapers. A baby with a safe supply of cloth diapers is changed more often. Because she is changed more often, she has less diaper rash. Because she has less diaper rash, she might cry less. Because she cries less, her parents might be less anxious. Because her […]
Diapers: Graphing The Costs Over Time
Incremental Diaper Savings Add Up Over Time
Diapers are expensive. As you change each diaper, the costs (or the savings) add up. We took a look at how the costs and the savings compare to each other over a period of 2 ½ years. Potty training happens for many children sometime during toddlerhood. Potty training may be delayed for some children well […]
Count The Cost of Diapering
Because every baby leaks.
Every baby leaks. Most families choose to use diapers, either cloth diapers or disposable diapers, to contain the leaks. The cost of containing those leaks can be high. Disposable diapers are a single use product. Use it once, throw it away, buy it again. Cloth diapers are used again and again, often for multiple children. […]
Instinct, Giovanni, and The Rest of the “Accidental” Story
I have 12 years of classical piano training. In college, I had visions of getting a degree in Music and took some college level classes with that goal in mind. Thanks to a professor who believed in me, those classes yielded an opportunity to perform as a soloist with an orchestra. A music degree […]
Poverty, Diapers, Washing, Empowerment, and Privilege
We need to talk about privilege and how it influences the media’s assumptions about families living under the burden of poverty. Eventually, we’ll get to how those assumptions influence social program design, but today, we’re just going to look at the media and a recent set of articles. Last week, Emily Badger and Juliet Eilperin wrote an […]
The day a diaper got a new name…
I’ve barely slept the last three days as I’ve pondered writing this post and what to say and how to say it… After all these years, I’ve come to really appreciate the people who try to understand the complexities involved in making all of the people happy all of the time while also trying to operate […]
Washing Cloth Diapers: A Look At The Last Ten Years
I recently read a post in a forum from a cloth diapering mom complaining that her cloth diapers weren’t clean. Her friend had told her to use a sprinkle of detergent when washing her cloth diapers. She was frustrated because the amount of detergent she was using wasn’t working. As I read the responses, I […]