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Loving low-residue laundering !

Posted by paula on Aug 31, 2009 in Product Recommendation, Sustainable Parenting

I was always the first to laugh at the idea of being “addicted to cloth nappying.” No way! No matter how many times I heard that said, I always assumed it was some kind of… …evidence of being a little unhinged? Well, here I am, five months down the track, writing a serious post about laundry. The uninitiated should find this a useful primer, and there might even be something in here for the experienced nappier too. Read more…

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Clothes do not maketh the baby

Posted by rosanne on Aug 3, 2009 in Product Recommendation, Sustainable Parenting

Babies grow so fast, they’re barely in any one item of clothing for more than three months. I shudder to think how many items of clothing one child goes through in a lifetime, but I’ll hazard a guess they’re a huge contributor to the growing piles of landfill that pollute the world. As a greenie, I try to limit unnecessary consumption, but I also want natural fibres and organics… Clothing your baby is hardly unnecessary, so it’s become one of the most angst-filled issues of my life. Read more…

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Phthlt, who cares about phthalates?

Posted by paula on Aug 3, 2009 in Health, Product Recommendation

Have you seen children’s waterproofs labelled “NO PVC” ? Or perhaps you’ve heard that you shouldn’t re-use plastic water bottles, shouldn’t microwave in plastic, or shouldn’t leave plastic in the car? You’ve probably heard the advice before and , like me, didn’t know why. Well, these thing are likely to have been suggestions to help you avoid phthalates, the potentially endocrine-disrupting plasticisers. Read more…

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Decisions, decisions…

Posted by paula on Jul 13, 2009 in Product Recommendation, Sustainable Parenting

Which pram should I buy? Does baby really need the labour augmentation? Which school should I choose? Motherhood throws up a lot of important decisions. So it’s good to have a few decision-making tools up your sleeve. Don’t know any? Here’s a quick look at the K-T decision analysis tool, research, B-R-A-I-N, and relying on reputations. Read more…

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The great nappy scam

Posted by rosanne on Jul 13, 2009 in Product Recommendation, Sustainable Parenting

A recent e-mail offered a “great deal”: three reusable nappies for $60! Given that $60 would have paid for all 24 of our old-fashioned cloth squares, I thought that was an outrageous rip-off. Especially given what I know about what’s really used to make them. And don’t even talk to me about “biosposies”! Read more…

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