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245 green living article submissions by the Mothering community.

Getting the Lead Out

By Erica EtelsonWeb Exclusive - September 15, 2008 It looked innocent enough—a heart-shaped silver charm bracelet with Reebok engraved on it. But two days after four-year-old Jarnell Brown of Minneapolis accidentally swallowed the heart, he died. The charm wasn't silver—it was lead. Blood tests revealed he had enough lead in his system to kill him twice over. A month later, in March of 2006, Reebok announced the recall of all 300,000 charm bracelets it had given away with the purchase of its shoes. The Reebok bracelet recall was one of 12 recalls of children's products... read more

Excessive Buying

Dear Naomi - I'm not sure what to do about my 3 children & thier buying habits. We usually only go to our local thrift store or the dollar store, but it seems like all they ever want to do is buy. I tell them that we can't be spending money because we have a very limited income, but they are all under the age of 6, so I'm not sure they comprehend this money issue. We don't have a t.v., so it's not like they are seeing toys they want to buy (or even magazine ads, etc). They just think that whenever they want something that we go & "buy it." Help!  Dear... read more

Rest Your Eyes

It may be hard to find time to take care of yourself, but here’s a simple treatment for your tired eyes. Steep one chamomile tea bag in 1 cup boiling water in a large mug for 5 minutes. Remove the teabag and allow the tea to cool. Add 1 cup rose water to tea. Chill in refrigerator. Soak two cotton pads in the mixture. Place them on your eyelids and leave on for 5 minutes. Try this anytime of the day you get a few minutes or at bedtime. You can purchase rose water in any grocery store. read more

Priming Diapers

Hi Eden, I was wondering if there was a way to prime cloth diapers without using hot water and washing a zillion times. I do not have hot water running to my washing machine at the moment and I thought it would be ideal to find a way to not waste a bunch of water getting this job done. I heard boiling with vinegar might be effective? What would you recommend?It is certainly worth a try but I have never done it myself!  You could also run them through the dishwasher a few times.  I have heard of that working as a way to stip diapers in need so I imagine it would work... read more

Cloth Diapering: Getting Started

We have a one and a half year old and a baby due in a few months. We would love to use cloth diapers for both—we hate the idea of plastic and chemicals next to their skin for so many hours a day. However, we have no experience with cloth diapers and have no idea where to start. What do we need? What is the best "system" (all-in-ones, prefolds and covers, etc.)? Also, how do you handle dirty diapers? Can they go right into the wash, do they need to soak somewhere? We are a little intimidated.First of all, congratulations on your new little one and your choice to cloth... read more

Parental Anxiety

After becoming a parent, I desperately wanted to do better, live healthier, be more aware, for myself and my child. I found attachment parenting, and liberating philosophies such as yours, for which I am grateful. And I also began to become aware of the damaging and unhealthy products, chemicals, and toxins in our world and food and homes, which it seems from your writing that you are aware of as well. This knowledge has produced a lot of good and healthy changes in my family, and also has caused a lot of worry and regret for me. I wish I had known about much of it... read more

How-to Diaper Naturally - One-size Diapers

Welcome to the one-size diaper section of Mothering.com's special how-to video resource on cloth diapering. Following are videos from Mothering advertisers with helpful information and demonstrations on how to properly use the diapers they sell. This video resource is a web exclusive addition to the feature article "The Diaper Dilemma" in the May/June 2010 issue of Mothering magazine. To read the article, and accompanying resources, order a digital subscription or a copy of the May/June issue. What is a one-size diaper? Designed to fit all sizes, from... read more

How-to Diaper Naturally - Diaper Covers

Welcome to the diaper cover section of Mothering.com's special how-to video resource on cloth diapering. Following are videos from Mothering advertisers with helpful information and demonstrations on how to properly use the diapers they sell. This video resource is a web exclusive addition to the feature article "The Diaper Dilemma" in the May/June 2010 issue of Mothering magazine. To read the article, and accompanying resources, order a digital subscription or a copy of the May/June issue. What is a diaper cover? Designed to act as a moisture barrier,... read more

Over One Million Infantino Baby Slings Recalled

March 24, 2010 On March 12, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a warning regarding the risk of certain baby slings that can restrict the breathing of infants and cause death. In light of that alert and the concern the ensuing media reports raised for parents, Mothering responded with the press release Babywearing is Safe and followed up with a Mothering Radio broadcasted special report Safe Babywearing reviewing the concerns raised and explaining safe babywearing practices. Today, over one million Infantino baby slings were recalled in the United... read more

MotheringDotCommunity Earth Day Contest

Earth Day is Approaching Mothering is excited to announce our MotheringDotCommunity Earth Day Contest! We are seeking fun and unique ideas for reusing, repurposing or recycling things that might otherwise be thrown away into useful household items. Let's celebrate Earth Day by sharing ways to turn trash into treasure! Contest entries should be a "how-to tutorial" and may be submitted in any of the following (or variety of the following) formats: a step-by-step written tutorial a step-by-step photo tutorial a video of you crafting your creation How... read more

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