January 13, 2012

An All-Natural Cure for Cradle Cap

Cradle cap. Or cradle crap as my mom calls it. It’s that ever so lovely scaly scalp that newborns and sometimes babies get on the top of their little heads. It’s unattractive for sure but not harmful or painful for your baby. If your baby is a little baldy like my daughter, Lady Bug, is then it’s definitely an annoying eye sore.

Cradle cap is not caused by allergies, bacteria or poor hygiene. In newborns it’s a lingering hormone that is leftover from when the baby was in utero later in pregnancy. The hormone causes extra oil to be produced by the glands. Another theory is that it’s an irritation from a yeast that grows in the stuff called sebum which is produced by the glands.

A simple way to manage cradle cap can be found right in your home. Simply use olive oil on your baby’s scalp, massaging it in, let the olive oil sit for 15 minutes or more. Some moms even let the olive oil sit on the scalp overnight. I didn’t do that though! Take a fine tooth comb and run it through your baby’s hair loosening up any left over skin. Finally, shampoo the olive oil out. You might have to shampoo twice to get it all out of the hair. I had to do this with Lady Bug.

It’s not a cure but it will help the appearance of your baby’s head!

*Information on cradle cap taken from BabyCenter.com

Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This June, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.

January 10, 2012

Cloth Diaper Author and Advocate, Kelly Wels, Kicks Off “It’s Easy to Use Cloth Diapers” Campaign

Cloth Diaper Author and Advocate, Kelly Wels, Kicks Off “It’s Easy to Use Cloth Diapers” Campaign

South Paris, Maine (January 10, 2012) – Kelly Wels’ award-winning book about cloth diapering, “Changing Diapers,” is helping to change stereotypes and misconceptions about cloth diapering every day. One of the biggest misconceptions Wels says she is trying to dispel is that many parents think cloth diapering is “too hard.”

To put this common cloth diapering myth to bed, Wels today announces that she is fighting back by launching a new campaign called, “It’s Easy to Use Cloth Diapers.” Through this campaign, Wels sets out to educate disposable diaper-using parents about cloth diapering and to poke holes in any misconceptions they have about the practice today.

Wels says that during the months of January and February 2012, and while supplies last, more than 25 cloth diapering stores across the U.S. and online will be giving away a free copy of her award-winning book, “Changing Diapers, The Hip Mom’s Guide to Modern Cloth Diapering,” with any $15 cloth diaper purchase. (A $17.95 retail value!) The purpose of this campaign, says Wels, is to more quickly bring the concept of modern cloth diapering to more parents everywhere.

In her book, Wels takes an “inside baseball” approach to explaining cloth diapering and its benefits to today’s modern families.

“I truly want to help parents understand that cloth diapering is nothing like it used to be. It has changed a lot and it’s really easy to do. My goal is to get more parents to give it a try and see for themselves,” says Wels. “As an advocate for the modern cloth diapering movement, I am proud to dedicate my time and resources to spreading positive messages about cloth diapering. “Changing Diapers” gives me the opportunity and platform to do just that.”

Wels adds her book also makes a fabulous gift for the mom-to-be, “especially when packaged with a fluffy, colorful cloth diaper beside it!” she adds.

Plus, Wels says that cloth diapers can be helpful to new families during difficult economic times, particularly during a recession. “Families can save $1,500 or more over the course of their baby’s diapering years, more for future babies sharing the same reusable diapers,” says Wels.

Families wanting to learn more about cloth diapering are encouraged to take advantage of this free cloth diaper book offer by shopping at any participating cloth diaper retailer. Cloth Diaper Outlet is a participating retailer for this promotion (use code FREEBOOK with any $15 order).

About Changing Diapers, The Hip Mom’s Guide to Modern Cloth Diapering
Changing Diapers is a 215-page guidebook about everything you need to know about modern cloth diapering. It’s easy to read, informative and has earned the Mom’s Choice Award for excellence in parenting products. The book is authored by long-time cloth diapering advocate and industry insider, Kelly Wels, who dreamed up this book as a way to share her passion for cloth diapers. More information about Changing Diapers can be found online at www.changingdiapersbook.com. Parents can also join the nearly 8,000 fans of Changing Diapers online at www.facebook.com/ChangingDiapersBook.

Jennifer Finke
Red Jeweled Media

January 9, 2012

Winner of our Knickernappies Diaper Hunt is...Lana V!

Congrats to Lana Voynich!  The lucky winner of our (Cloth Diaper Outlet's) leg of the Knickernappies Cloth Diaper Hunt!  We had a lot of fun hosting and we hope you all enjoyed participating.

Lana, you're the lucky winner of a Knickernappies Custom Fit Diaper with LoopyDo Insert from Cloth Diaper Outlet.

Interested in seeing the entire Official Knickernappies Diaper Hunt Winners List?  Visit the Knickernappies Blog and see if you won something!

Lana, please look for an email from us to claim your prize or contact us.  Thanks!