180px-Dreamland_tower_1907 Coney Island in Brooklyn was home to several amusement parks starting as early as the 1900s. Dreamland was one of the first, and was open from 1904-1911. Dreamland featured a Swiss alpine landscape, Venetian canals and a dwarf village with 300 inhabitants. It also featured some of the first baby incubators. A family member associated with the Dreamland had premature triplets who needed incubators. At the time incubators were experimental and not standard equipment in hospitals. The family placed the infants and incubators on display in their park. Two of the babies survived.

~the Wikipedia article on Coney Island was really interesting, I didn’t have space to include much, feel free to check it out

 

Paper or…Cloth?

MOPS mom Rebecca has been making and using cloth diapers since her first child was a baby.

WHY use cloth?

  • Cloth diapers are more comfortable and also better for your baby’s bottom and skin. Would you prefer to wear paper underwear or velour?
  • It takes 70 years for a disposable diaper to decompose in a landfill.
  • Disposable diapers contain raw sewage, which belongs in the sewer, not polluting a landfill.

THESE are not your mother’s cloth diapers!

  • Cloth diapers no longer fasten with those nasty diaper pins, most either have snaps or “daddy friendly” Velcro fasteners.
  • Cloth diapers include the diaper itself and a plastic lined diaper cover.
  • Covers and diapers are adjustable and fitted at the leg and waist.

Rebecca has made diapers from all kinds of fabric, including velour, old tee shirts and even hemp fabric. The hemp is the most absorbent, and it gets softer with each wash.

She cautions against the waterproof all-in-one diaper because it is not as sanitary as other cloth diapers. The simple fact that it is waterproof means that while water does not run out, it also does not run in, making the all-in-one diaper difficult to clean.

THE cost factor between disposable and cloth diapers is a wash.

  • You will need 2 or 3 dozen cloth diapers to get started. While they are adjustable, they aren’t one size fits age 1 month – 3 years, so you will eventually need several sizes.
  • New cloth diapers run around $12 each. Used diapers sell for around $8.
  • After factoring in energy costs and detergent, cloth diapers are no cheaper than disposable.

Paul test drove several cloth diapers last week, and we did just fine. I did wait until after his morning poop each day before using them!

 

I did my next to last MOPS newsletter last night.  I am going to miss doing the newsletter, it was fun to learn and write about such a variety of things.  Maybe the next person will be good at the layout but want a reporter!

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