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Herald Journal Publishing, Inc. PO Box 129 Winsted, MN 55395 Postal Customer Family Time Sept. 12, 2016 Timely information for today’s busy local families PRESORT STANDARD ECRWSS U. S. POSTAGE PAID Herald Journal Publishing Inc. Family Time – pg. 1-2-11-12 Classifieds – pg. 3-8 Going Out – pg. 10 Cokato Eye Center Back to School Sale Buy One Pair, Get One FREE Kid’s Package $98 • Teen Package $118 Elisabeth Schmieg of Dassel shared this photo of three all-in-one cloth diapers. From left are a newborn-sized diaper, a one-size diaper snapped down to smallest setting, and a one-size diaper unsnapped to largest setting. SUBMITTED PHOTO A cloth diaper comeback Local parents share what works for them BY STARRLA CRAY Associate Editor Buy One Pair, Get One FREE Call today for your next eye exam appointment with Dr. Paul Eklof or Dr. Katie Tancabel. Package pair includes Frame, polycarbonate single vision lenses with scratch resistant coating, UV protection and one year warranty. Some frames slightly higher. Free pair includes: Frame, (from selected frames only, hundreds to choose from), Polycarbonate single vision lenses with scratch resistant coating, UV protection and one year warranty. All lens options additional. No other discounts apply. Offer good now through Oct. 31, 2016 By the time the average child is potty trained, they will have used 8,149 diapers, according to the Awesome Beginnings 4 Children website. Whether those diapers are one-time use or wash-and-wear is up to the person changing them. “We use cloth diapers and love them,” noted Elisabeth Schmieg of Dassel, whose first baby, Dylan, will be 2 years old in September. Schmieg always liked the idea of cloth diapers, but because her son was only 4.5 pounds at birth, she used disposables for the first few months until he was big enough for cloth. “I love the fact that we don’t have to keep purchasing diapers all the time, and that we aren’t adding 5 to 6 diapers a day – or more – to the landfills. Our diapers are so cute, too,” Schmieg said. That doesn’t mean she is against Pampers and Huggies, though. “I don’t ever want to make people feel bad for using disposables,” she said. “Whatever choice they make is right for them.” Schmieg added that because they live in the country, the cost of water is less than it would be in town. Therefore, the only ongoing costs are electricity for the washer and dryer. She currently has about 21 diapers, and washes them three times per week. 115 Olsen Blvd. • Cokato, MN (320) 286-5695 Elisabeth Schmieg’s son, Dylan, wears all-in-one cloth diapers. SUBMITTED PHOTO ‘Lemon juice and sun are the best way to get rid of stains; however, with a good wash routine I’ve never had an issue.’ – Bridget Tate, mother who uses cloth diapers Cost considerations The upfront cost of cloth diapers varies greatly depending on brand and style. “When I first started, I got a set to try three different kinds; they all worked really well,” Schmieg said, noting that the all-inone (AIO) diapers are easiest to use. Another type, called a pocket diaper, allows caregivers to add one or two inserts depending on absorbency needs. At the Happy Flute Store, this type sells for about $7 per diaper, while the all-in-ones are about $9 each. Schmieg’s favorite diaper brand is bumGenius, which sells an all-in-one diaper for $20. Another mother, Bridget Tate of Champlain, also uses bumGenius. “They’re pretty popular ones,” said Tate, who has family in Dassel. Tate used disposables for her first child, and began researching cloth when she was pregnant with her second baby, Easton. She noted that there are countless YouTube videos, Facebook pages, and websites with information about where to purchase, how to wash them, and anything else a person might want to know. Ancient times Documents show that babies may have worn animal skins and other natural resources. Inuits placed moss under sealskin, and Native Americans packed grass under a rabbit skin covering. Bridget Tate uses this all-in-one Baby Alby Diaper by Amanda Johnson-Baxley of California for her son, Easton. It is shown with a sewn-in soaker pad and snap-in pad. The price range for these diapers is $38 to $55 each. SUBMITTED PHOTO Tate bought her first cloth diapers used on Craigslist, and began using them when Easton was a few months old. She started with a set of 15, then expanded to 25. The most she’s had at one time is 45. “Taking good care of them, you can resell them,” Tate said. “Lemon juice and sun are the best way to get rid of stains; however, with a good wash routine I’ve never had an issue.” Day by day Tate said she normally washes every Wednesday and Sunday, and hang dries most of her diapers. While she’s at work, her daycare changes the diapers, placing used ones in a waterproof bag. The bag is stored in a trash can with a foot-lift lid, and Tate takes the bag home each day. Schmieg’s son doesn’t go to daycare, but her husband and other family members take care of diaper-duty while she’s working part-time at the Dassel and Litchfield 1800s In the late 1800s, babies wore a folded rectangle-shaped linen or cotton flannel material held in place with safety pins. 1942 Paulistr of Sweden created the first known disposable absorbent diaper pad from unbleached creped cellulose tissue. 1900s In the early 1900s, mothers began boiling cloth diapers due to the awareness of bacteria. 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