Whether you are choosing disposable, cloth, compostable or diaper free, we can help sort it out!
Local Diapering Resources
The Village Closet: an official United Way diaper distribution center, the Closet often has a variety of cloth and disposable diapers – call or email us to find out what’s available.
Simple Diaper and Linen serves communities surrounding I-91 from Greenfield, MA to West Hartford, CT. (Does serve Williamsburg.) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Simple Diaper and Linen’s site is a good general reference for cloth diapering whether or not you use the service. They have diaper swap events, too.
A few diapering tips:
Diaper Rash – You’ll find out through trial and error what works best for your baby, but here are some treatments recommended by local mothers:
- Virgin Coconut Oil-This can be used to treat stubborn, painful yeast infection rashes as well as regular diaper rash, due to its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial qualities.
- Calendula Products– brands including Weleda and California baby are often recommended; locally made calendula salves and oils are also available.
- Zinc Oxide-Triple Paste and Desitin both contain zinc oxide as a moisture barrier, and can be helpful as a preventative measure in cases of chronic diaper rash.
Before applying anything, it is important to expose the rash to the air (after cleaning and patting it dry), letting your baby go without a diaper for as long as is practical. Many parents who use cloth diapers find that switching to disposables at the first sign of a rash (and not switching back until it has thoroughly cleared) will prevent the rash from worsening. Frequent diaper rashes may indicate that you are not changing your baby often enough or that your cloth diapers are not getting clean enough (see http://www.greenmountaindiapers.com for laundering tips).
Baby Wipes – If you don’t want to buy disposable wipes all the time, you can just use wash cloths or cut up an old towel, and clean your baby with warm water and mild, unscented soap; or, make your own disposable wipes from paper towels, so you know exactly what’s in them.