Today on Simple Organic: 3 Great Reasons to Choose to Cloth Diaper

Simple Kids readers might be interested in Katie’s article today at Simple Organic on using cloth diapers.

Cloth diapers are experiencing a sort of renaissance these days. While disposable users still outnumber cloth users by far, the cloth diaper industry grew by 58% in 2008 alone! That’s a huge number. So what is attracting all these parents to cloth diapers? Why use cloth?

I have found three great reasons to choose cloth diapers.

  1. They’re better for my budget.
  2. They’re better for my baby.
  3. They’re better for the environment.

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What We’re Listening to March: Music Together, adding Rhythm to Your Days

At Simple Kids this month we’re talking about rhythms and routines and as the resident music reviewer, I thought what better way to add a little more rhythm to your life than with a music class?

My son was less than a year old when we attended our first Music Together class, and it was a fabulous experience for both of us.  As a new mom, it was a great way to get out of the house and actually feel like I was doing something with my baby.  We did nothing more than sing, dance and play instruments with other moms and kids, but this early music exposure helped make music an integral part of our family’s rhythm.
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Weekend Showcase: Link Love

Hello! I hope you and your kids are having a wonderful weekend. At Simple Kids we’re excited to begin another week of possibilities. I have two places that I would like to invite you: First, did you know there was a Simple Kids flickr pool? We’d love to see photos of your crafting, creating, and simple living.

Next, on Tuesday night there will be a Girls Night Out Twitter Party to Celebrate Reading and Children’s Literature. The topic is “Lets Play – Getting Our Kids to Love Books and Reading.” The party is Tuesday March 9th from 9 to 11pm EST and is hosted by MemeTales and Mom It Forward. You can read more details here. I’m on the panel and I’d love to see you there! (My Twitter i.d. is @simplekids)

Here are the links I fell in love with this week:

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Book Review: Stella, Queen of the Snow

Here in the Midwest, we have been getting walloped by snow. I grew up with it and can carry on as usual, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy, especially with a young child. I turn to some of my favorite winter children’s books to stay connected to the magic and beauty of snow, because I know my attitude about the weather will directly affect my daughter’s natural enthusiasm.

Right now I’m smitten with Stella, Queen of the Snow by Marie-Louise Gay. This is one in a series of Stella books, each of which follows an imaginative red-head and her cautious brother Sam as they explore new territory—the ocean, the forest, or in this instance, vast fields of snow. Stella is far more experienced in the ways of the world, so she teaches Sam about its mysteries.

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5 Tips for Creating Family Routines and Establishing Rhythm in Your Home

During the month of March we’re going to be talking about Rhythms and Routines here at Simple Kids. Predictable rhythms are important for kids, giving them anchor points in their days and weeks.

Odds are that you already have some sort of rhythm in your life. Even something as simple as bath time, pajamas, brushing teeth, story time is a bedtime routine that children can come to know and count on. Perhaps you go to the library on Thursdays or you bake together on the weekends. Anything that you do on a regular basis is your routine.

Creating a family routine from scratch, adding new elements to an established routine, or altering schedules when life situations change can be a bit intimidating. Being consistent with your schedule helps establish rhythm, but it doesn’t come naturally to everyone.

Here are five tips to keep in mind when creating routines and establishing a rhythm in your home:

1. Keep it Simple

Pick one element to add in to your routine and work on getting that woven into your rhythm before you add another. Decide what your top priority is and focus only on that. Maybe you want to start incorporating a crafting day into your week or a daily story time. Focus on blending that one addition into your schedule before you move on to adding in another layer.

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