Ask the Experts
Q: Are there other advantages to using cloth diapers, in addition to reusability?
A: Cloth diapering has many advantages. They are comfy and healthy. You don’t have to worry about rough material on your baby’s delicate skin and since it’s cloth, it’s easier for parents to know when to change the diaper. Babies are less susceptible to rashes and tend to potty train easier. Organic cotton cloth diapers are economical, too; from birth to potty training, the cost of using reusable ones is $395, unlike disposables, which can cost $2,500-$3,000. Cloth diapers are also just as easy to use—many modern-day ones have snaps or Velcro-style closures, are breathable, made of waterproof fabrics to contain leaks or “blowouts,” and have flushable liners. Plus, when going green is a lifestyle, cloth diapers are the way to go. Disposables for one baby make one to two tons of garbage and take 500 years to break down.
—Dandelions Raising Children Naturally
3490 Palmer Drive, Suite I, Cameron Park
Q: What steps should I take if I think my child has special education needs?
A: Each child comes into the world uniquely different and individual. Children develop at different rates, which can be wonderful but also makes it hard to determine when there is cause for concern. If you feel there is something concerning regarding your child, often the first resource is your child’s pediatrician; asking for a developmental assessment or a referral to a child psychologist for developmental skills assessment is not unreasonable. If your child is school age (3+), a parent may request an assessment through their public school’s office. Early intervention is often key to your young child’s educational learning success. Be proactive!
—Cindy Keller, Executive Director
Guiding Hands School
4900 Windplay Drive, El Dorado Hills