Tuesday, November 5, 2013

#schoolofcloth The Basics

In case you didn't know, November is a great month for #clothdiapers.  GreenPath Baby Cloth Diapers has partnered up with the RDA (Real Diaper Association) to provide classes for a month long initiative to introduce cloth diapers to new parents!  Join as this month as we post links, giveaways, and share valuable info on all things cloth diapers!  

I remember the excitement of trying something new and not quite knowing if it was going to work or not when I first started cloth diapering my brand new baby boy.  I had butterflies in my stomach..."is this the right decision for my baby?" I wondered...5 years later, the apprehension seems almost comical, especially considering the obvious benefits:
  • No chemical exposure to Dioxins and SAPs
  • Economical
  • Less rashes!
  • Super cute!
  • Great for the environment
I have no doubt that we all want what is best for our babies, but we often doubt our own instincts as mothers and buy into they myth, "I can't do this", "It's gross", "good for you, but this is NOT for me",  while those are valid excuses reasons for resisting, they are not the truth about modern cloth diapers.  Join us this November for more informative blog posts, and our class on November 23rd at 2:00PM.  To register for the event, click on the #schoolofcloth facebook event page here.  
And while you are patiently waiting for November 23rd to come, why not check out all of the wonderful #clothdiaper resources the RDA (Real Diaper Association) has compiled?  Check out some stash recommendations here!

PS:  For those of you book wormy mommies out there, I HIGHLY recommend Kelly Wells Changing Diapers book.  This is an awesome resource on cloth diapering!

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Case For Newborn Cloth Diapers

Photo provided by Melissa of Fiction Flight and Everything Nice
Image courtesy of Fiction Flight and Everything Nice
It never fails.  At every single Cloth Diapering 101 Class I get asked the same question: Are newborn diapers truly necessary?  They seem like a waste of money.  In this post, we will  explore the  advantages of using newborn cloth diapers. Here are some questions to help you determine whether newborn cloth diapers are the right choice for you!  

Would you like to cloth diaper your baby from birth? 
This is perhaps the biggest question to ask yourself.  If the answer is yes, then newborn sized cloth diapers are a must.  But why?  Most one-size cloth diapers claim that they will fit a baby from 6lbs to 32lbs.  While this may be true, the problem to take into account is that newborns often have very small tighs and legs.  In addition, the crotch space in one-size diapers tend to be too wide for newborns, creating a "froggy" or wide leg spread look, or the dreaded "camel toe" when the extra fabric folds into itself.  
Image courtesy of Fiction Flight and Everything Nice

I've found that it's not really the diaper size that's a problem for a newborn, but rather the length of the diaper in the crotch area.  If you compare the pictures above, you can see that even though this baby is about 10lbs, the Lil Joeys (first picture) have less fabric, double gussets (like disposables) and a snugger fit around the baby's legs (preventing leaks).  Though the one size on the second picture looks great, you can see a bit of bunching around the baby's crotch area.  If you would like to use cloth diapers from birth, they newborn cloth diapers are for you!

How big is my baby?  And how long will he use the newborn diapers for?
If this is your first baby, there is no way of telling how much your baby will weigh upon birth.  However, for subsequent babies, you will generally have a better idea of how much your baby will weigh.  The general guideline is; if your baby weighs <8lbs, newborn cloth diapers are a great investment because of the length of time your baby will probably spend using them.  If your baby is >8lbs, newborn cloth diapers are great as well because they offer a better fit, however, your baby will probably grow into the one size diapers faster.

Question #3
Do I plan on having any more children? 
Perhaps of all of the question, this is the most important.  If you plan of having more babies, then using newborn cloth diapers are a great idea!  They can be used for baby then put away until the next one comes, saving you money multiple times, while giving you great fit!

Did you use newborn cloth diapers with your little ones?

Friday, June 14, 2013

The Frugal Mama Series Part 1-How To Get Your Entire Stash Free!

Actual photo of Baby Shower registry gifts from greenpathbaby.com
Have you ever wondered how mommies are able to afford their impossibly large cloth diaper stash?  Here are some tips to help you plan for baby, or bulk up your stash if you already have a baby with little or no money!  
Tip #1 Find a local cloth diapering store and create a Gift/Baby registry.
Why a local store you ask?  Local or small business will be willing to work with you and suit all of your needs!  The world of cloth diapering can seem intimidating to moms who haven't experienced it before.  Talking to a local expert can help you sort out the best diapering system and accessories for your family.  Besides, supporting the local economy benefits you!
Tip #2  Just Ask!
Sometimes finding the right gift can be a real pain!  On certain holidays or birthdays, instead of getting a random set of dish towels, why not ask for a gift certificate to your favorite cloth diapering store?  Think of all of the gifts you can get throughout the year; Mother's Day, Birthday, Christmas, Anniversary....the list goes on and on!
Tip #3  Giveaways
I don't know of ONE single cloth diapering store online or otherwise who doesn't participate in giveaways.  Most of them host one every. single. month.  Take advantage, like your favorite stores on facebook, and go to town!  Enter the drawings, I personally have won at least 4 of them!  To get a complete list of cloth diaper giveaways, check the Change-Diapers blog, every Friday the cloth diaper giveaway linky is up!
Tip #4  Sales/Seconds
Not free, but close enough!  Like giveaways, there is not one store that does not offer sales.  It is vital to the health of the business and for the consumer.  By finding a good sale, you can save a ton of money, and usually you get to stack up coupons, free shipping or other discounts.  Buying seconds is also a great idea if you are on a tight budget.  Seconds are merchandise, in this case diapers that are not *completely* perfect but fully functional.  Meaning the diaper might have a very minor flaw such as misprinted label, or wonky stitching.  The only thing to watch out for with seconds is that usually they come "as is" with no warranty, so if you plan on using your diapers for multiple kids, you might want to stick with waiting for a sale on a regular product, that way if an elastic becomes loose, or a snap is wonky and needs to be replaced, the diaper manufacturer will fix it.
Whatever way you choose to go, building up your stash is fun!  Trying bout new types of diapers is the spice of life!

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Little Monsters Cloth Diaper Review

 Every once in a while, I see a cloth diaper that is so absolutely adorable I just have to have it.  Let's be honest, part of the fun in cloth diapering is having your baby not look like he's wearing a diaper uniform.  Even among cloth diapered babies, every single one is unique because of course, no two moms have the same taste in diapers.  The moment I laid eyes on this adorable diaper I had an instant crush.  The embroidery on the back is just so cute.  It fits my rambunctious little guy to a tee!  I also really love the fit, which is so generous!  I have a long, skinny baby and some diapers just don't seem to fit his belly correctly, however, this diaper is very stretchy fitting in all of the right places.  The diaper I received from Little Monsters was a cute brown cloth diaper contrasting blue snaps, and a little monster embroidered on the back.  Besides the adorable character in the back, the front of the diaper fit extremely well, especially because the diaper tabs are a little longer that most,  allowing for a really good fit around the baby's tummy and keeping all of the wetness inside of the diaper.  This is a basic pocket diaper that has to be stuffed with an insert, and the Little Monsters diaper came with one very fluffy microfiber insert.  The inside of the pocket was cloud soft and stayed that way through multiple wash cycles.  Overall this is a very solid cloth diaper.  I really love the stretch, fit, and style.  It is a great addition to the starter or existing stash.  My little guy gets so many compliments on this diaper when we wear it around.  For those of you that would like to try a Little Monsters cloth diaper we have a giveaway and a coupon code!  Enter the drawing below for your chance to WIN your very own Little Monsters Cloth Diaper!  If you would like to purchase a diaper, visit the Little Monsters site and tell'em GreenPath Baby sent ya by using code: Greenpath20 which will give you 20% off and will be good for 3 weeks!  So enjoy and good luck!

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Disclaimer:  I have received this product for free in order to review it.  However, the opinions stated are solely mine and not influenced by Little Monsters Cloth Diapers.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Fluffy Mail Giveaway Hop!

Welcome to the Fluffy Mail Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network!  We've teamed up with over 30 other bloggers to bring you LOTS of chances to get the best kind of Fluffy Mail - a Giveaway Win!  So be sure to hop around to all the other giveaways at the bottom of this post before the event ends on May 15th!  Since Mother's Day is right around the corner, I figured I would let all of the husbands who read this blog in on a little secret...Would you like to know how to make your wife's heart piter-patter? Mention two little words to her...fluffy mail.  Now, to many non-cloth diapering parents, this makes absolutely no sense, but if you cloth diaper your baby, you understand a little too well.  Fluffy Mail is magical.  It sends our hearts into a nail biting, UPS-tracking frenzy. Let me explain.  Cloth diapering stores are plenty online, but if you happen to live near a brick and mortar you are considered extremely lucky. Moms will drive for hours to get to hold, touch, and smell new cloth goodies for their babies. It's a privilege not many of us have, but one we all enjoy!  As most of you know, we not only love blogging about cloth diapers, but we also have an online store.  Our store is local to North Palm Beach, FL.  In order to bring cloth diapers closer to all of our friends in the South Florida area, GreenPath Baby has partnered up with The Orchid Nest in Delray Beach, Oh Baby 3D/4D Ultrasound in Palm Beach Gardens and Boyton Beach.  To celebrate our new retail locations, we are giving away a Kawaii Bamboo Cloth Diaper, a $5 Gift Certificate to our online store, a CJ's BUTTer Sample, and a Cloth Wipe Sampler, to make sure YOU get some Fluffy Mail too!  Take a peek at the photos below to see our favorite examples of #fluffymail!  Got some pictures of your favorite fluffy mail?  Share them with us on facebook or instagram for a chance to win additional store credit!!! Use hashtag #greenpathbaby #fluffymail to enter!

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Woolino Baby Sleep Giveaway

Do you ever wish there was material for baby wear that would keep baby dry, warm in cold weather, cool in hot weather, naturally breathable, without chemicals, and easy to care for? I'm here to tell you that merino wool is all of the above! It's really a miracle material that's perfect year round for everyone, but especially for kids.    

Woolino merino baby sleep sacks have a host of amazing features. It is perfect at home or on the go and fits into a compact pouch. Strategically placed snaps make the size adjustable and diaper changes easy. Your baby will be comfortable in a Woolino 4 Season baby sleeping bag in temperatures ranging from 63 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit. It comes with a travel bag, room thermometer, and it is in a plastic-free, ready-to-gift package!

The merino baby swaddle blanket and hat are great for those first three months before your baby fits into a merino baby sleep bag. Babies have a limited ability to regulate their own body temperature, the merino wool swaddle will keep your baby comfortable and snug from birth.

Our Favorite Features of Woolino Merino Wool: 
  • Naturally anti-microbial, anti-fungal
  • Naturally fire resistant without the use of harsh chemicals
  • Regulates body temperature
  • Sustainable, 100% natural Australian merino wool
  • Machine washable
  • Super soft on baby's skin
Our Favorite Features of the Woolino Baby and Toddler Sleep Sacks
  • Available in two sizes, 3 to 24 months and 2T to 4T
  • Seat belt slot for easy transfer from car to crib
  • GOTS certified organic cotton outer

Our Favorite Features of the Woolino Newborn Swaddle/Blanket: 
  • Large square size, 90 by 90 cm
  • Comes with matching newborn hat and swaddling instructions
  • Naturally stretchier, easier to wrap, and stays in place
  • Unlike shaped swaddles that are quickly outgrown, the wrap can be used as a stroller blanket, in the car, as a nursing cover, sun shade, etc. 
Purchase: The 2013 Collection Woolino 4 Season Baby Sleep Bags retail for $119 (baby) to $139 (toddler) each, you can purchase it on the Woolino website. The swaddle set retails for $69. The Woolino products are also available on Amazon and select retailers across U.S. and Canada. 

Win One! Woolino is blessing one of you with a 2013 Collection Woolino 4 Season Baby Sleep Bag in your choice of size/color AND another winner will receive the Newborn Swaddle Set.

Special thanks to AnaB Social for hosting this giveaway. Huge thanks to all participating bloggers as well! Giveaway ends April 23rd at  11:59 pm, open to U.S. and Canadian residents, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Thank you!

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. AnaB Social and participating event bloggers are not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. 

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

March Natural Living Blog Carnival, Spring Cleaning: Re-Purposing

Welcome to the March 2013 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Naturally Spring Cleaning. This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month our carnival participants have written posts about how they keep their homes clean - naturally.

Spring is upon us and if you're compulsive (like me), this time of year represents among many things cleaning time.  I hate cleaning.  There is a constant tug of war in my home, because I am terrible at it...but I love it when things are clean and organized.  Quite a conundrum.  I've hinted at the possibility of a full-time maid...but there were no takers...so for now, it's just me and my hap-hazard-yet-want-to-be-clean ways.  Sigh.  One thing I am good at though, is re-purposing. We have a tendency to hoard around here, so we have alot of material to work with!  I was organizing my closet the other night and came across two small vertical bins that were housing my sewing goodies (scraps of fabric, notions, random supplies).  Since I really have not touched the sewing machine since the baby was born, I decided to re-purpose the bins into (you guessed it), cloth diaper storage!  Over the past few months, my stash has grown significantly so I've needed more room for a while.  I also wanted to be able to categorize my diapers into brands and types so they would be easier for my husband to figure them out, like which ones to use on the baby at night, and which ones to put on him before we go out. I had six drawers to work with and these were the categories I decided to divide my diapers into:
  1. Night-time diapering 
  2. Prefolds
  3. Rumparooz
  4. Bumgenius
  5. Kawaii
  6. Miscellaneous
I took a pair of sewing scissors and off to work I went, using re-purposed scrapbookng paper to create a fun little label that would fit on with the "bunting flag" theme I have going on in my nursery.  I cut 
Cute and organized mini drawers!
my little flags and wrote all of the categories down, stuck them on the drawers and voila!  An instant update for my messy cloth diaper drawer.  The best part is, by keeping the diapers organized and divided I have been able to work on the laundry a bit better, because I can see when my night-time diapers need to be replenished (washed),  so I am constantly on top of what needs to be done.  This system is very visual, which is just what I need, given the fact that my time is so stretched nowadays that if I have to rely on my own memory things will certainly slip through the cracks!  This system has been working wonderfully for our family.  I was able to take something that was literally collecting dust in my closet and turn into a free organizational tool!  The best part is that now I actually have more drawer space for the baby's clothes and blankets, which were hanging out on top of our rocking chair for months.  Re-purposing is a great way to save money and find new and exciting uses for items that may not be getting much love.  Even a few days after having this system, I couldn't imagine doing cloth diapering the "old" way.  I am so excited to look for more things around the house that I may be able to turn into fabulous new organizational tools!
More room in my drawers for baby clothes and blankets!
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Friday, March 1, 2013

How to Begin Cloth Diapering: Take the Plunge!

My first cloth diaper, RAR Crimson, snaps.
I am always surprised, amazed even of what I learn from teaching our Cloth Diapering 101 classes. From the really inappropriate conversations about poop to the down right funny questions moms have about the nitty gritty. One of the things I see more and more with ladies in our community is general curiosity mixed with a hint of apprehension about cloth diapering.  It's really one thing to take the plunge financially, say buying a diaper here and there, but it's a whole other story when you actually begin to place the diaper on your baby's bottom.  Now this isn't rocket science, but it can still be intimidating for someone used to the idea of use and toss.  I remember receiving my diapers in the mail and thinking "Ok, here they are...let me just wash them and put them in a drawer for a while". It took me a few days until I actually worked up the courage to put the diapers on my baby's bum.  He looked so cute, I can't deny it, but let me be clear; I was afraid he would poop.  Very afraid. Now looking back, I can't really understand why, I mean isn't that what babies are supposed to do?  Once he finally went #2 on his precious little fluffy diaper, a mixture of dread and relief actually washed over me...that which I feared had come to pass, all I had to do now is move forward.  I dunked, I swished (before graduating to using a diaper sprayer).  And guess what? It wasn't that bad!  I thought to myself: "What was the fuss all about?".  If there is something we mothers have to get used to, is our constant close contact with poo...off the dirty diaper went to a pail liner over my garbage can and eventually after many poopy diapers they all went to the washing machine, and came out fresh and clean as if they were brand new again.  It wasn't that big of a deal.  I guess my advice for those of you building a stash with no intent of actually using them is:  GET ON WITH IT!  You will be surprised how simple the process is...will there be poop you have to clean up?  Sure.  Will there be leaks if you don't put the diaper on correctly?  Sure.  But you know what?  You have to diaper your baby all day every day right?  At that pace, if you manage to cloth diaper full-time (no cheating) you will be a pro within two weeks.  By that time you will have changed around 280 diapers (or more if your baby is younger) and done 8 loads of diaper laundry, stuffed a ton of inserts and probably sprayed a large amount of poop.  A pro indeed!  The point is, get on with it-just do it, take the plunge and let the questions come as they may!   
Have you ever been afraid to use your cloth diapers?

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Fall In Love With Fluff Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Fall In Love With Fluff Giveaway hosted by the GreenPath Baby Cloth Diapering Store, GreenPath Baby Blog, and Happy Mothering.  We have come together to help mommas fall in love with cloth diapers!  Follow all of the blogs on this hop for multiple chances to win over $270 worth of your favorite cloth diapers and accessories!  If you have never cloth diapered before here is a chance for you to win a whole stash and fall in love with cloth diapers!  See what everyone is talking about and how great it is to do something healthy and positive for your baby and for the environment.

I want to tell you a little love story. Once upon a time, a very handsome man and a woman fell in love. This handsome man asked the lovely woman to be his bride. The lucky couple got married in a beautiful enchanted ceremony and they lived happily ever after. Then they had kids...this is where the love story diverges a little from the traditional tales of old. You see, the couple had a beautiful little baby, and this baby developed a pretty serious rash from his little perfumy disposable diapers. His mommy decided to do some research and found out that that wonderful baby smell eminating from his pants was actually bad for his delicate skin...and so she decided that her little prince needed a fluffier option for his royal booty: cloth diapers. 

Ever since then, the little prince's bottom has been covered in luxurious clothy goodness.  All of the other mommies in the royal playground would ask: "What is this lovely, wonderful invention that this little prince is wearing?"  The prince's mommy would always answer, "these are the newest and bestest in cloth diapers!" and she would show them the baby's bottom.  Everyone "oohhhhed" and "ahhhhed" in amazement!  Ok, so this story is crazy, but seriously. I gave cloth diapers a try. I started with a small half-day stash and was completely hooked. It was so much easier than I thought and I was able to really be proactive in my baby's care. He no longer had rashes.  If I was really so preoccupied with everything that was going into his body, whether it's food or drink or anything else, how could I justify using something littered with so many chemicals?  Especially touching his most delicate of areas?  Cloth diapering now a days is not done with pins, cloth and a bucket of bleach!  There are a ton of different options out there!  Pockets, Hybrids, All-in-Ones, Fitteds, and prefolds all play a part in making cloth diapering simple, safe, cute, and effective!  If you need support, or are not sure where to start, plug in with a local cloth diapering group.  Support a local business that sells cloth diapers, needless to say all of our cloth diapers are purchased at GreenPath Baby, which serves the North Palm Beach, FL community.  I am positive that once you truly give cloth diapering a try you will never go back!  It's addictive!

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February Natural Living Blog Carnival: Addressing Sleep Challenges

Welcome to the February 2013 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Addressing Sleep Challenges. This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month our members have written posts about how they address sleep challenges in their homes.
I know what it's like to not sleep.  As a matter of fact, as I am typing this, my entire family is already in bed.  Everyone except that is, for me.  Being a mom comes with a lot of sacrifices.  Sacrifices that I was sure I was willing to take in my naive days (sans kids!) before I really lacked a good night's rest.  Let me explain...I come from a long line of no sleepers...my dad worked nights and when he got home his favorite thing to do was stay up all night watching movies.  I was a terrible sleeper as a baby, I would fuss and cry for hours unless someone rocked me to sleep while walking around (apparently it it did no good to rock me sitting in a chair), and my husband still wakes up randomly at 3am as if it was 8, to him there is no difference.  So it is no surprise that my kids would be terrible sleepers.  Sure enough, when my oldest was an infant, I wrote down on a piece of scratch paper that he woke up 19 times in one night (did that mean he even slept that night?).  He did not really sleep through the night until he was about 2 years old.  The lack of sleep decimated my husband and I.  It was stressful, it was terrible, everyone was always cranky and on-edge.  I remember buying all of the recommended reading for sleep deprived parents of newborns, The No Cry Sleep Solution, aka "The Pantley Method", How to Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems, aka "The Ferber Method", Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child, aka "The Weissbluth Method" and finally, The Baby Sleep Book, aka "Dr. Sears' Method".  I read all of them...in under two weeks.  How you ask?  Because all I did was nurse.  All.  Day.  Long.  I was in a trance, and on a mission, to get my child to sleep through the night.  All of these books offered very different solutions to various sleep problems, and I can honestly say that all of them contained at least something that helped me understand the process of infant sleep and how to get through some hurdles.  But nothing worked.  After a few months, my baby's schedule did become a bit more regular, the problem was that this regularity was very odd for us.  The baby would go down at 6:30-7:00pm, wake up 2-3 times during the night and finally wake up for good at 4am.  Come rain or come shine.  Now, I don't care how much energy you have, 4am is impossible.  Especially after nursing at night.  Any adult getting up at that time is trashed during the day.  We went on and on, back and forth with this crazy schedule until one day my neighbor suggested that we try to put him to bed later so he would wake up later.  I scoffed.  I thought it was bad advice.  All of the baby books I read suggested that a baby should have an early bedtime anywhere around 6:30pm-8:00pm.  I don't remember why I decided to finally take her advice, but we did.  We moved his bedtime to 8:00pm and after a few days he started waking up at 5:00am!  Yay!  So the next week we moved his bedtime to 9:00pm, until we finally reached our ideal bedtime of  9:30pm.  He was waking up at 7:00am.  I could not believe it!  He slept better through the night, was less cranky and we were able to have a somewhat normal schedule.  Fast forward a couple of years, he has stuck to that schedule and has been a pretty good sleeper ever since.  I think the key was by that point he was actually pretty darn tired.  With that schedule our family could hang out after dinner, or even take a stroll before putting him to bed.  What a luxury.  I guess the point is, there is no right or wrong answer.  Every child is different (don't get me started on my second child's sleep issues!).  It's a lot of trial and error, but once you figure out what works for them stick with it!  It might go against what the books say, but hey, if it works for your family, then it is right for you!  I would be lying if I were to say that I would revisit those sleep deprived days.  Life is so much better when you have sleep!  What are some of the sleep challenges you face at home?     

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Thanks Mama Onya Baby Carrier and Gift Card Giveaway Event

I love babywearing.  I have a colicky child and it is the only way that I can get anything done around the house-and as an added bonus, the carrier also doubles as a nap machine! Yay!  I wear baby at home, shopping for groceries, at the mall, anywhere I go! Babywearing keeps everyone happy - baby, mom, siblings. The convenience of having your hands free and your baby content makes the daily tasks of mothering much more manageable. We are excited to have partnered with Thanks Mama to give away the Onya Baby Carrier to one reader so that you and your little one can savor the joy and convenience of babywearing as well! In addition you will get $50 to spend on anything you please - cloth diapers, potty training pants, wooden toys, bedding, baby care items, or nursing essentials, to name a few.

Thanks Mama online baby store features a selection of twelve baby carrier brands, among them the versatile Onya Baby Carrier. The unique feature that we love is that it doubles as a baby carrier and a baby seat for when you are out and about. It comes in beautiful, modern colors and two different materials. The soft cotton is suitable for most situations and climates and the rip-stop nylon with mesh lining is perfect for hot weather, hiking, and active outdoor enthusiasts.

Our Favorite Features of the Onya Baby Carrier: 
  • Can be used as a baby carrier and chair harness, perfect for travel
  • Padding at the leg openings for baby's comfort
  • Can be worn on the front or back
  • Attached sleeping hood that can be tucked away
  • Available in either soft cotton or rip-stop nylon depending on your lifestyle and needs
  • Fits babies from 15 to 45 pounds

Our Favorite Features of the Thanks Mama Store: 
  • Large selection of 28 brands of cloth diapers
  • Over 15 options of reusable potty training pants
  • Eco-friendly and non-toxic baby care solutions
  • Classic and modern wooden toys
  • Non-toxic mattresses for the whole family
  • Eco-friendly furniture for baby and kids made of rubberwood
  • Free shipping on all U.S. orders over $60 and Worldwide shipping rates available
  • Earn rewards dollars with every purchase
Purchase: You can purchase the Onya Baby Carrier at Thanks Mama. Use code CARRIER for 15% off!

Win It! Thanks Mama is generously giving away the Onya Baby Carrier (winner's choice based on availability) and a $50 gift card to Thanks Mama store to one winner.

Special thanks to AnaB Social for hosting this giveaway. Huge thanks to Thanks Mama and all participating bloggers as well! Giveaway ends March 13th at 12:01 am, open WORLDWIDE, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below (see directions on how to enter here). Thank you!

Disclaimer: AnaB Social, Eco-Babyz, and all participating event bloggers are not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. 
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Virtual Cloth 101 Class: How To Strip Your Cloth Diapers-Easily!

Buildup.  It's an ugly word in the cloth diapering community.  And if you have any experience with cloth diapers you know why.  Leakage, stink, stains, are all par for the course when you have detergent build-up on your diapers.  Now here is the million dollar question; how do I keep my diapers clean and build-up free?  Well first off, always make sure that your washing routine is a good one!  A typical washing routine is as follows: A cold pre-rinse to get rid of all of the yuck.  A hot wash with cloth diaper recommended detergent.  An additional cold rinse. (a total of two final rinses).  The type of cloth diapers you own will determine the kind of detergent you use.  It is always important to use  the recommended detergent for your diapers.  Not only because it will help them last longer, but it will also allow you to send the diaper back to the manufacturer in case of a faulty elastic, bad snap, or any other manufacturer defect due to normal wear.  When you purchase new diapers from an authorized retailer, most cloth diaper companies will repair your diapers for free with proof of purchase.  If you find that after establishing a good washing routine, you are experiencing problems with build-up, the simplest and most benign method for stripping your pocket diapers, your all-in-ones, fitteds, hybrids, and inserts is using blue Dawn.

Yes, good ol' blue Dawn...the stuff that cleans penguins caught in oil spills also helps cloth diapers!  Yay Dawn!  Pretty much all types of modern cloth diapers can be stripped this way: Follow the washing routine described above.  In the wash cycle, in addition to detergent, add a squirt of blue Dawn.  If you open your washing machine during the rinse cycle you will see bubbles galore.  That is totally normal.  Basically what the blue Dawn does is it binds to the build-up and oils trapped in the pores of the cloth and helps wash them away (same as the penguins).  Once you are done with your two rinses, you will have to keep rinsing until you see no more bubbles in the wash.  For my washing machine, it is about 2 more rinses (in addition to the 2 after the wash, a total of 4 rinses).  For super tough build-up you can literally add a tiny drop of blue Dawn to the spot in your diaper where you are having trouble (perhaps a side that always leaks?) and scrub it with a little brush before putting it in the wash.  Check out this video by smartipants where this technique is demonstrated.

Follow this routine to kick the build-up in your cloth diapers to the curb!  Have you ever stripped your cloth diapers using the blue Dawn method?

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Mama Baby Love Giveaway Event

There is no question, one of the best moments my life was the birth of both of my little ones.  No momma can argue that there is definetly something really special about that moment a mother delivers her baby, and first puts her newborn baby to her breast. We live for that moment!  It is so priceless and monumental, so filled with love, joy, and gratitude. Though that moment really doesn't need anything extra, we're hosting a Mama Baby Love giveaway to make it even more special! We will outfit two mamas and their babies for their breastfeeding journey.   Good nursing bras and apparel are really hard to find.  So Annee Matthew has got you covered.

Thanks to our generous sponsors, you can win some gift certificates from Annee Matthew ($100 ea) and A Mother's Boutique ($50 ea) to use toward nursing apparel as well as a nursing hat from Moboleez and breastfeeding baby apparel for your little one from One Creative Mama. 

Our Favorite Things About the Prizes: 
  • Huge selection of bras and nursing apparel at A Mother's Boutique
  • Annee Matthew nursing apparel has some of the most stylish nursing clothing on this planet!
  • One Creative Mama breastfeeding advocacy baby shirts speak for themselves and break the ice

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Battling the Yeast Beast: A Journal

My LO has been cloth diapered for a very long time now...well not that long, but pretty much all of his life which is about 9 months now. I thought I was one of the lucky few who escaped it: the dreaded yeast. I am so methodical with my cloth diapers and am so attuned to baby's sensitive skin. Well, last week as I was getting him ready for bed I saw it. Little red irritated bumps everywhere! I knew immediately what those evil little bumps meant: Yeast. Dang it. I texted Maggie (my neighbor and fellow CD obsessed momma). Even though I technically knew how to handle yeast, up until this point I have not had it myself, so I needed the support. I also called the pediatrician for good measure. The Ped recommend Lotramin and Maggie suggested a mix of 10 drops of Grapefruit Seed Extract mixed with water in a 4oz spray bottle.  She recommended spraying it on the baby's bottom with every single diaper change.  She also recommended lots of air drying time, and of course, disposable diapers.  All of my cloth needed to be disinfected (see recipe for disinfecting yeasty cloth diapers at the end of the post!).   I had hubby run out and buy me a pack of sposies and so started our journey.  When I woke up the next morning his bum looked much much better. What a relief!  I alternated between using the Lotramin and the GSE, unfortunately, it took a few days for the bumps to disappear.  I thought I was out of the woods and started cloth diapering him again.  Within a day the bumps were back.  This time I took him to the Ped's office.  She confirmed it, his yeast rash had not gone away completely...tricky little beast.  She prescribed some medicine which I used, and within a week, the bumps were still there...no change.  So I started getting aggressive.  I used the prescription, the GSE, and I continued to use the Lotramin sporadicaly, and he was starting to look better-except for one little spot, right where his legs met his torso.  It was really badly irritated, but it didn't look like yeast.  It turns out he has an allergy to sposies.  Remember I said he has been cloth diapered pretty much all of his life?  Well, this has been the longest he had ever been exposed to disposable diapers, and let's just say his skin didn't react very well to it.  So now I had two conundrums:  yeast and allergic reaction.  So, I once again disinfected all of my cloth diapers and decided to not wear disposables anymore.  This meant that I had to dissinfect my cloth diapers with every single wash, so about every 2-3 days.  I also had to protect the diapers from all of the medicine, cream and the extract.  So I used fleece liners to create a barrier between the diapers and all of the stuff going on with the baby.  Fortunatly, the process worked well for us.  Within a day of using the cloth, his irritation to the disposables cleared up.  He still had yeast which we continued to treat.  Eventually that went away too!  Battling the Yeast Beast took a total of 3 weeks for us, but I am glad to say that his skin is back to normal and healthy on all fronts!  Have you ever battled with yeast? 

How to Disinfect Yeasty Cloth Diapers (for regular washing machines):
  • Wash cloth diapers if they are soiled.  Make sure you start this process with clean diapers.
  • Wash the diapers in hot water with detergent and 30 drops of grapefruit seed extract (GSE) along with 10 drops of tea tree oil.
  • While the water is filling up on your washing machine, mix in a pot of boiling water into the laundry. 
  • Do an extra cold rinse (in addition to the rinse at the end of a wash cycle).
  • Dry in the dryer on low heat, better yet, dry in direct sunlight which also helps to eliminate yeast.  
Spray Bottle Mix 
  • 4oz spray bottle.
  • 4oz of water
  • 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract (GSE).
  • Spray on affected area with every diaper change.

*Please note we are NOT doctors.  This is simply a guideline of what has worked in our home.  Please consult your pediatrician if you have any health related questions!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Snug as a Bug Giveaway Hop!

Welcome to the Snug as a Bug Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network. With the cooler weather coming strong, I’ve joined with over 40 other bloggers to bring you great products to keep your baby snug as a bug! Each blogger participating has a great Baby/Toddler Prize Package for you to win, worth at least $25, so after you enter mine, be sure to hop around to all the others in the linky!  Don’t forget to enter to win one of the GREAT GRAND PRIZES for the Event as well, including a Beco Baby Carrier, Kowalli, and The First Years Feeding Prize Pack!

I absolutely LOVE the theme of this giveaway! Let me explain why.  My two little boys are special. Not special in the awwww so cute way you're thinking (although they are adorable), they are special in the sense that they do not require sleep. Just two days ago, both of my boys decided that 3:30am was a perfectly good time to wake up in the morning. Yes, just perfect. They woke up at the same time even though they were sleeping in separate rooms! How is this possible? I am convinced the must be communicating via ESP, it's really the only logical explanation. My boys were horrible sleepers from the start though, so I don't expect much now. I remember keeping a sleep journal when my oldest was a newborn, I had gotten up up 19 times that night...sigh. Needless to say, I was (and still am) always looking for the best night-time and nap time solutions for my little ones. One thing that seemed to calm them when they were infants was swaddling. They loved to be snuggled up all cozy.  So our bedtime routine has always been bath, book, and bed.  For this giveaway, I decided to share my favorites with our readers! A crib size Flight and Pattern 100% cotton flannel blanket, a CJ's BUTTer Lullaby Baby lotion sample to keep that little cloth diaper bum extra soft and hydrated at night, and a copy of Goodnight Moon so your baby can be tucked in with a wonderful classic story. If your baby doesn't snuggle to asleep with these things than you might as well ask a vampire to bite your neck so that you can become immortal and not need the sleep anymore. Even my boys fall asleep when they are clean, loved and read to, as well as cozy with a blanket. One lucky reader will will all three prizes valued at $35! Good luck and may the sleep fairy be with you...or better yet, your kids!
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