Congratulations, it’s a…brand new Thirsties Newborn All-In-One

Thirsties Newborn AIO

Sponsored by Thirsties Warning: Your ovaries may burst after reading this post. I am not responsible for any babies born 9 months from now. BONUS: Keep scrolling down to enter to win a 2 pack of the Thirsties Newborn AIO cloth diapers. Don't say that I didn't warn you!  I mean, just look at those tiny little toes. Can't you just smell the new baby smell? Ok, focus...and try to convince yourself that you don't want another newborn. ...but if you are pregnant, expecting, or planning on having a newborn anytime soon, Thirsties has a brand new diaper just for you! When Thirsties released their new one-size all-in-one last year, people were concerned that they would no longer have a small newborn option.  The OS AIO begins fitting around 8-10 lbs but one-size diapers tend to be bulky on newborns.  That was one of the features that I truly loved about the Duo AIO (now retired), was that the Size 1 would fit those small newborns.  Problem solved! About the Newborn ... [ Read More ]

5 Ways to Use Baking Soda for Babies

Many parents don't start looking for environmentally friendly options in their lives until after they have babies.  We want only the most natural of items to touch those precious little babies and all of their baby parts.  We clean their clothes in gentle detergent.  We wash their skin in sensitive soaps.  We put the softest diapers on their little bums.  Here are a few ways you can use that little yellow box of Baking Soda - for your baby! 5 Ways to Use Baking Soda for Babies Stain remover - add 1/2 cup of baking soda with your favorite detergent to remove those pesky baby stains (like spit up on your favorite shirt or brand new onesie). Clean toys - make a solution of 1 part baking soda to 4 parts water and rub down your favorite baby toys.  Follow with a quick rinse and their toys will be squeaky clean. Diaper pail stinkies?  Sprinkle a little bit of baking soda in your diaper pail or wet bag to help keep the odors away.  This trick works for both disposable and cloth ... [ Read More ]

Great Cloth Diaper Change 2011 – Tampa Bay and Beyond

Great Cloth Diaper Change

What is the Great Cloth Diaper Change of 2011? On April 23, 2011 families around the world will attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the most babies and tots changed into cloth diaper simultaneously.  The event is organized by the Real Diaper Association (RDA; a non-profit advocacy group) and several other cloth diapering companies and advocates.  This is my second year as a member of the RDA and through them I have found my voice as an advocate. Why April 23rd? Since one of the benefits to cloth diapering is to better the environment the RDA chose April 23rd since Earth Day is observed on April 22nd each year.  If you recall last year I helped to organize our first Eco Chic Parties event with the RDA called "Get Real Diapers;"  a Twitter Party to help educate families about cloth diapers.  The event was a huge success and has lead to the growth of the online cloth diapering community. The Great Cloth Diaper Change currently has over 165 registered hosts across the world - ... [ Read More ]

Sprout Change by The Willow Store – Cloth Diapers Review

SproutChange

Have you ever heard of a reversible cloth diapering system? No - that's not a typo - I meant reversible! The Sprout Change system is a one-size diaper cover that is reversible.  The sweet pea color combination I received to review is a sweet pale pink and pale green.  It comes with a hemp insert that is super absorbent and allows for a trim fitting diaper.  Depending on which side (color) is on the outside you can snap the diaper in side snap fashion or front snap fashion.  There are no rise or waist snap adjustments which helps keep the diaper trim.  Instead it has an inner elastic with easy to adjust buttons that allow you to fit the diaper to your babies exact size.  The Sprout Change system fits most babies from 8lbs to 40lbs.  I personally love that there are no pockets to stuff and no snaps to adjust - a very easy and simple system! The Willow Store also offers other great products: Training pants Organic wipes Pre-folds Nursing pads Feminine pads and panty ... [ Read More ]

Can you really travel with cloth diapers?

The answer SHOULD be YES!  As I began planning for my #BlogHer10 experience I had originally planned on bringing the entire family along with me.  I researched NYC diaper services and had set up a batch of diapers to be delivered right to our hotel. Over the past month our plans changed.  We were still planning our family trip to Disney (before our annual passes expired) but then the family was going in many different directions. We packed up last weekend and headed to Orlando - complete with our stash of cloth diapers.  My first trip to Disney with the baby we packed disposables, hybrids, and cloth because I really didn't know HOW to travel with cloth diapers.  I found out quickly that it's NOT much different than at home.  This trip to Disney I only packed the fluff!  The only time it was a little less than pleasant was the 3rd day (when my DD had held her bowl movements for 3 whole days) when she decided to poo while at the water park.  Thankfully cloth holds in the solids BUT ... [ Read More ]

Another Cloth Diapering Update

Poor Little B!  Just after my last review of her cute little Bum Genius' she got a HORRIBLE diaper rash!  It's been 2 weeks and it's still not cleared up.  So what was the problem???  To my best guess it was a combination of things.  1) sensitive baby skin, 2) not being able to use diaper cream, and 3) her ability to sleep for 6 hrs at night!  The combination of all those things was just too much for her delicate newborn skin.  It was the worst rash I've ever seen.  Fast forward 2 weeks to today and we're still in disposables.  I'm really bummed out about this.  The only solution I can think of is to find/make some cloth liners to place between her and the cloth diapers.  WHY?  Because the makers of Bum Genius' recommend NOT using diaper cream with the BG's or it will void the warranty.  I guess it won't wash out well.  I have some disposable liners but they are so rough and scratchy that I haven't used them.  I'm waiting until I can make a trip to the fabric department and see if I ... [ Read More ]

No Genies Allowed!

So what do wish for?  A stinky free diaper area?  With my first child we HAD to have one of those Diaper Genies because we thought they would make the diapers (and the poo) DISAPEAR!  But in all actuallity all they do is store the nasty smell until you decide to empty the canister.  As he got older the poo got stinker and so did the Genie!  We got rid of it after he was out of diapers so I didn't have one when we had Little B a few weeks ago.  Since I'm about to make the switch to cloth I hadn't even thought about the Diaper Genie until my husband brought it up the other day.  We've just been throwing the diapers right into the trash can...which goes out every other day at least.  There is no lingering smell and no EXTRA WASTE!  I say extra because those diaper pails take plastic bags (kinda) to store the waste.  The bad thing (environmentally speaking) is that you twist and twist and twist (using more and more and more platic) until you have that diaper all closed up inside the ... [ Read More ]

Diapers – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

If you are one of my close friends you are probably sick of hearing about my diaper choices.  However, I have been researching these things for a few months now and I think I have some great ideas to make an eco-friendly decision.  Now...my only disclaimer is that I won't get to try these until January when our little bump enters the world.  There are mixed reviews on each option (as with any product); some love them; some hate them; some are tolerated!  Please feel free to add your comments. Babies, Infants and Toddlers go through 15++ diapers a day.  Most people use disposable diapers and these end up in our landfills where they can take hundreds of years to decompose.  Disposable diapers can contain chemicals such as chlorine, latex, fragrances, TBT (tributyl tin), and more.  My first child sufferred from severe diaper rashes that nothing would cure.  I think it was a combination of diapers, wipes, and food choices.  So here is what I've learned thus far.  Disposable Diapers ... [ Read More ]

Cool Eco-Baby Shower Decorations

As a continuation from yesterday here are some videos I found on YouTube today.  I think I'm going to have to try some of these.  (Of course I'd use cloth diapers and other eco-friendly fabric baby clothing.)  Enjoy. ... [ Read More ]