Black Friday Specials

Here’s the scoop on Black Friday this year.  Those of you who like getting up at 3 am and hitting the sales, go for it, and then come to Babies Bottoms and More on your way home to crash.  Those of you (like me) who like to sleep in and avoid the crowds, I hear ya!  We’ll be open on Black Friday from 10 am until 2 pm.  Then we’ll be open Saturday by appointment only (as opposed to our normal open hours of 1-4). 

Black Friday Deals:

Rockin’ Green detergent is introducing a new, SURPRISE holiday scent.  We have a limited number of bags of this special scent in Classic Rock.  Normally, they’re $13.95, but on Black Friday they’ll be on sale for $10 each (limit 2 per customer.) 

With the purchase of a dozen prefolds (any size, regular or organic) you can get a Tweedlebugs one-size diaper cover for just $1! 

25% off all Gro-Via products!

Buy 5 Tiny Tush Elite one-size pocket diapers and get one free!

WOOT!  I just heard that we are authorized to give 15% off all Beco carriers! (Per Beco policies we cannot offer free shipping on any discounted Beco products.)

I will try to get these deals up on our website too.  They will be effective for in-store and online orders from 10 am Black Friday until 10 am Saturday.

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New Breastfeeding Products!

We are happy to announce that Babies Bottoms and More has officially expanded our selection of breastfeeding supplies!  While at the ABC show in Las Vegas this past October, Candis and I (Elisa) spent three days in the biggest convention center we had ever seen, looking for the best breastfeeding products out there.  Which wasn’t hard – we just asked ourselves which products we thought would make OUR lives easier as nursing moms.  Here are some of our new products in stock. (Currently in-store but not yet on the website.)

Bravado Nursing Bras – designed specifically to be both practical AND attractive, Bravado is at the forefront of nursing bra design.  We are currently carrying their Original Nursing Bra  and the Microfiber Nursing Bra in all sizes.  We even have a dressing area in the store now where you can come during the week and try them on to find out exactly what size fits you best. 

Bebe au Lait nursing covers – You asked for these, and we listened!  Available in 16 hip prints, the Bebe au Lait covers feature a stiff neck opening that holds itself away from your body, so you can see your baby and your baby can see you, while still covering you from strangers’ view.  I’m excited about trying mine out at my sister’s wedding, just 10 days after my due date in January.

Lansinoh – I have used their milk storage bags, lanolin, and breast pads for years, so we’re happy to be able to offer these products to our customers.  Currently we have the Lansinoh Affinity double electric breast pump and the breastmilk storage bags in stock.  At around $150, the Lansinoh pump costs significantly less than the $350 for a Medela double electric pump.

My Brest Friend – At the ABC show, Candis and I got a chance to “try on” the My Brest Friend nursing pillow and nursing footstool.  We were hooked!  I’ll never use a Boppy again – and when I got home and checked online reviews, My Brest Friend consistently got the best reviews of any nursing pillow on the market.  Their nursing stool is great too – it’s an angled wooden stool to hold your feet in the most comfortable nursing position, but when your baby is weaned the angled top lays flat and it becomes a step stool, perfect for a toddler who can’t quite reach the bathroom sink!

Do you have another favorite nursing product?  Share it with us in the comments and if we start carrying it, we’ll give the first person who suggested it a free one (or $25 off, whichever is less).

Stripping Diapers

Q. How do I know if my diapers need to be stripped?

A. You may start to experience one or more of the following problems: repelling, decreased absorbency, stinkiness even after being washed, or intense ammonia smell when your baby wets.

  Repelling means that instead of urine being absorbed into the diaper, it is rolling off and leaking.  It’s different than just needing more absorbency, because when you go to change your baby’s wet clothes and diaper, you’ll find that the diaper itself is not that wet. 

Q. How did my diapers get residue in them?

A. There are several ways a diaper can get residue: incorrect laundry detergent, rash creams, and hard water. 

 First, of course, cloth diapers need to be washed in a clean-rinsing and additive-free detergent like Rockin Green, Charlie’s Soap, or Tiny Bubbles.  NOT Dreft!!  If they are washed in a conventional laundry detergent with additives like scents, colors, fabric softeners, and optical brighteners, they can pick up residue from the detergent. 

Another frequent culprit is rash creams.  Many diaper rash creams work by making a waterproof barrier on your baby’s skin – which is good for protecting their skin, but bad if it gets on the diaper.  Be sure to use a cloth-safe rash cream like Grandma El’s or Earth Mama Angel Baby.  If you must use a cream that is not safe for cloth diapers, be sure to use a liner to protect your diapers. 

Finally (and we get this a lot here in the DFW area), hard water is often the culprit, especially if you are already being careful about your detergent and your rash cream.  “Hard” water is water with a high amount of minerals dissolved in it.  (It’s opposite, “soft” water is what you have when the soap is very difficult to wash off and your hands feel slippery even after rinsing, when washing your hands.)  These minerals in the hard water can be deposited onto and into the fibers of your diapers, where they decrease absorbency and hold onto stink – especially ammonia.  This happens to my kiddo’s diapers about once a month or so, even though I use residue-free detergent and cloth-safe ointment.  When this happens, I strip my diapers. 

Q. What exactly is stripping diapers and how do I do it?

A. Stripping your diapers is just removing the residues from them.  You can use the multiple-rinse method or the soaking method.

The multiple-rinse method is one that I have seen a lot on online cloth diaper communities.  Basically, you wash your diapers in HOT water with just a squirt of Dawn liquid dish soap.  Then you continue to run hot wash/rinse or just hot rinse cycles until there are no suds left.  This method works best for top-loading washing machines where you can lift up the lid in the middle of the wash cycle to look for suds.  It’s a bit difficult for me to use with my front-loading machine, so I use the soak method.

To use the soak method (as found on the back of packages of Rockin Green detergent), you will soak your diapers in double the normal amount of cloth-safe laundry detergent for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight.  Then, wash as usual (prewash + hot wash + rinse + extra rinse), but don’t use any detergent in your prewash.  If your diapers were clean before you did the soak, you don’t have to use detergent in the prewash or the regular wash. 

If your washer doesn’t have a “soak” button there are two ways to do this.  In a top loader, just set your washer for a regular laundry cycle, and then as soon as it is full and agitates for a minute or so (to make sure everything is wet through), turn your washer off and let everything soak in there.  You can also take your clean-but-not-stripped diapers and soak them in your bathtub.  (I suppose you could soak your dirty diapers in the tub too but then you would have to clean your tub afterwards.)  If you soak in your bathtub, it goes without saying to make sure you keep your bathroom door CLOSED since a tub full of water is a safety hazard for small children.

Giveaway Time!

Yes, it’s Friday and today we are giving away a package of the NEW Rockin Green Funk Rock Natural Ammonia Bouncer.  So new, it’s not even on the market yet, but we have one!  One package of Funk Rock will de-stink your diapers AND keep the stinkies away for a full month when added to your pre-wash cycle. 

To enter, please leave a comment with one question you have about cloth diapering, babywearing, or breastfeeding.  The winner will be chosen randomly, but questions will be answered in future blog posts.

Types of Baby Carriers

We can get into the benefits of babywearing and why I love my carriers later.  For now, I thought a quick Baby Carrier 101 might be helpful to any parents trying to decide which type (or types) of carrier to get. 
Safety Pointers and Positioning: Make sure that your baby’s face is not covered by fabric or pressed against you. Their chin should not be against their chest (this can compress their windpipe) and their back should be relatively straight, not curled up (this can compress their diaphragm, making it difficult for them to breathe.) You should be able to look down and see your baby’s face, and their bottom should rest in between your belly button and your hip bone – this is your center of gravity. Baby should NOT be hanging below your waist on your hip like a messenger bag.
 
 
Slings and Pouches
Go over one shoulder and across the torso. Examples: Hotslings, Hava slings, Maya Wrap, etc. Pouches are sized and are the easiest to use. It is very important to be properly sized because if the sling is too big, it will hurt your back and could be dangerous for your baby. Ring slings are adjustable, so they can more easily be shared between caregivers. They are also easier to nurse in since they adjust. With a ring sling, though, you have to make sure it is properly fitted each time or again, it will hurt your back and could be dangerous to your baby.
 
Price Range: $25-65

Ring Sling

Pros: Extremely easy to pop the baby in and out. Slings and Pouches tend to be the least expensive type of carrier, and use the least amount of fabric (which means they are lighter and smaller to fit in your diaper bag).
Cons: Since all the baby’s weight is being supported by one shoulder, they can be uncomfortable as your baby gets bigger or for long periods of time. They are also one of the easiest carriers to use improperly, which can be dangerous.

 

 

Wraps
A wrap is a single, long piece of fabric that is wrapped and tied around the adult’s body to make a carrier for the baby. Some examples are the Mobywrap and the Dolcino baby carrier. Wraps can be stretchy, like the Moby, or woven, like the Dolcino.
 

Price Range: $40-175

Wrap Carrier

Pros: Wraps are extremely versatile. They are very adjustable and can be used for many different positions – laying down, upright, facing in or out, hip carry, or back carry. Many babies who do not like the laying down position of a pouch or ring sling really enjoy the upright positioning of a wrap. Wraps distribute the baby’s weight on your shoulders and your hips, making them very comfortable for long periods of time and for heavier babies. A wrap can be used to carry twins! Wraps are cost effective, starting at around $40. 
Cons:  Some people find the wrapping to be very complicated, and the large amount of fabric means that a wrap will be heavy and take up a lot of space in your diaper bag.

 
 
Stretchy Carriers
There isn’t really a name for this kind of carrier yet, but the version we carry is the Baby K’tan. A simplified wrap, it is two loops of fabric with a sash.
 
Price Range: $60-80

Baby K'tan

Pros: They are smaller, lighter, and simpler to use than a full wrap. Coming next spring there will be a mesh version, which will be much more breathable and cooler than the cotton wrap. A Baby K’tan can also be used to carry twins.
Cons: The Baby K’tan is sized, so mom and dad will probably have to each buy their own. They are more expensive than a simple wrap, and come in fewer colors.

 

 

 

 

Soft Structured Carriers
Soft Structured Carriers, or SSC’s, are made of woven material and have a body, where the baby sits, and then either one or two sets of straps to wrap around the parent’s shoulders and waist. The Mei-Tai is the most popular of the tie-on SSC’s, though some people also like the Korean Podaegi. Then there are carriers like the Beco, Ergo, and Pikkolo that are basically Mei-Tai’s but with buckles instead of ties. These are the easiest (and most expensive) of all since you just put them on like a backpack, click the buckles shut, and go! My personal favorite is the Beco Butterfly carrier. It is well padded and extremely well balanced, so I can wear my daughter for hours at a time comfortably. I like the cute prints that make me feel more stylish, and the unique sling-type seat that the baby sits in makes it easier to switch between back and front carries. If your baby likes to face out, I would recommend the Beco Gemini or the Pikkolo, both of which can do not only front and back carries, but forward-facing and hip carries too.

 

Price Range: $129-149

Beco Gemini

Pros: (of buckle SSC’s) They stay adjusted, so no need to readjust with each wearing. Not stretchy so the baby feels more secure, especially heavier babies. Multiple carry positions, including on your back.
Cons: Can be the most expensive carrier. Can be difficult to use with newborns up to about 8-10 weeks old.