Change 3 Things

We are so excited to be participating in the Change 3 Things Challenge 2011.  Parents all across the country are pledging to change 3 cloth diapers per day for one year.  If 100,000 families do this, it will result in 30-50 million pounds of prevented landfill waste, 100 million disposable diapers not purchased, and $24 million of combined savings!

Here’s how to join.  Click “like” at www.facebook.com/change3things.  Then just change 3 cloth diapers (or more!) per day for a year. 

For a limited time we will be giving away Change 3 Things silicone reminder bracelets at our store to anyone who makes the commitment.  Stop by and pick one up.  Not local?  No problem – just request a bracelet in “notes at checkout” with your online order.  (One free bracelet per customer, additional bracelets available for $1.25 each).

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March Giveaway!

I am so excited about this giveaway that I’m posting it a few days early.  Instead of doing small weekly giveaways, which I was having trouble keeping up with, we’re going to do a monthly giveaway and make the prizes BIGGER! 

March in Texas is a great month.  March and April are pretty much the only months (except for October and November, in the fall) where we have nice weather.  We all want to take advantage of those times and go outside – to the park, on a walk, anything!  Babywearing makes this easier. 

So our giveaway is a Mobywrap gift set  that includes a natural-colored Mobywrap with matching hat and blanket.  It all comes wrapped in a gift box – perfect to keep for yourself or give as a shower gift. 

Mobywrap Knot Hat

Here’s how to get your chance at the Mobywrap gift set. 

1. Stop by our store and you can put your name in the jar.

2. Place any online order during the month of March and put the word “giveaway” in the notes at checkout.

Or, send a 3×5 index card with your name, address, phone number, and the words “Moby Wrap giveaway” to Babies Bottoms and More, 2964 Mark Twain Dr, Farmers Branch TX 75234.  But we think you’ll agree, the other ways of entering are much more fun!

Change 3 Things – Cloth Diaper Revolution

CottonBabies (makers of BumGenius) is sponsoring the Change 3 Things (C3T) movement.  You can see their Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/Change3Things

Make the commitment to change 3 cloth diapers a day for a year.  If 100,000 parents do this, we will…

…prevent 30-50 MILLION pounds of landfill waste.

…keep from purchasing 100 MILLION disposable diapers.

…collectively save $24 MILLION over the next year. 

And it doesn’t have to be hard, or expensive to start!  C3T packages (3 cloth diapers) start at just $11.95 for the Econobum trial pack.  Just think, for less than the cost of one week’s worth of diapers, you can join the cloth diapering revolution (or gift a trial pack to a friend and introduce her to cloth diapering!)

Econobum C3T Trial Kit

New Mom Survival Tips

I wanted to share a couple things not strictly cloth-diapering related that have really helped us enjoy our new baby these past few weeks. 

First of all, we have been blessed with friends bringing us meals twice a week.  For the other five days each week, I’ve been getting my recipes and grocery lists from Eat At Home Cooks, a blog that posts weekly recipes and shopping lists for downloading.  You can click over to the blog here: http://eatathomecooks.com/weekly-menus.  I download the week I want and give a quick peek at the recipes to make sure my family will eat them.  Then I print them off and post them on the fridge.  Each day my husband and I both know what’s for dinner that night, so he can jump right in to helping prepare it when he gets home from work.  It makes grocery shopping easy too since the list is all ready to go. 

Next, we splurged and had our home cleaned by Eco Maids of North Dallas (http://ecomaids.com//northdallas).  The owner is a cloth diapering mama herself.  I love how they only use non-toxic cleaners, because with a new baby in the house the LAST thing I want is toxic chemicals around him!  They did a great job cleaning the house and getting me caught up on all the cleaning I haven’t done for the past month or two. 

Finally, I”m so grateful for my supportive midwives.  The women at Inanna Birth Center in Denton have given me amazing prenatal and post-natal care and walked with me every step of the way from severe morning sickness to a 15 hour labor to making sure John Paul and I are doing well in the weeks after birth.  If you’re looking for a Birth Center, here is a link to their practice: www.inannabirth.com.

Cloth Diapering a Newborn

With three weeks of trying out lots of different newborn diapers on John Paul under my belt, I can’t wait to share what I’ve discovered about various newborn diapers!  Here is a list of what we’ve tried and how we liked them. 

Thirsties Duo Wrap over Infant Prefold on a 7 lb baby

Infant prefold (with snappi) + cover.  This is about 2/3 of our newborn stash.  We picked the infant prefold (7-15 lbs) instead of the newborn prefold (5-10 lbs) because we were expecting him to be at least 7 lbs (he was 7 lbs 13 oz) and because I would gladly trade trimness for absorbency at this point, and the infant prefolds are more absorbent than the newborn ones.  We’re using a mix of Thirsties XS covers (6-12 lbs) and Thirsties Duo Wraps (size 1, 6-18lbs).  I don’t notice any difference at this point between the two, although the Duo Wraps will fit him even after he outgrows the XS.  One thing I do notice is that I reach for the velcro ones first over the snap closures, because he HATES my cold hands touching him so with the velcro I can keep my cold hands away from his skin more.

You can get infant prefolds, snappis, and Thirsties Duo Wraps by clicking on the following links to our store:

http://babiesbottomsandmore.com/infpfd.html

http://babiesbottomsandmore.com/sncldifa.html

http://babiesbottomsandmore.com/thirsties-duo-wrap.html

At night, or when we expect him to be sleeping for a while, I’ll add a GroVia booster, folded down to make it shorter, or a Tiny Tush Deluxe Wipe folded in thirds to the prefold to boost absorbency.  The Deluxe wipes are two layers of thick cotton fleece, which makes them almost as thick as a booster/doubler, but they’re tiny enough to fit in his little diapers. 

Pick up your boosters and/or Tiny Tush Deluxe Wipes with these two links to our store:

http://babiesbottomsandmore.com/grobaorbo2pa.html

http://babiesbottomsandmore.com/tiny-tush-deluxecotton-fleece-wipes.html

Also for nighttime I’ve tried the SoftBums Echo diaper and have been extremely pleased that it really does fit a newborn just like they say.  Finally, on the high-absorbency front, we have a Babykicks hemp prefold (infant size, green edges) that we really like. 

Read more about or purchase the SoftBums system here http://babiesbottomsandmore.com/soft-bums-perfect-fit-ai2-basic-pac2.html and the Babykicks hemp prefolds here http://babiesbottomsandmore.com/bahe.html

Rumparooz Lil Joey - our favorite newborn AIO

For daytime, especially when we’re out and about, I like the all-in-one’s we have.  If you’re in a small space like a public restroom changing table, I think it’s a lot easier to velcro or snap on an AIO instead of folding a prefold, getting the snappi, and then putting on the cover.  The two AIO’s we have in our stash are the BumGenius Newborn (http://babiesbottomsandmore.com/bunge30deaio.html) and the Rumparooz Lil Joey’s (http://babiesbottomsandmore.com/rumparooz-lil-joey-newborn-allinone.html). 

The BumGenius are a little bit less expensive at $12.95, but in my opinion the Lil Joey’s ($29.95 for 2-pack, so about $15 per diaper) are well worth the extra $2 each.  They have an umbilical cord snap-down, internal gussets, and are more absorbent than the BumGenius.  I don’t know if my little guy is just a super-pee-er or what but we have to change the BumGenius Newborns quite often compared to the Lil Joey’s.  The umbilical cord snap down was great because although the BumGenius Newborns are cut lower and usually were able to go under his umbilical cord, sometimes they would ride up but the Lil Joey’s never did. 

One thing I wish we had more of (and I’ll probably pick some up at the store next time I’m there) is cloth wipes.  I had forgotten than newborns poop so much!  We’re basically using a cloth wipe with each diaper change, plus the wipes we’re using as doublers, so I could use a dozen more or so.

First-hand Breastfeeding Product Reviews

I am so excited that I finally get to give some first-hand reviews of the breastfeeding products we carry!  By the time I took over running Babies Bottoms and More two years ago (hooray!) my then-youngest was already about a year old, so although I was still nursing her, I was past the early breastfeeding days when most challenges occur.  But now, nursing a newborn, I get to experience the soreness, leaking, and every-two-hours nursing… and see which products are my favorite for coping with those things!

Earth Mama Angel Baby Natural Nipple Butter

Natural Nipple Butter by Earth Mama Angel Baby

This nipple butter is AWESOME.  I had always been a fan of lanolin creams before and wasn’t sure how this lanolin-free plant-based cream would work.  Well, I’m here to tell you how it works: way better than lanolin!  Since it’s made with plant oils, it is just barely solid at room temperature and turns to liquid pretty much as soon as it touches your skin.  What this means for your tender skin is that it glides on with none of the stickiness of lanolin and hardly any rubbing in necessary.  I’ve also discovered that it washes out of my nursing bras and pajamas cleanly, with none of the staining that lanolin causes.  Get yours here: http://babiesbottomsandmore.com/emabnipplebutter.html

Bravado Original Nursing Bra:

Bravado Original Nursing Bra (Regular, also comes in Plus and Double Plus)

This was another one I wasn’t sure of.  I prefer more structured, “prettier” bras and wasn’t sure this one would give me adequate support, so I only bought one of these style.  Let me tell you, when my milk came in at 3 days postpartum, I grew about 2 sizes and this was the ONLY one of all the nursing bras I had purchased that still fit me comfortably.  And I know from unfortunate past experience that wearing a too-small nursing bra is a recipe for disaster – disaster in the form of mastitis, a breast infection which makes you feel like you have the flu.  I quickly swiped a second Bravado Original Nursing Bra from the store, and have been wearing one, washing one for the past week and a half.  I hope that eventually I’ll get down to a size that I can wear some of the other prettier nursing bras I bought, but for now, with my cup size changing literally by the hour, this is by far the most comfortable one and the only one I’ll wear.  Get yours here: http://babiesbottomsandmore.com/bravado-original-nursing-bra.html (for B-C cup sizes), here: http://babiesbottomsandmore.com/bravado-original-nursing-bra-plus.html (for C-E cup sizes), or here: http://babiesbottomsandmore.com/bravado-original-nursing-bra-double-plus.html (for DD-G cup sizes).  For more detailed sizing info, click on any of the above links and scroll down to the bottom of the listing.

Finally, I just want to give a shout-out to My Brest Friend.  I’m out of time to say why I like it  WAAAAAY better than the Boppy, but it’s great.  Come by the store and try one on and you’ll see why!  Or order yours here: http://babiesbottomsandmore.com/my-brest-friend-nursing-pillow.html or here for the deluxe version: http://babiesbottomsandmore.com/my-brest-friend-deluxe-nursing-pillow.html

News You Can Use: Dry Skin and Baby Rash Tips

 The following article is from our friends over at Rockin’ Green, another Texas-based mom-run company.  I use their Hard Rock Formula for my diapers (and all my laundry, actually) and we have had NO AMMONIA PROBLEMS since switching to Hard Rock.  Click the link to order your own!  http://babiesbottomsandmore.com/rockin-green-hard-rock-formula.html

Baby dry skin or rashes are no fun at all! You just want to make your baby feel better and get rid of those painful rashes! Here are some tips from the Rockin’ Green team for preventing dry skin and rashes, as well as what to do when problems arise:

· Bathe your children every other day (vs. daily) in the winter (unless they get really dirty of course) to prevent drying out their skin.

· When bathing – try lukewarm water – the heat can make skin drier.

· Use a cream/balm for dry skin after the bath. Try Delish Naturals or CJ’s bum butter.

· If you are a cloth diaperer or just have a baby with sensitive skin – wash all diapers and clothing in Rockin’ Green – it’s gentle on baby’s skin. It’s one of the reasons we invented it. Trust us.

· Use a humidifier in your baby’s room or in a few rooms of the house to create moisture.

· Always change a baby when they are wet (especially during a rash outbreak), as infrequent changes can be the culprit of diaper rashes.

· Rashes can also be caused by sensitivity to perfumes or chemicals (disposable diapers, wipes, fabrics) – so try switching products to something more natural and fresh

· If the rash doesn’t go away – always see a doctor. Many things like yeast, require special treatments.

· If you need to use a more intense diaper rash ointment, first put it on your baby’s bum and then cover it with a cut up piece of fleece. It will protect your precious diapers and allow your little’s ones bottom to heal.

· Air is really good for curing rashes so let your kids run around naked for a bit to let the rash get some air circulation. And remember, Rockin’ Green works on carpets too! (hehe)