Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Get Back to Basics with Charlies Soap!

Changing detergents?  Seems like no big deal right?  But what if you're thinking of switching from a popular scented store bought brand to an unscented brand?

You might be skeptical as to whether you'll like it. You might even subconsciously associate a fragrance with being clean and therefore think that you need or want your laundry soap to leave your clothing scented.  The truth is, you don't need a scent, you just need clean.

Charlie's Soap truly is a marvel.  Charlie's is a family-run company that knows how to get your laundry clean in the most basic (yet brilliant) way possible, without all the additives, fragrances, dyes or fancy packaging.

Want to read the story behind Charlie's Soap?  Visit their website and read all about them.

Here's a little more about the Soap, why it works, and why I think that once most people try Charlie's they never go back!

  • 80 full sized loads of Laundry at less than 20 cents per load. New recyclable and reusable jar!
  • Thats just pennies per load! Needs only 1 TABLESPOON per large washload - That's all! This is not an additive. All of the features of Charlie's Soap Laundry Liquid but more concentrated! Hypoallergenic - leaves no residue - perfect for babies and those who have sensitive skin Dissolves completely / biodegradable More convenient and portable than a liquid Front-loader / HE compatible.

  • Our Laundry Powder is a revolutionary approach to laundry care. It does not cover up stains and odors with scents and brighteners - it really cleans. It is made with a unique blend of biodegradable coconut-based detergents and high-grade, completely soluble, Green River washing soda.
(For First Time Users) Run an empty load (or perhaps some old rags) with the recommended amount of Charlie's Soap Laundry Liquid or Powder. 

*This will clear your washing machine of any residue left by previously used detergents and keep them from redepositing on your clothes.

*Charlies is intended for use as your exclusive detergent, not to be used back and forth. If washing cloth diapers, use with caution.  If any redness or irritation occurs please discontinue use.  Use of Charlies may void your Cloth Diaper's Warranty, check manufacturers warranty's to be sure.

To purchase Charlie's Soap please visit Luvaboos.com or shop in person at Luvaboos in Rochester, NY.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Learning to love your post-pregnancy body

Loving your children is the easy part, learning to love the body they gave you...is another story.

I can admit it now, both to myself and others, I have "twin skin."  Throughout my twin pregnancy I discovered these unfamiliar little squiggly lines on my belly, I was curious but confident that those were not stretchmarks.  After all, I carried my daughter and didn't get one stretchmark, they're just not in my genetics I silently told myself.

My denial continued postpartum as well.  My deflated, saggy and stretched out tummy hung over the waist of my jeans.  I told myself, it's normal, it's only been a few weeks, it's definitely going to shrink back down.  Luckily motherhood kept me busy and kept my mind off of things.

Not long after my sons births I discovered a moms of multiples message board online and to my horror found out that there was a name for this saggy stretched out thing that I had yet to admit to anyone existed on my body.  It was referred to as "twin skin" by mothers of multiples.  This "twin skin" does not go away.  Yes, deep down I think I already knew that but I had been in denial.

Why or how it happened, I can't be sure, but somehow I decided my "twin skin" was something to be ashamed of.  It was ugly and embarrassing, and I concluded that I would not show it to anyone.  I lived three years keeping my secret from friends and family.  With the help and encouragement of my husband, after the third year I decided that I would, for the first time, attempt wearing a two-piece bathing suit again and show my motherly shape to all the world with confidence.

I can admit now, at first that confidence was fake, I was pretending and at times it was really hard to.  However, after pretending for a while and realizing that people weren't staring or pointing, no one was running away disgusted, it dawned on me that I looked normal.  Looking normal is nothing to be ashamed of and showing the shape, stretchmarks and scars that come along with motherhood, is something to be proud of.

Have you ever visited the website "The Shape of a Mother"?  It's an awesome, uplifting, inspiring and very liberating website for mothers.  It's purpose is to help encourage mothers to love and appreciate their bodies, both with and without clothes on.  There is nudity, so be forewarned, but it's beautiful.

Know that you are not alone.  The Shape of a Mother encourages you to join, and either anonymously or publicly share your story, your photos, and appreciate others who's bodies are just as beautiful and as normal as your own.

Please share this with anyone you know who is a mother.  Let's help each other learn to love our bodies.  Has The Shape of a Mother or simply seeing the shapes of other mother's worn with confidence helped you learn to love yourself more?

Sincerely, Julie aka the Cloth Diaper Geek

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Cloth Diaper News! World's First Cloth Diaper Addicts iPhone App scheduled to hit the App store today!

Fluff Stash
The World’s First Cloth Diaper Addicts iPhone App
Scheduled to hit the App Store today!
Official Press Release

Introducing the very first of its kind, Fluff Stash, an iPhone app just for cloth diaper fanatics!  In this easy to use and navigate app you’ll have so much fun snapping pics of all your diapers, categorizing them by brand, color, size, style and more!  Sort, organize, and share your stash with the click of a button.

We know just how addicted cloth diapering moms are, not just to their cloth diapers, but to their smartphones and their social networks.  That’s why we’re giving you the best of all your favorite things by allowing you to satisfy your craving to talk about cloth, use your phone, and share photos of your entire stash all in one convenient place!

What’s the best part?

It’s totally affordable, just .99 and it’s easy to use!  No gimmicks, finally an app that you can use on a daily basis for practical or totally impractical reasons, you decide!

Download Fluff Stash from the App Store today and take your cloth diaper addiction to a whole new level!

Make sure you also “LIKE” Fluff Stash on Facebook where you can connect with other Fluff Stash users, ask questions, participate in promotions and more!

Like what you’re reading?

We need your help spreading the word about this new app!  Please copy & paste this press release and post it to your blogs, facebook, twitter, message boards and more!  Don’t keep this exciting news to yourself, the more who use it the more fun we all can have!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Why I think the Medela Pump in Style is a must have!

You might have read my post about pumping while at work where I mentioned how much I loved my Medela Pump In Style.  I seriously could not have lived without it.  I'm going to highlight for you the reasons why I loved it so much and the reasons you should consider investing in one.
  • It's fast!  With the Pump In Style you can adjust the suction and the speed to get just the right results.  This really helped me make my pumping sessions efficient and make the most of my let-downs when the milk was really flowing.
  • It's dual action!  Being able to pump both breasts at the same time was a lifesaver. I can't even imagine having to do it manually one at a time.  That would have meant that I would have needed three times as much time when I went to pump and it's exhausting.  Not to mention, what happens if you're pumping one side and the other starts to letdown?
  • It's quality made and a well-known brand.  This means that if a part breaks, you lose it, you need new replacement accessories or pieces then they'll be easy to find.  Not only does Luvaboos carry some of the spare parts, you most likely can find them other places locally and/or online.  If you were using a no-name brand the chances of you finding spare parts in a timely manner are not great.
  • It's super easy to  clean.  When you're at work you need to clean your pumps pieces after you pump so it will be ready to go for the next session.  The Pump In Style comes apart easily so you can quickly and thoroughly clean it between pumping sessions.
  • You can pump hands free!  Withe regular Pump In Style or the FreeStyle you can pump without using your hands.  This means if you need to, you can tend to baby, answer phones, work on the computer and multi-task in other ways.  Being able to do other things while your're pumping allows you to take your mind off of it and often helps you express more milk, unlike when you feel you're in a hurry or having to watch the clock.
  • You can save it for use with future children!  Because they're so well made you can save them and reuse them next time you have a baby!  Worried the parts have gotten old?  Just buy new accessories for it and you'll be good to go!
Overall, yes it's an investment, but if you are going to be pumping at all then I highly recommend you purchase one or register for one.  It's a breastfeeding accessory that is an absolute necessity.  You won't regret having a Medela Pump In Style!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Giveaway: Enter to win a Knickernappies Custom Fit Diaper! CLOSED

This week's Luvaboos Giveaway is super cool!  You can enter to win a Knickernappies Custom Fit Diaper!  They come in a variety of great, bright colors and three sizes to ensure that you'll get the perfect fit.  Knickernappies diapers are also made in the USA.  They carry a lifetime warranty on snaps and are very well made quality cloth pocket diapers.

To purchase a Knickernappies Custom Fit you can shop Luvaboos online or in person if you're a Rochester NY local.

Want a chance to win a Knickernappies Custom Fit Pocket Diaper totally Free?  Enter our Giveaway below!

The Prize:
(1) Knickernappies Custom Fit Pocket Diaper in the size and color of your choice (subject to availability)

Open to participants in the USA and Canada.

Date:  Giveaway is open through June 5, 2011.  The winner will be announced on the Blog and FaceBook and will also be notified via email.  Winner has 7 days to claim their prize or an alternate winner will be chosen in their place.

Rules:  For each entry you must comment on this giveaway post.  Please make sure we can either contact you via email through your profile or leave your email address with each entry.

*You must first complete the mandatory entry.  All other entries are optional.

Entry Methods:
  • Mandatory 1st Entry-  Visit Luvaboos.com and tell us what size and color Knickernappies Custom Fit you would choose if you win.  Come back and comment here with the size and color ad your first entry.
  • (1) Entry for Becoming a Fan of Luvaboos on Facebook
  • (1) Entry for Following Luvaboos on Twitter
  • (1) Entry for Following Knickernappies Blog
  • (1) Entry for Liking Knickernappies on FaceBook
  • (1) Entry for leaving a Luvaboos Product Review on Luvaboos.com (visit the item you'd like to review and look for the link to leave a review under the products description.  Come back and leave your name and the name of the product you reviewed with your entry) *Limit 5 product reviews per giveaway.
  • (3) Entries for sharing the link to our Giveaway on FaceBook or your Blog. (limit 1 x per day)
  • (3) Entries for Tweeting about this Giveaway.  You must Tweet this "Enter to #win a @Knickernappies #clothdiapers from the @Luvaboos Blog!  Click here to enter--->http://ow.ly/50LHK" (limit 1 tweet per day)
  • (10) Entries for Contributing an article/blog post to the Luvaboos Blog!  Please email submissions to shethinksmedia(at)gmail.com
  • (5) Entries for placing the code for our Luvaboos Blog Button (located on the right sidebar of this blog) onto your Blog or Website.
  • (5) Entries for making a purchase at Luvaboos during the giveaway.  Please leave your invoice or date of purchase with each entry.
 Good Luck!

*All winners entries will be verified.   Winner has 7 days to claim their prize before an alternate winner will be chosen.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Breastfeeding and Pumping while at work? It can be done. Read my tips for success!

When I found out I was pregnant with my first child, my daughter, I was employed full-time outside of the home.  My job was the usual 9-5pm variety.  I was on my feet all day and often even missed lunches and other breaks due to the hustle and bustle, multi-tasking that ensued daily.

Having been a child of the 70's, my mom had been a La Leche League leader and I myself was nursed until about age 4.  Nursing was a non-issue, just the way you feed your baby after it's born, and nothing I ever worried about or considered a choice, it just was what I was going to do.

After my daughter was born I made arrangements to return to work part-time, three full days a week, after she reached 6 weeks old.

My Medela Breast Pump became my best friend, co-workers used to see me with it and make jokes about me going to pump, AGAIN!

I pumped 3 days a week, while at work, for a year until I decided to become a stay-at-home-mom.  Here are some things you should consider when taking on pumping while on the job.
  • Buy an electric, dual breast-pump!  It's important to remember that you need to pump as often as you can to simulate natural nursing patterns and with the hustle and bustle of being on the job, you may not have time to manually express milk.  Also, depending on the stresses involved your milk might not let down right away.  My electric, dual breast-pump was a lifesaver and allowed me to take more frequent trips to express milk.
  • Make sure you have a peaceful place to pump.  The only place I had to pump was the break room and it always seemed like my pumping sessions were inconveniencing someone.  As soon as I began to stress or worry about inconveniencing someone then my milk would take forever to let down.  Having a stress-free zone is important.
  • Use a nursing cover when pumping.  I worked in an all female workplace, so I quickly learned that the only way I could nurse without worrying about other co-workers needs was to cover up and pump while still allowing them access to the break room.  Actually, chatting with them while pumping often helped me take my mind off things and make for a faster pumping session.
  • Have some photos of your baby in your breastpump bag.  Often looking at photos helped get me i the right frame of mind and helped me relax,etc.
  • Consider a special bra like Easy Expression, to allow you to work or eat while pumping.  My job involved answering phones and booking appointments so I was often able to work while pumping in the break room.
  • Use Milkies Milk Savers!  I can't tell you how many times, while at work, I got so busy that I literally could not get away to pump.  Next thing I knew I was getting that tingly let-down feeling and just knew all that precious milk was going to waste, getting absorbed by my nursing pads and often my blouse.  Milkies are great for that and will save you from wasting any of that precious breastmilk.
  • Have a backup manual pump.  There were a few occasions that my pump would not work or malfunctioned for whatever reason, maybe the outlet didn't work, or I realized I left the power cord at home.  Make sure to have a backup for those emergency situations, like having to pump in the car, etc.
These are just a few of my suggestions.  Pumping at work does have it's issues, depending on the job and workplace atmosphere.  There were days where I couldn't seem to pump a drop and had my husband or mother running the baby up to my work so I could nurse because I hadn't had enough milk to leave for them.  There were also days where I was frazzled and spilled my stored milk at work, forgot to put it in the refrigerator and definitely days where my co-workers were none too thrilled with my constant need to pump while they're eating their lunch in the break room!

Ultimately, it's your right to pump while at work, but it's also most beneficial to you if you can find a comfortable and harmonious way to go about it without causing yourself or your co-workers too much distress.  A stressful environment is counterproductive and could result in less milk production and issues with pumping.

Do you have any suggestions for pumping breastmilk while at work?  We'd love to read them.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Let baby ride in style with the Beco Butterfly 2 Baby Carrier!

The Beco Butterfly 2 baby Carrier is an absolute marvel.  You can rest assured that baby is comfortable and secure.  Adjust to fit just your size and carry your little one on your front or back!

With the Beco Carrier you'll never need another, they work perfectly from Newborn through 45lbs!  They're super easy to take on and off by yourself, no more worrying that you'll need an extra set of hands to fasten buckles or hand you the baby.

Beco carriers are super versatile and perfect for light day to day use around the house or for heavy duty trips like hiking outdoors, grocery shopping, vacations and more.  You'll no longer have to worry about painful straps or aching backs, the Beco Butterfly 2 is just as comfortable for you to wear as it is for baby to ride in.

Here's a brief rundown of the features and specifications!


  • newborn to toddler (7-45 lbs/3.5 - 20 kg)
  • front and back carry
  • easy On and OFF features
  • high quality tested materials
  • machine washable
  • DVD instructions included
  • made in USA and China


  • body 13" wide x 16" tall
  • shoulder straps 23" (can be adjusted up to 22" LONGER for a total of 45")
  • waist belt 28"(size 0) can be adjusted up to 57"
  • weight capacity of the carrier: 7-45 lbs
  • weight of the carrier: 1.8 lbs
To purchase the Beco Butterfly 2 Carrier please visit Luvaoos.com.  If you're a Rcohester, NY resident you can shop in person and we'll even help you try on the carrier and see how it works!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The many benefits of Babywearing

Babywearing is an age old tradition spanning cultures worldwide.  Not only are there huge emotional and physical bonds created through babywearing, the act of babywearing allows a parent or nurturer to provide for their own needs, the needs of their family and more while caring for their baby at the same time.

Babywearing is great for dads too!  Once baby is accustomed to being "worn" you'll find that since daddies who  may not have had an active role in feeding baby, if their breastfed, he can now create a close bond with the baby through babywearing.

Here are some other great benefits of babywearing:
  • The closeness and secure feeling provided by babywearing and keeping your baby close is great for those fussy, hard to console babies who seem like they never want to be put down.
  • Also perfect for babies or toddlers with special needs.
  • Great for when your little one is sick and needs constant affection and attention. 
  • Keeps them cozy and allows them to sleep while being worn.
  • Perfect for breastfeeding.  You can often nurse while wearing your baby, depending on the wrap or carrier used.
  • Ideal for when you have more than one baby, like twins, or when you have other children in the household that require your attention.
  • Eliminates the need for those bulky baby carseats that you'd otherwise need to place in your shopping cart, stroller, etc.
  • Many can be used through toddlerhood.
  • Each provide a variety of styles and methods for use.  Different wrap styles, techniques, front carry, back carry, hip carry and more!
The list of benefits to babywearing is endless.  It creates and builds a bond with your child while allowing you the freedom and mobility you need to take care of any other day to day activities and family needs.

Luvaboos has a great selection of babywraps, carriers, slings and more!  Shop online or visit our store.  Not sure which one is right for you?  We can teach you the different techniques and help you choose the perfect baby carrier to suit your needs!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Winner of the BumGenius 4.0 Onesize Pocket Diaper Giveaway is...Comment # 238, Kristina S!

Thanks to everyone who entered our very first Blog Giveaway!  It was a huge success and there will be many more giveaways to come.

According to Random.org the lucky winner was Comment #238 which is Kristina S!  Kristina please check your email for a winners notification from us and to claim your prize.

If you're interested in purchasing these great diapers, don't forget they are on sale through the end of the month, Buy 5 BumGenius 4.0 OS Diapers Get 1 Free!  A great time to stock up and build your stash or buy for that little one who's on the way.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

The plastic bag tax: Going green too extreme?

Came across a really interesting blog post today, "My county Finally Did It! What About Yours?  Our New Plastic Bag "Tax."  This article brings to light the fact that over 1 trillion throwaway plastic bags were consumed worldwide in 2010.

If you've been to any grocery stores lately you've probably noticed that although plastic bags are being used, often they are overused.  Cashiers have seemingly been instructed, only three canned goods each bag, don't put cleaners in with food, large items that shouldn't even require a bag get squeezed into a bag, and some items even justify double bagging.

Fifteen minutes later when you're at home unpacking your groceries it really hits you just how many disposable baggies you were the recipient of.  You want to reuse some but often the opportunities for reuse is no where near the amount of baggies you have accumulated.  Just purely for lack of space, most of these baggies get tossed and end up in the local landfill.

Many families in an attempt to "go green" have opted for reusable bags.  Often kept in their car, they bring them in to the store with them when they shop and no longer require the use of the store's grocery bags.  There is some effort involved in remembering to bring your bags in and in the initial investment of purchasing them, but in the long run you are better off for having used them.

Local municipalities are now exploring the use of bag "taxes" or fees related to the use of the non-reusable grocery/shopping bags.  Would you agree to these?  Imagine having a choice, bring your own bag or be charged .05 cents per plastic or single use bag that you leave with.

Would a nickel be enough to cause you to take action or is it just cheap enough that it would still be worth it to utilize the store's bags?

My thoughts are that if this tax were imposed where I live many people would begin to realize just how many bags they consume and that this would have a great impact on our unnecessary waste production.

What are your thoughts?  Is this tax a good idea or a green concept that's gone too far?  Would you pay the tax or begin using your own reusable bags?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Cloth Diapering Basics, What do you need?

Cloth diapering really can be simple.  Everyone can agree that there are a lot of choices, styles, brands and tons of accessories, but there really are basics and once you have them you'll be cloth diapering before you know it.

The 1, 2, 3 most basic things you'll need in order to get started with cloth are...

1.  Cloth Diapers of course!  You need to decide what type of diapers you'll want to use.  Since we're talking about quick and easy cloth diapering in this blog post, getting the basics for cloth diapering without over-thinking or over-complicating things, we'll suggest you use One-Size Pocket Diapers.

One-Size Pocket Diapers generally are designed to fit babies from birth through potty-training.  You change the entire diaper at diaper changes and replace with a clean one.  The younger the baby the more diaper changes per day, the older the baby the less.  So for little ones you can count on needing about 8-12 per day to be safe.

One-Size Pocket Diapers generally also come with two inserts each.  You can use one insert when needed and for nap times and overnight add the second to make the diaper more absorbent.

2.  A Pail Liner or Hanging Diaper Pail!  Since you won't be tossing diapers in the trash after their used, you'll need a waterproof place to store them until laundry day.  For tight living spaces, bathrooms, etc. a Hanging Doorknob Pail or Hanging Wetbag are recommended.  For baby's room or places where you can fit your average kitchen garbage pail size diaper pail, a Diaper Pail Liner works perfectly.

Pail Liners and Wetbags can be washed with your diaper laundry.  You might want to consider having two so that you'll have one to use while the other is washing.

3.  Cloth Diaper Friendly Laundry Detergent!  One of the first things anyone new to cloth diapering or considering cloth diapering should know is that you CAN NOT use fabric softener in the dryer or washer and you must make sure that your detergent is additive free.  Many of today's laundry detergents contain brighteners, fragrances and built in fabric softeners that can coat your diapers causing them to leak and/or repel liquid and this can also lead to odor problems.

Free & Clear Detergents may work or you can purchase a cloth diaper friendly specialty detergent like Rockin' Green Soap, Tiny Bubbles, Thirsties and more.

And so those are the three basics of cloth diapering!  All you need to get started, the rest can be left to decide upon after you've gotten the hang of the basics.  So what do you think?  Ready to give cloth a try?

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Have you considered setting up a Luvaboos Gift Registry?

Did you know that Luvaboos has an awesome Gift Registry?  You can use our registry for your baby shower, birthday's or just for fun to create a wishlist for yourself.

We know it can be uncomfortable to ask for gifts but the truth is, people wouldn't buy you gifts if they didn't want to and with today's economy...they definitely don't want to think they're wasting money on gifts you don't need or want.

Do yourself, your family and your friends a favor by creating a registry.  Registries help them shop with confidence knowing that they aren't buying you a duplicate gift, plus it gives them an idea of your tastes and preferences.

Since Luvaboos carries such a wide variety of baby and parenting items, you can register for everything from baby clothes to cloth diapers, high chairs to baby carriers, breast pumps and much more!

Also, the fact that Luvaboos has a website means that your friends and family can shop from home or out of state and either choose to have the gifts sent directly to you or to them.

So what are you waiting for?  Setup your Gift Registry today!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Nursing Covers make the perfect gift for the New Mom-to-be!

If there's one thing I know, it's that new moms can be a little shy when it comes to nursing in public.  It's totally normal to want to be discreet and it's perfectly appropriate, especially when you consider that a new breastfeeding baby can be hard to latch on, squirmy, fussy, and require both your free hands.  The last thing you'll have time to do is try and keep a blanket from falling off your shoulder or make sure your blouse is in just the right position.

That's where the Hooter Hiders and Bebe Au Lait Nursing Covers come in.  They stay put and allow you to nurse comfortably in public without feeling uncomfortable or worrying that you're making anyone else uncomfortable.

You be able to use both hands, adjust your baby, your breasts, and even tandem nurse if needed without feeling exposed.

Nursing Covers are also great for those curious babies who are easily distracted from the breast.  Being covered will help them feel cozy and secure and allow them a more comfortable and peaceful place to nurse.  This is especially handy when you're trying to nurse baby to sleep.

Every mom should own at least one Nursing Cover and they also make the perfect gift for those new moms whom you just don't know what to buy.

They come in a variety of stylish prints and materials and are very affordable.  Visit Luvaboos for a great in-stock selection or put one on your gift registry today! 

Saturday, May 7, 2011

How to pack a Cloth Diaper-Diaper Bag!

Guest Post by Laura

There are many similarities between packing a cloth diaper bag and packing a disposable diaper bag. First, you will want to consider what will you be using the bag for?  Will it be for just the basics, or will you be toting around a bag of cheerios, toys, a sippy cup, your wallet & keys, etc.? If you’re going to carry around a lot of those items, you’ll want to purchase a diaper bag with extra pockets. Mesh outer pockets work very well for bottles and sippy cups!

To start out, you will want a clean bag. If your diaper bag is lined with a polyester liner, I suggest wiping it out with a washcloth with some mild soap. Get out all the crumbs, receipts, gum wrappers, etc. If it is washable, go ahead and toss it into the wash! You won’t want to start out with a diaper bag that isn’t clean-trust me; you don’t want crumbs in your clean diapers!  Once your bag is wiped out, or while it is in the wash, I suggest laying out the items that are on the “must-have” list. I like to lay them on top of my bed, this gives me plenty of surface area to see what I have, and it is high enough that my toddler can’t reach everything and throw it onto the floor.

The Basics:  What’s the number 1 most important item?
  • Diapers, of course! Most newborns use 8 to 10 diapers per day, but as they get older that number can decrease to 4 to 6. My 7 month old is exclusively breastfed, and she uses 6 diapers a day, on average. I always have a minimum of 3 diapers when I leave the house, that’s half a day’s supply for her. Try to figure out how many hours you will be gone. Then, count how many diapers your baby will normally use in that amount of time. It’s a good idea to add 2 extras just incase!  **This is why I recommend having extras: When my first daughter was only 4 months old, she was exclusively breastfed and we were using disposables on her (we didn’t make the switch to cloth until our 3rd daughter was born). We went out to eat with my family to celebrate my birthday and my sister’s birthday. As soon as we sat down, she went poop in her diaper. I told my husband to order my drink, went to the restroom and changed her diaper. When I got back, and as soon as I sat her down, she went poop again. This time, my husband said he’d take care of it. Well, I am so grateful he did! We got our drinks and ordered our meals. Our meals were about to arrive and I sent my brother in law to the men’s room to check on my husband. It had been over 20 minutes and I was getting concerned. 10 minutes after my brother in law arrived back from the restroom, my husband returned to the table. Our daughter went through 7 more diapers (for a total of 8 changes), pooping enough to fill each one of them up and make a mess of the changing table! So, although these instances don’t happen often, they DO happen.
  • Wipes- whether you’re using disposable or cloth wipes, these are another must-have. When I’m out of the house, I use disposable. I am in the transition of starting to use cloth wipes and finding a routine that works for us. For disposable, I use a travel-sized wipes container full of wipes.  If you’re using cloth, average the number of wipes you’d use for the amount of time you’re gone, and add a few extras. You can either wet them with plain water before you pack them into your wipes container, or you can soak them in a store-bought, or homemade wipes solution. The only problem is that depending on how often you use the wipes that are in your diaper bag, they tend to dry out before they’re used, wasting the wipes solution you’ve used. I recommend wetting them with water before packing them into your bag, and if you use a wipe solution, put that into a spray bottle. That will help to minimize wasting your solution.
  • Wet Bag-These are so important to have. You won’t want to stick a yucky diaper down in the bottom of your bag, only to have it stink up your bag and all of your clean diapers. I have a small wet bag that is recommended for 3-4 diapers. I can fit 5 in it (and I use pocket diapers). You’ll want one that closes securely and has a good waterproof layer to it. If you are in a pinch, you can always re-use a plastic grocery bag.
  • Changing pad whether you use cloth or disposable, you’ll need a good changing pad that’s easy to wipe down and sanitize. These will protect your baby from unwanted bacteria and germs, along with protecting the table (and other babies) from your baby’s germs-and potential diaper blowouts! Consider purchasing one that’s able to be put in the wash right along with your cloth diapers.
  • An extra shirt for mom/dad it’s nice to have one of these, especially for formal occasions. You can change out the spare shirt before each outing if you’d like, or pack one that matches most of your wardrobe. You never know when your baby’s diaper might overflow with poo, or when your baby might vomit. You’ll be relieved to have a clean shirt to change into should this ever occur!
  • An extra outfit (or two) for baby just as it would be nice for you to change if your shirt got wet due to an accident, your baby would appreciate having a clean set of clothes to change into. My favorite ones to pack are the one-piece outfits. No need to match up shirts and pants/ shorts! A couple pairs of socks, and an extra hat are good to have on hand as well.
  • Burp rag Always a must-have. If you use a prefold for burp rags, they can double as a diaper, and even a changing pad should you forget to pack yours!
Once your diaper bag is clean and dry, neatly place the items in the bag. I like to start by putting in the items I’m least likely to use first. So I would start with a shirt for mom/dad, then the extra outfit for baby. The burp rag would go next on top of that. I would stack each item on top of eachother, then place that stack inside the diaper bag. I like to put my diapers in so I can see the crotch of the diaper sticking up. Some people prefer to stack them one on top of the other, but this is just my preferred method. On the outside edge ot the bag, I place the plastic wipes container and my neatly folded wetbag.

Those are the very basics of packing a cloth diaper bag. Of course, depending on the number of children you have, you may have to add more diapers or cloth training pants (as I do). Depending on the age of your baby/children, you may want a sippy cup, bottle, bib, toys, or snacks. Outside pockets are great for these items! I make great use out of the outside pockets on our diaper bags!

Laura’s Bio:  Laura is a wife and stay-at-home mother to her 3 daughters. She enjoys cloth diapering, bike riding, reading, walking, and arts & crafts.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

BumGenius 4.0 One-Size Pocket Diaper Giveaway! CLOSED

Did you know that one of the cloth diapering community's most beloved diapers, the BumGenius OS Cloth Pocket Diaper, is on sale this month through May 31st!  That's right!  Buy 5 BumGenius 4.0 Diapers and get 1 Free!  Sales like this don't come around often, and if you've shopped for BumGenius in the past then you'll know that sales on BG products are hard to find.

Make sure to visit Luvaboos and take advantage of these great savings!

Want a chance to win a BumGenius 4.0 Pocket Diaper totally Free?  Enter our Giveaway below!

The Prize:
(1) BumGenius 4.0 Onesize Pocket Diaper in the color of your choice (subject to availability)

Open to participants in the USA and Canada.

Date:  Giveaway is open through May 15, 2011.  The winner will be announced on the Blog and FaceBook and will also be notified via email.  Winner has 7 days to claim their prize or an alternate winner will be chosen in their place.

Rules:  For each entry you must comment on this giveaway post.  Please make sure we can either contact you via email through your profile or leave your email address with each entry.

*You must first complete the mandatory entry.  All other entries are optional.

Entry Methods:
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 Good Luck!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Strider Running Bikes, Eliminating the need for training wheels!

With two 4 yr old sons I can tell you for sure that these running bikes should be a must have for any child, especially little boys.  Once your little one is old enough to want a big kids bike instead of a tricycle, usually the first thing you or a grandparent does is run out and buy them a little bike with training wheels.  The problem from my experience, is that those bikes are really heavy and are not really made to be functional without training wheels.

Plus, once you start with the training wheels your child forgets that bike riding involves balance and chances are they'll have a hard time transitioning to life without those little plastic wheels.

With the Strider Running bike your child will learn to balance first, it'll come naturally and easily for them and before you know it they'll be ready for a regular bike without the training wheels.

What are the features of the Strider Running Bike:

Give your kids a head start on learning balance and control of a two-wheeler! The Strider™ running bike eliminates the need for a tricycle or training wheels and offers your child a vehicle he or she can have a blast riding for years. The Strider™ develops muscles, coordination, motor skills, and endurance... all under the guise of sheer fun!
  • Super light. Less that 7 pounds (about 1/3 the weight of a typical 12" pedal bike with training wheels).
  • Unique frame design has integrated Launch Pad™ footrests for gliding and learning advanced riding skills.
  • Puncture-proof all-terrain tires with sealed bearings and 5/16" steel axles.
  • Durable welded steel frame and handlebars
  • 1 year warranty against manufacturing defects
  • Adjustable handlebar and seat height to fit riders from 30" to 44" tall (saddle height adjusts from 11" to 16" from ground)
  • Paint certified to be significantly below the CA Prop. 65 limits for heavy metal content, including lead.
  • Available in 6 colors (red, blue, yellow, green, orange, and pink)
  • Rider weight limit of 50 pounds.
Watch this great Youtube Video for a great explanation and demonstration.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Have prefolds peaked your interest?

So maybe you're a pocket diaper or AIO loving mama, but chances are you also love trying other methods of cloth diapering.

Maybe prefolds and covers have peaked your curiosity but you just aren't sure you'll like them?  They can be costly to ship and are generally sold by the dozen, perhaps a dozen seems like just too big of a commitment for something you're not even sure you'll like.

That's where the Econobum Trial Pack comes in!  Econobum are made by the same great manufacturers of BumGenius products and are a great way to test the waters and see if you'll actually like the convenience of using prefolds with a onesize cover.

Here are the nitty gritty details on what comes in each Econobum Trial Pack and why we think you'll love it!

Why econobum?
Econobum™ is the cloth diapering solution for every budget! Save money while making the environmentally friendly choice to cloth diaper little one's bum. The one-size cover and prefold adjusts to grow along with your little one.
Each Econobum Trial Pack includes
1 one-size cover
3 one-size prefolds
Econobum features:
• A waterproof shell, so no extra cover is needed.
• Form fitting elastic to prevent leaks.
• Easy to use snaps.
• One-size prefold easily adjusts from small to large to grow with your baby.
• No stuffing involved just lay prefold in cover and go!
• Patent pending 3x3 adjustable snap system to fit most babies from birth to potty training.
Washing Instructions
Wash hot, line dry cover, tumble dry prefold. No laundry additives or softeners.
Prior to first use, prefolds must be washed 3-5 times in hot water with a small amount of detergent to ensure maximum absorbency.
Fabric Content
Cover: 100% Laminated Polyester
Prefold: 100% Unbleached Cotton
Package Includes:
3 one-size 100% cotton prefold
1 one-size cover