Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Diapers for Dollars!

Help us raise money for Down Syndrome!



  1. ENTER YOUR DONATION AT GIVEMN.ORG https://www.givemn.org/fundraiser/diapers-for-dollars57165d2c6b24f


We are helping to collect money for Down Syndrome Programs in our area!
You can help too!

Timber's little sister has Down Syndrome and he has always done a LOT of volunteer work already to help give his time to help her grow and develop, because people with Down Syndrome are people first and are entitled to live a happy life with the same privileges as other people!  

Please Donate Today and Comment Below for an Entry!

There are some wonderful organizations in Minnesota who also spend a lot of time helping those with Down Syndrome and the families that support them.  Please check out our local DS orgnaization http://www.dsamn.org/
and also please go and also see the Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network if you or a friend has a diagnosis before or after birth about their baby with Down Syndrome http://www.dsdiagnosisnetwork.org/#!about2/c13na
Here are some more ways you can help raise funds in your area:
  • Car Wash for money
  • Bake Sale
  • Run for fun if your child is in sports
  • Volunteer to help in any way you can through your local charity office

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Ew! Cloth Diapers! How to respond to all the nay sayers with facts and positivity!

You've spent endless hours Googling phrases like "how do cloth diapers work," "what is the best cloth diaper brand," "what does OTB/EBF/HTF mean?" "how much does cloth diapering save." You've strategically convinced your significant other of the financial/enviornmental/health/cuteness benefits of cloth. You've even bought your first SoftBums shell and lovingly tried it on a stuffed hippo. You're set. Ready. Dedicated. Excited! And then... dun, dun, dun... you start telling other people. Suddenly you are bombarded with opinions you never asked for and before long doubt and/or frustration begins to set in. Some common sentiments from these annoying nay-sayers are as follows:
1. Ew! Cloth diapers are disgusting!
2. OMG! Are you like a hippie?
3. Bet you quit after a week.
4. Is it, like, an enviornment thing?
5. Oh your baby won't walk until they're 3!
But fear not! Here is a list of fact-based retorts that can help you inform the misinformed:

1. "Poo is poo." Whether it's in cloth, sposies or all over the living room floor, poo is not a ton of fun. The truth is cloth diapers contain all that gross significantly better than disposables. Since they can be adjusted to perfectly fit your baby's hiney, blowouts (or poo-splosions as I like to call them) are rare in a cloth diaper. CDs are also more breathable than other types of diapers, leaving those tushes rash-free more often than not. While diaper changing still won't be the highlight of your day, you can rest assured that your child's little chocolate gifts will be contained and their bums will be safe.

2. "Yep. Can't you smell my patchouli?" OK. Maybe you shouldn't respond like that, but many people will assume that you've decided to forgo modern conveniences; live a backwoods kind of life; start living off of nature. They picture the old fashioned, safety-pinned cloth rags. While many mamas still use flats and pins, even those are more modern than the ones your grandma used. With companies like SoftBums, cloth diapers are now just as easy, if not easier, to use than a disposable. SoftBums' Slide 2 Size technology allows you to easily adjust shells as your baby grows. This means there is no need to run to the store for a new size when your baby begins to grow. While cloth diapering is a more traditional method of diapering, even the most modern of mamas use them. 

3. "Cloth diapers are easy peasy lemon squeezy." Most people imagine cloth diapers as a huge undertaking. They think since you can't just roll them up and throw them in the trash, they must be really time consuming and difficult. The truth is cloth diapers are as convenient as sposies. Now there is a learning curve with CDs, but once you get the fit down (using the awesome SoftBums Fit Formula) it's smooth sailing. While your friend is making trips to the store, you are making trips to the washing machine. SoftBums are so easy even babysitters, grandparents and dads love them!

4. "Yes, I'm saving the world one diaper change at a time." Many people originally start looking into cloth diapers for 1 of 2 reasons - money (we'll cover that in a later post) and environment. According to realdiaperfacts.org, 27.4 billion disposable diapers are consumed each year and 92% of those end up in landfills. The same site informs us that no one knows for sure how long a disposable diaper takes to decompose but it is estimated to take more than 200 years! You may not be saving the world when you choose cloth diapering, but you sure are moving in the right direction!

5. **Eyeroll** This comment shouldn't even be dignified with words. Research done by ncbi.nlm.nih.gov in 2012 found that diapers, both disposable and cloth, do not negatively affect a child's development. There are endless forums from real-life moms explaining their experiences with cloth diapering and child development. The results are all essentially the same - babies develop at different rates regardless of what's on their bums. 

Now that you have a mini arsenal of comebacks, polish up your thick skin! Once you jump on the cloth diapering bandwagon, it can be a long ride through Opinion City. Stay confident in your decision! The benefits of cloth diapers far outweigh the challenges. Not to mention, fluff butt is adorable! Have you seen SoftBums new Kaleidoscope print?!

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

No Diaper Cakes, Please!

Once you've decided to cloth diaper, planning the baby shower can get difficult. Although cloth is becoming more and more mainstream, many baby showers still have a focus on disposables. Bring a pack of disposables and get entered in a raffle. In lieu of card, bring disposables. Forgot to buy a gift? Go grab disposables. Disposable cakes, castles, baths... you get the point!

While we are grateful for any gift we receive, it's nice to receive a gift that will truly be used. Party guests can understandably make the mistake of assuming you will be using disposables if you don't put a little effort into letting them know your wishes to cloth diaper. If you aren't careful you could end up with mountains of disposables and nothing to do with them. But have no fear! There are a few easy ways to avoid this dilemma.

1. An effective way to avoid disposables as gifts is through word of mouth. Make sure your baby shower hostess is well aware of your intentions to use cloth diaper. It's important you emphasize you will NOT be needing disposables. In this way, it would be easy for he or she to casually let guests know that a disposables diaper cake will not be needed.

2. Registering for cloth diapers is another way to inform guests of your decision to go a little greener, or save a little green... or whatever your reasons for cloth diapering are! The best registry solution right now is Amazon's Universal registry option. It allows you to link to other sites such as Babies R Us and Target (for those wanting a brick and mortar option), or websites like SoftBums, Kelly's Closet and Lil Tulips. This way you can register for all your CD and newborn needs without leaving your favorite brands out.   Don't forget to register for more than just shells! Inserts, CD-friendly diaper cream, wet bags and cloth wipes are items to add to your registry!

3. While the above options will hopefully help your guests get the cloth diaper hint, adding a blurb to your baby shower invite is a less subtle approach. Just tell people you are cloth diapering and do not need any disposables.
  • We're excited to help make the planet a little greener with cloth diapers. Disposable diapers     will not be needed at this time. Thanks for your support!
  • We plan to use cloth - no disposable diapers or wipes please!
  • Baby S will be using cloth diapers. In lieu of disposables, check out our baby registry at www.registryaddress.com

All of these ideas will hopefully leave you with a disposable-free shower, but there is still a chance a few may slip in. So what should you do with them? Some parents keep them just in case. You never know when you may need them! Still, some cloth diaper newbies do not want mountains of disposables around. Returning disposables is an option for these families. Many stores such as Target and Walmart do not need a receipt to return for store credit. Not able to return? Donate them! Drop them off to local women shelters or salvation armies. They would appreciate the donation!

While disposable diaper cakes are adorable, they just aren't practical for everyone. Don't be afraid to let people know about your decision to cloth diaper. Think of all the cute shells you could get instead. Who knows, you could end up with a CLOTH diaper cake!

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Saturday, January 2, 2016

A Twin Cloth Diaper Journey

Meet Andrea & her husband Scott! She is a first time, cloth diapering mom and is letting us share her experience through the SoftBums Blog on cloth diapering twins. We look forward to hearing more about their journey (and of course!) meeting these little guys soon!

We are finally getting close to meeting our little guys. We are at 31 weeks now, and my next focus besides the other 100 things on my to-do list is to get our diaper stash ready. Here is a shot of what we have so far. 

• 4 Echo SoftBums diapers • 4 SoftBums bamboo cloth wipes • 4 SoftBums bamboo Pods • 6 SoftBums dry touch minis • 1 pack of SoftBums H-Pods disposables • A dozen pre-folds that were gifted to us

We definitely have a good start, but with twins there is so much to think about! After doing a few months of research we are really excited to try SoftBums because they are truly a one size only diaper. When we first started thinking about cloth, the cost seemed daunting because of the newborn, size one, size two fits that you had a choice to buy. Starting them in one diaper and ending in the same diaper seems like a great system! Right now we have 2 snap Echo and 2 Velcro closures. I curious to see which we think will work better with our babies. 
The wipes are so incredibly soft! A tip I received from another SoftBums twin mom is that they can be used in the front for extra absorbency when they are little, especially for boys. We do have a wipe warmer for the changing table. We are thinking we will try to make our own wipe solution or use simply water for these. 
The H-Pods will be perfect for the first few changes in the Meconium stage and when we have inexperienced (with cloth) babysitters over to watch them while we are out. Or when we think it might just be easier to carry less around (like maybe a trip to the state fair). 
We have quite a few things on our list of wants. For starters the Omni Fox print, it is adorable! They each need their own diaper with that print. We also want to have a mix of Omni’s to send to daycare for them. The wipes are so soft that we will be purchasing more of these. My husband liked them so much he said, “I wish I could use these for myself!”- ha.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Getting Past The Stink Eye!

We have all had it done to us.  You say you use cloth diapers and BAM!  there it is.... the stink eye. 

.....Then comes the comments
"That's disgusting"
"Why wouldn't you just use disposable?"
"You're brave"
"Your baby won't reach mile stones on time"
"All your clothing will smell like poo!"

Let's figure out how to combat that negativity!!! 

Nope that's not the way Batman, sorry. 

First, remember they do not know what they think they know about cloth diapering, don't get angry keep your cool.

Here are 5 ways to help you get over this speed bump. 

1. Determine what motivates others. While your spouse might be motivated by the cost savings your childcare provider might be motivated by ease of use. Your friends might be convinced with environmentally friendly. Let that motivator be your focus when explaining to them why you are choosing cloth diapers for your baby. Also it never hurts to pull out some cloth diapering statistics such as it is estimated that it takes 250-500 years for disposables to decompose in a landfill! 

2. Consider a name change. Call them reusable diapers, modern cloth diapers, or call them by brand name (i.e. Soft Bums) when introducing them to others. 

3. Show them off. Having a sample diaper on hand to explain how they work can help ease most people’s fears about cloth diapers. Remember that most people still haven’t seen all the new varieties of cloth diapers that are available. When people think of cloth diapers they think of the safety pin and rubber pants! Get ready to have their mind blown away with awesomeness! 

4. Remember to talk about how easy they are to use. They are just as easy as disposable diapers.  Debunk the common myths like having to swish them in the toilet. Show them diaper sprayers and even spray shields such as Spray Pal! 

5. Ask them to consider a trial period. If you are approaching a childcare facility or caregiver about cloth diapering and you receive any hesitations have them consider a trial period. Chances are that after they see how easy they are to use they won’t object.

At first when I was told by my best friend that she was cloth diapering her daughter, I gave the stink eye too. But with some simple explanation and some research it was a hook line and sinker for me.  Educate them and watch the stink eye turn into WOW! 

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