Saturday, September 18, 2010

Our new Winnipeg Cloth Diaper Store! Opening October 2010.


The picture above shows the little space that we are moving our online cloth diapering store into. Being an online store works great if you don't have local customers, and just pack and ship cloth diapers, but there are lots of cloth diaper wearing babies in Winnipeg and we are finally going to make life easier for those parents as they will now be able to see all of their favourite cloth diapering products in person. Whoo hoo!

Our first location is going to be at 1853 1/2 Main Street, a few blocks south of Kildonan Park. We are next to Don's Photo, across the street from a Tim Hortons, have lots of parking in front of the store and on the closest side street, and we are close to bus stops.

Right now the store is full of gorgeous organic and vegan soap, lotion, hair products, and baby products as the space has been occupied until now by Di Erbe, a Winnipeg soap company. Di Erbe is moving to 111 Marion, next door to Pasquales, but don't worry as we will be carrying some of their product line in our store. I've tried their organic Mom and Baby Dry Patch lotion so far and I'm in love.

What do we have planned for our sish=Publish Posttore? It's still going to be all about cloth diapers, our favourite and our specialty. We do want to expand the product lines that we carry so that anyone who visits us can find exactly what they need in just one stop. There are so many brands and product lines and sizes and styles of cloth diapers out there now so we are asking our customers for advice. As a Winnipeg parent who cloth diapers their baby or is considering cloth diapering, what products would you like to be able to see in person in Winnipeg. Are there any safe, eco-friendly baby products that you would like but can't find in Winnipeg? Also, what amenities would you hope to find in a little diaper store? Please reply to this post and let us know what we should be ordering in FIRST so we have everything you want when you drop by. The more specific, the better... ie: a Bummis's Easy Fits, FuzziBunz Perfect Size, bumGenius One Size Snaps, Rumparooz Prints, Charlie Banana diapers, etc. We don't want our selection to be overwhelming, but rather to be just right for most parents. As a thank you for your time, everyone who replies to this post with their in-store wish will get a $5.oo www.ClothDiaperMom.com store voucher and one lucky person will will a $50.00 in-store credit. Because the grand prize is in-store only, we are only opening up this one contest to locals only please. Our next contest will be Canada-wide, we promise.

Our contest is open until October 1st, 2010 and our grand-prize winner will be announced October 2nd. We open our doors mid-October. More details coming soon!

As well, if you are a Winnipeg Mom or Dad (even to-be) we are looking for volunteers to be on our Customer Council. You would be asked for your opinions, invited to participate in surveys, occasionally get to sample products, etc. Contact us at customercouncil@clothdiapermom.com if you are willing to part with a tiny bit of your time, from time to time.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

How many GroVia cloth diapers will you need?


A frequent cloth diapering question that I get asked is, 'How many GroVia cloth diapers will I need?

What I always tell people in person, regardless of the diapering brand they are considering, is that you can start with as little as 3 diapers when you begin cloth diapering, but if you have enough to do a full load of laundry (6 - 12 shell sets) that will make things easier. Otherwise, you have to do small diaper loads, resulting in more water and energy usage.

Here are the specifics for GroVia, formally knows as Gro Baby:

If you start off with one GroVia Shell Set, you will have 1 one-sized waterproof outer shell/cover that grows with your baby from 8 - 35lbs and 1 soaker pad. (The old Gro Baby system from The Natural Baby Company also came with a booster for extra absorbancy but the new GroVia system doesn't offer this as part of the set anymore.) When your baby's soaker pad is wet, simply remove from the shell and replace with a clean, dry soaker pad. The outer shell can be used for a few changes. GroVia says that most people find having 2 - 4 shells per day is good, but recommend having 12 minimum as adding more shells to your baby's cloth diaper rotation to increase their overall wear and tear/longevity!

The new GroVia Shell Sets sell for $29.35 in Canada and a 2 pack of GroVia boosters is $19.95. One Shell Set and 2-Pack of Soaker pads would cost $43.30 and would be the equivalent of 3 diapers at $16.43 each. Don't forget that this system grows with your baby so you get to keep using the shells and inserts as your baby goes from diaper size small to medium and large. 4 Shell Sets and 4 2-pack Soaker pads would cost you $173.20 and would last you 12 diaper changes. 12 diaper changes is what a newborn would go through on average in one day and then that number tapers down as your baby gets older.


If you go with a Live GroVia Cloth Diaper Package, you can drop your 'cost per diaper' down to only $12.25 plus you get 4 organic boosters that can help out for naps, overnight, or car rides. The Live GroVia package is your best value and includes 12 shells, 24 soaker pads, and 4 boosters. I estimate that this diapering package would pay for itself within 4 - 5 months versus buying disposable diapers at approximate $0.30/diaper. Not to mention the benefits of cloth diaper for your baby or the planet outside of costs.

Are you using GroVia or Gro Baby already for your baby? If so, what are your thoughts on their diapering system. How did GroVia and Gro Baby fit your newborn? How many GroVia or Gro Baby diapers do you have in your baby's rotation and which colour or pattern is your favourite?

Sunday, May 23, 2010

We Heart Itzy Ritzy - Review and Giveaway


I've been meaning to review Itzy Ritzy for a while now because my 2 daughters have been enjoying their Snack Happened Reusable and Washable Snack Bags for a few months and we love them. My daughters each have a few of the prints and we mainly use them for school and daycare snacks and lunches. We have drastically cut back on the use of plastic wrap at our house and I feel way better sending them with litter-less lunches.

For school snacks and lunches, we use Snack Happened for sandwiches, quesadilla slices, grapes, apple slices, goldfish, veggies, crackers, cheese, etc. The bags have a waterproof lining and a zipper. They are very easy for the girls to open up on their own if needed.

To wash our Snack Happened bags, we turn the bags inside-out and use a dishcloth or scrub brush to clean the bag. Then we air dry them and toss in the wash as required. Once a week we wash on hot, in a gentle-wash cycle and then hang dry. You can put them in your dryer but as with most items, line drying or hang drying your Snack Happened bag will keep it looking new longer.

How are the girls enjoying using their Snack Happened bags? They absolutely love the fun prints. Maya's favourite is Perfect Princess and Keira's fave is Rocket Man. They will sometimes have 2 - 3 different patterned snack bags and their lunches look so adorable. Another mom in the class who has Itzy Ritzy snack bags gave us the idea of filling a Snack Happened with carrots and then tossing a little closed container of dip inside with the carrots. That way, when it's snack time, kids only have to pull one item of their lunchbox and don't need to match up containers.

Perfect Princess:

Rocket Man:

We have also been using Snack Happened for birthday gifts for class friends, as they make a great gift that children can actually use. And just recently, my daughters have started toting around crayons in Snack Happened for colouring on the go and the size of the bags is perfect.

I haven't personally used their snack bags, but I do have one medium Itzy Ritzy Wet Happened bag that I use whenever we go swimming or travel. On the way to a pool or hotel, I use the wet bag to store shampoo, conditioner, etc to keep my purse, totebag, or suitcase dry. When we are are near a pool I then keep my camera, room card, etc in the wetbag to keep them dry. And finally when we are leaving I place our wet swimsuits in the wet happened bag for transport home to the wash. The fabric that I have been using for my Wet Happened is Central Park West and I love it.

Central Park West:


Snack Happened™ Reusable & Washable Snack Bags:
-FDA approved & BPA Free! Unlike the others!
-Ideal for little hands, snacks, fruit, sandwiches, picnics, school lunches, mini first aid kits, cell phones, car & plane trips, crayons, toiletries, iPods, cameras, hiking, camping, travel, beach gear & more!
-Lead free YKK zipper top keeps crumbs, drips & contents securely inside - Zipper not Velcro for SILENT Snacking!
-100% cotton designer fabric exterior with thick and lush PVC-Free waterproof lining interior - No cheap nylon here!
-Reusable + Washable + Eco-friendly + Fashionable
-7 inches x 7 inches
-Machine washable
-CPSIA tested and compliant
-Patent Pending



GIVEAWAY:

For our next giveaway, we are offering (1) Itzy Ritzy Snack Happened bag and (1) Itzy Ritzy Medium Wet Happened to one lucky winner.


HOW TO ENTER:
There are five ways to enter this giveaway; you may do any of the following and leave a separate comment for each one letting us know what you did (each comment equals one entry):

  • Go to ItzyRitzy.com, then comment here regarding which products/fabrics you like best.
  • Follow WPGCLOTHDIAPERS on Twitter
  • Tweet or RT about this giveaway
  • Blog about this giveaway with a link back to this post
  • Follow our blog

This giveaway will close at 5pm CST on Sunday, May 30th. One winner will be chosen randomly from all of the comments. The winner will not be notified by email, so be sure to check back to find out if you’ve won. The winner will be announced on Sunday, May 30th. All prizes must be claimed within one week of the announcement.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Are you composting yet?


I got all excited about composting again this week after talking to a co-worker who purchased composting bins on a great sale at the City of Winnipeg Compost Bin Sale. My spouse and I used to compost but then sold our house and now that we have bought a new house and have a huge backyard again, it's time to compost again! Yes, I know that I should have kept on composting while I was in my apartment and wish that I had.

Composting is so easy to do. When I first started 6 years ago, I did some research online and then also attended a free workshop on composting. I even lucked out and won a free little kitchen scraps compost bin.

Basically, you just toss all of your fruit and veggie scraps, coffee grinds, and leaves into the bin. You can add in shredded newspaper strips if you have. I remember that the Winnipeg Free Press used vegetable ink (non-toxic) so their newspaper was compost friendly. Every once in a while you turn the compost pile to keep it working. Add water if the compost pile gets too dry. And remember to never put in dairy or meat products. That last part is easy for me as I'm vegetarian but there are some meat lovers in my family so I need to remind them. See Resource Conservation Manitoba for more detailed composting instructions.

When your composting is complete, you will have nutrient-rich soil to put on your garden or lawn. There is so much we do that depletes soil and nutrients, so this is one easy, easy thing you can do to give back to the earth. It's so important. You can also reduce the amount of trash you toss by 50% each week. This is defintely something you can feel good about.

Myth: Won't these same items compost in landfills?
Truth: No, items that will compost in a compost pile will not compost and breakdown properly in a landfill because the conditions aren't right for composting. You need a mix of brown materials and green materials.

Other composting tips:
If you are a Starbucks addict like me, ask your Starbucks barista if they have any extra used coffee grinds for your garden. They have a program called Grounds for Your Garden.

It looks like the City of Winnipeg has extended their compost bin and rain barrel sale until June 30th with pickup on July 11th!

Do you have any composting tips to share? Are you involving your children in composting? If so, how are they enjoying composting and what do they think of it? Please let us know.

Monday, May 17, 2010

The winner for our contest....

The winner for our contest was Sarah from Mt. Vernon!

Thanks so much to everyone who entered our first twitter contest. Thank you very much for your feedback on cloth wipes versus disposable wipes. Good luck to everyone who enters our next contest.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Our first Twitter giveaway! And a discussion on what type of baby wipes are best to use with cloth diapers.


We are on Twitter (@wpgclothdiapers) but have never done a giveaway. Late is better than never so we are jumping on the Twitter Giveaway bandwagon and are giving away one $50.00 gift certificate to our store, ClothDiaperMom.com. Use the gift cert for cloth diapers, baby carrriers, or anything on our site.

Our Twitter contest ends Sunday, May 16th at 5pm Central Standard Time.
The winner will be emailed a gift cert code for our store, valid on any in-stock products and valid on shipping.

To enter, RT (retweet) our tweet announcing this contest.
For additional entries, follow us on Twitter, http://twitter.com/wpgclothdiapers, follow our blog, 
or comment on this blog entry giving us your feedback on baby wipes for cloth diapers. (see below)


I'm wondering what type of wipes everyone is using for their baby because I know we are all gradually becoming more eco-friendly and because the options out there for wipes is starting to increase.

Disposable wipes are one commonly used option, but after you have changed your baby you are left with a cloth diaper that goes into the laundry, and a used disposable wipe that needs to go into the... garbage? If that wipe has more than baby pee on it, then what do you do with it? I'm betting that too many people then put that wipe into a plastic bag to contain odors and into the trash..... creating more garbage than most cloth diaperers feel comfortable with.

Then there is the question of how many wipes you use and toss (they add up!) and also the concern of what chemicals are in standard disposable wipes. I'm sure a lot of us go through an 80 wipe package a week and also never stop to read the ingredient list.

I'm starting to see more options for parents now. In addition to cloth wipes, there are now cloth wipe kits, bio-wipes, and bamboo wipes. Every cloth diapering company seems to offer cloth wipes and now more are offering wipe solution as well.

If you use cloth diapers and cloth diaper wipes, both end up going into the wash, simplifying change time. When we switched to cloth diaper wipes, I found it easy to keep the wipes dry and just wet them at the sink before diaper changes. Using a cloth wipe gives you the freedom to use as much water as you want for really dirty diaper changes, so you can wring warm water out on to your baby's bottom, making clean up easy and very gentle on your baby's skin. We also found it convenient to use natural baby bottom sprays at changing time. You could spray the dry cloth or your babies bottom and clean up was easy.  A pump bottle makes it nice and easy to use. Maybe a little too easy though because my husband once mistook our Happy Heinys - Heiny Wash for hair detangler and had sprayed our then 1 and 4 year old daughter's hair with it after bedtime one night.

We recently found one kit (http://www.bottoms-up-baby.com/baby-wipes-kit.html) that has everything you need and I can see how having a wipes 'kit' would appeal to parents making the switch from disposable wipes to cloth wipes. 
The kit includes:
25 - all natural cotton terry cloth baby wipes (5.9" x 5.9")
1 - clean baby wipes container
1 - clean baby wipes essential oil blend – lavender & chamomile
1 - dirty baby wipes container - with mesh bag insert
1 - dirty baby wipes essential oil blend – tea tree & lemon
1 - clean baby wipes waterproof travel bag
1 - dirty baby wipes waterproof travel bag - with mesh bag insert

We don't carry this product yet. Please comment or email if you would like more info. We've been talking with Bottoms Up Baby and did a poll recently to gauge interest in this product and would like to add it to our store shortly. We may add it as a pre-order this week. Updated! We have added this product in - Bottoms Up Baby Washable Baby Wipes Kit in Canada

What about the new bio-wipes and bamboo wipes that are available?

GroVia offers BioWipes. GroVia™ All Natural BioWipes™ are made from renewable material, free of harsh synthetic chemicals and parabens. You can feel comfortable using a wipe that is gentle on baby as well as our environment.
Made from plants, not oil. Fragrance Free, Chlorine Free, Dye Free, 80 Unscented 100% Natural Wipes, 7.1” x 8.9” (20cm x 18cm) Canadian MSRP $7.99
    Another new, eco-friendly option is Bum Boosa™ Bamboo Baby Wipes. 

    The convenience of a disposable baby wipe is now available in a natural, biodegradeable and renewable alternative! Our Bum BoosaBamboo Baby Wipes are made from renewable bamboo, are soft, absorbent and naturally scented with lavender and sweet orange essential oils. Your baby deserves the best!


    This isn't a product that we carry but we would if there was interest. I love that they are natural and biodegradeable, even though I'm not a huge fan of the logo. They would probably retail in Canada for similar price as the GroVia wipes.

    I am curious to know what wipes system moms are using for their babies, and to know what everyone is finding works best for them. Please let us know or ask away if you have any questions about cloth wipes, bio wipes, or bamboo wipes.

    Don't forget to comment, retweet, or follow us (blog or twitter) to gain entries for our $50.00 gift cert Twitter Giveaway!

    Tuesday, March 2, 2010

    Beco Debuts Organic Spring 2010 Butterfly Baby Carrier Collection

    Just announced, Beco has released their Spring/Summer 2010 Beco Butterfly line and we have the new prints to show you. Beco is a favourite brand at ClothDiaperMom.com not only because their carriers are high quality, organic, AND fair-trade, but because Beco carriers are extremely versatile. A Beco Baby Carrier is a one size carrier and will fit most parents between 5 and 6 feet, babies newborn to toddler (7-45 lbs). No need to buy 2 carriers (one for mom and one for dad). Not to mention that you can wear your baby on your side, back, or front.

    Without further delay, here is the new collection.

    Beco Butterfly 2 - Organic Spring 2010 Collection

    Lauren  
    - Stunning painting like fabric. Orange and turquoise.
    Comes with espresso brushed canvas straps.

    (Lauren Beco - more info)



     Aiden
    -Colorful bubbles on strings on sky blue background.
    Comes with matching espresso brushed canvas straps. 

    (Aiden Beco - more info)


     Lucas
    - Turquoise, green, orange and brown symetrical pattern on light sandy background.
    Comes with sand colored brushed canvas straps. 

    (Lucas Beco - more info)


     
    Natalie
    - Fuchsia cherry blossoms on light turquoise background.
    Comes with lavander brushed canvas straps.


     Paige
    -Beautiful. Gentle. Unique. White flowers on grey background.
    Comes with black straps.
     
    (Paige Beco - more info)


     
    Tyler
    -Medley of leaves in white, turquoise and dark grey on black background.
    Comes with black brushed canvas straps.


     Zoye 
    - Branches and berries on light turquois background.
    Comes with metro black straps.

    (Zoye Beco - more info)