Monday, March 20, 2017

BabyFest CA Cloth Diaper Package Giveaway

One of my favorite events to do every year is BabyFest in the San Diego CA area. Babies in Bloom is a wonderful small retailer and birth center that operates in CA. They have an incredible staff and love to educate their customers about cloth diapering. For their yearly event I will be there representing our MakeClothMainstream IRL booth and helping answer all the questions about cloth diapering that the families may have who attend.

At this event I'll be bringing with me products from the brands who are helping make this possible:

AppleCheeks Cloth Diapers, Molly's Suds, Lalabye Baby, Thirsties Baby, Bambino Mio, Spray Pal, and Osocozy Cloth Diapers.

There is an at home giveaway you can enter with products from those generous brands that you can enter (find that at the bottom of this post)

If you're in the San Diego area I hope you can join me at this event and if you can be sure to bring your cloth curious friend who is expecting to let them take part! I will also be presenting a "Getting Started with Cloth Diapers" session at 12 PM.

The Schedule of Events:

10:00 am – BabyFest begins – all exhibitor booths open!

11:00-11:30 am – “Babywearing Basics” – Babywearing is beneficial for both you and your child for many reasons – including bonding, convenience and safety. Join Ali & Karen, our certified babywearing educators, to learn about the different types of carriers and which might be a good fit for your family.

12:00-12:45 pm – “Getting Started With Cloth Diapers” – Join Jennifer Aprea from Spray Pal, get your cloth diapering questions answered and learn how to #makeclothmainstream

1:00-1:45 pm – “Meet the Midwives” – Did you know that you can have a midwife attended birth at home, in a birth center or in a hospital? Meet local midwives and find out how they can help you have the birth your desire, wherever you want.

2:00-2:30 pm – “Car Seat Basics” – A car seat is one of the best ways you can protect your child while traveling, but searching for the right one isn’t an easy task. Katie, our CPST, will share some great information and answer your questions.

3:00-3:45 pm – “GroovaRoo” – Geared for those new to Babywearing Dance. We’ll do fun, easy dances with an emphasis on creating a safe, sacred and soulful dance experience for you and your baby!

4:00 pm – BabyFest closes; drawing of all raffle prize winners (do not need to be present to win)

This year's event is totally FREE so just show up and have a wonderful time!

Now for the fun part- the GIVEAWAY!

Enter to win the following prizes from our sponsors:
You can enter to win prizes even if you can't attend in person! Prizes include: 

  • A Lalabye Baby One Size and Quicktrip (winner chooses from in stock selection)
  • Spray Pal Shield and Sprayer bundle
  • Bambino Mio AIO (2)
  • Osocozy Organic Prefolds (6 pack)
  • Thirsties NAIO
  • AppleCheeks Microterry Bundle in "You Rock"
  • A package of goodies from Molly's Suds: 
    • 1 70 load laundry powder 
    • 1 set wool dryer balls 
    • 1 oxygen whitener 
    • 1 all sport 
    • 1 liquid laundry detergent

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Friday, March 17, 2017

It's All in the "Two"

It's All in the "Two" I thought there was no way I could use cloth. I thought that I was far too disgusted by poop to deal with it on that level. Discover what I learned...
Last year, when my sister suggested that we cloth diaper the babies we were each expecting, the only thing I could think was "But the poop..." It was the only reason I could think of for NOT cloth diapering. I thought that there was no way I could ever use cloth. I thought that I was far too disgusted by poop to deal with it on that level.

At that point, when cloth was brought up, I pictured myself having to dunk flat diapers in the toilet to get off the poo, then throw them in a bucket to be washed later. Blech. I went home and kept thinking about why in the world my sister would want to cloth diaper her baby, especially when we have the convenience of disposable diapers. I mean, what is easier than wrapping the poop and dirty wipes together and throwing them in the trash?!

Once I looked up modern cloth, I found that they are actually pretty cute. They were more like disposables than I could've ever imagined. I wanted to know more! I continued researching, and finally decided that I was going to try cloth when my baby was born.

Even though I was going to try cloth, I was still nervous about this poop issue. Was I going to be dunking these cute diapers? I envisioned myself with a doctors mask (because I knew if I smelled it, I'd vomit), an apron to keep my clothes clean, and plastic gloves to protect my hands. What I saw was myself looking more like a surgeon than a mother.

I learned something interesting about big, bad #2 before my daughter was born. When your baby is EBF (exclusively breast fed), the poop is water soluble, and there really isn't a need to do the dunk. When it's that consistency, you just throw it in the wash, and you're done. Yup. It's that easy. You aren't washing any more poop than you would if your baby had a blow out. I planned on my baby being EBF anyway, so I was sold.

My baby is almost 8 months old, eats solids and breastfeeds, and poop has never been an issue. Most of the time, her dirty diapers get thrown in the washer. When it's more solid, Spray Pal is there to save my day. Instead of dunking, I can put the diaper in my Spray Pal Shield, spray it with my Spray Pal sprayer, and it's over with quickly and painlessly.

I love my cloth and I'm so happy to get to have this experience with my baby. I would recommend to anyone that they not let this issue be an issue. Cloth diapering (and Spray Pal) has been a life saver to my family.

This article been generously contributed by Leah Rogers, a member of Spray Pal's Team Mainstream!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Baby and Kids Pasadena Here We Come! Enter to win prizes from our sponsors

I can't wait to travel to CA with the #MakeClothMainstream IRL booth for Baby and Kids Experience in Pasadena March 11.

You can enter to win prizes even if you can't attend in person! Prizes include: $40 GC to Project Pomona, Spray Pal Shield and Sprayer bundle, Bambino Mio AIO (2), Osocozy Organic Prefolds (6 pack), Bummis AIO, and a package of goodies from Molly's Suds:
  • 1 70 load laundry powder
  • 1 set wool dryer balls
  • 1 oxygen whitener
  • 1 all sport
  • 1 liquid laundry detergent

If all of this sounds wonderful don't forget I have 150 FREE tickets to this event to give away while supplies last:Just click the link: 

To get entered use the Rafflecopter below. It's another amazing giveaway thanks to the sponsors BummisBambino MioOsoCozy Cloth Diapers, Project PomonaMolly's Suds, and Spray Pal!

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Friday, March 3, 2017

The #makeclothmainstream IRL Booth comes to SoCal in March!

Hey guys!

I'm not gonna lie. The first part of 2017 has been a complete whirlwind of baby shows. I've literally been on a plane every other week flying off to a city near you to spread the word about cloth diapers, and March will be no different. On the bright side, I've been able to visit with baby industry friends like The Baby Guy (who was in NYC but is not doing amazing things in Denver), and I'm still coming down from the high of seeing the show he's performing in lately. (Ha! You see what I did there?! No? Ok, nevermind then...) ;)

Next weekend I'm heading back to my home turf for some cloth diapering advocacy in Pasadena, CA on March 11th. And since I'm from the area, I just KNOW there are a ton of you out there who either already use cloth and would like to stop by and say hi, or who have friends who are NOT using cloth but might be convinced if they come check out our booth. Either way, you should TOTALLY COME! I'd love to see you. And on top of that, I have FREE TICKETS for you! Just click the link and the first 150 to claim them will get in absolutely free! 

If you can't make it to that show, do not fret. I'll be back with 1.0 for the Babies in Bloom Babyfest in Vista, CA! This event is FREE for everyone and is filled with fun speakers, expert info, and just good old fashion community. I've been to this event for the past 3 years and I can't wait to come back!

Check out the event pages on our Facebook wall for more info about these and other upcoming events along with their corresponding giveaways! We hope to see you soon as we work to #makeclothmainstream! ;)