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Easy, money-saving ways to go a little Greener!

by shethinksmedia

This week I want you to take a one-cup measuring cup out of your cabinet, fill it with water and set it down. That is how much crude oil it takes to make one disposable diaper:

http://www.diaperpin.com/clothdiapers/article_diaperdrama4.asp
Now, imagine that multiplied time 352, then multiply that time 2.5. If you only use one cloth diaper a day, for the roughly 2.5 years a baby is in diapers, that is how much oil you are *not* using on your baby to diaper them! Pretty incredible, isn’t it! Just an example to give all of our customers a little pat on the back, whether you use cloth part time or full time, youi do make a difference, thank you for your efforts to ditch disposable options for reusable ones.

Cloth diapering can be a slippery slope, for my family and for many of our customers, I know that once cloth came into the picture, other disposable options came into the picture pretty quickly, this week I wanted to cover two easy and money-saving ways to incorporate some reusable items into your busy family schedule. We start with some easy ones this week, next week we dig a little deeper into bigger challenges.


1) Paper Towels:
Now, you can get really cute “unpaper towels” from many stores, but even if you don’t go the route of buying specially cut absorbent cloths, the wash rags you already have for wiping up the counter and cleaning small messes make easy replacements for paper towels. Take the one week challenge, see if you can use rags and hand towels you already have for messes you would usually use paper towels for. I was amazed at how easy it is to go paper-towel free, and you see a big difference in the monthly grocery bill, paper towels are expensive!


2)Sandwich Baggies:
I never realized how many goofy little plastic bags you need when your babies get older. As toddlers reuseable plastic dishes keep those goldfish from crumbling, but in school lunchboxes just don’t always have room for 4-6 plastic cups to hold sandwiches, veggies, fruit and crackers. Your options become saran wrap, wax paper, fold-and-close sandwich bags or other variations of these wrappings.

Planet Wise has affordably changed the scene of lunch and eating out of the home: http://www.abbyslane.com/Planet-Wise-Reuseable-Bags_c_94.html  Reusable, food safe, affordable, made in the USA and CUTE! I made the switch very gradually, and while I still have plastic bags in the house, I restock them maybe twice a year, rather than twice a month. My challenge to you is to try a sandwich bag, especially if you have school aged children. If you do laundry every other day in your house, that gives you three days out of five your child can take a reusable bag to school. 3 days a week times the roughly 40 weeks school is in session, that is 120 bags saved in one school year by one reusable bag. The prints are cute, icing on the cake, and kids love having them in their lunches.

Have a great weekend everyone!
Stephanie
www.AbbysLane.com


Cloth Wipes, Don’t just sit there…Try them!

by shethinksmedia

Cloth wipes are today’s topic, which is great for those starting with a newborn, or at any age. We did address this topic briefly a few weeks ago, but we received several emails asking for more details.

If you have been using disposable wipes, consider some of the advantages to cloth ones! With my first daughter I used only disposable wipes with her. I hadn’t really considered cloth wipes, and was getting the “hang” of this diapering idea, I was overwhelmed with another change to my routine. However, having done both, I realize I was creating more work for myself with disposable wipes, in addition to the added expense.

When you use disposable wipes, you have two options:

1) throw the soiled wipes in with the cloth diapers to wash/dry
2) dispose of the wipes on the trash can

If you go with option 1, you run the risk of the wipes completely disintegrating. Brands will vary, and depending on the agitator in your washing machine they may not come out intact. If they don’t, you have a snarled mess of fabric intertwined with the diapers on your hands. Especially if you use aplix closure cloth diapers, if your wipes fall apart they can take a lot of time to unwind from the diapers. If they don’t fall apart, you then have to find them stuck to the diapers (which is hard to see if you have white inners on your diapers), and it becomes one extra step to do at laundry time.

If you dispose of them, you run into two problems. One, finding a bag to put them in, knot it up, put in the trash can, or, if you are just putting them straight in the trash, remembering to take the trash bag out before it starts to stink.

Some of the benefits to cloth wipes:

1) save $$
2) save time
3) less chemicals/irritants on your baby
4) less trash in the dump

The best cloth wipes for newborns are baby washcloths. They are cheap (many baby stores sell 4-6 for $1.00 or just over), and perfectly tiny for newborn’s little bottoms. You will usually get a few dozen at your shower, and since you only need 2-4 to bathe your baby, save the rest for cloth wipes. As babies get older, I love bigger wipes, they get the job done in one swoop as opposed to 2/3 baby washcloths or disposable wipes, and they protect your hand MUCH better than a disposable wipe.


Wipes only need water to clean your baby. While you can google the web for “wipe recipes” that involve essential oils and mild cleansers. While you can certainly experiment with them, we recommend plain water. If you store your wipes in a dry basket or container, just run them under the sink when you have a diaper that needs to be changed. Free, easy, nothing to mix or buy ingredients for. On the go, just store dry wipes in your diaper bag, as long as you have a water bottle handy (or you can swipe a sippy cup from your toddler), you can change diapers on the go. If you do use a wipe recipe, watch for any irritation on the skin. If you have a good wash routine the tiny amount of oils you use shouldn’t affect anything, we tend to see more irritation on babies than in the wash routine.

With regards to wipe warmers, our stance is they just aren’t needed. If you do use one, make sure those wipes stay always damp (fire warning), and you change out the old ones daily to prevent mildew.

Have a great weekend!
Stephanie
www.AbbysLane.com


New and Frugal Cloth Diapering Tips

by shethinksmedia

Last week we discussed some newborn diapering tips. Along those lines, I am going to cite a previous article we wrote on umbilical cord notches, worth a read if you are wondering if you have to wait until the cord stump falls off before using cloth diapers.

Many new families who are expecting their first little one to be cloth diapered come to me with the dilemma of using cloth diapers at all for the newborn stage. The question “is the cost really worth it for just 4-8 weeks?” is on everybody’s mind.  If saving money is your reason for cloth diapering it is a very valid question, my reason years ago for getting into cloth was 100% financial, the health benefits and environmental perks were great, but staring me in the face was the initial investment. I would like to offer a few different tips and solutions:

1)Create a Registry at our site: At Abby’s Lane we offer Free Ahipping on all US orders, this is a big perk to your friends and family. A registry is a great way to stock up on your needed items, and don’t forget birthdays and Christmas, if you are set on clothes and toys. A hint, on your registry, make sure you register for gift certificates. They are easy for buyers to get (since many don’t know what a modern cloth diaper looks like or how it works), and they are an instant gift. Instead of running off to Babies R Us the morning of the shower, they can checkout online, and instantly print the voucher to put in your card. Our best selling registry item is in fact, gift certificates. They don’t ever expire, too, so you can always use them for later diapering stages, carriers or accessories.

2)If this is your first baby, and you have plans for more, since the newborn size of diapers is used for a very short period of time, they will be absolutely useable for baby #2. Store them in a temperature controlled environment between kiddos, it will keep the in great shape. The hot summer attic or cold winter basement will wear on your elastic, make sure your storage area is at a reasonable temperature.

3) If this may be your only baby in cloth diapers, the resale value on a newborn stash is tremendous. We have had customers who reported getting 95% of their retail value back in their pocket for their used diapers. Craigslist, Ebay, Diaperswappers and Diaper Pin all have high traffic in used cloth diapers, and the perk for a newborn stash is your potential buyer knows it has only been used a very short time. Save your receipts to show the time period they have been used to increase your selling power.

4)Diaper economically! Prefolds and covers are a perfect newborn way to diaper, since you fold a prefold to customize the fit of it on your baby, it is a great way to contain leaks and blowouts. One of the most visited article on our blog is our frugal diapering article, I wrote this from experience with my babies, and what we have seen work for many customers over the years. Take a peek below:
Frugal Cloth Diapering

If you are still on the fence, email me with questions! Remember, if you are nervous about trying cloth with your newborn, it doesn’t have to be “all or nothing”. Try a little sampler of a few items, use the disposables you will inevitably get at your baby shower, and see how it works for your family. Any amount of cloth is fantastic, and one less diaper in the landfill! We are here to make it fun and easy, so let us know how we can help.

Thanks for reading!
Stephanie
www.AbbysLane.com


Baby Carriers, What about the Beco?

by shethinksmedia
This week we wrap up our babywearing summaries with the Beco carriers. While we did not formally cover Boba in this series of articles, we have previously reviewed them here:

http://www.cloththatcounts.com/?p=1045

And the Boba Air here:

http://www.cloththatcounts.com/?p=1463

Beco has two carriers, the Gemini and the Butterfly 2.
The Gemini is overwhelmingly the customer favorite, but both are well made and sturdy items. The Butterfly 2 has a panel between the wearer and the baby, which some find nice for less heat being transferred to the wearer, and also helpful in transferring a sleeping baby down from the carrier. The B2 goes up to about 40 pounds, and can be worn in the front and back, with a torso rise above the Ergo but not quite as high as the Boba.

The Gemini can be worn on the front and back as well, and additionally is the only carrier we sell that will allow for a forward-facing carry while your baby is still small. At Abby’s Lane we advise that you use this carry only to get your baby used to rear facing if you are transitioning from another forward facing carrier. As your baby gets heavier, even in the best carrier you could ever design it is going to put undue stress on you and the baby, there is no way to have them pull their weight back onto you, they will only lean out forward and out, which will hurt your back and their hips. However, transitioning babies into facing you from forward facing may take a few days, so for that reason it is nice. The Beco has a nice torso size, and I really like their head rest, easy to use, it keeps them snug, best for babies past the newborn stage with a bit of head control. Very cute prints and well made, both are backed by great warranties. We finish next week with the Girasol wrap, then we jump back into the fluffy stuff 😉

Stephanie
www.AbbysLane.com

Cloth Diapering at Daycare, Part 2

by shethinksmedia

This week we are adding a brief “part 2″ to our daycare and cloth diapers segment we did last week.

Many of you replied acknowledging that the setup we advised is used by you and your provider with great success, which excites us, and also new parents were excited to present their providers with that option. We also heard from a few day care moms themselves who work for larger care centers, who said their regulations vary a bit from what we advised. Their regulations require a pail with a foot-operated pedal, a lid that closes and the ability to put the diaper into the pail hands-free, which excludes our wet/dry bag option we suggested.

Consult with your provider beforehand, if this is the case, the wet/dry combo can still be used for transport, but for the actual storage of soiled cloth diapers at the center you are looking at a 13 gallon bin. Now, even at home, we recommend a 13 gallon trash can for a diaper pail if you choose to use one. They are often less than $10.00 at Walmart or Target, the Sterlite brands or something similar are perfect.

You want a close-top lid, not a swingy-style lid (not sure of the proper name for it-LOL), and you will need a pail liner. If you have a smaller pail, you can still get the bigger pail liner, they hug a decent size range of lids, and the excess will just gather at the bottom, it doesn’t hurt anything to go bigger with a pail liner. Some of these providers stated their clients just take the bag back and forth, gathered up in the car and rolled down, you would need 2 (one to bring in while you wash the other), so do check with your facility’s director to see what is allowed before you bring in the visual.

A nice bonus to a plastic 13 gallon bin, it is really easy to haul outside and hose down once in a while to clean it out, those fancy stainless steel ones that are really expensive get rusted out quickly, and can be more problematic to clean and heavier to haul around. No joke, I still use my original plastic bin that I started with about 9 years ago, they really can last ( a big reason for this in my experience, myself or my husband use it only, on some occasions the older children, too. When you don’t have little toddlers playing with the pedal and lid as they loooooove to do with a trash can, it saves you on wear and tear).

Happy diapering at daycare!

Stephanie, Abby’s Lane


Frugal Cloth Diapering, It all started with a SNAPPI!

by shethinksmedia

This post has been upcycled, it was old and we’ve made it new again!  It’s full of great info on frugal diapering and we hope you’ll take the time to read it.  The message is still very valid, and we often link this article to customers asking for ways to save $$ in cloth diapers.

My cloth diaper journey started in 2003 with my first daughter, Abby (who let me steal her name for our store), and for some time I was diapering on a very tiny budget, the “groceries or diapers” kind. I started with my youngest brother’s 24 year old Gerber prefolds, pins and rubber pants from walmart. I hated pins. Hated, hated, hated them..( I know many of you like using pins, don’t throw a rotten tomato at me just yet ) I have a picture of Abby in a pinned prefold I did, it was so loose I relied on her pants to hold it and the cover up. I was very ready to give up, the leaks were awful (every diaper change), and my fingers were bloody from the *&*^% pins. An online friend suggested trying a “Snappi”…I took the plunge, then proraps and finally some chinese prefolds (indian were just starting to come on the scene back then). The difference was immediate, and I caught a wave of “I-can-do-this!”

It is funny how none of this would have come to be if not for that Snappi….

We diapered her that way for some time, every few paychecks I would snag a few dollars and get a pocket for nighttime. My second daughter was a mix of prefolds and pockets, bumGenius came out when she was a baby with their first version (the 1.0 white nylon pocket for the veterans here!), and I had the store at that point and could try a few more things. With each baby I have been able to increase my stash, but it doesn’t mean I forgot what I did, what I HAD to do with my first and second to make sure we could pay the bills on time.

Gerber prefolds are cheap, can be bought at the grocery store and certainly can work. She always had to be doubled up, nighttime was 3 and still being changed every few hours to prevent leaks. Same can be said for today’s Indian prefolds that I love and use, they last a long time, and you can diaper with them from birth to potty training for around 200 dollars, including covers and snappis. If your baby is a heavier wetter and you have prefolds, double them up! Fold one like a business letter, lay it in the middle of the second, when you lay the baby in, flip the trifolded middle piece up over their belly, then wrap the second prefold around them. You have just made two prefolds give your baby 30 layers of cotton in the middle. For this style, you will have to upsize the cover, but it will still work.

I also would use old rags, handtowels and washcloths to boost absorbency. I started with enough diapers to almost get me through the day, so I ran tiny loads of laundry every day to keep up until i could afford more prefolds. Using washcloths, handtowels and cutting/sewing the edges on old bath towels got me through the day of laundry. Don’t have a sewing machine? Roll the edges of a cut handtowel and hand-sew the edges with a whip stitch, it holds and is easy and quick to do. If your baby is sensitive to wetness, go to your local fabric store, you can get a half a yard of scrap fleece for about 2-3 dollars. Cut them into 5 x 15 rectangles, no sewing needed, and lay one in with each prefold. Lay it in the middle, lay the baby down, flip up the liner over their belly then wrap the prefold around, otherwise the liner gets wrapped up in the prefold and is useless. If you are looking at a budget of 20-30 dollars, invest in 2 snappis and some covers, and then work with towels and rags you have in your house. If you can makeshift something to absorb, you can rely on a good cover to keep it in and contained.

I look at Abby’s baby pictures and giggle, she was a tiny, tiny petite child and her diaper was HUGE! LOL-put a handtowel in a gerber prefold with a snappi on a 13 pound 6 month old and a medium cover over it, watch what happens.

Bottom line, it works, and I think I spent maybe 75 dollars on her entire first year of diapering. We would have done that in disposables in less than two months. Those prefolds she used I had in use until my third daughter, they finally wore out during her baby-hood. The worst feeling in the world when you are tight on cash, is looking in a disposable diaper pail when your child has “cluster pooped” and you see that you have just gone through 7 disposables in a 2 hour period when you thought they were done and they just kept going, the best feeling is looking in a cloth diaper pail and seeing 7 prefolds that will be washed by morning and ready to use again.

Some cheap accessory ideas:

  • Wipes: wipes can be expensive and a pain to wash/dispose of. The best cloth wipes for newborns are going to be small and thin for their little nooks and crannies, especially for baby girls. Big thick wipes won’t do the job, and the best newborn wipes can be baby washcloths. Usually at your baby shower you get 30 packs of washcloths, and end up needing 4-5 during the week to actually bathe your baby. Use the rest for cloth diaper wipes! At wal mart or the dollar store, you can get a 5 pack for around a dollar, so you can build your stash of wipes for 5-6 dollars. For my oldest daughter we used these through her toddler years, you need more per changing then the bigger thicker wipes, but they do the job and will last for years. You don’t need essential oils or wipe recipes, plain old water is the best for any age of cleaning
  • I would say 99% of babies will need fleece liners at some point in their diapering years. Whether for nighttime dryness, or to be able to use diaper creams, fleece liners are needed. You can make your own for 2-3 dollars, go to your local fabric store and buy a yard of scrap fleece, the kind doesn’t matter. Or, sometimes big box stores will sell cheap fleece throws at the 2-3 price point, and you can cut them up. Rectangles of 5 x 15 inches, no sewing needed as it won’t fray.
  • Diaper Sprayer: Get your husband or partner to dunk/swish, pretty cheap method, fail proof and be used anywhere

The biggest challenge to frugal diapering is the toddlers and nighttime heavy wetters, but surely generations before us did it with success, we can, too, right? Absolutely! Much of this will tie back into prefolds/layering. If you have any sewing skills and access to a machine, this will come in handy. Being able to sew flannel layers from old receiving blankets is invaluable, if you can sweet talk your mother or mother in law into doing this for you, even better.

Flannel is cotton, is very durable and easy to wash. It also provides good absorbency, and is super trim. Making inserts out of lots of layers is easy and cheap to do. If you don’t/can’t sew, you can whip stitch by hand the same thing, it will just take longer and not be as neat, just keep folding the flannel onto itself and finish the edges, you can do this to two stacks and then sew them together. Sandwich these in your prefolds, or behind the prefolds held in place by the cover for extra core absorbency.

For nighttime your homemade fleece liners we discussed earlier will help provide a stay dry feeling for your baby is he is sensitive to wetness. If you go to any thrift shop you can get old wool sweaters for a few dollars. These can be cut and sewn into wool soakers, if you google “recycled wool sweater soakers” you will get a bajillion links on how to sew your own, many with free patterns. Wool is invaluable for heavy wetters and breatheable covers, and easy wool care can be found here (you can use dish soap to clean in a pinch and lansinoh from nursing for lanolin if you have it on hand):
http://www.abbyslane.com/Cloth-101_ep_42-1.html#Q17

Email us at AbbysLane@aol.com with questions! And thank you to Snappi Baby for making all if this a reality :) If I had to point the finger to one reason I cloth diapered, started a little store and have been able to help families in the past 8 years on their journey, the Snappi would be that reason :)

Thanks for reading!

Stephanie, Abby’s Lane


Natural Menstrual Alternatives Explained: Sea Sponge Tampons, Mama Cloth, Diva Cup and more!

by shethinksmedia

At Abby’s Lane we sell Sea Sponges, Many Moons cloth pads and Diva Cups.
*Diva Cups are being restocked on 2/17 (Friday), Sea Sponges in about 10 days, cloth pads are in good supply :)

To start with sea sponges:

Sea Sponges are actually animals! Harvested from the ocean floor, here is a blurb from the Jade and Pearl website about how they are collected:
Our sponges come mainly from the Gulf Coast of Florida, the Bahamas and occasionally, from Greece. We work closely with the University of Florida Sea Grant Extension Program to insure that sponge harvesting remains a sustainable resource. Sponge production in Florida has been consistent in recent years. Field studies have confirmed that commercial sponges are a small fraction(less than 2%) of the total sponge community and commercial sponges are not found in coral reef areas. Our field work has also documented the remarkable regenerative capability of sponges. Sponge tissue left attached to the substrate when the sponge is harvested can actually grow to produce a new sponge within months.

They are very easy to use. No adjusting to get it in the right spot, if you push them in as high as you can, you get a perfect fit every time. They are soft, absorbent, and conform to your body. There is no suction keeping them in place, so there is no seeping around the sides that can occur. Like any of these devices, use a backup pantyliner when trying them out and at nighttime to collect any overflow.

No risk of TSS, no dioxins to carry any harmful after effects, no bleached paper products that dry out your vagina.  For those who use tampons exclusively, how nice would it be to:

  • Be able to insert something early so you don’t have to worry about the “when” of your cycle catching you off guard in the mall with 2 kids in tow? Especially for that first post partum period that you never see coming? Now, picture being able to have that protection with out the horrid dry feeling of pulling out a dry tampon to change it when your cycle starts not on cue. That scratchy, skin-pulling feeling that stings after that tampon is removed, knowing you have pulled on your internal skin to get it out.
  • Not have to worry about finding a trash can to dispose of tampons in. Especially at friends or family’s houses, when you don’t know when they will take out their bathroom trash, and you leave behind embarrassing odors. Or, in your own house not having to worry about taking out the empty trashcan just to throw away one tampon?
  • Saving $$ over disposable products
  • Protecting your health, and mother earth with the lack of more disposable products.
  • Having to leave in that last tampon and pulling it off barely used, encountering the same pain and discomfort as the first tampon of the cycle.
  • That great feeling of having a huge bulging tampon in on your heaviest day

Many women confirm their cramps are LESSENED by sea sponges, when you have a non-drying device in place, your body isn’t working so hard to discharge it, This isn’t the case for all women, but isn’t it worth a try?

Sponges, I have found, are cleaner than tampons. I could never use tampons with completely “clean” hands 100% of the time, since you wash your hands anyway after using a tampon, wash your sponge with them!

In public, carry a water bottle in your purse with you, rinse them out as best you can, wash fully when you get home. Caught without a water bottle? Squeeze out as best you can, reinsert and clean later. I have a very heavy flow for the first 3 days, and I clean my sponges every 3 hours during the day with no problems, and use a panty liner at night to protect myself.

Really, for the price you have to give them a try. One sponge can be reused for 3-6 cycles, just wash thoroughly with hydrogen peroxide in between cycles. A 2 pack that comes with them lasts you for 6-12 cycles.

The Diva Cup:

The Diva Cup is a medical grade silicon collection device, it sits in your vagina just under your cervix. Your empty it 2-3 times a day, washing it with handsoap during your cycle, and antibacterial soap in between cycles. If you are in your home, wash it out with soap and water in your bathroom sink before reinserting, if you are in a public restroom, wipe it out with toilet paper, and wash it when you get home. When inserted properly, you should not feel it. IF you have an IUD or prolapse, this may not be the device for you, it just depends on how low your cervix is and where your IUD falls, it may not be comfortable, but we do have customers who can wear it successfully with their IUDs. The Diva cups lasts upwards of 10 years! FOr $32.50, that is $.27 cents a month. I have had mine now for about 4 years, please don’t be embarrassed to e-mail me with questions on how to use it or insert it comfortably. For the first time, I always recommend a little lubricant and inserting it while it in the shower, you will be relaxed and the KY Jelly will help guide it in until you get the hang of it. You can sleep with it, swim with it, play sports with it. If you have had a traumatic vaginal birth (forceps, vacuum, extensive tearing), you may find the Diva hard to wear comfortably. For extended periods of time the muscles may have a hard time keeping it high enough.

Lastly, we have our Many Moons menstrual pads:

Cloth Pads were one of the original products when we opened our store almost 5 years ago, and I still love them after seeing many other brands come out. They are pocket pads, you have a shell with waterproof backing, and liners you can insert to customize your absorbency. I use them as a backup for the Diva, you can use them solo, and still have the proper absorbency for a very heavy flow. Cloth pads can be washed with cloth diapers easily, they need the same wash routine as the diapers do.
If you are at all unhappy with your current menstrual products, give one of the above products some thought. I am very thrilled to offer my daughters something other than a box of tampons to cart around in middle school when the time comes. I don’t dread that time of the month as *much* (I mean, who really looks forward to it?), but you can make yourself a bit more comfortable, save $$, help the environment and keep chemicals away from your reproductive system all at the same time.

Let me know if you have any questions! If you have specific health or birth control questions, I may refer you to the staff at Diva or Jade&Pearl if I cannot help, I want you to have 100% confidence in what you buy for your circumstances.

Email me with any questions, nothing is “TMI”, and I am very passionate about helping you find a safe and comfortable alternative to your cycle.

Sincerely,

Stephanie, Abby’s Lane


Babywearing – Review of the Boba 3G Carrier

by shethinksmedia

The Boba 3G Carrier isn’t just another soft structured carrier!

I have used many, many baby carriers over the past 8 (almost 9!) years with my five babies.  When I first saw the Boba, I thought…just another soft structured front carrier…and went on my way. Then, we had customers requesting them so I brought them into the store. I actually used one a few times with my fourth child, now 2, and was surprised how much I liked the higher torso. Then, I got pregnant, and my toddler wasn’t a fan of being worn anymore, so I put it aside. The Boba 3G version came out, and since most of my carriers are now used as demos for our store:

*SIDE NOTE HERE, Recently we were featured in Cloth Diaper News, and we have a few pictures of our store in the article, if you want to see all of my beautiful carriers on display, click on the link and scroll down a little.

SO, with little Jax now being 5 months old and the perfect age for kicking it in a soft structured carrier, I picked out the drool-worthy Soho print Boba to test. I am truly in love…

  • First, the print is gorgeous, love it, and it is made with very nice construction. The company is based out of Colorado, very easy to get a hold of and quick to answer any questions or problems.
  • Second, I love the features. The waist strap is adjustable so you can pull on both sides to tighten it, and the back/chest strap is the same way. I love to wear my chest strap on my back very low, which is hard to do in some carriers (call me crazy, I get almost claustrophobic when they are high around the top of my back), and this carriers makes it very easy to do that and get it adjusted by myself.
  • Third, the torso is nice and high, so Jax isn’t able to play “throw myself headfirst onto the concrete” in the Costco checkout line…
  • Fourth, they have these neat little foot stirrups. At first, I thought “what a stupid idea, what kid would want to have their feet contained in a carrier?” Well, from experience with my 2 year old, he loves it. Thinks it is fun (it helps if you make a horse noise when they have their feet in, be prepared for odd looks at the grocery store), and I love it because when he gets bored he doesn’t kick his feet into my stomach (since he is on my back). IF you hate them, they are easily removed, so try it first, if you hate them they can come off.
  • Finally, and I haven’t personally tested it, but I have played with it, it has a really neat way to make it snap down (almost like the rise adjustment on a one size pocket) and shorten the headrest to make it suitable for a newborn. From seeing how it adjusts, I still maybe would want a rolled up receiving blanket behind the baby’s back to make sure their chin didn’t slink down, remember you need to see a good space between chin and chest for a newborn in any carrier), but it looks promising for a soft structured carrier to use from birth.

Overall, I am very pleased and the Boba 3G Carrier is very comfy.

Sincerely,

Stephanie Abby’s Lane


Thank you for choosing Abby’s Lane!

by abbyslanehype

A “THANK YOU”:
Jumping the gun on a little Thanksgiving gratitude for our customers 😉 At Abby’s Lane we are incredibly indebted to our customers. You have kept us going for over 7 years now, from a bookshelf of inventory in our first townhouse, to a garage and basement inventory in our next condo, to 5 rooms in a basement in our house with two employees, now to a 3200 square foot retail space and 10 employees! There are many cloth diaper stores on the net now, and every purchase is treated with integrity and honesty, no matter how big or small. We appreciate your business and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for supporting us.

Here is a little “Top 10″ list of things you get when you choose to spend your money at Abby’s Lane:

1)Supporting 10 mamas who can work and bring their babies and toddlers with them to work, in addition to at home hours
2)Supporting Tree friendly business practices! We don’t send paper receipts, opting instead for an e-receipt, plus we store every single “archived” invoice for you if you ever need it for warranty purposes. Ourold website will always be hosted to make sure we save your records if needed. Over the course of our business this has saved approximately 90,000 pieces of paper from being used.
3)Benefiting from our first class mailers, which are completely biodegradable and reusable (and made in the US!)! Save your poly mailers for another use (they have an extra adhesive strip on them), if you do toss them, they are gone within a year in your landfill :)
4) Free shipping always to the US
5) 6.5% back in store credit on every order through our Abby’s Lane Dollars program
6) 5% off all orders with few exclusions if you are on this list 😉
7) Your order ships the same or next business day
8) Classes throughout the US through our Team Cloth program that educate and promote green living and money saving parenting products that we feature
9) Some of our products are made in the USA, if they are made in other countries, we do our best to ensure they are made with Fair Labor regulations. I know we cannot always avoid buying products from overseas, but I do my best with the information I have to ensure what I sell was not made by someone the same age as my third grader, in safe working conditions and with a fair wage.
10) You can know that if you email us with any issues, be it washing hurdles, product questions or help with your purchases, I do my best to get back within hours to you. Nothing is worse than feeling like you got a “lemon”, or having stinky diapers or a mystery rash and waiting days to hear back. My email is always “on”, and I will always make sure we follow up to make your shopping experience a complete one.

Again, thank you and I appreciate all of you greatly, I love what I do and I love working with all of you :)


Diaper Wear and Tear

by abbyslanehype

Here is what we see being big culprits of wear and tear on diapers:
1. Bleach= now, once in a blue moon bleach won’t hurt anything. If you have cotton outers, they will fade, but PUL is dye fast and can hold up to a bleaching or two over time. Microfiber you could likely soak in bleach for 6 years and it would still be fine. In some health issues, bleach is needed. Yeast, staph, MRSA, and other bacterial or fungal issues will need bleach to keep your baby from being reinfected. If you are bleaching in every wash cycle, or presoaking them, or for some customers even on a weekly basis, you will wear those diapers out faster. They are cloth, and just like if you were doing this to your favorite tee shirts, you will see wear on them.

2. Stretching out elastic while it is hot=When you take your pockets or pocket AIOs out of the dryer, let them cool before stuffing them. I know you are right there and if you put them down it will be two snacks, one potty break and one naptime later before you get back to them, but this really goes a long way. Hot elastic does not like to be stretched, it will wear out faster so let them cool first.
3. Infrequent washing= Many of you are going to say “well, duh, washing wears them out, too!”. Yes, there is a line you have to walk between yuor schedules, your quantity of diapers, and how your wash cycle works in your house. That being said, letting diapers sit 3-5 days can cause a myraid of problems. One, they are soaking in ammonia for some time, which will wear down your fabrics. Second, it will be harder to get them clean after letting them stew in a warm, dark pail for that long of a time, and you usually have to resort to laundry aids, or bleach, to get them clean. Washing every other day is best, save the money you would be spending on twice as many diapers to wash every 4 days, and start building your stash for the next size up. It will be easier on you, and easier on the diapers.
4. Vinegar, oxiclean, other laundry aids=These can be hit or miss, but Vinegar will wear on PUL, oxiclean can delaminate diapers, and essential oils can cause buildup. Your wash routine shouldn’t need any of these except in rare cases of very hard or very soft water, or a tricky front loader.

Now, anytime I list things like this I will get emails saying ” I do all of those and my diapers are in pristine condition!”, and of course there will always be exceptions to the majority. If the above steps are working for you, then don’t sweat it, do what works best for your routines :)


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