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LOTTO for the Right to Buy a Tula Blanket! {6 HOUR ONLY}

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LOTTO for the Right to Purchase a Tula Blanket! {6 HOUR ONLY}

Lush softness, marshmallowy feel, and complementing some of Baby Tula’s most loved designs, Tula Blankets make the perfect gift for a baby you adore!
Tula Blankets are made from rayon from bamboo, making them cozy yet breathable. They are so soft it’s hard to believe they’re also hypoallergenic, anti-bacterial, absorbent, anti-static, UV protecting and sustainable. Each blanket measures 47″x47″. They will make the perfect addition to your collection for snuggling, swaddling or gifting.

$25 each retail price~

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Astra Daydreamer, Spring Equinox, Winter Solstice

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Please keep in mind these things before entering to win your right to buy:

  • One Rafflecopter entry per IP address (do not have multiple people enter from the same computer) and per email address. This means you can enter each Rafflecopter once. No exceptions. Each winner’s entry will be checked and disqualified if multiple entries are discovered.
  • We only ship to USA addresses. Winners residing out of the USA must have a USA mailing address for us to ship to.
  • Winners have 24 hours to reply to our email and claim their right to buy. Once confirmed they are provided a link to complete payment and have an additional 48 hours to do so.

You may enter to win each style but you are only eligible to win one blanket.

This LOTTO has ended.


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


Let’s talk about poo!

by shethinksmedia
This week we are going to take a page from my 2 year old’s playbook and talk about poo.

The infamous “number 2″ is one of the biggest reasons families are hesitant to jump into cloth diapers, and is the most frequently asked question at our Cloth 101 orientations. The first thing I say to these families, once you have been vomited on a few times, in my opinion, poo is no big deal.  If that doesn’t help ease your worry about the soiled diapers, we are going to go over the 3 ways to deal with bowel movements below.

Until your baby starts solids, bowel movements can go right into the washing machine with your dirty diapers. If you trust your bed linens and undergarments to get clean, trust the diapers to get clean. Breastfed babies will typically have liquid bowel movements until solids are introduced, formula fed babies may as well, it just depends on how they metabolize their food.  If your baby has liquid bowel movements, trust our washing instructions to get them clean, a sniff out of the dryer will definitely show if they are clean or not:
http://www.cloththatcounts.com/?p=997

Three Methods for dealing with POO!

If your baby is transitioning into solids, you will enter what we call the “peanut butter poo” stage.  Neither solid or liquid, it is a sticky, tacky substance that holds on tight to the diaper lining.  At this stage it cannot go straight into the washing machine, so we advise using one of these 3 methods:

1) Dunk and Swish: Completely free and easy to use, flip the diaper around so the inside lining is hanging down, hang onto the edges, and dunk in the toilet and swish around.  Flush the toilet (make sure you hang onto it so you don’t need your neighborhood plumber’s services), and repeat if needed.  If you have tiny remnants hanging on, don’t worry about them, they will come out in the wash cycle.  You can master this quickly without ever getting your hands wet, have your pail or wet bag in your reach to put the soiled diaper into after dunking/swishing.

2)Flushable Liners: We sell a variety of flushable liners in our store, these are made from rice paper or other plant origins, and are public septic safe. If you have a private septic, you may want to throw them away rather than flush them, depending on how sensitive your tank is.These are an incredibly popular item, and a small cost to try them out (around 10 dollars for 100 liners). They lay inside the diaper to catch the semi solid movements, then you can pick up the edges and flush, putting the diaper right in the pail. These are not to be used with diaper creams, when creams get warm against baby’s skin they will melt right through the liner, you need to use fleece or flannel liners for diaper creams. There are two drawbacks to these liners, which I myself and others have experienced. One, you have to lay them in with each diaper change, and by this age most babies are pooping 1-2 times a day, so it is an extra step at each change. Two, sometimes they can bunch and shift if your diaper isn’t completely snug-fitting, and miss the semi solid waste completely. However, the majority of our customers love them, so definitely worth a try if they make this stage easier!

3) Diaper Sprayer: If you or your partner is handy, your local hardware store can give you the parts to assemble your own sprayer. If you are like me, and prefer a box with a kit and all the pieces, directions and a number to call if things go downhill, we have two great brands of sprayers in our store. They attach to the clean water supply in your toilet tank, and draw on completely clean water to do the job. If you have a sprayer in your kitchen sink, you will find they work the same way, with trigger pressure and a controlled spray head. Sprayers can be moved from toilet to toilet, or taken with you if you move.

Once your child is fully on solids, their bowel movements will show more adult-like formation, and can be rolled off into the toilet. However, until your baby potty trains, you will need to use these methods again whenever they drink too much juice, go on antibiotics, get the stomach virus, eat lots of blueberries, (you get the idea)…. Don’t retire your liners or sprayer until the diapers are safely stored away .

Let me know if you have any questions, have a great weekend!
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


Cloth Diapers and Accessories, What do you truly need?

by shethinksmedia

We are continuing with our newborn discussion, but this also applies to a new family to the cloth diapering scene in regards to “additional equipment”. My personal stance, all you need to cloth diaper are cloth diapers. The rest are truly “accessories”, and many household items can work in their place. If you are facing a tight budget, invest in your diapers, below we are going to outline some of these additional items and how you can work around them.

1) Diaper Pail: Budget or no budget, the pails made for disposables are out. Diaper Champs, Genies, their capacity is small, the liners are expensive and the openings will be tight for toddler diapers. The best pail is a 13 gallon trash can, with a close-top lid. You can often find these for around $10.00 at your big box stores, they are easy to clean if needed, and keep odors contained.

2) Pail Liners: If you can’t invest in pail liners, use your kitchen trash bags. One bag will last for 1-2 days of cloth, take it to the washing machine, dump it in and toss it. If you can invest in reusable pail liners, you would want 2 (one to wash while using the other), if you have a smaller pail, buy the bigger pail liner. It is ok to have a larger pail liner than pail, the extra material will just bunch at the bottom and expand when you take it out.

3) Wet Bags: In a pinch, reuse your plastic grocery bags, you can always bag your soiled diapers in a plastic bag, come home, break open the bag and the diaper falls into your pail. If you can invest in a reusable bag, usually one medium size wetbag (or “regular) in the Wahmies brand) is perfect for the average day with a few errands. If you have two in diapers, a longer trip, taking diapers to daycare for the day, invest in the larger bag. Out of all of our diaper accessories, my wet bag gets the most use. Past baby years, you will use them at the pool for swimsuits, swim diapers, and even well into the school years, when your child becomes ill in the car, you will always need a place to store wet or stinky things while containing the odor and mess. Gross, sure, but you will be so grateful you have that wet bag during stomach virus season!

4) Diaper Sprayers: For my first two children, dunking and swishing was our method for solid waste removal. You get good at it quickly, it is free to use, and available wherever there is a toilet ( While I don’t “dunk” in a public restroom, but I do use them for dumping the solid waste into). If you need a cheap way to get semi solid waste off your diapers at home, flip the diaper facing liner-in towards the toilet. Grab the front and back together, dunk into the toilet water a few times to loosen the mass. Hold onto the diaper (key thing here, otherwise have the plumber’s number handy), flush 1-2 times to get rid of the waste. If tiny residual pieces hang on, don’t sweat it, repeat as needed. You don’t get your hands dirty at all, or wet, have your pail right next to the toilet to toss the dirty diaper in. If the budget allows, diaper sprayers are great, they can be moved to a different toilet if you move, and have fantastic warranties on them.

Many of our customers report the best way to get these cloth diaper accessories on a tight budget is with a holiday or birthday registry. If you are set with clothing and toys, and especially if you have a “green” minded family, many have found their families loved indulging in a few extras to ease the cloth journey :) If you don’t love the idea of a registry, but you feel comfortable asking for gift cards, they are an instant gift from our website, and without any expiration dates gives you the time to asses what is needed most.

Let me know if you have any questions, at AbbysLane@aol.com, have a great weekend!

Stephanie
www.AbbysLane.com


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