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The Sweetbottoms Newborn Diaper Rental Program

12919850_10153420282996791_6137046328375626241_nThinking about cloth diapering your newborn, but a little daunted by all the info out there about CDing?

Not sure how to get started?

So many options that it’s confusing?

 

If you answered “Yes” to any of those questions, I have the answer.

 

It’s the Sweetbottoms Newborn Diaper Rental Program!

 

I used this with my third baby, and it was so easy! He was born on Oct 11th, and on Oct 15th, my rental was delivered right to my house! It was washed and ready to go and included everything I needed to get started! (Even without my existing stash).

So what do you get with a rental? A whole lot of fluffy awesomeness, that’s what! ๐Ÿ™‚
You get 24 fluffy, soft, super absorbentย organic cotton, newborn size fitted diapers (either Blueberry or Clover, or a mix of both), 4 Thirsties Size 1 diaper covers, a small pack of detergent, and a few samples. And let me tell you, these diapers can handle anything! I found myself reaching for the fitteds more then the newborn all-in-ones I had already, because the fitteds held up to anything my new boy could throw at them. They are also the perfect nighttime diaper, since they are stay-dry and so absorbent.

The Thirsties covers are some of the best you can get. They are durable, keep in leaks like a dam, and come in a wide range of beautiful colors and prints. When I was working in the Sweetbottoms store, many people used the $100 rental credit to buy the next size in the Thirsties, just because they loved them so much.

Credit, right. Let’s touch on that. The rental costs $220 for pre-loved (used) diapers, or $320 or all new diapers, for three months. Now, that can seem like a lot, but when you look at the cost of buying all new diapers right off the bat, this actually saves you money, especially if you are not quite sure about the whole cloth diapering thing. Plus, in 3 months, you would spend roughly $200-$300 on disposable diapers (on the high side), so it comes out about even. (And remember, you get all the stuff listed above.)
But it gets better. If you return your rental on or before the day it is due back, you get $100 of your original rental cost back in store credit! That means you can use that $100 to start your own stash of cloth diapers! Or, if you decide that cloth is not for you, or you have a good stash already, there are plenty of other things at Sweetbottoms that you can use that $100 for. (New carrier, anyone? ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

Now, there are a few other things you will need. The rental does not include anything to store your used diapers in, so you will need to purchase a wet bag or pail liner. And if you are afraid that you will never use a wet bag again if you decide that cloth diapering is not for you, just check out this post. You can never have too many!
You will also need a cloth diaper safe diaper cream. You will be provided a list of cloth diaper safe creams when you get your rental. (Hint: it’s pretty much anything Sweetbottoms sells. Just steer clear of creams with zinc and/or fish oils. Those stick in cloth diapers and hold on to the stink. Plus, if you use them, it will void your $100 on-time return credit. You also cannot bleach the rental diapers. That will also void your credit. Sunning is the best stain remover. ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Overall, I was very happy with diaper rental. I have been using cloth diapers for almost 4 years, and I can say that I will be seriously considering the diaper rental when I have my next baby.

You can find all the info you need about the diaper rental hereย and you can read the terms and conditions here. And, as always, if you still have questions, you can just message and someone will get back to you ASAP!

The Sweetbottoms Diaper Rental – The Prefect Answer to your Cloth Diaper Question. ๐Ÿ™‚

You Can Never Have Too Many…Wet Bags!

WetBags

So, my family and anyone I worked with at Sweetbottoms will tell you that I have a thing for wet bags.

But can you blame me!?

Wet bags have to be some of the handiest, most versatile items on the planet. And with 3 messy kids, multi-use items are a must!

Cloth diapering? Wet bags! (Of course.)
Going to the pool and need something to keep towels dry until they are needed? Wet bags!
Need to get wet swimsuits home without dripping water everywhere? Wet bags!

And the use doesn’t have be limited to clothes or diapers. I use my wet bags for a lot of stuff. Whenever we go on vacation, pack a large wet bag for laundry (keeps in smells), pack toiletries in a medium wet bag (perfect size for shampoo and shower gel bottles), and pack my make up in a small wet bag. The possibilities are endless!

I have used one for an essential oils carrying bag for a long time, and I even used one to carry my manual breast pump when I was having to pump for my littlest. You really can use wet bags for anything!

Good thing they are so cute! Leslie’s Boutique Wet Bags come in adorable prints!
Who can say no to Birds of Norway

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Or Night Owls
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Or Zoology.
Zooology

Leslie’s Boutique is just one of many lines of wet bags from Sweetbottoms. They are durable, come in many sizes to fit exactly what you need, and come in so many cute prints!

Check out all the wet bags that Sweetbottoms carries here.

What did I miss? What do you use wet bags for?

Winter Baby Care

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Hi! I’m back! It’s been a while. ๐Ÿ™‚ We are just getting settled back down in my family from the new baby, holidays, and winter birthdays. ๐Ÿ™‚

So winter is here! Finally! For a while, it didn’t seem like we ever got out of fall here in NC.

While winter is has it’s wonderful moments, let’s face it, it can be downright dull and stressful at the same time. So many things add up. Time change, shorter days, rush of the holidays, holidays over, kids cooped up inside, cold weather, sickness, and the list goes on.ย But there are ways to jump over these hurdles and make even the gloomiest of days seems sunny. ๐Ÿ™‚

One thing I am finding that is a constant annoyance for me and my littles is itchy, dry skin and stuffy noses. These can make the most mild-mannered child (or mama. Or daddy.) turn into Bruce Banner. Calm, cool, and collected one minute, a green, raging, hulking beast the next.
But again, thank goodness, there are ways to tame the beast. ๐Ÿ™‚

For those yucky, pesky stuffy noses, I have found so many simple things to help.
Number 1, a cool-mist humidifier. Not just for times with a cold. Most of time, winter stuffy noses are not caused by the cold air outside, but the warm, dry air inside. A humidifier will add the moisture back into the air that your heating system is sucking out.
Number 2, a NoseFrida. Yup. A snot sucker. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have used it with all three of my kids and IT WORKS! It works much better then a bulb and much easier to clean. Even though it can be cleaned, I personally recommend each child having their own. Something about using the same one on multiple kids grosses me out. (Oh, be sure to get a pack of replacement filters and always keep them on hand. The filters are a one-time use.)
Number 3, LuSa Organics Chest Rub. This is a wonderful, gentle, 100% all-natural alternative to Vicks. Or, if you are concerned about using eucalyptus essential oil on a young one, I have made my own with fir needle and lavender essential oils mixed in coconut oil. (A drop each to a tablespoon of coconut oil. Essential oils are strong!)

To help with the dry, itchy skin, I rely on 3 things. Coconut oil, shea butter, and lavender essential oil. I like making my own winter balm using equal parts coconut oil and shea butter, with a few drops (6 max per tablespoon of carrier oil) lavender essential oil. I simply melt the coconut oil and shea butter together in a double boiler (well, a glass bowl over a pot of simmering water. :P). Once melted, I pour the mixture into a glass jar, and then add the lavender eo. Very simple and very easy.
But, if you are not the DIY type, CJ’s Shea Butter Balm works just as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

These are some of my favorite things for winter. ๐Ÿ™‚ What are yours? Comment and let us know!

Stay warm!
Charity

Preparing for Baby #3 – Part 2: Babywearing

So this is still part of my Preparing for Baby #3 series, even though baby #3 decided to make his appearance a month early! On Oct. 11th, I delivered my third. ๐Ÿ™‚ He came into this world kicking and screaming, weighing a hefty 7lbs, 4oz, at 36 weeks and 3 days. So I have gotten a refresher on much that is in this post. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

I decided to give babywearing its own post. Babywearing can be confusing, but now that I have worn a newborn, I donโ€™t know how I ever lived without it!

There are so many ways to wear a little one and everyone has their favorite(s). ๐Ÿ™‚ I personally love wraps, ring slings, and wrap carriers.

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Reminder: Until a baby has really good head control, they need to be front-carried only, facing you! No back-carry! Back-carries can be started once baby can hold their head up well, and have enough control to look around.

 

Wrapsody Noa Wrap

  1. Wraps – These are great for the first few weeks. They help to keep the baby warm and close to you. They are also great for skin to skin contact, as the way the wrap is worn, it keeps mom covered. Also, wraps hold the baby so close that it can allow mom to lean back and rest. Just like having the baby lay on momโ€™s chest, just wrapped up. ๐Ÿ™‚ Just donโ€™t fall asleep!!! You donโ€™t want to roll over on baby.
    There are 2 different kinds of wraps. Both are great for newborns.
    The first is a stretchy wrap, like a Moby or a Boba. The stretchiness helps you get practice taking the baby in and out of the wrap while giving plenty of room to adjust as needed. The downside to stretchy wraps are they need to be rewrapped if you need to take baby out, can get looser the longer you baby wear, and they can really only safely support a baby smaller than 12lbs.
    The second is a woven wrap. These are typically a woven cotton. Popular brands are Dolcino, ย Wrapsody and Tula. (Wrapsody also makes stretch wraps.) Woven wraps are great for long-term babywearing, ย as there is no spandex to stretch out. Woven wraps can also support larger babies, so you can safely wear your baby after they hit the 12lb mark. The only downside I have noticed to woven wraps is that sometimes it can be hard to get the wrap to where it is not digging into your shoulder while you are wearing. But this can be remedied with practice.
    There is a bit of a learning curve with wraps. It take some practice to get the right fit and snugness.

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  1. Ring Slings – I love ring slings! They are so easy to use. You just throw it on, make sure baby is all snug, tighten it up, and you are ready to go! These are perfect for running in the grocery store, or days you just donโ€™t feel like wrapping yourself up in a wrap carrier. 

    A word of caution! Do not lay baby down in the sling like a hammock! This is a very unsafe way to babywear, as the babyโ€™s head can tilt forward and cut off the airway. I feel I must be blunt here, your baby can smother if worn this way. The proper way to wear a little one in a ring sling is snuggled upright against your chest, with their legs wrapped around you. Like they are giving you a full body hug. You want them up high enough that you can easily kiss the top of their head. 

Tula Standard Carrier

  1. Soft-Structure Carriers – Since we are talking about wearing a newborn, this category can be a little confusing. This category includes carriers like the Boba 4G, Action Baby Carriers (ABC) and the Tula Standard, which can be used without an infant insert, or the Ergo and Beco, which need an infant insert. (Tula also makes an infant insert, but I have found that it is not 100% necessary. With the Ergo, it is needed in order to give the baby the proper head support.) I personally love the Action Baby Carrier and the Tula Standard, as they are super easy to put on. I have one of each and usually keep one in the car and one in the house. ๐Ÿ™‚
    With carriers that do not need an infant insert, you still might need something to give baby a little support for the first few weeks. I have found that a small receiving blanket works very well. Just roll it up and use it like a seat for the baby. Make sure to keep their legs spread out, just like with the wrap or ring sling. Like they are giving you a big hug. ๐Ÿ™‚

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This is in no way an exhaustive list of your babywearing options. If you want more info on babywearing, many areas have babywearing groups that provide help with many different types of carriers at many different stages. Some groups also have carrier โ€œlibrariesโ€, where you can borrow carriers and try them out for a few weeks, before you commit to a big purchase. (Letโ€™s be honest, carriers are expensive!) One place to look up groups is Babywearing International. Many local groups also advertise on Facebook. These groups are well worth the time to look into, whether you are new to babywearing, or if you have worn all of your children.

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For me personally, babywearing from the start has been a huge help! It lets me care for my other children and just helps to provide a sense of peace and calming for me and my new little one.
Babywearing is a life-saver. ๐Ÿ™‚

Preparing for Baby #3-Part 1: The Birth Bag

Postpartum Care

Hi! I am new here to the blog (but not to Sweetbottoms). I am Charity and I started out at Sweetbottoms in March of 2013 as a retail employee at the local store and then moved to the Internet department in July of 2014. My two children (Rose and Gabriel) spent a good deal of the first part of their lives at Sweetbottoms, so it has been a huge part of our lives for the past 2 years.

I am a stay at home mom now, since the closure of the physical location, but I was leaving regardless to prepare for the arrival of my third baby, Oliver, due November 5th. It just hit me a few days ago that he is due in only 6 weeks! So that means I need to start preparing!

The past week, I have been working on my birth plan and my birth bag packing list. I am going to deliver at a free-standing birth center, so things are a little different then delivering at a hospital. Rose was born at a hospital, complete with pain medication and an epidural, and Gabriel was born with no unnecessary intervention and no medication at the same birth center where I will be delivering Oliver. I think it goes without saying which type of birth I prefer. ๐Ÿ™‚

Not going to lie, birth plans can be hard, even after 2 kids. I did not have a real birth plan with Rose. The hospital did not really encourage them. But, at the birth center, they actually ask you to have one and to give them a copy at your 36 week appointment. It is very reassuring to know that I can give them a birth plan and they will do their best to stick with it.

I have actually found that packing a birth bag for a birth center can be just as hard as writing a birth plan! With Gabriel, I had no idea what to take. The hospital had provided most of the items I needed when I delivered Rose, so I was kind of guessing when I delivered Gabriel. But I think I have it figured out this time. ๐Ÿ™‚ So I am going to tell you what I am taking this time and highlight a few of my favorites.

 

1. Clothes & Diapers (Goes without saying) – Both for you and baby. My birth center does have gowns, but ask your preference when you arrive. I prefer to wear my own clothes. I was free to leave the birth center once I checked in and walk around, or even drive into downtown for dinner. (I do have a funny story about that. Thank goodness it does not involve my water breaking or anything like that. I just felt sorry for our waitress who was having to deal with a very pregnant lady who was having regular contractions.)
Don’t pack or wear anything special or has any sentimental value to you though. Birth is messy. Same for baby. One or two outfits should be good for baby. At my birth center, you are heading home within 4-8 hours after giving birth, so you and baby don’t need too much.
I also plan on cloth diapering from the start with Oliver, so I have a few BumGenius and Blueberry Newborn AIOs, and some EcoPosh Fitteds and Rumparooz covers to take. I also have one pack of newborn disposable diapers, just in case. ๐Ÿ™‚

2. Bath Items and other toiletries – Though you may not feel like it right after giving birth, you might want to take a shower or bath sometime before heading home. My favorite of my toiletries is my Earth Mama Angel Baby Happy Mama Wash. It is 100% castile soap with yummy essential oils like orange, lime, and grapefruit. I follow up with a spritz or two of Earth Mama Angel Baby Happy Mama Spray, and get a great mood lift. ๐Ÿ™‚

4. Music – Some parents like to have special music playing in the room for relaxation.

5. Cool Mist Diffuser & Essential Oils – I love using essential oils for relaxation and focus. I have a Green Air Spa Vapor Pro diffuser that I love. I plan on taking my lavender, frankincense, grapefruit, and Plant Therapy Self-Esteem oils to diffuse. Self-Esteem also makes a good massage oil when properly diluted, so I am also packing a small bottle of fractionated coconut oil for massage.

6. Pillow & Blankets – I don’t know about you, but I can be picky when it comes to my pillow and blanket. I also love to bring my Aden & Anais Swaddle Blankets for baby. My Gabe still carries around the one I first wrapped him up in. ๐Ÿ™‚

7. Postpartum Care – I have quite a few products that I love and are at the top of the list. (You will notice that most are from Earth Mama Angel Baby with some LuSa Organics sprinkled in. I just love Earth Mama Angel Baby. ๐Ÿ™‚ )
First is Earth Mama Angel Baby Postpartum Bath Herbs. These look like large tea bags filled with all kinds of herbal goodness. You brew it just like tea and then can use the warm tea bag as a compress for sore bottoms. You can also take the liquid and pour it onto a pad and cool for use later. I am also taking LuSa Postpartum Herbs. These are designed to be used as an herbal bath.
Next, Earth Mama Angel Baby New Mama Bottom Balm and New Mama Bottom Spray. Excellent to use after the postpartum bath herbs.

8. Food – I am sure most people would argue this belongs at the top of the list. But this is just another thing I love about the birth center. I can eat and drink as I need to in labor! Be sure to pack some nutrient-packed foods for you and your partner. It could be a long day! (Or night, as in my case.) Good things to pack are fresh fruit, granola bars, and Gatorade or coconut water. Also be sure to drink plenty of water! That is one thing that sticks out in my mind after labor and delivery. I just wanted water!

9. Baby Wrap – I put this at the bottom of the list because not everyone is plans on babywearing right after birth. But I do plan on taking my Wrapsody Breeze Woven Wrap in Noa with me to wrap my sweet Oliver in. There is nothing like having a sweet, fresh, brand-new baby all snuggled up against you. A wrap can help keep that closeness while giving your arms a break.

10. Car Seat – Again, goes without saying. You have to have a safe way to get that new squish home! Be sure to pack some light blankets if it is cold. In a carseat, covering baby with blankets rather then dressing in layers works best to keep them snug and secure in the carseat.

 

So, obviously this is not a conclusive list. Items will vary depending on what you need and where you are giving birth. But I hope this will give you a general idea of what to pack, if you need help, and also maybe introduce you to some new things that could really help with your labor and postpartum experience.

Until next time,

Charity ๐Ÿ™‚

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