Monday, October 31, 2011

Where and how do you fold your cloth diapers?

Guest Post by Bert


It’s the little things as a mom that you begin to enjoy. For me it’s putting together my daughter’s pocket diapers and watching TV. When I first started using clothdiapers three years ago with my son I hated putting the inserts into my pocket diapers after a good washing. It felt like just another thing to add onto an already growing to do list that I couldn’t ever whiddle down.

Now its three years later and I can tell you that I actually don’t mind having to wash diapers every other day. I actually like washing diapers because I like the satisfaction of seeing if the detergent I’m using (which is EcoSprout and it really IS AMAZING) did its job. I also love putting together the diapers because it gives me an excuse to sit down and watch a little reality TV queued up in our Netflix instant queue! Seriously though we’re moms and some times we don’t take the time to just relax. Granted you may think that putting together diapers is not relaxing, but I beg to differ and here’s why:
  • I can put diapers together sitting down. When, other than breastfeeding, can I do anything sitting down? Let me tell you, it’s a rarity!
  • It’s mindless and the diapers don’t ask me questions. “Mommy why Diesel is a naughty engine? Why? Why?” Need I say more? I think not.
  • I can watch TV! If I’m going to be putting diapers together I should be entertained!!!
  • The cloth diapers are so cute and we have cute wipes! Ascetics are everything, right? I say that if you’re going to be doing chores you might as well have something pretty to look at.
What do you do when you put your cloth diapers together?
Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This June, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Tips for Troubleshooting Pocket Diaper Leaks!

Guest Post by Bert

Sometimes cloth diapers leak. Heck, some times disposable diapers leak! The truth of the matter is that unless you practice early elimination your baby needs to wear diapers. What do you do when your cloth diaper is continuously leaking?

I like to go through a process of elimination when it comes to solving cloth diaper leaking problems. First, I look at the way I put on the diaper. Are the inner tabs pulled up causing the urine to wick up the clothes? Is the diaper the right size; is it too tight or too loose around the legs causing a gap?

Pocket Diaper Leaks
The main reason for pocket diaper leaks start with what makes a pocket diaper stand out from the rest of the cloth diaper pack – their ability for the user to tailor absorbency by adding and removing inserts. If you have too many inserts in the pocket it will cause gapping between the diaper and your baby’s legs. If you don’t have enough inserts your diaper will leak.

Most pockets, at least the more popular brands, are one size. If you’re experiencing leaking in a one size pocket diaper, particularly around the legs, I encourage you to try moving your baby up or down a size. If the diaper’s too small there won’t be enough area for the insert to absorb the urine. If the diaper’s too big then you’ll have leaks around the legs from gapping.

The other cause for pocket diaper leaks could be due to a build up of detergent. A detergent build up can happen with both the pockets and the microfiber inserts (if you use microfiber). If this is the case you need to strip the diapers to get rid of the build up. What’s a simple stripping method? The original blue Dawn detergent. Yes, that’s right, Dawn detergent. Two squirts into a very hot washing cycle of clean diapers will do the trick. Do an extra rinse cycle after that and you’re done. You can also use baking soda or vinegar. I haven’t used either of those methods because Dawn works for me so let me know if you’ve had success with either of those.

If you notice that there’s leaking that’s happening and it’s not in the common problem areas of the legs or near the top of the pocket chances are that your waterproof liner (aka the PUL) could be worn down or peeling. You can tell if this is happening by turning the diaper inside out and holding it up to the light. If you can see through it, if there are breaks in the liner or it’s not shiny then your leaking problem is the PUL. There are ways to re-waterproof your pockets otherwise you’ll likely need to restock on new ones. Once the waterproofing of a pocket diaper isn’t working it’s got a very short time before you’ll need to replace it or buy a cover.

Now of course there are other reasons for leaks in a pocket diaper. These are the most common causes for pockets. If you’ve found other causes please comment below and share your knowledge.

Hope this helps!

Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This June, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Love the Knickernappies Onesize Pocket Diaper? Leave your review!

This is your friendly reminder that you can both research cloth diapers by reading the reviews of the various styles and brands on Diaperpin as well as leave your reviews that will assist others in making their decisions.

At Knickernappies we love Diaperpin and we also love reading your feedback!  The latest review our Onesize Diaper has received on Diaperpin is great!

Irishmarmalade gives us 5 stars and writes:
"I was looking for a good pocket diaper for my chubby, belly-sleeping, heavy wetter. I've been using this diaper (One-Size) for naps every other day for the past two months and love it! I double stuff it, or use a loopy-doo. There was a bit of a learning curve with the side snaps, but now I like it so much I've purchased another. The inner is very soft and overall quality is excellent."
She purchased her Knickernappies OS diaper at Sew Crafty Baby!  That's something else to consider.  Every time you review a product on Diaperpin you get to share with the world where you purchased it.  This is essential to small mom-owned businesses and helps send new customers their way!

When's the last time you took a moment to review some of your favorite products and retailers?  Stop by Diaperpin today and leave a couple reviews!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Facebook Pages, The NEW Customer Support Center?

I've found myself doing it too.  I need to hit a local store, instead of looking it up in the phone book...(by the way my 8 yr old saw our phone book the other day and asked, what is that?) I go straight to Facebook.  Surely XYZ store has a FaceBook Page?  And, they do!

I find it so interesting how quickly we're phasing out the old and getting on with the new.  Do businesses need an 800 number anymore, a customer support email system, a live chat option?  It's looking more and more like they don't.

With regards to cloth diapers, Facebook is becoming the catch all for customer service, product support, order tracking and more.  Now customers are helping customers when their questions are shared on a pages wall and business owners are able to provide public support and customer service all in one place.  I think it's pretty amazing personally.

How do you feel that Facebook has changed how you look for customer support?  Do you find yourself more interested in asking the online community for support rather than taking your chances with a personal email or phone call?  Do you feel you're able to get more immediate responses to your inquiries as opposed to the "traditional" methods of contact?

Friday, October 21, 2011

Friday's Featured Fluff Addict is Carrie!

Yay for Friday's!  Time to feature yet another Fluff Addict!  This week it's a super sweet mama named Carrie and man, I just love her daughter's name, Claire! So cute! 

First, tell us your name and a little about your family. 
My name is Carrie and I am a previous insurance agent / current SAHM to almost-three-year-old Jack and eight-week-old Claire.  I met my husband, Charles, 12 years ago at a blackjack table in Las Vegas (I swear).

Where are you located? 

Wylie, Texas (yeeeehaw, y'all!)

Do you have or have you had children in cloth diapers?  Were you cloth diapered as a child? 
I currently have two kiddos in cloth diapers (although I am really, really hoping to have just ONE in diapers in the next few weeks as we are strongly bribing, I mean encouraging, Jack to use the potty).  I was cloth diapered as a baby although my mom always tells me it wasn't as easy back in the day as it is now.

What's the primary reason you chose to use cloth diapers? 
Originally, I intended to do something that would be better for my baby and the environment, as well as save money.  I have to admit I am probably not saving that much money anymore, it seems like every time I find a new diaper or my favorite brands come out with new colors, I *must* have them.  ;)

Favorite part about using cloth diapers? 
Not only are they cute and I can coordinate them with the baby's outfits, but every time I put one on I feel like I am doing something good for both my child and our earth (which is where my child lives, so double bonus!).

What does your family or friends think about your decision to use cloth? 
At first they thought I was off my rocker, but I think everyone is on board now.  My mom always talks about what a great idea it is and how great they are and how she wishes diapering had been this easy when I was a baby.  I am pretty sure my non-cloth-diapering friends think I'm batty, though. 

Any funny cloth diaper related stories or bloopers you'd like to share?  
My first experience with the diaper sprayer was a complete disaster.  I had the sprayer on full-blast and managed to spray all of the poop off in one good spray...but it splattered ALL. OVER. THE. BATHROOM.  As in...everywhere.  All over the top of the toilet (no, not IN it...), all over the walls and the floor and the toilet paper holder and...you get the idea.  It was not fun to clean up, but I learned my lesson and have improved my diaper-sprayer technique.

Besides the actual diaper, what would you consider to be a must have cloth diaper accessory?  
Cloth wipes.  My little girl has only fussed once during a diaper change, and that was when I had to use some cold disposable wipes on her bottom.  I felt so bad, I haven't used them again since!  Instead we use cloth wipes with a wipe solution and she is much happier.  My son even asks for the "butt spray" when I change him.

Of all the Knickernappies products, which would you most like to try and why?  
I would love to try the one-size side snapping pocket.  I have mostly pockets and AIOs and I am intrigues by the side snaps but haven't tried them yet!

What piece of advice would you give to a mom considering cloth diapers for her baby? 

Start small - there are so many choices out there, it is overwhelming!  Pick a few diapers you'd like to try and go from there.

Visit Carrie on her blog, Burp Cloths and Saddle Pads, and get to know her better!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The 2011 Cloth Diaper Awards are coming! Make your nominations!

Have you heard of Padded Tush Stats?  They're an awesome cloth diaper review site that you can refer to when you want real, honest, factual reviews of cloth diapers that you might be interested in trying or purchasing.

Well, Padded Tush Stats is hosting their Annual Cloth Diaper Awards!  You have from now through October 31, 2011 to nominate
  • Diaper of the year  
  • Cloth Diaper Retailer of the Year 
  • Cloth Diaper Resource of the Year, excluding Padded Tush Stats 
  • Cloth Diaper Accessory of the Year
If you love Knickernappies we'd love for you to nominate any of our products or accessories!  Have a favorite retailer?   Nominate your favorite retailer!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Sometimes pictures can do all the cloth diaper advocating for you!

Guest Post by Lisa B.

I'm not sure why I decided to clothdiaper this time around. With my daughter, who's now 4, I never gave a thought to buying diapers box after box after box. Sure, I felt it was a waste of money, and who knows what happens to those things in the landfill? But cloth diapers were a bit of a mystery.

This time I need to save money any way I can, so I asked a friend about cloth diapers. She is so passionate about it that I was convinced. I ordered a few and rushed to the mailbox each day to see if the “fluffy mail” had arrived. (Since we didn't find out the sex of the baby, I couldn't really wash clothes. Washing those cute, colorful cloth diapers gave me something to do when the nesting urge hit.)

I became a bit addicted to cloth diaper blogs and websites, cruising through the pages to see all the different types and reading testimonials from moms. I couldn't wait to wrap my baby in cloth.

Most of the sites urge you to spread the word about cloth diapers, but how could I when I was a newbie? I was still figuring out what “prefold” meant. (Did it come prefolded?)

Enter social networking, in this case, the wonders of Facebook. Without even trying I've let my friends know about cloth, just by the simple act of posting a photo with my baby sporting a cute cloth diaper. This isn't even intentional – I just happen to think that chubby babies wearing only a diaper is about the cutest thing in the world.

The most recent photo, taken by my 4-year-old, captured my baby boy's grin as I covered his cheeks with kisses. Being a hot summer evening, he was wearing only a red Knickernappies diaper. (Or maybe his clothes had been stripped due to his messy eating – it all just means more laundry to me.) At any rate, I posted that image as my “profile picture” on Facebook.
His contagious smile garnered lots of responses, but that bright diaper caught one friend's eye. She asked me about it, and then wanted to know my favorite brands. I immediately responded, probably gushing a little too much. And I added a few of my favorite websites as well.

Some days I find Facebook annoying, when I see people update their status hourly. But it has become a great networking tool in our world, and I monitor the news feed every morning to check for cloth diaper news and giveaways (I even won once!). And now I can use it to spread the word about cloth diapers in a quiet way – I'll let my baby's cuteness and round, cloth-diapered bottom, do the talking.

Bio:  Lisa J is a freelance writer who lives in Eastern Oregon with her husband and two children, Olivia, 4, and Max, 7 months.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday's Featured Fluff Addict is Lori, The Gnomes Mom!

Featured Fluff Addicts is another reason why I just love Fridays!  Today we're super excited to introduce you to Lori, a fellow blogger, and the mama behind The Gnomes Mom!  Read all about her in our interview below.

First, tell us your name and a little about your family. 
Hi! I'm Lori. I've been married to Jason for almost 2 years. He's a total sports addict who can wash and stuff diapers with the best of them! He's not afraid of a snappi either! He also works really hard so that I can stay home with our son. Our son is 11 months old and we call him "The Gnome." We have 4 crazy dogs - a Boxer named Aggie, a German Shepherd named Tucker, and 2 Chihuahuas named Chico and Kiwi.

Where are you located? 
We live just south of Fort Worth, Texas.

Do you have or have you had children in cloth diapers? 
Yes! When I was pregnant we did a ton of research and finally made our decision on which cloth diapers to choose. We went with a OS diaper and got them all prepped and ready in the nursery so that we could start The Gnome in cloth as soon as we got home from the hospital. Unfortunately, when we came home from the hospital he only weighed 4lbs, 15oz so a OS diaper wasn't an option. Once The Gnome got up to 8 pounds we started him in cloth and haven't looked back since! 
   
Were you cloth diapered as a child? 
No and my mom and mother-in-law both told us we were crazy for choosing cloth. My mom bet me $100 we wouldn't stick with it. Guess I should call her and collect!
   
What's the primary reason you chose to use cloth diapers? 
Originally, it was the savings. Once we decided that I was going to stay home, we knew we would be cutting our income in half. Disposable diapers are expensive! Neither of us counted on me becoming such a fanatic. Even with the huge stash that I've accumulated, we're still saving a ton of money.
   
Favorite part about using cloth diapers? 
They're adorable! A close second is the community though. In addition to the online community, I belong to a local cloth diaper group. We have over 740 members and we have monthly meet-ups to talk fluff and let the kids play.
   
What does your family or friends think about your decision to use cloth? 
Most of my friends think it's cool and I've converted a few of them. Our family thinks that we're nuts!
   
Any funny cloth diaper related stories or bloopers you'd like to share? 
A few days ago I got into the car after grocery shopping and I was wearing shorts. I have leather seats and it was 102 degrees outside. Apparently my seat had been in direct sunlight because it was so hot that I couldn't sit down. I looked around for something to put down but I had nothing in the car. I did have 2 Flip inserts in my diaper bag though, one for each leg!
   
Besides the actual diaper, what would you consider to be a must have cloth diaper accessory? 
A travel wet bag. We don't use a lot of accessories (confession: diaper sprayers scare me) but a travel wet bag is a must-have!
   
Of all the Knickernappies products, which would you most like to try and why? 
The Knickernappies One Size diaper in Spring Green. I've heard amazing feedback about them and the LoopyDo inserts from my cloth diaper group!
   
What piece of advice would you give to a mom considering cloth diapers for her baby?
Check out Dirty Diaper Laundry! Kim Rosas is amazing. She has a ton of great information on her blog, including this series: http://dirtydiaperlaundry.com/category/cloth-diapering/intro-to-cloth-diapers-series/
Big thanks to Lori for sharing her story and advice with us!  Make sure to follow her blog so that you can stay connected with her.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Thoughts on cloth diapering, We ride the fluffy train!

Guest Post by Bert

It will be three years this January since I started my journey on the cloth diaper train. We’ve had our bumps and derailments along the way like when my son’s diapers kept leaking and I had no idea why. (Turns out I needed to move him up one size! Woops!) We had some excellent destinations that only confirmed to me that we had made the correct choice to use clothdiapers like when my son’s sensitive skin responded positively when we started using cloth. And I’m happy to say that we will continue riding this train through the rest of our diaper wearing children.

I also cannot tell you how happy both my hubby and I are about the money we’ve saved. My hubby is an accountant, a natural number cruncher as well as very frugal, he estimated that we saved in our son’s first year $1,416! That’s $1,416 more than what we would’ve had if we had used disposables. Plus, we haven’t had to make any late night trips to the store to buy more diapers. If we ran out of diapers we simply did a load of laundry. You can’t do that with disposables!

The cloth diaper train is prettier than the disposable train and the disposable train knows it. That’s why you see disposable brands with fun and cute patterns. They want to be fluffy. Imposters. If only they were cool enough to ride our fluffy train!

And yes, we are major Thomas the Tank Engine fans in our house. Sorry for the train analogies! “He’s a really useful engine you know….”

Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This June, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Dads discuss the "Cloth vs. Disposable" debate over a glass of beer!

This is an interesting take on the "cloth vs. disposables" debate.  The guys over at Dadlabs did a pretty good job in my opinion, in covering the cost of cloth versus disposables, the varying environmental impacts of both and the inconvenience factor.


While I do think they did a fairly good job, they left out some key advantages to using cloth diapers.  Perhaps it was the beer that made them forget, but I'll guess they left them out because they don't use cloth or did not use cloth and just didn't realize.

Some of the important things to remember that they didn't mention are
  • The fact that cloth diapers can be used for future children making the investment in diapers for that child an absolute non-issue.
  • The fact that cloth diapers can be resold if maintained properly and a family can re-coup 50% or more of their investment.
  • The fact that children who are cloth diapered often potty train earlier than if they were disposable diapered.
  • The fact that if you use one size cloth diapers you can use the same diaper stash for two children at the same time.
  • The fact that cloth is a healthier and more natural alternative and much better for baby.  They made no real mention of the carcinogens and toxins used in the manufacturing of cloth and the possible effects of exposure on babies and children.
What did you think?  Can you think of anything else they left out?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Knickernappies Cloth Diapering Choices!

Sure, we're known for our side snapping pocket diapers, but we're not just a one trick pony!  Did you know that Knickernappies produces FOUR different styles of cloth diaper?

Knickernappies OS Pocket Diapers
  • Four size adjustments to fit your baby best -- Small, Medium Short, Medium, and Large
  • Tested to fit babies from about 8 lbs to 40 lbs
  • Two inserts with every diaper, sizes small & large, and our inserts are Made in the USA!
  • Choose between two top-rated LoopyDo inserts or two microfiber inserts.
  • A scooped tummy panel & topstitching for best fit under chubby baby bellies
  • Buttery-soft, non-pill fleece inner to keep your baby dry and comfortable
  • Elastic on both sides of the pocket opening to hold the insert in place
  • Very gentle Lastin elastic in the leg and waist - no red marks!
  • Lastin elastic is long lasting and can't "go out" like regular elastic
  • Two Year Guarantee on elastic and lifetime guarantee on snaps.

Knickernappies Custom Fit Pocket Diapers

Knickernappies Custom Fit (formerly 2G) diapers feature elastic at both the waist and back.  This keeps messes where they belong: in the diaper!  With hidden snaps and gentle leg elastic, Knickernappies are designed for your baby's comfort.  

Side snaps give this diaper a very smooth fit across the tummy.  No more poofing or drooping!  In addition, side snaps are great for curious toddlers who have mastered aplix or front-snapping diapers.

The Knickernappies Custom Fit diaper is a sized diaper.  We offer this diaper in three great sizes that will fit your baby beautifully.  Waist and hip snaps adjust separately for a custom fit!  

Knickernappies Premium Indian Prefolds
Knickernappies Indian Cotton prefold cloth diapers are made from the fluffiest, softest cotton.  Made to withstand years of washing and daily use, they'll be your favorite prefold diaper in no time.

Choose from bleached (white) or unbleached (natural).  The only differences are the bleach used to turn the natural cotton white and that unbleached feels a little softer to the touch.  Otherwise, it is your personal preference.  Both are equally and perfectly absorbent.  Diaper Service Quality (DSQ)

Knickernappies Organic Hemp/Cotton Prefolds
Knickernappies Organic Hemp/Cotton prefolds are so soft and absorbent.   Made from 100% organic hemp/cotton fleece, the more these are washed, the more absorbent they become!  Made in the USA!

Dimensions after shrinkage:
15.5" x 12"  (in between traditional infant and premium size)
Layers: 2x4x2
Size range: approximately 10-30 pounds
*Can be used with pins, Snappis, or trifolded in a cover.

We have Knickernappies retailers worldwide!  Make sure to check out retailer locator frequently and find your closest store!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Friday's Featured Fluff Addict is Rachel, aka Green Mama!

We just love sharing these brief interviews with you all.  It's so fun getting to know a little about the mamas who use cloth diapers and their families.  This week we're happy to introduce you to Rachel, the blogger behind the site Happy Green Babies!  Read her interview below and get to know her a little better.

Rachel, tell us about yourself and your family-
My name is Rachel, I am a wife and I have 2 boys.  I have been writing about natural parenting since 2009 at Happy Green Babies, where I give my experiences on the best, easiest and most economical ways to go green.  My website focuses on the "how to" of natural parenting and my personal interests include local food, breastfeeding, natural childbirth, cloth diapers, babywearing and more!

Where are you located?

Baltimore, MD

Do you have or have you had children in cloth diapers?  Yes, I have a 7 month old in cloth diapers and a 2.5 year old who was potty trained at 2, but cloth diapered all the way!

What's the primary reason you chose to use cloth diapers?  To be more eco-friendly and to save money!

Favorite part about using cloth diapers?  Showing off my baby's cute bums in a fluffy adorable fabric!

What does your family or friends think about your decision to use cloth?  Some think I'm crazy for washing all those cloth diapers and others are envious of all the money I save.

Any funny cloth diaper related stories or bloopers you'd like to share?
  I clogged my sewer line with diaper liners...it was a total disaster!  I wrote about my experience here.  Needless to say, this answers your next question.

Besides the actual diaper, what would you consider to be a must
have cloth diaper accessory?  A diaper sprayer!

Of all the Knickernappies products, which would you most like to try and why?  The Organic Hemp Inserts.  Although I've made cloth diapers myself I've never made any  hemp inserts.  I'd like to try out the hemp and compare the absorbency with microfiiber and cotton.

What piece of advice would you give to a mom considering cloth diapers for her baby?  Give it a try, you'll quickly see how easy it really is!  I did a ton of reseach before I started but if you are hesitant, read my experiences and advice because I've been through it all.

To stay connected with Rachel make sure to follow her blog and like her on FaceBook as well!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Local Eugene Oregon Mompreneur needs your help for an upcoming event October 21st!

Knickernappies is proud to be co-hosting an upcoming event in Eugene, Oregon.  Sue, the mompreneur behind the practical and affordable CrumbCap line of products needs our help spreading the word about her October 21st event.

Sue is looking for babies age 6-24months to join her for a fun playdate, product fitting and photo shoot!  Attendees will receive swag bags and refreshments will also be provided.  Read on below to find out more about this event and it's location.

Sue says:
I’ve gotten a lot feedback from other moms and a few retailers to create a Crumb Cap with some fun styles- basically to jazz it up a bit. So, I’ve developed some cute prototypes with ears, antennas, and flowers in a new style, and now I need to see how these fit, and most importantly, what other moms think. When I produced my first prototypes, my youngest was always my model, for both for fitting and photos, but now that she’s almost 5, I can’t do that anymore! So I’m reaching out to local Eugene area moms who have babies ages 6 -24 months to come out to this event and provide some honest feedback about my product, try a few caps on their babies, and have a few pictures taken! 

Moms should never underestimate the value of their opinion, and this is a good chance to provide some honest input on this new product, while having fun at the same time!

About the event:
I think it will be a lot fun, and I can’t wait to meet some local moms! There will be fun toys and plenty of space for the babies, and for the moms, we’ll have refreshments, swag bags, door prizes and opportunities for some professional pictures of their babies.

Date and Location:
October 21st from 10-12noon
Lamb Cottage near Skinner Butte Park
Please RSVP to Sue at info@crumbcap.com or call 541-914-5335.
Space is limited and an RSVP ensures that we'll have enough swag bags, refreshments and room for everyone.
 
To learn a little more about Sue, her family and her business please read about her below!

Tell us about yourself and your family- I’m a stay at home mom to three wonderful kids, my son is 8, and my daughters are 6 and soon to be 5. My husband and I moved to Eugene from Montana two years ago, and we absolutely love the community, and all the family-friendly recreational activities that are available here.

What do you like most about being a work-at-home-mom? I love seeing my oldest two off to school everyday and being home to meet them when they get off the bus. As a stay at home mom with a small, start-up business gives me another outlet to direct my energy towards, and for me, I think this makes me a better mom.

I’m very blessed to be able to be home with my kids, especially since my youngest has Sensory Processing Disorder and recently diagnosed with Dyspraxia, which is a developmental disorder involving movement and coordination. We are always on the go with therapy appointments, and at home we spend a lot time working on different skills. I can’t imagine being able to do all of this with her if I had to work outside the home. I hope one day that my business will grow large enough so that I will be able to use my website to help raise awareness about these disorders that are not so well-known.

Tell us about your business and the inspiration behind it? When my oldest daughter was a toddler, she loved to put her gooey, sticky hands in her hair at every meal. The only way to get the food out of her hair was to bathe her, which was sometimes difficult to do, since her little sister was a newborn at the time. Then one day during an incredibly messy lunch, I spotted her winter hat nearby and put it on her head. It worked like a charm, no messy hair, and she didn't mind having it on! I searched the internet looking for hair bibs for babies and toddlers, and was astonished when I couldn't find anything. So I developed my own, finding a comfy, waterproof fabric that could be wiped off or thrown in the washer. The Crumb Cap was born, out of necessity.

Not everyone has kids that are messy eaters and smash food in their hair, but for those who do, the Crumb Cap can help save a few tears and frustration during mealtime cleanup. And with my new designs, I think children will have fun wearing them. Currently the Crumb Cap and matching bibs are only available online, through my website and a few others, but I plan to start offering them to small, baby boutique stores soon.

What has been the biggest challenge you've faced in business so far?
The biggest challenge for me was networking with other work-at-home moms who manufacture their own baby products. But after moving to Eugene, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to meet Heather with Knickernappies. She has been so generous with her support and advice as I’ve been slowly developing my product and brand. When we get together, it’s a lot of fun to talk shop, as we both use similar material for our products, and we love to keep up with each others family, as both our daughters went to preschool together and continue to be good friends. So, what could be better for two work-at-home moms, than to set up a play date and be able to talk shop? Heather has really been my mentor and inspiration, and I hope to pay-it-forward someday by helping another inspiring mom-entrepreneur!


Monday, October 3, 2011

Before I was a Mom...

Guest Post by Bert

Before I was a mom I vowed that I would never allow my children out of the house with mismatched clothes and no shoes. I promised that I would always make sure that their hair looked good and not like they had just rolled out of bed (or were in need of a bath). Before I was a mom I claimed that my children’s faces would always be clean when we were out in public and that I would never let crusty boogers or runny noses go unkempt.

Before I was a mom I looked at other mothers with their screaming toddler in the aisle of Target and said to myself, I would never let my child behave that way. I said, before I became a mother, that I would always leave a public place if my child was misbehaving or making a scene so that I wouldn’t disturb others. I vowed that I would never become THAT mother with the screaming, misbehaving children in tow.

Oh foolish vanity! To think before I had any inkling what it would be like to care for and be responsible for the well being of another human life that I would do it better than those who had gone before me. I stand here as a mother who has taken her child out in public with mismatched clothes, crazy dirty hair (because her son went through a stage of being fearful of washing his hair), and dried up boogers clearly in view because her son wouldn’t let her clean his nose! I am a mother who has had to chase her child through the patio dining area of a restaurant, pick him up like a sack of potatoes and say to him, “Just wait until we get home,” because she didn’t want to cause any more of a scene than what was already playing out. And I am a mother who has had to finish her grocery shopping with a kicking and screaming toddler simply because she had no other option but to buy food then and now.

Going forward I promise to give a sympathetic look to the other mothers I see with kicking and screaming children. I vow to smile and giggle with the mother of a booger faced toddler and then point to my toddler, shrug and say, “Him too!” I will support you and encourage you on your rough day because I have been there. I promise to not judge you because I know that the best behavior isn’t always displayed in public but that doesn’t mean you are doing a terrible parenting job. Maybe if you join me in support and encouraging other moms like us we can all feel a little less pressure to be perfect.

Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This July, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.

 
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