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Decorating a baby shower with cloth

No Comments 20 March 2013

A customer recently shared photos of the baby shower decorations she created for a friend, and they were so cute we got her permission to share them with all of our fans!

The diaper cake is made from 24 infant better fit diapers, Sophie teether, and two wetbags draped over the edge.

Cloth diaper cake

Garland made from covers and wipes

What are some of your favorite ways to use cloth diapers and accessories to decorate a baby shower? Email us pictures or post them on our Facebook page if you’d like to share your ideas with our fans!

How-to videos, News

How to install a FLO diaper sprayer

No Comments 17 August 2012

Planning to buy or have you just bought a Swaddlebees FLO diaper sprayer? Here’s a great video showing you how to install it!

News

A greener nursery for baby

4 Comments 13 April 2012

You are invited to a special event!

Date: Thursday, April 26th, 2012
Time: 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Location: Green Bambino 5120 N Shartel Ave, OKC 73118

Learn how to make your baby’s nursery greener. Topics covered will include:

  • Non-toxic bedding for baby
  • Low- and zero-VOC paints
  • Greener cleaning
  • Cloth diapering

All attendees will be registered to win door prizes including a GreenBuds organic crib mattress, car seat installation from Redbud Baby Planners, a gift certificate to Green Bambino and more!

RSVP: www.facebook.com/redbudbabyplanners or by emailing info@redbudbabyplanners.com.

 

Tips & Tricks

Earth Day tip #2

No Comments 06 April 2012

Make it a full load!

Run your dishwasher only when it’s full. Don’t pre-rinse dishes – tests show pre-rinsing doesn’t improve dishwasher cleaning, and you’ll save as much as 20 gallons of water per load. When you buy a new dishwasher, look for one that saves water. Water-efficient models use only about only about 4 gallons per wash.

Read more about using water wisely.

Information taken from www.epa.gov.

Tips & Tricks

Earth Day tip #1

No Comments 01 April 2012

Teach your child to turn of the water while brushing teeth. Leaving the water running can waste up to 5 gallons of water per person, per day. Even greener – use a jug or cup to catch the cold water as you wait for water to heat. Drink it (we could all drink more water) or use it to water houseplants.

Tips & Tricks

Where to put the detergent

No Comments 26 February 2012

Some detergent manufacturers say that since their detergent dissolves instantly, you can put it either in the dispenser cup or in the tub of an HE machine.

We’ve been experimenting, and our discovery is that things seem to get cleaner if detergent goes in the dispenser cup.

If you’re using an instantly-dissolving powder detergent such as Charlie’s Soap, Rockin’ Green or Country Save, you can add the powder to the dispenser cup. HE machine send water through the dispenser to distribute liquid and powder detergents.

Disclaimer: Every machine is different, so you may not experience our results. Please experiment with your own washing machine and read the manual to determine what will work best for you.

Tips & Tricks

Reducing static naturally

8 Comments 05 February 2012

Got static cling? Don’t load up on chemical softeners like fabric softeners, dryer sheets or static sprays.

The easiest way to reduce static electricity in your clothing is to not over-dry your laundry. Try lowering the temperature setting on your dryer a bit, or reducing the amount of time your laundry is in the dryer.

For our family, a good rule of thumb is that when the waistbands of our jeans and pants are still just barely damp, that’s enough time in the dryer. Any more heat or time and we have tons of static.

Coffee Talk, Help, Tips & Tricks

Heather talks cloth wipes

1 Comment 12 December 2011

Now it’s time for Advanced Wipes 202.  Settle down class, My name is Heather and I’ll be your instructor today.

Sometimes cloth diapering feels this way in the beginning… like we should be taking a series of classes and stuffing our heads with ALL available information.  Luckily for us, there is plenty of time (despite the urgent urgings of third trimester hormones) to learn all that we need to know and more.  If you are still contemplating the overwhelming number and types of diapers, please feel free to skip this blog entry… it’ll still be here later, when you feel you’re ready.

For those of you who are still with me, welcome!   Many people who come into the store have questions about how to do wipes with cloth diapers.  Some are convinced that they are just going to use disposable wipes, and some just want to know WHAT to do to use cloth wipes.  Like diapers, just to go with the option that makes the most sense to you.  It may be different than what I do, and that’s ok!

I was one who started with cloth diapers and disposable wipes.  We tried to keep a plastic grocery bag hanging from the changing table to catch the disposable wipes while our cloth diapers went into the pail.  We often forgot to replace the bag after taking the trash out, so we were left with nothing to do but leave the dirty wipes in a little pile on the changing table.  We would have the very best of intentions to come back and get those dirty wipes, but our baby was amazing, entrancing… spectacular!  We often forgot.  So the little pile would become a big pile until finally someone would take care of it.  I decided to try cloth wipes, but I was determined that it would be just as convenient at the changing table as the disposables had been.  So I bought a stash of wipes and folded them one into the other so that they would pop up out of our wipes warmer.  Then I made a solution out of 2 cups water, 1 Tablespoon Witch Hazel and 1 small drizzle tear free soap.  I poured this solution over my stack of folded wipes in the warmer and used them exactly like I had been using disposables, except for the mountain of dirty wipes trash.  These wipes went directly into the pail and got washed just like everything else!  We were quick converts.

Image credit The Feminist Breeder. Click here to see her step-by-step photo instructions.

There are several ways to use cloth wipes:

  1.  Wipes warmer, wipes, solution – you can fold your wipes or you can just stuff them into the warmer and dig one out when you need one… either way is fine and convenient.
  2. Dry wipes, wipes solution spray – this is what I do for in the diaper bag, but lots of people just keep the spray at their changing table and use this for all of their diaper changes.  I have found that I need a bit more moisture for poopy diaper changes, so I usually try to start with a wipe wet with water before I change the diaper.
  3. Wipes wet with water in a container at the changing table – you don’t have to use a wipes solution at all… many people just use water, and it works just fine for them!  For the diaper bag, you could just keep the dry wipes and wet them in a faucet before changing baby’s diaper.
  4. Wipes in a container of some sort (plastic with a lid) wet with wipes solution – this is what we have gone to with our son… he likes to play with electrical plugs, so outlets in his room are strictly baby safe!

Last minute advice:  anything can be used as a wipe.  The ones you buy are going to be the highest quality, longest lasting.  For a great out and about/possibly disposable option, cut up a t-shirt.  You can wash and reuse if you want or if it’s a particularly gross poop diaper, you have the guilt free option of throwing it away.  Whatever method you choose, enjoy your diaper changing time… it’s the perfect bonding moment for parent and child!

Tips & Tricks

Preparing cloth diapers for sale

2 Comments 11 May 2011

Did you know you can sell your gently used cloth diapers and recoup a lot of your diapering investment?

Lots of people do it, but there is some etiquette to follow:

  • Try to get your diapers clean and stain-free before selling.
  • You can sell stained diapers, just make sure you are very clear in any internet post about their condition.
  • Let people know if your diapers were around pets or cigarette smoke

Used prices depend on condition. Diapers in EUC (Excellent Used Condition) can sell for around 75% of the original price. Like new diapers should sell for almost full price. It’s up to you to set your prices, but we have a tip:

Start with a higher price than you think your diapers might sell for. You can always drop the price if they don’t sell, but if you price them too low, you’ll never know how much money you missed out on.

To get your diapers clean and stain free, here’s our advice:

  • Use a detergent that’s safe for cloth diapers (if in doubt, ask us.)
  • Run your normal wash routine. Consider adding 1-2 tablespoons of chlorine bleach to the bleach dispenser cup (never put bleach directly on the diapers). Run an extra hot wash with no detergent.
  • Hang the clean, wet but stained diapers out in full sun.
  • If the diapers dry before the stains are gone, put them back in the washer on a rinse and spin or quick cold wash. No detergent is needed. The sun works best with wet diapers.
  • Really tough stains could take several repititions of this process to come out. It’s worth the effort as stains will drastically reduce the price your diapers can bring.

Consider selling a large stash in several smaller bundles. Very few people are looking to buy an entire stash, but selling a large stash one single diaper at a time can be a pain. Bundling can sell more diapers at a time but keep the price reasonable for buyers.

Finally, just as Craigslist recommends, deal locally. If a transaction seems hinky, put on the brakes. You’re always welcome to meet people at Green Bambino when arranging a sale. We don’t recommend inviting people to your home to see the diapers in person.

Do you have tips or tricks for selling used diapers? Please share them in the comments below.

Tips & Tricks

Alternative use for your blow dryer

No Comments 24 April 2011

We recently had a bout of diaper rash on my son that just wouldn’t go away. He’d had a bit of a stomach bug and the spot got pretty bad very quickly. As we suggest to all of our parents, if your baby has a diaper rash that just won’t go away, it’s time to see the doctor. Sometimes a rash is more than a simple rash – it could be a yeast rash or even turn into a minor staph infection.

So off to the pediatrician we went. She diagnosed a bit of yeast rash, but said the spot wasn’t too bad and could be treated topically. Her great suggestion –

Get out the blow dryer, set it to low, and dry off baby’s bottom with it before putting a clean diaper on.

I told her that we regularly pat his bottom dry with a clean flat diaper, but she said the warm air from the blow dryer works even better.

And she was right. The spot cleared up within a few days. No prescription needed.

Warning: We are not doctors, so please do not substitute our advice for that of your child’s pediatrician. Never leave your child unsupervised around a blow dryer or any other household appliance. Make sure the blow dryer is set on low heat and keep it many inches away from your baby’s skin.

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