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The Great Cloth Diaper Change

Apr 7, 2016

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Just in time for Earth Day, come and help celebrate and spread awareness of cloth diapering in our community! Join us, April 23, 10am-1pm, at Smith Memorial Playground, Philadelphia, for our 6th annual Great Cloth Diaper Change.

Free food and coffee, provided by such local businesses as Weaver’s Way and High Point Cafe, are just one of the bonuses of the event. The day includes activities for kids such as mini music and yoga classes.

For the first time, we will have tables by local vendors, including Backyard Boutique Photography, Philly Kids T-shirts, Infinity Bibs, Potty Schmotty, Give a Gnome a Home (needle felted friends), and more!

One of the highlights of the day is the always popular raffle items, with prizes ranging from cloth diapers, baby carriers, to class passes or photography sessions.  Profits from these raffles help fund the education and outreach of The Real Diaper Association.  Register here ahead of time and receive one FREE raffle ticket!

At 11 am sharp, we will change our babies’ cloth diapers in an attempt to break last year’s record of 7,441 world-wide participants. Bring all your little ones for this fun, free family event.

The Franklin Institute will be hosting The Philadelphia Science Fair next to us, making this an event for everyone!

WHEN Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (EDT) – Add to Calendar WHERE Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse – 3500 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19121 –

Limited Edition: GroVia Little Warriors

May 6, 2015

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We have a very special limited edition diaper available now: GroVia’s Little Warriors, a gorgeous deep purple and grey color combination. 10% of proceeds from these diapers will go directly to March of Dimes. Little Warriors is available in both all in one and hybrid snap shell styles, and supplies are limited. 

Read more about the inspiration behind this line, Ryan Aprea, and learn how your purchase will benefit little warriors like him.

 

GroVia New Prints – Adventure, Astro, Funfair & Ophelia

Apr 8, 2015

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New GroVia Prints

GroVia cloth diapers are known for their innovative designs, high-quality materials, and adorable prints. So we’re excited to announce that GroVia just released four new prints for 2015: Adventure, Astro, Funfair, and Ophelia.

All four designs are on their way to our Philadelphia and South Jersey store locations, and are available to order online now. Choose either All In One cloth diapers or Hybrid Shells with snap closures.

 

 

These prints will replace the current ones- Poppy, Pudge, Sweetgrass, and Drift- so be sure to stock up on those while supplies last!

 

bumGenius 4.0 Sale

Nov 19, 2014

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bumGenius 4.0 Sale!

For a limited time only, bumGenius 4.0 cloth diapers are on sale!

Buy six diapers, get one free! Buy 12 diapers, get two free!

This offer is available both in stores and online. To receive your free diapers, add either the package of six diapers or package of 12 diapers, and your free selection(s) to your cart. Then at checkout, apply coupon code BGFREE6 (buy 6, get 1 free) or BGFREE12 (buy 12, get 2 free). (Albert, Stellar, and Jolly are not included in this promotion.)

Thinking about buying a few extra diapers? This sale is the perfect time:

Build a cloth diaper stash for your first baby  Brighten your collection with new colors  Pre-stuffed pockets are ideal for daycare New baby is on the way, but your older child is still in diapers  Washing every day? Add some more to lessen your laundry load!

Win a Free Thirsties All-In-One!

Nov 15, 2014

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Thirsties All in One

Thirsties NEW One Size All In Ones are in store now.  These have just arrived and they are sweet! 

But do they really fit a newborn?  They are designed to work with an 8-pound baby.  Let’s put it to the test.  The first mom to come into each store with their newborn that weighs in between 8-9 pounds (we have scales) will receive a free diaper to take home, try out, and report back about its effectiveness. 

We know you are bleary-eyed and tired, so we imagine it might take a few days for the winners to make it out of the house!

 

For The Love of Wool

Enter to win a BaBee Greens Upcycled Cashmere Diaper if you subscribe to The Nesting House blog! More details at the bottom of this post.

Today I had the pleasure of chatting with Marni Duffy, wool connoisseur, cloth diaper manufacturer, and mom of three from Philly. Her passion for using wool is infectious and by the end of our conversation I felt like she shed an intriguing light on this sometimes intimidating diapering material.

 

According to Marni, wool is a supreme diapering material citing benefits for babies, their caregivers, and the environment. Wool provides breathability, optimum temperature regulation (good for developing reproductive organs and avoiding rashes), and uses no harsh chemicals during its manufacturing process. Lanolin, the natural oil produced by the sheep’s skin and found in it’s wool, is antibacterial and anti-fungal providing added moisture protection, requiring less washing and fewer diaper changes. Wool biodegrades in 1-3 years versus a plastic or other synthetic material which can take up to 300 years and it takes less energy to produce and clean.  

Then why does it seem that many parents, even the ones who choose cloth are forgoing wool? Often it comes down to two things: Cost & Convenience. Marni’s response to both was encouraging and poignant. Yes, wool is more expensive…up front. She pointed out that if you make an upfront investment in a few packs of well made pre-folds and just 4-5 high-quality wool covers, you are set. The longevity and resale value of wool is superior to most other materials and an investment in wool may actually save you money in the long term.

 

 

In addressing convenience, Marni agreed that hand washing, lanolinzing and air drying seem like a lot but on the flip side using wool lowers your washing frequency, lanolizing does not need to happen with every wash, and implementing simple home strategies (like bulk washing) can help to save time.   At the close of our conversation, Marni made a simple, but powerful statement, “sometimes the easiest choice is not the best”. Underlying the practicality of our entire discussion I felt the familiar tug of emotion I constantly experience as a parent who toddles the fine line between convenience and conviction. While cloth diapering with wool may not be the easiest choice in comparison to the plethora of options at our fingertips these days, it seems that by integrating even just a few wool pieces in our diapering repertoire can be a satisfying, worthwhile choice.

 

    Marni’s Simple Step-by-Step Guide to Lanolizing Your Wool:

Heat 1 cup water Add a pea to dime size of solid lanolin to the water Add a few drops of wool wash and mix until milky Add mixture to a basin of lukewarm water and stir Add wool covers inside out and gently soak for 30 minutes – overnight Take the diapers out of the basin Lay between two towels and squeeze out excess moisture, being careful not to twist Lay flat to dry

Depending on your baby’s habits, lanolizing typically needs to be done every 1-2 months.

 

About Marni

In 2008, after the birth of her second child and overcoming her own initial apprehension of wool, Marni began experimenting by making a few diapers out of some old sweaters. After many unsuccessful attempts and years of honing her design skills and knowledge of wool Marni has emerged as a successful manufacturer and purveyor of a wide array of beautiful fitted wool diapers and covers which can be purchased through The Nesting House or her online Etsy store, Rebourne.  

How to Persuade the Reluctant Male to Cloth Diaper

May 3, 2014

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Hello, my name is Chris. I am a man, and I cloth diaper.

As you read this, I am sure you are conjuring up a mental image of the type of guy I am. Before you go through this entire article with that mental image, let me tell you a little bit about myself. Parts of who I am probably fit nicely into your image. I happen to own a natural parenting store and am comfortable talking about breast feeding supplements, the softness of bamboo, and the effects of Baltic amber for teething relief. I also grow organic vegetables and like the taste of granola. Now, I am also a man in the stereotypical sense too. I got into this line of work because my wife owned the store and needed help. It seemed like a better gig than the job I had and I always wanted to own my own business. I love what I do and am passionate about it, but this would not exactly have been the business plan I would have written for myself. Personally, I wanted to own a bar. I love football and all forms of competition. I love power tools, beer, and roughhousing with my five-year-old.

With that out of the way, let’s talk about the relationship between cloth diapers and men. On a daily basis I meet women who are excited to cloth diaper but happen to be married to a reluctant partner. I get it. I don’t care to deal with poop and I definitely am not thrilled about adding a bunch of extra steps to the diapering process. Convincing the reluctant man to cloth diaper is about finding the way that it makes sense. Not the way that makes sense in a woman’s mind, but the way it makes sense in a man’s.

Men tend to like the easy approach to things. If the toothpaste stays in the tube without the lid, why bother putting the lid back on? This is wasted energy. I could lift the seat when I pee, which is guaranteed effort on my part, or try to pee with the seat down, hoping not to dribble on it. The latter presents the better odds of having to do nothing, and so I tend to choose it most of the time. This is how I process the world and I know many other men who do too. I tend to use the same type of logic when it comes to cloth diapering. I am married to a woman who has been affectionately nicknamed the diaper lady. In our house, we have a bin of diapers of just about every shape, size and style. As is true to my nature, I will dig around in the bin searching for an all-in-one diaper. For those unfamiliar with cloth diapering, all-in-ones are all-encompassing. The water-proof cover and absorbent diaper are one unit. Sometimes I will search in the bin for an all-in-one longer than it would take me to put any other type of diaper on, but still, despite logic, I search for the easiest diaper to put on. My intention here is not to come across as logical, but just to share a glimpse of the inner workings of many men. If a man is not convinced about cloth, I advise that you lean towards all-in-ones. Explain to them that it is basically as easy as disposables, but instead of dropping it in the trashcan when soiled, you drop it in the laundry pail.

No difference at all! Well a little bit different, but let’s not split hairs.

Men most likely will question this argument a bit and for good reason. I completely ignored the poop part in the last paragraph. If the man in question is looking for easy, the answer is biodegradable flushable liners. These are often rice paper or bamboo liners that are laid inside cloth diapers. When the baby poops, the liner gets dropped in the toilet and the diaper in the pail. It’s as easy as that. Liners used with all-in-ones is a set-up that the reluctant male can be convinced of. And if he needs more convincing, you can always bring up money.

Men like a little disposable income that is reserved for them. Not a Chuck E. Cheese fund for family fun night, but a stash of cash to buy whatever toy he might want. Perhaps he wants a little extra golf money, a new fishing rod or tickets to a ball game. If a woman wants to cloth diaper and her partner strongly objects, he will change his mind quickly if he understands the following. A solid stash of cloth diapers costs about $500. The cost of disposables for the diapered life of a child is about $2500. That is $2000 that maybe could end up in his pocket! Yes, it’s bribery. And it works. I recommend offering something more like $500 to start. That way you have room to up the offer if he is not initially convinced.

I am not going to go over all the benefits of cloth diapers. There are many, but that is not the objective here. And I am not suggesting that all-in-ones are the only option worth considering. I am simply trying to create a plan for the woman with the reluctant male partner. If he has said no already or gives some sort of cynical response when you bring it up, just remember that a man can be convinced as long as he understands that it can be very easy and put a decent chunk of change in his pocket.

Christopher Kinka is the co-owner of The Nesting House in Philadelphia, PA and Collingswood, NJ. The Nesting House is a natural parenting store offering high-quality new and gently-used items with an aim to uphold a mission of social and environmental stewardship.