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Kentucky-Fried-Baby-Show


I just got back from 4 days in Louisville for the All Baby and Child Expo!  This is the annual trade show for the juvenile product industry.  Once a year, anybody who makes, sells, or reports on baby products (all 8,000 of us) descends upon a major convention center for 4 days.  Sellers try to convince us that their products are the NextBigThing.  Buyers try to pretend that we don’t care unless they give us a steep discount.  And everyone tries to pretend that they’re there only to work and not to drink free margaritas at the Industry Reception with KC and the Sunshine Band.  This year’s show was in Louisville, Kentucky.  It was a refreshing change from the past 5 years, when the event was held in Las Vegas.  Las Vegas is……..fine.  For about 2 days.  Then it begins to slowly suck your soul and your will to live.  Which makes it hard to compare nursing bras and admire organic swaddling blankets.

So, we walked and walked and we talked and talked and we tried to learn all there was to know about new products.  We want to find you the NextBigThing.  At least 6 months before Target finds it.  (Target and I have a real love/hate thing going on).  We definitely noticed some trends.  One thing we saw a lot of was reusable training pants.  Most of the diaper companies we work with are coming out with a new training pant this season.  Some are cooler than others.  We’re most excited about the Flip Trainer coming from BumGenius.  The design is…….well…..genius: cute colors, sturdy construction, lots of size and absorbency flexibility.  Which we were excited to see.  Since we pre-ordered a whole ton of them before we even saw them.  We should be getting them before the end of the year. BumGenius also has a new All In One diaper coming out, called the Freetime.  Totally revolutionary design in an All In One.  I think it’s gonna be even awesomer than their current pocket diaper!  Which is pretty awesome.  Also, new prints and colors for all their products.  We’ll keep you posted!

Another trend we saw a lot of was Angry Birds.  On toys, on swaddle blankets, on bags.  Everybody knows babies LOVE angry birds, right?  I thought that the design trend this year was Owls.  But I guess Owls aren’t ANGRY enough.  We won’t be ordering any Angry Birds products.  But we weren’t too proud to snag up all the free Angry Birds samples we could get, for our kids.  We still did see a lot of Owls.  And robots.  Owls and robots are the  new princesses and pirates.  And that’s a trend I can get on board with.  Watch our store in the next couple months for owls and robots on clothing, baby carriers, wet bags, and more.  Can’t wait!

A big new category this year was birthing gowns.  These are beautiful nighties you can wear to the hospital when you give birth.  They have pretty bows and easy access for breastfeeding.  And snaps for dealing with IVs and the occasional “back-door” exam.  Tell me your thoughts on these gowns.  I think they seem like a really expensive one-time use item that’s just gonna get blood all over it.  But I can see the appeal of having something special and pretty for the most amazing day of your life.

Finally, a big trend I saw this year was FEAR.  I saw all these products preying on the fears of new parents.  There was a heavy, metallic belt for moms to wear over their pregnant bellies to protect their fetus from radiation.  Not nuclear-power-plant-radiation, but sending-your-husband-a-text-message radiation.  They had a larger than life picture of a mom using a cell phone RIGHT NEXT TO HER PREGNANT BELLY.  Terrifying, right?  We also saw a bumper for pregnant bellies.  A big padded belt to protect your pregnant belly from………..banging into things, I guess.  First of all, unless you’re a kick-boxer, how much trauma does your pregnant belly take?  Also, how many of you actually want to add MORE padding to your pregnant silhouette?  We saw a sort of medic-alert badge for pregnant moms.  Something you can wear to let medical professionals know that you’re pregnant if you’re unconscious for some reason.  Not really a terrible product, but the marketing showed a woman jogging and wearing her magic-pregnant-badge.  Implying that, if you’re active during pregnancy, you’re gonna somehow end up unconscious, and the medics will do something terrible to your unborn baby.  And you might not be wearing your belly bumper……..  Another entry in the category of reasonable-product-with-terrifying-marketing was a rescue sack for lowering babies out of burning or evacuated buildings.  I can see the rationale for this product.  The unnerving thing was that the exhibit for the product featured a larger-than-life graphic of a baby being thrown out the window of a burning building.  I assume that it was photoshopped.  I’m gonna just have to believe that……….

All in all, it was a fantastic show.  We had so much fun meeting new people and seeing old friends.  There are so many amazing new products out there that we can’t wait to share with you.  We saw and ordered new items that we are REALLY excited about!  In the next weeks, we’ll be announcing entire new lines of high-quality nursing bras, cold weather baby gear, newborn clothing, diapers, training pants, nursing pillows, toys, car seat covers, art supplies, diaper bags, and more!

We promise to tell you all the details as the products arrive.  But, we don’t want anyone to steal ALL our ideas.  🙂

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Cloth Diaper Troubleshooting


You wouldn’t believe how many of you Moms and Pops are making the switch to cloth diapers.  It warms our eco-conscious hearts.  (As a diaper seller, it warms our pocketbooks too, but we mostly worry about our hearts.)  We love helping people choose the diapering system that works best for them: pockets, prefolds, contours, flip………  Check out our Cloth Diaper information sheet here.

With so many cloth-diapering parents out there, we get our share of questions about how to use the diapers, how to wash them, how to get the best fit.  We LOVE the Tips and Troubleshooting information from Bummis.  We sell fabulous diaper covers, prefolds, liners, and kits from Bummis.  They really know their stuff:

Tips & Troubleshooting

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Take some time to get accustomed to your new diapering system, and don’t be afraid to play around with folding, stuffing and fastening, etc.
If you are making the switch to cloth diapers from disposable diapers, mixing your cloth diapering system with disposables in the beginning (for outings or overnight) can make this transition easier. Most parents find that using and washing cloth diapers is easier than they thought it would be, and quickly become avid full time users.
And if you are starting with a newborn baby, don’t be afraid to dive in full time with cloth diapers. It is pretty easy and you will get the routine down fast.
By the way, you may find that you will need to acquire baby clothes that can accommodate larger bums!

Important Reminders!

  • Using a diaper cream? Please protect your diaper with a liner! We recommend not using ointments with petroleum, fish oils or zinc.
  • Runny newborn poop? If using prefolds, use the fan fold. And don’t be afraid to try out the bikini twist! It may take a few tries to master it – but it works really well for runny poop. A Bio-Soft liner can also help to absorb runny poop.
  • Be sure the diaper cover is fastened snugly enough so that it fits well and does not sag. Saggy diapers will leak! You will need to be especially careful to pay attention to this when your baby starts to walk!
  • Reduce drying time by doing an extra spin cycle and/or throwing a dry towel or dryer balls into the dryer with your diapers.
  • Don’t use dryer sheets, even in your regular laundry – they will leave a stubborn residue on everything you dry in your dryer!
  • Dry your diapers occasionally in the sun – it brightens and disinfects.

TROUBLESHOOTING

Leaking problems?

Level 1

  • Check the important reminders above
  • Did you pre-wash your diapers and test for absorbance?
  • Do you have the proper size of diaper and/or cover for your baby?
  • Does the cover fit snugly around baby’s legs and belly? Is it fastened tightly enough to create a proper fit?
  • If using a 2 part system, make sure that diaper and liner are completely contained inside the waterproof cover. Any bit of diaper left outside of the waterproof cover can cause leaking.
  • Don’t tuck your diaper into that front flap on the inside of the diaper cover – it is meant to prevent leaking through the sewing line!

Level 2

  • Is there leaking straight through the fabric of the diaper cover?  Is the suede cloth on your synthetic diapers repelling moisture completely? Unless you are using diaper creams without a liner, then you have a detergent residue problem. This is caused by:
  1. not using enough hot water to wash and rinse or
  2. using too much detergent or
  3. using a detergent with additives
  • Are you changing your baby’s diaper often enough? Newborns need to be changed about every 2 hours! A huge advantage of using cloth diapers is that you know when your baby’s diaper is wet, so you change their diaper more often.
  • Is your baby going through a growth spurt or sleeping more soundly at night? If so, you may need to add a diaper doubler or liner for increased absorbency.
  • Are you reaching the limit of the diaper’s size range? If so, you may need to add a diaper doubler or liner for increased absorbency.

Smelly Diapers or Diaper Covers?

Once washed, your diapers should not smell like urine or detergent!

  • If they smell of detergent, wash them again in plenty of hot water and less detergent.
  • If they smell like ammonia once your baby wets them, make sure that you are using enough hot water and enough detergent.
  • Do your diapers smell clean when washed, but utterly horrible after the first pee? This could mean that urine residue is trapped within the fibres of your diapers, and this is always related to washing and rinsing without enough hot water. Urine residue can also lead to diaper rashes. You probably need to adjust the water level in your machine or ”trick“ your HE machine to increase the water level by adding one or two wet towels. Do not overstuff your machine – wash fewer diapers at a time.
  • Are your diapers and diaper covers stinky or discoloured? Then it is pretty clear that you have a detergent residue problem!

You will have to get rid of the residue problem and adjust your washing routine to ensure that it does not happen again.

Does Your Baby Have a Recurring Rash in Cloth Diapers?

Please suspect a residue. Your baby will react to a urine residue in the diaper fabric.  Some babies are also very sensitive to detergent residues. If your baby is rashy and your diapers are discoloured or smelly – please take action to resolve your residue problem.

 

 

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Vegas Hits


These toddler-sized Play Packs are insulated to serve as lunch and snack bags! Perfect to carry your sippy cup or Laptop Lunch Box.

New Tub Toys from Alex Jr!  Cute toys for stacking, squirting, washing, and playing!

New Tub Toys from Alex Jr! Adorable washcloths, squirters, stackers, and tub mirrors are in stock now!

A new line of insulated, stainless steel drinking containers from Foogo (a division of Thermos).  Their line of sippy cups, toddler cups, and straw cups are all double-walled to keep drinks cool and inhibit germ growth.  All the tops are BPA-free and fully interchangable.

A new line of insulated, stainless steel drinking containers from Foogo (a division of Thermos). Their line of sippy cups, toddler cups, and straw cups are all double-walled to keep drinks cool and inhibit germ growth. All the tops are BPA-free and fully interchangable. Watch for Foogo next month.

The new Flip diapering system from Bumgenius is totally, well, genius.  Each diaper comes with a waterproof cover and the option to stuff it with a super absorbant cloth insert OR a biodegradable disposable insert.  You can flip between cloth and earth-friendly paper at any time!  Genius.  These diapers will be available the end of October.

The new Flip diapering system from Bumgenius is totally, well, genius. Each diaper comes with a waterproof cover and the option to stuff it with a super absorbant cloth insert OR a biodegradable disposable insert. You can flip between cloth and earth-friendly paper at any time! Genius. These diapers will be available the end of October.One of the world's smartest diaper companies has come out with a detergent perfectly formulated for cloth diapers! No more wondering if your detergent is right. Bumgenius detergent should be in stock in October.

The Ergo Baby Carrier is such a perfect product that the company doesn't usually have any improvements to announce!  They just keep coming out with new, fabulous colors and accessories.  This year's offering include this Sienna carrier and another style in light gray with embroidered stars.  Ergo also debuted a new infant insert to use with tiny babies.  We will have our new Ergo products in stock later this year.

The Ergo Baby Carrier is such a perfect product that the company doesn't usually have any improvements to announce! They just keep coming out with new, fabulous colors and accessories. This year's offering include this Sienna carrier and another style in light gray with embroidered stars. Ergo also debuted a new infant insert to use with tiny babies. We will have our new Ergo products in stock later this year.New dishes, cups, and silverware from Sugar Booger. My favorite: super-functional divided plates! These items are on the way for October!

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Cloth Diaper Confessional


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I didn’t use cloth diapers.

There, I said it.  Scandalous, right?  I didn’t use cloth diapers.  I put 2 tons of non-biodegradable plastic (wrapped around poop) into the landfill just down the street from my house.  All the diapers my sons ever wore are still there in the landfill. They will still be there when my boys are changing diapers on their own kids.

I was always intrigued by reusable diapers.  I felt sick to think of all the waste I was generating with plastic diapers.  I just didn’t know what else to do!  I didn’t know anyone who used cloth diapers.  I didn’t know where to begin buying them.  The only cloth diapers I had ever seen were on my younger sisters in the 70’s.  They were bulky, stained things usually worn with icky rubber pants.  And there was always a cloth diaper soaking in the toilet when I had to use the bathroom.  Gggggrrrrrr.  I had no knowledge and no happy memories of cloth diapers. 

 As my boys got older, I started meeting families who cloth-diapered.  I started seeing all the easy, adorable options for diapering your babies.  And I started to wish my sons hadn’t potty-trained yet.  Alright, I never really wished that.  But I do wish I could go back knowing what I know now about diapers…..I would do things a lot differently. 

I know I’m not the only one who was intrigued by the idea of reusable diapers but totally overwhelmed by the thought.  If you try to research cloth diapers online, the amount of (often contradicting) information is staggering.  I realized that people needed a Place where they could see and touch the different diaper options.  Where they could buy just what they needed to make cloth-diapering work for them.  Where they could talk to experienced cloth-diapering parents.   If I could create a Place like that, maybe I could start to make up for my personal mountain of disposible diapers.

Cloth diapers are a HUGE hit at Mom and Pop Place. I’m humbled and amazed by the number of families choosing reusable diapers!  It gives me such joy and hope.  And maybe the tiniest bit of redemption?  I didn’t use cloth diapers.  (There, I said it again)  I feel terribly guilty about that.  So, I want to help other parents have the opportunity to make the best choice for themselves.  I want to spread the word that cloth diapers have come along way, baby!  They’re an easy, sustainable (and apparently somewhat addicting) habit.

So if you are intrigued by cloth diapers but a little overwhelmed over where to start, let us help you.  Check out our information sheet about Cloth Diapering.  See some of your diapering options at our webstore.

Then, come on in to Mom and Pop Place to see what it’s all about.  You can save money, your baby’s bottom, and the world all at the same time!

Adria

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bumGenius


bumgenius-os-30-moonbeamIt seems that Mom and Pop Place is having a bumGenius run.  We can’t keep these babies in stock!  It’s both good news and bad news.  The good news is that people around the world have finally realized how genius the bumGenius really are.  Cloth diapers in general are experiencing a wonderful resurgence.  The bad news is that the company can not keep up with the demand yet.  Our bumGenius shelf has been empty for days now.

Here’s a tip for you blog watchers: I just heard that our next shipment is on the way.  I hope to have bumGenius on the shelf by Monday or Tuesday.  I have another shipment coming in 2-3 weeks (that’s the fastest they can make them!).

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In the meantime, check out the One-Size Pocket diapers from Tiny Tush.  We LOVE these diapers.  They are nearly identical to bumGenius.  In fact, Tiny Tush sold their sewing pattern to bumGenius!  Unlike the bumGenius, Tiny Tush open a little flatter, have snaps instead of velcro, and are made right here in Wisconsin!

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Thrift


Everybody is thinking of ways to save money these days.  Being thrifty is smart in any economy, especially for young families.  We’ve noticed our customers saving money in some smart ways.

 1.  Use Cloth Diapers

Disposable diapers cost about $1500-$2000 per child.  Yikes.  You can cloth diaper all your babies for under $500.  And you can use the same diapers for more than one child.  Even with the cost of water and detergent, you WILL save a ton of money.  We’re seeing an increasing number of parents going to cloth simply because of the cost-savings. 

 

2. Breastfeed Your Baby (and Toddler!)

Obviously, parents who breastfeed don’t have to spend a fortune on formula.  But, there are more intangible benefits to breastfeeding.  Breastfed babies are healthier.  That saves money on doctor visits, medicine, and missed work.  The health benefits of breastmilk will continue as long as you nurse your child.  Why not continue to save money and your child’s health as long as you can?

 

3.  Buy Better Stuff

Kids require a lot of stuff.  Make that stuff count.  Buy products that will last and that give you value for your money.  Cheaper stuff is not a better value if it needs to be replaced every week.  Toys should not be disposible.  They should be tough enough to stand up to your kids.  Actually, they should be tough enough to stand up to several of your kids and your grandkids.  A solidly built, quality toy will give you years of play value.

 

4.  Go Outside

Fresh air is free.  Go for a walk, play in the snow, listen for birds, color with chalk.  You don’t need expensive equipment or registration fees to kill some time outdoors.  And kids who spend time outside spend less time watching TV and playing video games.  Think of the money you’ll save on cable and game systems!

 

5.  Come to Storytime

Spend a Friday morning with us and enjoy free stories, crafts, and camaraderie.  You might even be able to find other Storytimes at local libraries.  But, we wouldn’t know anything about that……

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