Sunday, October 5, 2014

Travel Options for the Cloth Diapering Family


Now that fall is in full swing, Thanksgiving and dare I say Christmas will be here before we know it!  Bring on the pumpkins and the candy canes please :)
Getting prepared for the holidays is exciting, but also can bring about some stress. Especially when travel is involved.  Seeing in-laws, parents, relatives.  Car rides, planes and more.
How does the cloth diapering parent handle traveling?  What options do they have?

Just Keep Using Cloth Diapers

Bum Genius Elementals Albert Print

You would be surprised, but more often than not it will probably be easiest (and definitely cheapest) to continue using cloth.  Think about it this way, you are used to it and so is your baby's bum.  You don't have to figure out a new system or choose a new system.  You will not run the risk of getting diaper rash from disposables.  Just use and wash your diapers like normal!
What about washing?  Especially during the holidays you tend to stay with family.  There you will have access to a washer and dryer no problem.  Our family drove from Georgia to Ohio to Maryland and back to Georgia again and used cloth the whole time.  I just washed them at each stop along the way.  If you are not staying with family, many condos have laundry and hotels either have a laundromat or will be able to point out some laundry options that are close by!

Use a Hybrid

Grovia Biosoakers can be used in your favorite diaper cover!

Did you know that many diaper brands come can be used with disposable inserts?  This is a great in-between option for cloth and disposables.  You bring your cloth covers and use the disposable inserts while you are traveling.  Covers would still need to be washed like normal, but disposable inserts would seriously cut down on the laundry and allow you to dispose of the waste (just make sure you don't flush the insert down the toilet, that could cause some problems).  Some of the brands that carry hybrid options include Grovia, Flip and Soft Bums.

Use an Ecosposable...



Honest Company "Ecosposables" ABCs Print
I would be lying to say we have never left the cloth behind.  This past year we our family was blessed with the opportunity to go to Orlando and spend some time at the parks there.  We planned on spending all day at the park leaving little time at the hotel.  I thought that it would feel like too much to have to wash the diapers while we were there, so I went with the best disposable option there is: Honest Company Diapers.  They are the most earth friendly disposables that I have found using natural, plant-based and sustainable materials.  There is no chlorine in the processing and the diapers contain no latex,  lotions or fragrances. They are super absorbent and feel the most"cloth-like" in my opinion. AND they are so cute- strawberries, anchors, flowers and more you get to choose the cutest patterns!  This might be a good option if you are traveling somewhere with out a washer or dryer or will legitimately not have the time to wash the diapers!
This is our little sporting the Strawberry print in our hotel room.


So what about you?  What is your travel solution? Any recommendations I missed?





About the author…
I am Stasia- wife, mom, blogger over at Our Life on a Budget, part-time preschool teacher and local cloth diaper consultant.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

An Inexpensive Way to Take the Plunge into Cloth Diapering : Econobums

While cloth diapering is definitely less expensive in the long run (most families save $1,000-$2,500 for just one child), the upfront cost can scare people silly when it comes to deciding to cloth diaper.  In fact, one of the main reasons some decide not to do it is the up-front investment and fear that they will not want to stick with it.

Maybe you are this boat.  Or maybe you have a friend that is interested in cloth diapering, but is still unsure.

Well… there is an option that is even less expensive and gives you a chance to "try out" cloth diapering before you fully commit.  That option is Econobum!

 Econobum has a one size option that fits 8-35 pounds that includes a cover and three cotton prefolds. The price is right in that you get three diaper changes for less than the cost of one cloth diaper!



They also have a newborn starter kit that comes with a wet bag, three covers, six organic cotton flats, six stay dry liners, a detergent sample and some simple instructions.  It is also a super inexpensive option!

The other great thing about Econobum (and all the Cotton Baby products) is if you don't like them, up to 30 days after your purchase you can return them!  So you can try them out without risk :).


Have you been just waiting to take the plunge? Have you needed to supplement your stash without spending a lot? Do you need newborn diapers on a budget? Econobum might just be the way to go!


About the author…

I am Stasia- wife, mom, blogger over at Our Life on a Budget, part-time preschool teacher and local cloth diaper consultant.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Cloth Diapers and the Non-Cloth-Diapering Care Giver

I remember it still.  The first time I dropped my little one in the church nursery in cloth diapers.
I nervously (and probably very quickly) said "My daughter wears cloth diapers.  They are really easy I promise."
My unsureness probably made them unsure about the situation as well.

Then again, my daughter started a Mother's Day Out program.
Cautiously I asked, "She cloth diapers, is that okay?"

But as I have gotten more confident in my cloth diapering, so have my responses to church nurseries, daycares, baby-sitters, grandparents and the like.

So how do you introduce cloth diapers to the Non-cloth Diapering Caregiver?
Here are some quick tips…

Be confident

Your confidence in cloth diapering is key.  My nervousness in introducing cloth the first two times did not help.  This might sound harsh, but I don't even ask any more.  When signing up for our daughter's childcare this year, I just simply stated we cloth diaper, then at open house showed them how it worked.  When I go the church nursery I tell them that she cloth diapers and give them a quick tutorial.

Show the easy, cutest diaper first

eLeMeNO-Pee has some awesome all-in-one options.  I also recommend using a velcro closure for a first showing to a caregiver- snaps can be really intimdating. Showing them a all-in-one velcro diaper and commenting about "how it is as easy as a disposable"  usually is a good start.  This is a gateway that gets them open and comfortable.  I have found in the past as they get more comfortable they are, the more open they are to other things.  For example after using velcro for a while our caregiver was completely open to snaps.


Know your rights

You have rights.  Seriously, this is your baby and you get to make these kind of choices.  This site has some great information listed by state about your rights.  Even if you are in a "restricted" place, you could most likely get an exemption from the doctor for something like sensitive skin.


Be Prepared

Diapers, wipes, wet bag- all prepped and ready to go. Make this easy on them, so they have a positive experience cloth diapering!


Work with them

Maybe they prefer you use liners.  Maybe disposable wipes would make it easier on them.  Be willing and open to work with them!

Don't pack another option

If you pack disposables, they will use them… I almost guarantee it.  If you want your child using cloth, pack cloth and they will learn to use it.

The great thing about exposing our caregivers to cloth is that it makes a dent in making cloth mainstream.  One care giver last year even said that she grew to like it so much that she planned on cloth diapering her own children!

Did these things ring true for you? Do you have any other suggestions? 


About the author…
I am Stasia- wife, mom, blogger over at Our Life on a Budget, part-time preschool teacher and local cloth diaper consultant.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Ju Ju Be meets Hello Kitty

Here at eLeMeNO-Pee, we are big fans of Ju Ju Be products! They have a solid reputation within the natural/cloth diapering community for a reason. Their bags and accessories offer so many neat features, many of which are unique to Ju Ju Be. Not only are their bags stylish but more importantly, they are ├╝ber functional. I personally carried Ju Ju Be bags when my first child was an infant/toddler and I will be carrying them again once our second baby arrives (any time now!).

The most exciting news in the world of Ju Ju Be is their newest release! They have collaborated with Hello Kitty and launched an adorable line of Hello Kitty bags and accessories that are to die for!



A few closer ups of the accessories :

The ADORABLE stroller clips:


And the Be Neat bib:


If you happen to own any of the Scarlet Petals print, the Hello Kitty coordinates with it adorably! We love this combo!



We celebrated the launch on Monday with our first ever in-store Ju Ju Be trunk show and it was so much fun!



 There are so many different, fun combinations of Ju Ju Be products yuo can mix and match -- what are you waiting for?! Be sure to comment and let us know which your favorite Ju Ju Be products and prints are - we love to hear feedback from our customers!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

eLeMeNO-Pee Rep Spotlight : Jill Crawford!

This week, I have the pleasure of introducing you to one of our most experienced reps, Jill Crawford from Kinder, Lousiana! 

Jill is 31 years old and she has been married to her high school sweetheart for 10 years. Together, they have three beautiful children; Jackson (5), James (2), and Harper-Beth (7 months).  Jill works for the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana and has been an eLeMeNO-Pee rep for the past 5 years!





On to a little Q&A to acquaint you with Jill a little further : 

Who introduced you to cloth diapering? --I was introduced to cloth by Laura Broussard, who is a former eLeMeNO-Pee rep and now the social media director for GroVia.  We were having a play date with our boys and she made cloth diapering look so easy that I made my first purchase that day.

What was your first cloth diaper? -- We started our cloth diapering journey with a Drybees overnight diaper.  I started at night so that I would be comfortable with cloth diapering before I asked my daycare to get on board.  My daycare was hesitant at first but after reading an article in the American Press about cloth diapering they welcomed them with open arms.

What led you to eLeMeNO-Pee? --I decided to become an eLeMeNO-Pee rep because I knew that I could inspire more families to use cloth.  I’m in love with cloth diapers and I want everyone to at least try them out.  I know that they aren’t for every family but trying something new never hurt anyone.

Describe one of your most rewarding client experiences. --I’ve had many rewarding experiences as an eLeMeNO-Pee rep but the most rewarding was when I got to help a needy family save money by switching to cloth.  They can now better provide for the needs of their child because they aren’t worrying where diaper money is going to come from.

What has being an eLeMeNO-Pee rep done for you and your family? --Being an eLeMeNO-Pee rep has allowed my family to have extra funds to move to a greener lifestyle.  eLeMeNO-Pee has also introduced my family to products and other people that have made us healthier and have opened our eyes to an interesting new lifestyle that revolves around a protecting the earth and all who live on it.

Since you're a working mom, tell us about your experiences with cloth and daycare. Are you excited about the new school year starting up or do you wish summer break would last a little longer? --I’m super excited that summer is coming to a close because we have several new journeys ahead of us.  My oldest will be attending Kindergarten this year and is excited to learn and we now have a fabulous nanny who is caring for our younger 2 children.

What is one of your favorite quotes? --My favorite quotes are from Mother Teresa.  “God has not called me to be successful.  He called me to be faithful” and “ I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love”.  I try to live my life by these quotes.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? --If I could learn to do anything I would want to learn to garden so that I could grow organic produce for my family.

When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time? --With 3 small children I hardly ever have 30 minutes of free time but when I do I love to relax with a good book. 


 To get in contact with Jill for a personal consultation, you can visit her website : www.elemeno-pee.com/jill





Friday, August 8, 2014

A new way to get started with cloth from eLeMeNO-Pee!

You've been asking and we've been listening! We have now created several "starter stashes" for budgets and preferences of every size!

We anticipate that our most popular bundles will consist of the bumGenius 4.0s and also the GroVia All In One stashes.

bumGenius 4.0 stashes are available in diaper quantities of 6 (the "Starter" stash),  12 (the "Every Day" stash), 18 (the "Rotation" stash), and 24 (the "Ultimate" stash).

The perks of each of these are as follows:



6 / Starter stash: 6 solid print 4.0 diapers in the closure of your choice and a free wetbag. Also qualifies for FREE shipping!

12 / Every Day stash : 11 solid print 4.0 diapers + 1 Genius series print diaper and a free wetbag. Also qualifies for FREE shipping!

18 / Rotation stash: 17 solid diapers + 1 Genius series print diaper including a free wetbag,a free diaper sprayer, and free shipping!

24 / Ultimate stash: 22 solid print diapers + 2 Genius series print diapers, also including a free wetbag, free diaper sprayer, and free shipping!


GroVia All In One stashes are similar to the 4.0 and available in diaper quantities of 6 (the "Starter" stash),  12 (the "Every Day" stash), 18 (the "Rotation" stash), and 24 (the "Ultimate" stash).



6 / Starter stash: 5 solid color AIOs, 1 print, a free wetbag, and free shipping!

12 / Every Day stash : 11 solid print diapers +  one print diaper and a free medium wetbag. Also qualifies for FREE shipping!

18 / Rotation stash: 17 solid diapers + 1 at least one print diaper including a free medium wetbag,a free diaper sprayer, and free shipping!

24 / Ultimate stash: 22 solid print diapers + 2 print diapers, also including a free wetbag, free diaper sprayer, and free shipping!



We also have two great stash options that consist of Softbums diapers+accessories (the Softbums Basic kit and the Softbums Bamboo Starter kit)  and also two choices of Thirsties+accessories stashes (the Thirsties Cover Rotation kit and the Thirsties All In One Everyday kit).


If you've been wanting to make the leap, now is the perfect time to start with any of our diaper stashes that include a little extra incentive to help sweeten the deal! Please visit us in the store, via our website (www.elemeno-pee.com), or contact your nearest cloth diaper consultant to get started today!


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Lots of new and exciting events coming up at eLeMeNO-Pee!

Now that the summer craziness is starting to wind down and everyone is starting to think about going back to school and getting back into a regular routine, we thought now would be a great time to announce several fun, new things coming to eLeMeNO-Pee!

We will be continuing to offer our popular Cloth 101 classes, including two of them today, Wednesday, July 30th at both 10am and 2pm. The class is free and is an excellent starting point for those curious about cloth diapering and not sure where to begin. We hope you'll join us! 


This Saturday, August 2nd, we will also be holding our first-ever Breastfeeding 101 class as well! If you are pregnant and planning to breastfeed or you're currently nursing and would like some additional information or assistance, please plan to join us this Saturday at 10am for an in-store Breastfeeding 101 class. 

You can register for our Breastfeeding 101 class by calling or visiting the store to  register for the class or by visiting our website, www.elemeno-pee.com and registering there as well.

Also on the horizon will be Daddy Bootcamp classes and Comfort Measures Natural Childbirthing classes as well. We are working diligently to get those planned and on the calendar so stay tuned to the blog and our Facebook page for important updates regarding details for both of those exciting classes!

We are hopeful that these events will be a welcome service to our community and we would love to have you join us. Also, as part of the launch, all classes (with the exception of Comfort Measures) will be free!  If you have any questions regarding our classes, please feel free to call or contact us via our website and we would be glad to assist you in any way we can.  We are also open to ideas for additional classes you may find useful as well. Be sure to tell your friends and family members -- the more, the merrier!