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How to Get a Free Breast Pump from Insurance
October 12, 2018 8:00 am | by
Follow these steps to get your free breast pump that is covered by health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance plans in the United States must provide breastfeeding support, counseling and equipment for the duration of breastfeeding. That means that insurance will cover the cost of a breast pump for new moms; either a new one to keep or a rental unit. This applies to all plans with the exception of grandfathered plans. So, how do you get your free breast pump? Call your insurance company. There should be a phone number on your insurance card. Give it a call and tell them you need to find out how to get your free breast pump.

 
Growing Kids, Car Seats, and Peer Pressure
October 11, 2018 4:00 pm | by
A CPST explains why her growing kids remain in car seats. It's not just about age, it's about a child's size.

I have three growing girls and I am also a Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) so car seat safety is never far from my mind. My 10-year-old in a low back booster, my almost 7-year-old in a Nuna Rava car seat that is forward facing and my 3-year-old in the same seat, but rear facing. I often get asked if my kids mind their seating arrangements, especially my older two girls. From time to time they do ask when they can ditch their car seats. I usually approach these questions from a safety standpoint. We discuss that for Emmaline, my

 
Tips for Soothing a Teething Baby
October 10, 2018 11:41 am | by
Top ways to soothe a teething baby.

As a parent, there is nothing I hate more than watching my child be in pain. A teething baby is usually miserable and fussy. I can’t say I blame them. Those sharp little teeth must feel like little razors under their gums. How to Soothe a Teething Baby What can you do to soothe a teething baby? Here are a few tips that have worked for my kids. Teething Toys There’s almost a whole aisle in big box stores dedicated to teething toys. At Cotton Babies, we carry a selection of toys that have worked for our babies. Frozen Toys

 
Gift Tips for a 3-Year-Old Girl
October 9, 2018 8:00 am | by
Gift ideas for a 3-year-old girl

I strongly believe in the power of retail therapy. Shopping is my hobby, and I love sharing all my deals and finds with friends. Since having kids, I realized how little I actually knew about shopping for gifts for kids. Will they like it? Will they play with it? Will they wear it? Is it safe for their age? Are they too old for it? Will it drive me crazy? Will the pieces go back in the box? Where will it be kept? Does it have special care instructions? Is it going to stain or stick to everything in my

 
Car Seat Q&A: When can I turn my child around?
September 29, 2018 7:00 am | by
Ask a CPST, when is the right time to turn a toddler's car seat around?

As we wrap up Child Passenger Safety Week, this post comes at a great time. Cotton Babies is a lot more than a cloth diaper manufacturer. We also have a full retail store that carries lots of the latest and greatest things for babies and new parents. We also offer classes to educate people on cloth diapers, babywearing and car seats. We have several CPST (child passenger safety technicians) on staff, and they can help you safely and correctly install your car seats in your vehicle at our headquarters and store in St. Louis, MO. Our CPSTs receive a lot

 
Traveling with Cloth Diapers
September 28, 2018 2:19 pm | by
Tips for traveling with cloth diapers

I’ve found that the longer I use cloth diapers, the more resistant I am to buying disposable diapers. Several weeks ago, my family had some traveling to do. First, we spent Labor Day weekend at my sister-in-law’s lake house. Then, we drove from the Midwest to Destin, Florida. I thought this would be a great time to use Flip disposable inserts full-time. Traveling with little ones can be daunting, but making plans in advance helped to keep things running smoothly. As much as I love my baby’s cloth diapers, I wanted to enjoy a carefree vacation and that didn’t involve

 
Fun Fall Activities for Families
September 20, 2018 11:28 am | by
Find the perfect fall activities for you and your family.

Are you looking for some fun fall activities for you and your family? Look no further. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite fall activities for family members of all ages. Pumpkin Patch Visit your local pumpkin patch and choose your very own pumpkin. Bonus: the pumpkin patch is an amazing photo opp for moms who love photography! Pumpkin Carving After you’ve chosen the perfect gourd, it’s time to make a masterpiece! If your kids are too young to help with pumpkin carving, let them paint it with washable paint. Hayrides Get outside and enjoy the cooler weather on a hayride. Playing

 
Sweet Dreams with My Moon Cloth Diapers
September 17, 2018 9:43 pm | by
My Moon

It’s sweet dreams with “My Moon” – our newest cloth diaper print! You Are My Moon & Stars My Moon was created while thinking about the special moments you share with your little one at night. This print sings, “You are my moon & stars” with a color palette of dark blue, Mirror, Butternut, Noodle and White to inspire sweet dreams. My Moon is now available for pre-order in the following bumGenius and Flip styles at CottonBabies.com and many independent retailers. Shipping by 9/17/18. bumGenius Original 5.0 bumGenius Freetime Flip Cloth Diaper Cover Flip Training Pants bumGenius Big bumGenius Bigger bumGenius

 
A List of Engaging, Quiet Toys
September 7, 2018 8:00 am | by
Engaging toys for toddlers that are quiet, too!

Finding quiet toys that keep your child entertained and engaged are hard to find. Sure, it’s easy for kids to zonk out in front of the TV or video game, but it’s nice to have a toy that allows them to actively engage their imagination. Plus, it’s great if it can hold their attention longer than 5 minutes. Here are a few of my favorite quiet toys for my toddlers. They go back to these toys again and again. And one of my favorite features? They’re quiet! Some of these are quiet and portable enough to take to restaurants, church,

 
How We Work to Solve Diaper Need: Share the Love Cloth Diaper Bank
September 6, 2018 8:27 am | by
Share the Love, our cloth diaper bank, works to solve diaper need.

Diaper Need Diaper need is a huge, silent epidemic in the United States. According to a study*, as many as 1 in 3 families struggle to buy enough diapers. These families are forced to choose between buying diapers and essentials like food, utilities and childcare. No government assistance exists for diapers. WIC and SNAP do not help supply families with diapers. That means that parents in need resort to rationing diaper by leaving the same diaper on a baby longer than it is meant to be worn. Disposable diapers are dried out and put back on a baby. These practices put