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ARCHIVE: January 2013

Winter First Foods
January 30, 2013 10:30 am | by

My first three boys were all born in the spring or early summer, which meant that they were ready to start eating solid foods as fall turned into winter. This is, in my humble and decidedly non-medical opinion, the best time of year to start on solids. Why? Well because squash* and sweet potatoes are in season! Technically, we are currently just past the peak season for these veggies, but you can still find fresh and flavorful squash and sweet potatoes in the stores and at some farmer’s markets (depending on where you live). I think they make great first

Tuesday Giveaway: Economical Econobum
January 29, 2013 5:29 pm | by

Are you considering the switch from disposable to cloth diapers but aren’t sure how to make the first steps? Econobum cloth diapers are an economical way to start cloth diapering. Econobum cloth diapers are specifically designed to be budget friendly, which means you’ll cross the threshold from investment to savings even more quickly than with other styles of cloth diapers.   Let’s take a look at it this way: an Econobum trial pack comes with one cover and three cotton prefold inserts. You can wipe out and reuse the cover multiple times, which means your Econobum trial pack is three

Realistic Teething Toys
January 25, 2013 5:06 pm | by

It doesn’t take too long for most parents to discover that their child’s favorite toy is often not a toy at all. Once babies begin exploring their world, they often explore by putting things in their mouth, which means they also need to be safe. We have some great new products at Cotton Babies to solve both of those problems! First up, for the baby who just loves the shine and clink of metal, we have Kleynimals stainless steel toy keys. These “keys” come three to a key ring, just like your real keys. However, they have smooth edges so

Frugal Style
January 23, 2013 2:30 pm | by

Adding a new child or additional children to our family has stretched us in a lot of ways, but primarily financially. One of the biggest expenses we all face is clothing. Today I’d like to share a few ways we’ve saved on clothing for our kids in the past few years. Say “yes” to hand-me-downsWhen you first find out the gender of your baby, whether that is before birth or after, you’ll probably get offers from family and friends to pass on their same-gendered children’s outgrown clothing. It’s easy to brush these offers off, thinking that you want to “set

How many cloth diapers do I need to start?
January 21, 2013 11:00 am | by

One of the first questions that anyone who is considering cloth diapering asks is“How many diapers do I need to cloth diaper?” For full time cloth diapering, we recommend 24 cloth diapers, regardless of the style you choose. Why 24? Breastfed newborns often go through 8-10 cloth diapers a day. To avoid stink, mold, mildew and other issues, we recommending washing your cloth diapers every other day. With 24 diapers, you have a few extra clean cloth diapers to get you through a day or two while the rest are in the washing machine. We recently asked our Facebook fans about

Thursday Giveaway: Sweet Sleep
January 17, 2013 4:00 pm | by

Do you have a sleep routine? I do. Thankfully some wise friend shared with me early in my parenting routine the importance of a consistent bedtime routine for my children. Not only do I have a routine for my children, I also have one for myself. Sleep experts say having a consistent set of behaviors before bed helps to signal your body that it is time to sleep. They suggest activities that calm you, quiet your mind and comfort your body. A nice bath or shower and clean cozy PJs are an important part of my children’s bedtime routine. Followed

No Spend January
January 16, 2013 11:26 am | by

The start of a new year always brings with it the inevitable question, “What are your resolutions?” While I’m not really a resolutions kind of girl (it feels a little too much like homework to me), I do think that a new year can be a good time to start working towards some larger goals, if only because it’s an easy time to mark on the calendar. Just like it’s easier to start a diet on a Monday. Or maybe that‘s just me. I think less in terms of “I’ll eat six vegetables every day” (which is a worthy aspiration)

Tuesday Giveaway: bumGenius Elemental
January 8, 2013 10:30 am | by

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Maybe you just have new goals or aspirations for the next 12 months. Have you decided 2013 is the year for you to try cloth diapers? Maybe you already use cloth diapers and have vowed to simplify your cloth diaper stash or routine. If you fit any of those categories, this giveaway is for you! bumGenius Elementals are one of our best selling cloth diapers at Cotton Babies. It’s pretty easy to see why so many families love them. First, they are an all-in-one style cloth diaper. That means you don’t have to stuff

IN STORE: The Great Toy Exchange
January 5, 2013 11:00 am | by

Join us Saturday, January 12, for The Great Toy Exchange! This event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in our retail stores. Are you overwhelmed by the influx of toys in your home after the holidays? Do you have too many baby toys and not enough toddler toys? Are you tired of the same blinking lights and electronic nursery songs? We have a solution for you! Avoid the clutter and free up some space in your house while helping another family in the process. Just bring your gently used toys to The Great Toy Exchange. Swap, trade