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jenn’s thoughts

From Jenn: Econobum Donation Update
December 9, 2010 6:00 am | by

After my Thanksgiving Day post about our holiday campaign to raise cloth diaper donations for needy families (read here: “Trim A Tree, Trim A Budget, Give Cloth Diapers”), we were pleased that many of you responded by purchasing Econobum products that we could donate to needy families on your behalf. I wanted to give a report of what has been donated, by you, so far in December: Econobum Diaper Covers – 4 Econobum Full Kits – 22 Econobum Trial Packs – 4 Econobum Prefolds (3 packs) – 5 If you don’t already know a family that needs cloth diapers, you

From Jenn: Favorite Drink Recipe from a Friend
December 2, 2010 1:58 pm | by

This is one of Jenn’s favorite drink recipes from her friend, Bekah, a Cotton Babies blogger. We’re sharing this recipe again and reposting it so you can find it easily when you need a little treat on a long day. Bookmark this page so you can enjoy peppermint mochas all winter long! I love a good peppermint mocha during the cold midwest winter months. However, if you’ve ever dared to investigate the fat and sugar (aka high fructose corn syrup) content of your favorite coffee restaurants, you likely found yourself feeling guilty and/or grossed out. This is why I have

Christmas with Econobum (and thanksgiving day deals too)
November 25, 2010 12:25 am | by

(thanksgiving day deals included at the bottom of this blog post) With the money saved by not purchasing disposable diapers, cloth diapers can help provide a family you know with better food. This year, our theme for Christmas is “Trim a Tree. Trim a Budget. Give Cloth Diapers.” You can change a family’s life (and how well they are able to feed their children) by giving them cloth diapers.   Kimberly Clark has been airing commercials recently about their “Every Little Bottom” campaign. They now know what we already knew… many families are choosing between diapers and groceries. While I’m

Is motherhood a prison?
November 16, 2010 2:38 pm | by

The Wall Street Journal just published an opinion piece on attachment parenting & cloth diapers in their Saturday edition. The headline – “Spend every moment with your child? Make your own baby food and use cloth diapers? Erica Jong wonders how motherhood became such a prison for modern women.“ The author is clearly talented. Her article was deftly written to stab a knife in the heart of those who have wielded other equally venomous attacks in her direction.She eloquently attacked the parenting style, but I wish she had identified the real issue before writing a sadly misdirected article to be

Wow… Calm Down Everyone!
September 23, 2010 6:20 pm | by

So I’ve been reading forums, facebook, twitter and emails all day. I’m grateful for all the wonderful people who have sent me supportive messages… God love you, really, you’re wonderful. So, I’m going to step back a few months for this post and give you all a little back story. When we launched the bumGenius 3s… it was no big deal… relatively pain free… accepted well by the industry and customers alike. The 3s were a functionality change, no big color splash… but a big assembly, pattern and production change. After the 3s came out, I promised myself that I

Want brighter colors or prints? Wondering why more pastels? Read this!
June 30, 2010 5:16 pm | by

Hi everyone. Wow, what a day we had yesterday. It was amazing to watch the visitor count on the website climb (hours before the video posted to YouTube), sad to watch the server melt under the load and thrilling to watch the order count climb as retailers and customers ordered tens of thousands of diapers yesterday. A truly jaw dropping day from my vantage point. I had no idea that our users could respond in such a strong way in such a short period of time. You are amazing and the combined power of the cloth diapering community is nothing

Prefold Heaven
June 23, 2010 2:05 pm | by

We thought you might want to know that our specially imported Indian prefolds have been marked down for even greater savings. These are first quality diapers! We’re just passing on our savings to you. Not sure what to buy? You may want to consider combining an Indian prefold with an Econobum or Flip one-size diaper cover. Be sure to pick up a Snappi while you’re at it! By the way, prefolds have a great “after life” in the cleaning closet at your house. We have even heard about prefolds getting snagged out of the baby’s room so a certain member

Econobum is helping parents out…
May 17, 2010 6:18 pm | by

A few months ago, Cotton Babies became aware of a special need in San Francisco. We responded by donating some Econobum Full Kits to a project called “Help A Mother Out”. I hadn’t heard much about the donation (other than this post on their blog thanking us) until today. A little while ago, @helpamotherout posted this tweet on Twitter ( @Econobum demo from Natural Resources staff w/ mamas in #SF Chinatown. Thx again @cottonBabies #hamo This is the photo referenced in that tweet: I have to admit, the faces of those mamas learning about cloth diapers brought a tear

Rules About Poop
May 12, 2010 12:26 pm | by

I get to initiate lots of people to the idea of modern cloth diapers and, faithfully, the first question out of greenest of greenhorns is… “what do you do about, uh, dirty diapers”? Eyebrows raised, a little embarrassed to be asking… but every last one of them will ask the question and humorously, not very many of them will actually use the “poop” word. So, let’s break the ice. It’s formally called feces. Nobody in your house calls it feces. They all call it poop. If you have little boys, they probably come out of the bathroom laughing and bragging

Why would you want to use cloth diapers?
May 11, 2010 11:26 am | by

Are you considering cloth diapers? Good! It makes financial sense. It makes environmental sense. Let’s talk about why. Cloth diapers are cheaper to use than disposables. Disposable diapers cost around $0.19 – $0.45 per diaper change. That varies based on the type of disposable diaper you buy. If you buy cheap store brand diapers, you may spend less. If you buy higher end name brand diapers, you could spend more. Every single disposable diaper you buy and use is thrown in a landfill. How much money are you wasting? Replace that image of a disposable diaper fluttering in the breeze