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jenn’s thoughts

A new bumGenius tester is born…
March 3, 2009 2:24 pm | by

Elsie Lillian Labit was born on February 13th at 7:18am, weighing 8 pounds even. She is healthy, beautiful and such a happy little girl. Please forgive my lack of initial updates. I’d planned to blog through the first bit of her life, but it hasn’t happened between recovering from having a baby and just adjusting to life with a newborn at home. Elsie has been in cloth diapers alternating with disposables as needed. I have about 16 newborn diaper changes and we’re doing a load of diapers nearly every day right now. We can use the bumGenius One-Size diapers now

Jenn’s Newborn Stash – Need Your Suggestions!
January 26, 2009 7:36 pm | by

I’ve been steadily checking things off of my to-do list. We bought an aqua Britax Companion from Albee Baby. Cotton Babies was sold out. Britax is sold out and Albee Baby was the only place I could find selling them at a super-cheap price. Britax is going to have another infant seat in May, but I just can’t wait that long! The Companion is still sitting in the box in the basement waiting for one of us to figure out how to put it in the 2003 Chrysler minivan that we bought a week ago. Most of the baby stuff

I just spent $19.97 on a package of disposable diapers.
January 4, 2009 8:23 pm | by

I realized a few days ago that I’ve done nothing – absolutely nothing – to prepare for this baby. Most women spend nine months “getting ready”. I’m eight months pregnant and just haven’t had time yet to engage with the fact that yes, indeed, this bump that keeps me awake at night is a baby. It needs some basics like clean clothes, diapers, a place to sleep and a place to ride in the car. I need to get with it or Jimmy is going to be out shopping instead of hanging with me after the baby is born! So,

bumGenius Wins Gold and Silver in Mother & Baby Awards
November 14, 2008 7:12 pm | by

The Mother & Baby Awards are organized by Mother & Baby, a large European parenting magazine. We’ve known for several months that several bumGenius products were being considered for the Mother & Baby Awards. The Reusable Diaper category is rather hotly contested in Europe so we’ve been awaiting the results with some nervous anticipation! We were honored to hear today that the bumGenius All-In-One was awarded Best Reusable Nappy. In a category where a gold, silver and bronze award are given, the bumGenius One-Size Cloth Diaper took second place with a Silver medal! Below is the press release as written

Mommy Cereal
November 5, 2008 11:49 am | by

One of my sons cannot eat foods that contain any form of corn, so we buy our cereal at Trader Joe’s on our way home from church every other weekend. The cheaper cereals sold there are made without corn syrup and tend to be priced the same as the cheap box cereals sold in our local grocery stores. Last weekend we ran out of cereal. I am six months pregnant with our third child and, for some reason, I really wanted cereal. The grocery stores close by don’t sell cereal that is safe for Andrew. Trader Joes is a 30

Saving money for Christmas with cloth diapers
October 25, 2008 1:26 pm | by

Over the last year, we’ve seen our family’s expenses rising. Milk is nearly $4 a gallon. Cheese is crazy expensive. Even my farmer’s market has raised prices on fruits and vegetables. And we don’t even have to talk about gas prices, right? So, let’s talk about how much we can spend on diapers. A newborn can go through as many as 12 diapers per day… if you do the math on the cost of disposable diapers at, it works out to around .17 – .25 per diaper or as much as $3 per day or $90 per month. In

Cotton Babies Retail Store is moving!!
April 16, 2008 4:27 pm | by

We’ve been working hard on getting the build-out finished for the new retail store (located at 9916 Kennerly Plaza in St. Louis, MO). The new sign is up and we should have the final permits tomorrow! We packed up the old store today and have temporarily closed at the old location until we can get everything moved in at the new address. I will send an email out to the St. Louis list as soon as I have information about the opening date. As long as everything goes smoothly, it will be very soon. New Products! When the new store

Phthalates & BPA – Two chemical compounds we should know more about
February 4, 2008 4:13 pm | by

I am a cloth diapering mom, but I am also very concerned about the ingredients in other products my children use. One of my sons is very sensitive to detergents and is allergic to cinnamon. Our other son is allergic to corn and to dyes. We actually read the ingredient label now on every single piece of food that comes into our house and carefully watch all of our cleaners for ingredients that will cause reactions. I have been disappointed and surprised at the low levels to which some manufacturers will stoop to hide questionable ingredients. This issue was elevated

Time Magazine features cloth diapers!
January 10, 2008 9:25 pm | by

Time Magazine just published a fantastic, positive article about cloth diapers on their website tonight! The article, expertly written by author Pamela Paul, discusses the benefits of cloth diapering, the arguments against and features several cloth diaper brands including bumGenius, Fuzzi Bunz, Happy Heiny’s, Kissaluvs and gDiapers.

Cloth Diapering Celebrities (and the rise of cloth diapering in modern America)
December 27, 2007 6:36 pm | by

This year, many celebrity parents have chosen to “go green” and use cloth diapers with their new baby. According to Celebrity Baby Blog: Singer Dave Matthews cloth diapers his son, Oliver. Actors Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard cloth diaper their daughter,Ramona. CSI: NY actress Anna Belknap cloth diapers her daughter. Singer and actress couple Brad and Kimberly Williams-Paisley cloth diapertheir son William Huckleberry. Numb3rs actress Diane Farr cloth diapers her son Beckett Mancuso. Model and actress Josie Maran uses gDiapers with her daughter Rumi Joon. Our goal at Cotton Babies is to see cloth diapers on more babies. When we