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Vote Now! 2018 Cribsie Awards Finalist: bumGenius
January 10, 2018 9:52 am | by
Cribsie

Voting is now open for the 2018 Cribsie Awards! bumGenius is a Finalist for Favorite Cloth Diaper in the nursery category. Show your support by voting for bumGenius as your favorite cloth diaper! The Cribsie Awards What are the Cribsie Awards, you might ask? The Cribsie Awards are a parenting award co-hosted by StrollerTraffic and The Baby Guy. Parents elect their favorite brands and services from a curated list of best-of-the-best finalists, across six categories. The mission of the Cribsie Awards is to recognize the best brands, products, services, and websites for babies, tots, and the parents who adore them. We’re in

 
Surviving The Holidays
December 12, 2017 6:06 am | by
Surviving the Holidays

Surviving the holidays as a parent. The holiday season is always busy, it’s easy to get caught up in all the busy-ness. After all the shopping, menu planning, gift planning and schedule making, I’m already exhausted and I imagine you are too. Take a deep breath – you got this! As parents, we often want to create magic holiday memories like those we see on a 30 second television commercial. The problem is, my children are much younger, not returning from college and if I smelled coffee brewing before my husband and I awoke, that would be a major red

 
Surviving Holiday Travel With Lots of Little Ones
November 13, 2017 8:00 am | by

When the number of kids is greater than the number of hands, the holiday season isn’t quite as magical, 24/7. What do you do when there are five kids, two hands, and ten packages to get into the post slot? How do you shop for Christmas presents when you have three of the kids in the buggy? As a mother of five children, 8 years and under at one point, I am going to share my survival tactics and hope that it will make your holiday season just a little bit merrier. Do Not Expect Picture Perfect Whoops, did I

 
What to Pack When Traveling with a Toddler
November 9, 2017 1:05 pm | by
Traveling with a toddler

My family and I recently went on a trip across the country from St. Louis to California. This was our first big trip with our little girl, who is now 2 and a half years old. We were headed to Disneyland for a couple of days, then down to San Diego for some family time at the beach. To say I was nervous about the trip would be an understatement. I had lists for my lists a month ahead of time because I was so worried I would forget something. I’ve compiled one last list for you of my must-have

 
20 Things I’ve Learned as a Mom of a Toddler
October 30, 2017 11:47 am | by
Mom of a toddler

It has been over two years since I last mused on all I’ve learned as a parent of one. My daughter is now three and every day is a roller coaster of emotions and laughs. She’s spirited. Yes. We will go with that euphemism. Here are some things I’ve learned as a mom of a toddler. A lot has changed since my last list. 20 Things I Know as a Mom of a Toddler I know NOTHING. I have more questions than answers. Questions like, is this karma? Wait, we don’t spank anymore, right? Time out? Time in? When can

 
Top 20 Non-Candy Halloween Treats
October 4, 2017 1:12 pm | by

Halloween usually translates into sugar overload. My daughter’s school has an annual Trunk or Treat. Rather than hand out more candy, I opt to give out pretzels. They’re still not healthy, but they’re slightly better off in my mind. Here’s a list of non-candy Halloween treats. My daughter has received most of these, and we were all pretty happy with them! The List Bubbles – Always a hit Stickers – Find some fun Halloween stickers Pencils – Great for older kids, too Crayons or Markers – We could always use more Fruit snacks/fruit leather/raisins – Healthier option, but still sweet Animal

 
Cloth Diaper Dictionary
July 21, 2017 2:47 am | by

If you’re a member of an online mommy group, there’s a good chance you will come across a slew of abbreviations. Mom groups can be helpful to us for a variety of reasons. If you’re looking to join one, may we suggest the Cotton Babies: The Mob on Facebook. Here’s a dictionary of our unofficial list of the most commonly used abbreviations and terms. Hopefully, this list will help you join in the conversation! 4.0 – 4th style of bumGenius Original pocket diaper; see BG4 5.0 – Latest version of the bumGenius Original pocket diaper; see BG5 AI2 – All-in-2 Diaper; Usually

 
Mom Tips: Making Time for YOU
June 19, 2017 9:00 am | by

Self care is super important, but unfortunately many moms forget how important it is. We need to take some time for ourselves to recharge our batteries and take care of us. How are we supposed to take care of our little ones to our full potential if we’re only half-charged? Here are my a few tips to making time for you! Wake up a littler earlier. I know this is super hard – especially if you’re still waking up in the middle of the night with the baby. I’ll admit – I don’t wake up early very often because I

 
5 Things to Love about Econobum
June 7, 2017 8:00 am | by

I’ve been using cloth diapers for nearly two years. In the beginning, I had mostly Flip, a few bumGenius 4.0’s, a couple Freetimes, and one Elemental. Over the years, I’ve collected a few more of each, and picked up some Econobum when they were on sale. Flips have become my go-to diapers, so it seemed like Econobum would be a pretty easy transition… And I was right! Econobum diapers are great. Why I love Econobum 1. Change absorbency. Econobum offers a great set of prefolds, but it’s easy to switch out inserts to get the perfect level of absorbency. That goes both ways

 
Smart Family Finances for Reaching Our Traveling Goals
April 19, 2017 8:00 am | by

When you get married and have children you begin to make choices based your family’s priorities and goals. Family finances play a role in making our goals a reality. For us, providing experiences and life-memories for our children has always been one of our top priorities. And cloth diapering has been one tool we use to help make that happen. Early Family Financial Choices My husband and I married right out of college, with student loans and careers that had not yet been established. Financially, we were starting from nothing. I had accepted a teaching position right before our wedding, but knew