Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Best Features of the bumGenius Cloth Diapers



When you first started researching modern cloth diapers, I bet one brand came up more than most.

bumGenius.

Well. ladies and gentlemen, there is a very good reason for that!  Let me break it down a little bit for you in a top 5 list.  My favorite reasons why bumGenius is awesome.


5.  They are so easy to use!  Since bumGenius diapers come in several different style options, from a pocket diaper to an all in one diaper, to their Flip covers and insert system, it's easy to find one that will fit your preferences.

Their stretchy-tabs make getting the right fit super easy, they come in hook and loop and snaps, and they fit a huge range of babies!  It's an easy one-size-fits-most system that takes quite a lot of the guesswork out of cloth diapering.


4.  They give you choices.  I love choices.  Do you prefer an all in one diaper with a stay dry inner?  No problem!  The fast-drying bumGenius Freetime is for you.  Would you rather have organic cotton up against your little one's skin?  There's a bumGenius for that!  You will love the bumGenius Elemental, which is also a super fast drying all in one!  Do you want to be able to customize your baby's level of absorbency?  You should try the bumGenius 4.0 Pocket Diaper, which you could stuff with pre-folds, flats, microfiber, hemp... you name it, you can use it.


3.  They are a great price.  And let's be real here, price matters.  If you really want to save some money consider ordering a pack of bumGenius diapers.  The bigger the package, the bigger the discount.  Right now you can also add another freebie onto your already-discounted-diapers with a free pair of Babylegs leg warmers when you order a pack of 12 bumGenius diapers.

Even if you order these diapers individually I think that you will find they are a fantastic deal, and hold their resale value well because they are so well known and liked.


2.  They have everything you need to cloth diaper your baby.  From laundry detergent, to diaper sprayers, to matching leg warmers, it's all there, made by one great company.  BumGenius makes cloth wipes, doublers, pail liners, and bottom cleaner.  They take the guess work out of cloth diapering, and that is a very good thing.


1.  They are ridiculously cute.  Of course this has to be the number one reason.  I think it is what really gets us all into cloth diapering in some capacity.  BumGenius has really great colors, and they are always coming out with really fun and different prints.  Not only can you feel good about reducing the waste your baby puts into landfills, but you can enjoy the compliments that come along with showing off their super adorable cloth.

There are plenty of other reasons why we love bumGenius, but if you haven't tried them for yourself yet, you are missing out!  I know you'll feel the bumGenius love too once you give them a try.  Go ahead, thousands of cloth diapering families can't be wrong.





Thursday, October 24, 2013

Zebra ERGObaby Carrier Giveaway!



Babywearing is awesome! Try it if you haven't yet! We are excited to bring you this opportunity today to win an ERGObaby Carrier, we think you'll love it! It's great for newborns, infants, and toddlers.

The ERGObaby brand was the one that started it all and revolutionized babywearing to be truly comfortable and suitable for every day life. The ergonomic design of this carrier supports the correct sitting position for baby and also balances baby's weight on the parent's hips and shoulders. 

Our Favorite Features of the ERGObaby Carrier: 
  • Reinforced stitching between fabric intersections make a safer carrier
  • Padded waist belt supports the lumbar area
  • Can be worn on the front, back, or hip
  • Attached sleeping hood that can be tucked away
  • Thick, comfortable foam straps
  • Fits babies from 7 to 45 pounds (with infant insert)

Best Features of our Thanks Mama Store
  • Large selection of 28 brands of cloth diapers
  • Over 15 options of reusable potty training pants
  • Eco-friendly and non-toxic baby care solutions
  • Classic and modern wooden toys
  • Non-toxic mattresses for the whole family
  • Eco-friendly furniture for baby and kids made of rubberwood
  • Free shipping on all U.S. orders over $60 and Worldwide shipping rates available
  • Earn rewards dollars with every purchase
Purchase: You can purchase the ERGObaby carrier at Thanks Mama. Use code CARRIER for 15% off!

Win It! We are giving away the Zebra print ERGObaby Carrier to one winner.

Special thanks to AnaB Social for hosting this giveaway. Huge thanks to all participating bloggers as well! Giveaway ends November 21st at 11:59 pm, open to Worldwide residents, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below (see directions on how to enter here). Thank you!


Disclaimer: AnaB Social and all participating event bloggers are not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Natural Skin Care Products for Baby


 

Skin.  It's the largest organ on our body, it protects us from external forces, absorbs vital nutrients, and when you have a baby, provides a constant source of sweet-baby-smell-sniffing.  We go through great lengths to make sure our skin looks and feels great, so we don't want forget about our babies!  

When it comes to baby skin-care, sometimes less is more.  Their skin is sensitive, new, and needs natural TLC.  When your baby is a newborn you don't want to bathe them every day.  Their skin needs the natural oils they produce, especially in the winter time.  If however, you find your baby's skin is feeling a little bit dry, or even if they have some cradle cap, there are some great natural lotions and creams you can use.  



A big customer favorite is CJ's Butter.  It comes in several different forms, from a spritz, to a stick, a tub, and a tube, there's a convenient CJ's for every need.  CJ's Butter is available in a ridiculously delicious variety of scents, and while nothing can come close to that new baby smell, CJ's is a pretty yummy second.  It is a great natural alternative to store-bought creams.  The other fantastic thing about CJ's Butter is that it is cloth-diaper safe, so it has multiple uses.  You can moisturize your baby, moisturize yourself, help clear up diaper rash, and even help clear up cradle cap!  (To help with cradle cap just slather a little bit of CJ's Butter onto your sweet-one's little scalp and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes, then gently massage, and wash clean.  It will probably take several applications, but I've tried it, and it works!)


While we're talking about cradle cap, Cradle Me from Dimpleskins Naturals (above) is a natural cream specifically formulated to combat those scaly fiends.  Made from a variety of natural oils such as palm oil, apricot kernel oil, vitamin E oil, and Lavender and Patchouli essential oils.  It will help you get rid of cradle cap, and make your baby's head smell heavenly.  


As we approach winter, don't forget about little lips.  Since babies tend to spend a significant amount of time nursing, eating, and possibly sucking their thumb or a pacifier, it is very possible that your little one may develop chapped lips at some point.  Instead of using harsh and unnatural lip balms that often contain alcohol which actually dries your lips, give Green Sprouts Organic Lip and Cheek Balm a try (above).  Organic Lip and Check Balm comes in a tin with a slide-off lid, and it's perfect for chapped lips and cheeks.  

Oftentimes taking care of babies can be difficult and confusing, but safe and effective skin care doesn't have to be.  With a great array of  natural skin care products to choose from, Thanks Mama has you covered.  You will probably love all of the lotions and creams so much that you'll ditch your more expensive, chemical-laden products in favor of these.  And why not!?  Moms used to dress themselves and their babies in matching outfits... matching scents is much more hip.

Happy baby-sniffing!






Thursday, October 10, 2013

Best Eco-friendly Non-toxic Cribs | Atlantic Furniture



There are two places your baby spends vast amounts of time.  In your arms, and sleeping in their crib.  You know your arms are safe, and of course you do what you can to make everything else your baby comes into contact with is safe, but it can be expensive and confusing.  It would be a perfect world if we could all afford the safest organic everything, but when it comes time to splurge on the big things, non toxic cribs are a great option.

When my husband and I got married, one of the two things we splurged on was a really great mattress because we knew we'd be spending 8 hours every night sleeping in it.  I feel the same way about baby mattresses and cribs.  Here at Thanks Mama, we have a great selection of Eco friendly and Non Toxic Cribs for a variety of price points.  They are also all on sale right now!


Atlantic Furniture's Richmond Convertible Crib fits the tighter budgets, but doesn't scrimp on features (above).  This crib converts to a toddler, daybed, and even a full sized bed, so your investment goes a long way.  It's also made of Rubberwood, which are cut down at the end of their life-cycle and are replaced with new seedlings.

It's also got great style that is timeless, classic, and will grow with your child.  And with three different finishes, you're sure to find one that works with your decor.


In the middle price range is the stylish Columbia Convertible Crib (above). This convertible crib is also made by Atlantic furniture, so it boasts the same eco-friendly rubberwood, ability to transition with your baby, and super functional style.


The top of the line crib from Atlantic Furniture is their aptly named Versailles Convertible Crib (above and below).  Once again featuring the same great perks as the other Atlantic Furniture Cribs, the Versailles crib is extremely elegant and will finish off any nursery in style.

So while you may find it impossible to splurge on all of the "best" products available for your baby, consider spending a little extra to purchase a safe crib.  After all, babies sleep anywhere from 12 to 14 hours a day.  Plus, if your babe is anything like mine, the crib will be a teething toy before you know it, and if you don't get a rail guard on before they spend their first nap-time gnawing on the wood, at least you can feel the peace of mind that comes with knowing you put your baby to sleep in a non-toxic bed.

It won't remove the teeth marks, but we'll try to look on the bright side.  After all, sometimes that's what parenting is, isn't it?  The little victories.

Safe sleeping!










Thursday, October 3, 2013

Benefits of Wrap Baby Carriers: Maya & Moby



Motherhood is a difficult thing.  A million things pulling you in a million directions, and you have only two hands.  A baby who needs to be fed while you need to eat, dishes piling up in the sink, bills to pay, babies to rock, the list goes on and on.  The most amazing (and sometimes frustrating thing) about babies is that the just want to be in your arms.  They want to be close to you, skin to skin, heart to heart.  But for those times when it just isn't possible to lay in bed snuggling your little one, a great wrap carrier is a life saver.  There are many kinds of carriers, but wraps and ring slings are some of the best options for the newborn and baby stages.  I personally love them for the toddler years as well, but what I really love about these two kinds of carriers is that they are not bulky, and they hug baby nice and close.


Perhaps one of the best known brands of newborn-worthy wraps is the Moby Wrap.  These soft, stretchy wraps can be used from the time your baby is born until they are 35 lbs.  They wrap around your body and distribute the weight of your baby evenly across your shoulders, waist, and back.  These  cotton wraps let you carry your baby facing your chest, and on your hips when they get a little bigger.


Moby Wraps are a great option for squishy new babies because they safely and ergonomically position your baby's hips.  They are also great for moms because they come in so many beautiful colors, that you are bound to find one that fits your style.  Not only that, but you can feel great knowing that your baby is right where they want to be, and you can still get things done.


Moby also makes a great woven wrap called Docino Woven Wraps.  These function much the same as Moby's stretchy wraps, but will not stretch so they can hold babies from newborn to 60 lbs.  Made from organic cotton, Dolcino wraps are a breathable option that will grow with your baby.  Since Dolcino Wraps don't stretch, you can also carry your little ones on your back with them once your infant is confidently holding their head up (at least 6 months old).


Maya Wrap ring slings are another fantastic option when babies are small.  Ring slings are simple, user friendly, and super easy to use on the go.  In fact, ring slings are my personal recommendation for easy baby wearing when you are out and about in the day.  They aren't bulky, they don't have tons of fabric, and you can wear them slung around your body when you don't have baby in them without the sling getting in your way.

Maya Wraps and other ring slings are worn over one shoulder with your baby either facing your chest, facing out, on your hip, or even on your back.  Maya Wraps Ring Slings have a slightly padded shoulder for comfortable carrying, especially once your baby gets a little bigger.  Maya Wraps are a toddler-worthy carrier that can be used from 8 to 35 lbs.  The tail of the sling can even be used as a nursing cover, and there is a pocket that can hold your keys and wallet.

Any of these carriers will keep your baby calm and comforted, while letting you cook, clean, or just run some errands.  Once you become comfortable with your wraps, some moms even find that they can nurse in them on the go!

Wrap style carriers are a new-mom must-have, and will keep both you and your baby happy.  That is a beautiful thing.



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