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The Great Cloth Diaper Change 2013

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Mom’s Milk Boutique will be host to the West Frankfort, IL site of an international cloth diaper changing event taking place on Saturday, April 20, 2013, two days before Earth Day. In its third year The Great Cloth Diaper Change event will attempt to break last year’s Guinness World Record of 8,251 cloth diapers changed around the world at one time.

“Each year billions of disposable diapers enter landfills where it takes hundreds of years for them to decompose, if ever,” says Heather McNamara, Executive Director of the Real Diaper Association. “Building off the success of last year’s event with 189 qualifying locations in 11 countries, we hope to show the entire world that cloth diapers are a real option for today’s modern families, particularly catching the eye of expecting and new parents who may be seeking more planet-friendly and affordable alternatives to disposable diapers.”

The West Frankfort event anticipates approximately 50 people to be in attendance. The event will take place at 11:00am on Saturday, April 20 at Mom’s Milk Boutique located at 601 S. Emma St. West Frankfort, IL 62896. In addition to the Great Cloth Diaper Change world-recording setting activity, there will also be light refreshments, raffles, and sales of cloth diaper products and accessories.

For more information or to participate in The Great Cloth Diaper Change held at Mom’s Milk Boutique please visit the Great Cloth Diaper Change Southern Illinois Facebook page. Or feel free to contact Bonnie at info@momsmilkboutique.com or at 1-855-227-5662. on the You can also go to http://greatclothdiaperchange.com/ and click on the map to find information about your local event. The Great Cloth Diaper Change can also be followed on Facebook and on Twitter.

About Mom’s Milk Boutique: Mom’s Milk Boutique was founded in 2007 by two sisters, Abbie and Bonnie, who were committed to natural, eco-friendly parenting products but felt frustrated at the lack of available resources and products in their hometown. Their solution? They opened an itty-bitty storefront in their small town of West Frankfurt, IL. Five years and a few babies later, they have a bigger retail space, carry a wide selection of products, and have an on-line store! Mom’s Milk Boutique has very high standards for what products they will carry and strives to offer them to costumers at the very best price possible…all while making it a fun place to shop! They offer free classes on cloth diapering, contests, giveaways, reward points, and much more! Abbie and Bonnie created something truly special when they opened Mom’s Milk Boutique. It’s more than simply a store; Mom’s Milk Boutique is a community that serves families both near and far.

About The Great Cloth Diaper Change: In its third year, The Great Cloth Diaper Change is an international initiative organized with the help of the nonprofit Real Diaper Association designed to show the world that cloth diapers are a real option for today’s families. The brainchild of Judy Aagard of Tiny Tots in California, Aagard says she came up with the idea in an effort to host a family event celebrating Earth Day. The Great Cloth Diaper Change has morphed into an exciting Guinness World Record breaking event, and in 2012, more than 8,251 babies were changed at one time. For more information visit http://greatclothdiaperchange.com/

This event is part of a larger (and growing) movement to change the way parents think about diapering their babies. Participants may contribute $1 (or more) at any of the North American local event. The money will assist the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Real Diaper Association in their efforts to help families across the U.S. and Canada find and use reusable cloth diapers.

Want to attend the Great Cloth Diaper Change event in style or support the cause from afar? Check out this adorable speciality print cloth diaper by Bottombumpers! All proceeds from sale of this diaper will benefit the Great Cloth Diaper Change event. Want to win one for FREE? Be sure to enter our giveaway TODAY!

Other fun 2013 Great Cloth Diaper Change merchandise can be found here.

Hope to see you there!

-Sarah

Who’s Who at Mom’s Milk Boutique: Meet Allison!

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Mom’s Milk Boutique is a small family-owned business started in 2007 by two sisters, Abbie and Bonnie. They were committed to bringing natural, eco-friendly parenting products to their hometown of West Frankfort, IL. The store has grown over considerably since then and currently there are 5 employees that make up Mom’s Milk Boutique. During the next week, we will spotlight each one of them here so you can get to know Who’s Who at Mom’s Milk Boutique!!

MEET ALLISON:

What is your title and role at MMB? I don’t think I have an official title at MMB. I was originally hired as a Social Media Coordinator in September of 2011, I think I was at that until the end of November when Abby called to see if I can come in to help with Black Friday. I’m now in the store full time. My main role is working with customers, if you come in to the store and you need someone to help create your diaper stash, get fitted for a nursing bra, or find your perfect carrier I’m probably the one you’ll work with. I’m also part of the shipping department and Bonnie’s memory/personal human google 🙂

What is your top favorite product at MMB? Oh man, this one is hard. Maybe the Sloomb snapped fitteds, or their wool. I’m a wool addict so I was thrilled when we started carrying their products. I actually find myself calling everything I love a favorite, and trust me I love A LOT.

What is your favorite babycarrier and why? Once again this is really hard! I used and loved my Ergo performance forever. I originally bought it from MMB years before I started working there. However, I’m in love with the Boba. I can wear my giant 2 year old at work for hours and stay comfortable the entire time.

What does your cloth diaper stash look like? Haha, is out of control a bad answer? I have such an eclectic stash. I have prefolds, fitteds, pockets, hybrids, AIOs, and WOOL! I love trying things out and at one point I was diapering two kids so I have way more diapers than I need.

Who are the members of your family? Myself, my husband Chris who was featured in the father’s day edition of Rockin’ Green’s newsletter!, Lucy 4, Jack 2 and the furrier members of our family Sam the 6 year old Newf/Retriever mix and Jasper the 1 year old Treeing Walker Coonhound. Don’t tell Sam and Jasper, but they were adopted 😉

What do you like to do for recreation? I’m a walker/runner. I’m also a crazy dog lady and I volunteer a lot at our local rescues. If I’m home I’m more than likely outside. All the members of my family hate being cooped up and we go stir crazy if we can’t get out and do something. I’m also a big fan of baking. Lucy is my favorite sous chef we like to make any and all types of cookies and yummy treats.

Share a favorite family tradition: One of my favorites is birthday breakfast. On your birthday you can have anything you want to eat, you want pizza, chocolate chip pancakes, an entire bowl of watermelon, totally cool, it’s your day enjoy every bite!

What is one tip you have for breastfeeding mamas? Trust your body, you can do this mama! Don’t talk yourself into supply issues, you just need to trust your body to do what it does best!

What are some of your favorite “me” time indulgences? I love a good bath, I’m a diehard fan of Lush bath products an I’m lucky enough to have a good friend who manages a store so I get a lot of “mommy only” bath stuff. I don’t get a lot of time to myself but my runs and the walks I take with the dogs are my really special alone time. I’m a podcast addict so my runs and walks are a great time to listen. My husband makes fun of me for being the only person he knows who listens to history education podcasts for fun.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be? The ability to read minds! I hate surprises so being able to be a step ahead of the game would probably calm a lot of my worries.

What is one of your favorite quotes? “Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.” – Kurt Vonnegut

I love this because it’s something I truly believe. Yes, there will always be evil and bad in the world, but there will always be good, more good than bad if you really look at things. Don’t let those dark things cancel out the light.

What are your goals/intentions/resolutions for this new year? I want to focus on enjoying the little things this year, even when everyone is running in 1000 different directions I want to really enjoy the days and not just rush through them.

Thanks Allison! So great to get to know the awesome woman who helps costumers at the store and ships the countless on-line orders. Keep on rockin’ it at Mom’s Milk Boutique!!

-Sarah

Celebrating ONE year with Mom’s Milk Boutique!!!

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Exactly ONE year ago I wrote my very first blog post here at Breastfeed.Babywear.ClothDiaper.Naturally! I remember feeling pretty nervous (wondering if anyone would actually even read it?) but also really excited about the opportunity to share my thoughts on topics near and dear to my heart. Throughout this past year I have felt incredibly blessed to be a part of this wonderful community. I am continually impressed by the integrity of the owners as well as the customers at Mom’s Milk Boutique. You are ALL awesome and I thank YOU for making my job so great! 🙂

I often (all.the.time in fact) get asked how I got the position as a Social Media Coordinator for Mom’s Milk Boutique (that’s my official fancy-schmancy title ;)).  I went through an application and interview process just like you would for most jobs. I was super stoked when the position was offered to me. It seemed like an ideal part-time, work-from-home position for a stay-at-home mom. I often write posts while nursing my little one down to sleep in the comfort of my own bed. Honestly, I couldn’t ask for a better gig! Little did I know at the time how awesome of a company Mom’s Milk Boutique truly is! Now that I have a deeper understanding/appreciation for what happens behind the scenes of a small, family owned and operated business, I feel quite honored to be a member of the Mom’s Milk Boutique team.

Mom’s Milk Boutique was founded in 2007 by two sisters, Abbie and Bonnie, committed to natural, eco-friendly parenting products. They opened an itty-bitty storefront in their small town of West Frankfurt, IL. They brought their little ones to work with them (made possible of course by babywearing!) so their babies always had direct access to mama’s milk as needed. 5 years and a few babies later, they have a bigger retail space, carry a wide selection of products, and have an on-line store! Way to go mamas!! I think their story is one that exemplifies the creativity and resourcefulness of mothers in balancing the needs of their families. I like to share their story as an inspiration to mothers everywhere.

I especially love that Mom’s Milk Boutique has very high standards for what products they will carry and strives to offer them to costumers at the very best price possible…all while making it a fun place to shop! There are always specials, contests, freebies, and giveaways happening. The Facebook page is a great place to hang out and chat with mamas from all over the place. They are a very active bunch and about as friendly and welcoming as a group can get!

In my humble opinion Abbie and Bonnie have created something uniquely special that well serves the natural parenting community…and I am filled with gratitude each time I sit down (or rather lay down on my bed with my nursling ;)) to publish a blog post. Thank you ALL for a wonderful first year together!!

Much love, peace, and joy to all, Sarah

Cloth Diapering: Where to Begin

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Interested in cloth diapering but not sure how to get started? I can totally relate! When I first examined the option of cloth diapering, I was completely overwhelmed with all the information. Words such as all-in-ones, prefolds, or wetbags were not in my vocabulary. I actually had never seen a cloth diaper in real life before making the commitment to cloth. Needless to say diving into cloth diapering was navigating a whole new world of parenting products and choices.

Selecting a cloth diaper
This is actually probably one of the hardest parts of cloth diapering; selecting a style diaper for your initial investment in cloth. There are pros and cons to all the available options so individual factors such as budget, baby’s body size/proportions, who will be changing baby on a regular basis, how many subsequent babies you plan to have, etc will influence your decision. It helped me to organize the options into two basic categories: one-step diapering systems and two-step diapering systems. A one-step diapering system would include all-in-ones or pocket diapers (assuming you pre-stuff them) and a two-step diapering system would include pre-folds /flats or fitted diapers with a cover. Some factors to consider when deciding between a one-step or two step diapering system is primarily budget, however some additional considerations include fabric type, ease of diapering, age of baby, and amount of laundry. Some people prefer to stick to natural fibers such as hemp or wool in which case you would select from available two step diapering systems. As for ease of diapering, there is a big difference in changes a newborn’s diaper as opposed to an older toddler’s diaper. Differences include how cooperative (or rather uncooperative) the child is during diapering, frequency of diaper changes, and the consistency of the poop. Yep, can’t talk about cloth diapers without mentioning poop! Something to keep in mind is that infant breastmilk poop is quite different than a toddler who eats a variety of foods which may impact diaper choice. Additionally when a toddler is starting to explore potty training, a two-step diapering system might be less desirable.

For me initially deciding between a one-step diapering system or a two-step diapering system helped narrow down my choices into a more manageable selection. Once you have decided what type of diaper you want, you will then need to determine what size to purchase. The available sizes range per brand of diaper, but typically you would need to invest in two sizes; one stash for newborn/early infancy and then another stash for later infancy/toddlerhood. There is also the option of one-size diapers that grow with baby which is a concept that appeals to many parents.

The next big decision is how many diapers to purchase. If you plan to cloth diaper full-time my recommendation is to have around 25 diapers in your rotation. That is a generous estimate as you could get by with less, however 25 diapers would allow you to comfortably get through three days of diapering. You are likely going to wash diapers every 3rd day and this will ensure you have clean diapers available while you are washing the dirty diapers. It’s not fun to run out of clean cloth diapers!

What style cloth diaper do you use on a regular basis? What do you like about that style? Sharing your experiences may help mamas decide what fluff to put on their baby’s bottom!

Stay tuned for more cloth diapering information throughout the week! Tomorrow’s topic is cloth diapering accessories!

-Sarah