Saturday, December 18, 2010

Stainless Steel Baby Bottles??? I've never seen that before

Everyone's heard of Dr. Brown's and Avent baby bottles, and till recently the only choices of materials for bottles have been plastic or glass.  Glass bottles tend to be more difficult to find of late and the biggest concern of plastic bottle is BPA.  On the scene comes the stainless steel baby bottle.  Recently we've seen a rise in stainless steel water bottles as people become more environmentaly aware and don't want to use the plastic bottles that just end up getting tossed.  The question then is, as we translate this to a baby bottle, what's so great about stainless steel? And is it safe for baby? Does it make a good baby bottle?  The answers, a resounding YES, stainless steel baby bottles are safe and stainless steel makes a great baby bottle.

Here's the thing about stainless steel. It is a very durable and strong material.  It will neither crack nor break, which is great for when your baby starts trying to feed themself, or just become curious about the bottle.  You can rest assured that it won't crack open on the floor.  Another great thing is that stainless steel won't scratch.  This means that there is no chance of bacterial growth on the bottle itself, making it safer for the baby.  Also, stainless steel is not plastic, so no fear of BPA.

Because steel is a better conductor of heat than plastic is, it will warm up a lot quicker than a plastic bottle would.  Since steel lacks the transparency of plastic or glass, these particular bottles were designed such that the cover doubles as a measuring cup, so you can still measure how many ounces of water of milk will go in the bottle.  This cover also fits a stroller cup holder very well, which is a great place to put some snacks for the baby while on the go.  The markings on the bottle won't rub off like they do on most plastic bottles either.

The brand of stainless steel baby bottles being sold by Eco Babies is OrganicKidz.  They come in 3 sizes - 4oz wide mouthed, 9oz wide mouthed, and 9 oz narrow mouthed bottles.  The wide-mouthed bottles are GREAT because it makes washing the bottle so much easier as it receives a bottle brush better than most other bottles.  The 9-oz narrow necked bottle is actually a thermal bottle, i.e it is made with 2 layers of stainless steel with a layer of air in between creating a natural insulation.  This bottle can keep milk warm for up to 6 hours.  Which is great because you can take the bottle with you for a day out without having to pack the warmer for the car.

OrganicKidz is also coming out with a sippy cup top for the bottles so your stainless steel bottle will convert into a sippy cup when your baby is ready.  This makes the bottle a great investment.  It is an investment as the bottles aren't as cheap as the plastic bottles are, but, because they are so durable they will last for mutliple children and are worth it.  And, since they are 100% recyclable they are earth friendly, which we at Eco Babies just LOVE.  And we believe you'll love them too!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Cloth Diapering on Vacation - my experience with the gDiaper

Many people ask me what to do when they go on vacation and they are committed to cloth.  Typically, I'd say if you're vacationing domestic then one can definitely maintain their cloth routine.  As long as there is a washing machine in sight then go for it!  I've done a domestic vacation - long weekend in Atlantic City, and there was no washing machine so I tried to find an eco-friendly disposable diaper, and ended up with Tushies after reading many reviews.  A couple of weeks ago we went on an international vacation back to my homeland of Jamaica and I pondered long and hard about what to do.  Yes, we have washing machines, but, I didn't want to stress my family about washing poopie diapers in their washing machine, and all the added utility costs, so, I thought to myself, maybe this would be an excellent time to try out the gDiaper!  I've heard mixed reviews about the gDiaper, and on the surface I loved the eco-friendly aspect of it, so, I figured I'd give it a try and maybe decide whether or not I wanted to carry it in my store.

The gDiaper is a hybrid diapering system consisting of a cloth outer shell in cute colors and velcro that fasten to the back rather than to the front as is traditionally seen.  Then there is a plastic liner that snaps into the cloth shell at its four corners.  The absorbent layer is either a reusable cloth insert OR a flushable 100% biodegradable disposable layer.  The fabric outer layer is called the "little g pant" and I was able to buy a pack of 2 which came with 3 of the plastic liners - which are all machine washable by the way.  Then I bought a couple packs of the disposable inserts - 32 for $15.  And away I went on my journey.

So what did I like about the gDiaper? It's cute, comes in great cute colors.  I liked the fact that the flushable liner is biodegradable.  I did not get the opportunity to flush the insert in Jamaica as it is not recommended to flush them in a septic system... and that's about it.  My daughter last weighed in at 22lbs so I bought the appropriate sized little pant, yet the velcro elasticized waist part cut into her skin.  This may not be a fault of the gDiaper, moreso my chunky monkey of a baby, but, I was pretty disheartened and ended up putting band-aids on her till we got back to the states.  The inserts were absorbent, but, had a tendency to leak.  I think it had to do with the way I placed the insert into the liner.  The insert was longer than the liner so I had to kinda cup it in, and sometimes I guess part of it still stuck out of the liner, which caused moisture to wick to the cloth shell.  And placing the insert into the liner, though it sounds simple enough, was time consuming when changing a screaming child, so I definitely had to have my alternate diaper pre-stuffed and ready to go for a change.  Maybe 2 outer shells were insufficient for my 10 day excursion, but, I figured, why should I buy more of these things if I'm just changing the insert.... then I realized the leak issues.  There were a couple of times that both diapers were being washed and dried at the same time because they leaked or had some poop on the shell.  Fortunately I had some Tushies as back-up... that was until mid-trip my daughter seemed to outgrow the darned things and she was constantly leaking out of them.

The final straw for me was, we're returning home, I changed her between flights.  She was in the gDiaper for maybe 5 hours, and by the time we got home her whole outfit was soaked!  I just pulled everything off of her, and placed her in one of her beautiful cloth diapers that I was so grateful to see at this point.

So, to answer the question, would I carry the gDiaper in my store? Maybe.  But no time soon.  I think this is a good diaper for a vacation - something temporary, but in my opinion NOT a great diaper for everyday wear.  This may even be a good option for those who don't have a washer/dryer inside their home, i.e. if they are in an apartment situation and have a communal washroom, and they don't feel comfortable washing their diapers in a shared washing machine.

At my last workshop someone had their baby in a gDiaper and when I asked about the leaks she said, "yeah, sometimes, but don't all diapers leak?"... I said, "Nope!, if your baby is in a good well-fitted cloth diaper you shouldn't expect any type of leakage."  And that's the truth!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Is the upfront cost of cloth diapers prohibitive for most?

This question could be very difficult to answer as it really depends on ones personal financial situation, and the local economy.  But, I think it is a topic worth investigating.  We as cloth diapering advocates constantly tout the economic benefits of cloth diapering, which is all good and well, but, the truth of the matter is the cost savings benefits of cloth diapers are more long-term (over the course of about 1 yr) rather than an immediate one.  In today's world of credit, this isn't necessarily a problem for most, but it could be for some.

If you do the math, (or visit any random website that has already done the math), cloth diapers are truly the most economic choice.  Disposables will cost between $2,000 and $3,000 per child from infancy to potty-training toddlers.  A sufficient stash of cloth diapers numbers around 2 to 3 dozen.  This of course depends on your lifestyle and system preference.  But let's say, in general, one could get by with about 36 diapers.  On average, the more convenient the diaper the more expensive it cost, so an All-In-One (AIO) or One-Size diapers could run anywhere from $20 to $25 per diaper.  So for someone to fathom having to purchase 36 AIO diapers at $20 a pop, that's $720 right off the bat.  Not to mention accessories such as wet bags and detergent, could add another $50 to the deal.  Now when you do add the utility costs over time of washing the diapers yourself, it is far cheaper than disposables.  And the fact that you can extend these savings when you reuse the diapers on subsequent children is phenomenal.  But what about the folks that can't afford the $720 we just estimated?

Here are some solutions:
1) Go online or to a local workshop and figure out what cloth diapering systems you want to use, and put them on your registry!  This is the best option for moms carrying their first child because you know your family wants to help you out and would be more than happy to buy you the diapers of your dreams.
2) Buy used.  There are many diaper swapping websites and forums with people who want to "destash" and are willing to sell their used diapers at a deep discount.  There's nothing wrong with this, but, be cautious.  Cloth diapers are very sensitive and require a lot of care and maintenance.  If the owner didn't care for the diapers well, or the diapers have already done its duty with several children, the construction of the diapers may be compromised or the fabrics may no longer be as absorbent, i.e. as effective, as when they were new. So, be sure to scrutinize every diaper before you  make that purchase otherwise you may have to start over.  As my Trinidadian friends say, "good things don't cheap, cheap things don't good".
3) Don't feel pressured into buying all 36 diapers at one time.  If you are under financial constraints, start off with some inexpensive prefolds.  Prefolds are the least flashy diapers out there, but, they are a tried and true staple and they are super cheap. Prefolds are, in my opinion, a great way to begin your cloth diapering journey.  Newborns, though they pee frequently, don't pee in as high a volume as an older child and prefolds are very absorbent.  They get more absorbent the more you wash them too.  Another great thing about prefolds is that when your infant outgrows the infant size prefolds, they can be used as doublers for your future pocket diapers.  So, if you can deal with folding the prefolds and using Snappis, I'd buy anywhere from 12-16 prefolds (infants need to be changed 8-10 times/day) and 2 covers.  I say 2 covers because, when one is dirty you'll have another to use.  I recommend 1 cover to every 4-5 prefolds or fitted diapers, so, this 2 is just a starter for the budget conscious mom. So, 16 prefolds @ $2/prefold, plus 2 covers @ $12/cover (on average) = $56.  Add in a package of Rockin' Green @ $14 and we're at $70.  These are the BARE necessities for cloth diapering.  So if you're willing to go old school and use some prefolds you can theoretically begin your cloth diapering journey with $70 (+tax and shipping).

As the months wear on, you become more confident with your cloth diapers, washing routine, etc. you can use the money you may have budgeted on disposable diapers on adding to your stash, getting a couple more accessories, etc.  Let's say you budgeted $60/month for disposables.  You could over time use some of your diaper budget every month and add one or two covers, some different types of diapers to accommodate your growing child and busy lifestyle, maybe a wet bag or pail liner, some cloth wipes each month until you have everything you need.  If you have this type of budget, you'll have everything you need in far less than a year. And besides the occasional top-up of detergent every 3-4 months, you'll be done.

So, is a $70 initial cost prohibitive for most?  I sure hope not if you're planning on raising a child :)

Good luck!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I've heard cloth diapering is easy, but, what's the scoop about the poop?

The poop factor is definitely in the top 5 reasons that people shy away from cloth diapering.  I must admit, that was my first question when I began researching using cloth.  And I definitely thought I'd be totally grossed out by having to deal with poop.  But, the more I learned about cloth diapering, the less squeamish I became about this concept.  Also, actually having the baby sure helped me get over myself.  I think every mom-to-be is totally grossed out by the thought of the birthing process and baby poopy and spit-up... and as soon as they become moms, they get over that apprehension very quickly.

So to answer the question, what's the scoop about the poop? First of all, breastfed babies' poops is water soluble, so the poop can go right in the washing machine with the diaper, and it will wash right out.  Breastfed poop can tend to stain the diapers, so, put your trust in the sun to eliminate the stains from the fabric - if you didn't know, the sun is a natural disinfectant and stain remover. 

What about when baby is drinking formula and eating pureed food and you get that peanut-buttery sticky stuff?  Or better yet, when your little one begins eating solid foods and the poop is solid?  Well, there are ways to mitigate this issue also:
#1: Solid poopy is way easier to deal with than the peanut-butter stuff because you can just dump it into the toilet, and wash the diapers as usual.
#2: If you're still in the peanut-butter stage, or just would rather not deal with the poop in general, there are these awesome things called flushable diaper liners .  They are about the thickness of a dryer sheet and come in several sizes depending on the manufacturer.  I especially love the Sage ones because they're pretty big, and can get through about 2-3 washes in the washing machine before they fall apart.  So, you lay the liner on the diaper when changing baby.  If they pee, you just throw the liner in the wet bag with the diaper and wash as usual.  If they go poopy, you just lift the liner with the poop and all, and flush it down the toilet.  The liners are 100% biodegradable.  Love them! 
#3: Another option is using a diaper sprayer.  They look just like the sprayer you'd use at your kitchen sink.  Just hook it up to the toilet - doesn't take long, let hubby take care of it.  And when you have a poopy diaper you can just hose it off.

The option one decides to you is totally subjective.  Some folks can't leave home without their sprayer, while others think it's just too messy.  As usual, it's all about personal preference.

The next poopy question people have is, "Ew, so poop is going to be in the washing machine I'm using to wash my clothes? What about my clothes?" My answer to that is, you're washing the diapers in HOT water.  I don't mean kinda hot, I mean between 140-150F.  This ensures the diaper gets clean, it's killing all kinds of bacteria.  So, your clothes will be fine. 

What I really don't understand though is, Americans pick up tons of doggie poo every day.  If you can pick up stinkie doggie poo, then what's the big deal about your baby's poo?  I tell you, I was way more grossed out about having to pick up my dog's poop (the dog my husband just HAD to have) than I was about dealing with my daughter's poopy diaper.  In Jamaica we don't pick up dog poop... but when in Rome.  Now, please don't send me angry e-mails about animal rights or whatever, it's just a cultural thing.  And no, I'm not in any way trying to compare your bundle of joy to your family pet... I'm just talking about poop.

So, I am proud to say I no longer fear poop!  I think that fear left me once I stuck my finger down the back of my baby's diaper, foolishly, to see if she was wet... and oops, she was more than wet.  (teehee).  So to you, dear friends, who are considering cloth... don't worry about the poop... it's temporary, and if you include some liners and/or a sprayer in your diapering program, you'll do great!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Busy Busy Busy

When I started this business, I didn't realize just how busy I'd be with expos, and trade shows, and all kinds of baby events.  I just figured I'd get a great website going, and people would just flock to it.  How wrong I was.  But, I'm enjoying it.  I'm enjoying meeting new people and extolling the greatness of cloth diapering.  And I REALLY enjoy when I meet cloth diapering mommies who are excited to talk about their cloth diapering journey, or to see some product I have that they hadn't seen yet.  The more and more I'm doing this, the more I realize that this thing is like an underground movement... the cloth diapering movement.  And I'm glad to be a part of it, and to spread the word.

So, just what have I been up to? Well, my website launched on August 15, 2010.  Since then I  had a vendor's table in September at the Baby Bargains book signing at Great Beginnings in Gaithersburg, MD, which was great because I got to meet Alan Fields, the author of "Baby Bargains" - very cooool! Like meeting a celebrity. Thanks Rachel from DC Baby Planners!.  Then in October I did a consignment sale for the Northern Virginia Parents of Multiples (NVPOM).  Man, that was an early morning... but worth it because I met some folks who were cloth diapering mommies, who had seen my website and came out to the sale just because of it. So how cool was that?!

Then, I went to the largest industry trade show in Las Vegas.  And boy, was that HUGE.  I still haven't gotten a chance to let you all in on the cool new stuff I'm adding to the store here in the next couple of weeks.  VERY exciting stuff.  You already know about Rockin' Green detergent, the Apple Park Pals, and the natural sunscreen from Episencials, but, there are soooo many more cool things coming down the pipeline.

I haven't had the chance to fill you in because I've been sooooo busy with the biggest event I've done - Green Festivals DC 2010. Talk about intimidating.  A small, new business like myself in the big leagues... and it was GREAT!  I met sooooo many cool people, who loved the gorgeous organic toys from Dandelion and Apple Park, and so open-minded about the cloth diapers and excited to learn more.  I really had a great time, and appreciated the positive response we received while there.  Special thanks to my old college classmate, Patrick A. who told me about the festival and to my friends Tiffany M. and Malika S. who volunteered their time on Saturday and Sunday to help me out at the booth.  I definitely couldn't have done it without them.  And to my wonderful husband who helped me load up everything, bring it to the Convention Center, unload eveyrthing, and do it all in reverse on Sunday night.  He is THE MAN :)

So the question is, where do we go from here? Well, I have some workshops coming up in November, and December, so if you're interested register soon as space is limited. I will be at the Fairfax County Moms of Multiples event next Thursday night.  Thanks again to Rachel!  I'll be at the Holy Cross Baby Fair on Nov 7 and the La Leche League Expo on Nov 13.  Whew.  I'm tired just reading this :)

To keep up with me, follow me on facebook or twitter, or join my mailing list for monthly updates.  And I look forward to meeting some of you guys on my journey :)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Product Spotlight – Baby Kicks Fitted

Baby Kicks is based in Salisbury, MD, so they’re local to me.  I had the pleasure of meeting the Owner about 2 weeks ago and he is awesome.  I like his philosophy about the world of cloth diapers and I think his approach to this business is awesome – he’s all about having fun with it.
So let’s get down to the diapers.  Last week I shone the spotlight on an AIO.  This week we’re doing a one-size fitted diaper.  Some folks, when they first get into cloth diapers are like, “If there are these great AIOs out there, why even bother with anything else?”  Well for everything there is a reason, and let me tell you, if there’s one fitted diaper you should have in your stash this is IT!  So what do I love about these Baby Kicks organic fitteds? Well, first of all, they are a cotton/hemp blend diaper.  I LOVE HEMP!  And that’s not just because I’m JamaicanJ.  Hemp is a super soaking power house of a fabric, it dries quickly, though it has been said it absorbs more slowly that cotton.  From an environmental standpoint it requires less water to grow than cotton does.  And, it has anti-microbial properties.  So really, what’s there not to love.
Besides the hemp factor, they are VERY well made.  The stretch leg portion fits snuggly around any baby’s frame.  The snap feature is awesome! The snaps are colored, so the diaper is cute.  There are two rows of snaps at the waist and a row down the front which makes it easily adjustable to fit any size.  The way it is designed, it tucks into itself to fit smaller babies without looking all weird and bulky like some other one-size fits do (click here for demonstration).  And each diaper comes with a Joey Bunz hemp doubler.
So what about the cover?? Any cover will do, so just choose one you like and roll with it.
Personal testament to this diaper – I use this as my night-time diaper for my baby girl.  I double stuff it with hemp inserts and put a layer of microfleece (from Happy Heinys) on top to wick the moisture away from my baby’s butt.  That girl sleeps the whole night through – 10 straight hours easily.  And to top it off, when she gets up in the morning, the diaper doesn’t have that soaked feeling that a cotton prefold usually has… it’s as if it started drying out during the night.  How great is that!  I LOVE these diapers!
Try out the Baby Kicks Organic One-Sized diaper out with your favorite cover. You will be amazed! 

Monday, October 18, 2010

Can a working mom really cloth diaper her kids?

In my cloth diapering journey, and specifically this new business journey, I have noticed that a lot of moms who cloth diaper their children are stay-at-home moms.  And a lot of moms say they're just too busy to cloth diaper... which begs the question, "can a working mom really cloth diaper her kids?".

Well, it all comes down to the perception that cloth diapering is this incredibly time consuming process.  Now, when my mom used to cloth diaper us, 30 years ago in Jamaica, it was definitely time consuming and physically stressful.  She has told me stories about having to wash the diapers by hand, putting them out in the sun to remove stains... and she didn't have a ton so she was doing this almost every day.  And having to do so when she got home from work too.  Well, last time I checked nobody is washing anything by hand anymore, so, if she could do it then, why can't I do it now? 

I know what it's like to come home from work, spend time playing with your child(ren), figure out what's for dinner, sit on the couch to rest your legs for just 5 minutes.  So why would anyone want to add another 10 mins to throw the dipes into the washing machine, and another 10 mins to put them in the dryer when they're done?  What I think it really comes down to is making that conscious decision to choose a healthier alternative to disposables. So, here's an idea... create a schedule, and let the machine run while you're doing other things.  If Tuesday is diaper day, then when you get home, drop those dipeys in the washing machine and then play with your kids.  Put the clean dipes in the dryer, and while it's drying go ahead make dinner.  Let laundry become a background process then it really doesn't interfere with everything else we have planned for our busy evenings. Or, better yet - let your husband do it ;)

If any working moms out there have tips about how they find the time to cloth diaper their little one(s), please share your experiences - leave a comment :)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Product Spotlight – Kushies All-In-One diapers


Update 4/24/11:
Kushies isn't exactly the most popular brand out there. And I've had a bunch of these value packs in stock for some time and they just don't move off the shelves as quickly as their covers do, or the BG Elemental AIOs do.  So, I decided to try out the diapers on my little one.  And you know what, they're really not horrible.  They are pretty light.  The doubler that's stitched in I discovered is a little long, but, I think they make it that way so you can fold it at the free end - up front for boy, in the middle to back for girls, to give extra absorbency where they need it most...which I like.  The diaper itself is very absorbent.  I've been using Baby Kicks One Size Hemp diapers as my go-to night-time diaper, double stuffed with hemp doublers.  Well, one night those were all in the wash, so I decided to use the Kushies AIO, and you know what.  It held up VERY well.  No leaks!  So that was a nice surprise.  The absorbent layer of the diaper does in fact soak up quite a lot.  The velcro tab hasn't given me problems yet.  

What didn't I like about it? Well, there are no leg gussets which I think would make this a better diaper for runny poop.  The waist didn't get as close a fit as you would get with a cover/insert combo... so I can foresee possible leakage there.  But that was it.  This is honestly not a bad diaper.  

In any case, I have discounted it to make some room for new stock, so, it's an even better value for money now.  Coming in at $9.40 per diaper.  That's unheard of for an AIO. Making it an even better option for the budget conscious mom.  

Try them out today... you won't get a better deal elsewhere... and when they're gone, that's it!

Kushies is a Canadian based company that manufactures a whole array of items for baby.  We carry a number of their products because, they’re good, they’re cute and they’re economical . 
What I like about the Ultra-Lite AIOs is that they are very light.  A lot of times diapers tend to be heavy and bulky, but, these are made to be a little lighter, even though they are made with 6 layers of 100% cotton flannel making them able to still absorb a lot of liquid.  Though these AIOs don’t have pockets, they come with a cotton soaker stitched in at one end, which means they’ll wash well and dry quickly.  Also, because the soaker is stitched in that way, one could easily stick a doubler in under the soaker for a heavy wetter or for night time use.  Hook and loop closure (velcro) makes the diaper easy to put on.
Another good thing about these diapers is that they only come in 2 sizes – infants (10 to 22lbs) and toddler (22 to 45lbs).   We’re selling the 5 diaper value pack for $55 for the infant size and $62 for the toddler size, which means these AIOs are $11-$12 a piece! That’s an excellent price for an AIO.  The value pack makes a great investment for first time cloth diaper users and comes in an assortment of fun colors and prints.  
So, let’s summarize the pros and cons for the Kushies Ultra-Lite All-In-One Diaper:
Pros: inexpensive, light, only 2 sizes, cute colors/prints, quick dry, no cover required

Cons: won’t fit a baby under 10lbs; no leg gussets
Looks like the pros out-weigh the cons, so, try them today

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

So many choices, what to do??

My little biz is all about going green.  Our main focus right now is on cloth diapers... and, there are soooo many to choose from so how do we choose which to carry. Well, different diapers appeal to different people for different reasons.  Variety is the spice of life, but I figured I'd try to carry the big names that people know about first, but also the ones I have personally used on my little one.  So I went to the big guns - Fuzzi Bunz & Happy Heinys. I personally used Happy Heinys on my little one and LOVE the Happy Hempies, so I definitely wanted to carry those. But then I also wanted to carry other brands that are just as good, but, you don't hear a whole lot about (or at least so I thought), so I sourced Kushies, Bumkins, OsoCozy, Baby Kicks & Diaperaps (now Sage).  I have had the pleasure of using Kushies diaper cover and OsoCozy, Diaperaps & Baby Kicks fitted diapers.  They are all great for different reasons... and I will review each and every one of them in my upcoming blog posts.

There are soooo many other great geen products for babies outside of diapers, and I want to make those available and spread the good word to everybody who is willing to listen.  So, I found these awesome organic toys made by Dandelion which I am thoroughly thrilled about.  And what about baby skin care? We have some great skin care products from Natures Baby Organics, including certified organic zinc free diaper ointment that is safe for cloth diaper use!

This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend an industry expo with hundreds of infant and child manufacturers and I am VERY excited about the new stuff that I will be bringing to the store in the next week.  Here's a sneak peak: natural baby sunscreen, more organic toys, baby carrier, baby bottles, and more diapers!  So, stay tuned for the full scoop!

I'd love to hear from YOU!  Let me know what you would like to see in the store.  Thanks to your voice we have just added Planet Wise wet & wet/dry bags and pail liners.  So, your vote does count :)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A little something about the lady behind Eco Babies

I am currently an engineer with a large construction company here in the
DC metro area, but I hail from the beautiful island of Jamaica.  My cloth
diapering journey all began with a visit to the home of a colleague of
mine a couple of years ago who was pregnant with her first child.  She
told me proudly of how she planned to cloth diaper her child.  I had no
idea people still used cloth diapers.  My mother cloth-diapered both my
brother and I some 30+ years ago, and back then the diapers looked like
handkerchiefs.  I was impressed and intrigued by her zeal and when I
became pregnant in 2009 I decided to do some research into the matter for
myself.   The driving force behind my decision to cloth diaper was two-fold:
the environmental impacts and the cost savings.  "Green" is the buzz word
in my industry and I enjoy learning more about how we can each do our part
for a better environment.  My daughter is now 10 months old and I have
been cloth diapering her since she was about 2 weeks old. I decided to
open up my own natural baby store to share with others the cool healthy
and green products out there. At this time Eco Babies focuses on cloth
diapers, but I also carry natural and organic skin care items, as well as
organic plush toys.  In time, as my business grows, I will be introducing
more exciting green products.