As I type this, I’m sitting in on the couch in between my two kiddos, who are highly invested in Rise of the Guardians.
I was working in my office, which, truth be told, is much more conducive to getting any kind of writing done in a reasonable amount of time, but the call of spending as much time as possible with my kids was too good to ignore.
They are still little and sweet and snuggly and wanting to hang with me.
Writing about Little for Now, an eco-friendly baby gear go-to that shines with unique and innovative must-haves and specializes in the best cloth diapers and accessories, couldn’t be more appropriate.
Clicking through their easy-to-navigate, chock-full-of-awesome-products site makes me realize how precious these years are.
For my friends who are having babies now, I can’t think of a better place to shop—and/or register.
You can tell that all of the items have been vetted (seriously, there are some great brands here) and feel relieved in knowing you can’t make a wrong purchase.
Plus, the Cloth Diapering Learning Center is a rich resource (sans any preachiness) for those of you who are considering going the cloth route.
To gear up on the best eco-friendly, organic, cool goods you and your wee ones need, go to www.LittleforNow.
Now, get off your computer, and go enjoy your family!
You’ll Love It Because: Likewise Kids isn’t just about finding the best stuff to give, it’s also about giving back. For most items purchased on the site, $1 goes to charity, and you even get a say in which ones are supported by the donations.
Check This Out: Little Picasso. Your budding little artist just may go on to revolutionize the world of art with the next great style, as Picasso did with Cubism, but even if he just creates some pretty cute stuff better suited for a refrigerator than a museum, you can preserve it for posterity on a poster, canvas print or digital file with Little Picasso.
Something Else You’ll Think Is Cool: The Oshi Mat + Bag is useful for everyone in the family—the lightweight mat can be used for yoga, changing diapers, traveling and more. The environmentally friendly, recyclable, easy-to-clean product comes in four fun patterns, including giraffes and helicopters. For the bouncing babes in your life, the Apple Park Blankets are a luxurious, organic and adorable choice for the crib, while the Apple Park Soft Block Set triples the fun with three cotton blocks that captivate little learners.
All-natural, breastfeeding and cloth diapers—these are the new A, B, Cs of parenting. And those A, B, Cs are easier to do than ever thanks to the support of local and national, primarily mom-owned businesses like Baby Junk.
A brick and mortar store in Omaha, a local cloth diaper service and a national natural parenting and baby gear site, Baby Junk brings style and substance to new moms in search of both.
Here, owner Andrea Foley talks about her foray into the world of cloth diapers, why they’re a natural choice and what else moms-to-be need to pick up on their way to parenthood.
Andrea Foley: After learning about cloth diapers and how many moms were transitioning back to them, I started to do some research on the issue. Not being a mom yet, I had a very neutral stance.
After finding out about all of the harmful effects of disposables and knowing I would never use them on my children in the future, I realized that my city did not have a service that would enable moms to make an easy transition to cloth. I created the Diaper Dudee Diaper Service and have blossomed into a full retail store from there.
TFG: You carry a large variety of maternity and new mom essentials, baby gifts and gear. What are some of your favorites?
1) A wrap—Moby or Sleepy Wrap are great brands
2) A pumping bra, if she is nursing/pumping
3) A great nursing bra or tank
4) A cloth wipe warmer with cloth wipes—even if she’s not using cloth diapers. This kept my son 100% rash free from the time I began using it.
TFG: How does your Diaper DuDee Service work?
AF: We provide new parents with all the diapers they need for an entire week. We come to their home once a week, pick up their dirty diapers, leave them clean ones and do all of the dirty work! It costs less than disposables for this personalized service and does wonders for your baby!
TFG: What would many moms be surprised to know about cloth diapers?
AF: EVERYTHING! You don’t pin them, you don’t have to learn crazy folds, you don’t use pull-on rubber pants, you don’t have to rinse them (with our service). Disposables are very scary and have carcinogenic chemicals in them. Cloth diapers are safe and healthy and babies get 87% less diaper rash with them. And they’re very easy to put on—they only take five more seconds than disposables.
TFG: Tell us about your brick and mortor.
AF: We are finally realizing our dream of introducing cloth diapers and less “mainstream” baby products to the Omaha market! Our store, Baby Junk, focuses on education with a free community room and a staff that knows the ins and outs of natural-living baby items. From cloth diapers to baby carriers to every item a nursing mother needs, we’ve got it. The name stems form diapers and that cloth babies have more “junk in their trunk.”
TFG: What is your proudest moment as a business owner?
AF: I have two things that really stand out: The day I reached 100 diaper service customers and these last few months of opening my own laundry facility for Diaper DuDee and preparing for the opening of our retail store.
TFG: What else is on the horizon?
AF: Major changes are happening this year. We are working on some other initiative with cloth diapers. I am the head of a committee to re-introduce cloth diapers into hospitals and we are working on other projects like a Diaper Service DVD. We’re also providing free educational classes to younger women to get them into the fold before they have children.
You know how Cadbury Creme Eggs signal Easter is a-coming (though they are sending those out earlier and earlier lately)?
Well, here at TFG, the late-winter launch of our Spring Shopping Guide trumpets the birds, the buds and the clean, fresh breeze that eases our winter-weary souls, aka spring.
Each year, we profile a handful of sites, each one chosen for something extra special that makes it a must-know-about stand-out.
This year’s top nine include:
To get the scoop on each pick, pop on over to Spring Shopping Guide now.