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I’ve not posted in a while because in addition to the business of regular life I’ve been trying to put together some online stores to sell some of my handmade, eco-friendly items. After agonizing for some time over a name I decided on EcoBeebo.  The “eco” half is pretty self-explanatory, as I am always trying to be green and eco-friendly.  The “beebo” part comes from my family’s cutesy word for “baby.”  Each and every baby has been called “the beebo.”  And since we’re all striving for a better, cleaner world for our children, EcoBeebo just seemed to fit.

 

Handmade Prefold Diaper

 

I’m still working on both stores (hyena cart and etsy), and have yet to do an actual website, but there are a few things up and I am going to be adding to them slowly and working on the appearance of both shops as I can find the time.   If there is something you are interested in that you don’t see there, you can email me and I’ll let you know whether or not I can do it for you.  I am also open for trades as I just don’t have the time or patience to deal with website design/store makeovers so if you provide that type of service and would like to trade for some mama-made wares, please email me.  🙂

 

Personalized Keepsake Name Pillow

 

 

I am making and selling cloth diapers, wipes, wipes holders, unpaper towels, personalized keepsake pillows, hair bow holders and more.  Items to be added in the future will include items for your pet!  So check them out and maybe you’ll find something you like!  Support work-at-home moms!

EcoBeebo on etsy

EcoBeebo on hyena cart

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So I’m revisiting the upcycled diapers post because I’m having such a good time with it.  It’s a HUGE money-saver, plus it’s fun rummaging through old things and making them new and usable again.

I came across an old super-soft sweater that I no longer wear, and thought it could make a very cute prefold diaper.  Below is the result:

 

Outside of upcycled prefold diaper

Inside of upcycled prefold diaper

Mr. Bear kindly modeling finished snappiable upcycled prefold diaper

 

 

How awesome is that?  And super cute, too!

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You have your cute cloth wipes, now you think to yourself , “How the heck do I use these?” Well fear not, it’s not nearly as daunting as beginning to investigate cloth diapers.  Some mamas prefer to keep their cloth wipes wet.  I am not one of those mamas.  I tried that with my first child and did not like it.  Too much propensity for them to mold, even if you just use water.  There are plenty of articles and videos online if you want to investigate that route.  I am going to concentrate on the spray bottle method.  This is where you keep your wipes dry and use a spray bottle to dampen them for each use.

You simply fill a spray bottle with plain old water or the cloth wipe solution of your choice.  Cloth wipe solutions are easy to make.  Many online shops carry wipe solution cubes that you simply dissolve in a larger container and add to your spray bottles as needed.  I keep a spray bottle on my diaper changing table and one in the diaper bag.   You can also make your own solution using pure essential oils (never use synthetic oils), vitamin e, baby wash, oatmeal soap cubes or many other ingredients.  Tea tree, lavender and chamomile are popular choices, and I believe the common ratio is 2 drops of each oil per 2 cups of water.  The first solution I ever tried was tea tree and lavender with a few drops of baby wash.  It smells yummy and the benefits of the essential oils are a plus.

Another option are soap cubes.  You can purchase them from online shops; many wahm’s make their own soap.  They’re usually quite inexpensive and last a long time.  If you have the time to make your own, this is a great option.  A nice hypoallergenic soap works well.  Oatmeal and goat’s milk soap are favorites of mine.  Just cut the bars up into small cubes (about the size of a sugar cube) and dissolve into a gallon of hot water.  I keep a large glass bottle on my kitchen counter for wipes solution and use it to periodically refill my small spray bottles.

 

Awesome, right?  Also saves a lot of money and is just one more thing you can do to be just a little greener.

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Many moms have heard of cloth diapers.  Have you ever heard of cloth wipes?  Well now you have!  Cloth wipes are definitely an eco-friendly and cost-effective option when deciding how to diaper your child.  They can be made to fit nicely into those plastic wipes containers and are reusable.  Awesome, right?

They can be made from many cute prints, materials and colors and are also great for wiping spills, cleaning dirty little hands, faces and even as a cloth alternative to paper napkins in your child’s (or your own) lunchbox.

I made these from one layer of flannel and one layer of terry cloth:

If you’re not too picky about what you use, you can always use the cheapo baby washcloths you find at the dollar store as wipes, but they’re awfully thin.  using regular-sized terry washcloths is an option but they can be a little bulky in the diaper bag.

If you’re just not all that crafty and would rather just order some online, I do take custom orders (online store is still being put together, but I can still take orders via funded paypal).  Flannel/flannel, flannel/terry, flannel/minkee in girl, boy and gender neutral colors/prints.  Just shoot me an email at peasloveandcamelot@gmail.com and we’ll see what we can whip up.  These also make great baby shower gifts!  So fun!

Next post:  Baby wipes solution!  Yes, you can make that, too!

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So I’ve been a busy bee trying to sew some diapers for my little one, and I asked myself:  “Self, I wonder if we can fashion some dipes out of some old clothes that I’ll never get my big girl self into again?”  I pondered this for a moment and as I looked through my closet, I realized there was a wealth of material in there that I could use.

The first thing I grabbed was an old shirt.  I decided to try and make a prefold.  I looove prefolds.   Prefolds are what most people think of  when they think of cloth diapers.  Prefolds were what my mom used back in the day, but earlier than that folks used whatever they had handy.   It is very possible to make yourself a diaper stash out of what you already have in your closet.

The shirt I used was made out of regular t-shirt material.  It was a very soft so it had a tendency to want to curl along the edges, but I made it work.  I cut strips out of some scrap flannel to fashion the center of the prefold.

Tah dah!  Upcycled diapers for baby!  Pretty cool, huh?

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An awesome hop!  Check it out!

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I am very proud of myself.  I completed this wetbag.  What’s a wetbag, you ask?  A wetbag is something that cloth-diapering moms use to put soiled cloth diapers in when they are out and about, but can be used to hold wet swimsuits, gym clothes, clothes that have been spit up on by baby or maybe baby had a leaky diaper and his/her clothes got a little wet.   You can use them for pretty much anything that you don’t want touching anything else until you can get it to the wash.  Sure beats using those little plastic scented baggies!  A lot more eco-friendly, too.

I wanted to try a longer/deeper bag as I normally slide it into a crevace on the stroller and it lies across 2 bars so I needed it to be longer than the commercially-made one I found at Target.

I purchased a cute cotton print that I liked and lined it with waterproof material, added a zipper and voila!  Wetbag by moi!

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