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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’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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I always get excited (as I know other cd’ing moms do) when that big poofy package comes in the mail.  Today I was doubly delighted to receive both the used Blueberry covers I’d purchased from another mama off of diaperswappers as well as the new Kissaluvs I’d purchased off of ebay.  The Kissaluvs I’d received in the mail the other day were terry cloth; these are fleece and oh-so-soft.

The Blueberry covers are $16.95 each brand new.  I got these–which are in pretty good shape–for $10.00 each ppd (postage paid).   The deal on the Kissaluvs was even better, since these are brand new and I got them for $9.95 each from ebay as opposed to $13.95 each/$12.95 for unbleached as priced on Kissaluvs.com.   Sometimes you can find even better deals.  There is even a section of  diaperswappers entitled “FFS” (Free For Shipping) where all you have to pay is shipping.  You can also do outright trades with other mamas.  In this case, I used paypal funds from selling off diapers that didn’t fit any longer in order to purchase bigger sizes.   I’ve utilized the site for years.  It’s definitely worth checking out if you are considering cloth diapering your child.

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Today has been a gorgeous day.  A bit on the windy side, sunny and about 73.  So of course I’ve tried to get as much laundry done and out on the line as possible.  On a trip in from the line I noticed the mailman.  As I am expecting a few deliveries of fluffy mail, I excitedly went out to see what Mr. Mailman brought today.

And behold–a package!

It was 3 Kissaluvs fitted diapers I’d purchased from another mama.   For those not familiar with cloth diapers, fitteds–like prefolds–require a cover as they are not waterproof.  I’ve used them in the past, but each kid is different, so we’ll see how it goes this time around.  I also bought some Blueberry Coveralls (diaper covers) and am excited to try those, too.  Those haven’t arrived yet.  Can’t wait!

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Yes, they still exist.  Yes, lots of people use them for their children, myself included.  Although it may sound daunting, cloth diapering is actually pretty easy once you get past all the different types of cloth diapers there are out there, how to identify them and how they work.  Gone are the days of diaper pins and ill-fitting rubber pants.  While prefolds (the diapers my mother used for me) are still in use, snappi fasteners have replaced the old diaper pins and waterproof covers with velcro closures replace the old, ill-fitting pull-up rubber/plastic pants.  And while diaper services still exist, it is relatively easy and much more cost-effective to launder them yourself.  It is a huge cost savings to line-dry diapers if you can.  Some people find that line-dried clothing can be a little stiff.  After they are dry, pop them into the dryer for just a couple of minutes to restore fluffiness.

Have you bought a pack of disposable diapers lately?  They are quite expensive.   Not to mention they are…well, papery. Who wants scratchy paper rubbing up against them ((shuddering)) when you can have buttery soft microfiber fleece?  There is also the impact on the environment and the use of toxic chemicals in the manufacturing process of disposables, much of which has already been documented and out there on the internet for some time.   I will provide links to some sites of interest and I do suggest grabbing a snack and hunkering down for a very informative read.

Other than getting over the hump of understanding all the cloth-diapering jargon (pf=prefolds, AIO=All-In-One, AI2=All-In-Two, etc.), one may initially be stunned at the cost of a single cloth diaper.  While initial cost outlay may end up being more than you expected, remember these are reusable.  Properly laundered and maintained, cloth diapers can last for years and be used for more than one child.   There are also a number of sites on the internet for swapping/selling cloth diapers and cloth diapering products (diaperswappers). That’s right, mamas.  When your little one outgrows a certain size, just trade up for the next size!   While it may be a hard-sell in the beginning for some, the convenience of  today’s cloth diapers and the sheer cost savings are usually enough to win over a doubting partner.

I have cloth diapered more than one child.  I have also used cloth baby wipes and made my own wipes solution.  While I can still be found with some ‘sposies on hand (there are now chlorine-free, more eco-friendly disposables on the market)  for some trips out or for those times when a family member is babysitting and just doesn’t want to deal with the many and varied cloth diapers and accessories in the nursery, I far and away prefer cloth.  I had a lot of fun (and still do) learning about all the different kinds of cloth available, and continue to be in awe of sahms (stay-at-home-moms) who create wonderful embroidered diapers, covers and cloth-diapering products.   Ooh, and when your little one’s cloth diapering days are behind them, the prefolds and cloth wipes make excellent household cleaning rags.   Recycle, recycle, recycle!

It’s a whole new world, mamas.  Check it out.

Diaperswappers

Green Mountain Diapers

Diaper Pin

Fuzzi Bunz Cloth Diapers

Kissaluvs Cloth Diapers

Disposable Dangers

Seventh Generation Disposable Diapers

Earth’s Best Disposable Diapers

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