It’s the annual yellow sale!!
Today through 11:59pm on 12/31/10 all Sunshine Yellow Rump-a-Rooz are 25% off!
It’s the annual yellow sale!!
Today through 11:59pm on 12/31/10 all Sunshine Yellow Rump-a-Rooz are 25% off!
It’s been almost a year since we opened our website for business, and you all have made it such a wonderful experience. We couldn’t do half the things we do without all of our great loyal customers.As a Thank you, from December 26th to December 31st, we’ve decided we’re going to offer up some great deals for all of you, and we hope you take advantage of them!
Buy a Monkeysnuggles wool and a Monkeysnuggles fitted and receive a free wool wash bar from WeeEssentials!
#5 Hidden Coupons
Every day there will be hidden "deals" on products. When you check out you will receive additional discounts on those products!
We just got this email the other day and I totally had to share! We love it when our customers find the same love that we have for all of our WAHM’s.
I Have a new favorite diaper rash and dry skin solution! It happened like this:
I got my son up in the morning and changed his diaper to find a VERY red, VERY swollen penis in that diaper. The poor boy screamed in pain any time I so much as touched him, which made diaper changes interesting. I immediately reached for the CJ's Tube o' BUTTer, only to discover that we were nearly out! What to do?! I called Jess: "I have a horrible diaper rash on my hands and I'm almost out of CJ's! Help!" Then I headed out to Top to Bottom.
Jess had just got in a bunch of new products and one of them was CJ's Spray BUTTer. Perfect! I can spray it on to take care of the diaper rash and I don't have to rub or wipe it on.
Turns out, it was no regular diaper rash. My little man has extremely dry skin. So dry that it cracks and bleeds. Not fun... The doctor suggested we put Vaseline on it EVERY time we change his diaper. That's all fine and dandy, but Vaseline is heavy and messy and somehow, my son always gets his feet in it before I can cover him up with the diaper. Not to mention I would have to use a liner with his cloth diapers all the time. So, I tried the CJ's Spray Butter.
It works wonders! Three sprays with every diaper change, and no more dry skin. Plus, it smells fantastic! When I'm out and I change a diaper, someone almost always asks "did someone spray air freshener?" They're amazed when I tell them it's my diaper cream. I also love how easy it is to keep in my diaper bag. It makes less mess on my hands when we're out and it's much faster than a tube. I'm officially hooked!
-Amanda Kloke, local mom
Hi. My name is Megan and I want to use cloth diapers.
Jess: You have to buy Rumparooz® wet bags and pail liners Me: What exactly are wet bags for?
Jess: Wet clothes
Me: Right. And…?
Extent of my cloth knowledge: Disposables bad, Cloth good.
There you go. That’s it. Even though I’ve listened to Jess talk about everything cloth diaper for the last year it didn’t sink in, because well I was NEVER going to have another baby.
Surprise my daughter hit 3 and I want another baby. I’m lucky enough that my wants have aligned with possibility, so now we’re trying. Now before my daughter was born, I was type A. After surviving her infancy and toddlerhood, I’m uber type-A. Like relentless. My Nook, has bookshelves organized by subject then by author. I’m probably crazy, but that’s how I keep My-Bee (my daughter) alive.
A little bit of back story- My husband is a writer, and shortly after My-Bee was born we moved from Kansas, to Brooklyn, NY. Cloth was not an option for us. We lived in an apartment that didn’t have a washer and dryer, in fact the washer and dryer were 3 blocks away in a horrible neighborhood called “East NY.” We lived at the corner of Pitkin and Schenk, pronounced Skank. What? Yeah Skank, well I suppose it could be shank, but that’s not much better.
Did I mention prostitutes worked out of the bathrooms in this Laundromat? Yeah there was NO way I was walking down there every two to three days to wash diapers. Instead I was OBSESSIVE about changing My-Bee, which means Nate became obsessive about how much diapers cost.
Well 3 years later we are living in Los Angeles (for the most part) the Mecca of all things hippie, including the environment, and why not? Have you see what the human species has done to LA?
When we started talking about a new baby, I started dropping hints like “what do you think about cloth diapering” and “do you really want to go back to buying diapers?” and “diapers are so expensive. I guess we could do cloth” in order to appeal to my husband’s inner cheap-o. It worked. It got him to agree to cloth. I just needed time for him to come around “by himself.”
Ok now what? Google of course. I’m an intelligent woman I can research this shiz right? The first Google search got me confused. My follow up call to Jess had me more confused.
Ok so I was going to try the newborn rental package and she uses the pail system (what? No diaper genie?) and only fitteds (ok… ) and huh?
This is like Baby Greek to me people. I have no idea what I’m doing, or looking at. I don’t yet understand the difference between fitteds, and all in ones, and inserts, and why I can’t use my All Free and Clear soap, and, and, and… The real problem for me is that I learn by seeing, and I don’t understand things if I can’t see them.
So in addition to my twice daily calls to Jess, I’m looking for a physical store in LA or NYC. But until I find one, or several, I’ll be looking at Top to Bottom Baby Boutique’s website and trying to figure out the differences between the products.
Oh, and keeping you updated on my progress, or just the panicky calls to Jess whichever happens more often.
Megan Mascorro-Jackson is wife, sister, daughter, a stay at home mom to one sweet little girl. Just relocated from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, but she tends to be a bit bicoastal. After deciding to try for another child, Megan convinced her husband that cloth was the way to go. Come along on her journey though the rabbit hole of cloth diapers.
When my daughter Nola came along, I knew I wanted to use cloth diapers. For me, it was largely an economical decision. Everyone thought I was crazy. Without much support, I doubted myself a little, but once I started researching the cute factor pushed me over the edge! I really had no idea what would really work or not work with her, so I had a mish mosh of options. I tried a few things when she was a newborn, but they didn't work well and I got discouraged. When she was about three months old, I finally knew what I wanted and stocked up on easy to use BumGenius 3.0 all-in-ones. With all the experience I got with Nola, I feel confident to dive into cloth with my second baby right from the get go.
Here's my plan...
I stocked up with 14 Lil' Joey all in one diapers from Rumparooz. I chose these diapers for three reasons.
Number 1: Convenience. With Nola, I realized that what worked for me was for the diaper to be as convenient as possible. I didn't do well with covers, or liners, or pre-folds. They overwhelmed me and made me feel like a little bit of a failure. Once I got my 12 BumGenius 3.0 with Nola I felt so successful! I used them exclusively, even when we were out. I felt such gratitude from the planet. :)
Number 2: Sizing is important to me. My husband was a little hesitant to invest in the Lil' Joeys because they won't fit very long. But I'm a little bit vain, and I like my babies to look cute in their diapers. When Nola was a newborn, all the diapers I had looked just HUGE on her, and it made me not want to use them, especially when friends and family came to meet her. Yep. Forget the earth. My baby was going to look cute! These diapers should be just right for a newborn tushie to look it's best. In the picture, the diapers are laying beside a newborn size onesie.
Number 3: Umbilical cord. You just never know how long that thing will hold on. And it just looks so tender, I never wanted anything to touch it, if possible. The Lil' Joeys have a snap down in front for just that reason.
To round out my stash, I also bought two covers, a Thirsties Duo Wrap in size 1, and a Bummis Super Brite in newborn size. These are both very, very small. With these, I bought some tiny pre-folds. I got a steal of a deal on some used ones at Top To Bottom's Fluff Again event in October. Since I have experience now, I don't think it will overwhelm me to use these occasionally when all my Lil' Joeys are in the wash.
I am going to take a couple of Lil' Joeys with me to the hospital. I don't plan on using them during my hospital stay, but I would love to take my new baby home wearing one. (And have an extra in case we don't make it all the way home without a blow out. :) I may use some liners the first few days, as well. Just until I know for sure that the meconium stage is over, and I'll only have easy peasy breast-fed poo to deal with. I would hate to stain my beautiful new diapers, and I really hope we'll be blessed enough to use them again someday.
I am taking a little bit of a gamble by investing in so many diapers without trying them. Experienced cloth mamas will advise against this. My problem is, my nesting urges have really overtaken me and I want to be READY the minute this baby comes. I want to be fully stocked, and not have to do any diaper shopping during those first few weeks. It's such a short stage anyway, I'm afraid if I don't get stocked ahead of time, my baby will outgrow them before I get around to ordering more.
Aside from stocking up on diapers I know I'll use for a newborn, this time around I'm going to use cloth wipes. I thought it sounded too hard last time. But really, it's pretty annoying to have to find a trashcan to throw your disposable wipes in when changing a cloth diaper. With cloth wipes, they can just get thrown in your dirty pail or wet bag with your diapers. And you're already washing diapers, why not add a few measly wipes? I got some wipes and wipes solution at the Fluff Again event to give it a whirl. I also got some Rockin' Green laundry soap while I was at the Fluff Again event (I really stocked up there! I grabbed a new wet bag, too!). Last time I used Tide for washing. I've heard such rave reviews for Rockin' Green I decided to try it out this time around.
So that's my plan...I'll let you know how it all pans out...:)
Watch for the next installments of this diapering a newborn series.
Recently we chose a few of our fellow bloggers to help us out on some reviews. Read what Jenny thought of the Bummis Training Pants:
I was lucky to be able to try a Bummis trainer on Audrianna. It is really difficult to find the right training pants for her because she has cerebral palsy and is working very hard on potty training but isn’t 100% there yet. So sometimes she forgets and has accidents and sometimes there major accidents. We’re always on the lookout for a trainer that might be more absorbent.
When we got the Bummis Trainer in the mail I was a bit shocked at the size, it looked so big. Audrianna was close to 40lbs so I wanted to make sure we had one that would fit her. I went ahead and prepped the trainer anyways. I figured why not give it a shot it, it never hurts to try right?????
Although the gals of Top to Bottom Baby had warned me they ran a little big, I have to admit the trainer didn’t work and I was a little upset. The trainer was a little loose around the legs and when Audrianna would have a little accident it would leak. We decided to put them away for a while, and try again later.
Now that she has gained some weight back we decided to give the trainer another shot. The trainer worked great, and didn’t leave any marks on Audrianna’s legs.
They were easy to put on and take off all by herself! Anything that is easy for Audrianna to do is a plus in my book. She loves to be independent.
Cozy flannel lining is so soft against skin, which encourages your little one to potty train faster!
The sizing was not what I expected. I got a large which should fit 40lbs & up, but I felt it fit more like 45lbs and up.
I wasn’t a fan of the prints to choose from. I kind of wish they had more of a selection of prints. Other then just white, jungle, or the frogs. Maybe making them more appealing to kids to use would be helpful.
Amanda from Top to Bottom Baby was great to work with and the trainer was shipped fast. All my questions were answered very well. I was not compensated anyway for my review and the opinions expressed in this review are mine and mine alone.
Let’s give something away!!!!
We’ve decided we’re going to give away a $20.00 gift card to the store!
Tell us what training pants you’ve used, or tricks that you have heard help potty train faster!
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As we told you all earlier last month, we’re going to be a sponsor for Diaper Decisions, Great Cloth Diaper Hunt. So I thought I would share some useful tips as well as links to help you through the hunt.
(This is the icon you’ll be looking for)
What is the Great Cloth Diaper Hunt??
It is a virtual scavenger hunt dedicated to introducing customers to the wonderful world of WAHM’s, as well as all of the many new products in the baby and children industry.
What do I do?
Help?! I cannot find an Icon.
Each sponsor was asked to only put the icon 4 clicks away from the home page. But sometimes they’ve got clues that can trick you. If you ever get stuck on a clue head over to the Diaper Decisions Forum, where you will find a Fourm dedicated to giving clues! Or if you’d rather email the sponsor go ahead and do that too!
How do I check my progress?
Click on the Check your Progress Link!
There are so many. How long do I have to find them all??
The hunt runs through November 30th. You have until then to find all the icons, click on the icon, and hit sumbit.
These are just a few questions that are helpful for you along your journey of the Hunt! We hope that we can be of assistance to you along the way.
Top to Bottom Baby Boutique will also be offering up a discount code to all hunters who register. You will be given the code when you register for the Hunt. It will be valid through December 31st, 2010. Also be watching our Facebook Page as we will be sponsoring a daily giveaway to go along with the hunt!
First of all let me say a HUGE thank you to all of you who participated in our giveaways. We had so much fun getting everything together and sharing more info on all our WAHM’s!
Lets get this started! Winners have 48 hours to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with their mailing address and which giveaway they won. All claims made after that will be forfeited, and a new winner will be chosen!
Winner of the Buddha Bunz Giveaway:
A pair of undyed dryer balls in your choice.
Winner of the Alioop Giveaway:
1oz package of my Wool Wash Wondercubes in any scent.
Winner of the Nifty Nappy Giveaway:
A fitted diaper and a pair of custom longies
Winner of the Ella Belly Giveaway:
A kid-sized baby carrier.
Winner CJ’s All Natural Giveaway:
A Spritz o' BUTTer a large stick and a create-your-own sampler in your choice of scents
Winner Bunky Fluff Giveaway:
A fleece soaker and some Halloween baby legs
Winner Bee By Me Couture Giveaway:
A minky burp cloth and pacifier clip.
Winner Wee Essentials Giveaway:
A medium jar of soap bits with a set of 10 of new surged 6" by 6" flannel/terry wipes.
Winner of the Green Bell Giveaway:
Pair of 10” Dryer Balls in Green & Purple
Pair of Dryer Balls with scented ball