Granola Babies Giveaway!

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If you have a little one and live here in Orange County, a visit to Granola Babies natural baby boutique in Costa Mesa is a must!  And if you don’t live in OC, lucky for you, they have an amazing online shop with free shipping in the US so you can shop their boutique from anywhere!  I am happy to tell you that Granola Babies is offering a gift card giveaway this week, make sure to enter below!

Granola Babies offers a wide array of great natural baby products, baby carriers and cloth diapers. What’s awesome is that  they also have many weekly play groups and classes so their darling boutique is not only a place to shop but also a place to hang out with other OC mommies!

But first, since we are on the topic of cloth diapering, I am sure there are a lot of common misconceptions out there about this enigmatic way to diaper a little tushie, so Giselle, the owner and cloth diaper user herself, wrote a great guest post on the basics of cloth diapering.   Does anyone reading this use cloth diapers?  Would love your comments below!  Here is what she wrote…

THE BASICS OF CLOTH DIAPERING 101

There’s so much information online about cloth diapering that a quick research can quickly become overwhelming. Our easy to follow Cloth Diapering 101, provided by Granola Babies in Costa Mesa, will bring you back to the basics so you can learn what you need to know to begin cloth diapering your baby.

When you hear cloth diapering, you’re probably thinking prickly pins and plastic pants.

But, cloth diapering is not like the old days. You can cloth diaper your baby in easy to use reusable cloth diapers that don’t even require a pin.

Giselle Baturay, owner of Granola Babies said, “I’ve been cloth diapering for 6 years with my three children and find cloth diapering as easy as using disposable diapers. But, the difference is that my baby’s bottom is chemical free and my family is saving at least $2000 per child by using cloth diapers.

There are various cloth diapering systems that are available at Granola Babies and determining the one for your family will depend on your budget, time and personal preference.

* Prefold cloth diapers are made of absorbent fabric that you simply tri-fold it into a waterproof cover. At a diaper change, you remove the prefold and reuse the diaper cover.

* One size pocket diapers have an absorbent insert and wick the moisture from your baby’s skin. They are a convenient choice because they can be used from newborn to potty training.

* All-in-ones cloth diapers include the waterproof outer and a sewn in absorbent insert in one simple diaper that requires no assembly.

* Hybrid diapers include an insert that lies against the baby’s skin and a reusable waterproof cover. Baturay said, “I’ve found these to be the most popular choice because parents like their ease of use, affordability and that you can reuse the cover throughout the day.”

Usually the most common question asked is – how do I wash the diapers?

A flushable diaper liner and a diaper sprayer allow for easy clean up for poopy diapers before wash. The basic wash routine is rinse/hot wash/rinse/rinse and then simply dry your diapers in the dryer or hang dry.

Most parents actually find cloth diapering laundry to be really easy and even fun since after the wash you get to reuse all of your cloth diapers again.

While cloth diapering has come a long way from our grandmother’s day, seeing them in person at Granola Babies can help determine if cloth diapers is the right choice for your family.

Granola Babies offers a trial package so you can try cloth diapers and bring them back if you decide they aren’t for your family. And there are free cloth diapering workshops every month.

Giselle commented, “At Granola Babies, I carry a wide range of cloth diapering because what works for one family, may not work for another. Knowing cloth diapers inside and out and providing expert advice is the key to helping families with their cloth diapering needs.”

Hooray!  It’s a Tiny Giveaway!

Granola Babies is giving away a $25 gift card to shop in their store!

To enter, please leave a separate comment for each entry and in your comment please leave your email address in the email field so I can contact you if you are the winner.

1. Click here to visit the Granola Babies website and tell me what would you shop for? – 1 ENTRY

2. {Like} Nurture Baby Naturally {Granola Babies} on Facebook and stay up to date on all their current offerings and classes- 1 ENTRY

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6. Join the Tiny Oranges Team to participate in the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation Run/Walk on 5/1/11 and raise money for a great cause and have a ton of fun while doing it!  Click “Join Our Team” at the top of this LINK.  Then tell me you are on our team! – 1 ENTRY

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Contest runs through Monday, 3/21/11 at 5pm PST. GOOD LUCK!

{Disclosure: Granola Babies is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor}

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Belly Sprout Pregnancy and New Baby Event

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Belly Sprout, a natural mothering store located in Fullerton, is holding a Pregnancy & New Baby Event this Saturday, April 24th, from 11am – 2:30pm at their location.They will have midwives, doulas, childbirth educators, lactation specialists and natural care practitioners and parent-related vendors onsite.

From 11:15am – 12pm there will be a “Birth Options” session where you can meet with local doulas and midwives.

Refreshments, babywearing demos, and a raffle!

Belly Sprout is the first in O.C. to carry an entire range of cloth diapers, as well as many other hard-to-find products.  They also offer education and instruction on how to use your baby carriers and cloth diapers.  Check their website for a complete calendar of classes, workshops and events.

426 W. Commonwealth Avenue, Fullerton, 92832 / 714.879.1303
RSVP to alyce@birthingmemories.com / This is a free event, but please RSVP!

I couldn’t let today pass without acknowledging Earth Day!  I am sure as parents we are all concerned about our Earth and the legacy we will leave our children and our children’s children.  Small changes, baby steps, can all add up to make a big difference.

So in honor of Earth Day, I thought it might be fun to share one (or more!) small change your family has made to live more green or eco-friendly.

I will start off the comments, but please share your ideas by commenting below.

Personally, I have cut back tremendously on plastic water bottles, by using this thermos water bottle. It goes everywhere I do!

We have also changed out about 80% of our lightbulbs in our house to the Energy Star ones.  Even just replacing one normal light bulb with an energy efficient one can make a difference.

Lastly, I am in love with my iGo Charge Anywhere device.  It allows me to charge my iPod and iPhone UNPLUGGED. No more leaving my phone charging in the wall all night long!  Super convenient because you can charge on the go too! I just read on the iGo Facebook Fan page if you enter code “EARTHFAN” you will get 20% off!  WOO HOO!

Your turn…can’t wait to read the responses!

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