Newborn Cloth Diaper Rental Program

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Want to use cloth diapers with your newborn but all of the one-size options are a little too big? Do you want to avoid investing in a whole stash of newborn size diapers that they’ll just grow out of in a few short months? This program by Nappy Shoppe is designed for you! Not only does this it buy you a few months time until your baby is big enough to fit those popular one-size options, but it also gives you an opportunity to give yourself a test run with cloth to see if you’ll like it before investing in a purchase! This rental program is less expensive than both disposable diapers and purchasing a whole stash of newborn diapers.

How it works

Choose from one of our packages (reverse).

At least one month before your due date, sign up and pay for your chosen diaper rental package to ensure availability. Beginning two weeks before your due date, your package will be available to pick up from the Nappy Shoppe. You will be required to attend one of our Cloth 101 classes. Class fee is included in the package.

Use your diapers for up to three months. Return your items, clean, dry and in good condition. Diaper creams, detergents, flushable liners that may be in the package are yours to keep. (varies depending on the package chosen). You will receive $100 store credit (or $75 back to your card) to use on anything you wish in our store.

Diapers and accessories will be a mix of new and used. All new diapers will be washed and prepped for immediate use. Used diapers will have been cleaned and washed in our store washer. Any diaper or accessory that is defective or no longer usable during the rental period may be returned to the Nappy Shoppe for a replacement at Nappy Shoppe staff discretion.

Any diapers that are missing or returned in unsatisfactory condition will be charged to the customer.

FAQ

Can I choose my brands and prints?

Sorry, we choose. We have limited availability of various brands etc. We just ask that you choose boyish, girlish or gender neutral when you sign up.

Can I use my own detergent?

No. We ask that you use our detergent. If we find that another detergent was used and the diapers were damaged as a result, you will be responsible for the replacement of the affected diapers.

How do I wash the diapers?

We will provide you with washing instructions. We ask that you follow our care instructions. The internet is full of different methods, but we have found our methods to work in our water.

What if I want to keep the diapers when I am done?

You can do that. We will give you the opportunity to buy the diapers at market value when done. There may be an amount over the deposit that you may need to pay.

What if I lose or damage the diapers.

Any diapers that are missing or returned in unsatisfactory condition will be charged to you at the full price of the diaper.

Basic Prefold Package

  • 24 Newborn Sized Cotton Prefolds
  • 4 Newborn sized covers
  • 2 Snappis
  • 1 bag of detergent
  • Diaper Cream Samples

Mix of new and pre-loved $150

New diapers only $175

This package is a great budget friendly option.

 

Basic Fitteds Package

  • 24 Newborn Sized Fitteds
  • 4 Newborn Sized Covers
  • 1 Bag of detergent
  • 1 roll flushable liners
  • Diaper Cream Samples

Mix of new and pre-loved $250

New diapers only $300

Fitteds are the best leakproof option and are easier to use than prefolds for many.

 

Mix it Up Package

  • 4 Newborn Fitteds
  • 8 Newborn Sized Cotton Prefolds
  • 4 Newborn sized covers
  • 10 All in ones
  • 4 Newborn Pockets
  • 2 Snappis
  • 1 roll flushable liners
  • 1 bag of detergent
  • Diaper Cream Samples

Mix of new and pre-loved $300

New diapers only $350

Great for trying different types, determining what works best for your family in the long term. We will include a mix of brands.


Deluxe AIO Package

  • 24 Newborn All in ones
  • 6 Fitted Newborn Fitteds
  • 2 Newborn sized covers
  • 1 bag of detergent
  • 1 roll flushable liners
  • Diaper Cream Samples

Mix of new and pre-loved $400

New diapers only $450

All in ones are very easy to use. Fitteds are great for night time use. We will include a mix of brands.

 

All prices include the deposit that is refunded back when diapers are returned as outlined in our terms and conditions. $100 as store credit or $75 back to the credit card. All prices include a Cloth 101 class for one couple.

Prices and packages are subject to change. Please check in store for availability, pricing and packages.

Dad’s Groups

It is time we showed the Dad’s of the Nappy Shoppe community some love.  For some time now we have offered support for the mothers in our community, with breastfeeding support groups, post par-tum support groups, and mums groups.  Now that we have a dad on the Nappy Shoppe team, we can finally offer some groups JUST for Dads!

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First off is our Dad’s group.  This is a FREE group.  Just come and hang out in our classroom with other dads.  You can bring your little ones if you wish.  We have toys for the toddlers.  We will have refreshments as well.  Mat, the Dad on our team will be there to share and commiserate etc.

 

Second is our “Boobs and Beer” event.  This is actually a class.  For this one we will be serving craft beers and snacks.  Mat, our “teacher” will be talking about cloth diapering, babywearing and how to support wives while nursing etc.  This class is aimed at expectant and new dads, but all dads are welcome.  This is a dad’s night out, so please no little ones.  Cost for this one is $5.  Book your spot on our classes page.

Dad’s we hope to see you come and attend.  Help us build as great a Dad community as we have a Mum’s community.

matandbaylorAnd a little about Mat, our Dad on the team.

Mat York is the father of two, Baylor who was born in 2012 and Miles who was born in 2015.  He and his wife Jordan have been coming into the Shoppe since Baylor was a baby.

 

Disposables Buy Back – 2 weeks

We are a couple of weeks into our disposable diaper buyback program.  My office is filling up with disposables.  Something I never thought I would see owning a cloth diaper store.  But we hope to make a point over the coming weeks with our window display, and if you are on the fence about using cloth diapers, hopefully this will make you swing in this direction.  And in the end, the disposables will go to Hope’s Door women’s shelter.

So your newborn baby is 2 weeks old, and you have changed them around 168 times.  It seems that all they do is poop, sleep, cry, and feed.  What seemed like a large wheelie bin that took your trash to the street, seems to have shrunk, because the space the disposables is taking up in that trash can is quite significant.  If it is the middle of summer, you may be noticing it stinks worse than normal … pee will do that when sitting in a plastic container in the hot sun wrapped in plastic bags …

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So lets look at a few statistics.

  • Disposable diapers are the third largest single consumer item in landfills, and represent about 4% of solid waste.  In a house with a child in diapers, disposables make up 50% of household waste.
  • Over 92% of all single-use diapers end up in a landfill.
  • The manufacture and use of disposable diapers amounts to 2.3 times more water wasted than cloth.
  • No one knows how long it takes for a disposable diaper to decompose, but it is estimated to be about 250-500 years, long after your children, grandchildren and great, great, great grandchildren will be gone.
  • The instructions on a disposable diaper package advice that all fecal matter should be deposited in the toilet before discarding, yet less than one half of one percent of all waste from single-use diapers goes into the sewage system.
  • Over 300 pounds of wood, 50 pounds of petroleum feedstocks and 20 pounds of chlorine are used to produce disposable diapers for one baby EACH YEAR.

Source – http://www.realdiaperassociation.org/diaperfacts.php

There are many reasons to use cloth diapers over disposable, and to me this one is the biggest.  Don’t let your little one start out with a giant carbon footprint!

Diaper Buyback – 1 week

So baby is a week old.  Many parents when they come in, they want to cloth diaper, but they say they do not want to do the first few weeks, because they think it will be cheaper to do disposables.  Depending on brand, it could be a bit cheaper,  but it is still hard on planet earth.

A week in and baby has gone through 84 disposables!  A pregnant parent with baby number one may look at us incredulous, saying surely, not that many?!?  Yes that many.  Newborns go poop and pee A LOT! It will seem like you just put a fresh diaper on baby when you hear that all telling blurting sound.  They have no respect for how long a clean diaper is on them before they have to go.  And you certainly do not want their delicate skin sitting too long in a soiled diaper.

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So when you think about a newborn stash of cloth diapers, it is worth it, cost and environmentally.

Don’t forget about our disposable diaper buy back!

Disposable Buy Back – Day 2

So here we are a couple of days into our disposable diaper buy back program for Earth Month.  And there is a lot of disposables in my office.  But for now we have two days worth in our store window.

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Our newborn stash of cloth diapers is on the left, and our 2 days of disposables in size 1 are on the right.  There is 24 changes right now.  And space wise, our little newborn stash of cloth diapers is taking up a bit more space … but that will change by the next blog post.  I don’t know about you, but I find the diapers on the left far cuter than the ones on the right!

We discussed cost in our last post.  Today lets look at the space it takes up.  If you use a traditional change table for your baby, with the storage underneath, you could store all your cloth diapers under it.  For disposables you would fit a couple of weeks.  And then you would transfer that bulk to your trash can.  Believe me, over the course of the week this takes up a lot of space in your trash can.  Our trash gets collected once a week.  We also get a recycling can in our neighbourhood.  Ideally when we put out our trash, our recycling is filled more so than our regular trash.  Back when my 11 year old was in disposables, it was not the case.  At least half the can was taken up with his disposable diapers.  It reeked as well!  My husband was making that trip outside to the can every couple of nights.

Said husband was not totally on board with cloth when we started with our now 6 year old.  But a couple of months in, he admitted to me he far preferred the trek to the washer every couple of days, to out to the trash can.   He said it was less effort!  And people keep wondering if cloth is more work.  I personally think no.  My washer is the one doing the work, not me :)

Disposables vs Cloth Window Display – Day 1

Just to recap, for Earth Month 2014 we are doing a disposable diaper buy back program.  Through out the month we will be using the disposables in a window display.  And we will feature our window in our blog for the month.

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This is our window today at Nappy Shoppe.  On the left is a NEWBORN set of cloth diapers and on the right ONE DAY’s worth of disposable diapers for a newborn.

We typically recommend that parents have two sets of cloth diapers.  A newborn set and a one size set.  We find that most one size cloth diapers do not fit newborns that great as they have “chicken legs”.  Even the bigger babies born at 9 pounds still have those long skinny legs.  And in general the leg holes of a one size diaper are too big to get a good seal around the newborn legs.  A one size diaper is typically very bulky on a newborn baby as well.  So we suggest a newborn set of cloth diapers.  The set in the picture is 24 changes.  There is 12 prefolds, 3 covers, a snappi and 12 all in ones.  We mixed it up for the display.  The cost here is around $250.  As newborns grow out of these before wearing them out, they are good for more babies.  You can keep them for your own babies, or resell them at one of our pre-loved diaper sale events, or give them to a friend to use.

Disposables can range in cost from 15 cents to 60 cents each.  The more environmentally friendly brands cost more.  And given a newborn needs to be changed on average 10-12 times a day (they poop a lot!), this can add up.

Come in and exchange your open packets of disposables for store credit!  We want to build that display.  And when we are done with the display, we are donating the disposables to Hope’s Door Womens Shelter.

 

 

Can Challenge – The Winners!!

We had a lot of fun doing The Can Challenge with our local dads.  Quite a few days took up the challenge we issued to show if they were the fastest diaper changing dad for Nappy Shoppe.  While no one was able to beat the National time of less than 1 second!!!! (I am super skeptical on that one!), we did get a winning time of 3.66 seconds.

Travis Grannan with his son Hendrik, and their basket of prizes for their 3.66 second diaper change!

Our winning dad won two bumgenius free time diapers, a Sweet Pea wet bag and a tube of Grandma El’s diaper cream.  The next 8 dads all won a bumgenius free time diaper.  Thanks to all of our wonderful dads who came in and took up the challenge.  It was a lot of fun.  One classic was one of my employees being hit with a diaper thrown over one dad’s shoulder.  We learned not to stand behind the dads after that!  You can see how our Dads did compared to others across the nation on the official Can Challenge Leader board.  It shows the top 50 dads nation wide.

Our top 9 dads!

Employee’s husbands were exempt.  And in full disclosure we ended up hiring Travis’ wife (the winner), but she did not start work until after the event was done.

And employee’s were disappointed that their husbands or significant others could not show their prowess.  So we will be having an in store competition for the rest of this month for the store dads (or granddads or uncles).  Winner of that timed event will win a $20 gift card for dinner at Covinos Italian Restaurant.  They have until August 31st to prove themselves.  Who do you think will win it?

Dads vs Diapers – The Can Challenge

LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE! DING, DING, DING!

To celebrate Father’s Day, Nappy Shoppe is participating in The CAN Challenge, a chance for the man in your life to compete for the ultimate title – The Fastest Diaper Changer! This epic showdown between man vs. diaper will take place from June 16 to August 4! Whether it’s a proud papa, grandpa, friend, or brother, we want to put his diaper-changing skills to the test!

The CAN Challenge is a fun and unique competition designed to help broaden awareness of cloth diapers and showcase the benefits of cloth diapering to its toughest critics – men.

The gloves are coming off… or maybe, in some cases, dad is putting them on ;). The quest for the title will begin on Saturday, June 16 and ends on Saturday, August 4!  See our classes and events schedule for times when we are going to be running the event.

In the end, there will only be one winner nationwide. Cloth diaper-loving men from all over will be competing for this sweet grand prize:

Don’t worry guys, your effort won’t be in vain! Every participant will receive a mail-in entry form for a chance to win a FREE bumGenius Freetime cloth diaper**. One in 10 will win!

Additionally, the top 9 men who make it to the top of our store leader board will all receive a bum genius free time diaper as a prize!  And our first prize winner will receive our winning gift basket that includes:

  • A bum genius free time diaper
  • A tube of Grandma Els diaper cream.
  • A black sweet pea wet bag!

How to time the change
1. Place baby on the official diaper changing mat. Baby must be wearing a cloth diaper.
2. Participant places hands on the official diaper changing mat.
3. When hands are lifted from the official diaper changing mat, the timer starts.
4. Timer stops when diaper is changed, secure, and hands are placed back on the official diaper changing mat.
5. Retailer reports* official participant time to The CAN Challenge.
  • Diaper must be cloth
  • One diaper must be taken off and changed into another diaper. A diaper cannot be secured over the top of another diaper.
  • This is the real deal diaper changing, people so no “imitation babies” (aka dolls) allowed    … just real live BABIES!!!! :) If you are an expecting family, may we suggest begging and borrowing a baby from friends or family.
  • If you are concerned with the privacy issues of changing the baby in a public place, they may change the baby behind a screen or behind closed doors. As long as the official staff time keeper witnesses the change, it can happen in any place within the registered location.
  • Participants must be 15 years of age or older.
  • Registered retailer employees and their families are not eligible to win.
  • Retailers are responsible to report times to The CAN Challenge by August 5, 2012 at 11:59 pm CST. Cotton Babies, Inc. (bumGenius, Flip, & Econobum) is not responsible    for entries that have not been properly reported.
  • Multiple entries per participant are acceptable.
  • Any personal contact information  collected during The CAN Challenge is for documentation only, not for third parties.

*If an official recorded time seems completely unreasonable Cotton Babies, Inc. reserves the right to question, investigate, and ask for further evidence (A re-do with video documentation to be officially entered).
** Limit one winner per household.
****Phone numbers must link to participants NOT to retailers. Any phone number entries linked to a retailer will be disqualified.

Cloth Diaper Advocacy, Don’t be THAT mom!

As a mom who has used cloth diapers for both of her children and also wants to pass on the fluffy butt love to other parents, I feel that I have to write this. This is for all of us, myself included, so that our cloth diaper advocacy efforts are not in vain.

I love my cloth diapers and we solely use them when we’re home and out and about. I use disposables, however, when I’m at other places where people who are not familiar with cloth diapers. I do this as a courtesy to those who are taking care of my child and as a way to show them that I am flexible. I can be flexible. Why? Because in the grand scheme of things, in the big picture of my daughter’s life, wearing a disposable for two or three hours will probably not cause her any harm.

I’m involved in a mother’s group at my church. We have two times that our groups meet and we watch each others kids at least twice a semester. There is a mother whose kid is in the “walkers” room – meaning that most of those children are one years old and walking steadily. Her child wears cloth diapers to our group when they’ve asked that all children be placed in disposables. They do this because our childcare works on a volunteer system and to be nice to the two hours that our volunteers are already giving up to watch our children they want to make life easier for them.

Unfortunately this mom is known as a crazy cloth diapering mama and I’ll tell you why. She is so focused on her child that she doesn’t see how her frequent visits and check ups to the room her child is in wreaks havoc to the rest of the kids in there. One year olds have a hard time separating from their parents. After a little while they overcome their anxiety and almost forget that Mom or Dad left them. All is peaceful…that is until the door opens and a mother walks in. It doesn’t have to be their mother; what that child knows is that someone’s mother is in the room which then reminds them that their mother is not. Chaos explodes and suddenly half of the 13 children you have in there who were happily playing are now upset. And the cause of the now chaotic room is because a mom who uses cloth diapers insisted that no one else change her child or put them in a disposable.

While the cloth diaper movement is gaining serious momentum I think it’s important to keep in mind that we are still living in a disposable world. Cloth diapering, while its roots are classic, historic even, are not the norm right now. Those who don’t use cloth diapers already have preconceived notions about us. I’m sure some of those ideas are probably that we’re tree hugging, granolas who only wear everything organic and wash our hair with mayonnaise. Some of us do live that way but not all of us just like some disposable using parents eat organic and all natural.

In order to spread the word about cloth diapers and show how they are really more beneficial economically, environmentally and emotionally (okay I added the emotionally part because they are just so stinkin’ cute!) we have to be willing to not be extreme with our cloth diapering. We cannot and shouldn’t insist to have our way especially if it causes problems or chaotic situations like the one that I described above.

I guess what I’m saying is that if a public place like daycare, church nurseries, the gym, etc. have a disposable only rule don’t try to bully your way into getting what you want. It only makes you look fanatical. Since we’re not the societal norm we have to not be over-zealous so that we can attract others to this lifestyle. If we act in such a way that we come across as self-righteous and pious about cloth diapers our efforts to continue to spread fluffy love will be in vain. Who wants to join something so that they too can be self-righteous? Probably no one. I think we need to be up for change from our fluffy needs and try our best to not insist on always getting things done our way.

You do catch more flies with honey. If we are loving, accepting and flexible, I think we’ll all find that more parents will jump on the bandwagon because they too will realize that the switch to cloth really isn’t as hard as they thought it would be. Plus, the community of cloth diaper lovers is just fabulous!

Elizabeth (aka Bert) is a stay-at-home-mom and contributing writer for She Thinks Media. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband, Ben, her son Buggie, and daughter Lady Bug.  When she’s not trying to convince Buggie to expand his interests beyond Thomas the Train or put his pants back on she’s writing about her experiences as a mom on her blog, First Time Mom (FTM). After all, Bert maintains there’s a first time for everything, even if you  have more than one child!