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Four Reasons to Love GroVia Unders : Review and Giveaway March 08 2017 6 Comments

 Welcome to the lineup at The Natural Baby, GroVia Unders which fit great and are so comfy. They just made their arrival Feb 27th and we have enjoyed our time to play and really get to know Unders this past month.

They are great for lounging around the house in and can be easily mixed and matched and used in layering. Here are our 4 reasons why you should try Unders and stay tuned for how to enter our giveaway after the review!

GroVia Unders Review and Giveaway

1. Fit

The Underwear and Tank is roomy and moderately sized. We have both kids pictured in our photography wearing 3T sets and both weigh around 32-35lbs.

My 4 yo daughter, Carolina, typically can wear 3-4T clothing and is slim and average height. Carolina could probably wear a 4T tank for length since she has been growing a lot vertically this year, but would probably not enjoy the extra room in a 4T underwear.

My 2 year old son, Atticus, typically wears 2T-3T clothing and is still a little shorter and wider. Atticus just fits in the 3T and since he is a pretty good candidate for the 3T size Unders tank and underwear.

GroVia Unders Cotton Underwear and Tanks

2. Feel

Both of my kids loved the way the cotton feels  and had no complaints about feel which is huge considering my 4yo has always been particular about fit, seams, and tags (& socks and shoes etc...)

Also, because of the leg area on the underwear, will not give wedgies easily which is nice for lounging around or lots of movement without shifting and becoming uncomfortable.

GroVia Unders PLay

3. Fun

In a world full of commercially sold characters and big name brands it is refreshing for a company to make an effort to deviate from this. This is the best reason why I as mom love Unders. Kids are so impressionable and I appreciate the approach of fun prints without commercial characters. Children have vivid imaginations without a character being plastered on your short or underwear.

My two year old, Atticus is pictured here wielding an imaginary shield and 4 year old Carolina has fist in the air and is about to fly off to save an animal in trouble no doubt! Our shirt and underwear don't have to define who or what we are and same for kids. We are cool just like this, letting imaginations run free and exploring the world around us.

GroVia Unders : Super Unders

We have a Dinos set and Surfboard set but truth be told in our house, Dinosaurs win, hands down.
My six year old daughter wishes she could join the fun in a pink set of Cupcakes in a size 7/8 ;)

GroVia Unders comfy & fun

4. Fearless

My 2yo Atticus is not yet interested in pottying regularly so this are in our toolbox and will make a great push into pottying when he is ready. He talks about underwear and often times asks to wear underwear because everyone else wears it but we talk about it often and emphasize that when he is ready to i.e. The "bear potty" then he can wear "big boy underwear".

Potty learning takes time but with him we aren't far enough along yet for him to get use out of underwear but the tanks being sold separately helps since he is t ready for his "big boy underwear" yet.

I recommend Unders once your child is confident with potty training and they have learned how to use the toilet, as there is no waterproofing in Unders underwear. They are super easy to pull up and down by your toddler and may even help make the push to potty because of the fun prints!

 

GroVia Unders are unlike anything on the market today and will be a comfortable addition to your child's underwear drawer. At $13.95 a pair you can decide which pieces and parts you need and how and when to incorporate them.

I personally can now buy with confidence, knowing that my kids will enjoy wearing them and that they will last long enough to be enjoyed as compared to the cheap underwear we have tried with so many complaints, poor fit, and poor workmanship.

 

GroVia Unders giveaway from The Natural Baby

 

How to enter our Giveaway:

  1. Comment below and
    a. tell us how you found our post/ who tagged you to send you here! 
    b. tell us your plans for potty learning or your former success and progress with potty learning your toddlers for a chance to win a set of Unders from The Natural Baby in the size of your choice!
  2. Share this Blog post with your village and your community of "baby people".

Deadline for entries is Tuesday March 13th at midnight. Winners will be drawn at random and be announced here, on our facebook, page and contacted by email about how to claim your prize.

 

 


Huge Sale on Cloth Diapers, Baby Carriers, Diaper Bags and More! January 27 2017

winter clearance sale at the natural baby cheap cloth diaper sale

Join us at The Natural Baby store in Athens and online Friday January 27th and Saturday January 28th for our Winter Clearance Sale as we say farewell so some brands that we will no longer be carrying and some retired prints or selections!

Read more about our sale items on our collection page and join us for a huge discounts on some great products your family will surely love for years to come!

Here are the highlights of brands we will have on sale in some capacity!

AppleCheeks Cloth Diapers & Wet Bagsaden and anais sale
Aden + Anais Blankets, Swaddles, Bibs, and Gifts
Butterbean Sunscreen
Chewbeads Necklaces and Teethers
Lifefactory Glass Bottles and Teethers
Skip Hop Diaper Bags
Moby Wrap
Dolcino Woven Wraps 
ErgoBaby Carriers*bumgenius sale prints
GroVia Hybrid Shells*
doTerra Essential Oils
bumGenius Limited Edition prints
Winter Baby Clothing 
Precious Image Nursing Tops & Bras
Halo Sleep Sacks
Tunki Toy Chests

Our sale is making room for excited new products and brands to keep 2017 geared towards nurturing family and curating a selection of products that the natural family desires. 

As you travel your parenting journey if you find a product that you would love to see us carry we would love you input and suggestions! We love local brands, handmade, and definitely have a sweet spot for organic, sustainable, and reusable.

Watch us as we grow and change to meet our parents growing & changing needs in a modern world. 

We want to help you nurture your family so you and your family can thrive, live simply and feel love. 

We would love to hear from you soon & hope you can join our sale!



Drop In Child Care Coming to The Natural Baby January 17 2017

For all of our local families, we are so excited to announce the launch of "Nurture Hours" our own drop in child care option for Athens families which will be starting on February 1st, 2017!


Similar to traditional "Mother's Morning Out" Programs, Nurture Hours will be offered two days a week for 4 hours at a time. We aim to provide a "stepping stone" and a flexible option that families can utilize no matter their long term care plans, family structure, parenting styles, or possible religious affiliations.

At Nurture Hours we will uphold the mission of The Natural Baby which is to ultimately nurture family. We find the utmost importance in nurturing families especially postpartum mothers and care providers to young children. Parents give so much of themselves and often times neglect their own needs for self care among other things.

natural baby, natural family, natural parents, georgiaIn times of great stress and exhaustion it is vitally important to take care of yourself when you are in a care providers role. Through nourishment of your body, mind, and all aspects of ones self you can better provide loving and nurturing support in your preferred parenting style and often times can find more joy and love from that role, when you first take time for yourself.

Since parents are so often strapped for time, resources & reliable babysitters or care providers, The Natural Baby hopes to bridge that gap so that parents of young children can have time to take care of themselves and ultimately nurture their family unit- what ever your family unit may look like. 

We also feel that child care shouldn't be a sacrifice in your standards of care and attention for young children. When looking for care ourselves we were surprised just how limited the options were unless you were looking for full time care in a large facility. Similar to planning our birth we were looking for something smaller scale and a little more of an intimate experience where we knew that the time, attention, and relationships would be priority. Nurture Hours aims to do all of that for you and your family. As we grow we may be able to offer more days or more options but truly keeping our drop in care small scale is at the heart of why we wanted to start this. 

 

Here are the details you may find most helpful about Nurture Hours:


- Convenient Normaltown Location - 1590 Prince Avenue
- Drop in Care - No commitment required drop in as needed or wanted
- Offered Mondays & Wednesdays, 9am - 1pm
- Small Scale - Maximum 7 children 
- Mixed Age Group - Ages 6 weeks to 5 years
- Low Ratios - 2 teacher : 7 child maximum
- Consistent Staff 
- Knowledgeable Staff supporting families through breastfeeding, positive child guidance, cloth diapering, babywearing and first aid
- Connection to Nature - 45 minutes average time spent outdoors a day
- Reserved Options Available

Stop by and take a tour during our normal retail shop hours and see more about or space and meet the staff or make an appointment ! We aim to help you find the childcare that meets your need best and we also have information of some other great early learning options in the Athens area if our program isn't a good fit. So if you are looking for something different just let us know and we would love to connect you with some of our local Athens early learning pals!

Sensory Play Group at The Natural Baby Infant and Toddler We also offer Infant & Toddler Sensory Play Group which is a great first step to "try out" our space and come with your child to get more comfortable with our space and care providers. 

Please read more about our philosophy and requirements on our information page and as we build our program and prep for opening please let us know if you have any questions!!! Contact us or leave us a comment down below!


What questions do you have and what are /were your biggest fears about starting a new child care option? For us as parents we have felt the full range of emotions about leaving our child with someone new and we would love to hear about your thoughts, feelings and personal experiences!


Preventing Dog Bites & Holidays Tips December 21 2016

Tina Spring will be in our Athens, Georgia store and we will be broadcasting "Everything Dogs & Family" on Facebook Live so you can join us to learn more and ask questions even if you cant make it in person!

2016 Holiday Gift Guide December 15 2016

 

Natural Baby HOliday Gift Guide

Gift giving around the holidays is one way to show others we care. Whether you give time with loved ones, handmade items or a thoughtful gift you can show others how yo love and care for them. 

The holiday season is one of the best and most popular times to give and receive gifts other than the day of ones birth and there are always so many new parents looking to start new traditions and excitement as they begin to start their own family and their own traditions. 

Here is our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide full of gift ideas that are sure to nurture your family, the environment and the lifestyle and choices you hold important. Many of these great giftable items will make great heirloom baby gifts and are sure to last though a generation of tots!

Holiday Shopping is coming to a close! If you want to ensure your gift is receive in time for Christmas please finalize your orders before December 20th!

 

Clover & Birch

Clover & Birch Deer Teether and Clover & Birch Fox Teether

These two teether are quite adorable don't you agree? We can barely keep these on our shelves and your little teething babe will feel the same way about them both. These irresistible wooden teethers make great gifts for baby as once they are finished gnawing and chewing on these safe maple wooden teethers they can be used for play. Start your woodland collection just in time for baby's first Christmas and holiday gift giving!

Clover & Birch Wooden Deer Teether Clover & birch Fox Wooden Teether

Clover & Birch Busy Bags - These busy bags are a great gift and make even greater surprises for traveling by plane or road trips with young children. Each piece is sized appropriately for young hands and are made from all natural wooden and finished with organic coconut oil so you don't have to worry about what your child may accidentally put in his or her mouth (as much!)  The bowl and scoop are a definite crowd favorite and the peg dolls have often been spotted having tea at their cube cafe table underneath a rainbow umbrella! Let your little one's imagination flourish with this open ended play set from Clover & Birch.

Clover & BIrch Busy Bag Set, Peg Doll, Teether, Bowl Scoop waldorf

Clover & Birch Wooden Peg Sorting Board - this may be one of our favorite open ended play items. The pegs are perfect for practicing fine motor skills in infants, practicing building, stacking, & knocking over for older infants and toddlers and grouping and organizing for older toddler and young children. The minimalist approach to this toy is sure to keep these peg cylinders in active rotation for bridge building and so much more for years to come.  

The adorable Waldorf Kindness Elves pictured are also a sneak appearance from Mia La's Etsy Shop.

Clover & Birch Wooden Peg Sorting Board

Clover & Birch Balance Board - Perfect for balance, gross motor skills and plenty of open ended imaginary play this board is great for children of all ages but especially children over age 1 who are walking and exploring. 

Clover & Birch Balance Board  Clover & birch Balance Board

 

Lifefactory

Lifefactory Glass Baby Bottles- Glass Bottles are the ultimate is safe drinking. There is no need to worry about baby bottles with plastics, BPA, phlathlates, leeched chemicals, nutrient leeching into bottle, and hand washing baby bottles anymore. The Lifefactory glass is so durable it is resistant to breakage (we have thoroughly tested this concept on many surface included pavement, gravel and asphalt) and the bottles are lined with a colorful silicone sleeve for easy gripping and extra shock absorber. All parts are dishwasher safe and no need to remove silicone for dishwashing. 

Lifefactory Glass BottleLifefactory Sippy Cup Cap

Lifefactory Sippy Caps - Convert your Lifefactory Glass Bottle into a starter sippy cup for your little one and don't fret about leaks. The silicone seal prevents leaks while your little one figures out how to transition from bottle to cup with these ingenious sippy caps that grow with baby and fit all of your Lifefactory Baby Bottles!

 

Aden & Anais

Aden + Anais Cuddly Companion - These super soft cuddling buddies are the perfect generous size for young kids to simply adore for years to come. Each Cuddly Companion comes with a coordinating swaddle blanket that will also surely be enjoyed past baby's swaddling days as a cape, a tent, or any numerous other outlets for play. 

ADen + Anais Cuddly Companion Lion ADen + Anais Cuddly Companion Owl ADen + Anais Cuddly Companion Monkey ADen + Anais Cuddly Companion Giraffe

Aden + Anais Swaddle Blankets - There is something about muslin and the softness it provides and the breathability make for a lightweight yet cozy addition to any nursery or layette collection. 

 

Aden + Anais Bandana Bibs - Aden + Anais muslin cotton bandana bibs are the perfect gift for babies who may be messy dribblers when they eat or just extra drool-y due to teething. The Bandana Bibs work great to not only compliment to baby's clothing & style but functionally helps to prevent extra clothing changes and staining due to food, drool, and spit up. These special bandana bibs are a collaboration set with Tea Collection clothing and are sure to add a little pizzaz to baby's wardrobe.

 

Tula Baby

Tula Blanket Sets - Tula Baby Blankets are made from the softest viscose bamboo and have the most luxurious drape and feel of any blanket I have ever felt. They have the adorable prints and patterns to coordinate with many Tula Carriers or just your style. The prints are fun and cheerful and come in sets of 3 with coordinating solids and 1 printed blanket.

Tula Blanket Set, saguaroTula Blanket Set, FairbanksTula Blanket Set, Hipster

Tula Baby Carriers - A soft-structured carrier is a great gift for baby but also for caregivers. Whether you are hiking scenic views or just in the daily routine Tula Soft Structured Carriers are designed for the ultimate in convenience, comfort, and style while baby feels cozy and secure nestled next to their caregiver. 

Tula Mini Baby Doll Carrier - A while you are at it, your toddler is just itching to wear his or her baby too, so the Tula Mini Doll Carrier is a great addition for your natural toddler and child. Make babywearing a family tradition and wear all the babies! 

Tula Cacti Standard Baby Carrier  Tula Mini Doll Carrier Tula Mini Doll Carrier

 

Aura Cacia

Roman Chamomile Essential Oil 
 - talk about peace and calm and chamomile is the greatest gift I can imagine with all of its calming properties and all bottled and concentrated for long term use. Dilute as needed or diffuse whenever you or baby need to stop and calm down from the hustle of daily life or the inflammation from teething. 

Lavender Foaming Bath 
- whether a packet for a special bath or a whole jar for bubbling lavender baths all the time this foaming bath is a recipe for silky soft skin and a super calmed baby (or bather)

The Natural Baby

The Natural Baby Skin Salve
- great salve for sensitive skin, diaper rashes and perfect for eczema sufferers this salve has a mildly sweet but earthy aroma to it and has healing properties of neem oil. This salve is perfect for use after bath and towel drying and is rich with jojoba, shea, lavender, tea tree, neem and sweet almond oil to nourish and moisturize your skin. 

The Natural Baby Skin Salve

Thirsties

Thirsties Outdoor Adventure Collection - You and your natural baby love the outdoors so why not show it? and what better way than on your totally natural, reusable, zero waste and Made in the USA diapers? Thirsties has a variety of diapering fabrics and styles and accessories to meet your needs & budget plus all the adorable colors and prints you are sure to love to give and receive!

Thirsties Outdoor ADventure Collection & Holiday PRints Winter Woods and Scarlet

 

 


Tula Blanket Review December 09 2016

Tula Blanket Sets

We have waited a while for production to keep up with demand so we could help you out and be able to score some awesome bamboo, silky soft Tula Baby Blanket Sets!

"What is a Tula Blanket?" you say... "How does the Tula Blanket compare to other swaddles?"  "Where can I find Tula Blankets?" 


What is a Tula Blanket?

A Tula Blanket is a 47 x47 inch bamboo blanket that is woven into different patterns with different colors, textures and prints on them. Tula Blankets come in sets of 3 with a cotton storage bag and make great gifts for baby showers, blessingways, birthdays, or holidays. With how soft and silky these blankets are and how beautifully they drape, the recipient of these blankets is sure to love them for many years to come!

Sets typically contain two solid colors, typically bold but sometimes whimsical or dainty, and always include one headliner printed blanket. All three blankets have a jacquard weave in fun patterns and coordinate with the theme of the set.

Saguaro Solids:

Saguaro Saguaro Green  

Fairbanks Solids:

Fairbanks River Blue Bear Fairbanks Olive Green Pine Tree

Why Tula Blankets?

Other popular brands of swaddling blankets like Aden and Anais and numerous others are typically made from either cotton, rayon from bamboo, or organic cotton and are a looser weave of fabric called muslin. If you have ever felt gauze before it is very similar in look but the muslin used in the boutique blankets are much higher quality, more tightly woven, and have a higher thread count compared to your standard bandage or Gerber Birdseye Prefold.

The Aden + Anais Bamboo Swaddle Blankets are very comparable to Tula Blankets but Tula Blankets are a bit softer, a smidge larger, less likely to pick or pull, and have a whole different style when it comes to print options.


Finding Tula Blankets?

Here is a glimpse at our latest shipments of Tula Blanket Sets and see for yourself some of the soft & snuggly that could be headed your way! Prints are limited so once a print is gone it is likely not to return. So if you see one that speaks to you, your lifestyle, personal interests, or hobbies- snag it up! 

Saguaro Tula Blanket Set:

Tula Blanket Set Saguaro Tula Saguaro Cactus Succulent Cacti

Fairbanks Tula Blanket Set:

Tula Blanket Set Fairbanks Tula Blanket Fairbanks Set

Hipster Tula Blanket Set:

Hipster Tula Blanket Set Tula Blanket Hipster Print Mustache, Bowtie, Deer, Bicycle

 


You can find Tula Blankets directly from our website TheNaturalBaby.com, Tula.com or from other Tula Retailers.

***REMEMBER*** When you choose to shop small you are not only getting that awesomely soft and silky feeling Tula Blanket but you are also supporting small and local economies, providing local jobs and resources, typically better and more personal customer services as well as a smaller overall business and a closer more intimate sense of community. 
Read more about the top reasons why you should be shopping small and local from Forbes.com




Countdown to GroVia Calico and Tex November 03 2016 6 Comments

Ok guys and gals, it is the end of Thursday and we are T-minus 3 days and a few hours until GroVia Tex and Calico launch on Monday November 7th!

GroVia Tex and Calico

In honor of this awesome release and these two new prints, we are giving away two awesome bandana bibs as prizes and the perfect partner with your GroVia Tex or Calico!
These beautiful flour sack towel inspired prints are the perfect pairing for your GroVia cloth diapers and are made from 100 % cotton and have two size settings and while they are adorable they will most definitely catch drools and dribbles too! 

GroVia Giveaway Tex and Calico

 

*********************To Enter:****************

Comment below and tell us :
1. What your GroVia diaper style of choice is,
2. Which print you will be adding to your collection on Monday,
3. Then *Share* this giveaway opportunity with your GroVia and Cloth Diapering friends!

Winners will be drawn randomly and announced at release time

(Monday, Nov 7th)
So check your emails and be sure to sign up for our GroVia specific newsletter for all the fun and giveaways for all things GroVia!

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**** UPDATE****** 
Winners have been randomly drawn and first up 
1. Calico Bib goes to  Brandon!
2. Tex Bib goes to Amber!

Check your emails for more information about how to claim your prizes! 

Also to join our GroVia specific newsletter please sign up for our e-newsletter at the link below :

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New bumGenius Elemental Review October 29 2016 7 Comments


We hope you are enjoying fall in your neck of the woods and gearing up for all the fall festivities.
Here at The Natural Baby we are smitten over the new bumGenius Elemental today and have finally had a chance to prep and use the new 3.0 Elemental on our still-in-diapers baby (aka toddler who is about 22 months old).

Here is a basic introduction to the New bumGenius Elemental for those who may have never tried it before:

- All in One cloth diaper (super easy to use and wash)
- One Size design (fits from about 8 lbs to 35+ lbs)
- all Oeko-Tex certified organic cotton inside
- durable and water resistant polyester PUL outer
- gentle proprietary elastic special made for bumGenius cloth diapers 
- easier access built into design, to elastics when change is necessary
- less PUL touching baby's delicate skin
- increased absorbency (same number of layers of fabric total (6) but a slightly larger imprint/footprint as compared to 2.0)
- durable plastic snaps sure to last the test of time

Our personal experience with the New 3.0 design Elemental and design tweaks:
- increased absorbency (compared to 2.0)
- improved fit with new elastics
- gentler fit around legs with hidden seam
 

Our 2.0 Elementals have had so much love... and by love, I mean abuse. Literally.
My current Elementals in our rotation are so well loved they were beginning to show some serious signs of wear. They still perform well enough to stay in our minimalist cloth diaper stash (about 30 diapers total and about 40% of that is of bumGenius Elementals (2.0 version)).

The exposed PUL on our 2.0s show definite signs of wear, since I would often find the diaper had flipped inside out in the wash, and PUL was on the outside and cotton would flip to the "inside". This created a good bit of friction directly on the PUL.
 
My 1.0 version Elemental had MAJOR edge-wear from the cotton directly on the seam and from the sewn insert directly on the cotton liner so that wasn't good either. 

My projections from the newest 3.0 design is that is will wear down much slower. I can imagine that this diaper will be less likely to flip around in the wash and hence show less direct wear on the elastics and PUL. 

Top 3 reasons to try the NEW bumGenius Elemental:
1. increased longevity
2. improved absorbency (surface area and configuration)
3. improved fit (elastics, casing, & cotton inner)

*****************GIVEAWAY TIME ***********************
Wanna try a NEW 3.0 bumGenius Elemental for your baby?

Simply comment below and tell us where you stand with cloth diapers, if you have ever tried any cloth diapers, and specific experiences you have had with former Elemental designs!

Winner will be drawn randomly on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016. 


Subscribe to our YouTube Channel to get all the latest info and reviews! and let us know if you have a product you want us to review or compare for you!

and be sure to check out the new Elemental colors currently available on our website!



*******UPDATE********** 
Winner drawn! Congrats to Comment #4 Nicole K. for our random drawing! We will be emailing you with instructions about how to claim your new Elemental in either Austen or Equiano!

Thanks all who participated and stick around for more! Join our Newsletter for more fun, community, chat and giveaways!

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The Diva Cup and Diva Wash Review & Giveaway October 26 2016 12 Comments

 

Afterbirth : Fertility, Breastfeeding, Periods and more Blog Series

Read more about Fertility After Childbirth,
Breastfeeding, and Periods
in our Women's Health Blog Series
 

Diva Cup and Diva Wash Review and Giveaway

My FULL experiences with the Diva Cup Size 2 and Diva Wash & Giveaway!

Round 1 : Day Two of my period, afternoon

Insertion and the "C fold"

After inserting and getting a feel for me and the lay and direction of my vagina and uterus, I pushed inward with the cup folded in a "C" shape and continued until I felt I couldn't get any further back. I keep trying to adjust further back but wasn't getting any further. I probably was a little tense and didn't fully relax which is why I didn't get the cup all the way back. 

At some point while sitting down later to nurse, I think I felt the seal break and the cup shift a bit.  The cup resealed on its own when I stood but I do think this was the reason for a small leak (probably due to not inserting fully.)

After a few hours the cup was only about half way up the cup at the 1/4oz mark. I emptied, washed and tried again but this time with a few relaxing breaths! 

Round 2 : Later that day. Diva Cup Review

This time when reinserting I figured I would try the folded rim "punch-down" fold method (angles the cup rim like a chisel tip marker)

In theory, I like the idea of this fold better since you can hold the fold of the cup further back towards the base of the cup.  I began to insert the cup but my fingers slipped a little on the wet cup and the upper rim snapped back pretty quickly and snapped on me! HELLO!

If it were first thing in the morning I may have abandoned ship after a slap like that but I took it out and tried again with the C fold and planned to revisit the "Punch-down" fold later.

I went to bed and wore a cloth pad as a backup since usually day 3 of my period is the heaviest.

 

Round 3 : Dreary eyed, lights on, and first thing in the morning...

I woke up at 5 am to the feeling of gushing and I went straight to the bathroom and figured the cup was full and boy was I right!

The pad was soaked and the cup literally runneth over! I have a history of my cycle erring on the heavy side and especially first thing in the morning on the heavy day. 
I was fresh up and out of bed so I probably wasn't at my mental peak.

Thank goodness for the ridged stem otherwise I may not have been able to get the cup out since the cup had definitely leaked out and things were a bit slippery. 

But yeah... I had a moment like you might imagine from a horror movie trying to take out my Diva Cup. Imagine that character that just touched their bleeding wound and then their hands are just covered in blood. Yup.... that was me. 

Then I remembered a video I had watched that mentioned "bearing down" to make the cup easier to get to (pushes the cup down towards the vaginal opening) and makes the cup easier to remove. That did the trick and I broke the seal grasped the ridges stem and emptied the overflowing cup. 

I was amazed at how viscose the blood was and how little I actually knew about my own body! At about consistency of room temperature vegetable oil, the blood easily dumped out and then there was a leftover coating mostly on the inside of the cup. I wiped it out with toilet paper just so I didn't trail anything from the toilet to the sink.  

I then tested out the Diva Wash and found out that it probably falls in line with that old saying from grade school: "A little dab will do ya" cause I had enough Diva wash gel to go around a few times. It cleans incredibly well and leaves no residue behind once fully washed.

When reinserting I tried the C fold again and was having difficulty. (Good morning 5am.)

I tried the punch down fold and still couldn't get the cup all the way back. I then realized that my uterus had shifted to the right side of my body (full bladder maybe to blame?) and my being right handed was having a really tough time angling the cup to get it all the way back. As soon as I tried again with my incompetent Left hand, it went in fine and I washed up and went back to my day. 

I was however pleasantly surprised with how easy it is to clean with just toilet paper or a cloth wipe which is great to know especially when in a public bathroom or another location if you can't get to a sink to wash your cup.

 

Round 4 : Light Day & Getting into a Diva Cup Groove
This was by far the easiest day to deal with the cup. After my super heavy day and feeling my flow slow down I tested how long I felt I could go before I needed to change. I believe it was about 12 hours and the cup still had plenty of room for more flow. So I washed and reinserted once more and had finally gotten the hang of both folds and inserting and making sure I found the right sweet spot where I didn't feel the cup and where I could (literally) enjoy jumping jacks with my daughter without fear of the cup shifting, moving or leaking!

 

Pros to the Diva Cup:  Diva Cup Picture

- Ridged Stem and Base (for easier grip & removal)
- High Quality, Durable Silicone (no fear of cup breaking/tearing)
- Easy to Clean
- Simple Design
- Short Stem - no trimming necessary
- Great beginner info included in and on the box

Cons to the Diva Cup:
- Difficult to Fold because of thickness/rigid
- Harder to Break Seal when removing due to thicker silicone

Diva Wash
The Diva Wash has a fresh citrus scent and was super easy to use. Just open, squeeze and wash. It has a thick consistency and a little goes a long way. It reminds me of a good shower gel with a light, fresh scent and absolutely no residue leftover once thoroughly washed and rinsed.

The bottle is nice and is great for traveling and it is definitely convenient to have such a versatile wash with you wherever you may go while on your period. 

 

It is also labeled for use as a face wash and after having a little facial break out I decided I would give it a try. My face felt so clean and not too dry like with some soaps and not too oily like some homemade sugar scrubs I have tried.



 

Conclusion:

I am amazed at how little I knew about how viscous blood is and my body in general. When I learned about "Symptothermal" based methods for tracking fertility to achieve or avoid pregnancy. I learned so much and wondered why I hadn't learned about it sooner!

I feel similarly after trying the Diva Cup. Menstrual cups have been around for ages but they are just becoming more mainstream and available more places with the support and education about healthy sustainable periods. I am so thankful that I have learned and that I can now share with you all about my experiences and why I feel that you should try too!

Ditch the tampons. Disposable products are just awful for sustainability sake and take a huge environmental impact. Then there is your body and tampons absorb blood and fluids, are typically bleached, and run the risk for all kinds of complications like Toxic Shock Syndrome. Your body will thank you after you switch. No chemicals. No waste. 

 Giveaway

Giveaway Time:

Comment below and let us know how you found our blog, if you have tried reusable menstrual products before or any questions you may have!

We will select one lucky winner who will receive a complimentary Diva Cup and Diva Wash to try for yourself! Giveaway entries end Friday, October 28th 2016!

****UPDATE: ***** 11/3/16
Congratulations to Comment number 11:

Rachel I hope you enjoy your Diva Cup AND can tell all the other women in your life the greatness that is reusable menstrual products! <3 Thanks to everyone that joined our conversation and be sure to join our mailing list and subscribe to our posts on your favorite outlets to catch all the  exciting new giveaways!

 

GOOD LUCK & Cycle Happy! 

~Allison 

Allison Viores, Owner at The Natural Baby

 

Then learn more about your fertility and cycle at some super helpful sites below: (not affiliated in any way)

Put a Cup In It : http://putacupinit.com/

Taking Charge of Your Fertility : tcoyf.com

Undoo the Taboo about Periods : http://cycledork.com

And specifically this article about hormones and your period health :

http://cycledork.com/2016/09/02/know-your-flow-what-your-period-says-about-your-hormones/

 

 

 

 


The Natural Baby's Post ABC Wrap Up October 25 2016

Check out all the new and exciting things in the lineup from your favorite brands that you know and love. All of these brands have been bursting with excitement for the new year and all the new and exciting products to offer. 



New from GroVia:

GroVia Calico and Tex
New Prints
Tex and Calico are two new GroVia print designs that originated from vintage inspired flour sack designs. A shout out to a simpler time and place and adorable prints for all of your favorite GroVia products!

Unders from GroVia
UNDERS
Also NEW from GroVia and coming in 2017 are new "Unders" Gender neutral underwear and tops for your child who has mastered potty learning.
Sure to please with comfortable 100% cotton fabric, no sewn-in tags, no synthetic fabrics or waistbands for a comfort fit everywhere, and mix and match styles sure to please!

These will come in 2 packs of Underwear in coordinating colors and tanks in a 2 pack of coordinating color/print and will be sold for 13.95 each. 

We are pretty stinking excited about this since many of our local montessori and waldorf education schools request non-character underwear for child to be sent to school in during potty learning ages!


New from bumGenius and Flip Diapers:

Genius Series Prints Equiano and Austen 

New Genius Series prints
Equiano and Austen are the two newest prints to join the bum-Genius Hall of Fame! Equiano was an abolitionist who was coined the first real start to African literature with his auto-biography. 
Jane Austen is the other genius who most notably is a novelist who pushed for realism in a time of romanticism. Her literary works were not so popular at the time but after a family member published a memoir her works gained much more attention and global popularity ensued!

Both of these prints are now available for purchase at The Natural Baby in all bumGenius and Flip Diapers designs and even in Outing Wet Bags!


New Elemental Design
Now being dubbed the Elemental 3.0, this most recent redesign has the best features from both of its previous Elemental versions which will lead to less leaks and more comfort for baby as well as increased longevity for your 100% cotton all in one diaper!



New Solid Color
Finally they did it! bumGenius finally realized that people want a solid black diaper. So introducing Fearless, the bold black diaper that will be a perfect addition to your diaper stash and add some boldness and elegance to the mix as well!


New from Thirsties :

Thirsties Outdoor Collection

The Outdoor Collection

This new collection includes 4 new prints and one new solid to spice up the existing lineup and shout out to the great outdoors and all of the many ways that you and your kiddos already love to revel in!

Pictured above is the entire set next to some familiar favorites*

From Top to Bottom: 
Mountain Bike
Midnight Blue
Adventure Trial
Fin * 
Happy Camper
Aqua *
Birdie

These will be available for purchase soon so be sure to subscribe to our mailing list and watch our social media outlets for updates about when these arrive (estimated early-mid November)

 

New from Tula Baby Carriers and Woven Wraps:

Tula Twiggy

New Prints

Tula is unique in that they are coming out with new things all the time. Here is there latest Tula Carrier that they just debuted at the ABC expo called "Twiggy." I also expect to see more Tula woven blankets coming out steadily in 2017 and maybe another release or two before the year is out!

Tula Mini Doll Carrier

New Tula Mini - Child's Sized Baby Doll Carriers

Coming soon are Tula's lineup and our shelves are the kiddie sized carrier so that your little ones can wear their babies too! 


Lifefactory Silicone Teether Review and Video October 08 2016

Lifefactory Silicone Teethers are perfect for you teething baby for all the many ages and stages.

Usually most babies start drooling, teething, gnawing and rubbing their gums anywhere from 2-6 months of age. Typically teeth don't begin to emerge and finally erupt (break the skin) until more like ages 7-11months or longer.
Teething also typically last intensely through age 2 with (2nd year molars). 

The Lifefactory Silicone Teether is an excellent choice to start with as it is pliable and flexible enough that even young babies can bend and flex the ring to accommodate their needs and it is soft enough that it will not hurt them when their sometimes uncoordinated motions lead to flapping and swinging of the teether grasped in their hands. 

There are a combined 5 textures for babies to enjoy from smooth and 4 different textures including a waffle-iron pattern, striped ridges, small beads, and large circles. 



Lifefactory Silicone Teether
Check out this video of a baby in our shop who perfectly showcased how the Lifefactory Teether works for teething gums. The babe shown here is about 8 months old and his first tooth has just erupted and he is working on all the others!
Watch him work!


Hypnobabies Class at The Natural Baby September 03 2016

Meet Nicole!Hypnobabies Classes Nicole

Wonderful mother, doula, childbirth educator and amazing teacher who will guide you through the newest phase of the lifecycle: pregnancy, childbirth, and the start to your parenting journey!

Hypnobabies are currently hosted at The Natural Baby on Wednesday nights for 6 weeks. Each class lasts about 3 1/2 hours and covers topics from pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum & breastfeeding. and each class time is spent learning and practicing your hypnosis techniques for childbirth.

Many who have utilized hypnobabies techniques tend to have birth experiences that are relaxing, pain free and even enjoyable!

If you have questions please feel free to reach out to us or Nicole directly on her website
http://www.lawrencevilledoula.com/classes/

 and check out classes forming for our next intimate session of Hypnobabies Childbirth Preparation Course in Athens, Georgia!

Enroll Now with Nicole and we will see you at The Natural Baby for Hypnobabies!

Let us know in the comments below that you found our post and we would just totally dig that! ;) Groovy Baby!


The Art of the "Brelfie" : Breastfeeding Selfies August 13 2016

The UN just promoted the sharing of "brelfies" to help end stigmas of breastfeeding & to help raise awareness and public acceptance for breastfeeding mother everywhere by encourage breastfeeding mothers to share their breastfeeding selfies on social media!

Join us at The Natural Baby as we show off our love of all things breastfeeding, and feeding with love and respect to our bodies, babies and needs! 

Share with us your brelfies and any stories of your breastfeeding journey with us! Help us end the stigmas surrounding breastfeeding and support women and babies who choose to breastfeed and especially public acceptance of breastfeeding!

Share this, Tag your "brelfie" friends, and help us keep this movement going and support those mothers, babies, and their well being!

Love a particular product that made your breastfeeding journey easier, safe, or more comfortable? We would love to hear about those too!

Help us out and join our hashtag on your favorite social media platforms too!
#TNBbrelfies

2016 ImprovingBirth.org Athens, GA Rally August 09 2016

Improving Birth Athens

Save the Date : Labor Day 2016

The Improving Birth Athens Georgia Rally is back and we hope it is bigger and better than ever this year!

Join us as we Rally to Improve Birth and maternity care and outcomes! All pregnant and birthing women deserve a high level of evidence-based care, safety for themselves and for babies, and ultimate respect when it comes to making informed choices and consenting to decisions made about their birth.

Maybe you had a great birthing outcome? Maybe you are longing for a different experience? No matter your specific experiences it is very hard to deny the fact:  we can do better!

Once birth is over you cannot go back and change the circumstances. So many times women are left feeling remorse or regret or even worse feel they have been victims of bullying and abuse in their moments of most need. 

If you are someone who feels they may have had their rights violated or a traumatic birth experience ImprovingBirth.org has resources that you may find helpful

Check out their sections on: 
"VBAC & Induction Facts" 
"Filling a Complaint"
"Traumatic Birth Toolkit"

Join us for the 2016 Rally to Improve Birth & find out how you can get involved in Athens!

1. Athens, GA ImprovingBirth.org Facebook Page

2. Sell your stuff at our Labor Day Community Market, yard sale for families and expo for businesses.
Sign up on our Google Form to reserve your sellers space!

3. Then Rally to Improve Birth! Hold your sign high to increase awareness, and be an advocate for improved care for women, babies, and families everywhere!


Update:
Themes for this year include Access to VBAC, and evidence based birth options, informed consent and refusal, (general respect overall) in all aspects of maternity care for all women, everywhere!


GroVia Retailer Appreciation Event at The Natural Baby July 27 2016 2 Comments

GroVia Retailer Appreciation
August starts GroVia's Retailer Appreciation Month and here at The Natural Baby we will be kicking off the month with our in-store and online sale on all GroVia Cloth Diapers!

Here is what we have on deck for our sale starting at 12:01am on August 1st and end at 11:59pm and we have plenty of stock in GroVia All In Ones, GroVia O.N.E., GroVia Newborn All In Ones, Hybrid Shells, Soaker Pads, and Bio Soakers, as well as Magic Stick, Bio Liners, Swim Diapers and Wet Bags! 

We will be offering the following for all of our loyal GroVia families:
- 15% all GroVia products
- Raffle for Limited Edition Print Wet Bags
- Giveaways for purchases at

  • $50 : GroVia Mini Stick 
  • $100 : GroVia Wet Bag
  • $150 : GroVia One Size Hybrid Shell

USE CODE: GroViaRetailer at checkout for 15% to apply to your cart!

GroVia Limited Edition Wet BagGroVia Limited Edition Wet Bag

 


Georgia Tax Holiday 2016 July 27 2016

Hey there Georgia Parents,
The time of year has come again for back-to-school shopping and also the time for Sales Tax Holiday in Georgia!

If you are looking for a great deal on some reusable cloth diapers for your child now is a great chance to do just that.

Here is the full list of everything that might be included for your needs:
2016 Georgia Tax Holiday

Here are the specific categories you can stock up on this weekend at The Natural Baby:

- diapers (reusable and disposable including covers)
- swim gear
- nursing bras and tops
- baby receiving blankets
- baby clothes
- leg warmers
- shirts & clothing

We hope you can join us this weekend and as always please let me know how we can meet your needs best!

~The Natural Baby Team


GroVia Purrrrfect Road Trip May 20 2016

GroVia Purrrrfect Road Trip comes to Georgia and The Natural Baby in Athens, Georgia!
Join the fun as GroVia brings the Free Gift and The Natural Baby hosts the party! RSVP to let us know you are coming and get some sneak peeks...

Georgia Lactation Consultant Practice Act January 27 2016

Georgia law makers attempting to capitalize on lactation professionals? What is going on in the Georgia House?

Breastfeeding in Public : Alyssa Milano's Address January 08 2016

Wendy Williams Alyssa Milano

Alyssa Milano People MagazineBreastfeeding in public has been a hot topic lately and both arguing sides tend to feel very strongly. From stories of mothers shamed for feeding their babies at restaurant tables to mothers feeding their babies at a park while keeping an eye on a playing toddler.
Notably one of the biggest public figures (as of late) and advocates for breastfeeding is Alyssa Milano.

Actress and mother of two, Alyssa Milano has been no stranger to the topic and negativity surrounding her displays of breastfeeding her children on social media. When she appeared on the Wendy Williams show this week. Luckily Milano was confident in her actions, and handled opposing views with grace.

 

 

 

IAlyssa Milano Wonder Womanf you should find yourself stuck, and trying to figure out what is best for you.:
"Should I nurse my baby here or should I go someplace else? Should I use a cover or not?"
Here are some resources that you may find helpful. No matter which decision you choose to make, arm yourself with some facts and local ordinances/laws to ease your fears.  

Here is a very helpful article from La Leche Legue International explains in detail how the media plays a role in portrayal of breastfeeding and how to equip yourself for nourishing your child wherever is safe and convenient for you and your child. 

"Surveys have revealed that far too many women are uncomfortable at the thought of nursing their baby in public and that this discomfort is a common cause for disruption of the breastfeeding relationship" (Granju 1999)

 

Here is what Georgia Code says about a woman's right to breastfeed in public

Georgia Code – Health – Title 31, Section 31-1-9

The breast-feeding of a baby is an important and basic act of nurture which should be encouraged in the interests of maternal and child health. A mother may breast-feed her baby in any location where the mother and baby are otherwise authorized to be.

 

Search for your state regulations here.


See the full clip from Wendy Williams show where Alyssa Milano defends her public displays of breastfeeding and talks about breastfeeding and loosing postpartum "baby weight."

 

What do you think? Why do you think people are offended when they see a nipple in a way that isn't sexually oriented? Have you been publicly reprimanded for nursing in public?


How to Make an Awful Day a Better in 4 Simple Steps November 03 2015

These may be simple steps but they may not be EASY. Sometimes being a parent is the toughest, especially if you feel alone. Moving past a difficult time of parenting requires a bit of patience and even humility.

Tula Baby Carriers Come to Georgia: Now Available at The Natural Baby! September 11 2015

Tula Carriers in Georgia: Atlanta, Athens and Online!

Help Us Welcome our Newest Babywearing Brand:

TULA Baby!


We have been waiting quite some time to offer this selection and we couldn't be happier that Tula has arrived in Georgia! 

We have had our first stocking and will be adding to our inventory but we would love to know you favorites and DISO! (dire in search of's)!

Whether you are looking for a great Standard Tula for your littlest squish, or a Toddle Soft Structured Carrier for your larger/older baby/toddler we've got you covered. 

But did you know that Tula also has wonderful woven selections in all cotton and cotton/Tencel blends?!

- Wovens

- Ring Slings 

- Wrap Conversion Soft Structured Carriers

    These latest print releases we hope to catch soon in Standard and Toddler Soft Structured Carriers


              Fawn & Puppy Love

    Tula FawnTula Puppy Love       

    and  Tula Wovens in  Migaloo: Happy (Tencel/Cotton Blend) and Splendor : Blush (100% cotton)

    Migaloo HappySplendor Blush 

    Which are your favorites??? We are just tickled pink about this new addition & we would love to heat what you think!


    Comment below which styles and prints you love or have been searching for and we will draw one winner to receive a FREE pair of TULA "Droolas".

    Contest Ends September 18th at 10pm Eastern Time.


    Butterbean Sunscreen is BACK & better than ever! May 10 2015

    NEW Butterbean Sunscreen

    Butterbean is my favorite natural sun block to use for our family.I never have had to worry about harmful ingredients and have been able to rest at ease knowing that not only the owner of Butterbean, but also that the EWG (Environmental Working Group) have researched and tested the sunscreen!

    And this year's batch has some awesome improvements: 

  • Water Resistant 80 minutes
  • Non-whitening formula
  • SPF 30

  • Here is a direct link to the EWG Skin Deep Database where you can see all of their published findings about a wide selection of skin care and specifically sun protection products.

     

    Why I chose Butterbean Sunscreen:

    1. "0" rating on the Environmental Working Group

    When it comes to EWG ratings, 0 is a good as it gets! I am a minimalist kind of gal anyway and need not fret over ingredients I cant pronounce. Give me sun protection with no chemicals. Butterbean delivers!

    Mineral sunscreens like Butterbean sit on top of the skin to block & scatter UV rays where chemical sunscreens absorb into the skin and there in lies my beef with readily available sunscreens on the market.

    excerpt from Butterbean's website:

    Chemical sunscreens absorb into the skin to impart protection. This is the reason that chemical sunscreens must be soaked in for 15 minutes before swimming. There are often multiple chemicals included in order to provide a full spectrum protection. One active ingredient in many chemical sunscreens is oxybenzone. The US Center for Disease Control found that 97% of Americans have this chemical in their blood. This ingredient has been proven to disrupt normal hormone functions and should not be used on babies or children as it may disrupt their developing systems. Additional chemicals in sunscreens break down into free radicals or carcinogens.

    2. Ingredients I Can Identify

    Simplicity can go along way and when it comes to ingredients I love that I can not only pronounce but identify the ingredients in the product I want to use. I find this true for myself but even more so for my children. 

    Butterbean's active barrier is zinc oxide which is a physical barrier that is "photo stable" (not wearing off an hour after application in light/sun) 

    Butterbean Sunscreen Original Ingredient Listing:

    Active Sunscreen Ingredient:
    Non-nano Uncoated Zinc Oxide 22%

    Inactive Ingredients:
    * Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil , *Butyrospermum Parkii (Fair Trade Shea) Butter, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Olea europaea (Olive Fruit) Oil, * Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

     *Certified Organic Ingredients  

     

    3. Common Sense Advice

    Butterbean being an all natural sunscreen also states to use common sense in combination with their product, for example: When out during mid-day use other methods of sun protection in conjunction with Butterbean or any other mineral based sunscreen. Smart and Simple. No claims that they can't stand behind. Quality ingredients and a quality product that I can stand behind!

    Butterbean Sunscreen+My Swim Baby UV ShirtMy Swim Baby UV Hat= LOVE

    I also like that Butterbean is local (to me) and that I how I got to know the brand so well. Now I love sharing the love of Butterbean far and wide!

    Butterbean also has an entire line of products including a more spreadable sunscreen called Simple, Good Sun: An SPF Sport Stick, SPF Lip Balm, and Natural Bug Repellant!
    Check them out and let us know if you have used Butterbean products what you think!


    Meet Patch! Newest Limited Edition Print from Cotton Babies! May 07 2015

    Meet Patch!

    Take Flight with Patch : The latest release from Cotton Babies!

    Just like a butterfly, the newest Genius Series print, Patch, is intricate and ethereal. With a monochromatic color scheme, filled with different shades of Dazzle, Patch resembles a monarch's wings through a kaleidoscopic design. Influenced by the work of American Entomologist, Edith Patch, this graceful, captivating motif will take your little one to new heights. 

    When she was a child, Edith Patch won a contest for an essay on monarch butterflies. Passionate about bugs and ecology, Patch tried to get a job in entomology, but was repeatedly rejected because she was a woman. Through persistence and dedication, she was later hired by Charles Woods of the University of Maine, where she earned her master's degree, later completing her Ph.D. at Cornell University. In 1930, Patch was elected the first woman president of the Entomological Society of America, a time when few women were in the field. Throughout her long, devoted career, she never lost focus of her love for science and the natural world, which now lands her a spot in our Hall of Genius. 

     


    Smart Bottoms Now Available at The Natural Baby & Giveaway! April 30 2015 37 Comments

    Smart Bottoms are flying off the shelves everywhere! We love getting all the latest from our new favorite brand! They have an amazing lineup of cloth diapers and ingenious accessories to compliment your natural parenting lifestyle. Smart, Adorable, Functional!