A blog for cloth diapering Mammas. Doing our best for our babies and our Mother Earth.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Smile Mommy! Diaper Service

Smile, Mommy! Diaper Service is owned and operated by wife and husband team Kelly and Aron Bacher. They were first customers of Smile, Mommy!, fell in love with it, and decided to purchase it when it threatened to close. They live in East Nashville with their son, Brey – born 12/5/10 – their elderly Australian Shepherd, Mate, and Aron's cat.

Smile, Mommy! was opened in 2007 and is now serving Davidson and Williamson Counties in Middle Tennessee and hopes to continue to serve the Nashville area for many years.

2011 was a very busy year for them, growing from zero to around 35 customers in just six months. Brey was also busy learning to walk, talk, kiss, hug, and type on his mama's laptop while she's working.

In 2012, they will grow the business to the size that the previous owners closed it at - 60 customers. They look forward to serving more parents in Davidson and Williamson Counties, with the possibility of broadening their service area in the future. Aron and Kelly look forward to networking and partnerships with other environmentally friendly businesses and organizations. They will continue to be Nashville's premier diaper service, delivering 100% cotton prefolds to your door each week.

Green Pixie Baby is excited to partner with Smile Mommy! on upcoming events in 2012. Together we hope to spread awareness and the love of cloth diapers around TN.
Cloth diapers have never been easier or more accessible. Little Star Childrens Gear in Cool Springs carries BumGenius, and Wholefoods in Franklin carries Fuzzibunz. Cloth Diapers are finally becoming mainstream and we are proud to be a part of the growing community of "green" families.

Whether you laundry your own, or use a service Green Pixie Baby and Smile Mommy! are here to help you along your cloth diaper journey.

With the love of fluff, and American made stuff,

Marie Sawyer
Green Pixie Baby

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Bread Book!!

The Bread Book!!

I am happy to share this link with you. Vintage Remedies is a publisher of books addressing Herbal remedies, healthy eating, and healthy living. They are also a local Franklin, TN business.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Cloth Diaper Swap and Play Date

Join us for an hour of play in the Goof Balls Jungle Blaster Room. Let's get together for an informal play date so we can chat about cloth diapers, or anything and everything. Feel free to bring your clean, gently used cloth diapers to swap or sell. This is a free event and the whole family is welcome.

Goofballs Family Fun Center
1113 Murfreesboro Rd, Franklin, TN 37064
9:00 am - 10:00 am
January 16th 2012

We hope to see you there!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Why We Chose Cloth Diapers

I LOVE cloth diapers and now love to help other families fall in love with them too.

How and why did we land where we are today? I don't even remember what initially made us consider it. We didn't have any friends or family that ever used cloth diapers and they were not as accessible as they are now. In fact I think all of our family thought we were crazy and wouldn't stick with them. We weren't even sure if we could manage it with six other children, and both of us working full time. Yet, we decided to give them a "try". We are a "green" family and it just made sense.

We looked at our options, and also decided that if we were going to use cloth we were going to use American made cloth (I know a completely separate issue). So, we ordered our first round of cloth diapers. OMG!! It was love at first sight. Those soft, colorful, tiny newborn Thirsties diapers were so stinkin adorable!! We removed "try" from our discussion about cloth and changed it to USE. We we're blessed to find a wonderful daycare in Franklin (Creekwood Academy) that happily accepted our cloth diapered baby. I have since visited many day cares in the area and all but one said they would accept cloth diapers. =) So we had our supplies, and our daycare, now onto dealing with the POOP! I was nervous at first (ok, paranoid) that I would not be able to clean off all the poopy and get back those clean fluffy diapers. Thanks to the invention of a diaper sprayer, and soft breast milk poop, my diapers stayed beautiful for two full years. Yes, cloth diapers take a little extra time to launder, and yes occasionally you will have to deal with a bit of stink, but we never once regretted using cloth diapers. We traveled to California and back using only cloth (twice), we worked full time jobs, breast fed, and started a family business selling the cloth that we fell in love with.

There are a million sites with actual facts about why to choose cloth. Financially it makes sense so hubbies read this: the average family saves between $1,500-$2,000 over a two year period by using cloth. Environmentally it makes sense so Earth lovers read this: the standard disposable diaper takes 500 years or more to decompose in a landfill, which means every diaper ever pooped in is out there contaminating our earth right now. Health benefits of cloth are tremendous, so all parents read this: standard disposable diapers contain three chemicals of concern:

1st: Sodium Polyacrylate is often visible as small gel-like crystals on the skin of babies and is thought to be linked to skin irritations and respiratory problems. This chemical was removed from tampons due to toxic shock syndrome concerns. As it has only been used in diapers for the last two decades, there is not yet research on the long-term health effects of sodium polyacrylate on babies.

2nd: Tributyl-tin (TBT). According to the EPA, this toxic pollutant is extremely harmful to aquatic (water) life and causes endocrine (hormonal) disruptions in aquatic organisms. TBT is a polluting chemical that does not degrade but remains in the environment and in our food chain. TBT is also an ingredient used in biocides to kill infecting organisms. Additionally, according to research published by the American Institute of Biological Sciences, tributyl-tin can trigger genes that promote the growth of fat cells, causing obesity in humans.

3rd: Dioxin. Disposable diapers contain traces of Dioxin, an extremely toxic by-product of the paper-bleaching process. It is a carcinogenic chemical, listed by the EPA as the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals. It is banned in most countries, but not the U.S.

Why risk the health of your child, or the future of our planet for "convenience"? Besides those disposable diapers are stiff, wouldn't you rather have your baby in a soft fluffy diaper? Plus they look much better in photographs!

Check out the RDA website for additional information http://www.realdiaperassociation.org/diaperfacts.php

With love of fluff & American made stuff,

Marie Sawyer
615) 542-4338
Green Pixie Baby
117 Third Avenue N.
Franklin, TN 37064

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Franklin, TN, United States
Hello my name is Marie. I have four healthy, beautiful children. When our latest blessing joined our lives in November 2008 we decided to do the best thing for her and our planet. We went the cloth diapering route. During our search for cloth diapers we found limited availability in our area. We knew that we were not the only family facing this dilemma. Together we decided that we were going to help bring the green trend of cloth diapering to Franklin, TN. So here we are! We specialize in American made cloth diapers and baby products. Spreading the love of cloth diaper fluff and American made stuff one baby at a time. www.greenpixiebaby.com won’t you join us in saving our planet and parenting green?