We Are Local and Independent

THANK YOU to our amazing customers who choose to shop with us both in our local store and online. We know you have choices, and your trust in our store and service means the world to us. For more reasons to support LOCAL and shop small businesses, check out the video above.

The Value of Your Local Store

Bynature.ca store photos

Shopping with us at bynature.ca gives you the experience and guidance you need to use parenting products right. We are careful in the products we choose, and we hold every product in our store to high standards.

There is a lot to consider when demand continually drives down price. Have you read our “At What Cost?” series? It’s a great read and explains quite a bit of what we deal with in this new economy.

I also always consider my time, and the time of the people helping me, as much more valuable than the few dollars I might save shopping around. The services we provide through our store in Orillia and our online store at bynature.ca are only possible thanks to the support of our customers. We spend a great deal of our time with customers, guiding them, educating them, and providing help where they need it, and there is value in this. Unfortunately, without the support, we wouldn’t have a store for parents to come into, learn, and be a part of a greater community.

It’s because we know you have choices that your choice to shop with us matters so much.

How I Learned to Cook Whole Foods

Undiet Book

It’s my favourite time of year! I love these months filled warm weather, swimming, biking, soaking up the sunshine, farmers markets, backyard vegetable gardens, camping, cottaging, and more. With the energy of the summer and the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables galore, I wanted to share with you something I’ve been very excited about.

Confession time – I did NOT know how to cook whole, real foods before taking a handful of live and in person cooking classes from Meghan Telpner, a Toronto-based nutritionist, a few years ago. Brought up on Chef Boyardee and Kraft Dinner, my family had a challenging few years when we learned of our children’s allergies from diary, gluten, soy, eggs, corn and more. We know many families are struggling with similar stories, and Meghan came along right when I needed her most. If you’re unable to join her in the kitchen for a live class, her online courses and now her recently released book, are the next best thing!

In her new book UnDiet, Meghan proves it’s possible to look and feel your absolute best while eating the most delicious food, and avoiding the trap of diet deprivation and calorie counting. Infused with her signature humor, enthusiasm, and accessibility, Meghan inspires readers to question paradigms and take ownership of their health, one small change at a time. Best of all, these are recommendations that fit your life. Nothing in here is too over the top. These are easy changes for any family to incorporate into their already hectic and busy lifestyles.

I strongly encourage you to add UnDiet: Eat Your Way to Vibrant Health to your summer reading list. You won’t regret it! As an added treat - order your copy of UnDiet from bynature.ca before the end of July and we’ll include a FREE Anointment Natural lip balm with your purchase! This is our favourtie handmade lip balm, and we’ve just received a new shipment of samples to share. Happy Summer!

Tamara Champion, Founder
Parenting By Nature

Cheapie Leakies

Unhappy baby

Why I don’t buy cloth diapers that come without support or warranty.

We’re often asked about some of the less expensive cloth diapers on the market, and why we don’t offer them at bynature.ca. When compared to economical options such as Bummis wraps and prefolds or an amazing DUO system such as AMP Diapers, the quality, absorbency and effectiveness does not compare. These high quality systems offer super value, while limiting the frustration parents will have with leaking, poor fit, or fabrics that fall apart over time—all of which will cost more in the long run.

Cloth Diapers are our specialty! We get so much feedback from parents time and time again about other products on the market, products that send them running to us for replacements that will not cause frustration. We aren’t going to sell something that is continuously causing problems for our customers.

Cloth diapers in general have SO much value compared to single-use products. And, many cloth diapers that seem higher priced actually reflect the value of products made ethically and sustainably, not cheaply and without care for workers or the environment. These high value products are also safety tested to the highest standards, so you can be assured you’re buying something that is safe for your little one. We can offer many tips in our store to help get you set up with cloth diapers for as little as $200. That buys you a system that will work well, fit well, absorb well, and where we know workers haven’t been exploited to diaper your baby (that is, someone else has actually paid the price).

In our eight years of experience, the bottom line is: you get what you pay for. When you buy your diapers from us, you’re also investing in our experience helping thousands of clients along the way to getting off to a great start, with product support, laundry advice, and troubleshooting. We can’t do what we do without your support and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Getting more babies into cloth diapers has been our mission from day one!

What Our Customers Say

A couple of months ago, we posted the statement above. Our customers shared their experiences as well.

Learned That Lesson the Hard Way

“I found some very inexpensive pockets with my first. The extra laundry caused by all the leaks let me know very quickly that cheap cloth diapers are false economy. I’m expecting kid #2 and am glad I saw the value in better diapers because now I have a stash waiting to go for another child.” J.W.

“Absolutely! We received some inexpensive cloth diapers as gifts and ended up hating them! They were available at large baby registry retailers (you know who I mean) and I so much prefer my diapering and service experience with a (somewhat) local company! Thank you for being there!” V.F.

“Totally agree! I’m a self-proclaimed bargain hunter who loves a good find. After buying a few cheaper diapers from a big box store (thinking I was getting a good deal) and not being happy with the results (poor fit, bulky, leaked, etc), I was very hesitant to try more expensive ones. I was SOOO glad I tried ‘just a few’ from my local ‘natural parenting store’ after seeing how different they were from the big-box ones. Even my husband was impressed and actually used them! I’ve had to buy a new stash of diapers for surprise baby #3 after giving all mine from baby #2 away, but am so excited for baby to be born to put the new diapers on him.” K.O.

Research Pays Off

“I bought my first cloth diapers from you almost 5 years ago and have since filled out my stash of mostly Fuzzi Bunz from you as well. I am now CDing my third child and the diapers and accessories I first purchased are still going strong after 3 kids! In fact, many of them still look almost new! After tons of research (including the “cloth diapering 101″ on your website), I am so glad I went with a quality system so I didn’t have to keep replacing diapers after each child!” M.H.

Great Cloth Diapers Last!

“Some of my Motherease have been going strong for over 11 years now!! And they still work as well as the day I originally bought them! I bought the bulk of mine in UK, imported from Canada, and then I topped up here from you. I love them, they fit my children very well. We are now done with diapers and I am about to pass these on.” T.W.

Quality Cloth Diapers Can Come on a Budget

“I think it depends on what you mean by cheap. We use flats with covers, and they were very inexpensive, but work fabulously! There are good quality cloth diapers for every budget and need, and if one cannot afford or do not want to buy a $500 system, one can spend $100 and easily cloth diaper from birth to potty.” K.J.W.

“[C]heap and low cost are not always the same thing. I get frustrated when people are turned off of cloth diapering because of poorly made products, but I am equally frustrated by people being turned off by the belief that one must purchase $30 diapers to effectively diaper their babies.” K.J.W.

Prefolds remain one of our best selling diapers, and they cost less than $5 each. They will also have use well beyond the diapering years, so that initial investment goes much further with the right product. I’m still using ours for rags and puppy pads eight years later, after diapering two children. Some parents are intimidated by them, but that’s where we come in.

What do we mean by “cheap”? Our definition of “cheap” is pretty extensive. Over the holidays we ran a series on the true costs of cheap products.

Image © Andrey Armyagov | Dreamstime.com

Thanks to Natureclean

NatureClean logo

I received a message to our Facebook wall the other day as we were talking about our Great Cloth Diaper Change plans next weekend. This message was from a company I know very well, and, unbeknownst to them, a product line I have used in my own home for the past 15 years. Parents that visit our store or have read through our Cloth Diapering 101 guide online know we love to recommend Nature Clean household products, and we do so almost every day in our storefront in Orillia or when talking with expecting and new parents by email.

Nature Clean is Canada’s original brand of non-toxic, hypoallergenic and environmentally responsible household cleaning products. As you can imagine, we get contacted all the time by companies that claim to be environmentally responsible and they want our help to sell, recommend or endorse their lines. The first question I ask is, “What’s in your product?” I want an ingredient list. I don’t want to be told, “They’re safe! Trust us!” If a company won’t disclose their ingredient list, I most definitely cannot trust what they are saying on their fancy website or pretty packaging. This is not the case with Nature Clean. They are label obseseed and commited to full ingredient disclosure—no exceptions. This is why I have used and trusted Nature Clean almost exclusively for my own family over the years, and they are the only household cleaning line we currently recommend or endose.

On their website,

“Natureclean® is about caring for your family’s health, it’s about the passion we feel for protecting our natural world, and it’s about loving ourselves enough to use safer products.”

Hmmmm. . . this sounds just like the mission we have here at Parenting By Nature and have since day one. All Nature Clean products are non-toxic, biodegradable, and are created from naturally-derived ingredients. Their laundry detergent also happened to be the only detergent that wouldn’t cause an allergic skin reaction on my daughter when she was born more than 7 years ago. So, that’s a huge plus in my book!

We’re also incredibly proud of their heritage, and we love telling people that Nature Clean is a Canadian company, manufacturing and packaging their products in Canada and helping to employ Canadians. What’s not to love?!?

I was thrilled to hear that Nature Clean wanted to partner with us for the Great Cloth Diaper Change. Currently on route are coupons, samples of their new detergent line, their chemical-free travel wipes, and their new shampoo samples for all of our guests. Thank you Nature Clean for your generous contribution to our event. We can’t wait to share these fabulous products with our participants!

PS. If you haven’t registered for the Great Cloth Diaper Change yet, there’s still time! Find a location near you. There are 305 official events in 16 countries. All babies will have their diapers changed simultaneously to challenge the world record set at last year’s events.

Our Eco Birthday Party

Eco Birthday Parties

Look at this beautiful birthday party table! This past weekend, Nature Mom threw a birthday party for her daughter. She worked to lower impact for every aspect of the party. Read the story of her daughter’s green birthday party celebration.

Having just wrapped up an eco birthday party for my six year old, I’m excited to share our green birthday party celebration. By making more environmentally friendly choices at your next birthday party you’ll be passing on an important message to your children and the families that participate in your special day. You’ll likely even find that you can save money in the process! I hope our day will help inspire some creative, earth-friendly green party ideas, and you’ll learn how fun and rewarding being green really can be.

Walk your talk and save money. That’s a good start.


Read the full article and see photos of Nature Mom’s eco birthday party.