Thanks to Mothering, I’ve never felt alone

Mothering Magazine

Tuesday, Mothering announced that they would no longer publish a print magazine. They will continue as a web source of information and support for natural parenting.

This week we mourn the loss of the magazine that has literally helped me find direction in my life as a woman and mother.

Mothering magazine has helped me learn to be a better, more patient mother. It has inspired me to start a business. It’s made me feel accepted and supported in my less than conventional ways of parenting. Needless to say, it has had a profound affect on me since I started reading it more than 6 years ago now.

My oldest daughter was born in 2005, and I came across my first print magazine in my midwives’ office during my pregnancy. I was immediately attracted to the images of parents holding and carrying their babies in slings. The images of breastfeeding mothers inspired confidence in my own ability to nurse my babies, and, importantly, nurse them confidently in public (I don’t know that this would have happened without Mothering). I adored the stories, sense of community, and even the ads. In fact, it was these ads of the small, mostly mother-owned businesses in the USA that inspired me to start Parenting By Nature. There wasn’t any business quite like this in Canada 6 years ago, and at the time I had to order my first baby sling – the sling that started it all – from an online business in the USA.

I’ve spent many hours on the Mothering website and forums and will continue to support them in this way. I also truly believe they have much opportunity to reach many, many parents via their website and online. I thank them dearly for everything they have brought to my life. Thanks to Mothering, I’ve never felt alone.

Tamara Champion

It’s a virtual holiday potluck on Facebook!

virtual-facebook-party

Does the holiday season creep up on you, and before you know it, you’re completely overwhelmed? This year start planning early and have some FUN with other busy parents just like you.

Join parenting experts Tamara Champion, CEO of natural parenting store bynature.ca, and Annemarie Tempelman-Kluit AKA yoyomama and author of Healthy Mum, Happy Baby, as well as other parents getting prepared for the holiday season with a Virtual Holiday Potluck! Join us to kick off the holiday season, have fun, and, yes, enjoy shopping discounts and prizes throughout the evening!

When and Where?

Mark your calendar! The party date is Wednesday, November 10th and runs from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm but you’ll want to register beforehand to take advantage of our special savings offer. The more RSVP’s the greater the savings!!

If you live on the East Coast, RSVP to the Parenting By Nature Facebook page BEFORE Wednesday, November 10, 8:00pm EST.

If you’re on the West Coast,
RSVP to yoyomama’s Facebook page BEFORE Wednesday, November 10, 8:00pm PST.

What to Bring:

It’s a potluck! Everyone who shares has the chance to win prizes during the evening. We’ll be discussing:

• family traditions and the spirit of giving
• your favorite holiday music
• funny Christmas YouTube videos
• your tastiest holiday recipes (allergen-free, for bonus points!)
• green holiday tips
• links to online holiday planning resources or tools you may use
• anything else to help with holiday planning!

Why Pre-Register?

The more the merrier! Share our holiday event with friends as we’ll be offering a discount on anything at the bynature.ca Kids store based on how many RSVP/participants we have for each party (as of 8pm EST):

• Free Shipping over $49 for 200 RSVPs (Storewide! Canada only)
• 10% discount for 300 RSVPs
• 15% discount for 400 RSVPs
• 20% discount for 500 RSVPs

So tell your friends to RSVP! The more participants, the greater the discount! The discount code will be shared with participants during the potluck event and will be offered for a limited time (discounts apply to KIDS department only and may not be combined; see bynature.ca policies for full details when using discount codes).

We can’t wait to connect with our fantastic fans, supporters, and customers and meet new people. Most of all, we want to help you save time and money as you get ready for this special time of year with your family.

See you on November 10th!

Baby Swim Diaper in a Public Pool

Baby Swim Diaper


Free Swimmis swim diaper

As the holiday weekend is upon us, a lot of parents are looking for the best swim diapers. Be sure to check our Facebook page for a free Swimmis swim diaper. We only have 3 to give away, and details will be up on Friday.

Can Swimmi swim diapers be used in a public pool setting?

Yes! If your public pool won’t allow a reusable swim diaper, we would love the opportunity to challenge their thinking. Many public pools are under the assumption that a disposable swim diaper is more absorbent or hygienic than a reusable swim diaper because the absorbency is “built-in.” Many are unaware, however, of how the absorbency of a disposable diaper actually works.

A disposable swim diaper instantly absorbs liquid, which means the moment your baby or child goes in the pool, the diaper will quickly reach its maximum absorbency level. Have you ever seen a toddler with a disposable swim diaper come out of the pool and walk around? The diaper almost always looks soggy, droopy and hanging lower than when the diaper was put on dry. As soon as a disposable swim diaper is wet it becomes LESS effective at containing waste!

If your public pool is under the assumption that a disposable product is better for their environment, ask them where they think the waste and urine will go as soon as a baby or child is put in the pool. Chances are, they haven’t actually considered this. A simple experiment using a disposable swim diaper immersed in water will show how quickly it “fills” with water and becomes ineffective.

We won’t even mention the chemical gels that are used inside disposable swim diapers, causing the massive absorption rates. We’re actually surprised public pools don’t insist on reusable swim diapers. Who wants to be swimming around with that?!?

Why Cloth Diapers Contest Winner

This afternoon we announced the winner of our Why Cloth Diapers contest. This contest was so much fun to organize, and it really sounded as though the participants had fun putting their videos together. A great big thank you to all who participated and took the time to show the world why YOU choose cloth diapers.

The winner of a $1000 gift certificate to spend at bynature.ca was Cloth Now put together by Charlene and her husband. You can view their video here.

As a side note, Charlene told us afterwards that she has 5 children, ages 12, 7, 5, 2 and 6 months. This prize will surely be put to good use! Congratulations Charlene and family.

The Compostable Diaper Conversation

All in one Thirsties Duo Pocket diapersA funny thing happened when byNature.ca booth neighbors arrived at the Children’s Trunk Show in Toronto last week. We were the only cloth diaper vendor at the show, and the response was really quite positive. Many stopped by and talked to us, and they were really impressed with what they were seeing and how easy cloth diapers seemed to be.

When our neighbors finally made it to the show and set up their booth, we realized that show organizers put a “eco” disposable diaper vendor right beside us, selling biodegradable diapers. Parents would stop at their booth first then move on to ours.

It was an exclusive, no competitors show, but they obviously didn’t consider disposable diapers as our competitors. A short walk through the diaper neighborhood actually opened the door to some really great discussions with customers. Many moms would come to our booth and mention they were “considering the biodegradable diapers”. This provided the perfect lead in.

Me: “That sounds great! So do you have your compost ready to go yet?”

Unsuspecting Mom: “Ummm. . . no. What do you mean?”

Me: “To compost your diapers. Isn’t that the idea?”

Unsuspecting Mom: “Oh. Well, I guess I was just going to throw them in the trash?”

Me (looking rather perplexed): “Ahhh. . . you mean in a garbage bag or diaper genie liner?”

Unsuspecting Mom: “Yes! Exactly.”

Me (still looking confused): “Do you think they will biodegrade like they are advertised in that type of an environment? I didn’t think it would work like that if they were wrapped in plastic.”

Mom (now she’s looking confused): “Wow. I didn’t think of that. That’s a bit misleading, isn’t it?”

Me: “Hmm. Well do you have a pick-up service that will compost your diapers for you?”

Mom: “No.”

Me (with an all-in-one cloth diaper in hand): “Have you considered reusable diapers? They don’t create any waste at all, and they can be changed just like a disposable diaper. The added time commitment is really only two extra loads of laundry a week.”

Now mom starts asking all the usual questions and I get to show them how easy cloth diapering is, how much fun, and I also get to put our literature in her hands about the waste factor of disposable diapers. It was actually so much fun just getting the parents to think through the process as far as a decomposing diaper was concerned. The parents agreed again and again how the concept seemed rather flawed when you thought it all the way through to the landfill. I got to have this conversation with parents all day, one after the other.

It was great to see some of their faces when they realized they had misunderstood, that these disposable “bio-diapers” are not this incredible option that will save our planet.