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1 Cloth Diapers
1.1 Does cloth diapering help the environment?
  • 18 billion disposable diapers are added to landfills every year
  • Cloth diapers can be used over and over again
  • Most disposables are not biodegradable, it is estimated to take 250-500 years to decompose.
  • Disposable diapers make up 4% of solid waste in landfills
  • Disposable diapers for one baby for one year requires 300 pounds of wood, 50 pounds of petroleum feedstocks and 20 pounds of chlorine.
1.2 Are cloth diapers a healthier option for my baby?
  • Disposables diapers have traces of Dioxin which is extremely toxic
  • They also contain Tributyl-tin. It's toxic and known to cause hormonal problems.
  • Studies have shown disposable diapers may cause asthma and lead to fertility problems in males.
1.3 Isn't cloth diapering expensive?

Disposable diapers for one child cost about $2000 from birth to potty training, however, cloth diapering can cost as little as $500 and be used on future children or sold. Here is more information on switching to cloth and sticking to a budget.

1.4 Does cloth diapering help with potty training?

Disposable diapers give children the illusion of dryness and that makes it hard for them to know when they have to go or if they go.

1.5 Who does research about cloth diapering?

The Real Diaper Association is a collective non-profit organization in which parents and small businesses take the lead in creating a cultural shift to increase the use of simple, reusable cloth diapers. They connect current cloth diapering parents to the long history of cloth diapering. Cloth diapers are real diapers. The Association organizes local advocates and activists for cloth diapers through a member-supported resource center which plans campaigns, trains organizers, distributes educational information, supports local groups, and connects users to the Cloth Diaper industry. Local Real Diaper Circles reach users face-to-face with knowledge and tools to make cloth diapering accessible and acceptable to parents, who have the power to change the world one baby at a time. Join the Greater Lansing Real Diaper Circle on Facebook.

1.6 Want to try cloth on my newborn, do you offer a rental program?

Newborn Cloth Diaper Rental

A newborn cloth diaper rental maybe just what you were looking for...

Are your cloth diapers too big for a newborn?

Will your cloth diapers cover your baby's umbilical cord?

Don't want to spend money on a stash of newborn diapers?

Then you have come to the right place!

Our new and gently used diapers will help you through the first few months and gives you an opportunity test run with cloth diapering! Our rental program is less expensive than both disposable diapers and purchasing a whole stash of newborn diapers. It just makes sense for you and baby too!

What will you get...

24- Newborn Fitted (5-15 lbs) Fitted Cotton Diapers

This is a perfect diaper for newborns as it contains poo explosions better then disposables diapers and cloth inserts. Newborn fitted diapers have a snap down section for the umbilical cord to be able to stay clean and dry. These should fit a baby from birth to 3 months, of course all babies are different shapes and sizes, so this is an estimate. Some newborns start out so very small, especially multiples or early babies. These Kissaluvs will fit newborns wonderfully. The minimum rental period is 3 months with no exchanges for larger sizes or refunds.

3- Thirsties x-small diaper covers

The newborn diapers do require the use of a waterproof diaper covers.

What you will pay...

The charge for the 3 month rental is $100.00 plus a $75 refundable deposit. Once the diapers are returned (in the condition and with in the time frame as noted below) you will get the deposit refunded to you as an in store credit. Bringing your rental price down to just $33/month. You will receive a rental agreement and care instructions with your diaper rental.

The Perks...

Once you purchase the rental you will receive a coupon code for a 10% discount on diaper accessories! This includes wet bags, pail liners, creams, detergent, and more!

Each diaper rental also comes with a cloth-friendly detergent sample.

Shipping and Order Instructions...

Free shipping is included with the rental. You are responsible for shipping charges when the diapers are returned to us.

Diapers can only be rented to non-smoking households.

Renter must agree to use diapers with cloth diaper safe detergent and diaper cream.

Place your order one month before your due date if possible.

We will ship your rental kit, 1-2 weeks before your expected due date. In the event that the diapers are needed sooner, please contact us.

The Fine Print...

Other specials or coupons are not valid on diaper rentals. If they are used with your order, the amount will be charged against your deposit. Damaged diapers/covers will be charged from the deposit at the full sales price of the new item. If the rental is not returned within the time frame given, without contacting us, your credit card will be charged for an additional $100 to cover the cost of replacing the items.

1.7 Can I travel with my cloth diapers?

Of course you can use cloth diapers while traveling. Here are some tips!

1.8 How do I wash and care for my cloth diapers?

Keep it simple, no bleach, no fabric softeners!

Choose a cloth diaper safe detergent. We carry a few and are happy to discuss those options with you. "Baby" detergents, like Dreft, and other detergents with additives, optical whiteners or optical brighteners are not safe for your cloth diapers. Our detergents can be used for all your laundering needs with all types of water and machines, safe for the environment and your family.

First Wash for Cloth Diapers

Wash and dry new cloth diapers/inserts 6-8 times to remove chemicals and increase the absorbency. Do not worry if you notice that your cloth diapers "quilt up" during this process. This is normal.

To extend the life of covers, hang them dry to ensure waterproofing ability and elastic.

Regular Wash for Cloth Diapers

Store dirty diapers in a dry pail (a trash can with a foot press works great) or hanging wet bag. A wet pail can be dangerous, messy, and a breeding ground for bacteria.

Remove inserts from pocket diapers and use aplix laundry tabs.

Knock any solids off into the toilet, for ease use a diaper sprayer. No need to remove breastfed poop.

Run a cold rinse on a high water level or large load setting with no detergent.

Run a hot wash with detergent followed by a cold rinse.  For HE machines you may need to "trick" the cycle into thinking you need extra water by adding a soaked bath towel to the load.

Hang or lay dry all covers and wet bags, everything else can go in the dryer. AIOs, prefolds and hemp inserts may require extra drying time.

If you have problems with staining you can put the diapers in the sun for a natural bleaching even if it is through a window.

2 Breastfeeding and Birth Support in Lansing
2.1 What resources are available to help a breastfeeding mom in the Lansing area?

Visit the Capital Area Breastfeeding Coalition page for the most accurate information. You are also always welcome to call us! 517-721-1868

2.2 I would like to have a home birth, is there local midwife?
3 Classes and Events
3.1 What is the Big Latch On?

The Global Big Latch On takes place at a registered locations around the world, where women gather together to breastfeed and offer peer support to each other. Their friends, family and community join this celebration to promote and support breastfeeding. Volunteers from within the community host each location, hosting a Global Big Latch On creates a lasting support network for the community.

The Global Big Latch On takes place annually over two days during World Breastfeeding Week (1st – 7th August). Our other World Breastfeeding Week Celebrations include Express Yourself and Selfies Sunday. As a worldwide peer support and community development event, it aims to strengthen national and global support for breastfeeding and to improve the health of children and women around the world.

The Big Latch On aims to protect, promote & support breastfeeding families by:

  • Provide support for communities to identify and grow opportunities to provide on-going breastfeeding support and promotion in local communities.
  • Raise awareness of breastfeeding support and knowledge available locally and globally.
  • Help communities positively support breastfeeding in public places.
  • Make breastfeeding as normal part of day-to-day life at a local community level.
  • Increase support for women who breastfeed – women are supported by their partners, family and their communities.
  • Ensure communities have the resources to advocate for coordinated appropriate and accessible breastfeeding support services.

The Global Big Latch On is a highly successful, targeted community development initiative that raises awareness of breastfeeding, encourages the formation of support networks between breastfeeding women, and aims to normalize breastfeeding as a part of daily life.

The Big Latch On aims to protect, promote & support breastfeeding families by:

  • Provide support for communities to identify and grow opportunities to provide on-going breastfeeding support and promotion in local communities.
  • Raise awareness of breastfeeding support and knowledge available locally and globally.
  • Help communities positively support breastfeeding in public places.
  • Make breastfeeding as normal part of day-to-day life at a local community level.
  • Increase support for women who breastfeed – women are supported by their partners, family and their communities.
  • Ensure communities have the resources to advocate for coordinated appropriate and accessible breastfeeding support services.

The Global Big Latch On is a highly successful, targeted community development initiative that raises awareness of breastfeeding, encourages the formation of support networks between breastfeeding women, and aims to normalize breastfeeding as a part of daily life.

History Of Big Latch On

  • Women’s Health Action started the Big Latch On in New Zealand, in 2005.
  • Joanne Edwards (Small Beginnings Group, LLC) introduced the Big Latch On to Portland, Oregon in 2010.
  • In 2011, Annie Brown and members of Le Leche League USA worked with Joanne to grow the Big Latch On across the USA.
  • Women’s Health Action and the Big Latch On Global Coordinator Joanne Edwards of Small Beginnings Group, LLC joined forces in 2012.

Mother & Earth has hosted the Greater Lansing BIG Latch On every year since 2013

WANT TO HELP:
If you are interested in assisting with counting latchs or have an item you would like to donate for the raffle please contact us. We're always glad for the help!

WANT TO BE A VENDOR: We are looking for vendors to make this a great event for local families! If your business is selling handmade goods or offers community support or service to the local area, we want you. Contact us 517-721-1868.

 

3.2 What is the Great Cloth Diaper Change?

Join our Earth Day celebration and help us set a cloth diaper world record! What better way to celebrate mother earth than with an eco-friendly diapering solution? 

Admission is FREE to participate in this worldwide event to break the current World Record!

DON'T HAVE A CLOTH DIAPER? No problem! We have you covered. Just let us know at check in and we will provide you with a diaper to use for the change.

For more information about the global event, check out:www.greatclothdiaperchange.com


WANT TO LEARN ABOUT CLOTH DIAPERING? Check out our Cloth Diaper 101 class, the first Saturday of every month at the Boutique.

3.3 What is a Cloth Diaper and Babywearing Swap?

Cloth Diaper & Babywearing Swap

This is an event we have a couple times a year in store. If you have diapers or carriers you want to sell you can reserve a table space to do so. If you are looking to add to or start a stash, this is the place to be!

Interested in purchasing gently used cloth diapers, accessories, or baby carriers?

Just stop by during the swap and check out what the sellers have to offer.

Want to Sell your Used Diapers or Baby Carriers?

Reserve a card table space (you must bring) that you can load up with cloth diapers, baby carriers, and accessories. The cost for the space is $10.

Terms and Conditions

  • All transactions are between buyer and seller.  Transactions do not go through Mother & Earth Baby Boutique, nor do they take a commission.
  • Sellers should bring their own change; Mother & Earth will not make change during the event.
  • Mother & Earth just provides the space in which to do the swap and will not accept liability for any transactions that do not go to the buyer/sellers satisfaction.
  • Diapers should be of usable condition, clean and odor free. Feel free to bring slings/carriers and diaper accessories to sell as well. Mother & Earth reserves the right to exclude any items from the swap at anytime.
  • Tag your products in advance so that your pricing is clear.  If you are unsure as to how to price your diapers, check out www.diaperswappers.com to see what other items are selling for.
  • Be sure to bring a card table to display your diapers. You may use the space under your table as well.          

Here are some typical terms used when selling used cloth diapers.

NIP(New in Package)
This really depends on the brand but generally you can ask retail price.

JP or PREPPED(Just prepped but never used)
So you bought a diaper, prepped it and then decided it wasn’t going to work out. It is no longer NIP, so price 80% to 90% or retail as long as you are completely honest that the diaper has never touched a bottom.

EUC(Excellent Used Condition)
This means your diaper was used but is still in pristine condition-no stains, stinks, shot elastic, holes, spots, or any other flaws that someone could come up with. Generally you can ask 70% to 80% of retail price.

VGUC(Very Good Used Condition) Diaper is used and may have some wear but overall is in good shape for another mama to use on her baby. Generally asking price is 60%-70% of retail depending on how much wear and if there are any minor flaws.

GUC(Good Used Condition) Diaper is well loved, has minor flaws, relaxed elastic, pilling, aplix is curling, etc. Generally asking price would be 30%-60% of retail depending on amount of wear and tear.

FUC (Fair Used Condition) or Play Condition- Diaper has several flaws including many of the above listed or has any staining. Pricing should generally max at 30% of retail.

If any of your diapers have stains, it will automatically fall into the GUC or FUC categories. Be sure to sun any stain so you can get the most for your diapers.

4 Visit Mother & Earth of Old Town Lansing
4.1 When are you open?

We are open M-SA 10-7 and Su 12-5. Check out our calendar page for special hours.

4.2 Where can I park in Old Town?

You can park on Turner St for free for up to 2 hours. If you don't like parallel parking or can't easily find a spot you can park in the lot at the corner of Turner and Grand River. That lot also has a 2 hour minimum. Coming from the lot you head North down Turner Street, we are the 3rd entrance on the right.

4.3 How can I find out about your events and classes at Mother & Earth?

Check out our calendar page for all of our event, activities, Old Town happenings, and store hours.

5 Organic and Natural Products
5.1 Why Use Organic Products?
  • There are more than 200 chemicals used in the production of textiles used in 90% of conventionally made mattresses, bedding and sleepwear, many of which are known to be toxic or carcinogenic
  • To comply with U.S. fire safety regulations, most mattress makers use chemical rather than natural fire retardants simply because they are cheaper to produce. Some of these toxins include: Boric Acid (yes, the Roach Killer), Formaldehyde (yes, the stuff used to preserve dead bodies and organs), Antimony Trioxide, Brominates, Vinylidiene Chloride, zinc Borate, and Melamine. These chemicals off-gas for the lifetime of the mattress and can cause health problems ranging from respiratory distress to cancer.
  • Unintentional ingestion of toxic household chemicals is associated with an annual average of 39 deaths to children under age 5, and an estimated 87,700 children treated in hospital emergency rooms.
  • Commercial cleaning companies are under no legal obligation to research how their products might harm human health.
  • An EPA study concluded that the toxic chemicals in household cleaners are 3 times more likely to cause cancer than outdoor air.
  • A study found that woman at home are at a 54% higher risk of developing cancer then women who work outside the home. The study concluded that this is a direct result of the chemicals in household products.
6 Shipping & Returns
6.1 I'm not happy with the item I purchased, what can I do?

We do not want you to be 'stuck' with an item from our store that you have no use for or you do not like. Please contact us if you are not happy with a purchased item, even if it is used or partially used, we want you to be happy and able to use what you purchase from us! We will do our best to be fair and make things right. We will pay the return shipping costs only if the return is a result of our error (you received an incorrect or defective item, etc.).

6.2 How quickly will my purchase ship?

Shipping

Our shipping is not fancy! We keep you and Mother Earth in mind when shipping and use upcycled/reused packing material. 

When you place an order, we will ship as soon as possible. Depending on stock availability we may ship same day. However, on occasion we may have an item back ordered or delayed by the manufacturer. We typically receive orders within a week. In a case when the manufacturer is delayed in shipping our order we will contact to let you know of the delay. This is out of our control and we will ship as soon as we receive your items. 

Please also note that the shipping rates for many items we sell are weight-based. To reflect the policies of the shipping companies we use, all weights will be rounded up to the next full pound.

We are not responsible for late or lost parcels. Once your items are shipped it is out of our control how the shipping carrier handles the package/delivery.

We ship to the 'shipping address' on orders, if the address is undeliverable for any reason and the package is returned, the customer is responsible for payment to re-ship.

Please know that we always have you in mind and will do our best to exceed your expectations!

6.3 Yikes, I need to cancel my order!

Refunds/Cancellations

Mother & Earth ships orders as soon as possible because you mean that much to us! If your order has been shipped, you may refuse the package at arrival. We will issue you store credit for the amount of the order less shipping and any other costs incurred. If your order has not been shipped we will happily issue you store credit for the full amount.

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