Top 5 Babywearing Halloween Costumes

You already know that I use cloth diapers, so it probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise that I also enjoy wearing my baby in all kinds of different carriers. (Or as someone at my son’s preschool recently called it, “You know, that baby backpack thing.“)

I’m not actually crafty enough to make – or even think up! – any of these costumes myself, but here are my all-time top 5 favorite babywearing Halloween costumes found across the web.

  1. The Leprechaun

    halloween babywearing leprechaun

    Found at Hello Lucky

  2. Ellen Ripley

  3. Fresh Popcorn

  4. Spider Web

    Original source unknown

  5. Zombie Mom!

    MAMA-ZOMBIE-COSTUME

    Original source unknown


What are your family’s Halloween plans this year?

People, They’re Flipping Diapers

“Limited edition”.

Those two little words, especially if followed by “bumGenius”, seem to be enough to make people flip out.

The Cotton Babies "limited edition" frenzy... madness or genius?! How much would YOU pay for a "limited edition" print diaper?

Websites will crash. Fists will be pumped in victory, or for those who aren’t fast enough in checking out, swear words will be uttered.

You’ve gotta hand it to Cotton Babies: they created the Cotton Babies Cloth Diaper Flash Mob and turned it into an actual mob more than 10,000 strong. The cover image has a tempting offer: “Want the inside scoop on Cotton Babies news before all your friends crash the server”?

It’s some kind of genius marketing. (“Genius” is, of course, also the name of one their print series…)

Seems to me that Cotton Babies is borrowing from the Beanie Babies playbook to generate all this limited-edition hysteria. The Wikipedia page for Beanie Babies reads, in part:

“Beanie Babies began to emerge as popular collectibles in late 1995, and became a hot toy. The company’s strategy of deliberate scarcity, producing each new design in limited quantity, restricting individual store shipments to limited numbers of each design and regularly retiring designs, created a huge secondary market for the toys and increased their popularity and value as a collectible.”

I’m sure most of us remember the insanity of the Beanie Baby heyday. But take a second to rewind to your pre-baby days. Wouldn’t you have totally LOL’ed if someone told you that there were would be people going every bit as crazy over diapers?!

Chart of bumGenius colors/prints through August 2014 | Image by Erin Falvey

Image credit: Erin Falvey

Over in the Flash Mob and other bumGenius buy/sell/trade groups, mamas post photos of their bumGenius diaper stashes; the more limited-editions you have, the more impressed everyone else is. You thought you were using cloth diapers to go green? Or save green? Yeah, ok, and also making other mamas green. With envy, that is.

When you’ve hunted down all of the available colors and prints, you’ve got what they call a complete rainbow. Behold, a bumGenius stash to die for:

Impressive bumGenius rainbow! What a stash!

Come to think of it, posting an impressive bumGenius stash shot is akin to having a ton of karma on Reddit, although unlike cloth diapers, karma doesn’t actually have any useful purpose. What’s that, your karma can’t absorb baby’s urine or contain blowouts? Take that, Reddit.

And that secondary market the Beanie Babies were so famous for creating? Cotton Babies has definitely fueled a healthy resale market of its own. As soon as the newest Cotton Babies limited editions are no longer available from retailers, the real flipping begins with hard-to-find (“HTF”) prints going for two, three, or four times their typical retail prices.

Wow; crazy listings on eBay for bumGenius diapers!

And who can blame people for buying and reselling the diapers for a profit? Cotton Babies creates an insanely rabid demand for their prints and then only manufactures a very limited quantity. If you’re lucky enough to snag a limited-edition diaper, why wouldn’t you sell it and double (or triple or quadruple or quintuple) your money? Willing buyers are not difficult to find.

Of course, the thing that killed Beanie Babies back in the day was they they became too popular – at which point they no longer seemed so unique and special, so people quickly lost their enthusiasm for them. We’ll just have to wait and see whether Cotton Babies can keep up the excitement surrounding their limited editions, or if people will get tired of all the frenzies.


Do you buy limited edition prints? Why or why not?

Win Tickets to MommyCon

Sometimes it seems like my hometown, Memphis, is last to get anything cool. I’ve been waiting on Crate & Barrel for over a decade now. So when I heard that MommyCon chose Memphis as one of their 2014 cities, I was beyond excited!

Two weeks from today, we Memphian mamas will be enjoying the following awesomeness:

  • Babywearing 101 presented by Beco Baby Carrier and Ergobaby
  • Cloth Diapering 101 presented by Cotton Babies
  • Project Breastfeeding: Men Supporting Breastfeeding
  • Normalizing Breastfeeding with The Leaky Boob
  • Honest Toddler presented by Plum Organics
  • Attachment Parenting Co-Founders Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker
  • Greenproofing presented by Rhoost
  • One Mother’s Journey: Attachment Parenting & Special Needs
  • Breastfeeding in Color presented by Ergobaby
  • Don’t Buy Things That Suck with The Baby Guy NYC
  • Wrapping 101
  • Car Seat Safety presented by Clek
  • Sleep Consultations

I can’t decide which I’m more excited about – learning about wrapping, some Honest Toddler hilarity, or a sleep consultation.

On the one hand, I have a beautiful Jacquard weave Dolcino wrap I’ve never used because I’m too scared.

And the Honest Toddler session sounds really fun:

(I have a very honest toddler of my own. Last night during his bedtime I was praying with him. I said, “Thank you, God, for Matthew.” His prayer that followed? “Thank you, God, for Frozen.”) But then I think about my six-month-old daytime Baby Jekyll who turns into overnight Baby Hyde. I reeaaaalllly need some sleep, y’all. CONSULT WITH ME PLEASE.


So anyway, if you’re going to be near Memphis on August 23, Philadelphia on October 5, or Newport Beach on November 1, you’ll probably want to go to MommyCon, too. Thanks to the wonderful outreach team at MommyCon, I’m giving two readers a ticket to the event of their choice! Enter below and good luck! 

Gift Ideas for a C-Section Mom

A few months ago I shared some tips about how to mentally prepare for a scheduled c-section. Before I posted it, my train of thought went something like:

What should I write about next? Oh yeah, my feelings of triumph after this whole c-section ordeal. That sounds good. My readers all have babies and people with babies like talking about birth. Of course, my readers are interested in cloth diapers which means they probably are all about *natural* birth and might not be interested in reading about a c-section. Worse yet, they’ll brand me a traitor to the crunchy side. They are going to leave boos and hisses in the comments and tell me I should have tried harder to avoid needing a c-section. Oh, crap. What am I doing? They’re all going to hate it.

Sometimes I over-think things.

Thankfully, I was wrong and the post was well-received. I feel wonderful knowing my ideas have helped other moms get some of their fears out of the way before welcoming their babies into the world via c-section.

Gift Ideas for a C-Section Mom

Today’s post is for those of you who may not have ever had a c-section but are looking for ways to support and encourage someone else who’s about to have one.

Seven Fabulous Gift Ideas for a C-Section Mama

      1. An assortment of delicious, healthy snacks. Hospital meals are unlikely to wow her, and hunger will probably strike in the middle of the night when the baby wants to nurse.
      2. Lactation cookies. With ingredients like oats and brewer’s yeast, “lactation cookies” can help boost milk supply. As if any woman needs an extra incentive for eating cookies after giving birth.
      3. No-skid socks. Hospital floors are slick, and the first few times she walks after the c-section may be a bit scary. These cute no-skid socks will keep her feet warm and prevent her from slipping. (Bonus: they can also be worn for pilates or yoga!)
      4. A nursing nightgown. Hospital gowns are just so “blah”, and they’re not very modest. They require taking your arms out of them to breastfeed, which can be awkward if you have visitors and don’t want to feel naked in front of them – not to mention that oh-so-breezy feeling you get from behind. A soft, stretchy, and pretty nursing nightgown like this will make her feel less like a hospital patient and more like the beautiful mother she is!
      5. The “My Brest Friend” pillow. In spite of its eyeroll-inducing name, this pillow is actually fabulous. The adjustable waist buckle allows a snug fit that’s great both for nursing a newborn and for protecting the tender incision area.
      6. Water bottle with insulating sleeve. I have two of these Camelbak bottles; one to keep on each side of me so that I can gulp water while nursing no matter which side baby is on. They don’t have to sit upright on a table and the insulating sleeve keeps condensation off the bed, sofa, or whatever surface you set it on.
      7. Portable speakers. A c-section mama will likely be in the hospital for about three days after baby’s birth, so the ability to listen to her own music is a nice way to relax and feel at home.

      Other Ways to Help a C-Section Mom

      Of course, if you don’t have the money for a gift or if you’re just more of the “acts of service” love-language type (one of my favorite books), there are many additional ways to show your support for someone recovering from a c-section.

          • Vacuuming. Did you know that you’re not supposed to operate a vacuum for at least six weeks after a c-section? While that might sound like a welcome excuse to avoid housework, the dirty floors in my house drove me crazy. I felt strange about coming right out and asking people to vacuum for me, even if they had asked what they could do to help. “Yes, minion. Vacuum my floors. Then wash my feet with your tears and give me a pedicure.” If you’re visiting a friend who’s recovering from a c-section, my suggestion is to ask her where to vacuum is and get to work without waiting for her to ask!
          • Babysitting older kids. Another thing a c-section mom shouldn’t be doing in the first six weeks is lifting anything over about 20 pounds. I felt sad and a bit guilty that I wasn’t able to give my toddler piggy-back rides or horse around with him while I was recovering. I always felt grateful when friends and family would entertain him like that for me!
          • Bringing meals. The gift of food is always appreciated after a baby is born. Consider bringing things that are different than the typical dinner meals – breakfast items like homemade granola, fresh yogurt, and fruit; kid-friendly snacks if there are older children in the family; or wait until about two months after the baby is born when no one else is bringing meals anymore but mom and dad are still sleep-deprived.

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      What other ideas would you add for someone looking for ways to show support and encouragement to a mom after her c-section?