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Sew is Your Baby is owned and operated by Work at Home Mom, Michelle. Michelle makes and sells cloth diapering items and accessories. Below is an interview I recently conducted with her prior to reviewing one of her One Size Minky Pocket Diapers.
So Michelle, what led to you starting your own business?
two things. the first was that i wanted, more than anything, to be able to stay home and raise my daughter. the second was my strong desire to offer an inexpensive and fun alternative to disposable diapering.
How did you come up with the name Sew Is Your Baby?
in 2008, i started a business called “sew is your face!”. i make adult clothing, costumes and accessories out of reclaimed materials. i mostly use neckties, wool and old keys for jewelry. the name is meant to imply lots of positive attitude and sass (like my personality) and the word sew was just a play on words. i like to use taglines such as: “hey, that necktie vest you made is super cute!…sew is your face!” when i started my cloth diaper business, “sew is your baby!” was a natural progression.
What have been your biggest successes and challenges so far?
i would say my biggest success so far has been realizing my dream. i mean, i’m doin it! my biggest challenge has been keeping on track in a timely manner. as a new mom, it’s hard (for me) to be organized and to always know what the next step is.
How has being a Mompreneur changed your life?
it has afforded me plenty of time to spend with my family, which was the whole point!
What does your home office/work space look like?
i have a dedicated sewing/inventory room. while the diapers are on shelfs and in perfect order, the rest of the room is kind of a mess with many projects happening at once. the creative side of my brain doesn’t like to clean.
And finally, what are your dreams for the future?
to have another child, to remain working from home and to continue contributing to the awareness of the benefits of cloth diapering.
First off, I have to say that I absolutely love this minky diaper. Aesthetically speaking, it is super cute and so luxuriously soft, but looks are just a start! It’s the functionality of a cloth diaper that is sure to impress. And this diaper impressed me! I even showed it off at playgroup!
The minky is soft, washes well, and is really breathable. The minky is lined with waterproof PUL and diaper lining is made from a microsuede fiber that helps wick away moisture from your baby’s skin. The quick drying microfiber insert measures 5.5″ by 14″ and is perfect for daytime or light-moderate wetters. We haven’t had any leaks but as of lately he’s been a very heavy wetter so I’ve added a doubler for overnight.
I find the fit to be really good for my 6 month old son who is quite rollie-pollie in the belly and more slender in his thighs. The one size diaper still fits him well, even on the smallest setting.
I love the snaps because they won’t age your diapers like hook and loop closures do, and of course they prevent the dreaded diaper chain. Another feature I love about the diaper is the crossover and hip snaps (on rounded tabs) which makes for a trim fit even on the smallest babies!
This diaper has held up well to many washings. The minky still looks brand new. I was very impressed by that. This diaper is very trim under my son’s clothes, too. I like the way this diaper fits around my son’s thighs and belly – there are absolutely no red marks. I can tell it’s a comfortable diaper and that is of the utmost importance to me.
Bottom Line: I’m really glad that I had the opportunity to try a Sew is your Baby diaper because it really is more than just a good-looking diaper. It has everything a cloth diapering mama is looking to have in her fluffy stash ~ and more!
You can purchase minky and non-minky cloth diapers, as well as cloth wipes and other accessories online at Sew is your Baby!
Michelle has graciously offered one lucky Organic Mama reader their very own diaper and insert from Sew is your Baby!
Contest Ends July 18th 2011 @ 11:59pm
Winner will be selected via Random.org and will have 48 hours to claim their prize
TWO Mandatory Entries:
Publicly follow Organic-Mama.ca via GFC.
Visit Sew is your baby and tell us which diaper you want to win!
Extra Entries Links/Info.
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Sample Tweet (up to 10x a day): #Win a Sew is your baby Cloth Diaper via @0rganicmama @sewisyourbaby 07/18 CANADA/USA http://ht.ly/5o2xJ #clothdiaper #giveaway
Sample blog/Facebook wall post: (once a day) Win a free cloth diaper and insert of your choice from Sew is Your Baby over at http://www.Organic-Mama.ca! This giveaway ends July 18th and is open to Canadian and U.S. residents! (Please tag me in your FB post)
Which Detergent Should I use?
First of all, it is important to note that you do NOT need a lot of detergent to wash your cloth diapers. In fact, you only require about 1/4 of the amount of detergent you would use for a regular load of laundry. Cloth diapers are easily susceptible to build-up, so you want to make sure that you are adhering to the cloth diaper manufacturer’s recommendations to a T.
You do not necessarily need to buy “special” laundry detergent if what you currently use meets the manufacturer’s standards. Essentially you want a detergent that is FREE of dyes, fragrances, softeners, enzymes, brighteners and bleach. ESPECIALLY BLEACH-FREE. Bleach will literally eat through your cloth diapers, and soon enough you will see tiny holes in your precious dipes. A few suitable laundry detergents, which I personally use, include:
Allens Naturally Powdered and Liquid Laundry Detergents
Arm & Hammer Essentials Free (fragrance and dye free versions)
Nellie’s Nellie’s Laundry Soda
Rockin Green Soft, Classic & Hard
Quick Tip! Adding baking soda to your wash cycle and distilled white vinegar to your rinse cycle will brighten up your cloth diapers like they were brand spankin’ new!
Interested in learning more about Cloth Diapering? Part 1 of my “Demystifying Cloth Diapers” series is a good start! I also have information about urine buildup on cloth diapers, if that is something you are interested in learning about. Or, if you want to learn about stripping your cloth diapers, I have a post about that, too! Have a cloth diaper related question? You’re not alone! Feel free to ask and I will respond directly to you and write a post on it for my other readers