Going Green with Cloth Diapers at Mama Goose

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Kawaii Pocket Diapers

Whether you’re a first-time parent learning about cloth diapers for the first time or a seasoned parent considering trying something new, cloth diapering can be really overwhelming. We all know about the financial and environmental benefits of cloth diapering, but when it comes time to get started, it can seem like the options are endless! On top of that, our parents and grandparents might not be able to guide us because they basically had two options – prefolds and flats with rubber pants, and disposables. Well, if getting started with cloth diapers is something you’d like to do, we at Mama Goose would like to help!  We find it helpful to point out that, despite all the varieties, styles and prices, there are essentially only 5 major types of cloth diapers.

 

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Pre-fold

The most affordable option is pre-fold diapers. Present-day pre-folds are less of a struggle than those of decades passed. Diaper pins are a distant memory with the introduction of Snappis diaper fasteners, and today’s diaper covers make wrangling a pre-fold very manageable, and much more breathable than the rubber pants of the past. Opting to use pre-fold diapers also saves time on the laundry because pre-folds wash and dry quickly and you don’t have to launder wraps every time they’re used. Bonus: you can find a variety of adorable, gently-used covers at Mama Goose!

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All-In-One

Looking for the cloth diaper that is super intuitive to use? Check out an all-in-one diaper! It is pre-formed, doesn’t need a separate waterproof cover, and uses snaps or velcro to fasten, making it the most similar to a disposable in terms of ease of use.

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Pocket

Pocket diapers and fitted diapers (plus cover) are a great middle-ground as they are very intuitive to use, but are more affordable, because they grow with baby from infancy to potty training.

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Hybrid

For parents on the go, there are hybrid diapers, a more recent addition to the world of cloth diapers. These diapers have a waterproof, reusable, pre-formed shell, but use disposable liners!

Ok, so that’s the 5 major types of diapers in a nutshell! If you’d like more information on the different types of diapers, come on in and talk with us and pick up our “pros and cons” handout regarding the different systems. Read on for commonly asked questions that we get at Mama Goose and more specific how-to’s:

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 Will my baby get diaper rash if I start with/switch to cloth diapers?

Some babies are more prone to diaper rash than others. The best way to avoid this is by changing diapers very regularly, and many moms and dads have noticed that they tend to do this more when using cloth diapers. Because disposables have chemicals that make diapers ‘stay drier longer’ it can sometimes be tempting to let more time go by between changes. Even with that in mind, some babies get rashes, and you can’t just use any diaper cream with cloth diapers, because the chemicals in a lot of big brand creams will eat away at the diapers and drastically shorten their lifespan. Some parents make their own diaper cream, or opt for a natural option like Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm, which we carry here at Mama Goose.

How do I launder my cloth diapers?

Laundering is different for everyone, depending on what kind of washer you use, if you have access to outdoor line drying, and what kind of diapers you use. For an in depth rundown on laundering, we like to head over to diaper jungle and get the answers: http://www.diaperjungle.com/washing-cloth-diapers.html

The biggest points to remember are that you don’t want to wash too many diapers in one load, you will likely need to do multiple rinse cycles, and it is important to find the right type and amount of detergent for your family’s needs.

How can I figure out what kind of detergent is safe to use?

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It’s important to find a detergent that doesn’t have a lot of additives that can leave harmful residue on the diapers. Here at Mama Goose, we love carrying Charlie’s Soap powdered and liquid detergent and pre-spray, which is completely dye, scent and additive free.

Bummis Diapers has compiled a wonderful list of detergent brands and whether they would be good for washing cloth diapers and why. It can be found here: http://www.bummis.com/media/detergent-information.pdf

Can I use cloth wipes?

    Absolutely! Lots of parents love using cloth wipes because they share all of the benefits of cloth diapers, and cause no extra cleaning! You can choose whether to store them wet or dry, which is a matter of preference for each individual caregiver. We found a great blog post with lots of comprehensive information about cloth wipes to share with you here:

http://soeasybeinggreen-blog.com/cloth-wipes-faqs/

Kawaii DiapersWe hope you can stop in soon so we can help you find the perfect cloth diapers for you and your family. We carry new Kawaii pocket diapers and pre-fold diapers, as well as a wide selection of gently-used diapers in all shapes and sizes. Once your goslings are potty trained, you can bring your unstained, structurally sound diapers to sell back to us for cash or store credit and help a new family be green and save some green!

 

Warm up with Weekly Winter Savings!

Come join us for super exciting sales all throughout January! We are starting it off with a bang, otherwise known as a buy 2 get 3rd free weekend!

January 8th – 10th, Buy 2 Get 3rd Free all gently-used clothing, shoes, toys, books and accessories. Mix-and-match and enjoy the savings!

January 11th – 31st, all infant clothes (sizes NB – 12 Months) are 15% off! We know how hard it is to resist all of the adorable little outfits for your babe – and why should you, when they’re this affordable?

January 11th – 17th, enjoy 15% off of all gently-used footwear – that includes shoes, slippers AND boots! This is the perfect time to snag an extra pair of boots for school or some new-to-you slippers to stay toasty and cozy!

January 18th – 24th, treat your tots to 15% off all gently-used sweaters and fleece clothing – perfect for layering under your winter outerwear so that you can enjoy the snow without shivering!

January 25th – 31st, HUGE WINTER BLOWOUT SALE! Be on the lookout for an e-mail from us all about this sale.

Need to sign up for our e-mail list? No problem! Just click the box on the right side of this page that says “JOIN”.

Mama Goose Holiday Hours

Thursday, December 24th we will close at 3:00pm.
Friday, December 25th we will be closed.
Regular hours will resume Saturday, December 26th.

Friday, January 1st we will be closed.
Regular hours will resume Saturday, January 2nd.

We hope you and yours enjoy this holiday season!

-The Geese at the Goose

Gratitude in Ithaca’s West End

A collective sigh of relief could be heard around town Sunday evening as last weekend’s holiday bustle became a crawl, (for now) and everyone switched gears to get back to work. We would like to applaud all of you who participated in this year’s West End Raffle, Food Drive, and Shop Local Weekend, it was a grand success! Thanks to your donations, we were able to give the Food Pantry 2 full boxes of non-perishables to families in need.

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We’d like to thank all of the West End Businesses who donated prizes for this year’s raffle. Kitchen Theatre Company,Maxie’s Supper Club, Gimme! Coffee,  The State DinerRasa SpaIthaca Children’s GardenOn the Street Pitas, and Circus Truck. Congrats to the winners of the raffle!

 

Join us for Shop Local Weekend in Ithaca’s West End!

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We’re celebrating the start of the holiday season with a weekend of savings and givings by collecting donations for the Rescue Mission Food Pantry, and throwing a massive West End Raffle! For every nonperishable food item you donate at either Mama Goose or Mimi’s Attic, you get one raffle ticket for the prize(s) of your choosing, and there’s no limit on how many donations you can bring. Everyone who donates will also get an exclusive coupon for $5 off a purchase of $25 or more on your return visit, as a thank you. In this contest, everybody wins! We will be accepting donations November 27th-29th only and will draw winners on Monday, November 30th. The more you donate, the better your chances are of winning– so start gathering up donations today!

Plus! Enjoy 10% OFF EVERYTHING at Mama Goose and Mimi’s Attic all weekend  (Friday 11/27, Saturday 11/28 & Sunday 11/29)
The 10% sale will apply to everything in both Mama Goose and Mimi’s Attic, including items that have already been marked down and our wide selection gift items and new products.


The following is a list of our generous West End Neighbors who have donated prizes for our raffle:

Kitchen Theatre Company
Maxie’s Supper Club
Gimme! Coffee
The State Diner
Rasa Spa
Ithaca Children’s Garden
On the Street Pita
Circus Truck
Mama Goose & Mimi’s Attic

A cornucopious amount of local goodness!


For more details about the prizes, visit our events page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/501490550031575/

Time To Sign Up For Full Plate Farm’s Winter CSA!

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Mama Goose is a weekly pick-up location for both Full Plate Farm Collective & Good Life Farms. How convenient is that?

Sign-ups for Fruit and Vegetable shares from Full Plate Farm Collective are happening now and if this is something you might be interested in, you’ll want to act soon as they tend to sell out quickly!

To sign up for a Full Plate CSA, visit their website here. A winter share from Full Plate will include tons of great local goodness from four different local farms, and will include a huge variety of greens, root veggies, mushrooms, pickles, and much more! Weekly shares will be delivered and available for pick-up at Mama Goose by midday on Thursdays until noon on Fridays. The Finger Lakes Fruit Bowl can also be delivered alongside your vegetable share.

If you and your family are local apple fans, Good Life Farm has a weekly organic apple CSA which will likely run through March! You can also purchase a la cart local foods and ciders from the Good Life Farm website and pick them up at Mama Goose/Mimi’s Attic on Wednesdays. Order by 4pm on Friday for your Wednesday pick-up in the Mimi’s Attic hallway.

Don’t you love the idea of simmering stews, oven roasted root vegetables, greens, and fruit on a winter’s day? Then you will  love your weekly CSA!

Witches, Wizards, and all things Halloween in Ithaca

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So much to do in downtown Ithaca this Saturday! Whether your gaggle of goblins are dressing up as ladybugs or warlocks, they will feel right at home in Ithaca this weekend.

Press Bay Alley is hosting their very 1st Wizarding Weekend. The buzz created has gotten us all very excited as the city prepares for Wizarding Weekend and Halloween. Stop over at the event to see the Hogwarts Common Room tents furnished by Mimi’s Attic!

If you have never trick-or-treated in Ithaca, here’s a lil’ tip from Mama: Hit up the Fall Creek neighborhood. Located on the north side of town near Traingle Park,  Fall Creek is prime real estate for door to door loot. Densely populated and relatively well lit, you and your little ones can park and walk short distances and fill up those bags quickly!

If your kids haven’t decided what they want to be for Halloween yet, or just keep changing their minds, we may be able to help! We are still getting great costumes in daily at Mama Goose, and they are on sale through the rest of this week. We’ve also got toxin-free face paint, by Earth Paint, and U.S.A made magic wands by Maple Landmark.

Stop in Saturday for cookies and cider while you shop the final day of our month long October Freebies Sale. Buy 2 get the 3rd FREE Maternity clothing, as well as Buy 2 get the 3rd FREE Books. New Kawaii cloth diapers are Buy 4 get the 5th FREE, and Kawaii inserts are buy 2 get the 3rd FREE. Halloween costumes with be 50% OFF until the end of the day!

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Wishing you a Safe & Happy Halloween, from The Geese at the Goose!

 

Women’s Fall Accessories

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Next time you are in, check out the scarves we have just for you Mama’s. Each scarf is soft, unique, and come in classic, pashmina, or infinity styles. Our price $12

Planning to Sell? We Will Not Be Buying on September 19th

Our apologies, we will not be buying on Saturday, September 19th, due to the Coat Sale Extravaganza! We are sorry for the inconvenience. Normal buying will resume Monday, September 21st.

We hope to see you at the Coat Sale! Read all about this fabulous and fun-filled winter outerwear sale HERE and plan to attend!

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Enter our Back-to-School Photo Contest on Facebook!

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We are having a back-to-school photo contest on Facebook and we want YOU to participate! Enter to win a $25 Coat Sale day voucher for you AND a $25 voucher for a friend! Plus, on the morning of the sale (9/19), you and your friend will receive pre-festivities refreshments in the “The Coat Sale Lounge” before the doors open and V.I.P. access at 10am (no waiting in line)!

To find out how to enter this contest, visit our Facebook by clicking this link: https://www.facebook.com/MamaGooseIthaca

We look forward to seeing all of the entries!