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National Diaper Need Awareness Week

This week is National Diaper Need Awareness Week.

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Never heard of it? I hadn’t either; in fact I didn’t even know that diaper need was an issue for families across the country until I attended MommyCon a couple years ago. Low income families can qualify for many assistance programs like SNAP and WIC that help cover the costs of food and formula but that still leaves the cost of diapers. We all know diapers are expensive!

When I had my daughter 7 years ago I was introduced to cloth diapers and soon realized that not only are they super cute but they saved me a ton of money and I never had to worry about how I was going to make diapers last until next payday.

According to Share the Love, an organization that provides cloth diapers to needy families, 1 in 3 moms have struggled to pay for diapers. The truth is 8% of moms have used or attempted to use a disposable diaper longer by leaving the baby in a wet diaper or attempting to reuse a diaper that is meant for single use which can cause health issues like rashes or yeast infections. There are many great organizations that provide diapers to families in need like Share the Love. The thing I love most about this organization is that it was started because the founder of CottonBabies, Jenn Labit, started the organization based on her personal experience of not being able to afford diapers.

How can you help? Visit Share the Love to find the closest host site to donate cloth diapers you no longer use or to buy new diapers to be donated for a family in need.

Midwest Mom & Wife is an official Share the Love host!

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Written by Kara Bush

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Share the Love: Central Iowa

I am so excited to announce that I am officially a Share the Love host for Central Iowa! What is Share the Love? I have mentioned it a few times since I returned from MommyCon Minneapolis, but I wanted to wait to go into more detail.

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Share the Love is a National Cloth Diaper Bank. In 2012, Share the Love was created and began in St. Louis, Missouri. The sole purpose of this program is to distribute and provide cloth diapers to low-income families. A study was done, that one in three American families were forced to choose between food, household items and diapers. Jennifer Labit, owner of Cotton Babies, wanted to help change this.

“It feels like yesterday that my family was in this situation,” Labit said.” Ten years ago, I had a $30 weekly grocery budget and a WIC check. My family had to choose between diapers and food. If it wasn’t for a friend who generously sent my family cloth diapers as a gift, I don’t know what we would have done. Her gift helped my family and changed our lives, and I hope Share the Love will do the same for others.”

Since 2012, there have been host sites created in all 50 states across America. Many states have several host sites. To receive diapers, eligible families must apply for assistance. All of the diapers that are donated to Share the Love sites, are donated from other families who no longer need or use their cloth diapers.

So, what can YOU do?

  1. Donate! You can donate any cloth diapers you no longer use. If they need a little tending to, that is okay. We will make sure they get put back into working condition, before they are distributed to families. You can also donate cloth wipes and/or changing pads!
  2. Be a drop site! Do you own a business or work within a business that would be a great place for people to leave their diapers for donation? We are looking for several places in Central Iowa to leave baskets and information about the program. We would provide the basket & materials and would pick-up as often as needed!
  3. Help spread the word to low-income families! Do you know of a great place or organization that we can spread the word about Share the Love? Share the Love is new to Central Iowa and many low-income families may not know of this option. With your help, we can help ease the minds of these families by getting them cloth diapers!

If you can help in ANY of these areas or have questions about the program please contact me at SharetheLove@cottonbabies.com.

 

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MommyCon Minneapolis: Schedule 2015

The MommyCon Minneapolis schedule has been announced and I am so excited! It’ s about a month away and I will be traveling to Minneapolis to see and hear some awesome speakers and great exhibitors.

Check out what is on the agenda this year:

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  • Cloth Diapering 101 with Cotton Babies
  • Partnering with Your Pediatrician
  • Comedy Hour with the Honest Toddler
  • Carseat Safety with the BabyGuyNYC
  • Why Does My Child Need Chiropractic Care?
  • Becoming a Babywearing Educator
  • Potty Training 1 of 99
  • Boobs & Bottles: Epic Milk with The Leaky Boob
  • And MORE!

Click here for complete details of what you can expect in each seminar.

Here is a complete list of exhibitors:

All Things Diapers
Aden and Anais
Ameda
Applecheeks
Babies R Us
Baby Care Area with BabyComfyCare
Baby Guy Area with The Baby Guy NYC
Beco and Ergobaby Babywearing Lounge
Banjorganics
Britain
Bundle Organics
bumGenius at the Mommycon Shoppe
BWI Table
Chompy Chic
Cloth Diaper Resource Center
Combi
Crane
Diffusing Mamas
Evenflo Feeding
Eylas
Grovia
Halo
Happy Family
Heartland Parenting
Innobaby
Lullaby Earth
Marsupial Mamas
Moby
MommyCon Shoppe
Motherlove
New Kingdom Pediatrics
Nunamoochie
Rhoost
Smart Bottoms
Soft Bums
Sloomb at the MommyCon Shoppe
SuckleBuckle
Tekhni Wovens at the MommyCon Shoppe

Some of the above exhibitors will have exclusive merchandise in the MommyCon shoppe at the event.

There are also MommyCon event elements which include:

  • BabyGuy Gear Area
  • Babyganics Clean Play Zone
  • Cloth Diaper Resource Center
  • Little Dippers Creative Station
  • Lullaby Earth Sleep Consultation Area
  • Baby Care Area with Baby Comfy Care

There is so much to do and see!! AND do not forget about the Great Cloth Diaper Change! If you have not registered yet, pre-register here. There is no additional cost, but there will be some additional swag bag options coming soon!

To make your life a bit easier and organized, you can plan out what seminars you want to see and when. MommyCon has created this Event Planner, you can print and take along with you!

If you have not purchased tickets yet, make sure to use my code to receive $5 off your ticket! I cannot wait to see you at MommyCon Minneapolis!

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MommyCon Chicago 2015

Guess what?! I found out that my discount code Midwestmom15 is not only good for the MommyCon Minneapolis Conference, it is good for any conference, nation wide! I am so excited. That means I can offer this code to anyone, anywhere!

Did you know that there is a MommyCon Conference much sooner then April, in the midwest? Yes, there is one Saturday, February 21st in Chicago. If you are in the Des Moines area, that really isn’t too far. So, if you cannot wait until April, I highly recommend making the trip to Chicago.

I attended my first MommyCon conference last year in Chicago. My best friend and I were both pregnant and we made it a fun, long girls weekend! The hotel was great and there were lots of yummy places to eat for us pregnant girls 🙂

I just received the MommyCon Chicago schedule and it looks awesome! Some speakers, workshops to look forward to …

  • Cloth Diapering 101 presented by Cotton Babies
  • Mom Body Fitness with Stephanie Lee
  • Babywearing 101
  • Books, Babies & Toddlers
  • Papa’s Perspective (Yes, bring your significant other!)
  • Nursing in Public presented by The Badass Breastfeeder
  • Becoming a Babywearing Educator
  • Car Seat Safety with The Baby Guy NYC (LOVE him, YOU will LOVE him)
  • And lots more!

MommyCon Chicago is being held outside of the city in Rosemont, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday, February 21st!

There is a hotel block available at Hilton Rosemont for $99 a night. The cut-off to book a room for this rate is February 3rd! Rooms are almost sold out, so book quickly if you are planning to go! Use code “MCN” when you book online or if you call just let them know you are coming for MommyCon.

You can purchase tickets for MommyCon Chicago here. Make sure you use code Midwestmom15 when checking out to receive $5 off!

 Please let me know if you are going! I would love to know what you think!