Today I went to the Canucks Team Store Outlet’s Grand Opening. It opened at 11am and when I got there at 11:30am, there was already a long line up to pay. It was a sunny day and it was busy because it’s located at one of the main entrances for PNE (corner of Hastings and Renfrew).
After my review on the diapers that we tried in the sample pack, we’ve decided to go with something that we have not tested out. Hemp diapers. There are so many reasons why we decided to go with hemp. They are more expensive than cotton but these are the reasons that changed our minds:
- stronger than cotton
- has natural antibacterial ingredients
Here is a video to show how easy it is to use hemp diapers!
The covers can be bought at your local baby store for about $10 each. We have 5 covers for 30 cloth diapers. Even if the cover is waterproof, I still wash it often and change into a new one because the trim is not waterproof so it can absorb pee.
We also have a couple of AIO (All In One) diapers from Kushies for days when all the covers are soiled. You can get them from BRU or TJ Kids for about $12 each. No cover is required and they work exactly like a disaposable. AIO diapers are a great way to see if you can handle using cloth diapers before committing to the switch. AIOs are not as absorbant and leak-proof as hemp or cotton diapers.
Name Labels is a Canadian company that makes woven labels that can be used to label your kids’ clothings. I have bought from them before for identifying my crafts with my company name and was satisfied with their no-frills service. If you are not picky about having a design on the labels and do not mind sewing or ironing the label, I recommend Name Labels because it is cheap. I bought 100 labels for $10 so it comes to 10 cents each. Since it is not a self-adhesive labels, it cannot be used on items where you can’t iron or sewn on.
Other companies that makes self-adhesive labels can charge up to 50 cents each because it is coloured or has images printed on it. Those can be used to stick on childrens’ cutlery or other articles that can be easily misplaced or mixed up with other kids’.
This was what I bought in place of a crib bedding set. This is purely for the crib and not the nursery. I am comparing this to the original 4 piece Kidsline organic set I saw over the holidays that retails for $230. It includes dust ruffle, comforter, bumper and one fitted sheet.
The list below are my recent purchases, and I can only give an opinion based on the looks and feel. I do not have a crib yet so I cannot comment on its functionality. These items are bought from the usual baby stores at their holiday price.
Kushies Organic Crib Fitted Sheets in Mocha and Sage ($20 each)
The feel is a softer than the other organic sheets that I’ve felt. The colour of the sheets are the same as the bag. Elasticized for fitting and sized to allow shrinkage.
Carter’s Crib Bumper in Sage ($36)
Being a fan of Carter’s, I was excited to see that they made bumpers as well and they are good at it too! This bumper is thicker than the ones that come with crib bedding sets and is noticeably softer because it is velour (goes well with the fuzzy dice hanging in baby’s love shack). The dotted texture adds a nice touch too. This is my favourite purchase of everything that’s listed here.
Natures Purest Sleepy Safari Organic Velour Cow ($28)
I was a bit hesitant on this purchase because it costs $28. I have bought blankets from Target and Carters from the Seattle Premium outlet for less than half the cost. This was definitely a splurge and I don’t want to return it since it was bought from TJ’s online and I didn’t want to deal with the internet guys. However, it’s quite soft and thin and Ed wants to keep it for baby. Our baby will be born close to summer so a comforter would be too thick anyway and I noticed that most of our friends’ babies tend to kick off the comforter. Perhaps it’s too heavy or hot. This blanket also comes in the design of an elephant and safari.
Total purchase in place of a crib set – $104 (I got an extra fitted sheet instead of the dust ruffle). Savings of $126. You can definitely add other things to match your crib set such as pillow, basket liner, changing pad cover, and window shades.