Seventh Generation Healthy Baby Home Party Applications Now Open for Athens Ohio Families

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Just wanted to let you know that you can sign up for a free party kit from Seventh Generation!  The Healthy Baby Home Party is designed to introduce you and your friends to non-toxic and baby-safe household cleaning products and more. Applications are now open as part of the Generation Good program, so read on to learn more!

Cradled In Joy Birth Services does not receive compensation for posting about this party, but we do hope to host one for those of you who can’t host one of your own, so you can learn more about your parenting and home care options! I also regularly receive items for free to review and share through Generation Good!

What is a Healthy Baby Home Party? Seventh Generation’s Healthy Baby Home Parties are fun and informative for you and your guests, and together you will create a healthy environment for your families! And of course, the most fun of all is the opportunity to get together and talk about your kids and the things that matter to you most.

The Healthy Baby Home Party kit contains educational information from non-profit partner Healthy Child Healthy World, a fun party game to help you share tips, and products and coupons from Seventh Generation, bobble, Zarbee’s Naturals, and other brands.

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Hosts and guests will also be invited to join us in asking our U.S. Senators to reform chemical policy. For more information on our perspective, visit: www.seventhgeneration.com/responsibility.

What is the Application Process?

  • All applicants must be members of Generation Good first.  Sign up at generationgood.net.
  • Accept the Healthy Baby Home Party Application offer on your Generation Good dashboard and complete the application.
  • Applicants will be notified in mid August on whether or not they have been selected to host a party via an email to the email address assigned to their Generation Good member profile.
  • All selected applicants will then be asked to confirm their participation by accepting the Healthy Baby Home Party Mission and confirming their shipping address before they are sent the Healthy Baby Home Party Kit.Each selected host will then receive a free party kit in the mail. We ask that all parties are held in August/September. For full Terms and Conditions: http://www.seventhgeneration.com/content/healthy-baby-home-party-terms-conditions
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BityBean Baby Carrier Review

As part of the Lamaze birth classes that I teach in Athens, Ohio, I always like to give parents a quick “intro to parenting” segment, including a baby wearing segment. Babywearing has many benefits that include less fussy babies and better breastfeeding success. Plus, it is SO much easier to get stuff done around the house when you have two hands!  My favorite types of carriers thus far are the Sakura Bloom Ring Sling and the Ergo (both regular and lightweight performance styles). The Moby, or wrap-style carrier, is also great for early newborn snuggles, but it can be hot in the summer.

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I was asked to review the BityBean Ultra Compact baby carrier as part of my membership on the New Mommy Media Review team. I was given a complimentary carrier from a seller on Amazon in exchange for my honest and thoughtful review, so here it is:

Overall, I really love this carrier and I am going to make it part of my regular carrier line-up. I wear both of my children, a beanpole-ish 3 year old (28 pounds) and a chunky 1 year old (24.5 pounds). Here’s the quick version:

PROS

  • Tiny and compact–this fits just about everywhere and I never find myself struggling to bring it with me, even in my purse! Or my husband’s back pocket!
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  • Lightweight–this will be a lifesaver for plane flights and luggage fees!
  • Included convenient carry bag is a nice touch
  • Cool–I can’t tell you how much better this carrier feels in the summer heat than any other carrier I own
  • Comfortable, for the most part–I particularly like how well this mimicked the feel of a much larger soft structured carrier
  • Durable and sturdy–this carrier appears very lightweight, but it can hold up a lot of chunk!
  • Fast shipping and thoughtful protective packaging

CONS

  • As with any carrier, it does have a learning curve, particularly with the leg clips
  • My husband didn’t notice this, but I felt that the hip/waist strap cut into my mommy belly a bit. I would like to see this manufactured a little bit wider to help offset that discomfort.

My detailed review:

This carrier arrived packaged in a small protective cardboard box, which was a nice touch and ensured that the carrier arrived to me in perfect condition. When I first opened the carrier, I couldn’t believe how small it was–not much bigger than the Cherry Coke can I was drinking out of. As I pulled it out of the bag, my first impression was that this carrier was so thin and weightless that it couldn’t possibly support the weight of my kids! However, this carrier easily and securely held both my children in appropriate carry positions without worry. I especially think my 3 year old liked it because he had much greater freedom of movement than in the larger soft structured carrier we own. My husband prefers the front carry for our one-year old, and describes it as incredibly comfortable and cool. I personally prefer the back carry, and I love that the shoulder straps are so thin and breathable. I have two minor issues with this carrier; the leg clips do take a few extra seconds to fasten, which can sometimes be a pain if I am in a hurry, BUT they ensure a safe hip position and secure carry. My other concern is with comfort–the hip strap is just not quite wide enough for my tastes; I would love to see the next edition of the BityBean include a wider waist strap for better comfort, particularly for those of us mamas who have a little extra tummy after birthing children!

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The BityBean easily fits in the corner of your purse or inside a water bottle pocket!

FREE Cloth Education Event This Weekend! And Giveaway!

As part of Rachel’s GroVia advocate work, she is offering another FREE cloth education event this weekend: Splish, Splash, Suds!!!

It’s a two-parter–

Part 1:

Come for a baby pool playdate, and feel free to borrow a cloth shell to see how using cloth as a swim diaper can help your baby look cute and help you save money!  We might even have a sudsy fun photo shoot like this:I Splish Splash Suds!

I am passionate about using cloth in every area of life, and after learning how expensive swim diapers are, I thought it might be nice to share how my family uses our GroVia hybrid shells as swim diapers at home, at pools, at splash pads, and at the lake!

Part 2:

This part is an education component. I (Rachel) have recently completed training with Fluff Love University on cloth diaper laundry care and troubleshooting!  I learned so much about the science of laundry and I am excited to share tips and tricks with you all! For example, I learned about how to properly prep diapers, how to find cloth-diaper safe ointments and detergents, and how to troubleshoot for stink, stains, buildup and more. I took the “final exam” so that I could be fully ready to answer YOUR questions at this event.
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Popsicles, prizes, and more:

I will be offering a sweet giveaway raffle for anyone who comes (trust me, this is a good one!) and all guests will be treated to lemonade and popsicles!

Ready to come? Visit the Facebook event page to learn more and RSVP!

Perinatal Bereavement Support and Remembrance Photographer Trainings

Jackie and Rachel just completed Perinatal Bereavement Support Training for Birth Workers in Athens with Sufficient Grace Ministries and OhioHealth. Both of us are going to be taking Bereavement Doula training in the fall with Still Birthday, but until then, we wanted to be able to offer our support to women experiencing pregnancy and infant loss. We hope that with this training, we can serve a wider range of women who often suffer in silence.

We are also able to announce that Rachel completed remembrance photography training, and is part of a group of local photographers who are willing and able to come to you and take photographs of your limited and special time with your babies. This resource and more will be available in the coming months as Athens works to provide more resources for grieving families.

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