Friday, August 31, 2012

Announcing the Peapods Used Diaper Buyback Program

Got cloth diapers you’re not using?  Peapods is  beginning a trial program of buying back used diapers.

Just drop off your gently used cloth diapers or covers anytime during store hours.  We'll have you fill out a quick form with your contact info, and we'll get back to you within two business days with an offer. Our offer will be based on  condition and popularity of the diapers. Diapers must be thoroughly clean and in good condition.

Peapods Cloth Diaper Buyback Program
If you accept our offer, stop by the store any time to pick up your cash or store credit.

This also means that once we have a good selection on hand, we will begin selling quality used diapers at affordable prices.

A few notes: 
We will send your offer via email.  Please be sure to leave an accurate and current email address. Diapers must be clean, odor free, and pet hair free.  Velcro needs to be picked clean. We are buying diapers in brands we sell, in excellent or good condition.  We may at our discretion purchase other brands of diaper or diapers in well loved condition. Please bring your diapers in a container you do not need back--cardboard boxes or paper bags are great.  We are unable to track or return plastic bins. We'd love it if you'd bring in at least a few diapers at a time.

If you do not choose to accept our offer, you can pick up your diapers. If you reject our offer, you  must pick up your diapers within two weeks or we will donate or sell them at our discretion.

Friday, August 17, 2012

New in Store: Swaddlebees Simplex AIO Cotton Cloth Diapers

During 8 weeks of cloth diapering our daughter Ellie, we've (of course) been trying out a bunch of new cloth diapers. The other day, we asked ourselves which ones we liked best. We both answered "Swaddlebees Simplex".

What makes Swaddlebees Simplex 2.0 All-in-Ones so great is that they're super cute, fit great, and don't leak. And we like the simplicity of an all-in-one, which keeps everything together in one quick and easy package.

But, more than anything, we like the fact that they're cotton.

Don't get us wrong, there's plenty of great microfiber AIO cloth diapers out there, many of which we've also been using a lot. But, nothing beats cotton when it comes to cleaning. Cotton is just a lot easier to keep clean than microfiber.

Swaddlebee's unique design features a soaker pad that's attached at one end which can be stuffed into a pocket or simply folded on top (we usually just leave it on top). You can add a hemp or microfiber insert into the pocket if you need extra absorbency.  All and all, they're just a remarkably well-designed AIO cloth diaper.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Non-Toxic Crib Mattress Options

Lullaby Earth and Naturepedic non-toxic
crib mattresses at Peapods
We've recently updated our selection of non-toxic crib mattresses and are now stocking four unique options. We believe that two issues are important when selecting a crib mattress: waterproofing and fireproofing

First, it's important to keep a crib mattress dry to prevent stains, smells, and mildew. Mildew spores in particular can pose a health risk to a young baby. Choose either a waterproof mattress or a washable waterproof cover. In either case, the cover should be PVC-free and should not offgas.

Second, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission requires all mattresses to meet stringent fireproofing standards, a requirement that most manufacturers meet by using boron, boric acid, and/or antimony. These chemicals can pose a health risk to babies and should be avoided. Look for a mattress that uses less toxic materials such as wool, baking soda, or hydrated silica.  

Our non-toxic crib mattress options:

Weighing only 7 lbs, the Lullaby Earth crib mattress is super lightweight. The core and cover is 100% food-grade polyethylene (recyclable PE and PETE). It does not have steel springs. This makes it a breeze to change the sheets, especially with the recent US ban on drop side cribs. Fire protection is achieved with hydrated silica, a harmless natural mineral commonly used in toothpaste. Available as a standard crib mattress or as a two-stage infant and toddler mattress. Made in USA.

Naturepedic Quilted Organic Deluxe Crib Mattress

A luxurious non-waterproof organic baby crib and toddler mattress. It is made with organic cotton quilted batting over a firm 252-count coil innerspring.  Does not contain wool or latex or other high allergy materials. Naturepedic's fire protection system uses baking soda and hydrated silica permanently bonded to cellulose. We recommend using a quality waterproof cover with this mattress. Made in the USA.

Naturepedic No Compromise Organic Cotton Crib Mattress
Similar to the Naturepedic Quilted Organic mattress, above, but with a built-in polyethylene waterproof cover. The cover provides the ultimate non-toxic and stain resistant waterproof surface that also keeps dust mites out. 150 spring coils provide plenty of even support. Also fireproofed with baking soda and hydrated silica. Made in USA.

As always, stop in to the store to see these mattresses in person along with cut-outs to show what they look like inside. Or, read more on the crib mattress page of our website.