I had already been cloth diapering #1 for a year and a half before a friend told me about an actual brick & mortar store about an hour from my home. This friend was due to have a baby in a few months and had been considering cloth diapers. But she wanted to actually hold some in her hands before she made a decision. She had been one of our weekly sitters for #1 and was familiar with what we used, but just wanted to see what else was out there.

So, enter Cutie Poops & Bottoms of Orland Park IL.

First Impressions

My friend and I knew nothing of what to expect when driving to the store.  It is located in a shopping strip mall and using the directions on the website, very easy to find.  From the outside, looks like a children’s specialty shop.

Friendliness & Knowledge of Staff

We were greeted right away and almost immediately began a discussion of baby carriers, because I was wearing #2 (who was only 2 weeks old) in a Moby Wrap.  This was back in April and the store was going to start carrying different carriers and having classes. (See products and services sections below). Although we didn’t realize it right away, we were speaking with the owner, Sherri. And, goodness, did she know her stuff!

Discovered she is the mother of twin boys – 100% cloth diapered from birth!  She gave a short demo of the various CD’ing options for my friend (who was so excited she was able to actually touch the diapers!) And it was nice for me to be able to see in person a lot of the diapers I’d only seen online (Happy Heinys, GroVia, etc.).

Variety of Product

As Sherri finished answering my friend’s questions, I wandered to see what else the store carried.  I was in the market at the time for some wool or fleece covers, plus searching for some diapers that would fit #1 – who was outgrowing everything we had!

The products carried in-store are a great sampling.

  • one-size diapers of all kinds
  • pocket diapers
  • AIO diapers
  • prefolds
  • covers – PUL, a few wool
  • fitted diapers
  • hybrid diapers
  • baby carriers
  • diaper bags, nursery furniture, and more!
  • A lot of WAHM stuff as well.

And her website has a TON of stuff, also! More than what is in the store. Although, in-store has some different products also, including local WAHM products.

Although my friend didn’t buy anything that day (but DID set up a baby shower registry), I walked out of there with a KiwiPie one-size fitted diaper to try with #1, an AhGoo Baby Plush changing pad, a Happy Heiny trainer, and a tub of Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm.

Since then, I continue to receive Cutie Poops & Bottoms e-newsletter and follow the shop on Facebook.  The store inventory is CONSTANTLY changing.  She now has a ton of natural toys (including Sophie the Giraffe and Global Green Pals!), the baby carriers we discussed (including the Ergo Carrier!), and super unique diapers like these tie-dyed ones.  And she’s currently looking into more wool covers (and they sound like they should be a great price).  So, I’ve learned to never stop watching her inventory. 🙂

Services Offered

  • Cloth Diaper Trials – These are great programs if you’re not sure you want to actually go with cloth, but want to try it out. Pay a deposit, get a sampling shipped to you, use the diapers for a set amount of time, mail back the diapers and get a refund (minus a set up fee). If you like it, purchase the ones you want. Easy as pie.
  • Fluff of the Month Club – Ok, this is really for us CD addicts out there. 🙂 Buy a membership (varying lengths offered) and every month you get a new diaper shipped to you!
  • Diaper Packages & Starter Kits – everything bundled together!
  • Gently Used Program – buy and sell your used diapers. Great way to save money (and earn money!) when you’re starting out!
  • Gift Registry – having a baby? Register for gear, diaper, and accessories!
  • Classes – Oh, my goodness, the number and variety of classes Sherri offers are amazing.  Just a few:
    • Baby Boot Camp (for new parents)
    • Baby Wearing 101
    • BabyCare Express (for new parents)
    • BLAST Babysitter Class
    • Breastfeeding for Dummies
    • Diapering 101
    • Infant CPR
    • Infant Massage
    • Lamaze
    • Natural Birth Classes (the Bradley Method)
    • Pediatric First Aid
    • Pre-Natal Yoga
    • Financial Planning for Parents
    • Special Events – she recently had a Buy, Sell, Swap event. I was so bummed I couldn’t make it!

Customer Service

In general, the customer service Sherri offers is outstanding. She knows her products, her vendors, and she knows what works and what doesn’t. If she for some reason doesn’t know an answer, she will find out for you.

My friend had a slight issue with some of her registry items shipping from the warehouse, but Sherri was good at explaining what was going on.  My friend did have to ask for an update once, but seemed overall satisfied.

I have not had to make any returns or had any issues with products, so I cannot speak on that point. However, I have had many conversations with Sherri, both by email and on Facebook, and she is always prompt and courteous.

Website

The website is very clear, with minimal items on the homepage (great! I hate the clutter on some sites!). Products are divided into sections For Baby, For Mama, Baby Gear, Cloth Diapers, For the Nursery, as well as a photo gallery.  The class listing is posted, with information on how to register.

There are also a couple of helpful articles: FAQs, Diaper 101 and Why Choose Cloth that are really helpful.

Everything can be purchased online and shipped to your home, which means the store is accessible to anyone! Not just those in the Orland Park area. Which I love, because I don’t get down there often. But this is great, too, for all of you no where near Chicago. You can participate in any of the sales, promos, clubs, trial programs, right through the website. Obviously, the special events and classes are for local residents who can come by the brick&mortar store.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I really like Cutie Poops & Bottoms. Because I try to support local businesses first, CP&B is one of the first I check when I’m looking for new items. I like that I’m dealing with a business that is giving back to the community with education classes and support, instead of just an online store. Although it is not the only store in my area, it is one of the few with an actual storefront that I can send people to.

So, if you’re ever in the Orland Park area, stop by and tell Sherri you found out about them on Green & Frugal Mama!

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For those of you who are ToysRUs/BabiesRUs Rewards members (and if you’re not, go sign up right now! It’s free!), you probably already got these coupons by email or by mail.  And they weren’t the same, so be careful.

In the home mailer – offers valid through 10/28/10 – were some good, very useful, coupons. Unless stated otherwise, these could be used on any of their organic products, or sustainable furniture, etc. These are valid ONLY for RewardsRUs members and require that you a) have the coupon in hand and b) have your membership card or phone number ready.

  • Save 20% on all walkers, entertainers & activity jumpers (excludes doorway jumpers)
  • 20% off any ONE nursery furniture items (includes mattresses and special orders)
  • 15% off all monitors
  • 20% off all Evenflo car seats
  • 20% off all strollers & travel systems (excludes Aprica, Baby Jogger, BOBgear, Britax strollers, Bugaboo, Cybex, Maclaren, Mamas & Papas, and Peg Perego). Odd- well then it’s not “all”, is it?
  • $10 off your ENTIRE clothing or shoe purchase of $50 or more. Excludes clearance.
  • Buy 2, save 10%. Buy 3+, save 15% all coordinating bedding accessories. Excludes Little Boutique.
  • B1G1 50% off All Gerber soft bath items.
  • 15% off all crib bedding sets.
  • $3/2 powder formulas 22.2oz or larger.  Similac, Earth’s Best, Enfamil, Gerber Good STart, and BabiesRUs brand  pictured.

The following coupons were included in an email PDF. Unless stated otherwise, these could be used on any of their organic products, or sustainable furniture, etc. These are valid ONLY for RewardsRUs members and require that you a) have the coupon in hand and b) have your membership card or phone number ready.

  • $10 off your ENTIRE clothing or shoe purchase of $50 or more. Excludes clearance. (exp 10/31)
  • $5 off any Melissa & Doug purchase of $30 or more. (exp 10/31)
  • 25% off all Annie’s homegrown snacks (exp 10/31)
  • plus more

Sales that do NOT require a RewardsRUs membership:

  • All Gerber organic purées 12pks are $8.99. In-store only.
  • FREE Vicks thermometer WYB Vicks Germ-Free humidifier. In-store only.
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Head over to EcoMom quick before these sell out. Their Daily Deal today includes:

  • 6pack of Plum Organics Pumpkin Banana
  • 6pack Plum Organics Pears and Mangoes
  • Green Toys Bowls
  • Green Toys Spoons

All for $19.81 AND qualifies for FREE Shipping!

If you’re not familiar with Plum Organics, these are great organic baby food that is packaged in a pouch.  And Green Toys products are made from recycled milk jugs and contain No BPA, PVC, phthalates or external coatings.

Valid today, 9/10 only, while supplies last. And the EcoMom deals ALWAYS go fast!

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Daily Deal over at EcoMom today is for Plum Organics 12pack Training Meals.

Veggie Stew with Beef, Pasta with Chicken & Veggies, Harvest Veggies with Turkey , and Red Lentil Veggie

Buy 3, get 1 FREE. Total $53.64! While Supplies last.

Got this week’s Babies R Us ad and right on the front page:

ALL Earth’s Best 1st & 2nd food jars – 20/$10 (must buy 20 to get price, excludes variety packs)

AND

ALL Earth’s Best 3rd food jars 10/$10 (must buy 10 to get price, excludes variety packs.

That works out to $.50/jar for the 1st/2nd foods and $1/jar for 3rd foods. Great price.

But…

IF you print 3 of these coupons here, get $1/7 Earth’s Best baby food jars.   The print limit is 3, and they do not budge on that. If you’ve printed these before, sorry – they won’t be available.

So, buy 21 of the Earth’s Best 1st/2nd food jars – get 20/$10 and then whatever the single jar is – usually $.80 or thereabouts.  Use 3 coupons. Pay… say $8+tax for 21.  Breaks down to about $.38/jar+tax, depending on what that last jar costs! 🙂 Pretty good deal for organic baby food!

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Earth’s Best is “offering parents the chance to host their very own Earth’s Best Playdate Party! Each Playdate Party comes complete with an Earth’s Best Party Pack, containing over $90 worth of products for the host and their guests to enjoy.”  Check out their Facebook page to find out  how to enter.

My Baby’s Green 50% off item for today is the adorable Garden Tote by Under the Nile. Pick one up for $12.48! Valid today, 8/23 only!

EcoMom’s Daily Deal today is Doctor T’s Supergoop! Bundle: 1 Medium Super-Pump (24oz) and 1 pack of Super-Swipes for $61.20! Original price $105!  Valid today, 8/23 only!

Order something from Country Drawers’ new store between today and Friday (8/27) and be entered to win a diaper sprayer OR a $30 gift certificate to the store!

Baby Legs is having a Back to School Sale (who isn’t?).  Some great coupon codes to use:

  • BACKTOSCHOOL to get 50% off your orders of $100 or more
  • SCHOOL to get 30% off your order of $50 or more

And rumor has it, their school bus legs are back in stock!

Bebe Au Lait nursing covers are 50% off over at Baby Steals TODAY ONLY! Snag one for just $19.99.

Cutie Poops & Bottoms has announced their own Fluff of the Month Club! Like other store’s similar programs, subscribe and every month you get a surprise delivery of new diapers. They are offering varying lengths for subscriptions, from 4months to 9 months and you can opt to pay the membership subscription fee all at once, or monthly. Rate is $22.50/month.  Sherri says “We want to make it fun! In our Fluff of the Month Club, you will receive many adorable prints and unique diapers that I have either commissioned for our store, or something great I found from a WAHM (work at home mom).  Here are some examples of diapers you just might get including exclusive prints, tie-dye, camouflage, and sports. Remember: half the fun is the surprise!

You might also receive brand new colors or prints from our already popular brands including bumGenius, Fuzzibunz, GroVia, Thirsties,  Bummis , and more.  Other diapers may include WeeHuggers, Lollidoo’s, Butterbears, Forward Thinking, Kiwi Pie, and more.  Possible diapers  include: Thirsties Duo-Diaper, bumGenius Elemental AIO, GroVia AI2, Bummis Bamboozle, Flip Stay Dry or Organic, Tots Bots Easy Fit, and more!”  YOu can also indicate your preference to AIO/Pockets or Wraps/Covers and if you want Boy, Girl or Gender Neutral colors/prints.  Check out her store site to find out more information.

EcoBabyBuys has Bamboo LullaBags & LullaWraps from Cloud B for $18.98 – 47% off! Valid today, 8/23 only, while supplies last. “The patented two-way zipper provides easiest access without waking baby.”

These are all from posts from my favorite stores and products on Facebook. Have you “liked” your favorites yet? Great deals can be had….

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Ok, let’s get some deals going!

Giggle Britches is offering 20% off all Rump-a-rooz pocket diapers until 8/12 at midnight.  Also, these qualify for FREE shipping!

EcoBabyBuys has Bitzy-Bamboo Burp Cloths & Wash Cloths for $9 – 55% off.Eco-friendly and chic, these burp & wash cloths are made from baby bamboo and accented with a splash of designer fabrics! They are the perfect size and weight to throw in your diaper bag as burp cloths, wash cloths or mini-blankies. The bamboo fabric looks and feels like silk, but it is much more practical as it is machine washable! Bitzy Burpers utilize remnant fabric that would otherwise go to waste – yet another way to reduce, reuse, recycle & go green! Sold in sets of two 8″ x 14″ burp cloths bundled up with Itzy Ritzy ribbon – these make the perfect gift!” Valid today, 8/11 only, while supplies last.

BabyHalfOff is offering the Bumkins Deluxe Diaper Bag at 50% off – only $34.97!The Deluxe Diaper Bag is both funtionable and fashionable and features bold and graphic prints. With a total of nine pockets, adjustable straps and waterproof fabric, this practical bag is the ultimate choice for lasting, fashionable quality.” Valid today, 8/11 only, while supplies last.

Fluff Envy has the New Rumparooz prints open for preorder. Use promo code: MOTHER050610 and get 10% off!

PlumOrganics baby food is on sale over at Amazon.com! Get a 24-pack of pumpkin and banana for $25.78 with Subscribe & Save. (Subscribe & Save can be cancelled at any time!)  That works out to $1.08/pouch. Not the best price I’ve ever seen for PO, but not bad.

Check out this great post over on Organic Deals & Coupons about stacking coupon codes at Amazon to get GREAT deals on diapers.

Zulily has some great events that opened today. Zulily is a member-only site, but it’s free to sign up:

  • our GlobO: The GO! Backpack Jacket. Ends 8/16 at 7a PDT.Created by an innovative team of parents and grandparents with a focus on sustainability, this multi-function jacket is also a backpack! Choose a fleece lining or a light mesh one. Both styles feature the same water- and wind-resistant material found in top-brand outdoor apparel. Bonus: it’s completely recyclable! our GlobO is all about community, and they’re excited to meet you through this event.”
  • ShooFoo leather baby shoes. Ends 8/16 at 7a PDT. “Precious first steps! ShooFoo’s soft sole shoes and tennis shoes help little ones stay steady as they walk. Super-soft, durable leather shoes with suede soles are perfect for pre-walkers, too. They come with fun graphics, like bulldozers, trains, butterflies, and bunnies. ShooFoo’s sporty rubber-soled tennis shoes naturally flex to develop strong feet, excellent balance, and good posture.” Loving these new Halloween styles!

Be sure to visit EcoMom about 10:30a PST for their Daily Deal! These sell out fast.

Be sure to check out past Green Baby Deals posts! Don’t want you to miss out on anything!

Also, all Giveaways will now be under a separate post:) Enjoy!

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