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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My Little Green Shop is offering select organic and eco-friendly

items at 50-70% regular prices during their Super Duper Summer Specials! Sale end 8/31. These are some of the things I spotted:

Shipping is always FREE for orders over $150.  Tell Lili I said, “Hi!”

EcoBabyBuys has Organic Cotton Long Sleeve Bodysuits for $9.99 – 56% off! Valid today, 8/18 only, while supplies last. These are made from 100% organic cotton and are long-sleeved.

Green Baby Bargains has Little Soles ™ Classic Shoes for $16.95 – 58% off! “Little Soles™ mission is to provide fresh, footprint-conscious, fashion-forward footwear. For those of you clever & conscious consumers seeking stylish, eco-minded alternatives to mainstream fashion.”  Valid today, 8/18 only, while supplies last.

KidSteals has Jaq Jaq Bird Lolly Chalk Mats for $12.50 – 58% off!Whether on the go or playing at home with mom and dad, these eco-friendly and PVC free chalk mats from Jaq Jaq Bird are sure to keep your little one busy. They can even be used as placemats too!

Lolly Chalk Mat Care: For best results use dustless chalk. Wipe clean with a damp cloth, never use abrasive soap. Markings left after the mat is cleaned is normal. Do not leave chalk mat exposed to direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time. Folding chalk mat will leave marks and creases. Dry completely before storing.” Valid today, 8/18 only, while supplies last.

gDiapers is having a sale right now, including their snap-in liners, everyday g’s 6pk and their grefills. Prices starting at $14.99 for a 6-pack of snap-in liners.   They’re also offering FREE shipping on orders over $50 (expires 8/31/10) AND orders over $75 get a FREE one-year subscription to Kiwi magazine!

The Mini Social has a couple of organic clothing events going on right now.  This is a member-only site, but it’s free to sign up.

  • Opus clothing – ends 8/19.They use classic fabrics – pudding-soft organic cottons and vintage Pima cottons, in prints and perfect colors – to make simple, interesting garments.”
  • Egg Baby & Maternity – ends TODAY.egg baby uses natural fabrics with clean, simple designs- with no bows and ribbons in sight. now the whole family can enjoy egg too – with the introduction of egg maternity.”

Diaper Daisy is offering FREE shipping on orders over $25 TODAY ONLY. Use promo code: FREESHIP. Excludes Rockin Green purchases.  While you’re there, check out their Sale Items.  Swim Diapers, Pocket Diapers, Fitted Diapers, AIOs, and Diaper Covers! Like these Blue Penguin Swim Diapers on sale for $6.99!

EcoMom’s Daily Deal today is Green Toys Tugboat and Episencial Bubble Bath and Playful Foaming Wash for $17.35 (regular price $31.99! Valid today, 8/18 only, while supplies last.  These go FAST!  Also, while you’re there, check out their Back to School Sale, including Clementine Natural Crayons 6pk for $7 – made from soy! Orders $50 and over qualify for FREE shipping!

Zulily has a Nosilla Organics event – up to 50% off – until 8/23 at 7a PDT. This is a member-only site, but it’s free to sign up. “Nosilla Organics is a company that’s kind to both the planet and to the people who wear their clothes. Of course, they use organic cotton and their production is all about fair trade practices. Nosilla Organics also gives 2% of all sales to TransFair, an organization that helps regulate fair trade standards. Plus, these infant and toddler clothes are completely adorable!

BabyLegs is having a Back to School Sale through 8/24.

Amazon has some great wooden todays on sale right now!

I am all about wooden toys, and I LOVE these.  I’m eyeing some of them for Christmas presents for #1.

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

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EcoBabyBuys has eco-friendly lunchbags from Mimi the Sardine at $12.50 – 50% off! Their coated fabrics meet the CPSIA requirements and the Oeko-Tex 100 Standard which certifies that the cloth does not contain harmful chemicals and components. Oeko-Tex 100 is highly regarded in Europe and is now gaining recognition in the United States. In 2009 Mimi the Sardine transitioned into using acrylic-coatedorganically grown cotton, an important step in their continued commitment to the environment and customers. They strive to provide a product line which incorporates concepts of Production Ecology, Human Ecology, and Performance & Disposal Ecology. These ideas are seamlessly woven into every step of the life-cycle of their product.” Valid today, 8/17 only, while supplies last.

Green Baby Bargains has Bumkins pull-on diaper covers at $7.50 – 50% off. Valid today, 8/17 only, while supplies last.

BabySteals has Innobaby Keepin’ Fresh Food Storage – set of 6 for $14.25 – 42% off! “The perfect storage solution for baby food, Innobaby’s Keepin’ Fresh™ containers are 100% airtight and leakproof – BPA, PVC, Phthalates & Lead free – and dishwasher, freezer, and microwave-safe!” Valid today, 8/17 only, while supplies last.

Over at Zulily, they have a new sales event for Bot Tots organic apparel for kids. Ends 8/20 at 7a PDT. Zulily is a member-only site, but it’s free to sign up. “Bot Tots was founded by a loving mother, Erin Saelens. Combining her passion for vibrant, creative, and original artwork with her consistent effort to always be kind to the environment, she created Bot Tots. The mission is to brighten children´s wardrobes with these lovable robot characters that discover ways to positively contribute to the environment and the community. Each character has a personality — see for yourself!”  This cute onesie is $8.99 – original price $18.

Be sure to check out EcoMom’s Daily Deal. Will open for non-VIP access at 10:30a PST. If you have an EcoPass, it’s available at 9a! Another great reason to get an EcoPass.  They’ve also reduced their FREE shipping requirement from $75 to $50 orders.

Get FREE shipping on orders of $25 or more over at Kelly’s Closet. Use promo code: FSHIPAUG (expires 8/20 at midnight. Excludes Rockin’ Green detergent).

Item of the Week over at Nicki’s Diapers is the Imse Vimse ORganic Cotton All-in-One Cloth Diaper. 15% off through Wednesday, I believe.

Looking for a baby carrier? Wallypop has some cute MeiTai/Asian Carriers made from upcycled t-shirts on sale starting at $20! Super sweet WAHM from Iowa, she also makes other baby carriers, cloth diapers, and other reusable products for your home! Be sure to tell her I said, “Hi!”

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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EcoBabyBuys has a set of 4 cups & bowls from Kinderville for $17.99 – 40% off! These are made from “high-quality, food-grade silicone and are thoroughly safety-tested: BPA-, Phtalate-, Nistrosamines- and Lead-free.” Valid today, 8/16 only, while supplies last.

Fluff Envy is now offering a Diaper of the Month Club. Sign up for a subscription (there are 3 tiers, starting at $18.50/month). And then each month you will be sent a new diaper/accessory based on the tier you purchased (selected by Fluff Envy). Cool idea! I know I love getting Cloth diaper mail. 🙂

If you’re in the Chicago area, Cutie Poops & Bottoms cloth diaper store in Orland Park is having a Belly Masking event on Saturday, August 21st. See their website for more details.

Zulily has a couple of events going on right now that look great.  This is a member-only site, but it’s free to sign up.

  • Kiwi Industries ends 8/19 at 7a PDT. – organic kids clothing like this adorable jumper at $11.99 – regular price $24!
  • Zid Zid Kids ends 8/19 at 7a PDT. – Handmade kids toys & playthings. “By blending together old and new artistic influences alike, Zid Zid Kids aim is to bring you and your child designs that surprise, inspire, and will be treasured for years to come.” This adorable hippo is $14.99 – regular price $36.

Banana Peels Diapers is having a 3rd Birthday Bash this week (8/16-8/22). Complete Details can be found here. But some of the great deals to be had:

  • 10% off Storewide. Use promo code: PARTY
  • One FREE cloth wipe for every $20 you spend (pre-shipping)
  • 1 order per day from 8/16 until 8/22 will be chosen at random to receive their entire order FREE! (Refund of order amount will be issued. Winner will be notified by email.)
  • FREE Little Beetle Wool Wetbag with the purchase of a Little Beetle Fitted, Little Beetle Wool Cover, or Little Beetle Learners.

Totsy has LilleBaby sales event that ends 8/19. “líllébaby totes, carriers and diaper bags are designed to fit the American parent’s lifestyle, marrying stylish Scandinavian design with easy-to-use American functionality and safety requirements.” While still pricey, these are good deals on some quality carriers, etc.  Like this Everywear Style – Multiposition Carrier for $70 (regular price $100). Totsy is a member-only site, but it’s free to sign up.

My Little Green Shop is having 50-70% off select organic and eco-friendly items until the end of August. This is a great Canadian store based out of Vancouver that I stumbled on while doing the Green Quiz Quest.  One of the items included in the sale is this adorable Bossy Baby Hankie Purse 70% off for $10.80 (CAD).  These are made from vintage hankies and ribbons. Great upcycling! 🙂 And the shop donates a percentage of all proceeds to charity!

Baby Half Off has  Sesame Street reusable bags from Envirosax 50% off – starting at $10 for a set of 2! Super excited about these. I grew up on Sesame Street and absolutely LOVE Oscar the Grouch.  Valid today, 8/16 only, while supplies last. These bags are super strong, hold up to 44 lbs. Washable, won’t fade. AND they roll up and snap into a super-awesome little package. Great for the diaper bag or purse.

For those who love their Moby Wraps, they are offering a Photo Contest right now to win a FREE Wrap. Just send them your best vacation photo of your little one in a Moby.  Entries must be received by 9/5 at 11:59p PST.

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EcoBabyBuys is offering WeeHuggers AIO cloth diapers for $11.39 – 40% off!! The little mitten tabs on these are SO cute!! Valid today, 8/4 only, while supplies last. “weehuggers™ all-in-ones are designed with a trim fit in mind. Bamboo fabric allows maximum absorbency with minimum bulk. The french terry bamboo is easy to wash, won’t retain odors like synthetics or hemp, and retains its exceptional softness, even when washed in hard water. In addition, bamboo is a wicking fiber that gently pulls wetness away from tender skin.  weehuggers™ all-in-ones are built to last. The inner absorbent layer is made from custom milled bamboo blended with 30% organic cotton for exceptional durability.”

Amazon has Britax car seats on sale up to $110 off! Prices starting at $198.

Totsy has some great sales events going on right now. This is a member-only site, but it’s free to sign up. Those that started today include:

Lassig bags  starting at $47.25 – 45% off!Eco-friendly, stylish, trendy diaper bags.  Lassig plays its part in slowing global warming by using ONLY safe, enviromentally friendly materials, no PVC, no nickel, no AZO dyes, no cadmium, or phthalates.” Ends 8/8

There is also supposed to be a Groovy Girl event, but apparently they’re having site difficulties, so I have no further information. Groovy Girls are great cloth dolls for ages 2+. Check out their site for information.

Zulily is offering a Green as Wee Grow event until 8/6 at 7a PDT.Everything from Green as Wee Grow is made with 100% organic cotton and fairly sewn in a US facility.” Up to 40% off really cute, whimsical kids clothing.

BabyHalfOff has Agoo Leg Huggers & Bugalug Hair Clip Sets for $24 – 56% off! Valid today, 8/4 only, while supplies last. “Bugalug Barrettes are truly the first of their kind…100% magnet free with a silicon gel GRIP on the inside of EVERY barrette – the best on the market AND they’re glueless too – so these little clips can withstand the wash and dryer and never look bumpy or clumpy from the sticky-icky. Want a little extra pizazz? Accessorize with our adorable no-slip bows or NEW embellished barrettes. With their simple, trendy, no frills designs, your little one will be able to wear them with tons of different outfits for years to come! All hand-made in Canada.

Leg Huggers are designed for little girls and boys on the move. Be it crawling, climbing, running or dancing, Leg Huggers offer protection with fabulous function and flare. They’re great for keeping legs cozy in cold weather. They’re terrific for EC babies and toilet training. They’re perfect for crawling on hard surfaces. They’re ideal for those with sensitive skin. Their innovative, eco-friendly Leg Huggers are made from 100% sustainable Bamboo fibres. One size fits all.”

A few more diaper deals:

Fluff Envy is giving 10% off all Apple Cheeks Two-Size Washable Diaper System. Use code: APPLE at check out. Valid this week ONLY.

Also 10% off FuzziBunz at Fluff Envy with code: FUZZI. Valid this week ONLY.

EcoMom has Earth Mama Angel Baby products on sale! Also, be sure to sign up for their Daily Deal. Today’s hasn’t been posted yet, but these go FAST!

Expecting and not sure what to get for a newborn stash – especially if you little one isn’t in it long?  Check out Squishy Tushy’s Newborn Cloth Diaper Kit Rental. Includes:

  • 6 x-small FuzziBunz Diapers
  • 3 x-small bumGenius AIO
  • 3 small Bottom Bumpers AIO
  • 3 Lil Joeys AIO
  • 9 inserts

Pay $330 up front, but if you only use it for 30 days, you get a store credit of $290.  Great way to get a LITTLE stash when you don’t use it for very long. Check it out. 🙂 Squishy Tushy also offers layaway plans.

And BabySteals has GLASS storage packs! Innobaby Keepin’ Fresh Glass ~ Set of 4 for $13.99 –  46% off!

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EcoBabyBuys has The Diaper Clutch at 50% off – making it only $10!Keep your diapers and wipes in one convenient and stylish carrying case. the diaper clutch is designed to keep your diapers and wipes together. The easy access window allows the busy mom to grab a wipe without hassle!” Valid today, 8/3 only, while supplies last!

Over at Totsy there’s a sales event for Pixel Organics which makes organic clothing and bedding for children.  Like this adorable onesie for $8.64 (originally $24!). Ends 8/4 – so hurry!

Fluff Envy is having a sale on their BumEssentials Diapers Buy 5, get 1 FREE. Use promo code: FREEBUM. Would look cute with the Pixel Organics onesie above! 🙂

Piece of Cloth is having a 10% off sale on their woven wraps through 8/7! Also, get $10 off a $100 purchase with promo code: NURSING. Expires 8/7 also. I think I need to get me a woven wrap… ’cause you know, I just don’t have enough stuff. LOL.

EcoMom is having a video contest where the prize is a $200 gift certificate to EcoMom! Make a video that answers the question, “What does EcoMom mean to me?” 5 Winners will be chosen. Check out their site to find out how to enter! While you’re there, sign up for their Daily Deal. These go SUPER FAST!

I’ve had Christmas on the brain lately, so it’s been toy bargain hunting for me!

Melissa & Doug is offering their Self-Storing Fully Furnished Dollhouse 35% off – making it $97.49. “Packed to the rafters with charm, this Victorian dollhouse will delight and amuse for hours! Two vinyl dolls, with bendable limbs, live in this completely furnished, elegantly detailed home. All the pieces store conveniently in specially designed drawers for easy housekeeping!” Includes 15 pieces of furniture, 2 dolls, and has self-storage drawers underneath!  Check out their other sale items here.  Melissa & Doug make great wooden toys that we love for our kids.  And they are offering FREE shipping for all orders over $75 with promo code: FREESHIP.

IKEA has added some new pretend play items. Including this ADORABLE 14-piece vegetable set for $7.99. 🙂 Or 18-piece dessert set for $7.99! Or a 9-piece fruit basket for $7.99!  Looks like someone’s headed to IKEA this week. 🙂 I love IKEA for not only clean, eco-friendly products, but their entire business model and earth-friendly practices in their buildings (there are composting bins outside the employee kitchen!).

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Ice Pop Molds & Storage Jars 40% off – $22.25. “made from a high-quality, food-grade silicone and are thoroughly safety-tested: BPA-, Phtalate-, Nistrosamines- and Lead-free.” Valid today, 8/2 only, while supplies last.

MonkeyDoodlez Pocket Diapers – 55% off – $10.00!! Valid today, 8/2 only, while supplies last. These will go FAST!

MiniBargainz is having Baby Shower Monday today (Valid today, 8/2 only, while supplies last):

  • Bumkins Organic Satin Touch Swaddle Blanket -50% Off
  • BUILT NY Thristy Tote (Single and Double) – 55% Off
  • BUMKINS Organic Hooded Towel Set  – 55% Off
  • Baberoo Organic Hip Socks – 40% Off
  • Bambooh Brand Organic Baby Prince and Princess Hooded Towels – 40% Off
  • BUILT NY Cushy Tushy Pad – 55% Off

Babylegs are having B1G1 FREE on select designs between 8/1-8/5 ONLY.

Head over to Sugar Dipes and get FREE SHIPPING on any order for the month of August.  Use code: BIRTHDAY. Sarah’s got some great products like Nifty Nappy, Grandma El’s Diaper Cream, Planet Wise, Rumparooz and more!

Be sure to head over to EcoMom and sign up for their Deal of the Day. Today’s Deal sold out in 45 MINUTES!

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