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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IsaBooties eco-friendly baby shoes are the daily deal at Green Baby Bargains – $14.25 or 52% off! This is valid today, 9/8 only, while supplies last.

IsaBooties have become the “go-to” soft-soled baby shoe for parents looking for an eco-friendly alternative in baby shoes. Made out of Ultrasuede, an innovative, animal-free breathable fabric. The soles are made from Toughtek, an incredible “grip” fabric that is perfect for beginning walkers. Super cute, and super eco-friendly, grab a few pairs fast before they are gone! All IsaBooties are 100% machine-washable/machine-dryable!

Made in the USA.

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The popular soft-soled shoes – Bobux – are only $16.80 (42% off!) today at EcoBabyBuys.  This is valid today, 9/8 only, while supplies last.

What Makes Bobux Shoes So Special?

Bobux are the original soft soled leather baby shoes with the ankle elastic system that ensures they are easy to slip on and they STAY ON!

Bobux are handmade in New Zealand from Eco-leather, a soft natural leather, tanned in an environmentally friendly method that is safe for your baby, his or her delicate skin and friendly on the environment. With Bobux, you don’t have to panic when your baby starts putting his shoe in his mouth!

Bobux designs face your baby!  After all they are the ones wearing them, shouldn’t they have the best view of the cool designs.

Bobux are recommended by Pediatricians as the perfect footwear for children under two.  The soft leather upper and suede leather sole allow the feet to function properly and grow without restrictions.

Bobux have no laces for kids to untie or trip over, and no fasteners to undo.  a unique elastic system makes Bobux easy to slip on and they STAY ON!

Bobux are washable!  We suggest occasional machine washing with like colors on gentle cycle using a mild detergent, or wash by hand.  Stuff with paper towel and air dry.

Bobux are handcrafted from only the softest natural leather, which means we don’t have to line them.  This allows the leather to absorb perspiration, keeping the feet warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Bobux feature a flexible, slip-resistant suede leather sole, ideal for toe gripping babies and toddlers learning to crawl or walk.” ~EcoBabyBuys

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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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Looking for a new water bottle? All Aboard (the review & Giveaway Train!) is giving away an EcoUsable 16oz. stainless-steel water bottle with Water Wrap! Ends 8/9 at 11:59 PST. Open to US residents only. Check out her blog to find out how to enter!

All Aboard (the review & Giveaway Train!) is also giving away a set of Bummas cloth wipes! So many uses with these! Ends 8/12 at 11:59pm PST. Open to US & Canadian residents. Check out her blog to find out how to enter!

Have a little one starting to walk? All Aboard (the review & giveaway train!) is also giving away a pair of IsaBooties. These are soft-soled shoes made in the USA. Giveaway ends 8/12 at 11:59p PST. Open to US residents only. Check out her blog to find out how to enter.

Love EcoMom‘s website?  Well, Organic Girl is giving away a $15 gift certificate to EcoMom! This great site sells products that have been researched and tested.  Giveaway ends 9/5 and is open to US and Canadian residents. Check out her blog to find out how to enter.

Sarah over at the Lewis Crazy House is giving away organic baby food pouches by Ella’s Kitchen.  These pouches are so easy for little hands and for caregivers to dish out only the needed amounts. Giveaway ends 8/18 at 11:59p. Check out their blog to find out how to enter.

You all know I LOVE wooden toys.  Well, One Bored Mommy is giving away a Cow Plush Rocker with Sound from Wooden Toddler Toys! Ends 8/18 and is open to US residents only. Check out her blog to find out how to enter.

Confessions of an Overworked Mom has a Sample box of five chips from Food Should Taste Good to give away! Ends 8/11 and is open to US residents only. Check out her blog to find out how to enter.

Reading is so important for everyone and it’s great to start kids off early.  Tales of The Wife is giving one lucky reader 5 Little Green Books of their choice. “Little Green Books is a branch of Simon&Schuster and focuses on green topics, such as endangered species, gardening, and recycling. Age recommendations vary by book and begin at birth through age 8.” Giveaway ends 8/18 at 12noon EST. Open to US and Canadian residents. Check out her blog to find out how to enter.

Two Classy Chicks  is giving away 5 Bob’s Red Mill products: bag of white popcorn kernels, 13 bean soup mix, whole grains & beans soup mix, bountiful black bean soup, and the bean soup seasoning mix. “Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods produces more than 400 products, including a full line of certified gluten free products and an extensive line of certified organic products.” Giveaway ends 8/18 at midnight EST. Open to US residents only.  Check out her blog to find out how to enter.

One Frugal Lady is having an Earth Mama Baby Angel giveaway for a Tea Sampler and Happy Mama body wash! Ends 9/6 and is open to US residents only. Check out her blog to find out how to enter.

And Reviewed by Mom is giving away a bottle of Ecover All Purpose Cleaner! Ends 8/10 and is open to US residents only.  Check out her blog to find out how to enter.

Don’t forget the gazillions of Cloth Diaper giveaways over at Cloth Diaper Giveaway!

Eco-Friendly & Frugal is giving away a Simple Green Naturals Kit!Ends 8/19 at 10p CST. Open to US residents ONLY.  Check out her blog to find out how to enter!

Anyone know of a good source for Canadian giveaways?? I feel terrible that most of these were US-only!

Be sure to check out the other Giveaways I’ve shared! Maybe you’ll win something. 🙂

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Your Green Helper is giving away a Thermos Funtainer Food Jar and Beverage Bottle from Soft Landing! Ends 8/6. Check out her blog to find out how to enter! Also, sign up for her updates. Great advice over there!

Get a FREE sample of Palmolive Pure & Clear detergent. (Thanks, Organic on a Dime!)

Going Green With Noah is giving away an organic crocheted teether by locoMOmomma. Ends 8/10 at 7p CST. Check out her blog to find out how to enter.

Confessions of a Trophy Wife is giving away a 3-set of reusable nursing pads from Mason’s Eco Mom. Ends 7/29 at 12p EST so get on this one today!  Check out her blog to find out how to enter.

My Baby’s Green is giving away a pair of Soft Star Shoes. Ends 8/8 11;59p and is open to US and Canadian residents. Check out their blog to find out how to enter.

Jessica Loves to Save Money is giving away 2 Nifty Nappy SwimEaze Swim Diapers! (Sign me up!) Ends 8/1 at 10p EST. Check out her blog to find out how to enter!

Mimi Loves All 8 is giving away  EcoNuts laundry soap nuts. Ends 8/27 and is open to US residents only. Check out her blog to find out how to enter!

Life With 4 Boys is giving away a $15 gift certificate to EcoMom for Plum or Revolution organic foods. Ends 8/10 at 8p EST. Check out their blog to find out how to enter.

Mom to Bed by 8 is giving away anything 15in or smaller Baltic Amber jewelry from Inspired by Finn. Ends 8/10 at 11:59 CST. Open to US residents only. “Among other things, amber is a natural analgesic (pain reliever) and anti-inflammatory.  When amber is worn on the skin, the warmth of the skin releases trace amounts of healing oils on the skin.  Commonly known as “teething jewelry,” baltic amber has been a natural and traditional European remedy for teething discomfort for hundreds of years.” Check out the blog to find out how to enter.

And a TON Of Cloth Diaper giveaways over at Cloth Diaper Giveaway! Check them out. 🙂 Won myself an Apple Cheeks diaper this week. Woo hoo!

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I’m glad everyone is loving these! I’m amazed at all of the green baby deals I find every day. 🙂 So, let’s get started!

Right away, EcoBabyBuys is offering Bumkins AIO Cloth Diapers 45% off – making them $13.95. (Valid today, 7/23 only, while supplies last)  These have a PUL outer and soft flannel inner and come in the CUTEST patterns. Even Dr Suess!! The Grinch and pink Horton ones are still available at the time of this writing. 🙂 Diapers always go fast, so hurry if there’s one you’re looking for!

Little Squigglers is having a 10% off EVERYTHING sale until Monday 7/26.  This includes my current favorite fitted diaper: Nifty Nappy (as well as the rest of the Nifty Nappy line).  Even the Support Cloth Diapers in

Hospitals Nifty Nappy fitted… and the Woolie Wrap and the Bitty Bums… Oh, so many I need to try out! Discount is applied when you add items to your cart. Andrea has a ton of other great products, including eco-friendly laundry items. So, everyone should be able to find something with this sale!

Baby Steals is offering aden + anais Issie Security Blankets – 2pack 45 % off – $10.98. (Valid today, 7/23 only, while supplies last) These measure 16×16″ and are made from 2 soft muslin layers.  Included are 2 blankets: 1 to have while the other is in the wash. Genius!

As always, Kelly’s Closet is offering some good codes for FREE stuff: Get a FREE pair of BabyLegs with a $35 purchase using the code: BGLEGS. Or get a FREE one-size diaper (KC’s choice!) with a $25 purchase using the code: ONESIZEFREE (exp 8/15). Again, remember, only 1 code per purchase. And you can only use a code once.

Be sure to Like DiaperShops over on Facebook. They are always giving inventory stock updates for Kelly’s Closet. And let us Fans know about new Codes. 🙂   While you’re there, Like Green & Frugal Mama, too!

Robeez is having a Sale on their Sale! Awesome, eh? Use promo code: EXTRA25 and get an extra 25% of already reduced merchandise. And remember, they have FREE shipping when you buy 2+ pairs.  If you’re not familiar with Robeez, these are soft-soles shoes perfect for little ones. They have an elastic ankle, are washable and are approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association.

Zulily has an event for Positively Organic right now. Ends 7/28 at 7a PDT.  Positively Organic makes baby and toddler clothes from organic cotton – super soft! These are really cute, unusual designs that any kid (and parent!) would love. Zulily is a member-only site, but it’s free to sign up!

OneStepAhead is offering a special in honor of National Parents Day. Valid from 7/23-7/30 (11:59p CST). Save 20% on an order of $100+ with coupon code: DAY20. This cannot be combined with any other coupon codes.

The Mini Social is having an event with Urban Munchkin products starting at $14.  Ends 7/28 at 12a PDT.  Urban Munchkin creates “stylish yet functional items that were eco conscious. They focused on details: organic cotton fabrics, eco friendly dyes, funky and colorful designs, and a positive message that would inspire conscious living.”  They also donate a percentage of the proceeds of each item to charity.  The Mini Social is a member-only site, but it’s free to sign up.

Amazon is having a Friday-Only Sale on Organic baby food! Valid today, 7/23 only.

  • Plum Organics food pouches – pack of 6 – $15
  • Plum Organics snack sticks – pack of 6 – $18
  • Plum Organics baby food pouches – pack of 24 – $27
  • Earth’s Best organic infant formula –  pack of 4 – $99
  • Peter Rabbit organic good/snack pouches – pack of 6 – $15

See all Friday-Only deals here.

Toys R Us has Melissa & Doug puzzles B1G1 50% off 7/23-7/24 ONLY. This is in-store and online.

Check out other deals I spotted at Babies R Us last weekend here (Sales are usually good at both TRU and BRU, but check your local location). Deals on Organic baby food and chlorine-free diapers!

Organic Deals let me in on some I missed. Thanks! Check these out (valid 7/23-8/12 – looks like both online and in-store)  If you shop in store, coupons can also be applied. If you shop online, FREE shipping on orders over $49:

  • Earth’s Best Baby Food Variety Packs $7.50 (must buy 2)
  • Gerber Organic 2 Pack Baby Food Purees $1.20 (must buy 10)
  • Organic Baby Mum-Mums $3.00 (must buy 3)
  • Babies-R-Us Organic Puffs $1.66 (must buy 3)
  • Happy Baby Organic Yogurt Melts $2.66 (must buy 3)
  • Ella’s Kitchen Organic Purees or Smoothie Fruits $1.25 (must buy 8)
  • Plum Organic Baby Pouches $1.00 (must buy 8 )
  • Plum Tots Organic Fingerfuls or Fiddlesticks $3.00 (must buy 2, also available online)
  • California Baby Sensitive Shampoo $11.49
  • Nature’s Baby Organic Shampoo & Body Wash $9.99
  • BabyGanics Laundry Detergent $14.99 (64 load)
  • Earth’s Best Laundry Detergent $19.99 (100 oz)

Green Baby Bargains has Scout organic clothing today 50% off – starting at $7! Scout is a family-owned company that manufactures their clothing from 100% Organic Peruvian Pima Cotton. I don’t know about you, but I wish everything I owned was made from Organic Cotton. It is so soft, no matter how much you wash it!

And BabyLegs now has Potty-Training Trio packs. “BabyLegs leg warmers provide convenient potty access while keeping little legs protected. We’ve created potty training trios priced at $30 for 3 pairs of leg warmers to make it even easier (and economical!) to gear up for potty training.”  These come in a variety of color/print options.  For a limited time, get 3 pairs for $25 with promo code: TRAINING.

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