superdumb supervillain: Parenting By Nature Giveaway

Monday, March 30, 2009

Parenting By Nature Giveaway

***WINNER PICKED 4/18 WITH RANDOM.ORG***

***CONGRATULATIONS, #169 Ardy22!!!***

who commented...
I liked the cute Nursing Bracelet.


Nobody would ever mistake me for a nature girl. I've never been camping, I'm addicted to air conditioning, and I freak out if I can't wash my hair at least every other day. That being said, I see the value in a crunchy, green lifestyle and try to be more responsible in our lifestyle, especially now that we have kids. I wish I had known more about natural baby care when I was first pregnant with Roo. I assumed cloth diapers were a bulky mess and hard to deal with but now I know there are plenty of cute and easy to use options available.



Parenting By Nature is a great online resource. They have been selling cloth diapers, baby slings and baby products since 2004, which coincidentally is when Roo was born. They offer a wide variety of eco-friendly gear for babies and nursing mothers, as well as tutorials and information to help parents make the right choices for their families, ensuring their continued health and well-being as well as that of the world around them.



Parenting By Nature founder Tamara Champion has two young daughters and is a big proponent of babywearing so the site features not only a wide selection of baby carriers, but also detailed product reviews personally written by staff members, to help parents find the carrier that’s a perfect fit for them. Customer reviews are also a big part of Parenting By Nature and they help make the website feel more like a community market than a traditional store.



I briefly considered cloth diapering with Jasper but I must admit that his stay in the NICU made it pretty easy for me to just go ahead and keep using the disposables. Now that he's nearing potty training, I am contemplating using cloth trainers. Parenting By Nature has several brands available but I chose the Imse Vimse Organic Cloth Training Pants because they look the most like underpants. I love the cute prints and the fact that they are vinyl and PVC-free. They consist of a comfortable layer of cotton on the outside, soft elastic at the waist, three layers of absorbent terry cloth on the inside and a layer of polyurethane-laminated polyester keep clothes dry. We haven't tried them out in earnest yet but they look adorable on him and I have high hopes of ditching pull-up training diapers for these in the near future.



I've also been curious recently about natural menstrual care. Since we're trying to eliminate potential toxins from our cleaning products, paper goods, diapers, etc. it has struck me as rather hypocritical that I've been using tampons for over 20 years now. Two decades of sticking bleached cotton in my nethers. Ick! Parenting By Nature offers Mama Cloth reusable pads and the Diva Cup, a silicon menstrual cup. Parenting By Nature sent me a Diva Cup to try and I must admit that it is a totally brilliant device.



Once you get used to inserting it and removing it (the cup is VERY flexible and foldable!), the Diva Cup is a total no-brainer. Actually, I think it is really impressive to see how little you're bleeding when you feel like you're flowing like an unstoppable river… the Diva Cup has a one ounce capacity but it is rarely even close to full and you only have to empty it 2-3 times daily. You can't feel it once it's in place and I even felt like my cramps were less severe! There is no leakage and I was surprised at how little mess there is involved. True, there is a bit of a learning curve to getting it inserted properly and if you bristle at tampons without applicators, it is probably not for you. (I was one of you but post baby #2, I'll give anything a go. No modesty anymore, woo-hoo!) But if you'd rather avoid the chemicals and environmental waste associated with tampons and pads, I would definitely recommend you give the Diva Cup a try!

Parenting By Nature offers plenty of other things for your family, too, including safe feeding and bathing gear, toys and gifts, and household sundries. Check out their selection and feel free to email them with any questions you might have.

To enter and win a $50 gift certificate to Parenting By Nature, please comment on this post with your favorite item from their site.



Entries will be accepted through April 15th and I'll pick the winner using Random.org. US/Canada readers are eligible. Only one entry/comment per person, please.


For an additional entry, post my button on your blog, follow my blog, fave me on Technorati or subscribe via email or subscribe via reader and leave an extra comment letting me know.





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191 comments:

  1. i would LOVE to get some of those cloth trainers. need 'em...desperately! pick me! pick me!

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  2. I love theImse Vimse Organic Cloth Training Pants. I have your button, I subscribe, I am a follower.
    super_alba_star@yahoo.com

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  3. I love and desperately need the cloth trainers!

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  4. I subscribe via google reader

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  5. I love the mya wraps and the baby legs...too cute. I have your button on my blog and I receive your emails.
    chavez.sarah@gmail.com

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  6. I would absolutely l-o-v-e to try the Bamboozle Cloth Diapers. They look absolutely perfect.

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  7. I love the EllaRoo Baby Wrap! They are obtained through fair trade in Guatemala, where my husband is from! I'd love to sport one of those Guatemalan wraps with our little girl in tow!
    Melanie
    pipinoy2000@yahoo.com

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  8. I love the Maya Wrap Baby Ring Slings.

    imchristiedammit[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  9. I love the Klean Kanteen Stainless Sippy Cups my daughter is learning how to use a sippy and I love these ones!

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  10. I have your button at blogmania

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  11. I was wondering about the Diva cup, as I've seen it on another site. And I'm going to buy some of those training pants when the time comes, or else just stick with the cloth diapers (haven't researched this much yet).

    My favorite things are the Baby Hawk Mei Tais, which I've been coveting for a while now. Maybe a $50 gc would encourage me to splurge.

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  12. I subscribe at katwalck at hotmail dot com

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  13. I would choose the Mama Cloth pads. I've switched to these (they are way comfy and save lots of $$) so I could always use more for my stash!

    Thanks! foxsquirrelrabbit at gmail dot com

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  14. I honestly love everything from parenting by nature, esp the baby carriers (but my husband will flip if i buy yet another carrier). I really want to try the Diva cup, so if i win...this is what i will spend my money on. I've heard so many great things about the cup and like you i'm starting to feel icked out by the thought of toxic tampons.
    Thanks
    veggiemcveggie[at]gmail[dot]com

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  15. I really love the Babylegs Baby Legwarmers --- cute!!! Thanks for the great giveaway:)

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  16. I like the Waldorf Play Foods, Sandwich!

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  17. I'd get: Hooter Hiders Nursing Covers by Bebe au Lait

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  18. The Windsor/Black Kozy Mei Tai would be such a pleasure to get. I have a Kozy and I love it! I could use another one so I can actually wash this one, as it gets plenty of use when I'm doing laundry ;)
    But I think I would spend the gift certificate if I won on cloth trainers....my oldest is toilet trained, but not at night....and I don't think the 'sposies he's in help matters! The CD we have are too small for him :(

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  19. I am a baby wearing fanatic and would love an ergo carrier. I've heard amazing things about them! Thanks for the chance! Abi at monkeytreecreations dot com

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  20. realitybbq*AT*gmail*DOT*com

    My favourite item from their store is the Under The Nile Organic Cotton Monkey.

    Thank you!

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  21. realitybbq*AT*gmail*DOT*com

    I'm a follower on Blogger. :) Thank you!

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  22. realitybbq*AT*gmail*DOT*com

    I faved you on Technorati - Spamgirl. Thank you!

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  23. the bluecelery wrap/sling caught my eye!
    katelynthames at yahoo dot com

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  24. I've been eyeing their Loveybums Organic Wool Covers for a while.

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  25. I love the Kozy Mei Tai Baby Carriers.

    plur268 at yahoo dot com

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  26. I'd get the BumGenius All-In-One Cloth Diapers in green and white!

    addeviant006 at gmail dot com

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  27. rss subscriber

    addeviant006 at gmail dot com

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  28. i like the Blue Celery Baby Sling/Wrap Hybrid mverno@roadrunner.com

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  29. The felt food is super cute!
    http://www.parentingbynature.com/products.php?cat=105

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  30. I like the Natural Wooden Baby Rattle; a gift for a new mama.
    What a nice site; reasonable prices, unique items and it's one stop shopping for mom AND baby!
    Love it; thanks for the review:)
    I'm always looking for new sites like this.

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  31. I'd love to have a couple of pairs of the Babylegs Baby Legwarmers. I might even share with the baby.

    Maybe...

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  32. My favorite item from the site is the Earth Mama Angel Baby, Shampoo and Body Wash. I love that they work on both hair and body.

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  33. I like the Eucalan Fine Fabric & Wool Wash.

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  34. Button ceeceeblogger.blogspot.com

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  35. You are one of my fave blogs on my Technorati cdziuba

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  36. I'm dying to try an Aristocrat Wool Cover!

    Thanks for the chance!

    andquinn52000@yahoo.com

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  37. baby legs are my favorite item, also you can keep the diva cup, yuck!!!

    jennifer.lleras@gmail.com

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  38. im a subscriber.

    jennifer.lleras@gmail.com

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  39. The Mama Cloth Pads and the Druide bath bars with shea butter are two things that I would definitely get if I won.
    Alicia Webster
    5webs@comcast.net

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  40. Well I love the Black/camel ergo baby carrier, but since we are in the potty training stage, I would actually get the Imse Vimse Organic Cloth Training Pants if I won, thanks so much!

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  41. Your button is on my sidebar, thanks!

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  42. You are faved on my technorati-I'm idahojill, thanks

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  43. I am subscribed via my yahoo reader at jillandmike2 at yahoo, thanks!

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  44. Totally love all the baby wearing items on the site. I'm going to check out the cloth trainers right now!

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  45. I really like the Klean Kanteen Stainless Sippy Cups.

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  46. The Toilet diaper sprayer! Hook it directly to your toilet
    sbregoliss@hotmail.com

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  47. Baby Mattress Pads, Vinyl-Free, Bummis Training Pants, Imse Vimse Organic Cloth Training Pants
    tvollowitz@aol.com

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  48. Love the EllaRoo Organic Cotton Mei Tai.

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  49. I love the BabyHawk mei tai in the blue echino print!

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  50. I really love the organic cotton monkey!

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  51. I want Earth Mama Angel Baby, A Little Something For Mama-To-Be

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  52. i'd LOVE to get this (i saw it featured on another blog)
    Tummy Tub (TummyTub) Bathtub

    autumn398 (at) yahoo.com

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  53. I love the "Luxury Organic Baby Blanket". So pretty with their silk ruffle around the edge!!

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  54. I'd like to try the Thirsties cloth diaper covers for sure :)

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  55. Email subscriber with my personal email: erinstargirl{at}msn{dot}com

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  56. Google reader subscriber too :)

    Thanks for the chance{s}!

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  57. I'd like to get some of the cloth trainers for my daughter.

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  58. I really like the DivaCup and the Hotslings Baby Sling. THank you!
    tatertot374@sbcglobal.net

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  59. I really like the adorable Haba Toys Flapsi!
    smchester at gmail dot com

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  60. I added your cute button to my sidebar!
    smchester at gmail dot com

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  61. my favorite is the Spa Baby European Bathtub. yyeres(at)gmail(dot)com

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  62. Lots of great things here, hard to choose. I like the spa baby bathtub and the snappi baby nail clippers.

    jenndiggy at gmail dot com

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  63. the Luxury Organic Baby Blanket looks so pretty and compfy :)

    thanks bunches!

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  64. The berry plush AIO diapers look very cute but I am highly considering getting some mama pads and a diva cup so those are on my list too. Way too much cool stuff all in one place to pick one favorite

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  65. My fav is the Under the Nile Organic Cotton, Mouse. Thanks! thebubbledies(at)gmail(dot)com

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  66. what a fabulous store!! I love cloth diapers and have always wanted to try the happy heinz. I also like the selection of wooden toys. fantastic!

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  67. The natural buckwheat filled nursing pillow sounds so comfy and perfect!

    andreaw@wideopenwest.com

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  68. Love the BabyLegs - can get several pairs ;-)

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  69. Faved in Technorati (aitmama).

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  70. Got your button http://justanothernewblog.blogspot.com/.

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  71. i kie the Under The Nile Organic Cotton Monkey.

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  72. I like the Windy Day Kozy Mai tei carrier and of course I love anything Imse Vimse

    pinkveganmiso(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  73. i faved you on technorati
    usernbame: las30

    pinkveganmiso(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  74. I'm an email subscriber

    pinkveganmiso(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  75. I love the European Baby Spa Tub! Thanks for the chance.

    mogrill@comcast.net

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  76. my favorite is the Stainless Steel Baby Dish Set, Froggy

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  77. I wold LOVE an Ergo baby carrier!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    marcelabeatty@mac.com

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  78. I'd like to try the Earth Mama Angel Baby, Natural Lotion.
    Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

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  79. I really like the FreeHand mei tai baby carriers!

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  80. I would really like to try the Diva Cup!

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  81. I'd like to try the Aristocrat Wool Diaper Cover

    apeak AT hotmail DOT com

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  82. my favorite thing on the site is the blue celery hybrid sling/wrap carrier

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  83. The cloth trainers look great :)

    ktgonyea at gmail.com

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  84. i love the imse vimse training pants! i have been looking for cloth trainers for my daughter!!

    elkesten at yahoo dot com

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  85. Nellie's Natural Laundry Soda

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  86. I really like the Mama Cloth Pads, Stay-Dry.
    YiddishBitterRose at gmail dot com

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  87. Gained 4 grandbabies last year. Even a set of twins. I know they could all use the cloth trainers. One tip I always bought the rubber pants and put over the cloth trainers. Please enter me, thank you

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  88. I would love to try their Eucalan fine fabric & wool wash for some of my delicates!

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  89. I would love to get some of the Bummis Training Pants or the Happy Heiny's Cloth Training Pants for my youngest granddaughter. She is ready but yet hesitant about potty training and I think these would help a great deal.

    Thanks so much!

    dbkagrayson2002 at gmail dot com

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  90. I am an email subscriber.

    dbkagrayson2002 at gmail dot com

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  91. I like the Stainless Steel Baby Dish Set, Froggy

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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  92. I'd love to try the Kissaluvs organic cloth diapers made of hemp blended with organic cotton.

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  93. I think the Earth Mama Angel Baby, Natural Baby Boo-Boo Balm sounds great. I'd try that.

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  94. I like the Babylegs Baby Legwarmers. They are the cutest and would be a perfect addition to my little diva's wardrobe.

    stephanie_adkins@yahoo.com

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  95. Earth Mama Angel Baby, A Little Something For Mama-To-Be would be perfect for my friend who is having her baby in 2 months

    souldolphindream@aol.com

    thanks

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  96. I like the Nursing Bracelet from Parenting by Nature, But if I win I will absolutely get the DivaCup! In fact, I will buy one even if I don't win.

    themeimlookingfor at yahoo dot com

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  97. I was just looking at cloth diapers the other day cause we're starting potty training too! That website has awesome stuff but based on what I'd like this very minute, I picked the Stainless Steel Baby Dish Set, Froggy.

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  98. I would love to have the BumGenius ORGANIC One-Size All-in-One diapers lezanac@yahoo.com

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  99. I love the Haba Toys, Croo-ak Frog

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  100. I like the EllaRoo Cotton Organic Baby Slings!

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  101. I just love the EllaRoo Baby Wrap!!

    Thanks!

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  102. I love the Hooter Hiders. Thanks :)

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  103. I love the Fuzzi Bunz Diapers.

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  104. Faved on Technorati- ksh123

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  105. I like HABA Wooden Toys like Wooden Natural Baby Toys

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  106. the Klean Kanteen sippy cup would be my pick.

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  107. I am following you on blogger.

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  108. Babylegs Baby Legwarmers and Happy Heiny's Cloth Training Pants

    mommyhoodisthankless[AT}gmail.com

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  109. I have your button on my blog: Heremommyhoodisthankless{AT}gmail.com

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  110. I am a follower!

    mommyhoodisthankless{AT}gmail.com

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  111. I have you favved on my Technorati!

    Username: wastebasket

    mommyhoodisthankless{AT}gmail.com

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  112. I am a subscriber!

    mommyhoodisthankless{AT}gmail.com
    legacyofbrutalitysa{AT}gmail.com

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  113. Tummy Tub (TummyTub) Bathtub looks like it would make bathing baby so much easier! I have seen they use these in Europe!

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  114. My favorite is the Hooter Hiders Nursing Covers by Bebe au Lait!

    jnkrim (at) qwestoffice (dot) net

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  115. Favorited you on Technorati (SherryR)

    jnkrim (at) qwestoffice (dot) net

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  116. I subscribe in Google reader.

    jnkrim (at) qwestoffice (dot) net

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  117. I subscribe via email.

    jnkrim (at) qwestoffice (dot) net

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  118. I think I would like to try the Mama Cloth Pads...I have been hearing more and more about them lately
    Thank you!
    sburkavage@gmail.com

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  119. I am really wanting a diva cup as well as the Bummis Training Pants. Thanks!

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  120. I'm subscribed to your RSS feed.

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  121. I like the Earth Mama Angel Baby, Natural Lotion. Thanks for the contest.

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  122. I love the Tres Tria Co-Sleeping Bolster! What a great product!

    Thanks for the opportunity :)

    annasmama0702@gmail.com

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  123. I subscribe :)

    annasmama0702@gmail.com

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  124. I love the Wool Food, especially the sandwich.Our favorite pick would be the Natural Waldorf dolls. They are all adorable.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    itsjustmerene2003 at yahoo dot com

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  125. The EllaRoo Cotton Organic Baby Slings look interesting. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  126. my fave is Under The Nile Organic Cotton Monkey.thanks

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  127. I would be interested in trying the diva cup. Just like you, I never thought too much about tampons before, but it makes total sense!

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  128. I think the BabyLegs are a lot of fun and would be great for my girls so that they could have a little extra warmth in the morning but then pull them off as it gets hot in the afternoon. My favorite is the preppy Wellesly pattern.

    Thanks!
    xpsundell(at)gmail(dot)com

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  129. The baby carriers are so cute and useful!

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  130. I love the Stainless Steel Cereal Bowl Set

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  131. Diva cup? AWESOME! I always thought the world needed something like that and I'm totally giving it a try. Also, love the BumGenius diapers as I hope to go with cloth for baby #1!

    cathyscheid at ymail dot com

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  132. MY MOST FAVORITE IS THE:

    Druide Natural Baby Care, Organic Soap Bars Details

    The Druide Baby Care line has been designed to soothe even the most sensitive skin. 100% Natural, these soaps are so wonderful, you will want enough for the whole family! Each soap bar is 100g. Made in Canada.
    I LOVE SOAP & THEY HAVE 3 DIFFERENT KINDS ~SO I WOULD GET AT LEAST 2 OF EACH!
    I WOULD SPEND THE REST ON OUR BATH & BODY PRODUCTS LIKE THEIR BABY SHAMPOO.

    ZESTYWONDERLAND@GMAIL.COM

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  133. I follow on blogger!

    zestywonderland@gmail.com

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  134. I subscribe in reader & to emails.

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  135. Blue Celery Baby Sling/Wrap Hybrid

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  136. I would like to try Nellie's Natural Laundry Soda.

    jenpruss(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  137. I liked the cute Nursing Bracelet

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  138. have your button

    http://ardy22.blogspot.com/

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  139. I love the Hooter Hiders Nursing Covers by Bebe au Lait in Steel Blue :)

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  140. There are so many great items there. One of my favorites is the Babyhawk mei tai in deep water.

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  141. so many great things...
    the cute SIGG water bottles, baby legs and also haba wooden toys

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  142. I LOVE Sophie the Giraffe (the natural teether)!! Wonderful giveaway!!

    fitforachild at gmail dot com

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  143. I subscribe via email (kayceewilliams at gmail)

    fitforachild at gmail dot com

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  144. I subscribe via Google Reader

    fitforachild at gmail dot com

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  145. I faved on Technorati! (iloveyouhecried)

    fitforachild at gmail dot com

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  146. The Windsor/Black Kozy Mei

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  147. Subscribe! skyxsky27(at)gmail.com

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  148. I like the Wellesly BabyLegs!

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  149. I love, and would buy some more Bummis diaper covers if I won. They're great.
    iluvchrisnlevi@aol.com

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  150. Earth Mama Angel Baby, A Little Something For New Mama.

    sam94son05@sbcglobal.net

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  151. Email Subscriber.

    sam94son05@sbcglobal.net

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  152. Following.

    sam94son05@sbcglobal.net

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  153. Love the cute Klapperwurm from Haba Toys!

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  154. My favorite is the Bummis Training Pants

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  155. I really like the Waldorf dolls and the stainless steel dishes they sell. Thanks for the giveaway!

    emhagedon at gmail

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