Tag Archives: cloth diaper

many things! including instock and custom esbaby products!

31 Jan

i’ve been training to become a doula through DTI, and i have completed the 5-day course, meaning that i can now attend births and postpartum visits. this has been a wonderful, enlightening opportunity. when i signed up for this, i still wasn’t sure if i would be able to do it. and while i still have some fear, i feel that I AM EXACTLY WHERE I NEED TO BE. so what better than to be working with a woman who supports other women while they are brining their babies into the world, when it comes to buying esbaby diapers? 

i’ve got your back. if you have questions about diaper types and styles, please just drop me an email. i am more than happy to answer any questions you have. 

right now we’re working on getting our etsy store stocked with more cloth pad sets [teen sets too!], diapers and wetbag/cosmetic bags. 

if you don’t want to wait to see what we are making for our instock products, that’s great! the best thing to do is just go to shop.esbaby.net and order EXACTLY what you want from the store. the turn-around time is super-fast right now. need a small wet/dry bag? cloth pads with the prints of your choosing? a set of size one diapers? you got it. if you have questions about ordering, just email me and i can help you through it.

 

 

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looking for some nautical themed diapers?

14 Nov

well, we just stocked a bunch of size 1 gender neutral print diapers that turned out pretty fabulously. go get them while they’re still there!

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customers? money? no. people, families. [there’s a lot of sex and violence in this whole article, so you should definitely read the whole thing.]

31 Oct

when people ask me about my customers, i can really only say one thing. “i love my customers.”

and this, coming from me, isn’t some kind of bullshit answer that everyone gives everyone. [trust me. ask my friends. i don’t hand out compliments.] i’ve love to take the opportunity to really introduce myself and for you to get to know me. in my own voice, in my own words; my relationships with my customers are why i’m still sticking around here after 8 years.

let me tell you this: you don’t understand. [my husband right now would be giving me so MUCH shit for saying this. because it’s what i ALWAYS say when i think that someone [or he] doesn’t really understand.]

but no. you don’t understand.

you don’t understand. 

when it comes to the cloth-diapering business, a lot of artisans: people who make cloth diapers with their own two hands [buy and cut the fabric, put snaps in, sew them, and sew them again, and put more snaps in, and print shipping labels] and ship them out directly to you: the customer, know their customers. how so? we are often met with these questions:

“can you add an inch or two to the rise?”
“can you add an inch or two to the waist?”
“if i send my own fabric in, can you make me some diapers from that fabric?”

and what is the answer from many of these artisans who work DIRECTLY with their customers? what is the TYPICAL answer that i give my OWN customers?

“YES.”

that is the resounding answer when it comes to essential saltes baby. why? it’s not for the money. it’s definitely not for the fame [as if there was such a thing in this business]. it’s because we know these people. we’ve worked with these mothers and these babies. we know what they like and don’t like. and to me, that’s what custom orders have always meant.

many years ago, when my son was still in cloth, i met a bunch of women who were also cloth-diapering their children. i met work-at-home-moms [WAHMS], i met stay-at-home-moms, i met fathers, mothers, people who worked outside of the home. i met all of these people who wanted to cloth-diaper their children.

in this time, i created bonds with these people.

since my son was in diapers, i traded with those who could knit or crochet wool for my son – meaning: soakers, longies, shorties, etc. i met people who would trade with me just to dye the wool. this was a wonderful new marketplace for someone like me, who could not afford the products otherwise – but to trade with them? it was perfect. i traded my own skill. sewing diapers, cloth diaper covers, wetbags, cloth-menstrual pads, diaper bags – for something i could use on my own child. my best diaper stash came from what i traded with other work-at-home-moms. and event though i could certainly sew my own diapers or cloth-menstural pads, i supported other WAHM businesses – because quite frankly, I WAS SICK OF SEWING FOR MYSELF.

[i got a lot of flak back in the day, if you can believe that, for buying someone else’s cloth pads. but that’s a whole entry altogether. let’s not BITCH about each other, LET’S SUPPORT EACH OTHER INSTEAD OF FLAMING EACH OTHER BECAUSE I’M SICK OF SEWING MY OWN FUCKING CLOTH PADS AND I’M SEWING 10000 CLOTH DIAPERS FOR OTHER PEOPLE, ETC.. – thats the title of the next blog. tell your friends. it’ll be good one. and it involves menses.]

sorry.

SOOO, then there were my customers.

oh, my customers. they would demand so much of me. sometimes i would be really pissed off, at times, depending on how many other orders i had, i may have even told them to go elsewhere. but really, my customers were my joy. and my pride. [the insistent few who pissed me off still had more than a chance of getting what they wanted if they really understood my product.  truly, 99% of those demanding customers still understood how much i was putting into their order.]

i have had customers who have diapered two or three of their babies in esbaby diapers. when these soon-to-be mothers were pregnant, they would email me asking me to make whatever they wanted.

“i want 36 basic diapers,” or “i want 40 all-in-ones,” because they wanted MY brand, MY sewing, and MY expertise. right then and there, i knew what i was doing was GOOD. i knew i was making diapers that worked. i knew that my work wasn’t in vain.

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how can one say “no” to a person who loves your diapers THAT much? and not only that, i recognized those names which would pop up in my email each day. i remembered them. i LOVED them. i remembered their birth stories. they would share something with me they would NEVER share with the outside world, or, so i thought,  with a simple cloth diaper artisan. but they did. the deepest and greatest of stories and secrets. i held them in my mind and in my heart as i made THEIR cloth diapers for THEIR newly-born child. [and sometimes i would be told their conception stories – far more interesting in many ways, but i love them equally – as any mother would. of course.]

regardless, i became their friend. i became their friend, who could sew cloth diapers that not only functioned well, but looked great! i became a person they could TALK to, without judgment.

i am still that person. i’ve taken much-needed time off from my business, but when i returned to it, i found many of my customers waiting for me, with open arms, asking me when i could make their babies’ next newborn stash.

for this i am forever grateful. i started my business in 2005 when my son was born. i did this only to stay home with him, nursing him, and being there for my daughter, who was just then starting kindergarten. i missed so many years with my daughter, while i was going through college and getting my bachelor’s degree in journalism and public relations that i did not want to miss so many years with my second child . [and don’t worry. my daughter, Adeline [now 13], and i are very close. she knows how to sew AND has more knowledge about cloth diapers than most new mothers do, due to MY course of life and business i chose. thank you to all of the midwives, doulas and cloth-diapering ladies i have met!]

getting back to my customers:
i’ve had the same customers for years. they love me. they KNOW me. we talk. my email and phone-line is always open to them. ANY of my customers. i invited some of my oldest customers to my wedding! [and some of them actually came! not to mention – one of them even took photos as a GIFT to me!!] where does this happen in any other industry? where do you get to know and love your customers SO much, that you invite them to be a part of one of the most important days of your your life [especially when it doesn’t involve cloth diapers?]

i have NEW customers and NEW mothers that i speak to on a regular basis. they email me with questions. they email me asking if i can make a slight change to this or that regarding a waist or rise setting. they email me asking if i have certain print in stock, because they want to decorate their ENTIRE nursery with it.

i love my customers.

i love my customers because they were ME. they were ME before i really knew what cloth-diapering was. they were me, reaching for something they weren’t quite understanding at the time [and so i made this], and they were ME, because they were having a baby, or had a baby, that they wanted cloth-diapered, and they were ME because they wanted a real, live person to ask.

they had questions and i had answers. they wanted someone to talk to and i would talk to them. they wanted someone who had a heart and a soul they could connect with, and i was, sometimes, the ONLY person they had.

this is what being a artisan is. it’s not JUST about what you sell to your customers. it’s not just selling a cloth diaper.

it’s what you mean to FAMILIES. not only your own family, working as an artisan and earning money, but what you mean to the families you interact with on a daily, monthly, or even, yearly level. it’s love, compassion and caring. it’s listening and DOING. there’s no middle-man.

it’s just YOU and ME.

go ask my customers. i’m sure they would love to step out and say the same: when it comes to an artisan making your diapers, you are allowed questions, comments, clear answers and a quality product. and they would not only step-up for esbaby, but for the many, many other artisan brands they have purchased throughout the years.

i LOVE my customers.

at the very, very end of the day- i know i do and i know they love me.

buy handmade, buy loving and buy proud.

-christine munn
RDIA Artisan Board Representative
[and lucky to have you, my friends.]

p.s. this is something that may be seriously lacking in the cloth-diapering manufacturing industry, as there are many foreign competitors out there with lower prices, but do NOT be afraid to ask your favorite cloth-diaper artisan questions. everyone is different. mothers, fathers, families, artisans [meaning WAHMS, WAHP, etc]: we are all different. but remember that we are all human beings behind the cutting table and sewing machine. we love our customers.

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and yes, i have two children. here they are. i swear i didn’t steal them off the street.

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final days to help a girl out!

21 May

a couple of months ago i signed up for the Volusion Shopping Cart Software. i’ve been using the same shopping cart software since i started making cloth diapers in 2005. not long after i signed up and bought the software for the new Volusion site, Volusion started a contest for “Mompreneurs” – women who have started their own businesses. i haven’t totally switched over to the new Volusion shopping cart yet because I have been busily working on orders and entering my product catalog into the backend of the store, getting it ready to launch. however, i’m a design junkie. it’s super important to me [and always has been] to run a site/shopping cart that is not only visually appealing but easy to use. last year, when we [meaning my friend and i] redesigned our logo, i knew we could build an amazing site around it. not a site that just looks great, but a site that is easy to navigate, has all the information YOU need to make a purchase without any questions [and hey, if you have questions, you know you can email me pretty much any time or all hours of the night and i’ll be responding to you within a few hours, if not seconds of your inquiry.] 

when i purchased the Volusion software, i knew that i could create a site that would offer my customers everything they needed for a great custom handmade cloth diapering experience. i entered the contest because i simply do not have the time [or money] to change all of the design elements into what i’d like to see representing my business. if i’m lucky enough to win first place, i will be able to continue to concentrate on what matters most: making cloth diapers and cloth diapering products for YOU, the customers i love, who keep me in business and allow me to work from home – while someone else designs my site to my specifications. we’ve been in the top running for the past couple of weeks and this is the homestretch.

the contest ends at the end of the month [may 31]. you can vote every 24 hours, and if you can remember to vote for me that often, i cannot express how grateful i will be. if i end up winning, expect an awesome newsletter and a celebration party with some cool incentives and coupons. i plan on offering up things that i haven’t offered in years. it will be a lot of fun. 

how do i vote?

just click this entire blog entry and it will bring you directly to my voting page through the Volusion App [just make sure you are on the esbaby page, and if you can’t find it, click the “view entries” tab at the top and i should be listed in the top 4]. the link is based through Facebook and does ask you to install an App to vote. i know it seems like a pain, but once the contest is over, you can remove the App. so PLEASE tell your friends and pass on the link. as a work-at-home mom, my family and i appreciate it beyond words. 

thanks again, friends! 

christine

welcome home, baby! starter sets stocked

2 Apr

we’ve stocked some “welcome home, baby!” newborn cloth diapering starter sets in the etsy store. there are two gender neutral sets, one boy set and one girl set. all of the diapers are size newborn and are serged and snapped in colors that match their newborn cover counterparts. here are some photos of the sets. 

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all sets are size newborn esbasic fitted cloth diapers and three size newborn lights out covers. the diapers and covers correspond with matching snaps and thread colors. the covers in this set are all “lights out” covers, which means they are perfect overnight covers but are also great during the day. they won’t wick or leak as they’re made from 2 layers of PUL. 

as with all of our products, we strive to be as creative as possible when pairing snap, thread and PUL colors together. this set is a perfect, unique started set for your cloth diaper stash.

esbaby esbasics feature:
hidden snaps
white knit, sherpa, velour in the diaper body
3 layer velour/sherpa snap-in soaker
front snapping
serged in colors that match the snaps and PUL covers
cross-over snap for smaller babies

lights out cover features:
2 layers of PUL, shiny side away from baby’s tender skin
pocket in the front of the cover for easy prefold placement
bound in orange, yellow and black fold over elastic 
color coordinating snaps

 

open for custom orders and etsy store stocked with organic size two fitted cloth diapers!

16 Sep

size 2 esorganic basic

 

hello everyone!

i’ve stocked a bunch of size 2 organic esbasic fitted diapers in my etsy store. this batch of diapers does run BIGGER than my typical size two fitteds. they would fit up to an XL, easily. they have more coverage, are made from organic cotton sherpa and hemp fleece and would be great for nighttime. enter 10PERCENT at checkout for 10 percent off of your entire esbaby etsy order.

also, for a limited period of time, i am opening for custom orders. i’ve updated the swatches on my site, but PLEASE choose a back-up swatch. some of the fabrics i’m running low on, and you never know who may be in line ahead of you and got the last of that print. how long i stay open for orders depends on the amount of orders i receive, so if you’d like something made, get your order in! also, please remember that it can take up to one month [4 weeks] to receive your order, though i strive to get orders made and shipped as soon as possible.

-christine

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