Tiny Tush expands its boundaries….and makes a big move!

Tiny Tush expands its boundaries….and makes a big move!

Tiny Tush Natural Baby Boutique Makes Big Move

We are evolving our cloth diapers business – join us on our journey!

A few people have asked us….what’s happening at Tiny Tush? And we know they aren’t just talking about how Tiny Tush designs and manufactures some of the highest quality cloth diapers around. So first of all, thank you to those who notice we have had a lack of new blog posts in recent months, and have asked the question of what’s going on. And secondly, we do pledge to both bring you up to speed with our happenings, and to make sure we are more regular in letting you know about Tiny Tush updates from here forward!

In the last couple of weeks we did let you know about the expansion of the Tiny Tush family, and about some community and charitable causes we have supported. Take a moment to read that post if you haven’t yet read about Kate, our diaper drive for Haiti, and the custom Super Bowl diapers auctioned to support our local food pantry But now, here is the rest of the story…

As you may or may not know, in 2010 we made the big decision to move the location of Tiny Tush headquarters. Our former Baraboo, Wisconsin offices were wonderful….but as we have grown, they unfortunately not longer offer us the room we really need, nor provide us with the opportunity to open some retail space (which is something I’ve always wanted to do). So, while we are staying in the Baraboo area – the same place we’ve been in since Tiny Tush was founded – we decided to relocate our offices and start plans to open a storefront.

We found the perfect location last year and made the plunge. It has taken months UPON MONTHS of work – let me clarify – blood, sweat and tears is more like it! – to turn the space into the ideal Tiny Tush headquarters.

I have been consumed by all the details involved in a remodeling project in every spare moment I have. Think about discovering codes that have changed, the extra brainpower needed to figure out the best energy-saving features (we want to make our new building as green and energy-efficient as possible – extra expense up front, but money- and environment- savings in the long run), and doing everything we can to stay within budget. We even found out in the middle of our remodel that we need 2 furnaces and 2 air conditioning units for the size of our building (quite important to know, I’d say).

But the Tiny Tush family, which includes my immediate family plus some dedicated employees, has managed to stay the course and get the new Tiny Tush space into tip-top shape. The results are everything I ever dreamed they could be, plus so much more.

The shipping, receiving, manufacturing, and processing order areas are all complete. My office, plus the community room and bathroom, now have the final touches and have been crossed off the “to do” list. Our retail space and store front is next on the list. I will tell you that as I work through the plans, I am more and more excited. I look forward to opening a location where I can showcase all the wonderful products in the Tiny Tush line of diapers and supplies.

So thank you for your interest in knowing what is going on, and thank you for reading this post! As we make more progress with the Tiny Tush retail space, I promise to let you know. And looking ahead, the grand opening will be something special. I hope that many of our loyal customers and supporters will be able to join with me in the celebration. It is all of you who have helped make Tiny Tush the successful company it is today.

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Tiny Tush Retailer Meet & Greet: Jennifer’s Cloth Diaper Boutique

Q&A with Tiny Tush retailer Jennifer’s Cloth Diaper Boutique

See an exclusive coupon code below!

Jennifer's Cloth Diaper Boutique

1. What is the name of your store and how long have you been in business?
Jennifer’s Cloth Diaper Boutique, I have owned JCDB since 2008 but been in the cloth diaper business since 2004.

2. How did you chose the name of your store?
I originally owned another cloth diaper store and then acquired JCDB from another retailer who had started the business and named it after herself.

3. Why did you decide to carry Tiny Tush products?
I decided to carry Tiny Tush products because of the quality and the customer service. Charlene is one of the best manufacturer’s that stands behind her products and her retailers.

4. If you were a Tiny Tush Elite 1.1 diaper, what color would you be and why?
I would be “Ocean” if I were a Tiny Tush Elite 1.1, the reason is I have very blue eyes and that is “my” color. Its a color that makes me feel good and alive. I LOVE the beach and it reminds me of the beautiful ocean.

5. When you were little, what did you dream about being?
I dreamed of being a wife and a mom. I love babies and have been happily married for 31 years now. I am a grandmother of 5 so far and look forward to many more grand-babies : )

6. If you could only say 2 things to you children, one sweet and one wisdom, what would they be?
I love you unconditionally & In everything you do your making memories so make them good ones.

7. Any coupon codes to share with our readers?
Thru the month of March JCDB will offer 10% off and Free Shipping on all Tiny Tush products using coupon code “TT10” at check out.

8. And last, but not least, where can readers find you to see more fantastic deals and visit your store?
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jennifers-Cloth-Diaper-Boutique/128159270560661
Store: www.jennifersclothdiaperboutique.com

Thank you to Jennifer’s Cloth Diaper Boutique for choosing to carry Tiny Tush! Be sure to visit JCDB and take advantage of the code “TT10” for 10% off and free shipping on all Tiny Tush products!

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The Tiny Tush Update … up to great things!

The Tiny Tush Update … up to great things!

 

We’ve had a very busy winter at Tiny Tush – there is much going on as we make dramatic changes to our facilities. We’ve also had additions to our team, we are expanding our offerings to customers, we’ve been looking for more ways to help others….yes, we have been BUSY!

Kate has joined our team – we are so excited to have her.  She, along with Charlene, is a friendly face behind Tiny Tush's Facebook and Twitter accounts (and as you know, we love talking with all our customers via social media channels)

FIRST….our newest addition!  Kate Simmons has joined our team – we are so excited to have her.  She, along with Charlene, is a friendly face behind Tiny Tush’s Facebook and Twitter accounts (and as you know, we love talking with all our customers via social media channels).  Kate is working with bloggers from around the country as well.

Kate has two young children and a wonderful husband, and has been a cloth diapering mama for 4 years. She knows – based on years of experience – all about using, washing, caring for and troubleshooting cloth diapers.  When she is not online sharing the Tiny Tush experience with those near and far, she enjoys blogging, reading and shopping. If you want to contact her directly to say hello or ask a question, you can reach her at kate@tinytush.com.

SECOND….we’ve been active in some great causes!  We’ll start with the Super Bowl – and as Tiny Tush is located in Wisconsin, we all certainly got Super Bowl fever. A week before the big game, our creative design team came up with the idea to make some green diapers with yellow snaps (our way of honoring the eventual Super Bowl champs, the Green Bay Packers).  We auctioned off three of these diapers, and the proceeds went to our local food pantry.  It was a great way to have some fun, celebrate the success of a sports team, and support our local community. Diaper In Honor Of The Green Bay Packer Colors

We then ran a diaper drive for a Haiti medical mission.  This was done to assist an organization called The Haiti Medical Mission of Wisconsin, which works to provide quality health care for the people of Thiotte, Haiti, and surrounding areas.  Each year, there are medical trips to Haiti to help the people who so desperately need medical attention.  Many supplies are needed….and Tiny Tush coordinated the donation of diapers that would be taken to this poor country.

And as this is an organization based right in our community, and we at Tiny Tush have gotten to know these wonderful people who go on missions, and have an understanding for all the good they are able to do. We are proud to have played a part in collecting these needed diaper donations that will go directly to help the mothers and children of Haiti.

And THIRD….we have exciting changes coming to our Tiny Tush facility.  But you’ll have to stay tuned, as those details will come in our next blog post.

Thank you for all your support of Tiny Tush, and we hope you enjoy our journey as much as we do.

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Valentine’s Day Giveaway! {Ends at Midnight 2/14}

Valentine Day Giveaway At Tiny Tush Baby Boutique

Happy Valentine’s Day….what a better way to celebrate than with a GIVEAWAY!!!

One lucky winner will get a Tiny Tush Elite in Red!!(winner may choose aplix or snaps)

One lucky winner will get a Tiny Tush Elite in Red

To Enter:

***Leave a Valentine fun comment with “I love Tiny Tush” or some other sweet-nothing for us to enter.

***One extra entry available: Subscribe to the Tiny Tush blog via email. (form below) Leave a comment with “I subscribe!”


 

{Please be sure to fill out the comment box with your email address, not in the written comment, but in the box that says “email address” that way your email is visible to just us!}

Giveaway is open to US residents, 18+, no PO Boxes please; giveaway ends on February 14, 2011 at midnight.

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The Tiny Tush Birth Story: The Journey to Start Ben’s Life

The Birth Story Of Tiny Tush

All birth stories are beautiful and amazing in their own wayMy daughter, Amanda, was very pregnant on this evening. She was very closer to her due date – she was at that point where one looked like she could pop.. There are then some stories that make your jaw drop open. My grandson, Ben, is one of them.

It was some years ago in the month of February. Tiny Tush was sponsoring a showing of the film The Business of Being Born (this documentary by Ricki Lake is very much worth watching if you haven’t yet seen it).  In Baraboo, Wisconsin, this was a big event for the doctors, midwives, and doulas that came from near and far to watch the movie at our event.  Despite the fact that it was a cold, ominous winter night in our hometown, the turnout was huge.

My daughter, Amanda, was very pregnant on this evening. She was very closer to her due date – she was at that point where one looked like she could pop. After the showing of the film she  spent the rest of her evenings at home, preparing for the big (yet to be scheduled) event.

I remember getting to my house after the evening event, very happy with both the turnout and feedback from the showing of the film. A storm was starting to come in and was threatening our area with snow and ice – in fact the precipitation was just starting. Fred and I were grateful to turn in for the night.

But then we got the call a few hours later. Amanda’s water had broken.

By this point the precipitation was growing stronger and more fierce. There was ice forming over the streets that would take Amanda to the hospital.  In only a few hours, the conditions had worsened considerably.  And to top it all off, the roads had not yet been salted and were beyond slick.

Amanda did not have the proper vehicle to get to the hospital, but luckily Fred and I could put chains on our truck tires to cut through the ice, and get to her house to pick her up. And in our wonderful community, where there is a true desire to help each other whenever possible, a lone Transportation Department truck agreed to salt our route to ensure Amanda got to the hospital safely.

There was a full moon that evening (we had been able to see this more clearly before all the precipitation started), which added to the ambiance and urgency of the evening. I won’t ever forget the feeling of excitement and anticipation that was surging through my body.

Amanda’s labor progressed at the hospital, and the big moment finally came.

It was wonderful to be such an integral part of my own daughter’s birthing experience. An old Army midwife was on point to lead the process, and she let me do almost everything. When Ben came into the world, I was the first to touch and hold him, which is an amazing privilege that I will never, ever forget.It was wonderful to be such an integral part of my own daughter’s birthing experience. An old Army midwife was on point to lead the process, and she let me do almost everything.

And then there was the sheer size of Ben. Born at 8 pounds, 9 ounces, we learned (much to my daughter’s chagrin) that with his hand positioned as it was on side of his face, he was the equivalent of a 13 pound baby.  Amanda was an amazingly strong person as she gave birth to her son.

So when the time came for Amanda and her family to take Ben home, there was 2 feet of snow on the ground, blizzard winds, and basically non-welcoming conditions.

But we hope that Ben felt very welcomed and snug with all the love surrounding him. And what were his first diapers?  His very first diaper was a chocolate Tiny Tush Elite, with his second diaper being  an orange Tiny Tush Trim covered by a Saturn blue Tiny Tush Cover.

As for me, I was thrilled and exhilarated by the entire experience. The greatest lesson for me – and a point of frustration – was that sometimes there is nothing a mom can do to directly help her child – my choice was to either stay with Amanda or leave the room as she gave birth, but there was nothing hands-on I could do to either speed the process along or diminish the pain.

But I do know that by being there, every step of the way, my strength and comfort was passed on to her in some way.  And sometimes, that is the best that a mom can do.

But I do know that by being there, every step of the way, my strength and comfort was passed on to her in some way.  And sometimes, that is the best that a mom can do.

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Is Organic Always Safe and Good?

Organic, Is It Always Safe and Good?

Stop the presses, we have to postpone our previously planned blog post with this latest news that everyone needs to hear about….

In a just released announcement, the San Francisco-based environmental nonprofit organization known as the Environmental Law Foundation has announced that more than 85% of bottled juices, juice boxes, packaged fruit, and fruit baby food tested contain lead that could exceed federal limits. And let’s make it clear this group didn’t just test a few products here or there. The organization tested nearly 400 samples from 150 branded products.

Just how much lead? The quantities found could warrant a warning label under California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. Umm, I don’t think we want anyone ingesting these products. These really don’t sound safe in any way, shape or form.

Here is the link with the products found to potentially contain lead:

http://www.inhabitots.com/2010/06/11/85-of-kids-drinks-snacks-could-contain-high-levels-of-lead/

And perhaps especially alarming is the fact that the group of tested products included organic products, and products from the types of places and brand names you would expect to be safe. Seriously, we all trust certain brands and retailers. We think that the products we purchase there are safe (not always the healthiest….but we assume they are safe).

So I use this news story to (1) point out the danger that exists, so you can keep your kids and family safe and avoid these potentially dangerous products, and to (2) assure all of you that Tiny Tush products are the best quality and are made from the safest, gentlest materials available.

I take it very, very seriously that so many parents trust Tiny Tush to keep their babies clean and healthy. The diaper area is a very sensitive place on the human body – and we need to protect it in every way we can. I assure you that Tiny Tush products help you do this as they do not contain any harmful or hazardous toxins.

But what can you do to take action to protect your family? And yes! There are steps you can take:

  • If possible, buy local products. Purchase fresh produce, dairy, meats, etc. from local farmers. You will reduce your carbon footprint, support the local economy and local business people/farmers, and also really know where your food comes from.
  • You can make your own juice, your own baby food, and more. In future blogs we will post some ideas and recipes.
  • Know and understand which products did not “flunk” the high lead test – check out the bottom part of each page in this link: http://www.envirolaw.org/documents/ProductsTestedforLeadFINAL.pdf

But I really think this is an opportunity for us to take more control and understanding of our food intake. We all have the power to make better choices for ourselves, our families, and our communities. I know I am going to see in my household if there are any places where I can make more of a positive difference.

And if you ever have any questions, or have anything on your mind about parenting that you want to discuss, feel free to connect with me directly. I love what I do, which is helping to make the lives of babies and their families as best as they can be – and it doesn’t have to be directly related to diapers.

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