01.27.10

Making Breast Feeding Private in Public

Posted in baby gifts, burp cloths at 11:20 pm by Administrator

Most mothers view breast feeding as not only an essential means of feeding their baby but also as a means of developing and maintaining a bond with their baby. As all of us are aware, infants have their own schedules and have no patience when it comes to nursing. They want their mother to stop everything she is doing and immediately feed them. Unfortunately mothers are not always at home with happens. In fact they are often out in the public.

While some women have no problem breast feeding in public and even allowing those around to see their breasts, the majority of women prefer to remain covered. Many try to use a receiving blanket that when they bought it looked big but suddenly become very small. Others spend money on expensive tops made for nursing.

Within the last couple of years, someone came up with the privacy nursing cover concept and it has totally changed the way women feel about nursing in public. The basic concept is that it is a large piece of light weight fabric with a strap that goes around your neck so that the fabric cover doesn’t fall down. Then there is a piece of boning in the top part of the fabric that allows the mother to see down inside the cover and observe her baby feeding. These covers provide total privacy for both mother and baby.

I will have to admit I had never heard of nursing covers until my niece asked me if I could make one. She directed me to a couple of websites so I could get the basic idea of what it was and I made her one. Being in the burp cloth business, I thought that I would try and perfect my design and see if I could sell a few and add them to my product line. One thing that makes my nursing covers unique is that I use a center release buckle on the neck strap so that the mother doesn’t have to take the strap over her head to take the cover off. The response has been great so far.

I would highly recommend that any mother who is planning on nursing invest in a nursing cover. Please feel free to check out my Etsy site if you would like to purchase one of my covers or email me and I will make a custom cover.

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=19614178.

email me at info@tentinytoesburpclothco.com

12.31.09

New Baby in the New Year

Posted in baby gifts at 11:07 pm by Administrator

Life is every changing and full of so many events that become some of our most treasured memories. Having a baby is one of those time. I know that many of you are expect your little bundle of joy in this new year and I am sure there are so many unanswered question. Questions like “is it a boy or a girl?” and “will the baby look like me?”. Other concerns expecting parents have are if they have everything they need for their newborn.

Now it is true that most of us think that you won’t be a good parent if you don’t have the best of everything. However, I think most people overlook the most important thing of all and that is love. It doesn’t matter if you have the best burp cloths, designer clothes and $10,000 nursery furniture. The most important thing you can give your child is love and protection. You see many people in the world who can afford it all and yet they don’t have the time to spend with their children. In fact, their children often grow up not really knowing that it is like to have a loving relationship with their parents.

When you baby arrives in this New Year, give it all the love you have and hold on tight to your memories. Congratulations to each of you and I wish everyone a Happy New Year.

Check out my website at www.tentinytoesburpclothco.com.

12.13.09

The Christmas Scrooge

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:52 pm by Administrator

I just cannot get into Christmas this year. In years past I have gone crazy decorating and buying gifts. This year I just do not seem have the Christmas spirit. The economy has obviously hit some harder then others and it has had an effect on my little burp cloth company. Typically I depend on money I make this time to year to buy Christmas for my family but this year the sales just are not what they have been in the past. This has forced me to shorten my Christmas giving list way down. I even sent an email to my family telling them not to buy for my family because I didn’t have money to buy for their family.

So, does this make me a Scrooge? I hate to be so crass with my family but something has to given when you only have so much money to spend on gifts. My husband and I are not going to give gifts to each other. We are going to spend the little money we have on our son.

I think we have become to use to people spending more then they have to buy us gifts, that we forget reason for the season is not to see who can buy the most expensive gifts but that we recognize that our Lord and Savior came to save us and that no matter who we are He loves us. So for those who think I should go into debt to buy gifts for my whole family, I say Bah, Humbug.

12.06.09

Homemade Christmas Gifts for Baby and Children

Posted in baby gifts, burp cloths at 11:48 am by Administrator

Like many others in this country, I drug myself out of bed really early on Black Friday to check out the sales. After my annual trip to JoAnn Fabrics for their flannel at $1.49/yard, I made my way to some of the other large box stores in my community. Walking up and down the aisles looking at all of the plastic, computerized toys I thought to myself how much things have changed over the years and how gift giving has become so emotionless and commercialized.

When I was a child, my family did not have alot of money and our gifts were often ones of necessity like socks, clothes, pens and pencils. The gifts from my Aunt Cathy were often handmade by her. Over the years, I have come to cherish her gifts as I know they truely came from her heart.

I believe the gifts we give our child should be ones that challenge their imagination and let them expore and learn. Children will be bombarded with electronics at an early and become dependent on computers to do their thinking for them. I encourage parents to find a balance with their child’s play. Encourage them to play with building blocks and put puzzles together. Give your baby a soft tag blanket with lots of different textures and colors or a soft block to play with. This types of toys build their imagination.

I encourage each of you to think about thinking about having a homemade Christmas. Have each member of the family make something handcrafted for someone else. I think you will be surprised at how creative your children can be and the experience will stimulate parts of the brain that a computer just cannot.

I hope each of you have a very Merry Handmade Christmas.

check out my website at www.tentinytoesburpclothco.com

05.15.09

Homemade Burp Cloths – Picking your Materials

Posted in burp cloths at 7:41 pm by Administrator

Today burp cloths come in all different shape, sizes and materials. The majority of burp cloths are either made from a cloth diaper that is embelished somehow to spice up the drab white surface or different materials are sewed together to make an absorbent pad which is the method I use. As you may recall, I started making burp cloths because I didn’t like the quality of the cloth diapers on the market. They just do not make them like they used to.

There are several options for fabrics and absorbent pading you can use when making your burp cloth. Usually the top fabric is made from a print of some type and the absorbing material on the back side is a basic white or solid color. The fabric used on the front is usually made from 100% cotton material like flannel or some type of cotton quiliting fabric like calico. I have found that flannel is a little more absorbent then other cotton prints so that is what I primarily use. In the situations when I have used a thinner cotton print, I have backed it with a piece of white flannel to increase its absorbency.

For the back side of your burp cloth you can use a couple of different types of material. I really like terry cloth but many like chenille. If money is an issue, terry cloth is more affordable. Terry cloth runs about $7 per yard and chenille is almost double that at about $13 per yard. Now I never pay regular price so I can save a little by buying it when it is on sale or using a coupon. I have found terry cloth very easy to work with and yet it is very absorbent. Most chenille has ridges and it can make it a little more difficult to sew and iron but it does appeal to many people. In the interest of making a high quality product and yet keeping my costs down, I mainly work with terry cloth.

My next posting will focus on the actual steps involved in making a burp cloth. Until then, check out my website for great gift ideas at and happy sewing.

02.02.09

Homemade Burp Cloths

Posted in burp cloths at 12:44 am by Administrator

Nothing beats a homemade burp cloth. The big box stores can’t even get close. I found this out way back when I was pregnant with my son. I couldn’t find a decent burp cloth for the life of me. The store bought burp cloths were thin and poor quality. They were so thin that I am certain they would never protect your clothes like they are intended to do and would probably fall apart after the first wash.

Then a miracle happened. To my delight, a friend gave me some homemade burp cloths as a gift at my baby shower. I was thrilled. They were just what I was looking for. I took them home, washed them up and put them folded neatly in the nursery. But there was a problem, I only had 4 of them and anyone with children know that 4 burp cloths will never be enough. I dug my sewing machine out of the back of my closet and set to work in making more. They turned out pretty good, so good that I decided to make more to give away and maybe even to sell. I started making trips to the local fabric shops and a small bin of fabric turned into 2 and then 3. My poor husband didn’t know what to think about the growing mounds of fabric but he was very supportive of my new adventure.

My business slowly grew and even thought it is still rather small today it continues to be a source of enjoyment for me. My husband will even pitch in and help when I have a deadline coming up. In my next few blogs, I will share with you how to make your own. If you would like to see my creations, please check out my web site at www.tentinytoesburpclothco.com

ATTENTION: If you are interested in puchasing for a small fee a copy of my burp cloth pattern with instructions on how to sew, please email me at info@tentinytoesburpclothco.com. Thank you.

01.31.09

Happy to be in Business

Posted in CPSIA, Uncategorized at 4:45 pm by Administrator

I have been making baby products in my home for the past 4 years. Ten Tiny Toes Burp Cloth Company was created when I was pregnant with my son. In my searching for burp cloths, I was very disappointed with the quality of the burp cloths sold in big box stores and after a friend made me 3 homemade flannel burp cloths I determined that I could make more for myself. It soon turned into a hobby as I made them for friends and family that were having babies. And the rest is history.

Right after Christmas 2008 I received an email regarding a new lead law called the 2008 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). At first I did not think the law pertained to me but after some further research I realized that not only did it effect me but also thousands of other small businesses. From that point on, fighting CPSIA became a priority not only to save my business but for all of the “little guys” out there. As the February 10th deadline approached, I became even more concerned that the little business I had created to fill a nitch was going to be forced out of business.

It was a major relief to receive news yesterday that Consumer Product Safety Administration had announced that they were postponing the required testing until February 2010. I can honestly say that I am so happy to still be in business. I enjoy creating and sharing my products with others. I want to thank everyone that has supported me and others like me and I appreciate your continued support as we fight on.