Saturday, December 27, 2014

Our Local Bookstore

I came across this video done by a West Michigan bookstore a few months ago. The message rings true for all retail stores. We will never be Amazon, Babies R Us, or Target. But we will always be a small business that loves you, cares about our community, and loves helping families get exactly what they want and need.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

MiniSprayPal 2.0 Gets To Hear His Mom For The First Time

We love the Spray Pal family. This awesome family, makes an amazing product. Join us cheering on MiniSprayPal 2.0 as he gets to hear his mom's voice for the first time!

Onya Baby Carrier: Front Carry

I love to babywear. The first time my friend Lindsey showed me her carrier at a breastfeeding support group, I was hooked. Onya is one of my personal favorite carriers that I've used with both of my kids. Even my four year old wants to ride in this carrier, especially on days he has to come to the store with me after school. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

How to Tie your Boba Baby Wrap

Shop Boba wraps at EcoBuns

Friday, November 14, 2014

Black Friday/Small Business Saturday 2014 Hours

EcoBuns will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving. We will also be closing early on Wednesday. We don't close often, but when we do it's with good reason.

EcoBuns is a family owned business. You've heard of Mom and Pop shops, this is a Mom and Daughters shop. Myself, along with my sister Meghan and our mom Vicki own and operate the store. That's it. Just the three of us. The three of us work at the store, unpack orders, ship orders out, update the website, balance the books, run the social media pages, create marketing material, clean the store, stay up to date on the latest and greatest products, and still manage our own family.

Typically, our family has always been flexible with our Thanksgiving schedule. We usually celebrate Thanksgiving on the weekend. That way we don't have to worry about arranging schedules and worrying about what time the inlaws are having their dinner.

This year is different. This year we started having Sunday hours at EcoBuns. We have loved to be able to offer this to our customers! However, this means that celebrating a large family gathering on a Sunday isn't going to be possible. This year, the Brancheau/Osterbaan/Berghorst family is celebrating Thanksgiving on Thanksgiving. Meghan is making a turkey at her house and hopefully sweet potato casserole (my personal favorite).

As more and more big box stores are opening up early to get in customers first, we have decided to make Thanksgiving truly a day of thanks. And boy oh boy do we have a lot to be thankful for!

THANK YOU. I cannot say it enough. Thank you from the bottoms of our hearts. We appreciate each and everyone of you.

So rest, enjoy your family, hold your babies. Celebrate all that there is to be thankful for. Take the day off. We will be ready for you Friday.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Maya Wrap

Maya Wrap slings are uniquely versatile, comfortable, stylish, and all you need to simplify your life! The shoulder has a light cushion for comfort and ease, while the rails are unpadded for total adjustability. Fans say it is the perfect first sling for new baby wearers.

Wear newborns through toddlers. Recommended for children 8 to 35 pounds. Here are the colors and prints that we have in stock at EcoBuns right now.

Olive Green

Sunday, November 9, 2014

You're Invited: Ugly Sweater Party

Break out the ugly sweaters! Join EcoBuns as we wait for AppleCheeks Cloth Diapers to announce their newest (and final) release of 2014! 

The party starts at 12:30. We will be opening our box of surprise AppleCheecks at 1pm when Applecheecks announces it at their Holiday Sweater Party on their Facebook page.

Be one of the first to see the new release live! We will have the diapers available for purchase at our party.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

How Often To Change A Cloth Diaper

Babies go though a lot of diapers! When I was pregnant I was told that babies go through 12-16 diaper changes a day. At the time it didn't register to me that I would be changing diapers every 1.5 to 2 hours every day. Every single day. It doesn't matter if you are using cloth diapers or disposable diapers; you WILL be changing your baby's diaper. The average baby goes through 7,000 to 9,000 diaper changes from birth to potty training. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

*CLOSED* Giveaway: Bummis Flannel Fitted Diaper

Fitted diapers are one of my favorite diapers. They are absorbent, easy to wash, and easy to use. The new Bummis Fannel Fitted is a great example of why I love fitteds. If you haven't tried a fitted diaper yet, and want to win one for yourself, you have come to the right place.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Preparing For Your Newborn: The First 6 Weeks

No matter where or how you give birth, your baby WILL be coming out of you. Many people put a lot of energy into childbirth classes and expectations for their birth, which is great - birth DOES matter - however, the birth is a blip in the radar of parenting. It's important to balance the information you are taking in with the skills you will need to take care of your new baby. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

*CLOSED* Giveaway: Bummis Dimple Diaper

The dimple diaper is one of the new fitteds from Bummis. This is the perfect nighttime diaper. It is trim, and absorbent.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Best Diaper Rash Cream For Cloth Diapers

We often see a reduction in diaper rash when a family switches to cloth diapers. However, we will never claim that babies in cloth diapers will never get diaper rash. Watch this video to see the what your best options are for treating diaper rash.

Monday, October 13, 2014

*CLOSED* Win A $20 Gift Card To EcoBuns

Want a $20 gift card to EcoBuns?  Enter here for your chance to win one!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

GroVia AIO Diaper

GroVia AIO is one of the most unique diapers you'll find at EcoBuns.  Watch this video to see a full review on GroVia AIO

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

TotsBots Birthday Diaper

This week has been a whirlwind of excitement at EcBuns!  So many new products arrived, including the long awaited birthday print from TotsBots

Monday, September 29, 2014

AppleCheecks Diapers

What makes AppleCheecks diapers so great? Watch this video to find out!  

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

What's new at EcoBuns: September 2014

We have been getting so many fun and exciting new products into the store! In this video, I share the ones that I am super excited about!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sticky Bellies

Babies grow so quickly. You think you are going to remember how old they are when you take that adorable picture, but trust me, you wont.  Take advatage to these adorable sticker packs to help keep track of all of those precious pictures and milestores.  We even have a set for pregnant moms to track their belly pictures!  Check out these designs from

Monday, September 15, 2014

Top 5 Registry Items at EcoBuns

EcoBuns in Holland, Michigan is the best place to register for your baby. We carry a wide selection of products that you will need for your new baby.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Diaper Need Awareness Week September 8-14

Did you know that it is reported that 1 in 3 families in the United States struggle to buy diapers for their babies? The same study found that 48% of families delay changing their babies diapers to avoid buying more diapers.  

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Newborn Breastfeeding Basics

I'm very excited to announce a new class offered at EcoBuns; Newborn Breastfeeding Basics.

Ask The Doulas

Bring your questions or curiosity!

Join Juliea-Thandi Paige and Erica Guthaus of Crowning Lotus bEARTH Services for discussion and exploration of all things birth related. Get insight from the professionals on hospital and home birth, connect with your resources and learn helpful tips to meet your birthing goals.

EcoBabies: Fall 2014

We absolutly love seeing babies in their cloth diapers that their grownups bought from EcoBuns.  Cloth diapers are just add so much cuteness to an already adorable kiddo.  Here's a few sneak peeks from our latest Fluff Photos session:

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

New Products and Prints: Fall 2014

ABC Kids Expo is going on right now in Las Vegas. This is a yearly expo where lots of manufactures of children's products gather to announce their newest product lines.  Check out some of the amazing products heading to EcoBuns soon!  

Monday, September 8, 2014

Cloth Diaper Abbreviations and Terms

There is no such thing as a quick Internet search for cloth diapers.  Things start looking very complicated, very quickly.  Here's the translation of terms you'll see on our site, our facebook page, in product reviews, or around the web.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Text to sign up for our newsletter

Want to join our email list?  

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Fluff Photos

Fluff Photos are Thursday, August 28th from 12-6.  Come join us for some fun photos of your little one in their favorite cloth diaper!

What exactly are Fluff Photos?  

Friday, August 22, 2014

Fluff Mail at EcoBuns

 We get just as excited about fluff mail as you do!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

New bumGenius Prints: Spence and Marie

Cotton Babies announced two new prints today.  They shipped to EcoBuns this morning, and will be on our shelves in a few days.  We will not be taking preorders.  Until you can see them in person, here are some sneak peeks.  Keep an eye on your email and our facebook page for stocking details.  

Saturday, August 16, 2014

7 Reasons to Register at EcoBuns

1. Registering at EcoBuns is fun and easy to set up and shop from.  

You can start and edit your registry both in store and online. Your family and friends can shop in store and online. They can even order online and choose local pick up and have someone pick up all of your gifts.  We can also hold all of the orders until right before your shower for the host to pick up and bring to shower.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Debunking the myths of cloth diapes with WOTV 4 Women

Carly Munoz from WOTV 4 Women came out to EcoBuns to learn all about cloth diapers.  

CLICK HERE to see Marissa go over some common myths about cloth diapers with Carly, Maranda, and their pannel of moms.  

Friday, August 8, 2014

Virtual Tour of EcoBuns

Have you shopped in store at EcoBuns yet?  Has it been awhile since the last time you have been in the store?  Here's a few videos of what you've been missing!

No (clothes)pins needed

No clothespins?  No problem.  Just snap your diapers together, and hang them up!

A Facebook fan also shared that she flips her hook/loop (Velco-like) diapers and attaches them to to themselves over the line, and it works great for her!  

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Amber Necklaces

Baltic Amber jewelry is a unique piece of history…The amber beads are fossils from an ancient forest which existed tens of millions of years ago. Baltic amber is not a stone, but a fossilized tree resin.

Historically, Baltic Amber has been used in Europe as a natural and traditional remedy and curative for many ailments for centuries. Long ago it was considered one of the leading ‘medicines’ of its time. Baltic Amber is the most esteemed amber in the world, and the healing qualities of Baltic Amber make it unlike any other type of amber found in the world.

When baltic amber is worn on the skin, the skin’s warmth releases trace amounts of healing oils from the amber. These oils contain succinic acid and are absorbed into the skin.

Baltic Amber has some of the highest concentrations of Succinic Acid found in nature, and this is what makes it so special. Succinic Acid is a natural component of plant and animal tissues, and it's presence in the human body is beneficial in many ways.  Baltic amber contains analgesic properties and helps take the edge off of many types of discomfort associated with dental issues, headaches, joint pain, etc.  In many different and subtle ways, succinic acid helps boost the body's own natural healing ability and immune system.  

When the human body reacts to stress, the body’s cells begin to use oxygen more quickly. Oxygen plays a central role in the intercellular creation of energy, and a lack of oxygen can result in feeling lethargic. Oxygen is alkaline-forming in the blood and maintaining a slightly alkaline blood ph helps keep us healthy. Whenever the body functions in a state of low oxygen, it is much more susceptible to illness.

Where chronic inflammation is present, disease lurks. When the body’s cells are chronically inflamed the human body’s immune system response is to increase production of free radicals. Chronic overproduction of free radicals results in inflammatory-related disease. Chronic inflammation is a common denominator of many seemingly unrelated diseases. 
While wearing a piece or two of baltic amber jewelry may not cure all that may ail you, it has been a proven benefit to many!

The human body naturally produces succinic acid. The salt of succinic acid (succinate) is one of the most active substances in the processes of cellular respiration and intercellular energy creation. Succinic acid restores oxygen and energy supply to depleted cells and helps the body return to a normal, functioning state.  Succinate is a raw material and a catalyst in the Krebs Cycle which is one of our main sources of energy. During the Krebs Cycle carbohydrates, fats, and proteins are metabolized for energy.

EcoBuns only carries amber that has been tested and the results prove that it is true amber from the Baltic region.  


Friday, August 1, 2014

HELP: My diapers smell!

Diapers should smell clean out of the washing machine.  You shouldn't smell anything (including detergent) in clean diapers.  

Residue is a major contributing factor to smells in diaper.  In fact, other than fit issues, this is the number issue that we help trouble shoot.  

How do you know if you have a residue issue?  Typical signs are stinking diapers, non absorbent inserts, leaky diaper covers, and diaper rash.  There are two types of residue issues:

Sunday, July 20, 2014

EcoBuns App

Stay up to date with everything new and exciting at EcoBuns!
Download our new app for iPhone and Android!

CLICK HERE to download, or search EcoBuns in Google Play, or Apple App store

Monday, July 7, 2014

AIO diapers

All-in-One Cloth Diapers (also known as "AIO"s)

These diapers are the easiest diapers to use and have the absorbent material sewn into the diaper cover. The inserts may be  synthetic fibers or natural fibers and the diaper will fasten with either snaps or hook and loop. An AIO may be a sized diaper or a one-sized diaper. No diaper cover required. No stuffing required. The AIO is a Dad, Grandma and daycare friendly option!

Here are the AIO diapers that you can find at EcoBuns:

Friday, July 4, 2014

EcoBuns Baby Registry

Having a baby?  Register at EcoBuns!  We have both an instore and online registery.  

EcoBuns is more than a cloth diaper store.  Check out some of our other awesome products to add to your registry:

When you register at EcoBuns, we provide you with registry cards to include in your shower invatation.

Start your registry at EcoBuns by coming into the store, or clicking HERE.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

July Fourth Schedule

I hope everyone is having a great summer so far!  Make sure to stop into EcoBuns to pick up all of your 
nontoxic summer essentials:
bug spray, sun screen, swim diapers, nail polish and more!

Watch for an update soon on our new and improved website!  You are going to LOVE it!  

Forth of July week schedule:
Tuesday, July 1st: Open 10-4
Wednesday and Thursday: Open 10-8
Friday, July 4th: Open 10-4
Saturday, July 5th: 10-8
Sunday, July 6th: 12-4

Breastfeeding Support Group with Laurie:
Join us for a relaxed and casual environment and spend some time with other moms who may have questions, issues or just need some peer support when it comes to breastfeeding! 
Thursday, July 3rd
Noon-12:30: Open to parents with lap babies
12:30-1:15: Open to all parents and children
Group cost: $5 per parent

Sun Bleaching

I get a lot of questions about stains in cloth diapers.  After all, we all know what we are using diapers for, and they can get pretty messy.  With a great wash routine and proper detergent, stains are kept pretty well under control.

Stain do happen.  When they do, one of the best ways to get rid of them is just to lay your diapers out in the sun for a few hours.  While it may seem crazy, it works great.  I FINALLY remembered to take some before and after pictures of some diapers with stains on them.  

Dingy Diapers on the line

Close up of some stains

The Next Day........
I did leave these overnight on the line.  Partly because the stains were bad.  
Partly because I forget to take them down.

Bright, stain free diapers!  

Stains are gone!

For more line drying tips, check out THIS POST.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Teething Toys

EcoBuns has the best teething toys in stock right now! Stop in and pick up some up for your little ones! 

Starbright Baby giraffes are hand made in the United States and fit perfect in baby's hands! Made with 100% pre-washed cotton (organic option available) and stuffed using hypoallergenic polyfill.

Ringley natural teething toys are the original natural teething toy. 100% certified organic cotton, natural, untreated maple wood. Can be used wet or dry.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Line Drying Cloth Diapers

Here in Michigan, it can get pretty humid outside.  As a busy mom, I do everything I can to cut down the dry time on my diapers.  Watch this video to see some great tips! 

The biggest complaint of line drying is that diapers may turn "stiff" or "crunchy."  You can throw them in the dryer for a few minutes to help soften them up. You won't need to do a full dry cycle.  Three to five minutes should be plenty.  

Friday, May 23, 2014

bumGenius 4.0

bumGenius 4.0 cloth diaper was voted the best pocket diaper by EcoBuns' customers.  Watch this video to see
why so many families love this diaper.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

If a Doula Were a Drug

I am a HUGE fan of doulas.  It is so much more than a hippy thing to do at birth.  Every 2 minutes a mother dies during pregnancy and/or childbirth in the United States.  We need to do better.  We can do better.    Know your birth options.  A doula can help you understand all of your options and make informed choices.  

Saturday, May 17, 2014

bumGenius Freetime Diaper

Watch Marissa explain one of the most popular diapers at EcoBuns: bumGenius Freetime

Friday, May 16, 2014

Natural Tooth Care

EcoBuns is proud to now carry Jack N' Jill tooth care products

Toothpaste: All natural ingredients.  Safe to swallow.  SLS free.  No fluoride.  No Preservatives.  No added color.  Five flavors to choose from.

Bio Toothbrush: This toothbrush has a handle made from 100% corn starch (non GMO) and soft nylon (recyclable) bristles.  It's the first of its kind in the world, designed for children. Suitable from the very first tooth.  BPA & PVC free

Silicone Tooth and Gum Brush: We know these look really weird, but they really work.  They "hug" the teeth so kids find them really easy to use, even on their own. Double sided in order to clean top, bottom, front, and back at the same time! Made from 100% medical/food grade silicone.

Silicone Finger Brush (2-pack):  A safe, hygienic way to clean your baby's first teeth.  Made from 100% medical/food grade silicone, this has been designed for a comfortable and effective start towards good oral hygiene.  Non-toxic and BPA free.  Suitable for use with Jack N' Jill toothpaste.

Silicone Toothbrush with Safety Shield:  Made from 100% medical/food grade silicone.  These are unique because they are one solid piece of medical grade silicone - right down to the bristles.  The brush is designed to be used as a toothbrush, not a teether and chewing should be avoided.  

Silicone toothbrush with shield

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Starbright Baby

New at EcoBunsStarbright Baby teething toys! Super cute prints to choose from!

Teething animals are made using pre-washed 100% cotton fabric and stuffed with hypoallergenic polyfill. Made in the USA with love!

Is Washing Cloth Diapers Expensive?

How Much Does "Special Cloth Diaper Detergent" Cost?

In reality, there is no such thing as special cloth diaper detergent.  As long as you are using a detergent that does not have fabric softeners, brighteners, or enzymes (such as Allen's Naturally) you can use the same detergent for your cloth diapers, baby carriers, clothes, sheets, towels, and everything else that goes into your washing machine. 

The detergent that we sell at EcoBuns is just laundry detergent that doesn't have all of the craziness that most mainstream detergents have in them.  I only use Allen's Naturally for all of the laundry at my house because my daughter is so sensitive to the chemicals in mainstream detergent.  (Horrible hives if her clothes are washed in pretty much anything else)  While the detergent we carry at EcoBuns is cloth diaper safe, it is an excellent detergent to use on all of your family's laundry.  

 So how does the price of Allen's Naturally compare to other brands at other stores?  

Thursday, May 8, 2014

I cloth diaper because:

Part of me feels like this post needs no words.  Little Lamb Photography set up a photo booth at The Great Cloth Diaper Change.  Here is the result:

MomsBloom "UnEvent"

When my dear friend Lesley asked me if EcoBuns could help spread of the word about something fun going on over at MomsBloom I was so excited!  MomsBloom is an organization near and dear to my heart. The work they do for families in West Michigan is amazing.  Any family with an infant under 6 months old can qualify for their free services.  They also serve grieving families who have experienced infant loss.  To find out more about MomsBloom, visit their website.

Here's what Leslie has to say about what's going on at MomsBloom.  Don't forget to like their facebook page to keep up on the UnEvent:

MomsBloom’s  1st annual "UnEvent...Anything but UnEventful” is a way to celebrate the “mom” in your life and support MomsBloom!

We all know that motherhood is anything but uneventful. So instead of throwing a big party, MomsBloom cordially invites you to put down your car keys, and respectfully requests that you kick off your shoes.  Your presence is formally requested on the couch in your living room, just you and your family, celebrating motherhood the way you want!  Go out, stay in, visit family, or take a break! It is COMPLETELY up to you.

So, what is an “UnEvent” and how do I participate unattend?
This year, instead of us deciding how to celebrate, we want you to decide how you will celebrate! Then share the love, and spread the word about MomsBloom #momsbloomunevent

On May 11-17, We will celebrate our 1st Annual UnEvent.  Each day during the UnEvent we will pay tribute to all kinds of moms and women in our community who empower and encourage one another to build strong foundations for all West Michigan Families--and beyond.

Visit us at daily to see fun things bloom.  Check out our Garden Shed that will be filled with fun ideas to help you celebrate, like our

  • “Hug-a-mom” observance, May 11
  • Picture contest
  • Social media tools
  •  Give Grow and Go Donation link
  • Plus tributes to all kinds of mom a salute moms in our community and you can meet our sponsors and “give back” partners. There’s even a contest for kids!

How will you unattend?

Lesley Jeruzal is a wife, and an ‘on the go mom' (because let’s face it, there is no such thing as ‘stay at home’) to 3 busy boys ages 9, 7, and 4.  She is a postpartum (DONA
trained) and a bereavement doula, as well as Co-Founder of MomsBloom’s Cameron’s Garden Perinatal Grief Support program.  Lesley currently serves as the Chair of MomsBloom Board of Directors.  She also serves on Spectrum Health’s Patient and Family Advisory Counsel for Women’s Services.

 “It is such an honor to walk alongside new mothers, encouraging them and empowering them in their journey of motherhood. ”

Family Rest Area

Just a reminder for everyone visiting Nelis' Dutch Village and Holland Town Center for Tulip Time Festival: There are two great places to feed and change your baby. At EcoBuns store by Dutch Village, and the family rest area downtown Holland (sponsored in part by EcoBuns)

EcoBuns is open Tuesday - Saturday 10am-8pm and Sunday 12p-4p all year long.
The Family Rest Area is open Sunday, May 4 - Saturday, Ma
y 11 from 10am-6pm in Pocket Park on 8th Street (next to Cold Stone Creamery).

A partially enclosed tent allows for a private area to feed and change your baby

The Family Rest Area is located in Pocket Park on 8th street between River and College

Thursday, May 1, 2014

New at EcoBuns: AppleCheecks!