Monday, December 22, 2008

holiday and post-holiday hours

little willow will be closing at 3pm on Christmas Eve.

We will be closed the week after Christmas from Christmas Day through January 1st - we will re-open on Friday, January 2nd at 11am.

Starting with the new year, we will now be open on Sundays by appointment only. Please feel free to set up an appointment by calling 732-889-4808 during regular business hours.

Hours (starting Jan. 2, 2009)
Tuesday through Saturday, 11am - 5pm
Sundays and Mondays by appointment

Thursday, December 11, 2008

cloth diapering class this Saturday



Join us Saturday, Dec. 13th at 10am for Cloth Diapering 101. Cloth diapers offer numerous benefits over disposables - they are much less expensive, they don't contain nasty chemicals, and they don't fill up the landfills -- not to mention they're adorably cute, soft, and cuddly.

Please join us this Saturday, or stop by any time the shop is open for a tour of the various types of cloth diapers available today. We'll work with you to determine your cloth diapering needs and recommend the best system for your family.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Thanksgiving Weekend Sale


We're having a big Thanksgiving Sale at little willow!

Sale schedule:
Friday - 10am - 5pm
Saturday - 10am - 5pm
Sunday - noon - 4pm

Stop in for big savings on cloth diapers, baby carriers, organic baby clothing and wooden toys. Tell your friends!

Enjoy big savings on:
Toys
10% off all toys

Clothing
20-40% off select clothing

Cloth diapers
10% off Happy Heiny pocket diapers
10% off BumGenius One Size diapers (20% off Size Large!!)
10% off Fuzzy Bunz
20% off Bummis Swim Diapers and Trainers
20% off all wool diaper covers

Baby Carriers
20% off - Hotslings - discountinued patterns
20% off - Zolowear and Oopa Baby Ring Slings - discountinued patterns
30% off - Pikkolo soft structured carrier
30% off - Belle Baby Carrier
20% off - Organic Denim Ergo Baby Carrier


Check out our sale merchandise in the back room for the best deals!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

some photos of the new shop

We've been open in our new space for a few weeks now, and we're almost settled in. Here are a few photos of the new shop:








Stop by soon and visit our new location!

Friday, October 24, 2008

we're open for business

We've moved into our new space located at 32 White St. and have passed all of our inspections with flying colors. The new space feels so much bigger, it's great! We're still unpacking some boxes, but we're good to go. Stop by and see us soon. Photos coming ASAP.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

it's a go!

We passed all of our inspections, and will be open for business at 11am tomorrow (Thursday). We can't wait for you to see our new shop!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

moving update - light at the end of the tunnel

cross your fingers, we have re-scheduled the fire inspection tomorrow and hope to open the new shop at 11am on Thursday!

red tape delay

Due to a miscommunication, we missed our fire inspection yesterday and are having some trouble re-scheduling. Unfortunately, we can't re-open the shop until this inspection is done, so we'll be closed until we pass the inspection. Cross your fingers that the inspector can squeeze us in ASAP. We'll post as soon as we know when we can open.

Friday, October 17, 2008

sneak peek...



the plan is still to move on Sunday and Monday, wish us luck!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

moving update...

So, cross your fingers, we are scheduled to move this coming weekend, on Sunday October 19th, and hope to be open in our new location down the street at 32 White St. starting on Tuesday, October 21.

Note: We will be CLOSED on moving day, Sunday, October 19th. If you really need us, we will be around, but it will quite chaotic!

Photos of the new shop, coming soon!

Friday, October 3, 2008

free happygreenbee photo shoot - Monday


Calling all moms, babies and kids!!

You and your child, aged newborn to 3 years old, are invited to attend a FREE happygreenbee photo shoot session! A professional photographer and stylist will create a portrait of your child dressed in the colorful happygreenbee organic cotton clothing for kids. You will receive a free gift from the happygreenbee organic cotton clothing collection, a savings coupon for your happygreenbee purchases on the day of the event, and your child will have a chance to win a $100 savings bond for being voted the happiest baby of the day!

The photo shoot will be held:
Next Monday, October 6th, 11am - 4pm
Little Willow, 64 White St, Red Bank, NJ 07701

To schedule an appointment, please call Mari at 877-994-7399 (she'll be working this weekend!)

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

finally fuzzibunz

After over a year of trying to add fuzzi bunz diapers to our collection, we have finally achieved success!  FuzziBunz pocket diapers with snaps rather than velcro offer a high-quality, easy to use alternative to disposable diapers. FuzziBunz' ultra soft fleece and trim fit keep baby dry, happy, and healthy.

FuzziBunz is just the newest addition to our line of eco-friendly, cost-effective, adorable and soft cloth diapering collection. Please stop by the shop for a free cloth diapering demonstration any time during store hours.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

a big sale at little willow



Stop by Little Willow over Labor Day weekend for big savings!

Save 10-40% on organic baby clothing, baby carriers, and natural toys and gifts.

Receive a free gift with any cloth diaper purchase over $50.

Sale runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 29-31.

Hours:
Friday and Saturday: 11 am - 5pm
Sunday: noon to 4pm
We will be closed on Monday for Labor Day.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Some Cloth Diapering Basics


All-in-ones, pockets, pre-folds, fitteds - these aren't your old school cloth diapers!

Old-fashioned cloth diapering systems consisted of a plain flat diaper pinned at the corners with a scratchy plastic cover. Today's cloth diapers come in a variety of more convenient styles and include adorable prints and colors, soft and cuddly fabrics, and simple and easy diapering solutions. In fact, cloth diapers come in so many varieties that parents who are new to cloth diapering often feel overwhelmed when trying to purchase their initial stash.

In addition to the aesthetic benefits, cloth diapers are environmentally friendly, chemical-free, and are less expensive than disposable diapers in the long run. Although many people are reluctant to use cloth diapers due to a fear of additional laundry duties, with the proper cloth diapering set-up, you only have to do 2-3 extra loads of laundry a week.

There is a broad variety of cloth diapers on the market today. Some people enjoy the economical benefits of a pre-fold cotton diaper (a multi-layer cotton rectangle that you fold around the baby's bum and fasten with a Snappi diaper fastener (these have replaced diaper pins) and a water-proof cover. A start-up kit using this system can be purchased for under $100. Additionally, if you're lucky enough to have a cloth diaper service that delivers to your house, you don't even have to deal with the diaper laundry.

A similar solution to the one described above is using an absorbent fitted diaper (similar to a pre-fold but shaped like a diaper rather than a rectangular cloth, and fastens with velcro or snaps) coupled with a waterproof. It's more expensive than pre-folds, but it is a nice solution to add a few fitted diapers to a stash of pre-folds for when you need a quicker diaper change, such as when you're out and about.

And the simplest (though most expensive) solution is the all-in-one diaper. This is a diaper where the absorbent insides is permanently sewn into a waterproof outer cover. This is by far the easiest diaper to use, but it gets expensive when you purchase the small, medium and large sizes. Another complaint heard occasionally is that these diapers take a bit longer to dry.

But by far the most popular system these days is the pocket diaper. These diapers consist of an inner layer of soft fleece, fastened to an outer water-proof layer. The two layers are attached leaving an opening at one end, allowing an absorbent insert to slide into the diaper. These types of diapers are easy to put on, and take a lot of the intimidation out of using cloth diapers for many new parents.

The diapers that are flying off the shelves these days are the one-size pocket diaper by companies such as BumGenius and Happy Heinys. These diapers are designed to fit newborns to toddlers up to 30+ lbs, creating a simple-to-use and very affordable solution. A starter stash of one-size pocket diapers will cost around $400 (24 diapers will last for about 2 days for a newborn), but disposable diapers average around $75 a month, so the cost savings catch up quickly. And if you plan to use the diapers for multiple children, the cost savings go up even more.

There are many benefits to using cloth diapers and not many drawbacks. We're pleased at the increased number of parents that are considering using cloth diapers over the past year as they are environmentally friendly, chemical-free, super soft, and just so darn cute...as illustrated below!



We encourage anyone to stop by Little Willow for a free cloth diapering demonstration. We are currently the only retail store in New Jersey that sells a selection of cloth diapers and offers guidance and suggestions in choosing and using your cloth diapers.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Breastfeeding support group - Aug. 1 - 7


Objectives of World Breastfeeding Week 2008

1. To expand awareness of the need for and the value of providing support to a breastfeeding mother
2. To disseminate updated information about support for breastfeeding mothers
3. To create optimal conditions for the provision of mother support in all circles of support.

WBW homepage: http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org/index.htm

In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, we are holding a free Breastfeeding Support Group from 5pm - 6pm every day during this event (August 1 - 7). Please join us at Little Willow in Red Bank to share your joys and frustrations, your questions and suggestions about breastfeeding. Expectant mothers are welcome! Babies are invited, too. Father's are welcome as well, if the group is comfortable with it. The breastfeeding groups will be facilitated by Judy Osman, lactation educator and doula. Please contact the shop if you have any questions: 732-889-4808

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

bumGenius Organic One-size diapers


The bumGenius organic one-size diapers have arrived in the store. This affordable organic diaper allows for organic, natural fibers next to your baby’s bottom. This new "no-stuff" design makes it a snap to use this diaper. The one-size liner is 6 layers and allows for quick drying.


Stop in to see a demo of the new organic bumGenius one-size diaper, or take a look at some of our other brands. We carry Happy Heiny diapers, Kissaluvs, Thirsties, Bummis Super Whisper wrap and more. We carry the largest selection of diapers in New Jersey!

Friday, July 4, 2008

4th of July Hours

We will be closed on Friday, July 4th and will re-open Saturday at 11am to resume our regular hours. Have a great holiday and enjoy the fireworks!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

was it only a dream?

I'm pretty sure that three cases of bumGenius 3.0 diapers arrived in the shop earlier in the week. Somehow, there seem to be only 5 pink diapers left on the shelf! What happened!!?? I've never seen diapers fly our of the store so quickly, I'm stunned. I would be happy except...I'm out of diapers...again! Clearly I should have ordered more, but who knew??

Anyway, I'm sorry to anyone who missed this batch. I have multiple cases on order and if you would like me to hold some for you when they arrive, please email me at littlewillowbaby@yahoo.com.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

the bumgenius are coming, the bumgenius are coming!

Well, it's been around 2 months now since we've had any bumGenius diapers in the store. They have become very popular lately, and the company just can't keep up with demand. The good news is I just received notification that my order is on the way! 3 lovely cases of bumGenius 3.0 one-size diapers should be here this week. I will be emailing the people who are on the waiting list as soon as they arrive at the shop.

Phew! I hated having to tell people that we were all out of these diapers, so happy they're on their way.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

bamboo dresses? so very soft...


We recently received some wonderfully flowy dresses made from bamboo fabric. Bamboo is a sustainable fiber with natural antibacterial properties and it requires no pesticides in the growing process. Bamboo also has a natural wicking ability that will help keep baby warm and dry and feels so wonderfully soft and smooth next to your baby's skin!

Bamboo is an eco-friendly fresh new fabric that is being used for a variety of items this season. In addition to the adorable dresses, we will be receiving coveralls in a springy green color shortly for the little boys. We also have warm, soft, fuzzy bamboo blankets that make fabulous gifts.

Stop in soon and check out this great new fabric.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Red Bank Celebrates...


The season is picking up in Red Bank with back-to-back (to back!) celebration weekends. Two weeks ago, Red Bank celebrated its 100th birthday with a grand parade. This weekend was Memorial Day, and next weekend brings the Red Bank Jazz and Blues Festival - which brings 150,000 people to our bustling town!

Throughout the summer, Red Bank offers an array of activities including live music around the town on Saturday nights, concerts on Friday evenings, and movies in the park on Tuesdays. We hope you can come down and enjoy our fun little town on the river.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

viva las vegas!



We are off to Las Vegas for the weekend! We have hired a wonderful employee to run the shop for us while we are gone. If you come into the store this weekend, be nice to her, she's new.

Just a note on cloth diapers -- we're a bit low on the bumGenius 3.0s, but they should be arriving in about a week or so. If you are looking for a large quantity (a dozen or more), give us a call before you come in so we can make sure we have enough on hand.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Earth Day at Little Willow

Celebrate Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22nd at Little Willow. Stop by and hear about all the benefits of cloth diapers, and learn why organic clothing is better for the Earth and better for baby!

Save 40% organic cotton onesies from Awakening Organics during Earth Day week!

Friday, March 21, 2008

hoppy easter!

Looking for a last minute Easter gift? Stop by the shop and pick up a cuddly bunny for your little one! Big, colorful fleece bunnies with long floppy ears, super soft grabbing towel bunny in sweet blue gingham, or a cute pink organic cuddly bunny - something for everyone!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

FREE Cloth Diapering Class

All-in-ones, pockets, pre-folds, fitteds - these aren't your old school cloth diapers. Paul and Kristin, the owners of Little Willow - simply natural baby, invite you to a free cloth diapering demonstration on Sunday, March 30th at 2pm. Come see (and touch!) cloth diapers from BumGenius, Bummis, Kissaluvs, Thirsties, Happy Heiny and others.

Old-fashioned cloth diapering systems consisted of a plain flat diaper pinned at the corners with a scratchy plastic cover. Today's cloth diapers come in a variety of more convenient styles and include adorable prints and colors, soft and cuddly fabrics, and simple and easy diapering solutions. In fact, cloth diapers come in so many varieties that parents who are new to cloth diapering often feel overwhelmed when trying to purchase their initial stash.

In addition to the aesthetic benefits, cloth diapers are environmentally friendly, chemical-free, and are less expensive than disposable diapers in the long run. Although many people are reluctant to use cloth diapers due to a fear of additional laundry duties, with the proper cloth diapering set-up, you only have to do 2-3 extra loads of laundry a week.

Little Willow would like to give you the opportunity to take the mystery out of cloth diapering and to come check out the cloth diapers in person. We have learned from personal experience that a few minutes playing with cloth diapers in real life beats hours of internet research.

If you are unable to attend the event at the scheduled time, please feel free to stop by or give us a call to set up another time for a free consultation.

Please RSVP by phone - 732-889-4808 or email - littlewillowbaby@yahoo.com as space is limited.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

pretty as a picture

Some more new items came in yesterday. These wonderful prints from The Seesaw Gallery are based on classic children's tales. The stretched canvas prints are 8" by 10" and can be hung alone or grouped together. The canvases also have the artist's information on the back of each print, making them a unique and creative gift. We have five different styles at Little Willow, here are two of our favorites:

winkin, blinkin and nod

out of the everywhere

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Closed Tues and Wed of next week

Little Willow will be closed next week on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 19th and 20th. Please stop by another day, we look forward to seeing you!

more cute stuff!





I recently attended the NY International Gift Fair and found lots of neat stuff. These unique dolls are hand sewn according to fair trade guidelines by Aymara Indian women in Bolivia and Peru. I thought they were just adorable!

Cute new organic jumpsuits


We've just received a new shipment of adorable Kate Quinn organic jumpsuits. They are available in purple or green, and are sweet as can be!

Friday, February 1, 2008

baby, it's cold outside!


Seems like it's going to stay cold for a while longer now...keep baby warm and cozy in hats, scarves and mittens from Lapsaky Organics. These items are made of snuggly warm Eco Wool (65% recycled fleece/35% wool) and organic cotton.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Organic Babylegs keeps baby warm and cozy!



We just love the versatility of cozy Babylegs! They're great to wear with a onesie (protects the knees and makes diaper changes a breeze!), they look adorable under dresses, and they add an extra layer of warmth under a pair of pants. They're particularly handy when wearing a baby in a carrier to protect the space between the riding-up pants and the falling down socks!

We have a variety of colors, but our favorite Babylegs are the natural colored organic cotton and wool ones. Keep your baby comfy cozy this winter!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Cloth diapers in Time Magazine

Cloth diapers going mainstream? Well, sure, they're good for the environment! As "thinking green" is becoming more and more popular these days, cloth diapers may be swept up along with the trend. A new article - Diapers Go Green - is set to come out in the Jan. 21 issue of Time Magazine. Cloth diapering has hit the big time! (no pun intended...)

We're quite excited about this article as we carry diapers from three of the four companies mentioned in the story -- BumGenius, Kissaluvs, and Happy Heinys. We are also hoping to pick up the fourth company - Fuzzi Bunz - if they ever start responding to our emails...

Cloth diapers have been readily available online for years, and we don't really try to compete with this market. We encourage people to come in to the shop so they can see the diapers in person, and we will walk customers through the complexities of cloth diapering (these aren't your gramma's cloth diapers!). Cloth diapers come in a variety of styles, colors, and sizes, and it can be overwhelming at the beginning. But don't worry, we'll walk you through it! And the benefits are great - on top of being environmentally friendly, they are less expensive than disposable diapers, they don't contain nasty chemicals, and they are soft and come in tons of colors and patterns - so cute!

A new service we offer is our traveling "diaper library" that we will ship to your home for a small fee. If you can't make it down to our shop, we will ship out a collection of cloth diapers that you can touch and see in person. Please contact us for details.