Finding Us
Where are you located?

Where else can you find us?

General Store Policies
What are your general store policies (e.g., shipping, privacy, returns)?

Can I set up a baby shower registry?

What payment methods do you accept?

Slings
How do I get the right sling? ( Athens area only)

Diapers
How many diapers should I get?

What type of diapers work the best?

What do I need to use cloth diapers?

How do I store dirty cloth diapers?

How do I wash cloth diapers?

What is the cost comparison for cloth vs. disposables?


Where are you located?
 
A Small Green Footprint is run out of our house in beautiful Athens Georgia.  While we have most products in stock on site, we are not set up as a typical brick and mortar store with products out for display.  However, we realize that it is often hard to make decisions based on the 2 dimensional images on a computer screen.  So if you are in the area we welcome you to come by to ask questions, get diaper or sling demonstrations, or just to see/touch our products.  We just ask that you call or email first to set up a convenient time.  If you live in (or are visiting) the area and decide to order online, free local pick-up is available (and encouraged!).  Just select 'local pick-up' under the shipping options.  If you do choose ‘local pick-up’ you also have the option to pay by cash or check.

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Where else can you find us?

A couple of times a year, we team up with other local businesses and open our doors for an open house.  This is a great time to see all that we have to offer.  We also participate in a few local expos including the Athens Maternity and Baby Fair and the GreenLife Expo.  To keep up with these events, new eco-products, and sales, you can follow us on facebook.  

We hope to see you soon,
Sandy and Sandy

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What are your general store policies (e.g., shipping, privacy, returns)?

Shipping

Because of our concern for our carbon footprint, we are currently only shipping within the continental US. In the future, we will expand to include all of North America. For a limited time, we are offering FREE SHIPPING for orders over $50 anywhere in the continental US - all other orders ship at a flat shipping rate of $3.95. Orders will be shipped USPS or UPS Ground. Orders are usually shipped 1-2 business days after the order is placed. Some products are shipped directly from the manufacturer and may not be shipped immediately.

If you live in Athens Georgia, we offer free delivery within the city limits for orders over $50. For order under $50 you may choose delivery for $3.95 or select ‘local pickup’ and we can arrange for you to pick up your order. Once your order is placed, we will contact you to set up a convenient time to have your order dropped off or picked up.

For those that live nearby but not within Athens, if you prefer to avoid shipping charges, you may select ‘local pickup’ and we can arrange for you to pick up your order.

Privacy Policy

We don't like it when people do it to us, so we will not do it to you. We will not sell your information to anyone. The information we collect is used just to get you the products you want. Period.

Return Policy

Not only do we want you to be able to choose a product that is earth-friendly, but we want you to be happy with that choice. We will accept any unused/unwashed product for return within 30 days of sale. All products must be in their original packaging and condition. Customer is responsible for return shipping costs unless the return is due to our mistake (e.g., we sent you the wrong product) in which case we will credit you shipping costs. If the return is a gift, we will gladly give you store credit. Prior to returning a product please send an email to cederbas@bellsouth.net . Include your name, order number, what you are returning, and why. We suggest you insure and get a tracking number for the returned items. We can not refund lost returns.

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Can I set up a baby shower registry?

We do not have a registry for the store. I recommend that folks use a free registry website like MyRegistry.com. Sites such as MyRegistry allow you to register at one location, but can select products from as many stores as you would like. This way, your guests can see everything you would like in one place instead of searching through multiple registries.

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What payment methods do you accept?

We are using PayPal to process credit cards. PayPal accepts all major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover). You do not need to have an account with PayPal to use this service, it is just a convenient and safe way for us to accept credit card payments from you. If you do not have a PayPal account, you just enter your credit card information as you would on any other website. If you do have a PayPal account, you can of course just use your account.

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Slings

How do I get the right sling? (Athens area only)

We know so many people who bought multiple slings trying to find a sling that worked for them. Some hurt their back after a while or their child wasn’t happy in a particular sling. We are not fans of waste and don’t want you to have multiple slings that you will never use. We want you to get the right sling the first time. So we offer trial slings of each of the brands we carry (but not all colors). Take the sling home and use it for up to a week. Take a walk, do chores around the house, nurse, whatever you normally do, and see how it works for you. If it works, come back and pick up a new one in the color you want. If it doesn’t work for you, just return it. If you are having problems getting it to fit right or don’t know if it is fitting you correctly, just ask. I can work with you (in person works best) to see that you get a sling that works for you.

In order to reserve a trial sling, go to the product page of the sling you are interested in trying, and choose ‘trial’ from the ‘color’ option and the correct size (if applicable). You will be charged the full price for the sling. When you return the trial sling, if you decide the sling did not work for you, we will refund the cost of the sling.

We only have a limited number of trial slings, so if you are interested in getting one and don’t see the style or size you are looking for on the product page, email me (cederbas@bellsouth.net ) to check on availability.

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Diapers

How many diapers should I get?

Depends on a number of factors (how often your baby goes, how often you change, how often you want to do laundry, how old your child is) but generally, 18-36. You will need more for younger babies, since they poop more often. I tended to wash every other day, and 24 diapers was plenty for my newborn. The longer the diaper sits in the diaper pail, the harder they are to clean. I suggest you get 18 to 24 diapers to start in a variety of styles in the beginning to see what works for you. Then you can purchase more of those that you like best.

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What type of diapers work the best?

Some moms like the flexibility of prefolds. They can be used for a wide range of baby sizes. Whether your baby has wide or thin legs, thin or chunky belly, they can be easily adapted to the shape of the baby. You can pin them, use snappies (on some), stuff them in an AIO, or lay them in a cover. They dry quickly and can be used multiple purposes (burp cloths or cleaning rags when you are done diapering).

Fitted diapers are designed like disposable diapers in that they have fitted legs and either aplix or snaps to secure the diaper. Fitted diapers are much better at containing the more liquid-like poops of a newborn. They are great to use in the middle of the night when you can't really see what you are doing. They can be less intimidating for baby sitters or family members to learn to use. If your baby has extremely chunky or thin legs, you may have some problem getting fitted diapers that fit.

Contour diapers are a cross between prefolds and fitted. They have an hour glass cut so there is less bulk than a prefold but like a prefold you will need to use pins/snappies or lay them in a cover since there are no snaps or aplix. There is also no elastic in the legs so they do have the snug fit of a fitted. However, they will fit a wide variety of shapes and sizes.

Regardless of the type of diaper you choose, all of the diapers sold on this site will need a cover.

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What do I need to use cloth diapers?

The basics: Cloth diapers, Covers, Pail with a lid, Wet bags.

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How do I store dirty cloth diapers?

Line your pail with a wet bag. When you have a wet diaper, just toss it in. For diapers with poop on them, it depends. For newborns/breastfeed babies, just toss the diaper in the pail; for older kids with solid poop, dump the poop in the toiler first. Some folks dunk their poop diapers in the toilet, I found that this was an unnecessary and messy step. For wet bags, I recommend getting two that fit your pail and at least one small one for your diaper bag.

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How do I wash cloth diapers?

When it is time to wash, you don't have to touch the diapers, just take the bag out of the pail, dump the diapers in the washer, and toss in the wet bag. I had bought a fancy washing machine that had an extra hot ‘sanitizing' cycle but found I didn't need it, nor did I need to use hot. I found that washing on cold worked just fine to clean the diapers. For poop stains, the best thing you can do it hang them in the sunshine. You will be amazed. My two year old is no longer in diapers but for all the time he was none of our diapers have poop stains on them. Even if you can't hang them out all of the time, do it when you can. It helps. The sun also helps control smells.

Don't use fabric softener. It will reduce the absorbency of your diapers.

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What is the cost comparison for cloth vs. disposables?

This will vary based on so many factors but to give you an idea, I searched the web for some calculations of costs.

The average child will remain in diapers for 2 ½ years, although many remain in diapers until they are 3 to 4 years old. There is some indication that because disposables do such a good job at keeping a child from feeling wetness, that those children using disposables tend to stay in diapers longer because they don't actually feel wet when they wet. But to try to compare apples to apples, all the numbers included here are based on 2 ½ years.

The Diaper Shop (http://www.diapershop.com/index.php/action/dollars/) has detailed calculations for the number of diapers your child will use over 2 ½ years and gives the cost of disposables for this period as $2184. They also give a detailed break down of the cost of washing cloth diapers at home and project that it will cost just over $400 over 2 ½ years. According to different accounts on the web you could spend anywhere from $350 to $1500 on cloth diapers/covers, depending on the type and number of cloth diapers/covers that you purchased. Based on these numbers, regardless of your choice of cloth diapers, you save using cloth diapers. Since you can use the cloth diapers for multiple children, the average cost for cloth diapers will go down if you use these cloth diapers for more than one child. Additionally, depending on ebay's rules at the time, you could sell them when you are finished using them and recoup some of your investment. Another good resource is the Diaper Pin which has a cost calculator (http://www.diaperpin.com/calculator/calculator.asp) that allows you to compare cloth diaper use with disposables based on the costs in your area.

These numbers are just estimates to give you an idea of costs. There are so many factors that are not included in these comparisons that can alter your actual costs (such as the cost of driving to get disposable diapers, the cost of disposable wipes, the variation in cost of disposables, the cost of cloth wipes, line drying vs. electric drier, purchasing used cloth diapers, diaper genie bags, etc) but these numbers can give you a good way to estimate your cost/saving.

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