Monday, January 26, 2009

Save Handmade Childrens Toys and Apparel

Please help save small businesses like mine.

The Consumer Product Safety Information Act (CPSIA) is due to take effect on February 10, 2009. The CPSIA has lots of different requirements regarding testing for lead and phthalates of all products (including organic clothing) intended for children age 12 and under. Under the very important auspices of child safety, the Act may have grave unintended consequences: fewer choices for families who are looking for organic clothing and natural toys. Many retailers of children's clothing (including small businesses like mine) have expressed fears that they won't be able stay in business due to the burdensome cost of testing and certification pursuant to the proposed legislation.

Here at Lil' LJ, we know the product we are supplying complies to these laws and is safe for your lil' ones. However, as the law is currently written and understood, we may not be able to afford the costs associated with third party testing of our products. They are requiring an "end product" test, which with personalized items, is an impossibility. The tests can run up to $4000 per product line. With fines upwards of $100,000, it's a risk we can't take.

Currently there is a lot of uncertainty about how exactly this law will "look" once February 10 arrives, and lawmakers are at work clarifying the details.

There is still time - time to email Congress, spread the word so we can all be informed, and stock up on favorite cotton and organic clothing and natural toy items that may be difficult to buy in America in the future. We may find increased costs in all aspects of the children's markets from this law and you will find it impossible to purchase a knit hat for your child at your next craft show.

For more information, please check the following link:

I hope to continue to provide a safe and unique product to you after February 10, 2008. This has been a dream of mine to create this clothing line and I will do everything I can to keep my business!


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Carriers for Your Lil' One

My two favorites are the Baby Bjorn and Moby Wrap. I love how easy the Bjorn is to get baby in and out and love how comfy the Moby Wrap is. The Moby Wrap does take some practice, but once you get the hang of it, it's a great way to keep baby happy and close to you. If you do a search on YouTube, you can find a couple of tutorial videos. It does claim that you can use it for twins, but it just didn't seem to work for us. Both of these allow you to get some things done around the house knowing that your baby is safe and happy. My Emma didn't like the Moby Wrap at first, but will now fall asleep in it. And she loves to now face forward in the Baby Bjorn. Our Baby Bjorn is a hand me down, and if you can't afford one, the Moby Wrap is a great alternative for around $40.00.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Wubbanub

My girls love these furry little friends. They were given to us as gifts in the NICU and we just adore them. They come in a few different styles which include a pink horse, penguin and red dog. You can visit the wubbanub site for more information and to find a retailer.

Welcome to My Lil' Monkey

or in my case... My Lil' Monkeys! My name is Loree and I'm the mother of twin girls. I started this blog to help new moms of singletons and multiples. We all want the best for our kids and the best recommendations are usually from other moms. No child is the same, no mother the same, so what I or my group of moms think is best for them may not be best for you, but we all need a reference to start from and who better than other moms. I hope to update the blog weekly with products and advice I think you will love and appreciate.

My style is trendy and modern (on a budget) and I tend to gravitate toward organic and sustainable items.

I hope you find this blog helpful and pass it on to other amazing moms!