In our previous Adventures in Cloth Diapering posts, we have talked about the beginning of CDing, how the first two days went, lessons we have learned so far, and how the first two weeks went. I wanted to also dedicate an entire post to the store and experts that we have turned to time and time again to help us feel comfortable, confident, and actually attempt this new adventure: Franklin Goose.
If you have read my other posts on CDing, you will know that I have mentioned this store and the help we’ve received from them many times. I can’t stress enough how they have been such a huge reason for our success in CDing at the age of 15 months! I’m thrilled to be partnering with them for some posts (and more to come in the future) and a giveaway today! So without further ado, here is some information and pictures from Franklin Goose:
Franklin Goose is a boutique-like store in Richmond’s Carytown district that focuses on customer service and education first and foremost (can you tell why I love them already?). While not an incredibly large space, it’s truly incredible how much merchandise they have.
They have an incredible assortment of teething toys and products (which was the reason why we originally found them months ago).
Their baby bath and care products are fantastic as well- a great variety of types and prices.
I love the toy selection that they have. Again for it being a small store, they have picked out really versatile and fun toys. I love the brands that they have picked to feature in the store as well- good, reliable toys that will last. Their bath toys are precious as well! I always have to control myself or I would go overboard shopping from here.
They even have a clothing section with beautiful sleepers and outfits. Now that Audrey and David aren’t growing as fast, I think we are going to have to get a special outfit from here. I love the idea of them in organic material!
Their bedding section is fantastic as well, as they have a wonderful selection of Aden + Anais and other brands as well. I seriously want to just crawl up here and take a mommy nap.
I go absolutely crazy over books, and the ones that they have picked out here are simply perfect. Unique, creative, and so perfect for many different ages.
Their cloth diapering room is just incredible (and I will admit, a little overwhelming at first). More on their cloth diapering room later.
Keep circling around, and there is a train table to keep the little shoppers entertained (oh so important).
Then there is a feeding supplies area with highchairs, and carseats and strollers along the back and side wall.
Up the stairs, you will find the baby wearing section, where you can try on samples and learn how to use them by someone trained and experienced.
Back to the cloth diaper room, however. Amazing! When you come in, ask for a quick tour so you can have one of their employees point out the different sections, selections, and options. I hesitate to talk about the different areas of the CD room, because I know that I will leave something out.
There are cubby after cubby of cloth diaper covers, hybrids, all-in-ones, all-in-twos, inserts (so many different materials), prefolds, wool covers, and more. In the picture below, you can also see the additional supplies such as liners and laundry helpers.
They also have upcycled cloth wipes, and more organic prefolds (in various materials and sizes),
There is a wall of washable diaper pail liners and travel wet bags (so you can cloth diaper while out and about as well) as well as travel changing pads.
The window has been turned into shelves where they have potty training supplies. Did you know that it’s actually easier to potty train kids that have been using cloth diapers? At least, that’s what they tell me!
And to the side of the trainers, they have all of the cloth-diaper safe balms, powders, and creams.
And they even sell wool dryer balls so you can ditch the fabric softener!
In addition, though, they aren’t just a store. As I said at the beginning of this post, they are really a community education team. They have regular (free) classes on a variety of parent/child topics, such as Cloth Diapering 101, DIY Baby Food, Birth Talk, Dogs and Babies, Infant Massage, Babywearing, Mothering Circle, and so many more topics.
Oh, and you can create a registry as well!
If you aren’t local to Richmond, I would still highly recommend you to look up FG and use their resources (especially their blog, IG, FB page, and YouTube). Call them up and ask them questions! With the digital age we live in now, you don’t have to rely on some place local to you in order to find a dependable community or even shop. I promise you will be amazed at the level of service that you will receive with this store, even over the phone or email. When I say that they are here to help you find the solution that works best for you, that has truly been my experience.
Franklin Goose has been incredibly generous and will be giving one lucky winner the following cloth diapering package:
- 3 Bummis prefolds (100% organic cotton) – infant size 7-20 lbs
- 1 diaper cover, either:
- Girl: Bummis cover – size small – 8-15 lbs
- Boy: Imagine cover – one size – 6-35 lbs
- 1 white Snappi
Let me just say that I have seen the difference between these organic cotton prefolds and the kind that you get from those other stores. Trust me… the material does matter when it comes to absorbency! When we use covers and prefolds, these are the exact brand that we use, and we absolutely love them! They work so well and are rather easy to learn how to put the entire diaper together.
*Disclaimer: I did not receive monetary compensation for this post. I did receive a sample of Bummis prefolds and fleece liners to try before hosting this giveaway.*