I hate this day. And I love this day. 

If I defined my success as a mom by June Cleaver's standards or by the home room moms who never talk to me because they don't know me, I'm a failure.

June Cleaver vs. the Working Mom

It’s Mother’s Day. And for some reason, I still have visions of the ideal mom looking like doing my job as the CEO of a mid-sized company while also meeting the standard of the 1950s version of the June Cleaver mom. I hate this day. I love this day. The working mom life means that […]

Mother’s Day – Six Ways To Be Thoughtful

Mother’s Day can be a challenge for anyone.  Choosing the right gifts around special days can make things even more difficult.  It doesn’t take an expensive gift to make a mom feel special though, so today, I’m writing about six meaningful ways to make the mother of your children feel special – without spending a ton of money. […]

How To Safely Diaper a Baby

There is a right way to diaper a baby.

How To Safely Diaper A Baby

To safely diaper a baby, Place the diaper under the baby’s bottom.  Pull the diaper through the baby’s legs and fasten the closures. Remember to be patient.  Newborns keep their little legs drawn up.  You may have to wait for them to uncurl their legs before you can get the diaper on right. Speed is […]

Instinct, Giovanni, and The Rest of the “Accidental” Story

I have 12 years of classical piano training.   In college, I had visions of getting a degree in Music and took some college level classes with that goal in mind.  Thanks to a professor who believed in me, those classes yielded an opportunity to perform as a soloist with an orchestra.  A music degree […]

Poverty, Diapers, Washing, Empowerment, and Privilege

We need to talk about privilege and how it influences the media’s assumptions about families living under the burden of poverty.  Eventually, we’ll get to how those assumptions influence social program design, but today, we’re just going to look at the media and a recent set of articles. Last week, Emily Badger and Juliet Eilperin wrote an […]

Red Sharpie On The White Couch

If you follow my life as founder and CEO of Cotton Babies,you know that I am married,have four young children and a healthy business. I travel frequently. Between the kids, our jobs, and my travel schedule, our family life can be chaotic. The post below was written at the height of an incredibly stressful day. […]

The Face of Competition

As I encounter more and more of the amazing variety of women who make up this world, I have seen something, over and over again that bears mentioning here. That face.  The look on the face of a business owner who just discovered their idea, their creative work, being used by someone else.   Entire essays […]

Over 1700 diapers available for needy families in St. Louis

How To Safely Diaper A Baby

Diaper need is a silent epidemic in the United States. According to a recent study by Huggies, one in three families are forced to choose between household necessities and diapers. Diapers are one of the most expensive costs associated with raising a baby. No government assistance exists to help families in need with the cost […]

Does Cotton Babies have patents?

Details on the utility and design patents that are applicable to Cotton Babies patents, the products those patents apply to, as well as product origin can be found summarized below.  Actual issued patents are public record and are available for download at the USPTO.  This information may not be a complete summary of all intellectual property held […]