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Baby Playgroup at O2BKids


Whether your baby is just a few weeks or a few years old,
O2BKids has fun parent/child playgroups for your crew!

At the Oviedo Mall (and soon to open in Altamonte Springs)

  • Morning Magic Show (Walking to 5 Years Old)
    Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    This is an interactive and engaging program for parents and children. The morning starts with an energetic show complete with characters, movement and music. The show lasts for about 15 minutes and is then followed by three 30-minute classes where walking children (grouped by age) participate in classes of their choice such as: gymnastics, creative art and music, movement and story time.
  • Brighter Babies Playgroup (4-6 Weeks Old to Walking)
    This program is specifically for our teenie ones and their caregivers. After the Morning Magic Show, you and your little one will participate in fine and gross motor activities using blocks, instruments, bubbles, water, scarves and more! There is also music and tummy time.

O2BKids offers a monthly membership. Not ready to become a member yet? No problem, you can pay to play for the day which includes the Morning Magic Show and Brighter Babies Playgroup. 

 

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Top 10 Baby Names of 2016


Bringing a new bundle of joy into the world? The Baby Place at Winter Park Memorial Hospital sent us their top 10 baby names of 2016 to help give you ideas of what you’ll call your little prince or princess.

    Girl Names:

  1. Kayla
  2. Annabelle
  3. Elizabeth
  4. Carolyn
  5. Grace
  6. Stephanie
  7. Sarah
  8. Abbigail
  9. Lexy
  10. Jazlynn

    Boy Names:

  1. Alvin
  2. Carter
  3. Elijah
  4. William
  5. James
  6. Gordon
  7. Josiah
  8. Henry
  9. Ryan
  10. Grayson

Which names are your favorites? Did you get any ideas? Share & tell us on Facebook or Twitter!


See more awesome baby ideas and new-parent tips in this year’s
March/April issue of PLAYGRUOND Magazine.


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The Prego Expo Ticket Giveaway!

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PLAYGROUND Magazine is giving away 1 Mommy & Guest ticket to The Prego Expo Registry Event & Brunch at the Babies”R”Us in Altamonte Springs on Sunday, November 13.

This event is an opportunity for mommy-to-be to build her registry in style! Get a swag bag, enjoy a complimentary brunch, explore shopping & giveaways, and learn more about what it means to be a mom!

This event is for pregnant women and their guests only!

Enter to win admission for 1 soon-to-be mom and 1 guest using the widget below!

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Raising a Water-Confident Kid

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Originally published in the Summer 2010 issue of Playground Magazine.

Written by Joanna Nesbit

When my daughter, Leah, was 6, I signed her up for a month’s worth of swim lessons, every day for half an hour, because, well, it worked for another mom’s kids. This mom had told me her kids’ skills didn’t progress until the third week, and a four-week block was the only way to go. Leah had taken lessons in previous summers but with little obvious success, and I feel for the mom’s advice.

What I didn’t account for was my daughter’s persistent (read: stubborn) temperament or her willingness to wage silent battle by simply not getting into the pool. Oh, some days she did, when the planets were aligned, but other mornings she sat on a deck chair and watched her toddler brother dabble with the perky swim teachers. Even when she did get in the pool, Leah steadfastly refused to dunk. Indeed, she didn’t dunk until a year later while in a hotel pool during a summer vacation. They key? Her own idea.

Swim lessons often feel nonnegotiable to parents because we care about our children’s safety, and, well, because we live in what seems to be the swimming pool capital of the world. Then there’s that pesky idea that because all of our friends’ kids love swimming, ours should, too. But not all kids take to water like dolphins.

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#1 RELAX
Then keep in mind the following tips for developing water confidence in youngsters, even the most reluctant, and chances are you’ll avoid poolside battles.

#2 KEEP IT FUN
Young children progress quicker when parents interact with them in the pool, so make water play a family experience. A warm pool, 85 degrees or more, is especially important for reluctant swimmers and will help kids relax.

 

#3 GO TO THE POOL OFTEN
Taking your kids early and often to the pool is the single biggest factor for helping them love water. Regular visits make water normal. Sign up for parent/baby classes or plan to take your toddler to your local pool to play

#4 CONFRONT YOUR OWN FEAR
If you’re afraid of the water, you may convey to your kids that water is something to be afraid of, even if you try to hide your fear. Consider taking lessons yourself so you can comfortably join your children in the pool (you’re never too old to learn to swim).

#5 DON’T PRESSURE KIDS
Dont pressure or trick your kids into skills they’re not ready for. Praise their baby steps and trust they will progress when the time is right. If your child is fearful or timid, try a swimsuit with a built-in floatation device for extra fun and buoyancy. She’ll move beyond it when she’s ready.

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Bubble Buggies

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How often do parents change their child’s diaper, wipe their nose, give them a bath, wash and sanitize their hands, and put them in clean clothes – only to buckle them into a filthy car seat? More times then we’d ever like to know!

Let’s be honest. Children eat, sneeze, vomit and poop in their car seats, strollers, play yards, high chairs and so on. But, how many parents have the time OR energy to thoroughly disinfect the spaces and places where they most often put their child? Not often!

Introducing, Bubble Buggies!

Bubble Buggies is a mobile cleaning service that sanitizes baby gear. Parents go to their website or visit them on Facebook to find a location to drop off your baby gear for cleaning. They will meticulously clean the gear using an eco-friendly and baby-safe process. The gear is ready for pick-up typically within an hour.

Bubble Buggies Car Seat Cleaning Service: Before and After

Before and After

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Gender Reveal Ideas

Gender reveals were unheard of ten years ago, but today, they’re everywhere! Many couples are choosing to host gender reveal parties, while others are opting for a gender reveal photo shoot. Photo announcements on Facebook or Instagram are also popular ways to announce your baby’s gender. Pinterest is overflowing with great gender reveal ideas, but we have selected some of our favorites to share with you!

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Use Confetti
Confetti is included at many celebrations, so we think it’s a great way to celebrate your new little one. The balloon pop has become a very popular gender reveal recently. If you want to get all of your guests in on the action, fill lots of balloons with confetti and hang them from the ceiling. Instruct your guests to simultaneously pop their balloons! An alternative to the confetti filled balloon is the pull string piñata or box, also filled with pink or blue confetti.

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Get Messy
These are especially fun if you don’t already know your baby’s gender. Give your guests silly string (or if you’re feeling really adventurous!) squirt guns filled with paint. Stand with your honey, close your eyes, count to three, and prepare for the deluge. When you open your eyes, you’ll know whether it’s a boy or a girl.

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Embellish Your Ultrasound Picture
We love this sweet, but simple idea- embellish your ultrasound picture with boy or girl accessories.

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Share a Sweet Treat
Like I mentioned earlier, the cake seems to have started the gender reveal phenomenon! But what about gender reveal cupcakes, cake pops, cookies, or Oreos? Have your guests bite into their treat all together- everyone will love joining in the reveal!

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Include Older Siblings
What’s cuter than mom and dad revealing their baby’s gender? Siblings doing it! We love these cute photo ideas to get older siblings involved and excited for their new baby!

Cheryl Seidel is a sought after etiquette expert and regular contributor for The Huffington Post and author of the popular Ask Cheryl blog. She helps advise readers with handy tips on how much to spend, when gift giving is appropriate and other would-have-loved-to-know-that-when moments in gift giving, She is also the creator and founder of www.RegistryFinder.com, an intuitive search engine that helps gift givers quickly and easily find online registries for weddings, baby showers, graduations and more.  Seidel  has 22 years of business experience, with concentrations in new product development and consumer advertising and promotion.

 

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Top Baby Names In Orlando

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Here are the 2014 most popular baby names recorded by the Dr. P. Phillips Baby Place at Winter Park Memorial Hospital:

Boy Names

  1. Ayden
  2. Jaykob
  3. Tristan
  4. Mason
  5. Benjamin
  6. Jonathan
  7. Joseph
  8. Isaac
  9. Jayden
  10. Lucas

Girl Names

  1. Kinley
  2. Emma
  3. Madison
  4. Aarya
  5. Emily
  6. Grace
  7. Adelynn
  8. Eleanor
  9. Jayla
  10. Chloe

Is your baby’s name on the list?

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I’m So Pregnant

A hysterical preggo parody of Izzy Azalea’s “Fancy” by What’s Up Moms.

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Save The Planet: One Stroller at a Time

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Available in vibrant hues like Cayenne Red, Aquamarine, and Green Papyrus, Bumbleride’s 2014 all-terrain, jogging, travel and urban strollers feature a dual-faceted eco-construction: the exterior fabric is made with 50% recycled PET from plastic bottles, and the interior fabric consists of 50% renewable bamboo charcoal.

 

“Bumbleride proves that parents don’t need to make sacrifices in personal style, comfort or philosophy when shopping for strollers,” says Marketing Coordinator Ryan Willson. “We work tirelessly and exercise the utmost discernment in selecting fabrics and materials that satisfy modern parents’ concerns—for the planet, for their babies, and for themselves.”

 

 
RECYCLED: 14 Plastic Bottles = 1 Stroller
Bumbleride’s exterior fabric is made in part from recycled PET (or polyethylene terephthalate), a polyester commonly used in plastic packaging such as water bottles. Willson explains that instead of using polyesters made from newly constructed synthetic fibers, Bumbleride’s exterior fabric puts existing synthetic resources to use, therefore conserving material and reducing plastic waste. Their unique PET/polyester blend employs the sterilized plastic from 14 water bottles to produce the stroller fabric in one Bumbleride Indie stroller, for example.

 

SUSTAINABLE: Chemical-Free Bamboo
For the interior stroller fabric, Bumbleride uses a soft material that is comfortable and healthy for kids while environmentally clean and responsible, Willson explains. The distinctive bamboo charcoal blend harnesses the innate properties of bamboo grass (a renewable resource that naturally grows fast without the need for fertilizers, nutrients or pesticides) to provide soft, durable, moisture-wicking, temperature-regulating and antibacterial qualities to the seat and interior of the stroller. Unlike the typical chemically-manufactured bamboo fabric, Bumbleride’s eco-fabric blend is made with raw grass fibers that are broken down into tiny nano-particles and then infused into polyester fabric.

 

Bumbleride strollers are available locally at MacroBaby, located outside the Florida Mall.
1361 Florida Mall Ave, Orlando, FL 32809; 877-240-5379
* Receive $5 off your purchase of $100 or more with the MacroBaby ad on page 41 of the Winter 2013 issue of PLAYGROUND Magazine.

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New Mommy Meetup

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Age Range: Newborn – 6 months
Meetup Length: 1 hour
Meetup Schedule: Held once a week for 5 weeks

Grow and Sing Studios is starting a wonderful mommy and me experience which will include parenting discussions, lactation advice, and a baby weigh! Each week will offer a different topic of discussion along with open discussion as well so new moms can share and learn from each other.

Topic Schedule for July in the UCF area:

  • July 3: Meet and greet
  • July 10: Car seat safety presented by OC Sheriff dept.
  • July 17: Getting baby to sleep presented by The Children’s Sleep Laboratory of Orlando
  • July 24: Traveling with baby idea sharing
  • July 31: Tips for soothing a fussy baby presented by Donna Duemmel RN, IBCLC

Read more about this new mommy meetup here.

To sign up call 407-970-2774 or visit www.growandsing.com

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Breast Milk Depot

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Florida Hospital officially opened the first Milk depot in Central Florida today.

In an effort to help women and babies in Central Florida, Florida Hospital officially opened the first Milk Depot in Central Florida. The Florida Hospital Milk Depot will serve as a convenient drop off location to moms who are looking to donate breast milk to help other babies, especially at-risk preemies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), receive crucial nutrition. The opening of the Milk Depot is part of Florida Hospital’s continued commitment to providing women and babies with the most comprehensive medical resources available.

“In the United States, there is a critical shortage of donor human milk,” said Kari Vargas, assistant vice president at Florida Hospital Orlando. “Donating breast milk is truly a labor of love, and the opening of the Milk Depot will hopefully remove some of the barriers from the donation process and make it more convenient for moms to donate this precious gift.”

Local moms throughout Central Florida have already been rallying around this cause.

“My daughter was born two and a half months early so I know how scary it can be to have a premature infant,” said Bethany Bergen, mom to daughter Piper, now 8 months old. “I knew I wanted to breastfeed and it was easy for me. I cannot imagine the stress that moms who are unable to breastfeed go through. I was able to donate my extra breast milk, and it was so rewarding to know there was something I could do to help other babies in need.”

The Academy of Pediatrics recommends pasteurized donor human milk to premature infants when a mother’s own milk is not available. Research shows that human milk is especially important for preterm and sick babies who are at a much greater risk of infections. Human milk helps babies build strong immune systems and is easier on the digestive system than formula. In 2012, Florida Hospital required the use of nearly 10,000 ounces of donor milk.
“In the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Florida Hospital, we instituted a protocol several years ago to give breast milk to babies who were born at 29 weeks or less or weighing less than 1500 grams. As a result, we have seen a tremendous reduction in the number of infections and life-threatening diseases,” said Dr. Raj Wadhawan, medical director of the NICU at Florida Hospital for Children. “Donor human milk is a great option for moms who are unable to breastfeed since it provides critical nutrition for the baby and can truly be a lifesaving part of their treatment.”

All mothers who donate at the Milk Depot will be pre-screened and tested through an intensive process to ensure that they are healthy and their own child’s wellbeing is not being compromised. Since there are only 11 Milk Banks in the United States and none in Florida, Florida Hospital is affiliated with the Mother’s Milk Bank in Denver. Once a mom brings her donation to the Milk Depot, Florida Hospital will store the milk in a deep freeze and then package and ship the donation to Denver for processing. The donor milk is pasteurized and tested prior to bottling to ensure that it is safe for the baby and is also nutritionally sound. The Milk Bank then distributes the donor human milk based on need to the most at risk infants.

The opening of the Milk Depot is just one way Florida Hospital is continuing to provide comprehensive resources and medical care to women and babies. The Milk Depot will be located in the Lactation Center across the street from Florida Hospital Orlando. Florida Hospital Orlando is currently building a new 12-story Women’s Hospital that will provide comprehensive care for women of all ages. The hospital is expected to open in 2015.

To find out more information on becoming a donor, please call 407-303-2599.

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Symptom Checker App

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Be the First to Have the Florida Hospital for Children iPhone App!

Health problems and parenting issues can arise at any time. What should you do if your child develops a fever, cough, rash or sore throat? From bee stings to potty training, Docs2Go from Florida Hospital for Children is designed to address these and other challenging issues, even at crucial times when your doctor’s office may be closed.

Consult the Pediatric Symptom Checker when you’re on the go, to learn more about illness and injury, and turn to the First Aid Helper to help make quick, smart decisions about your child’s care. Along with a wealth of parenting advice and medication guides, the answers are all there, at the touch of a button.

Health problems and parenting issues can arise at any time. What should you do if your child develops a fever, cough, rash or sore throat? Docs2Go iPhone app from Florida Hospital for Children is designed to address these and other challenging issues.

Download Now: http://www.floridahospitalforchildren.com/symptom-checker-app

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Developmental PLAY Dates

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New moms: Break out of the house, and take baby to these fun and educational places.

Written by Tracey C. Velt

Going stir crazy inside with your baby … all … day … long? Get out! I know, I know, leaving the house with baby in tow can seem like more trouble than it’s worth. After all, you’re timing your departure with feeding times and your little one’s nap schedule (not to mention packing that darn diaper bag). But, did you know that you can boost your baby’s development by engaging his or her senses in outside classes? We’ve got some winning ways you can help your bundle of joy reach milestones by engaging the senses of touch, sight and hearing.

Cognitive and Motor Development
Rock Out at a Music Class 

Are you a rocker, or a classical music buff? No matter, all types of music are known to have an instant effect on our moods, and that goes for our babies too! Musical activities stimulate every area of the brain, and during a baby’s first year, that brain will grow more than it will any other year. “During this growth, activities using music — listening, vocalizing, rocking, dancing and rhythm play — are essential to cognitive, motor, physical and language development,” says Holly Lesnick, owner/director of Kindermusik and Grow and Sing Studios. “Music speaks to everyone and naturally connects humans together. Watching peers dance and sing will benefit your baby’s social-emotional development,” she says. You are your baby’s first important teacher; go ahead, sing, bounce, dance, and have fun!
Shake your baby’s booty:
• Attend Kindermusik class with Grow and Sing Studios.
• Take the kiddos to a Mr. Richard concert.
• Beat it with 3rd Wheel’s baby drum circles at Amaya Papaya.

Fine Motor Skills
Infant Massage Therapy Classes 

Who doesn’t love to tickle a newborn’s little toes? Structured infant massage can help improve your baby’s fine motor skills and development skills, and regulate behavior. Say what? Yes, it’s true, according to Douglene Jackson, a registered and licensed senior occupational therapist with Nemours Children’s Hospital. “Firm, deep-pressure massage can help soothe your child. It’s also key for physical bonding and attachment,” she says. “The more massage sessions, the better the physical connection you have with your baby.”
Massage your way to happiness:
• Check out Helen Moses’ Infant Massage Class recommended by Orlando Health. Helen Moses says it could even help your baby sleep better through the night. 407-822-0171

Memory and Vocab Development
Veg Out at Story Time 

Eloise, Corduroy, Franklin — relive your childhood by catching up with your fave book characters. According to Tracy Zampaglione of the Orange County Library System, reading to your baby introduces him or her to learning concepts that eventually will make your baby a better student once he or she reaches kindergarten. “Reading to babies engages them in listening and builds their memory and vocabulary skills,” she says. And, according to KidsHealth by Nemours, “By the time babies reach their first birthday they’ll have learned all the sounds needed to speak their native language. The more stories you read aloud, the more words your child will be exposed to and the better he or she will be able to talk.”
Be well-read:
In addition to story time at your local library, check out these free
community reading events for you and the babe:
• Monthly Leu Gardens story time events
• Story time every Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Pottery Barn Kids at The Mall at Millenia
Animal stories at Central Florida Zoo

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Le Bibble

The Le Bibble bottle bib ($10 each) is the chic way to wipe away chin dribbles and prevent messes from leaky bottles (www.lebibble.com).

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For the App-Obsessed (New) Parent

These apps can help you organize and track everything from contractions to baby’s first tooth.

Normal Child, Contraction Master, Eat Sleep appIf you’re like me, you will love to document every aspect of your kids’ lives. I’m constantly in Evernote (free; iPhone, iPad, Web, Android) journaling about my son’s sports and my daughter’s funny quips. And in the olden days when I was pregnant (seven years ago), I would’ve been all over an app that allows me to snap a photo of my child and document how much she weighs and how many inches she is. Instead, I have a bunch of slips of paper in a memory box. So, consider yourself lucky.

Normal Child
If you can get over the odd name of this app (who names an app Normal Child?), you’ll be tickled pink with all it does. Keep a detailed record of your child from birth to adulthood (if you so choose, although children get a little ornery by the teenage years). Assign an image to each record; then record your child’s weight, height, head circumference, photos, sizes, diseases, vaccines, allergies and milestones development. We love the image slideshow that shows you exactly how big your child has gotten through the months and years. Plus, it’s easy to record multiple children and email those updates to interested parties (read: grandparents).
Cost: $2
iPhone and iPad
Others to try: Baby Connect ($5: iPhone, iPad, Android, Web) and Baby Log ($5: iPhone, iPad, Black Berry, Android.)

Contraction Master
If you’re a first-time mom, the stress of timing contractions and knowing when to go to the hospital can be brutal. This app allows you to accurately time labor contractions and record your opinion of the strength of the contractions. Plus, it gives you notice that your contractions are close enough and strong enough that you should get to the hospital—pronto! The app even gives you a bar graph so you know your contraction history and can track trends
Cost: $2
iPhone, Android
Others to try: Contraction Monitor (free; iPhone, iPad) and Labor and Contraction Monitor ($2; iPhone, iPad)

Eat Sleep
Does it feel like your newborn is constantly attached to your breast? Are you worried your baby isn’t getting enough? Whether bottle or breast, feeding baby is never without worry. Some days I felt like my baby never stopped eating; other days she didn’t seem interested in food.
This app allows you to record your baby’s eating, sleeping and diaper habits. Plus, its super easy one-finger tap allows you to multitask without having to type in any information. As a work-from-home mom, tracking my baby’s sleep habits helped me plan my schedule. The best part? It keeps a history, so you can view trends week to week or month to month.
Cost: Free
iPhone, iPad
Others to try: Baby Feeding Log (free; iPhone, iPad) andiBaby FeedTimer ($3; iPhone, iPad)

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On the Fly Bottle Warmers

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What’s black and white and warm all over? It’s a trés chic, super-functional bottle warmer that makes on-the-go feedings WAY easier. This all-natural, recyclable and totally adorable “bottle sock” warms your baby’s bottle to the perfect temperature for up to eight hours. This hot new must-have is the creation of a local mom. Consider it the perfect gift for your “bestie’s” baby shower.

877-641-2442 | www.ontheflybottle.com

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The Mommy Measure

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This oh-so-cute milestone ribbon and journal creates a unique timeline of your pregnancy experiences as a keepsake in your child’s baby book. Local, hip parents came up with the fabulous idea while pregnant with their second child (they sure wish they had had it for their first). Now you can keep track of the first time you heard that pitter-patter of the heartbeat and other milestones right on the ribbon. www.mommymeasure.com

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Eco-Diaper Service

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Save the planet one diaper at a time. Orlando’s first environmentally friendly cloth diaper service has arrived with a bang. Always wanted to use cloth diapers, but not so keen of the idea of all that extra, stinky laundry? Now all the work is taken care of by these two Orlando ladies (think of them as the diaper fairies). They drop off your clean baby diapers in a bag and pick up the dirties you leave on your front door step. Presto! You have clean diapers. Don’t worry; your diapers are washed separately and you always receive the same diapers – no sharing. Best of all, no more filling up those landfills with disposable diapers.

407-678-0865 | www.ecodiaperservice.com

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