Recently, we had an opportunity to interview Sara Moore from Ju-Ju Monkey in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Sara is an accredited Leader of the Lehigh Valley Real Diaper Circle (a free resource for the cloth diapering community), a Real Diaper Association Board Director, and Treasurer of the Real Diaper Industry Association Board of Directors. Ju-Ju Monkey donated $500 of cloth diaper products to the School of Cloth event, much of which will be donated to charities who distribute cloth diapers to low-income families.
Cloth diaper education is vital to Ju-Ju Monkey. To borrow from discussions involving the RDA, what we really sell is cloth diapering – the action, not cloth diapers – the product. Of course we sell cloth diapers, however cloth diapers are not something you can take off a shelf and just use. You need to know how to care for them properly. A big box store employee can’t offer that type of service. However Ju-Ju Monkey and your local cloth diaper retailer can! Also if you are having difficulty for any reason, Ju-Ju Monkey will support you to troubleshoot your issues (leaks, laundering, etc)
How frequently do you teach cloth diapering classes in your community? What types of classes do you teach?
Ju-Ju Monkey is currently teaching about 5 classes a week for School of Cloth. That will probably change to about 2 a week thereafter. We offer
- Cloth 101, which is everything you ever wanted to know about cloth diapers…but were afraid to ask!
- Wonders of Wool Workshop covers one of the easiest cloth diapering cover options available. Wool is ideal because it’s super breathable, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, and remarkably waterproof while absorbing up to 30% of its weight in moisture.
- Laundry Science is important because many factors come into play that cause variations in laundering for different families. In this class we go over some basic laundry science and help you to understand how to troubleshoot your diapers when problems arise.
Do you have a favorite memory about a class or family that you taught?
My favorite memory is of a family who was so frustrated with cloth diaper laundry that they were about to give up all together. Reason being, they couldn’t figure out what they were doing wrong and it was causes blistering rashes. The mom came to me almost in tears because the rest of the family became turned off to cloth altogether. After talking with her and asking the right questions, I was able to give a few suggestions on how to alter her wash routine. Within a week they resolved their problem and continued to successfully use cloth diapers until potty training 2 years later!
What’s your favorite piece of advice to give NEW parents about cloth diapering?
Not to get overwhelmed in the information out there. As with everything in life, it is best to keep it simple. There are a lot of acronyms and new words used between cloth diapering families. None of that really matters when you are starting out. Every diaper can be broken down into two parts: the absorbent part and the waterproof part. So when comparing diaper A to diaper B, ask yourself what makes this diaper absorbent and what makes it waterproof. The rest is bells and whistles. If it starts to get overwhelming, just buy one of a few different variations before making a big purchase. That way you have a better idea of what you are looking at.
Ju-Ju Monkey is a family owned business specializing in cloth diapering, babywearing and natural baby care. Our philosophy is firmly rooted in the belief that healthy lifestyle choices extend to baby and family. Today more and more people are choosing to live and eat healthy, so choosing baby products that do not contain harmful chemicals and additives is naturally the next step. With over 3 years of experience successfully matching customers with healthy natural products, you can be assured that making the right choice for your family is literally at your fingertips. Ju-Ju Monkey is committed to providing the knowledge and understanding necessary to make educated choices when it comes to your family.