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April 15, 2014
Here it is the middle of April and I am finally able to bring you the latest from CTDC. To say the past two weeks was a “whirlwind” would be an understatement. After eighteen years of driving a ready mix truck I have called it quits: for now. My new employer kept me so busy it was beginning to have a negative effect on our small home based business, my attitude, and more importantly, life. For now I am comfortable staying at home keeping CTDC up to speed, sending orders as quickly as possible, and, determining what to do for a part time job. Time will tell if the decision to stop driving was the right choice at this time in my life.
The day I quit my job I found the following saying on Facebook: Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” This is what’s been happening the last eighteen years. Time to slow down (a little) and enjoy the fruits of my labor.
Our new contour diapers appear to be a big hit. The medium size is so popular that a new order needed to be placed with the manufacturer. I am down to about 50 mediums at this point but more should be soon available.
Sales of the contour diapers have been anywhere from one to two to as many as eighteen by one individual. I could not be more pleased. However, feedback has been minimal so I am not too sure if there are any features of the contour which must be addressed.
Our idea was to have diaper which could easily be concealed under clothing. Too long and it would be well above the belt buckle line. Too short and it would not be comfortable. The back width of the diaper is long enough that it wraps completely around the body and pins toward the front of the diaper and not at the sides. This extra material allows for increased absorbency. Any feedback will be greatly appreciated as the manufacturer is very interested to hear how our new design is being accepted.
Feedback on any product can be posted by visiting the product page and clicking the link at the bottom of the page which reads “Click to review this product.”
Our cloth diaper manufacturer will soon be sending a few samples of a new flat fold diaper which could be added to our line of quality products. The diaper will be made with Birdseye material and measure 36” x 36”. We will test two different thicknesses. One will be 2 ply while the other being 4 ply. This will give individuals a choice on how to layer the diaper based upon their particular needs. The thinner diaper in the long run will allow for easier washing and drying. Many of you who wear our pre-folds are well aware the 10 layer center panel requires extra drying time. Hopefully more information on the flat fold diaper will soon be available.
Our InControl (Gary Mfg.) vinyl pants continue to be our best-selling pants. Gary Mfg. provides these pants to several suppliers so keeping your business here can sometimes prove to be difficult. My one and only edge is our low overhead operating costs. This allows for me to keep our pricing low.
A new order of vinyl pants recently arrived and now available are the 7mm comfort high waist pants. Many are finding this a great alternative to the Comco vinyl pants which are no longer available. Several other styles nearly sold-out are also back in stock.
The biggest surprise when it come to the Gary Mfg. pants is the popularity of the medium 4mm comfort regular and high waist pants. Both styles sold-out in a matter of weeks and were re-ordered earlier this week. These too should be soon be back in stock.
Time at home will allow me to dye some 4mm neon colored pants which are either sold-out or in limited availability. The recent arrival of Gary pants will also allow some 7mm vinyl pants to be dyed in colors blue and yellow. Still not too sure about pink at this time?
Our PUL pants are another product which are slowly becoming more popular. Sales were slow at the beginning but sales increase every month as word spreads through the many websites about this product. This is a great product for use during warmer temperatures as the material is able to breathe which allows for better skin care.
Several selections of our PUL pants are now out-of-stock. It’s been nearly one year since I delivered this material to KINS and it’s now time to reorder several selections. Unfortunately this can take time as the material needs to be shipped from Oregon to Canada and then back to California. It can be a logistical nightmare as the bottom line is cost in order to keep our prices low.
Returning to our product line is the white waterproof taffeta pull-on pants. The waterproof taffeta was very difficult to locate when my only source stopped selling this fantastic material. Our pants are made by KINS so quality and sizing is not an issue. KINS made this latest batch with the waterproof lining on the outside. I thought they had made a major error doing this but in actuality the pants are very comfortable with the waterproof lining on the outside. The lightweight material makes it feel like you are not even wearing waterproof pants. This is also a product which is great to wear during warmer temperatures as the material also has the ability to breathe while still being waterproof.
Believe when I say I gave the taffeta pants a thorough testing after they arrived. KINS also tested the material before manufacturing began and Jenny was very surprised how well the material did not allow moisture to pass through the waterproof coating. This is a pant to try if you are looking for something that is lightweight and secure against leaks.
I finally contacted Peggy Lu Faye at Lifestyles Emporium and we met up a few weeks ago. Her stock is low at this time as she awaits a new seamstress and new sewing machines. She plans on being back to full production in the next few weeks.
I was able to leave her place with some Lang vinyl pants and adult trainers. The limited number of vinyl pants I had are quickly selling. The only sizes at this time are a few small in the shiny and matte style, and, 2XL shiny style. Also in stock is a great product when extra protection is required over disposable briefs.
I have a limited selection of medium size Lang trainer pants. This pant features the familiar Lang shiny vinyl on the outside and two layers of soft cotton flannel on inside. The adult trainer is currently available with either solid white or chick flannel print. This pant can actually be worn as is or with a cloth or disposable diaper underneath.
Many are finding the Boingo fasteners a great alternative to regular diaper pins. It’s a great product but has one potential flaw. Stretching the fastener too much puts strain on the small plastic teeth. This is true no matter being used on baby, toddler or adult adults. The trick is to only stretch far enough to obtain a comfortable and secure fitting diaper. I have used Boingo fasteners for several months with great results and no broken teeth.
We also offer the original Dritz baby diaper pins in pastel and bright colors. These pins can be easily attached to our adult contour diapers and pre-folds. I recommend these pins for use up to the medium pre-folds and recommend the Dritz blanket pins for sizes large and x-large. Again, this is all up to an individual’s preference.
Our shopping cart continue to act in mysterious ways. Some orders are right on the money. Some are still way off which results in refund through PayPal. Please feel free to contact me if you ever have a question about the shipping cost of your order. What I am finding is many orders which are marked as shipment via parcel post can actually be sent via priority mail. The US Postal Service offers regional rate boxes which are more similar in cost to parcel post and result in a delivery time of two to three days versus one week. My goal is to get the product(s) to you as quickly as possible and at the most affordable rate.
CTDC is very thankful for the continued support of our small home based business. I know you have several choices when it comes to reusable cloth diapering products. Our business is based upon the concept of quality products at affordable prices.
We are proud to continue providing a monthly contribution to the Wounded Warriors Project. Too many members of our armed forces are returning home with devastating injuries. The military can only provide so much initial and after care for these brave individuals who put their lives in “harms-way” in order for this to remain a free country. Feel comfortable knowing a small part of your order is helping men and women who are in need of vital health and mental care at this time of their life.
As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns about our products or service.