Monthly Archives: June 2010

New and Green Diapers Sample Pack Review

Last month, we picked up the sample cloth diapers from New & Green Baby Co. For about $200, we got a sample pack for 2 months to see which type of diapers we want to go with.
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Their Milkshake Brings All the Babies to the Farm

Along with many vitamins, an omega 3 fatty acid known as DHA found in fish and walnuts is essential in your pregnancy diet. This is good for the development of your baby’s brain, eyes and nervous system and YOU. If your baby is not getting enough DHA, s/he will start sucking the DHA out of you!

I rarely had time to cook a meal that contains enough DHA but I prefer to get my vitamins through food rather than supplements so I found a local dairy farm that carries products that contain DHA.

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Getting Rid of Spit Up Smells from Clothing

Milk residue scent on clothing is hard to get off. Since Little Patch’s been spitting up a lot, many of his clothing and especially bibs have an annoying smell on it even after multiple washings. I managed to find a solution to get the smell out and the clothing smelling clean as spring.

  1. Do a rinse in the washer with a cup of white vinegar.
  2. Do a regular wash and rinse cycle. During the wash cycle, use your regular laundry detergent and add a few drops of dish detergent (I used Palmolive’s Green Apple but the clothes don’t end up smelling like dish detergent so I don’t think it matters what you use).
  3. Do a rinse cycle with water only.

This actually takes a long time and uses a lot of water so I tried doing step 1 or step 2 only to see if I can eliminate a step but the result remained smelly. I think it’s easier to just buy new bibs for him. As for clothing, I try to do this once in awhile when I have a full load of clothes with the smell.

Paperwork Checklist for Canadian Moms

Here’s a checklist that you may find useful after giving birth to your baby (links included for some forms).

The Delish and Bad of Being Pregnant

While I was pregnant, there were many things that I couldn’t eat. The foods that I couldn’t eat, regardless of whether I liked it before or not, became my cravings. I had a lot of caffeine and sugar in the form of starbucks lattes, pop and teas when I wasn’t even a coffee drinker before I was expecting.

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What’s the Cost to be a Stay-at-Home Mom?

I’ve been reading a lot of mommy blogs and found that many of them have something in common. They are stay-at-home moms. After reading more of their posts and putting the pieces together, I also noticed that many of them have spouses with a middle range income. I’m quite baffled at how a moms of 2+ children can stay at home. Read the rest of this entry

A Time Saving Appliance

I dedicate this post to a mother-to-be friend, Christine. Last weekend, I attended her baby shower with Big Patch and Little Patch. She was the person that I made my diaper cake for.

Halfway through the party, I had to feed LP. I took out the bottled milk, found a cup to fill it with hot water but I couldn’t find any hot water. I wasn’t looking for a kettle, I was looking for an electric thermo pot. But she didn’t have one (or maybe I didn’t look hard enough). My friend found a kettle-like thingy on the stove and it’s been forever since I’ve used a kettle! My immediate reaction was ‘But she’s Chinese, how could she not have one!’ I ended up warming the milk with running hot water from the sink (not very eco-friendly!).

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No Baking Required… My First Diaper Cake

I made my first diaper cake over the weekend. My cousin made me one for my baby shower and I thought it looked easy and fun to make. Being a super crafty person, I actually found this pretty hard to make compared to my beading and felt pins projects.

Nonetheless, i still think diaper cakes are fun and useful for new moms-to-be. You can surely customize it to what you want to give.


Ingredients – Diapers, fleece blankie, blue bunny rattle, a pack of 3 bodysuits, glass plate, small bottles of shampoo/cleansers/etc, a container of wipes, ribbons and cellophane wrap. Glue gun can be used to glue the ribbons. Ribbons, plate and cellophane wrap can be found at the dollar store.

Place the wipes container in the centre of the plate. Wrap the fleece blankie around the container to give it more girth. Roll the diapers and hold it with either a ribbon or a mini elastic band. Wrap it tightly if you want to squeeze in more diapers. Place the diapers around the container. Wrap a thick ribbon around the diapers covering the elastic bands and secure the ribbon with tape or glue. You may need an extra set of hands to help you .

Repeat the same steps for the second layer of diapers. You can add the bodysuits in between the diapers. For my cake, I put the 3 bodysuits together at the ‘front’ (where the rattle will be facing).

Same for the third layer. Place the rattle on top of the third layer. It looks nicer without the backing on the rattle but it was easier for me to place it on top by placing the cardboard back between the diapers for support.

Tie a ribbon on the socks and mini bottles and attach it to the thick ribbon around the diapers on each layer. You can use larger bottles and squeeze it between the diapers if you wish.

Wrap the cake in cellophane wrap and tie a bow on top. Your cake is ready to be served!

Finishing touches – you can line tissue paper at the bottom and crinkle the ends to make it more decorative if you feel the first tier is too plain. I glued stones to the ribbon because I thought the ribbon was too plain. There are cellophane wrap with designs on it such as stars or ducks, etc.