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Over the course of my pregnancy, I had received advice from many friends. Some advice was well received and some I brushed it off. Now with some colleagues expecting, many had turned to me for advice. But I’m not one to sound off my thoughts, oh, who am I kidding, I love to rant.
Looking back, there was one piece of advice I wish I followed but did not and is slightly regretting it.
Buying baby clothes – everyone will tell you this – Don’t invest too much in baby clothing. You will receive them as gifts. You will receive a lot! Especially if you are having a baby shower, you can count on guests that are parents to give you useful items that they know it’s useful. You can also count on non-parents to give you the ‘safe gifts’ such as clothing, bath towels , blankies, plushies and gift sets.
I didn’t take this advice seriously. I still bought clothing because a) it was on sale and b) it was too cute and I couldn’t resist. In the end, I realized that the first few months, Little Patch wore mostly onesies and sleepers. His ‘cool street clothes’ were worn about 3 times at most.
Also, if you are inexperienced in buying baby clothing, you will tend to overspend on your first shopping trips. And I don’t mean overspending as in buying Burberry Kids (unless you named your child Hollingsworth IV). I thought I got a sweet deal at the Gap when I bought a pack of 3 long sleeved onesies for $16 (originally $25) thinking that $5 each is not so bad. Then the next day, I went to Old Navy and saw that the same onesies were for $12. Now, I can tell you that you can find it for even cheaper!
Babies do not need shoes. Yes, they are cute but baby’s shoes are over priced and unless your baby is a child-athlete prodigy that can already walk on his own by 6 months, just leave the shoes out. I know, some shoes are just too cute but even if you put it on the baby, he will eventually kick it off wherever he is. I find that shoes and socks are too restricted so I buy little booties (they look like a little sack for the feet, much looser than socks) instead.
I have to admit that even giving out such advice, I will still buy Little Patch’s clothing knowing that I will regret it… especially if I’m at the Carters or Osh Gosh outlets.
After my review on the diapers that we tried in the sample pack, we’ve decided to go with something that we have not tested out. Hemp diapers. There are so many reasons why we decided to go with hemp. They are more expensive than cotton but these are the reasons that changed our minds:
- stronger than cotton
- has natural antibacterial ingredients
Here is a video to show how easy it is to use hemp diapers!
The covers can be bought at your local baby store for about $10 each. We have 5 covers for 30 cloth diapers. Even if the cover is waterproof, I still wash it often and change into a new one because the trim is not waterproof so it can absorb pee.
We also have a couple of AIO (All In One) diapers from Kushies for days when all the covers are soiled. You can get them from BRU or TJ Kids for about $12 each. No cover is required and they work exactly like a disaposable. AIO diapers are a great way to see if you can handle using cloth diapers before committing to the switch. AIOs are not as absorbant and leak-proof as hemp or cotton diapers.
Storing milk the conventional way in the freezer can be a space waster as it is bulky. Milk storing bags are designed to have the milk stand upright and when it freezes the bag expands. I have been freezing milk flat so that it saves space since you can stack them one on top of each other in the freezer.
I’ve been pumping a lot of milk lately to ease the pain of engorged breasts. My friend recommended the Gerber Nuk Seal ‘n Go Milk Bags. My pump is the Medalla Swing and I love it because it’s compact and it is used by local hospitals.
I try to breast feed whenever I can. Bottle feeding is my last resort if someone else is watching Little Patch. There’s a chance that you may lose antibodies, fat or leukocytes found in breast milk (live cells that carries immunity from mother to baby) as they may stick to the side walls of the containers or plastic bags. The milk bags are made specifically for storing milk so they do a better job at maintaining the milk components mentioned above.
My dear wife has asked me (several times now) to post on the blog and explain the decision as to why we will be using cloth diapers.
There’s a multitude of information and resources and I’m not too interested in regurgitating word for word what’s out there. I’ll append a list of resources at the end of this post. Briefly here are my comments.
Why cloth diapers? Why anything?
There are clear benefits to using cloth diapers to the environment, to the child and to the wallet. The opportunity cost is time in the form of more work, principally in laundry.
For me, the benefits outweigh the costs. At least the theory does at this point. I’ll find out when I give it a try. That’s the simple explanation.
The longer one is this.
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