Category Archives: baby gear

22/50: purge all toiletries

Today I am going to do something I absolutely dread: purging my bathroom and linen closet.

 

After getting all the baby toiletries, breastfeeding, and postpartum stuff, I realized I don’t have anywhere to put it! So I need to purge all my toiletries, meds, makeup, and cleaning products since I store all of them together. This way I can put my extra large bottle of stool softener away!

21/50: get breastfeeding supplies

I have been avoiding this because it’s expensive and kind of scary, but I really need to get a damn breast pump. It’s time to accept that in a short while, my life will closely resemble that of a dairy heifer. Roll with it chotto! You can do it!

 

I also need:

Ensure
Sleep nursing bras
Disposable breast pads
Nipple butter
Breast milk storage bags

18/50: wash all baby bedding

I need to wash my 500 receiving blankets, swaddling blankets, crib sheets, boppy covers, and mattress protectors. I need to seal the PUL on my diaper pail liners as well so I will go ahead and toss those in, too.

 

On top of that, I have been doing our regular laundry since 6am. Yes, it has taken hours. This pregnancy thing is getting old. My belly button is burning and I can only stand and walk for a few minutes before I have to sit down again. Laaaaaaame.

16/50: buy baby toiletries

Today I am 35 weeks pregnant with 35 days left to go. And would you believe that I don’t own a single bottle of baby lotion or shampoo? Yeah I can’t believe that either. :/

 

Shopping listo:
Baby wash
Baby shampoo
Baby lotion
Diaper rash lotion
Small nail file
Rectal thermometer (omg)
Infant Tylenol
Aspirator

15/50: pack diaper bag

You might have noticed that my hospital bags didn’t have any baby items listed. That’s because she gets her own fabulous bag. I’m also bringing the Boppy. I know, the nurses are just going to love me. lol

 

Diaper bag:
2 newborn pacifiers
2 Burp cloths
2 blankets
2 Baby outfits
2 cloth diapers & 2 covers
4 Cloth wipes
Wet bag with changing pad
Baby butt lotion*

 

Keep in mind that my hospital is only 8 minutes away. Honestly, I don’t need half this stuff, but I did enjoy packing one for the first time. :)

 

At 35 weeks, with the carseat in and all the bags packed, we are finally ready for the birth! Now if I could just get the kitchen and nursery together…

14/50: pack hospital bags

My birth class coach gave us a booklet with a handy dandy list of stuff to put into our hospital bags. That’s right, bags. Apparently we need 2, a backpack with essentials needed during labor, and a small suitcase for the postpartum recovery period. I’ll be packing these today. Well, packing what I can, if it has an asterisk it’s because I need to buy that stuff.

 

Labor goody bag:
Robe & Slippers*
Socks
Focal point (Tutu)
Ipod
Sour candy*
Lotion & tools for massage
Lanolin
Unscented lip balm
Toothbrush & toothpaste
Magazines/books (I’m bringing my Nook Color)
Contacts, case, saline, & glasses
Hair ties and headbands
Pens & notebook
Camera
Extra pillows with pretty, colored pillowcases


Postpartum Recovery Suitcase
:
Nursing gowns & pajamas
Nursing bras*
Nursing pads*
Toiletries
Clothes & underwear
Snacks like granola bars & trail mix

 

I’m going to add:

 

My purse:
Cellphone
Chargers for my phone, Nook, and Ipod
Wallet with insurance card & pediatrician’s card
Keys
Cash & change for vendies

13/50: wash all baby clothes

I ordered a set of 85 wooden baby hangers from Amazon and they just arrived yesterday. Now that I have a way to store Lilu’s baby clothes, I can wash them. It’s about 4 loads. Then I want to sort them by size and hang them up.

 

Honestly, the hanging part will be hard since the nursery, closet included, needs to be empty so we can paint. That means we’ll have to hang them in the playroom closet, which is already stuffed. A lot of it is maternity clothes I need to sort and box up, and kitchen stuff. I guess I can get to work in there while the washer and dryer do their thing.

 

Ugh…

Closet is a mess!

 

You know, this would be a lot easier if I wasn’t so freaking pregnant. Now my back hurts all the time, I can’t bend or lift much, and I constantly feel like I need a nap. How lame is that?

 

Oh well, getting started!

Hanging Lilu's clothesAt least they look pretty. :)

12/50: prep 12 more cloth diapers

Prefolds before prepping

So I bought some more cloth diapers and now I have to prep them. 5 hot washes & high dries, and I need to stretch the plastic snappis out. The why of it is a little more complicated.

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While hanging out with my in-laws for 4th of July weekend, my mother-in-law asked how many cloth diapers we had. I answered 24 — 2 days worth. (Which was a good guess, we actually have 27.) She said we needed at least 3 days worth and preferably a week’s worth. Then she asked if I would be offended if she brought disposables over to use since we don’t have enough cloth diapers. I choked.

 

Doesn’t anyone know about cloth diapers anymore? I mean they are making a huge comeback, it seems like everyone on the internet is using them, and yet I still get so much flack whenever I talk about it in the real world. I just don’t get it! So I’m making this post in defense of cloth diapers to clear up the misconceptions I keep coming across.

 

1. 24-36 Newborn diapers & 24-36 One sized diapers are enough.

I don’t need a week’s worth of cloth diapers, what I need is my washer and dryer. Not to mention that at a rate of 12 diapers a day, I’d have 84 diapers! Where would I even put them all?! And how people store all the disposables is just beyond me. Those bulk packs are huge and one child goes through thousands before potty training! (Between 5000 and 8000.)

 

2. One of the greatest pros of cloth diapering is that it’s cheaper.
Cheaper by thousands of dollars. Seriously. When I decided to get another day’s worth of CDs as a buffer, I selected the cheapest option possible: prefolds and some snappi securers. Totaling this up along with the cost of my original luxury set of 27 diapers, I have:

 

$21   – 12 prefolds
$7     – 3 snappis
$36   – 5 newborn covers
$60   – 5 small covers
$300 – 25 fitted diapers
+$45   – 2 All-In-One diapers
$470 – 39, size 5-15lbs diapers


I will spend another $600 on 24 diapers in the next size up, which are even more adjustable, fitting 15-40lbs. Now I don’t have to buy these until November, but lets just say I spent $1070 total upfront. Considering that disposables cost $3000+ per child, and I can reuse these for all of my kids, cloth is a lot cheaper. ($2000 for one child, $5000 for 2 children, $8000 for 3 children, and $11,000 for 4 children.)

 

3. Cloth diapers retain a lot of their original value.
Once I buy them, they are mine to keep. And when I’m done with them? I can sell them for at least 50% of what they cost me. Try that with a used disposable!

 

4. It’s very convenient to cloth diaper.
I will never have to worry about buying diapers ever again. I will never have to run out at 9:50pm to buy diapers before Publix closes. I will never have to worry about the cost of diapering my next child, or the next, or the next. Not to mention, you’re supposed to flush the poop in disposable diapers. It says so right on the box. That’s because it’s illegal and unsanitary to throw human waste into the trash. So anyone who says disposables are easier because just you just wrap-n-trash them, well, they aren’t.

From Target’s Up&Up brand diaper packaging:

PLEASE: Before disposing of dirty diapers, empty into toilet. Then wrap in the waterproof backing before discarding in waste receptacle.
From Pampers’ website:

Waste removal: As the Pampers bag recommends, you’ll want to dump bowel movements in the toilet. Then just roll the diaper into its backsheet, using the tape or fasteners to keep it closed, and dispose of it in the trash.

 

5. New cloth diapers have fewer blowouts and little or no diaper rash.
Modern cloth diapers have gussets — little sections of ruffled elastic — that catch waste and keep it contained. They have them in the legs and in the back, where blowouts are most likely to occur. I chose fitted diapers & covers because they both have gussets. My babe will be sporting 3 gussets in total, and that extra protection will save her onesies and bedding, and my sanity.

Today’s cloth diapers also use new fabrics like Bamboo, Zorb, and Microfleece which are more absorbent than the standard cotton of the olden days. These fabrics absorb at a faster rate and wick moisture away from the baby’s bum more quickly and without harsh chemicals. This leads to less diaper rash.

 

5. Cloth diapered children usually potty train 6-24months quicker.
The average is between 24-30 months, because they can feel that they are slightly wet. Compare that to the 36-42 month average of disposable diapered children. I was cloth diapered in the old school prefolds and potty trained at 18 months!

 

6. Cloth is better for the environment and the health of the baby.
Disposables contain carcinogenics linked to cancer. Period. Why would anyone create these chemicals and then strap them to a baby? Why needlessly fill landfills with tons of these chemicals, plastics, and vaccine-infected human feces? No amount of convenience is worth that.

 

And for those who have read studies that say cloth and disposables have the same impact:

In July 1991, the United Kingdom’s Women’s International Network found that all of the available research on the environmental impact of disposable diapers had been funded directly by makers of disposables. A London independent environmental agency, the Landbank Consultancy, was asked to review and evaluate the data. The Landbank Report concluded that, compared to cloth diapers, throwaway diapers use 20 times more raw materials, three times more energy, twice as much water, and generate 60 times more waste. Using the Landbank Report, the Women’s International Network challenges Proctor & Gamble’s environmental equivalency claims before the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). The ASA rules that P&G’s claims are misleading. Under pressure from the press, P&G withdraws its claims. They later pay out of court settlements.

 

7. Cloth is cute and disposables are tacky and ugly.
I live in Florida. Here, diaper + t-shirt = outfit. So I see a lot of plastic disposable butts and it is not cute. Cloth diapers, on the other hand, are adorable. My favorite brand, Twinkie Tush, makes super attractive, high quality diapers. And she’s an American work at home mom. I can support that!

 

 

I know which one I’d rather wear.

10/50: wash and install carseat & bases

I’m going to try to do this myself. They’re Chicco Keyfits and I’ve heard they install in a snap. But my husband’s car doesn’t have a latch system like mine does, so I’m hoping it won’t be too hard to use the seat belts. I did have “put jogging stroller into hatchback” on today’s agenda, but Adam did that for me yesterday. He didn’t want me lifting it. Awww…

 

And my cold isn’t that bad. It’s not getting any worse at least. I did sleep about 12 hours so I guess that’s how you kill this one.

5/50: sort baby gifts

So a crazy thing happened on Sunday — I had not one, but two surprise showers! My husband woke me up early in the morning and told me I needed to get dressed. I’d planned to sleep in, since I wanted to stay up for the fireworks, but then he said, “You have to get up now. I just went into the dining room and it’s completely decked out in baby pink, not red, white, and blue!” Well that woke me up pretty quick!

 

We had a great shower breakfast of eggs and omelets, pastries, fruit salad, bagels and lox, and baby cupcakes, and we received so many thoughtful gifts. It was pretty overwhelming. Adam’s mom even got him a manly diaper bag and matching umbrella stroller, which is awesome since my diaper bag is pink and we only have an SUV sized jogging stroller. That’s how I roll, but my husband? Notsomuch.

 

After hanging out with everyone for a while, we had to pack up and headed off to my Aunt’s house for her 4th of July party, which is about an hour’s drive from my in-laws. After some greets, meets, and eats, all these giant bags filled with pink goodies came out. My cousin, who just had a little boy 3 weeks ago, said, “Wow, hope you like pink.” Luckily, I love pink!!

 

We got a ton of cute outfits, shoes, and socks, which is seriously a relief because I’ve only purchased like 7 articles of clothing. And that’s from sizes newborn to 24 months! When I realized that last week, I pretty much freaked out. And now I don’t know what I have, because everyone got a range of sizes, so now I need to sort it all out. I want to take pictures of all the outfits and note who gave us what as well, so I can send thank yous now and pictures later. :)

 

And while it has nothing to do with the 50/50, I got to hold my newborn 2nd cousin, Cole. He was soooo tiny, it was really scary at first! But then he was just cooing away in his sleep and my heart melted. Soon I get to do this every day! I can’t wait!!