Baby

(Cloth) Diaper Duty

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Hi Everyone!

This post might not interest you, if you’re not having or planning to have kids anytime soon… If you are a new mom or dad (or will be soon), however, cloth diapering may have crossed your mind. Whether it’s for environmental or economical reasons, cloth diapers seem to make a big comeback lately (or maybe they already have, but I never paid attention to it before becoming a mom…).

Some of my favourite cloth diapers: Tinyfit by Bummis (5 on the left), Fuzzibunz Perfect Size X-Small (mint and blue in the middle), and some Bummis prefolds (right)

My parents used cloth, but parents nowadays have the choice of countless different types and brands of disposables. I didn’t even know that such thing as cloth diapers still existed until a little while ago. But then I got pregnant and I stumbled over several blogs and videos that mentioned cloth. I instantly got hooked and said that this is what I want to do, when our little one arrives. I loved the idea of not exposing baby’s bum to chemicals (the absorbent gel in disposables), while being environmentally conscious and saving money. So off I went, researching cloth diaper types and brands and towards the end of my pregnancy I went ahead and purchased some different cloth diapers to try. Here’s what I found out and tried so far:

  1. Prefolds: When I was researching cloth diapers first, I really liked Bummis. They basically are pieces of cloth that are folded and then put inside a waterproof cover. Pros: they’re the most economical type of cloth diaper ($19 for 6 diapers), they have cute covers ($10-$15, depending on print and style) and they’re organic - no harmful substances touching baby’s butt. Cons: It’s a little more time consuming, considering the extra steps of folding/stuffing diapers, and they are super bulky if you have a tiny baby.

    My son (7 weeks) wearing Bummis prefolds and a jungle print cover (newborn size) – they are huge on him!

  2. Fitted diapers: I only have one Kissaluv (size 0). These diapers look like disposables, only made of cotton or fleece, or another absorbent material. Since they are not waterproof, they also require a cover. Pros: No folding. Cons: a little pricier ($15 for one fitted diaper without cover) and also quite bulky.
  3. All-In-One (AIO) diapers: I bought a Tinyfit AIO diaper, as well as two Grovia, one newborn size, one one-size to try when I was still pregnant. They are super easy to handle, no folding, just put them on and you’re good to go! They are pretty much the environmentally friendly version of disposables. Pros: super easy to use. The Tinyfit still requires you to stuff the attached absorbing layer inside, but that’s no big deal for me. The Grovia has nothing to stuff, but it comes with an extra booster pad, in case you have a heavy wetter on your hands. Cons: AIO’s are more expensive and can run anywhere from $15 to $30+, depending on brand and style.

    Grovia AIO (NB size, 4-12lbs) – super easy to use and great fit

    Grovia AIO (one size) – I love the print, but it's still too big for my guy

    Tinyfit – my favourite so far – I love the velcro closures, it seems a little more flexible size-wise

  4. Pocket diapers: TheseĀ  are very popular, and there are many different brands, including Bumgenius, AMP, Fuzzibunz, and many others. I have one AMP and a few Fuzzibunz. They basically have a wicking material lined inside the diaper and you stuff an absorbent insert into a pocket. The Fuzzibunz are among my favourites, simply because they are the least bulky and the stuffing takes the same time as stuffing the Tinyfit AIO (which have the insert attached, but it flops out when washing, so it needs to be re-stuffed).

    Fuzzibunz x-small vs small – they are the least bulky of all cloth diapers I tried so far

The verdict: It takes a little experimenting and trying out to see, what works best for you. At this time, I love the idea of cloth diapering for such reasons as no chemicals on my little guy’s skin, less impact on the environment, and at the same time saving a little money. However, most of the time we’re out and about, we’re still using disposables. Being a mommy is new for me, and cloth diapers need wet bags and take up much more space in a bag than a travel pack of wipes and a few disposables – we do use a mix of green and (somewhat) environmentally friendly brands though… This is what works for us right now, but I’m sure things will change once our little guy grows. I’m not sure if we will ever be “full-time” cloth diaper users, or if we will go back to disposables completely. We’ll just go with the flow for right now.

Are you using/planning to use cloth diapers for your child? If yes, what are your favourite types/brands? I definitely like the Tinyfit and Fuzzibunz best so far.

Happy Diapering! :D

Susan

Baby Essentials

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It can be overwhelming as a new parent, to decide which baby items are really necessary and which ones are not too important. This is a list of my baby must-haves.

1. Moby Wrap: Our son loves to be held close. With the wrap we can go on walks, run errands or just snuggle with both hands being free for other things. He can sleep for up to two hours in the wrap, which gives us the chance to get some things done, without him being unhappy.

Nice and snuggly: the Moby Wrap

2. Medela Electric Double Breast Pump: Without it, I probably wouldn’t be able to breastfeed at all, because he was in the nursery for a couple of days. And even after that, he was so tiny and wouldn’t latch on very well, so he had to be topped up with pumped milk. I only used it for a few weeks, but I’m sure it will come in handy, when I will return to work, or when I start working out and daddy will be taking care of him for a couple of hours.

3. Medela Tender Care lanolin nipple ointment: soothes sore and cracked nipples.

4. Nursing pillow: brings baby closer to the breast and can prevent a sore back. I didn’t get one until our little guy was a couple of weeks old and, let me tell you, it does make a difference! Many pregnancy body pillows can also be helpful for breastfeeding.

5. Nursing bra pads: to prevent embarrassing leaks when out and about and to stop nighttime leaks.

6. Swaddling Blankets: I love Aden+Anais Muslin Wraps. I use them for swaddling, as stroller cover, andĀ  burp cloths among other things. They are super soft and come in a bunch of cute designs.

7. Stroller: The bassinette allows us to go for walks, when he is sleepy, and it has a seat, for when he is bigger and can sit more upright when he has more head control. It can also be adapted for various car seats. However, new babies shouldn’t be in the car seat for longer periods of time (you can read more here), so a bassinette is a safer option if you plan on going for longer walks with your baby.

Uppababy Vista

8. Sleepers and kimono style onesies: These make nighttime changes a lot easier, because of front buttons. No awkward pulling of tight diaper shirts over baby’s head!

9. Enough diapers and wipes: Whether you are using cloth or disposables (or both), you do not want to run out of these!

10. Healthy snacks for mom: When daddy is back at work, and all baby wants to do is breastfeed and snuggle, it can be hard to remember to eat healthy. It is however super important for baby’s sake that mom is fed properly, as insufficient nutrition can affect the milk supply. My go-to snacks are: instant oatmeal (I prefer steel cut oats, but don’t feel like cooking them right now), apples and bananas, cereal bars, baby carrots and other cut veggies (Whole Foods sells them pre-cut…). These are also portable, in case you have to run to a doctor’s appointment but had no time for breakfast or lunch that day.

Keep in mind, every baby has different needs, so the items I list here are those that work best for our son, and I am very glad that I’ve bought them! Your little one might enjoy completely different items and toys than ours, such as mobiles or swings. We can still entertain him with our silly faces right now. ;-)

What is your absolute #1 baby must-have?

1 Month Postpartum Update

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Hey friends, hope you’re doing well!

It’s been over one month – 6 weeks to be exact – since our little guy has arrived and I thought it’s time for a quick update.

Baby: He’s doing great, gaining weight (he was only 4lbs at birth) and nursing around the clock! No colic/uncontrollable crying so far, whenever he fusses he usually calms down when nursing. He also holds on to fingers, shirts and my hair, and he starts making “ooh” sounds, along with little smirks here and there. :o I love him!

Baby Yoga – Stretchy Toe Pose :-)

Mommy: I feel great and have pretty much recovered from my (unexpected) c-section. I believe I had initially lost almost all the baby weight right after giving birth (I only gained about 13lbs total), but I have the feeling I gained some of it back. Our eats have been a little lackluster on the fruit and veggie side lately. We’ve been at the farmers market and bought some stuff, but I don’t have the time to chop, peel and wash veggies and the Mr. doesn’t feel like cooking either after a long day at work. So, frozen meals and take-out paired with cookie and milk cravings don’t go well with losing baby fat. :-?

Who could resist milk and cookies?

Exercise: Although I haven’t gained much weight, my belly is quite squishy. I’ve gone on walks with him almost every day. It feels good to get out for a while, and getting some fresh air and light exercise is an extra benefit. Most of the time I’m wearing him in the Moby wrap. My plan is to go to Mom & Baby yoga in the next few days, which is a great way to meet and connect with other new mommies.

Question for you: Does anybody have some tips on how to eat healthy while taking care of a newborn, if your partner doesn’t cook (he claims I do it better, but he offers to bring take-out…)? There’s only so much sodium my body can handle… Leave a comment and let me know!