Rock ‘N Play Sleeper
HEAVEN ON EARTH. That’s all I have to say…ok It’s not, but it should be. Turner absolutely LOVED sleeping in this. It’s on an angle so it kept him from having any issues with reflux and just seemed more comfortable. It’s also very cozy since the sides come up. We would swaddle him up and plop him in there at night. He slept for HOURS! Our pediatrician gave us the ok since there’s no loose cloth or pillows. It’s like his own little cocoon!
bumGenius One-Size Cloth Diaper 4.0
When people hear that I do cloth diapers they either think I won’t last or think I’m crazy! I know it’s not for everyone, but it’s seriously EASY! Especially with the all-in-one diapers. Here is my original post with videos and links to everything I ordered. The BumGenius are my favorite now that Turner’s bigger. We also have theFuzzibunz One Size Diaperbut they tend to leak every now and then. I think every diaper is different depending on the build of the baby. But these work great for us!
This is perfect for our little chunker! He used to hate it when he was smaller. I could only carry him in the K’tan. Now that he’s bigger he loves the Bjorn! The best part is that Stew and I can both wear it. It sits in the middle of our backs so it doesn’t put a strain on our necks. It’s great when we don’t want to use the stroller. We just throw it on and go!
Mommy’s Bliss Gripe Water
This stuff really works. The description says it’s associated with colic. Turner didn’t have colic but he went through a really gassy period around 4 weeks. We would give it to him and the gas came out within minutes!! He felt so much better after drinking it. It was definitely a life saver! We still use it occasionally if he has gas. We also use it for hiccups. It cures them RIGHT AWAY! I will always have it on hand!
Peppermint Bark–Ok this isn’t for Baby, it’s for me. When my mother in law was here, she bought this peppermint bark for us which was THE BEST thing I’ve ever tasted. I was seriously hooked. I loved it so much that, when it ran out, we made our own. Then, after New Year’s I had to give it up. It was a bad addiction.
Udo’s Choice Infant’s Blend Probiotic
I always have taken a probiotic and I know Turner gets a little through me, but I have a friend who started giving this to her baby. Genius! I got mine at Whole Foods. I just put a 1/4 tsp in his bottle every night.
Nordic Naturals Baby’s Dha
Our poor little boy. He’s getting all sorts of fun things from me that he doesn’t realize. This is his fish oil. He drinks it right up. We give him 1 ML a day. It helps with brain and visual development, immunity, and nervous system development. We’re starting good practices even at this early age!
Nursing Tank–These are unbelievably comfortable! I’ve been wearing them every day for the past month…especially in the first two weeks when you might as well put on some good movies and not get off the couch because you’ll be nursing NON-STOP!
Medela Pump in Style
I started pumping from the beginning. I pump while he’s nursing so I can kill two birds with one stone! I’ve got lots of milk stored in the freezer. It’s a great feeling knowing that I won’t be held hostage forever! We’ve already given him a few bottles, and he takes them like a champ!
Naked 100% Juice
Sometimes I just don’t have time to eat, but I’m so hungry I could literally eat a cow! These are helpful to get calories and protein when I only have one arm free or am juggling a million things plus a newborn!
Laundry Bin–This is the best thing I ever did. In Turner’s nursery, I have a bin right next to his changing table. I put a drop of laundry detergent and fill it about halfway with water. That way I drop dirty clothes or burp cloths into it and let them soak until I’m ready to do a load of his laundry. That way his clothes aren’t permanently stained, and I’m not doing laundry every 10 minutes!
Heating Pad–We put this in his bed so it’s nice and cozy. We turn it on while I nurse him in the middle of the night and turn it off before we put him back to bed. That way he goes from one warm and snuggly place to another!
Baby K’tan Baby Carrier
This is so perfect for carrying Turner around while I’m working, cleaning, cooking, etc. A must have for the little one!
And a little something for your enjoyment! Stew’s parents took a picture of us while they were here last weekend… Life as we now know it…
There is a series of 6 videos on cloth diapering that I’ve watched over and over! They are so helpful and really explain everything you would possibly want/need to know about cloth diapering. I’m sure I will watch them several more times before Turner’s born but thought I’d get them on one page so they’re quick and easy to find! I am planning on getting a few of each kind to see what works with Turner. Below the videos I put my plan for cloth diapers with links to each. It pretty much wraps up these videos and puts it onto paper. That helps with us visual learners!
Cloth Diapering Part 1: Different brands/types/folding techniques and their pros and cons: Prefold Diaper, Bummies Super Whisper Wrap Cover, Bummies Super Bright Cover, Bummies Super Snap, Wool
Part 2:Kissaluvs Contour Diaper and Kissaluvs Fitted Diaper and how to wash
Part 3:Premium Diapers Pros/Cons-Bum Genius All-In-One, Fuzzibunz Pocket Diaper, Bum Genius One Size Diaper, GDiaper, Nature Baby Care Eco Diaper
Part 4:Quantities, Prices, and Sizes
Part 5:Accessories-Liners, Deo Disk, Mini Shower, Bac Out Enzyme Spray, Cloth Wipes, Wipe Solution, Doubler, Wet Bag
Part 6: Washing, Detergents
Cloth Diaper Plan
Snappi Cloth Diaper Fasteners
Prefold Cloth Diapers
- Wash 7-10 hot cycles before use
- Three Folds:
- Basic-Fold top layer, fold in edges and pull through legs. Use Snappies to fasten
- Twist-grab opposite corners and twist
- Trifold– fold in thirds and place in center of cover. Fold extra in back or front.
- 6-9 Covers–
- Kissaluvs Cotton Fleece Fitted Diaper
(Wicking Properties) in Fleece, Hemp, or Bamboo
- -6 Newborn fleece ($13*6)
- Prewash 7-10 hot washes
- 12 All in One – One Size Diapers
- Bummis Bio-Soft Liner, Small
- Useful for first few days when Baby has Meconium
- Helpful for diarrhea
- Useful for diaper Rash cream that has petroleum or fish oil. Should use creams without those oils- Burts Bees, CA baby, Arbonne, Avalonne Organics, Nature’s Baby
- Useful when baby starts solid foods
- Fabric Wipes/Homemade Wipe Solution-2 wipes per diaper
- Wipes made from old receiving blankets, wash cloths, Tshirts, etc.
- Wash with diapers on wash day
- Charlie’s Soap
1 to 2 tbsp per load
- Citrus Circles Diaper Pail Deodorizing Disks
- For diaper pail–Lasts 3 weeks
- Cloth Diaper Sprayer
hooks into toilet system
- Wet Bag–
- Double diapers overnight with extra prefold diaper by trifolding
- Remove all inserts from pocket diapers and solid poops before washing
- Wash wet bag with diapers
- First run cold rinse spin
- Next run hot wash with Charlie’s detergent (1 to 2 tbsp)
- Run cold rinse spin (if there are suds, run another cold rinse)
- Throw all into dryer. Take covers out after about 10 min. Sun drying is ok too!
- Persistent stains, sprinkle with lemon juice and lay in sun. Wash again right after.
Lucky for me, one of my good (gorgeous and beautiful too) friends, Zhenya, owns the CUTEST baby children’s boutique in downtown Charleston on King Street called Sugar Snap Pea. She knows the ins and outs of all things baby! How convenient for me! So I will go into her store from time to time to peruse and get the lowdown from her. I’ve learned a lot over the past few months! I have some photos of the must have items I’m registered for. I also linked everything so you can go straight to the website and check them out!
Sophie the Giraffe Teether I am absolutely obsessed with Sophie the Giraffe. This little animal has been in France for over 50 years and was just recently brought to us. It appeals to all of a baby’s senses which helps with their development. They start to identify the spots on her, she squeaks, her long neck gets Baby’s molars, and she naturally tastes and smells like vanilla because of the natural rubber used. They’re still hand made in France so no two are the same.
Chewbeads Hudson Necklace in Turquoise These are another genius invention. You know when you hold a baby and they want to grab at you and chew on you and pull your hair? Well, let them chew on these! They’re similar to the pacifier material, bpa free, and dishwasher safe. They even help Baby focus while nursing!
Boon Grass Countertop Drying Rack This is just an adorable dry rack for anything from bottles, to nipples, to the squirt spoon, etc. Very useful and so cute! I’m planning on getting two so I have one downstairs and one upstairs.
Boon Squirt Baby Food Spoon This is something I have never heard of until last night actually. Zhenya and my other friend, Emily, were conspiring and showed up at dinner with some gifts for me (since Emily’s moving to CA tomorrow and will miss everything my baby shower). Among them was this spoon. You can fill it with food and squeeze it into Baby’s mouth. How fun!! It’s also useful for traveling because the food can already be stored in your spoon.
Aden + Anais SwaddleThese are so soft and lightweight. They’re bigger than other blankets so they can double as other things as well. People use them as stroller covers, nursing covers, crib sheets, tummy time blankets, you name it! They’re well worth the investment!
I have linked to a few things in my weekly posts. But I thought I’d make a quick photo collage of my survival items over the past few weeks! I’m sure there are more, but these are the ones that stuck out. The T-shirts from A Pea in the Pod were buy one get one free (I think they still are). I think I got 6 or 8 of them. I am obsessed. They’re so comfy and flattering! I feel like I didn’t look pregnant until I wore these. The shorts from Target are a MUST for summer pregnancy! They’re not maternity but have an elastic waist so I am still wearing them! I got 3 different pairs. They’re MUCH cheaper than buying maternity clothes. I was saying to my husband how unfair it is that all the cute maternity clothes are a billion dollars because we have no choice as we grow but to buy them! But with these shirts and shorts, I’ve gotten away with not buying a whole new wardrobe! The drinks and yogurt, well, just taste refreshing!
Stew and I are starting the nursery… too soon? I know I know. But if you know me, you know I’m an overachiever (ex-teacher) who likes things done yesterday. SO, we started. I just can’t help myself! Now that the first trimester’s over and I’m getting my energy back, I am so excited! We haven’t painted or anything but I did find some goodies! We picked up a crib (couldn’t resist) the other day that was exactly what I wanted. Then I found this old rickety dresser from the Habitat store for $25!!! Here is the before…I sanded it and painted it and switched out the knobs.
This will be the changing table!
I already had a little table and armoire that will go perfectly in the room. I’ll have to wait to buy other things until I find out if it’s a boy or girl! I know I will get to register so I won’t go crazy, but it’s hard to resist great finds!