Baby Registry Ideas

In CategoryCloth Diapers, Green Living, Natural Parenting, Pregnancy & Childbirth

You are pregnant!!  You go to your local baby store and there is so much to choose from.  How do you figure out what you really need and what is a waste of money?  Ask a friend!

I am often asked what parents need to purchase or register for when getting ready for baby.  The most important things a baby needs is breasts, arms and love!  For the more practical items I have put together a list of my favorite things!  Since these  are my favorite things the list is not meant to be all inclusive.

  • Cloth Diapers – Newborns go through about 12 diapers a day.  Most people like to have enough diapers on hand to wash every other day. Here is an article about figuring out how many you need.
  • Cloth Wipes
  • Diaper Sprayer
  • Pail Liners
  • Cloth Diaper safe Detergent
  • Earth Mama Angel Baby Nipple Butter – I recommend this to everyone.  I love this stuff!
  • Nursing Pads, my favorite is Bamboobies!
  • If you are returning to work and needing to pump I recommend Hygeia products.  Hygeia is a green company and they follow the WHO code for the marketing of breastfeeding substitutes.
  • Nursing bras
  • Organic and toxic free baby toys
  • Layette – I prefer simple baby clothes like onesies.
  • Baby carriers!  I personally love Beco but there are so many carriers to choose from.  For little tiny newborns wraps are often the first choice.
  • Car seat – This one goes without saying
  • Co-Sleeper and related bedding
  • Baby Soap/Shampoo.  I used Earth Mama Angel Baby on my sons.
  • Baby toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Swaddle Blankets – I love Aden + Anais

Babies really need very little.  We purchased so much for our first and we never even used much of it!

I think one of the hardest challenges parents have today is figuring out what is safe to use.  A post on safety and baby products will be coming soon!

My electric bill is killing me!

In CategoryGreen Living

I am always looking for ways to live more eco-friendly.  I do a pretty good job with the obvious things but when my electric and water bill came last month I realized I was not doing so good there.

I am in southern California and am a baby (or another word) when it comes to heat!  The last thing my family wants to to hear is me getting cranky while I am melting. So why haven’t I figure out a way to use less electricity yet? Yelling at my boys to turn lights off doesn’t seem to be working!

According to one website I could save $99 a month if I had solar power. I wish solar power was not so expensive.  The rebates and tax breaks are nice but it still seems like a ton of money up front.  According to to this website the cost will be near $80,000.00 to install a system.  WOW!

I guess until I win the lottery I will keep yelling at the boys and remembering to open windows at night.

The effects of using too much electricity have far greater consequences than our family bill.  It is important to remember that making electricity is the number one source of greenhouse gas emissions.  It accounts for about 40% of our country’s carbon dioxide emissions.  These are scary numbers.

So maybe saving up for a solar power system could be a long (long, long) term goal.





New! Fuzzi Bunz Elite One Size Cloth Diapers!

In CategoryCloth Diapers, New Product Announcements

This just in…Fuzzi Bunz, the cloth diaper that started it all, is further improving their already amazing one size cloth pocket diaper!  But what’s the scoop and what exactly are they changing about their one size cloth diaper?  Read the the details below, straight from Fuzzi Bunz headquarters.

FuzziBunz® has re-engineered its already popular One Size to be trimmer fitting, more comfortable, faster drying and easier to adjust than before! Best yet, all these features come at the same low price as the original One Size FuzziBunz® diapers! The FuzziBunz® One Size Elite collection gives you even more bang for your buck, including these features:

  • Quick Dry Fleece: Baby feels dryer longer and fleece stays nicer longer with less visible wear
  • Easy-Replace Elastic Has Moved: The adjustable elastic’s buttons are now found inside the pocket so there are no buttons next to baby’s skin
  • New Minky Inserts: Each diaper comes with two Minky Inserts (small and medium/large) adding the following benefits:
    • Less odor than microfiber
    • Less staining
    • Trimmer fitting diaper with same amount of absorbency
  • Streamlined front panel and snap design provides better fit with less leaking

Green Diaper Store, Little For Now and Angel Bunz will all stock a great selection of the Fuzzi Bunz Elite Diapers so make sure to check back with us when you’re in need.