My Favorite Things! Cloth diapers, toys and more.

In CategoryNatural Parenting

I am asked all the time what my favorite baby products are.  Babies needs breasts, a place to sleep, diapers and a few outfits.  If you have these you have all you need but there are other things that can make life much nicer and easier.

Now that Patrick is 5 months old (can you believe it?) I have a few I can’t live without.  I am sure there will be even more as time goes on and will post a new list in a few months.

Woven Wrap – I LOVE this thing.  I use it almost everyday.  I have a Didymos.  I thought I would hate all the wrapping but once I got used to it it was a breeze. This is particular perfect for Patrick. Since Patrick has Down syndrome he has joint laxity and low muscle tone.  I like how a wrap allows me to position him in the best way for him and I can make sure he is supported well.

Blankets – I am loving Aden + Anais Bamboo Blankets.  These come in 3 packs.  When I opened and washed the package both Bug and Peanut took one.  They liked how they felt too and figured 3 blankets for 3 boys.  They actually feel like butter. Now that it is getting hot out these are good for covering his head or his stroller to keep the sun out of his eyes.

Playmat – I can not say enough about the LilyPad Lawn by Nook.  Patrick needs lots of tummy time for his low muscle tone and Mommy needs to work.  When I am not wearing him I want him down on the ground.  Our house has hard floors and my office is tile.  Putting him on blankets frustrates him because when he moves the blanket moves under him.  Foam is no good because of the EVAs. There is some information about EVA’s and foam here. This is perfect!  It is soft, allows him to move and is safer.

Cloth Diapers – Need I say more? If you know me at all you know this is a no brainer for me.  My favorite is bumGenius Freetime. This is an All-In-One diaper so it is super easy to use.

Rash Cream – A couple times Patrick had a stealthy poop. Yes, I can admit it.  I did not change him as quick as I should have and he got a bit red.  I tested out several creams and love Thirsties Booty Love.  I actually didn’t carry it in my store when I tried it and quickly added it.  It cleared it up very quickly and I am comfortable with the ingredients.

Sophie the Giraffe – Yes, really!  I never owed this toy with Bug or Peanut.  But Froggie has just started being able to grasp items and he really seems to prefer this over other toys.  He even can make her squeak it his own.

Do you or did you have a baby item you can not live without? Leave a comment and let me know what it is.

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Frogge in a bumGenius Freetime

Make your holiday eco-friendly!

In CategoryGreen Living, Natural Parenting

The holidays can be a time with tons of waste.  There are some simple ways you can reduce your waste and save money!

My kids get involved by choosing what wrapping paper to use from the boxes of artwork we collect all year long.

1.) Look for smart gifts! Gifts that have minimal packaging, can be reused, are recyclable and durable are easier on our planet.

2.) Be creative with your gift wrapping! Use old baskets, food tins, newspapers, magazines and your children’s art work to wrap presents.

3.) Instead of buying a tree that was grown on a tree farm with lots of pesticides consider using a potted tree that can be used year after year.

4.) If you do get a cut tree make sure to recycle it. Recycling trees keep them out of landfills.

5.) Choose gifts made of natural components such as organic fabrics and wood.

6.) Use low energy LED lights in your decorations.

7.) If you have holiday cards from last year you can use them as gift tags this year.


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!