A few baby gear questions. This is the fun stuff! - Page 2
Greenmountain diaper website seemed simple enough. I guess i need to find out about return policy, some places had a 90 day, not sure if that means you try it and can still return? It seems overwhelming to me that there are so many fits out there. Even on GMD, they have fitted ones,newborn size, then one size i think in one kind, then another fitted thats cheaper is in four sizes, the Workhorse... Why? More expensive=better? And they say all cotton is best, but i was interested in hemp too maybe.
I stocked up on GMD prefolds and bought 6-12 of their workhorse diapers in each size, mainly for family/friends who may watch DS and are unfamiliar with wrapping a prefold. I liked the prefolds best. When folded correctly, the fabric opens in the back to create a sort of pocket, which is great for catching a lot of poop. With the workhorse, there just isn't the space so solids can work their way up and out. In the early months, and before we really got the hang of part-time EC-ing the little guy, we used hemp/cotton liners folded into the prefolds at night. This worked well for us. We started with cloth at about 1.5 weeks, once meconium was out of his system.
As for sizes, I wasn't sure about this either, so we started with a stash of NB and small (36 ea). As ds grew, it became clear that he needed larger sized diapers so we ordered them as we needed them. Our large size diapers saw the most wear. DS was probably in them for almost a year before we bought the next size up, and because he wets less frequently now, we bought fewer (24). We have two Bummis velcro covers and 2 or 3 wool covers for size diaper, some covers overlap sizes. This rotation works really well for us. The initial cost is high, but drops drastically if you're thinking of having more than 1 baby.
I also have a small stash of BumGenius AIOs to keep at my parent's place. They live cross-country so this investment was mostly to make travel lighter & easier (we travel a lot and always bring our CDs). I love them for the AIOs completeness, multi-size adjustment, and they're very trim. I've only used them for about 2 weeks, so can't tell you how well they contain much of anything other than toddler pee.
Feel free to reach out if you have more questions.
I loved my Moby wrap and wore it until ds was just about a year. Once he was able to sit we also used a ring sling. Which one we used mostly depended on my preference and where we were going.
I am so interested in the hammock. I dont feel like theres enough info on the site. Other ones i looked at all emphasized not using it after baby can roll, like a cosleeper. I want to see info about safety and using the harness, like using it during sleep? Wish i had more energy to write lately, i am not good with solo research and decisions.
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I feel the same way about the lack of info. Maybe I'll e-mail Nova Naturals and see what they have to say about it. I figured since it takes a while for a baby to be able to roll over, and since I tend to have big babies, it's a good solution for the first few months, then he/she will be popped into a crib for sleep and we'll just use the hammock during the day in the sitting position.
The hammock sounds like a great idea! I'd also love more information on it.
Mamagnomoe - Please keep us posted. I hope they are able to give you more information.
I enjoy using baby wraps that are not stretchy... so that means I like the woven wraps. I have enjoyed the use of ringslings and an ergo too. Eventually I will buy another ergo because it helped my husband wear our babies on his back when they were older and I was having time out of the house. He also can work a wrap for front carries.
I used cloth diapers for my first two kids, but I am not sure about cloth diapering this time around. I got rid of most of my stash (I had green mountain diaper prefolds with thirsties covers and some wool covers) and it is hard for me to keep up on laundry with two kids and two adults right now. I will consider a diaper service for cloth diapering as the months go by...... My favorite things about cloth diapering were that the cloth diapers absorbed diarreah toddler poops (from illness) because they were absorbent all around. I also found the diapers to be soft and old fashioned, giving me a feeling of having a simpler life and saving money. I had a hard time with spraying poops off (after the newborn stage) and into the toilet... I used a special bucket and sprayer that I would put on the toilet to do this (I believe it was called a potty pail.)
I bought gently used kissaluv size 0 and Thirsties, mother ease, wool covers. I also love prefolds when they are little. My guy didn't fit into his Medium Fuzzibuns and Bum genius until he hit the 15lb mark. Around 3 mos. I also love Motherease diapers. I've used then since he was about 10 lbs and he's now 21 months old. They Last!!!
As far as what I now use: Fuzibuns, organic BumGenious, Motherease, wool cover at night. Sweetpea and Thirties covers.
I keep flats on hand for doublers and whatnot. Very handy. I love m zip up dirty diaper bag with the handle. Wish I had two. I started out with a Motherease pail. Once baby got mobile that went to the closet.
A friend bought us a nice play pen bed with a diaper changing thing. My son is still sleeping in that thing!! He slept in our bed and that for the first year. He has happily graduated to his own room.
Stroller. We got the City Mini baby jogger. Only draw back is there is no drink holder.
I have the Performance Ergo and I have to say its not my favorite. The straps are not padded like the original and I'm bony. Not comfortable at all! I would love a regular ergo with more padding.
A few Adien Anis bamboo muslin blankets. They are pricy but sooooo worth every penny. You just need three or so.
Our first baby we went *all out* on baby gear - we had THE WORKS.... Fancy nursery furniture set, expensive bedding, TONS of frilly clothes - TONS of stuff, stuff, stuff.... It was all for nothing... The baby never even touched the crib, I changed her on my bed 99% of the time, she lived in 1pc rompers instead of frilly dresses... Boy did I learn! We cut way back the next baby for sure and will do so even more this time!!
Gear: Baby carrier. An absolute must! For a tiny squish I always have a woven wrap and a ring sling at minimum! I do like to have a swing for the times when I can't wear baby and the motion of a swing mimics mama!
Sleep: Arms reach cosleeper or very basic crib to sidecar to the bed for cosleeping space. No fancy bedding, just A&A swaddles! Love soft, airy, muslin swaddlers!
Wear: Cloth diapers, basic lap tees, and woolies is what we plan!
For those in a diaper quandry, check out Jillian's Drawers. This is an awseome store that is local to me that offers a try it out pack on their webiste:
They have a great return policy, free shipping over a certain amount and lots of info on different diapers and how to wash cloth diapers on their site.
They are a living wage employer, supports local community with free classes and local mom made products, etc.
Regarding my previous post about the baby hammock from Nova Natural:
I chatted with someone from Nova Natural yesterday and she said that some people use the hammock into toddler-hood. This makes me very happy, because I don't want to buy something I'm not going to get much use out of. Anyhow, hope this helps any of you who were considering something like it. Here's the link for those of you who might not be familiar with that kind of thing:
I think this will be our one big purchase, aside from the cloth diapers. Hoping to keep "stuff" to a minimum this time around!
I want to cloth diaper and so far the least intimidating/good value website seems to be Green Mountain Diapers. I'll wait till right before baby is born to buy anything from them, but in meantime I guess I'll keep my eye out for any good deals on used diapers. I have heard to be wary of buying used because they can wear out. I guess it depends on how much they were used! :)
Anyone had experience with GMD and did you like buying from them?
Looks like I may have to go back to work after only a few months so a breast pump will also likely be in order. I'll investigate the hospital rental option vs buying. I got some great info on that recently from a discussion on the sortacrunchy.net website.
They don't have the same diapers on their sites. They have some of the same, but not all. So, that would be a difference. I haven't ever bought from green mountain diaper, but they seem good and reputable, so I would be comfortable making a purchase from there if they had what I needed. I have appreciated the green mountain diaper website for making it easier to see how diapers may fit with the pictures of babies wearing them. I'm considering buying their newborn prefolds or workhorse fitteds.
I don't think I've ever seen used diapers on the green mountain diaper website, while Jillian's Drawers does have a used diaper section. The used diapers on Jillian's drawers that I have purchased have been in very good condition, even if I buy "fair condition." Jillian's drawers also offers a try cloth diaper thing. http://jilliansdrawers.com/products/clothdiapers/tryclothfor10/tryclothfor10