- even though shindigs like baby showers CAN be a P.I.T.A, you just have to stay focused on the realistic reasons to have one, like stocking up on the supplies you actually will need. Of course you don't want to be flooded with nonsense stuff that OTHER people think you need, so it is kind of a chore but if you come up with a very specific list/registry that people can stick to, with items ranging all prices for those who can't afford too much but want to send something, then you'll end up appreciating the help.
I've been making my supplies list and I'm becoming a little stressed over the initial cost of cloth diapers + doublers + diaper covers. I know it'll save us money in the long run and I don't want to put those nasty bleached disposables on my child, but the initial investment is quite large (around $500 to have everything I need), so I'm hoping some of my family will offer to help out despite the distance between us. It'd be nice if a few people could gift us a few diapers, so that our cost isn't so high. If it's split between more people, we won't be asking that much from each person but it will mean HUGE SAVINGS for us, so I'm really hoping for help in that department. That and clothes. But diapers come before clothes lol... I can make cheap clothes but I do NOT want to tackle the challenge of making my own diapers yikes!
I went home to Texas for Mother's Day and announced my pregnancy, but I don't think I'll be able to visit again before baby comes since all of our funds are directed toward setting up for baby. We will see.. I'd love to make it home for thanksgiving or something but that's so close to my time to pop I don't think I'll want to travel. I hate flying! Already a few members of my family have made plans to visit us here in Oregon during the baby's first year though (in 2015) ..
.. How many cloth diapers did you stock up with? Like, how many do I actually need, if I'm willing to do laundry daily? I read one website that sells them telling customers to have 30! I thought that seems like a heck of a lot, since I also read the average newborn only soils their diaper 10-12 times per day, and then it gets less and less as they grow older. Right now I am planning on 20, but I wondered what a seasoned cloth diapering mom would recommend?