, Baby Minnow Edition. So what have we found that we used this first week?Cloth stuff
: Cloth dipes and wipes (see below), Gerber onesies in size "Justborn" (we don't snap them), lots of receiving blankets and prefolds as swaddles/burp cloths/bibs/bedpads, the SwaddleMe Designs swaddle blanket (larger than receiving blankets), little hats. I need lighter things to swaddle her in so I'm ordering muslin swaddle blankets for daytime. I wish I'd bought a wool pad for the bed BEFORE baby arrived.
I'm liking the Boppy
both to help position her (though I'm insane and sometimes just pick her up and clap her to the boob wherever I am... she's very little so this is possible for now) and also to give her a place to be propped up on the bed, which she sometimes prefers to lying flat.Lambskin
: I'm creeped out by this but I also love it. I like to nap on it. Great for nakey time for baby (though I do usually put a prefold under her leaky parts).Stretchy wrap and ring sling
: I have a Hug a bub but it's like a Moby. Ring sling for me has more of a learning curve but as I figure it out I like it even more than the wrap. Baby gets all balled up in these but she was balled up for months and months so I guess it's all good.
Frozen maxi pads with witch hazel and sitz bath herbs in a peri bottle.Postpartum support and Excellent Food
: THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. I poo pooed the need for people bringing you food but it has been so important (and we only have a few people doing it so it's not like you need a ton... also, we don't know all the people doing it that well; they've just volunteered or been asked by people we do know). The best thing is that they bring complete meals, really healthy. Salads, greens, stuff from their gardens, in addition to whatever the dinner is. I am CERTAIN that main reason I haven't fallen into any of the wormholes of exhaustion is largely because I've had really healthy food and, after the first few days, realized I needed to make a point to keep taking my vitamins and fish oil. Also, if you can make a cheesecake in early labor, I highly recommend it.
Originally Posted by MajorGroover
Is keeping up with cloth dipes overwhelming on top of everything else?
Not a bit! (To be fair, DP has so far done most of the laundry.) I'm so glad I had the dipes ready to go and the wash pattern figured out before the birth. We have a dozen used Kissaluvs 0 that were perfect when she was a tiny 6 pound baby. These came with Imse Vimse covers in newborn which we've also been using. I also bought a huge stack of wipes (like 50) from the Kissaluvs outlet -- they look like washcloths and we use them for everything: wipes, doublers, washcloths. We have some folded and wet in the wipes warmer. Kissluvs Lotion Potion in a spray bottle. Spray the butt, wipe it off, change the dipe, toss old dipe in the hanging diaper pail bag. (Occasional use of disposable wipe [seventh generation] for insurance against poo.) I was all about rinsing the dipes first but DP thinks it's unnecessary. We have a tiny bit of staining but it's very small and will probably sun out.
As she's getting a little bit bigger and wetting more, we are starting to use the Little Beetles size one (old size). Snap ones are working best for us (they seem to vary in size though) but the Snappi ones work good with wool covers. I'm pleased that she's growing into her Lana Wool Cover, which is EXCELLENT for keeping a ton of pee in without it leaking out onto my bed, which has happened with the non-wool covers (which also are a bit scratchy around the edges and leave red marks, but they do work well for all that).
We do wash diapers every single day (cold cycle, hot cycle, bit of detergent in each if dipes are very dirty, sometimes a bit of vinegar rinse, dry on medium in dryer, sun odd diaper on line), but it isn't hard. I almost wish I'd bought 2 dozen Kissaluvs except since she's already growing fatter and we aren't sure what will work best next, maybe it's fine to do it this way and wash the dipes every day.PKU
: I think I read this becomes accurate after 2-3 days. My midwife did it at 4 days. AT OUR HOSPITAL, if you leave before 24 hours you can request that a home nurse come to your house and do the PKU after 2-3 days; that way you don't have to stay around the hospital just to do the PKU. You all might check if they offer this at your hospital.