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Thursday, November 13, 2008

My "Must-Haves"

I'm becoming more and more passionate about organic and "natural" products.

Since all I have to do these days, for the most part :) , is wait for our baby-to-be, I've been researching a LOT- and I've found some products that I really, really like.

So, if you're interested, here are some of my top picks:

- Nova Natural Toys and Crafts

My FAVORITE catalog/site to peruse for all things child. Thankfully I'm married to a man that can make a lot of the products they sell, or I'd probably be buying waaay more than I should! :)

-Burt's Bees baby products
So great. I use them for myself all the time too! :)
Plus, I can buy them at Target, so they're easily accessible.

-Bumkins "All-in-One" cloth diapers (& bibs!)
I've been buying these, little by little, for awhile now for our baby-to-come. I want to use cloth diapers for a myriad of reasons, not the least of which is our budget. For the second child and on, all your diapering is FREE. For the first child it costs about the same to buy cloth as it would to buy disposables all the time, but if you plan on having more than one kid who could resist the savings? :) Plus you only need to buy about 30 diapers per diaper size (less if you keep up on the laundry better than I do)- they're so incredibly cute, and I love the Bumkins brand especially because it puts together the greatness of a washable, re-usable diaper with the ease of a disposable. No pins, no stuffing liners inside the diaper. No diaper covers needed (although some of them are almost too cute to resist). They're so easy. (The bibs are awesome too.)

Of course, with the desire to cloth diaper comes my next two must-haves...

-the BumGenius Diaper Sprayer
Attaches to the water supply for your toilet and makes a no-mess job of getting dirtier diapers ready to pop in the wash. One of the things that made me think "no way!" to cloth diapering at first was having to get the yuckier "stuff" off the diapers prior to putting them in the wash. This solves the problem! We'll be buying one the minute we get word on our baby.

-and the Diaper Pail

I'm pretty convinced, at this point, that we'll be using the "Wet Pail" method
great info. here),
but in either case you need a pail to put the diapers in. I'm thinking of getting this one, or something like it.
Plus, there are so many cute pail liners and "wet bags" to choose from!
Louisa has some nice plain colored pail liners and cute, cute wet bags here.

And, last but not least,
-a Baby Sling
There are so many cute ones out there that I just can't decide (yet) on my one MUST have. I've already gotten a couple, that I've tried out in the daycare, that I like for certain things- a cute HotSlings one-
in my opinion, great while the baby is still itsy-bitsy, or after they're big enough to sit on your hip- and a Solarveil Padded Sling
for those hot summer days when baby needs to be held, but you don't want
(either of you) to sweat to death!
I'm also intrigued by the Moby Wrap and have a pattern to make myself a
Maya Sling.

1 comment:

Nikki said...

I'm a fan of Bumkins too. They have the absolute BEST bibs. Seriously. You can wipe them off, or throw them in the washing machine, and they come out soft and the colors don't fade. I've even accidentally put them through the dryer and they still look great after 4 years. And the Moby wrap is nice too. I don't have one but my friend used one and I got to borrow sometimes. Loved it! I've never used the cloth diaper all in ones, but I"d like to try. Looks like you've got some great picks!