Packing for the Hospital–Part 1

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Your Newborn is Almost Here

It’s the typical scenario—a mother’s water breaks and in a panic an unprepared couple speed off to the hospital with only the clothes on their back. In reality, most babies will give their parents plenty of time to prepare for their arrival–but just the idea of a sudden start of labor can send the coolest of couples reeling.  Being prepared is the name of the game, and knowing what to pack and what to leave at home can help make the birth experience less stressful and more enjoyable for the entire family. Continue reading “Packing for the Hospital–Part 1”

Diaper Planning for Your Newborn

Baby in a DiaperMoms-to-be are always nervous about the new addition to their family. They ask many questions, and do in depth research on virtually everything pertaining to their growing belly. One of the most common decisions is what type of diapers should she use:   cloth diapers or disposables.  If disposable, should they be eco friendly or regular and then what brand?  Moms want what will work the best for their own circumstance. Some may consider their budgets, while others may consider convenience.  For my kids I used disposable diapers because it worked best for me.  I know there is lots of debate so let’s get the discussion started.

Cloth Diapers vs Disposable Diapers

If one considers a budget, cloth diapers will beat out disposables every time. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics from birth to six weeks babies should have five to six wet diapers and four soiled diapers per day. Calculations done by realdiaperassociation.org suggest that the average child will need 60 diapers per week costing the family $1600 over a two year period for disposables. Families who use cloth diapers can spend roughly $300 over the same time frame and have the advantage of using them for multiple children. Those on the disposable side of the debate will argue that cloth diapering can add to energy usage and laundry costs not to mention the extra time involved for laundering.  Another solution is a cloth diaper service which delivers to your home.  You can check this industry trade association for service providers.   Although this reasoning may seem sound, mothers with older children will admit that leaks and stool “explosions” will happen regardless if you are using cloth or disposable diapers, So extra laundry concerns may be a moot point.

So…Who Wins the Diaper War?

If considering convenience one could argue that disposables are much easier to use. For those who work outside of the home and use daycare providers they might not have the option of using cloth or only cloth diaper at home but send in disposables to day care. Others may argue that disposables are easier to handle because they do not have the extra laundry to contend with. Some families may choose this option because they do not have washer/dryer in their home and do not want to hand wash diapers or take them to a commercial laundry mat.

Many families have gone “green” and have started looking at diapering alternatives. While eco-friendly diapers are not as widely used as much as their counterparts; the “green” movement is making a huge impact across the nation.  Eco-friendly or natural diapers come in both disposable and cloth forms. Seventh Generation chlorine free diapers are available at most retail stores at around the same price as Huggies and Pampers brands. gDiapers offer several options for both cloth and disposable supporters. The gDiaper flushable inserts gives families many more options by allowing the family to flush the insert down the toilet, compost it, or just toss it in the garbage. gDiapers are a bit more expensive then traditional cloth diapers but for a family interested in an eco-friendly diaper this may be an attractive alternative solution.

Some studies estimate that 83% of families are using disposable diapers.  However nothing factual has been published in many years and many families do use both cloth and disposable depending on family needs.

Choose the type of diapers that best suit your objectives and priorities. Stock up those shelves with the right choice of diapers that fits your needs as obviously there are many diaper changes on the way once the new baby arrives.

Your comments are welcome.

Fun Facts About February Born Babies

Winter is always a great time to have a baby and February is no exception. Above the equator winter offers expectant mother’s an opportunity to stay cool and refreshed instead of hot and sweaty like those humid summer months. February is the shortest month of the year so it would only stand to reason that fewer babies are born during this month. February has only 28 days, except for the leap year thrown in every four years. The true term is intercalation which is the insertion of a time interval, one day, to align the phases of the moon and seasons. For all you February babies, the Latin for your month is februum and it is translated as purification. This is due to a purification ritual that was held in Roman times on the 15th of the month, always on a full moon.

Some of the events around the world shared with babies born in February are Black history month, the Chinese new year, and of course our favorite, Valentines Day. February children have the birthstone of the amethyst and their flower is the primrose although some would disagree and say it is the violet. It is not a surprise then that the color for February is purple. Purple is he color for the season of Lent and Advent which makes sense because these seasons usually begin in February. Pancake Day, fat Tuesday or Mardi grass are all events that normally fall in the month of February but sometimes end up in March.

The Zodiac sign for February is Aquarius until mid month, the 18th and then it changes to Pisces. For the Aquarians, this sign literally means water carrier and it is the eleventh astrological sign of the zodiac. The babies born in the first 18 days of February posses strong and attractive personalities. Buying any books on a strong willed child might help in understanding your little Aquarian. These guys are frank, speak what is on their mind and very self assertive. The Pisces on the other hand are very compassionate, selfless and sympathetic. Pisces means circle of life and is the twelfth astrological sign of the zodiac. Two fish are the symbols for this sign. They are more weak willed and are easily led. There is quite a difference in the two zodiac signs of February children.

For a few fun facts about February, it is the national cherry and chocolate month, which is good for the celebration of Valentines Day. Several of the founding fathers of the United States of America were born in this month. George Washington, the first president of the USA and Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president were just two of them. And finally, February 2nd is ground hog day where thousands of people gather in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to see if the ground hog produces a shadow when he crawls out of his hole. For some reason people believe that if he does produce a shadow there will be six more months of winter. Go figure.