Our apologies for the lack of blog posts these days. It seems as the end of the year and holidays approach, we have less time to spare (especially when one child stops napping…) But we have been busy using our creativity as stress relief.
When you have babies and children, things tend to accumulate (especially receiving blankets). When you have your second child in a reasonable time span after the first, you also have the luxury to reuse all the gear from the first child. This not only saves money, but it also limits the amount of “stuff” that builds up around your home. Although I don’t mind the accumulation as I love shopping for my little ones! So while I love to get hand-me-downs from relatives and friends, I also want to be able to get some new goodies for my second child (like Gnon or Wubbanub!).
But other things, like burp cloths and diaper changing mats, seem expensive and unnecessary (and a bit boring looking!) So what have I been on the hunt for lately?
DIY & Repurposing. Haven’t heard of it before? Well it’s defined as:
tr.v. re·pur·posed, re·pur·pos·ing, re·pur·pos·es
To use or convert for use in another format or product: repurposed the book as a compact disk.
A couple weeks ago at a Mommy & Me group meeting, I saw a mom with the cutest burp cloth! It looked like a simple prefold with a strip of colored fabric down the middle. I loved it! And it seemed like a better solution to the dinky cloth wipes I carry around to wipe up messes. So…
My Dilemma: Unlike my first child, my daughter is a drooly baby who spits up and dribbles A LOT of milk while breastfeeding
The Stuff: Lots of plain white prefolds and receiving blankets lying around not being used (all washed)
The Solution: Trendy burp cloths!
Now I’m not very good at sewing. I bought my machine to make cloth wipes out of receiving blankets when I had my son 3 years ago. After a few projects, the poor machine sat in the guest room closet for quite a long time until I dug it out to try a few DIY projects. This being one of them.
So after several trial and error attempts, I finally found a technique that works the best in my opinion:
- So you can see from the picture to the left, I started off with pre-washed prefolds and lots of receiving blankets from my first child. I took one prefold diaper and a piece of a receiving blanket cut down to size (about 6″ by 18″).
- I pinned down the sides and tucked everything in nicely. You can also iron the edges down on the cloth, although my prefolds have been washed so many times that I thought this was unnecessary.
- I started sewing all the edges around the fabric to secure it to the prefold, removing pins as I went.
- A variety of burp cloths made out of prefolds from my first child (a boy) and hand-me-down receiving blankets. And they are so cute! I chose more girly prints because I wanted them to feel like something new!
After making these, I googled “fancy burp cloths” to provide some more resources and options if you choose to make these yourself as this blog post is not a tutorial. So here are several sewing tutorials with step-by-step pictures:
So good luck and hope you can creatively make use of all the accumulated “stuff” you have lying around, too.
I’m on the hunt for more ideas!
While the Chic Baby! Nursing Wrap™ has had its own place on the menu for quite some time, we’re finally getting closer to offering them for sale. You can now check out the order form and get a feel for how to order one.
As of this weekend, we finally have our first batch of photos up to view. Unfortunately our darling little model was more interested in the camera and practicing his walking skills than breastfeeding for our photo session, but the photos came out cute anyway!
But near the end of the month, we will have more updated ones in time for holiday shopping orders. In the meantime, you can get a general idea of what the Chic Baby! Nursing Wrap™ looks like below:
As you can see, the wrap looks like any other piece of clothing in your closet! In fact, you can eliminate a light jacket by using this instead. It’s not just a nursing cover!
- It comes in several different colors that will vary depending on the seasons.
- It’s made of a very light-weight and airy material so it won’t get too hot in the summer.
- It is designed with 3/4 length sleeves so they can be pushed up as needed. Or if you want longer sleeves, just add “customizations” and we can make sure you get what you’re looking for!
- It’s stylish, trendy, and comfortable.
- It has multiple uses.
- It’s completely incorporated into your wardrobe!
- And… you can read more about the Chic Baby! Nursing Wrap™ here.
So order one for yourself, get one for a relative or friend, or give one for a baby shower gift. It’s versatile, easy to wear, and cute!
Lastly, thanks to Elizabeth & Ethan for modeling the wrap in the photos. And thanks to Diane Rodda Photography for taking the photos! We are very excited to be launching our pride and joy, the Chic Baby! Nursing Wrap™ is here!
I just received this email and found it VALUABLE information and wanted to share it ASAP. According to a Breastfeeding Medicine Study, breastmilk that has been thawed up to 8 hours may be refrozen.
NOTE: I have copied and pasted the following email sent to me, therefore it is not my writing I am simply the messenger.
From: Breastfeeding Medicine – Effect of Environmental Conditions on Unpasteurized Donor Human Milk
The following is an excerpt:
“The milk studied was donor milk expressed by mothers who took no special sanitary precautions. The milk was first stored at -20°C (-4°F) for two months and then at -80°C (-110°F) until its use in the experiment. Then the milk was thawed overnight to 4°C (39° F), separated into different sample batches, and refrozen to -80°C (-110°F).
I got a phone call this afternoon from a fellow mom who heard me mention Homemade Baby Food Parties before and wanted information on how to host one. So I thought I’d write a HOW-TO post on hosting!
First of all, I have a love-hate relationship with starting solids. As a mom who breastfed for 2.5 years, I loved that my son was breastfeeding less often throughout the day, but I also hated having to buy the little packs of baby food. It gets expensive! So during a discussion with a couple good friends, we decided to try making our own baby food. It looked easy enough, but I was a little skeptical at first. I thought I would utilize other moms’ experiences and make it a fun playdate! In June 2009, I hosted my first Baby Food Making Party/Playdate!
What’s great about hosting Homemade Baby Food Parties is that everyone only contributes one or two items and everyone gets to take home a variety of yummy and nutritious items. Do this once a month and you’ll be able to socialize, have fun, and prepare meals for your growing baby. It’s multitasking at its best! So here are 10 tips to get started!
A little humor for you! Happy Saturday!
Dr. Seuss for Nursing Moms
Would you nurse her in the park?
Would you nurse him in the dark?
Would you nurse him with a Boppy?
And when your boobs are feeling floppy?
I would nurse him in the park,
I would nurse her in the dark.
I’d nurse with or without a Boppy.
Floppy boobs will never stop me.
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