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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Cloth Diapering 101

Missed the Cloth Diapering 101 talk last Saturday?  Don't fret! We are organizing another one - scheduled on 7 July 2012, 1-3pm still at Medela House.

This talk is something that pregnant moms and even part-time cloth diapering moms should attend.  Cloth diaper pioneer mom Jen of Next9 plus cloth diaper mom experts from Tickled Moms Clarice and Abie share their tips and insights on how to make it work.

In the meantime, you can also check out this slideshow prepared by Tickled Moms and Next9 Baby.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Babywearing Safely - Why Cradle Carry is Discouraged

*This is Part 2 of a series.

For newborns, the best way to carry them is tummy to tummy (upright).  Cradle carry is discouraged because of the risks of hip dysplasia which is the general instability or looseness of the hip joint.  Click here to see an animated video of how hip dysplasia happens and here for the different stages of hip dysplasia.  Here's a photo of the proper position of a baby inside a sling to prevent hip dysplasia.

Monday, April 23, 2012

A Nursing Mom's Shopping Guide - More clothes!

More than 2 years from my second post on nursing clothes and I've discovered several more nursing clothes available locally.  I now have a second nursling and I'm quite pleased to find that there is now a variety of selection compared to the selection available when I started nursing N.  For this post, I will be focusing on 3 brands - Maternalove, Eden and Latch a Babe.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Breastfeeding Cartoon! Baby Bubbly

I love this breastfeeding cartoon! N loves it too. Check it out!

Some edits that Dr. Jessa wants to do - skin to skin contact and non separation of mom and baby.  Commendable would be the semi-upright labor, labor companion of choice and no IVF!

Incidentally, it is E's 4th month day today!! How time flies!!  Happy 4 months E :)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Babywearing Safely - Introduction

*This is Part 1 of a series.

I am not a babywearing expert nor I claim to be.  I'd rather call myself as a babywearing enthusiast.  I have my own collection of carriers all purchased [thank you Black Friday!] except for the following given to me: Ring Sling from Jen, Ring Sling from Jonie, Ring Sling from Clarice and Abie, Ruxpin Hybrid and MeiTai from Buding.
my collection: Peanut Shell adjustable pouch, Next9 ring sling, Ruxpin Hybrid,  shower sling, Maya wrap, Mamaway ring sling,  Moby wrap, Blissfulbabes Pouch, Saya carrier, BabyHawk Meitai, Olives&Applesauce Soft structured carrier, Patapum Toddler Carrier, Ruxpin Meitai and Hotslings Adjustable pouch
My interest with babywearing started with N, who is now 4 years old.  S and I started wearing her at about 6 months in a Baby Bjorn, (gasp! what was I thinking?! I hadn't researched well at that time) and eventually in a pouch and Saya (a hybrid carrier).  I am now babywearing E (who is turning 4 months on April 21) in a ring sling.  Meanwhile, S babywears E in his soft structured carrier.  I am transitioning E into our other carriers like the meitai and Ruxpin hybrid.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Going out of town with cloth diapers

This post is written for the Real Diaper Week Carnival with the theme "Real Simple. Real Diapers."  We aim to educate and advocate the use of cloth diapers in the Philippines.  Please scroll below to read the other carnival posts about cloth diaper styles, how to's or must haves. 

Prior to a planned trip to Subic where we would be spending the Holy Week, Baby E had been using cloth diapers and cloth wipes 24/7.  However, the said trip made us debate on whether to keep him in cloth diapers or momentarily switch to disposables.  We also had to consider the fact that we would be living in a friend's guest house.  We eventually decided to continue to cloth diaper him 24/7 -- and we survived!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Review and Giveaway: Changing Diapers

My first born N had been semi-cloth diapered and I do admit that at that time I thought that cloth diapering a baby at night and when going out was quite impossible.  The book Changing Diapers was released in October 2011.  I waited for the Black Friday sale and hurriedly purchased 3 copies - for myself, E's ninang Jen plus 1 more extra copy.

Monday, April 9, 2012

New Product: Arms Reach Co-Sleeper

Sometime in February, Pam of Perfect Pieces contacted me and asked me to post about Arms Reach Co-Sleeper.  I got quite excited that this product is now locally available.  I had been wanting to buy it but thought that the shipping costs from the US would be quite prohibitive.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Join our Real Diaper Week Blog Carnival

The focus for this year's Real Diaper Week is advocacy and education with the overall theme being "Real Simple. Real Diapers."  If you're interested in joining this, then I'm sure you know all about the benefits of cloth diapering and bursting to share them! I also know that there are a lot of Pinay moms who are well-versed and highly experienced in the use of cloth diapers.  Since we aim to educate, promote and inform and I'm not sure if there will be a future local cloth diaper carnival, let's try to cover as much information as we can during this carnival!
You can choose to write about any of the 3 categories below:
  • Cloth Diaper How to's - how to make cloth wipes, how to remove stains, how to prep new diapers, how to survive overnights or short trips on cloth diapers, etc. etc.
  • Cloth Diapering Must Haves - day-to-day essentials, when going out, when out on a trip, etc.
  • Cloth Styles - talk about your cloth diaper stash, post a review of your favorite diaper brand or store, the different types of cloth diapers
If this is your first time to join a blog carnival, you can check my previous carnival posts to have an idea how a blog carnival works.  To join, please fill up this FORM.  Deadline for registration is 14 April 2012.  Posting instructions and carnival rules will be e-mailed to all participants on 15 April 2012.  The carnival will go live on 16 April 2012.  PLEASE POST ON 16 APRIL 2012, beginning 12MN.

Don't forget to email me your link once your post is up so I can include you in the list of carnival participants.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Real Diaper Week 2012

I'm pretty excited about this year's Real Diaper Week! It's actually my first time to participate.  I had previously cloth diapered N during the day but used disposables for her during the night and when we went out.  With E, I researched more, and was more experienced and currently cloth diapering him 24/7 plus we use cloth wipes, to boot!
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