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Baby – It’s Cloth Diapers

I used cloth diapers 30 years ago and yes, I even flushed one down the toilet.

Cloth Diapers Rule!
Cloth Diapers Rule - Not Plastic Ones!

Today – it’s all different – no more pins, plastic pants or complicated folding.

Why?

Today’s cloth diapers are cute, convenient, and cost effective.There are lots of perks to using cloth diapers.

Here are just a few…

  • Less expensive – cloth vs. disposable can save you between $1,400-$3,600.
  • Reduces diaper rash
  • Disposables generate 60 times more waste
  • Soft and breathable vs. itchy, hot & sticky

And if those reasons aren’t enough…

  • Children potty train 6-12 months earlier!!!

Here are some great resources for more information on cloth diapering –

This is a great way to start “going green” and save a bundle at the same time.

Linda Bauchwitz and Sarah Chambers are a mother/daughter team and owners of Before & After Baby Planning LLC, a concierge and consulting service that helps new and expectant parents prepare for their new arrival.  They can be reached at 763-494-3201 or www.planning4baby.com.

The Best Online for Baby!

This is a great stroller - We got it online!

Post holidays means it’s the season to save if you’re shopping online for babies!

And as you shop – keep your identity safe and read our article Protecting Your Identity Online.

Then, check out these great websites – awesome deals and valuable information.

· www.babycatalog.com – This site offers free shipping for purchases over $49.00. They also have an annual membership (The Baby Club – $25) which gives you and up to three friends a 10% discount for the year. This membership is free for members of the Military.

· www.strollers.com Looking for a stroller? Strollers.com offers a 100% price match guarantee. They also have free shipping on orders over $49.

· www.breastpumpsdirect.com– This is great for all things nursing related. There are tips and tricks, comparison charts, reviews, and more. They offer free shipping on all electric pumps and also offer a price match guarantee.

These are just a few of our favorite sites. Keep an eye on our posts for more great baby related websites.

Thanks Sarah and Linda!

Linda Bauchwitz and Sarah Chambers are a mother/daughter team and owners of Before & After Baby Planning LLC, a concierge and consulting service that helps new and expectant parents prepare for their new arrival.  They can be reached at 763-494-3201 or www.planning4baby.com.

Three Celebrity Celebrations

Photo by Walker/Getty via DailyNews
Photo by Walker/Getty via DailyNews

Famous? Well, the playing field levels out when you’re having a baby, getting married or adopting a pet (especially pets and babies; they don’t know if you’re famous or not….)

1) People magazine is reporting that Lance Armstrong and his girlfriend are expecting a baby.  Obviously, they’ll be reading our advice from moms, nurses and doctors on what to bring to the hospital.

2) There are questionable reports that NFL football star Tom Brady and model Giselle Bundchen are engaged.  They are reviewing what saved brides and grooms from disaster in our Wedding Day Emergency Kits for the bride and the groom.

3) Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston are celebrating a box office success with Marley and Me.  We’re sure they read info in Get Prepared – Pets.

Lots of celebrations…

– Susan

Save Money, Have a Baby (Part 5 of 5)

Thanks for joining us for our final post in our series on saving money while planning for your baby.

I Can Be Inexpensive!

Clothing, Diapers and Dollars

Onesies, booties & sleepers – how can something so little cost so much? There must be ways to save. Here are a few ideas we have come up with:

If you plan to have multiple baby showers, here is a great tip to pass on to the hosts

  • Designate an age for each shower: 0-3 mo., 3-6 mo., 6-9 mo., etc. – this way you won’t end up with 50 newborn outfits.  (Especially important because babies double their birth weight by 5 mo. and triple by 1 year.)
  • 5,300 – This is how many diapers you’ll change until your child is potty trained.  That’s a lot of diapers – and dollars!  A good solution is cloth diapers – cost effective, eco-friendly AND you can save by purchasing used.
  • Be cautious when washing and drying infant clothes and diapers. That soft, baby skin is very sensitive and prone to reactions. Drier sheets and fabric softeners are one of the major culprits – we suggest skipping them entirely.
  • If you find yourself getting too many items in the same size, hold off on washing the majority until you are truly sure you will use it. That way you can return those items, unwashed with tags on, if needed.
  • Let’s say you acted on that pre-labor spurt of energy, got overly ambitious and washed all of the baby stuff you had. All we can say is…thank goodness for consignment shops. If you can’t return it, sell it.

As you have learned, there are some very simple ways to save while baby shopping. The next time you attempt to attack those baby aisles you can think outside the box. Take these tips and run with them. Be proud of your newly acquired skills of penny pinching, reusing, and repurposing.

- Sarah and Linda

Linda Bauchwitz and Sarah Chambers are a mother/daughter team and owners of Before & After Baby Planning LLC, a concierge and consulting service that helps new and expectant parents prepare for their new arrival.  They can be reached at 763-494-3201 and on the web at:  www.planning4baby.com.

Screaming Child on a Plane

Flying w/Kids for the Holidays

Snakes are a joy compared to a screaming child on a plane.

If you’re a parent – or a nearby passenger – you know that the change in the plane’s cabin pressure most often starts kids howling.

So if you’re flying with kids this holiday season, we have collected advice from other parents on making your plane a ‘no-cry’ zone.

  1. Something to drink, eat or suck on. Bring a bottle for infants, a juice box or two, or Cheerios or goldfish crackers. No thirsty or not hungry?  Give a special treat sucker.  Why? As the cabin pressure changes, swallowing helps to ‘pop’ ears and alleviate pressure.
  2. Plan your travel around sleep or nap times.  Kids will do better if completely sacked out upon take off or landing.
  3. Build your own Emergency Entertainment Kit. Entertain your child as best you can for the few minutes while cabin is pressurized.
  4. Nothing working? Prepare to reach out to those around you by offering free earplugs.  Earplugs can be purchased inexpensively and come in individual sterile packaging.  If your child is inconsolable, offering earplugs can go a long way to pacifying frustrated passengers around you.

Here’s to quiet travels this holiday season!

- Susan

Holiday Toy Safety

Hello!

Sarah and Linda – our “Baby Ladies” – are back again with another great post to help keep your holidays safe where toys are concerned.  Thanks to Sarah and Linda for the great tips on toy safety below.

So here are the top five toy hazards to be aware of

1. Scooters and other riding toys: Helmets & safety gear should fit and be worn at all times.

2. Small toys or toy parts that can fit through a toilet paper roll are choking hazards for children under three years.

3. Balloons: Children under 8 yrs. can choke on un-inflated or broken balloons.

4. Magnets: For children under 6 yrs. – avoid building or play sets with small magnets.

5. Chargers and adaptors can pose thermal burn hazards to children. Charging should be supervised by adults.

Once gifts are open, immediately discard plastic wrappings, keep big kid toys away from little ones, and read all instructions and warnings!

To stay up to date on children and infant recalls, visit our website at www.planning4baby.com.

We want to wish you all a happy holiday season!

Sarah & Linda

“The Baby Ladies”

Babies and Snowsuits – Be Safe!

Keep Me Warm!
Keep Me Warm!

Today we’re looking at babies and snowsuits. You want to keep them warm and bundled – but know when ‘how bundled’ can be ‘too bundled’.

Remember the movie A Christmas Story when Ralphie’s little brother looked so adorable in that big, puffy snowsuit? Well, that was okay for him but not so good if you have a baby in an infant car seat. Those heavy snowsuits can compromise the safety of your car seat by interfering with the tightness of the straps.

Better to dress baby in nothing heavier than fleece and cover him with a blanket, a car seat boot, or a Bundle Me that will keep him nice and cozy. Save the snowsuit for sledding and walks in the park.

Thanks Sarah and Linda.  Need additional great tips related to baby?  Check out our Child Care section.

– Susan

Save Money, Have a Baby (Part 4 of 5)

Hello – it’s our fourth post with great tips on saving money while you plan for your baby.

Missed the earlier ones? Here they are –

1. General hints about baby shopping

2. Saving when prepping the nursery and

3. Your on-the-go lifestyle.

4. Around the House
Home is where the heart is. This is also where you will be spending the majority of your time post baby. Here are some home-wise tips:

– Hospitals rent breast pumps by the day if you are interested in the try before you buy method. As you research right hospital for you, add this service to your list of questions!

– Stock up! Pump and Freeze.  Note that breast milk can be frozen in a chest type freezer for up to 6 months and a refrigerator freezer for up to 3.

– Is your blender lonely? Is that food processor collecting dust? Bust them out and make your own baby food. Freeze it in ice cube trays, pop the cubes out, and store in zip-top freezer bags. Walla!

– This is the ideal time to buy stock in your favorite battery company.  You will find yourself strongly supporting them.  Look into swings, monitors, toys, etc. that come with AC adaptors or rechargeable battery packs; reduce your carbon footprint.

See you soon for our fifth and final posting in the series!

- Sarah and Linda

Linda Bauchwitz and Sarah Chambers are a mother/daughter team and owners of Before & After Baby Planning LLC, a concierge and consulting service that helps new and expectant parents prepare for their new arrival.  They can be reached at 763-494-3201 and on the web at:  www.planning4baby.com.

Save Money, Have a Baby (3 of 5)

Our first two posts covered general hints about baby shopping and how to apply those hints in the Nursery.Now it’s save money for your On-the-Go Lifestyle.

On the Go
In the car, strolling the mall, hiking the trails, riding the train – sound familiar? Parents are always on the go.

Check out these hints:

  • The most expensive car seat is not necessarily the safest. Do your homework before purchasing (or call us and we’ll do it for you).  You can also find some great tips on ‘Child Car Seat Safety’ here.
  • Contact your insurance provider before shopping for a car seat. They may pick up the tab.
  • If you have an extra receiving blanket handy, roll it up and use it as an infant head support for your car seat.  The store bought supports are an added expense you don’t need.
  • Yeah that travel system (stroller/infant seat combo) looks great, but it probably isn’t the best fit (See this mom in the picture? That’s a heavy stroller!). Most of these strollers are 30 pound beasts. Instead, concentrate on a safe car seat and from there find a lightweight stroller that’s compatible.

We’ll see you shortly for the fourth post with more great money saving tips!

- Sarah and Linda

Linda Bauchwitz and Sarah Chambers are a mother/daughter team and owners of Before & After Baby Planning LLC, a concierge and consulting service that helps new and expectant parents prepare for their new arrival.  They can be reached at 763-494-3201 and on the web at:  www.planning4baby.com.

Save Money, Have a Baby (2 of 5)

Welcome the second in our series of great tips on saving money while you plan for your baby.

First, we passed on some general hints about baby shopping.

Now we’ll cover  where smart shopping will save you money: the nursery.  Let’s get to it!

The Nursery
The nursery is one of your biggest expenses. You are probably going to purchase large pieces of furniture as well as bedding and accessories. Through our research we have found multiple ways to minimize some of these exorbitant costs.

  • Although cute, changing tables can be a waste of space and money.  Rather, use a low dresser (possibly one you already have around the house) with a changing pad placed on top. This will give you extra storage and a piece you can use beyond the diapering years.
  • If you are looking to buy new…check out regular furniture and unfinished furniture stores.  Regardless of where you buy, look for dovetailed drawers and solid wood construction.
  • Always wanted a convertible? Well, this is the perfect time to buy it. Buy a convertible CRIB that will morph into a toddler bed or even a twin or full. We say go all the way – get one that will last until freshman college orientation.
  • Steer clear of drawers under cribs. You are paying more to collect dust (most drawers don’t have any type of cover). If you are desperate for storage you are better off picking up a couple plastic under-bed storage bins with lids.
  • If you strip a screw, lose a bolt, or break a caster don’t toss the whole crib – replace the part. ProductAmerica.com is a great resource for these crib emergencies.
  • When looking for crib bedding, avoid the all-in-one bedding sets.  Keep it simple. Nice sheets and a great light weight blanket are all you’ll need.

– Sarah and Linda

Linda Bauchwitz and Sarah Chambers are a mother/daughter team and owners of Before & After Baby Planning LLC, a concierge and consulting service that helps new and expectant parents prepare for their new arrival.  They can be reached at 763-494-3201 and on the web at:  www.planning4baby.com.