03 February 2016

A few things I love (almost entirely infant-related)

This nursing bra. My friend Molly recommended it. Listen. It's better than any of my other bras. It's comfortable. It's well worth the $50 pricetag. I FEEL VERY PASSIONATELY ABOUT THIS BRA, AND IF YOU ARE OR PLAN TO BE A NURSING MOTHER, I THINK YOU SHOULD BUY ONE.
I have one, but it's the only bra I ever want to wear, so I need to buy another.

These 4-oz jars. Excellent baby food containment devices. Also useful for other things. I like the way they stack.

This Formula! (Baby's Only Organic, if you don't feel like clicking through). Everett is like...95% breastfed. He gets an occasional bottle, maybe one a week. I mention this not because I'm holier than thou, but because the reviews for this formula indicate that your baby may have trouble with constipation, which is not a problem for us, but I dunno, maybe it WOULD be a problem if he was on formula exclusively? I read some involved review about how it was because this formula has a whey/casein makeup that is different from breastmilk and blah, blah, blah.
Anyhow, this formula. It's $8.50 for a 12.7oz can. And I like the ingredient list better than ANY other formula I could find.
And, while I realize that water is a chemical, I prefer simpler ingredients, organic products, whole foods (the concept not the grocery store), et cetera.
Everett tolerates this well and I am not offended by the ingredient list and it is not prohibitively expensive.

These diapers (but not exclusively these diapers). Okay, these diapers (Bambo Nature) are, in my opinion, prohibitively expensive for your primary diapers ($0.46 per diaper!). HOWEVER, these are the BEST, MOST ABSORBENT, LEAST LEAKY diapers I have found, much MUCH better than other premium brands. We use cloth diapers during the day, but at night I prefer disposable, and I prefer disposables that are the least likely to leak or fill up in the night, so that we can make it all the way through without diaper changes. THESE ARE THAT DIAPER. I think if I was using plastic diapers only, I would still only have these on hand for nights, and would find something more affordable for use during the day, when you're changing your baby every couple hours anyway, and don't need some holy grail of leakproof absorbency. But if you DO. If you do, get these.

These bottles! I don't like plastic bottles mostly for aesthetic reasons. I don't like the way they get discolored with time, and how the markings fade, and the way they feel. All quite ridiculous, I realize. I like the 4oz version because it keeps Everett from getting overfed at daycare. I use the newborn flow nipples.

Diaper cover. I like this one best. I prefer hook/loop closures for smaller babies (although maybe I'll switch to snaps if Everett starts undressing himself. I like the fit. This is my favorite cover.

And finally, this book light. This is the only thing on this list that doesn't have to do with babies. I got it for Gabriel so he can read in the car without bugging me (we have a 2 hour evening drive home from his dad's every other Sunday). It's rechargeable, and you can position it so it lights up both pages, so you don't have to constantly fuss with it, and it is very bright without being annoying to the non-reading person.

3 comments:

  1. Sooooooooooo glad to read your updates, especially about your new family members.
    What an intense time you had in 2015 with welcoming Everett and worrying about Quentin's serious health concerns.

    Happy TENTH solar circumnavigation anniversary to Gabriel!!!

    You are truly Amazing (miss) Grace!

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  2. So glad for the nursing bra recommendation! I have been hating all the (Target) ones I have and I keep forgetting to ask Twitter for recs. Have put this in my Amazon cart immediately!

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