Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Five Baby Favorites for the First Six Weeks

1. Homemade Wipes

I do not use cloth diapers.  I toyed with the idea when I was expecting Jill, but a near and dear friend told me "Jessica, I just don't see you doing it."  Thank you, Kathy, for saving me from my wanna-be crunchy inner hippie with your honesty.

I DO make my own disposable wipes with my very favorite Earth Mama Angel Baby Organic Angel Baby Shampoo & Body Wash.  I used these wipes on Jill for the first several months, and have already talked Patrick into sawing rolls of paper towels in half for me.


For one half roll of paper towels, I use this recipe.  If I'm using Kirkland paper towels (and you know I am), I have to multiply everything by 1.5 because Costco is like Texas.  Everything is bigger.  If I went to a Costco in Texas....I can't even...

I find these wipes to be softer, drier, and gentler on baby skin than any store bought wipes.  They are also cheaper and smell delicious.  Not that I would eat them.  I keep the half roll in a gallon size ziploc.

If you follow Earth Mama Angel Baby on IG, they post discount codes every Friday!

2. Baby K'tan Baby Carrier


I posted this out of focus picture on Instagram yesterday.  I have been petitioning St. Anthony to help me find my misplaced Baby K'tan Baby Carrier for weeks now, and the moment I committed to buying a new baby carrier yesterday, the K'Tan turned up.  (Thanks, St. Anthony!)  In the front hall closet of course.  Under the pool bag and the library books, naturally.

I love my ERGO, but it's not practical for anewborn.  I even invested in the infant insert which is like wearing a baby carrier inside a baby carrier, no good for me or the baby here in No Central A/C July.

Truthfully though, our window units are off and the windows are open as we experience yet again the only gorgeous season in Chicago, summer, high of 75.

3. Starbucks Refreshers


I picked these up before Polly was born, knowing some excruciatingly exhausting days were in my future.  I loathe coffee, and under normal circumstances, I loathe the soul-sucking corporation of Starbucks.  I much prefer locally owned Funky Java if I have to partake of the bitter coffee bean.

Starbucks Refreshers are made with green coffee.  I won't say they taste good, but they don't taste like coffee either, so that's something.  They help me power through when Jill and Polly double-team me with bouts of sleeplessness.

I might re-invest in the Zipfizz too.  It's expensive, but it works.

4.  Fiber One Bars


In the first six weeks of newborn life, I need food I can throw in my mouth.  Hopefully, food that is not always jalapeno kettle chips or handfuls of chocolate chips.

Enter the Fiber One bar.  It tastes like a chewy chocolate chip granola bar, and it's not half bad for you either.  Takes the hangry away for a few hours.

5.  Lily Jade Baby Bag

I used my Vera Bradley birthday coupon to pick up this sweet bag. (40% off - KaChing)
 Did you know VB sells bags that aren't fabric?  My mother didn't.

It's a nice size tote, big enough to hold all the things a mother of many needs on her person.  However, it does not zip, and it only has one teensy interior pocket - also non-zipping.

So I started looking for a diaper bag insert thing.  You know, like the guts of a bag with good organization, but sold separately.

I checked out Etsy, but those organizers cost more than my tote, so I ended up ordering from Lily Jade.
I got the red baby bag in medium.  It ZIPS!  And has lots of pocketses! And it's washable!

Hey Mr. Postman, please bring it soon, because every time someone needs my keys or a tissue, I stick my arm in my tote up to my elbow and swirl it around like James Herriot turning a breech calf.

You didn't need that image.  My apologies.

Linking up with Heather (eventually) for Five Favorites.

12 comments:

  1. I just ordered the Lily Jade baby bag in red medium, too! It looks like it'll make all my awesome large bags into the perfect bag. =)

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  2. I love that given the choice between James Herriot elbow deep in cow uterus and say… Mary Poppins fishing out her hat rack, you went with the cow. :)

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    1. Mary Poppins never even crossed my sleep deprived mind. As I recall, she did no fishing around though. Just reached in a pulled it out. She probably had an immaculately organized bag. But HP and co in the last book...I bet that was a mess.

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  3. Ohh, but the breech calf image is perfect! That's exactly what I hate about bags like that. I need pockets. One of my sayings is, "become a mom; become a pack mule." Every time I think I can pare down the purse to something more reasonable and less similar to the weight of a bowling ball, I find myself in need of whatever I just got rid of. Aargh! One of these days, I'll carry a clutch again, but not anytime soon.

    Still giggling over the calf!

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    1. The weight of my bag is a huge problem, I know as I use up the supplies it will get better, and then I'll re-stock, and it will start all over again. Call me Sisyphus.

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  4. When I used to make my own wipes, I ordered dry wipes off amazon. They were the exact same ones the hospitals use on newborns. They hold up really well!

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  5. The James Herriot analogy? Perfect. I need to get me an organizer for my duffle purse :)

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  6. Jalapeño kettle chips, what the what? Where do you buy those, because I need them so bad! And is there anything better than a sweet new baby snuggled up in a baby carrier? Well sleep is also good during the newborn stage too but baby snuggles totally make up for it. And thanks to you, I'm going back to making my own wipes. We go through a ton of wipes with two kids in diapers.

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    1. Oh yes! I once did a taste test of 3 or 4 brands of jalapeno kettle chips. Lay's wins. I get them at Walmart. Aldi has an okay version.

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  7. James Herriot reference = winning. And hot dang that baby looks like her papa in that first pic. Ain't NO lie.

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  8. That Lily Jade organizer looks amazing... and FYI, the Kind granola bars are really amazing as well. My Target just started carrying them!

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  9. That's what I need- a lily jade organizer for my cow I mean purse. Tell Brian.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Five Baby Favorites for the First Six Weeks

1. Homemade Wipes

I do not use cloth diapers.  I toyed with the idea when I was expecting Jill, but a near and dear friend told me "Jessica, I just don't see you doing it."  Thank you, Kathy, for saving me from my wanna-be crunchy inner hippie with your honesty.

I DO make my own disposable wipes with my very favorite Earth Mama Angel Baby Organic Angel Baby Shampoo & Body Wash.  I used these wipes on Jill for the first several months, and have already talked Patrick into sawing rolls of paper towels in half for me.


For one half roll of paper towels, I use this recipe.  If I'm using Kirkland paper towels (and you know I am), I have to multiply everything by 1.5 because Costco is like Texas.  Everything is bigger.  If I went to a Costco in Texas....I can't even...

I find these wipes to be softer, drier, and gentler on baby skin than any store bought wipes.  They are also cheaper and smell delicious.  Not that I would eat them.  I keep the half roll in a gallon size ziploc.

If you follow Earth Mama Angel Baby on IG, they post discount codes every Friday!

2. Baby K'tan Baby Carrier


I posted this out of focus picture on Instagram yesterday.  I have been petitioning St. Anthony to help me find my misplaced Baby K'tan Baby Carrier for weeks now, and the moment I committed to buying a new baby carrier yesterday, the K'Tan turned up.  (Thanks, St. Anthony!)  In the front hall closet of course.  Under the pool bag and the library books, naturally.

I love my ERGO, but it's not practical for anewborn.  I even invested in the infant insert which is like wearing a baby carrier inside a baby carrier, no good for me or the baby here in No Central A/C July.

Truthfully though, our window units are off and the windows are open as we experience yet again the only gorgeous season in Chicago, summer, high of 75.

3. Starbucks Refreshers


I picked these up before Polly was born, knowing some excruciatingly exhausting days were in my future.  I loathe coffee, and under normal circumstances, I loathe the soul-sucking corporation of Starbucks.  I much prefer locally owned Funky Java if I have to partake of the bitter coffee bean.

Starbucks Refreshers are made with green coffee.  I won't say they taste good, but they don't taste like coffee either, so that's something.  They help me power through when Jill and Polly double-team me with bouts of sleeplessness.

I might re-invest in the Zipfizz too.  It's expensive, but it works.

4.  Fiber One Bars


In the first six weeks of newborn life, I need food I can throw in my mouth.  Hopefully, food that is not always jalapeno kettle chips or handfuls of chocolate chips.

Enter the Fiber One bar.  It tastes like a chewy chocolate chip granola bar, and it's not half bad for you either.  Takes the hangry away for a few hours.

5.  Lily Jade Baby Bag

I used my Vera Bradley birthday coupon to pick up this sweet bag. (40% off - KaChing)
 Did you know VB sells bags that aren't fabric?  My mother didn't.

It's a nice size tote, big enough to hold all the things a mother of many needs on her person.  However, it does not zip, and it only has one teensy interior pocket - also non-zipping.

So I started looking for a diaper bag insert thing.  You know, like the guts of a bag with good organization, but sold separately.

I checked out Etsy, but those organizers cost more than my tote, so I ended up ordering from Lily Jade.
I got the red baby bag in medium.  It ZIPS!  And has lots of pocketses! And it's washable!

Hey Mr. Postman, please bring it soon, because every time someone needs my keys or a tissue, I stick my arm in my tote up to my elbow and swirl it around like James Herriot turning a breech calf.

You didn't need that image.  My apologies.

Linking up with Heather (eventually) for Five Favorites.

12 comments:

  1. I just ordered the Lily Jade baby bag in red medium, too! It looks like it'll make all my awesome large bags into the perfect bag. =)

    ReplyDelete
  2. I love that given the choice between James Herriot elbow deep in cow uterus and say… Mary Poppins fishing out her hat rack, you went with the cow. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Mary Poppins never even crossed my sleep deprived mind. As I recall, she did no fishing around though. Just reached in a pulled it out. She probably had an immaculately organized bag. But HP and co in the last book...I bet that was a mess.

      Delete
  3. Ohh, but the breech calf image is perfect! That's exactly what I hate about bags like that. I need pockets. One of my sayings is, "become a mom; become a pack mule." Every time I think I can pare down the purse to something more reasonable and less similar to the weight of a bowling ball, I find myself in need of whatever I just got rid of. Aargh! One of these days, I'll carry a clutch again, but not anytime soon.

    Still giggling over the calf!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The weight of my bag is a huge problem, I know as I use up the supplies it will get better, and then I'll re-stock, and it will start all over again. Call me Sisyphus.

      Delete
  4. When I used to make my own wipes, I ordered dry wipes off amazon. They were the exact same ones the hospitals use on newborns. They hold up really well!

    ReplyDelete
  5. The James Herriot analogy? Perfect. I need to get me an organizer for my duffle purse :)

    ReplyDelete
  6. Jalapeño kettle chips, what the what? Where do you buy those, because I need them so bad! And is there anything better than a sweet new baby snuggled up in a baby carrier? Well sleep is also good during the newborn stage too but baby snuggles totally make up for it. And thanks to you, I'm going back to making my own wipes. We go through a ton of wipes with two kids in diapers.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh yes! I once did a taste test of 3 or 4 brands of jalapeno kettle chips. Lay's wins. I get them at Walmart. Aldi has an okay version.

      Delete
  7. James Herriot reference = winning. And hot dang that baby looks like her papa in that first pic. Ain't NO lie.

    ReplyDelete
  8. That Lily Jade organizer looks amazing... and FYI, the Kind granola bars are really amazing as well. My Target just started carrying them!

    ReplyDelete
  9. That's what I need- a lily jade organizer for my cow I mean purse. Tell Brian.

    ReplyDelete