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As soon as I found out I was pregnant with my last baby, I started on a mission to stock up on diapers. Knowing all that I do about coupons and sales, I decided that I was going to spend my pregnancy building my diaper stockpile so we could at least have enough for the first year of this baby’s life. Target was my go-to store of choice. It’s the easiest store for me to shop with coupons because you can combine a manufacturer coupon, cartwheel and store deal in the same transaction, maximizing your savings potential and not to mention the Red Card savings. Whatever store you choose to shop at, make sure you know their coupon policy before your shopping trip to avoid any unexpected complications.
Several family members told me I was crazy for starting my stock pile so early in my pregnancy, but I didn't care. The money I was saving was all that mattered to me at that point. Plus it gave me something to do to keep from going crazy.
January came and the little princess was born. Check out my diaper wall, this was after we had already used about 2 or 3 cases and doesn't include all the boxes of pull ups that I also bought each time I did a coupon haul.
`Well fast forward a few months, there was a huge discussion in one of my mommy groups on Facebook about cloth diapers. One of the moms who has 3 kids around the same ages as mine posted that she was going to give cloth diapering a try. I figured if she could do it then so can I, so I decided to give it a try. I did however have to justify to my husband why this huge pile of disposable diapers was not "enough" and how going the cloth route was going to save us more money than all the coupons I had used in the past.
I had Amazon gift cards saved up from different sites that I use (See here for all the sites I use to earn gift cards). I also had some rewards points from a credit card so I figured this was the best way to go since I didn't have to spend any actual money from our bank account. There are so many different options, that I still don't understand, but I finally decided to get a 6 pack of Alvababy pocket diapers that came with 12 microfiber inserts. The price was comparable to the retail cost of a case of disposable diapers, so it wasn't a drastic difference there. I figured this was a good starting point to at least see if we would like it.
To my surprise, cloth diapers were a lot easier than I thought it would be. Definitely not what I imagined it would be like. To be honest, every time I thought about it I imagined my mom washing the old-school cloth diapers that was closed with the huge safety pins and the big plastic pant type things to keep it all together. I never imagined all the pretty patterns and fancy closures. I'm so glad that I decided to give it a try.
My little princess is now 7 months old and we do a combination of cloth and disposable diapers right now, well because it's what works for us right now. I would ultimately like to go exclusively cloth, but we will see how that goes in the next few months and in the mean time I still enjoy the thrill of shopping with coupons for the disposables while slowly adding to the cloth collection.
What are your favorite diapering ways? Do you use cloth, disposable, combination? Let me know in the comments.
I purchased the #BalticEssentials amber necklace at a discount for review purposes https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00V3KJ0CU.
Opinions are 100% my own.
All babies go through the teething phase, and at the risk of sounding cliche, all babies are different and obviously handle teething differently. What is consistent however is that it happens, it hurts, and thankfully they don't remember it when it's over; it doesn't make it any easier for us as parents to watch though. I have yet to meet a mom who enjoys seeing her baby in pain.
How do we make it better though? Do any of the remedies really work?
Marleigh being my third baby in no way makes me an expert, but I have tried the gels and tablets with the boys and sadly nothing worked, at least not for us. If you have had an over the counter remedy that worked for you, then you're one of the lucky ones.
Shortly after my little princess was born some of the mom’s in my due date group on Facebook started talking about amber necklaces and it sparked my interest. There was a lot of discussion about how it worked for all of them. This was something I hadn't tried before and after reading countless articles about the negative side effects of the over the counter options that I had used with my boys, there was no way I was going to use any of those remedies this time around. Most of the other mom’s couldn’t really explain how exactly it works, but this article I found online gave very useful information on how it works. Click here.
I fell in love with this #BalticEssentials amber necklace mostly because it is pretty. The flower embellishments adds a bit of a feminine touch that the other necklaces I've seen just didn't have. I mean teething is rough enough with all the drooling and the sore gums and all, we can at least have pretty accessories in the process right!
My biggest concern was choking, however the cord used to connect the individual pieces are reinforced to prevent breakage and the clasp closure is plastic and can be easily snapped in case of emergency. Also because it is only 13 inches long it is not easy for the baby to pull it far enough to their mouth.
If I could turn back time I wish I had known about this option for my boys because I would have definitely chosen this route versus the traditional western over the counter route.