New Mom's To Be

Monday, February 4, 2013
Pregnancy throws you for a whole new realm in your life that is so overwhelming sometimes it can be hard to SLOW DOWN and just catch your breath. My pregnancy itself has been pretty mellow with the exceptional discomforts and such. I think the most stressful process of pregnancy is deciding parenting styles, and purchasing baby gear. For example, My husband and I have opted to cloth diaper. There are a ton of modern cloth diapering advances that are just as simple as putting on a disposable diaper. We are using the pocket diaper method of diapering. And the diagram below is from the line sunbaby. Very inexpensive brand to start your diaper stash with, in my opinion.

With more rewarding benefits. What you may ask ?

* extremely cost efficient
* we WON'T produce one ton of waste that would go into landfills
* using cloth diapers will help facilitate quicker potty training

Those are just a few of the many reasons why this method is best for my family.

I have also decided to breast feed. I don't know what my breastfeeding experience will be like, due to the fact that Ava isn't here yet. BUT i don't want to invest a bunch of money into an electric pump right off the bat. I don't know what i'm going to like or dislike, and I am a firm believer that investing your money into anything needs to be worthwhile, and cost efficient. Electric pumps run for over 200.00, easily, when buying a credible brand. The manual pump is $30.00. It makes more sense, to buy a less expensive product until I figure out where I stand with breast feeding Ava.

The last little tidbit i will share is with the baby gear experience I've had. It's typical for new parents to overbuy, overpriced baby items that are gender oriented. It doesn't make sense to spend 200.00 of ANYTHING on something you will not be able to use again. Or that you won't use again. (if you plan on having more children) The next child may not share the same gender. I did purchase some inexpensive items that are designated for baby girls. Things we plan on using with our next baby, we are sticking to gender neutral based items.
ALSO Consignment shops have become my best friend ! A lot of credible brands are sold at these types of stores for even less than 1/4 of the price ! So don't be afraid to shop at anything that isn't Carter's Osh Kosh, or Gymboree. Your wallet will thank you later.  First rule as a mom to be, saving is ALWAYS SMART. Even more so when you have a baby on the way.

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