Sunday, June 27, 2010

Oh baby!

In honor of a special reader of my blog who just delivered 2 beautiful (I've not seen yet, but heard) 34 week babies, and all my girls @ work who had babes this year, I thought I would blog a bit about baby products. Since Sophia is 3 and I just jumped on the natural band wagon about a year ago, some of these I haven't used before.

Eating- Of course breastmilk is a wonderful choice for babies, some don't have that option and I haven't researched organic formulas yet, but I am sure there are some great ones out there. So I will start with baby food. When Sophia was eating I bought Earth's Best a lot. Also, there is a fairly new baby food line called Sprout(Farm Fresh sells this now) There are a ton more these are just a few I am familiar with. Of course you can always make your own using fresh organic produce. This is another reason I am so in LOVE with my Vita-mix. Can't wait to do this next time around! (occasionally of course, I'm not the making all of my own baby food type unfortunately)

Bottles- Avoid bottles with a 7 on the bottle (that's the scary plastic) and make sure plastic bottles are BPA (bisphenol A) free. Glass bottles are a great choice, but I am not sure if there are a lot of these on the market. (I haven't looked, obviously)

Diapers- All I'm going to say about this is there are some really cool new cloth hybrid diapers that are shaped like disposable, velcro on the sides, & convenient to use. Some you just through out a middle insert and wash the "shell" I know this doesn't always seem convenient, but I will say my friend Denise does it. If your reading this Denise what brand do you use? I would love to get your opinion on this.

Monitors- This is something I didn't learn until recently and followed this rule immediately. Place the monitor as far from the crib as possible, at least 3 feet away. Due to EMF's (electromagnetic fields) It is said that EMF's can have a negative effect on our health, both adult and child. This research is controversial in the science world, I would rather not my family be the guinea pigs so I took the advice. On a side note I also moved my alarm clock so it wasn't right next to my head on my night stand. Just something to think about!

Buy Secondhand- There are some things you Do Not want to buy secondhand, but clothes, shoes, and some toys are great things to buy at yard sales or pre-owned stores. I buy almost all of Sophia's clothes at yard sales. My friend Amy and I call each other when we find a good one with clothes the size of our kids, then we stalk them every year to see if they will have another one! No shame here in buying used, I think of it as doing my part to be a super star recycler!

Here is a picture of my girl when she was a baby, who by the way Krista she weighed more than your twins put together! Holy cow, LITERALLY!

Peace , love, and the miracle of babies!



  1. Who doesn't love a talk about babies!
    Let's start with diapers. We've exclusively used cloth, except when traveling long distances. We LOVE it. We use Bum Genius 3.0, which are now being discontinued for the new upcoming wonderful line. I can say with cloth that snaps are better than velcro. Snaps take an ounce more work, but in the end, they don't wear out. I HIGHLY recommend The Green Nursery online store. It also has a brick and mortar store in Bloomington called Barefoot herbs & Barefoot Kids. He hold frequent workshops so you can really get to know the world of cloth diapers, making your own baby food and slings.
    As far as making your own baby food, it is UNBELIEVABLY easy!! Just buy extra ice cube trays, make a big batch of something and freeze it. Then pop out one or two cubes as you need them. I couldn't believe how easy this was with my first. We'll see how it goes with baby 2. I never used a food mill and I always left the peel on when I cooked and blended. Keep it simple.
    Thanks Adrianne for sharing.

  2. Denise - that's great that you use cloth - We LOVE Bumgenius too!! We've also used Happy Heiney, and I've heard some good things about the new Flip diapers. I would also recommend Thirsties if you prefer the old fashioned prefolds with covers. They just came out with some duo sized covers to save money. I buy from Abby's Lane ( And I have to admit I like velcro better than snaps (but that might be due to the fact that my child doesn't sit still long enough for a bite of food, much less a diaper change!) Great article Adrianne!! Love all the info you're putting out there!

  3. Thanks girls! I am definately going this route next time around!

  4. Thanks for the great reading Adrianne! That was one big baby you had! Maybe you can come by the hospital and meet the babies (and me:))?

  5. i realy use the old soft and cotton cloth this is cheap