My Simply Mommy’s Clothing Collection Is Starting To Take Form…

I am so excited to share that I am starting a childrens Collection of  Hand made clothing. It is going .. slowly but going. I have about 20 outfits started and multiple collections for Spring/Summer 2017.  Im not going main stream.. just a small business venture of me making clothing. I am too excited given the rate of failure in this industry. But I am too optimistic to give up without a fight.

I love to sew. I always have so why not at least try. I am pretty good at it too.. So follow my journey…

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Mommy’s.. Cloth or disposable diapers? Is the trend changing?

cloth diapers disposable diapers I am sure you are aware of my stance on this subject. I do indeed prefer cloth to disposable for a numerous amount of reasons. My job here is to convince you that cloth is better for the environment, your baby, and more cost efficient. There is  a growing movement back to cloth diapering and a ton of support.  So lets dive in and see if my facts will convince you. I feel as though the trend is starting to change, with more crunchy parents than ever on the rise. We have came to realize that we are indeed destroying our earth with our excessive consuming and waste. We also came to realize that simple may be acutally better.

I know what you are thinking it is complicated, smelly, messy, and all the misconceptions and myths associated with cloth diapers. But this is totally not the case. It is important however to get set up with a reputable diaper service who will make the process of getting started with cloth diapering easy. The cost in usually in the area of $80 a month or roughly $20 a week. They handle everything..(except the actual diapering of the baby.. haha). Your baby’s skin will thank you as well as the environment. 

Supporting facts for cloth diapers:

There are so many chemicals in disposable diapers  and  a little fact…that jelly stuff  that absorbs 100 times its weight in urine it is so not natural. Cloth diapers save money. Cloth diapering is actually easy, cloth diapers are fashionable and cute, They actually leak much less than disposables.

There are  brands of diapers that can fit baby from birth to potty training.

They hold their value, so you can  sell them when you are done with them if you gently use them.

In terms of money in this debate:

With cloth diapering you can purchase a  couple dozen high quality organic cloth diapers for around  $500 , and it  if you care for them properly  they could last through a couple of kids. A no brainer right?

Disposable Diapers:

  There is research that concludes that with each  child it roughly costs about $2,000 to diaper that child in the child’s lifetime and that can add up to about 600,000 diapers that you have contributed to  the landfills now if you have more than one child can you imaging how much waste you contributed?? crazy right?

Disposables are plastic and contain chlorine, polyacrylate, and other chemicals.

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Final thoughts from Simply Mommy:

Sorry from this slightly crunchy mom’s point of view there is nothing to support the use of disposable diapers…   even if cloth diapering was a slight inconvenience which it’s not if done correctly it could save your childs skin wicked rashes. Would help save the environment  one small step at a time.

Other helpful cloth diaper articles:

nourishingjoy.com/why-clothdiaper-10-excellent-reasons/

http://www.treehugger.com/culture/parents-its-time-cut-crap-and-switch-cloth-diapers.html

If you need support with cloth diapering or you are flirting with the idea there are online communities to help:

www.diaperpin.com/

clothdiapertrader.com/

To baby wear or not to baby wear that is the question….

aaI was personally a baby wearer way before it was the hip new way of parenting. I have always believed that people made parenting much to complicated, complications with too many gadgets, too much well-meant advice, too many medications, too many bottles, too much of everything. I was a breastfeeding, baby wearing, natural mommy as soon as I had my first. In my case though there wasn’t that many choices available as now in the market, we were strictly stuck with Buckle carriers or Mei Tai, if you were lucky your grand mother would show you how to wear a woven.. me I was lucky my mom showed me, she was a flower child.. So now the question today is baby wear or not to baby wear. I highly recommend baby wearing for a number of reasons… 

1. Attachment: Yes the attachment process, baby’s ear pressed against your chest, slowly drifting to sleep by the sound of his/her own mommy’s heart beat. Skin to skin, the feel that the baby gets with the touch of his/her mother’s skin against their own. The comfort they feel to be nestled tightly against a familiar body, a familiar sent. The bonding and attachment are very important in nurturing your child in building trust, security, and teaching nurturing and love and I think that baby wearing is essential in this bonding/attachment process.

2. It is very convient, yes that is right, your hands are free for doing other things while baby is close to you under your watchful eye he/she does not feel alone or abandoned and you can easily assure your baby because they are close, while you are doing chores or helping with your other small children if that is the case.

3. It is a space saver, no need for dragging a stroller around, or a car seat while you are shopping, or visiting you can leave that car seat in the car! imagine that a car seat that stays in the CAR. 

4. It is apparently fashionable these days. Different colors, styles, fabrics, it is the new must have.

5. Good exercise for mom, and muscle-building potential… lol

6. Great for dad’s to feel more bonded/attached/and involved. Also caregivers can use so the baby can feel that same source of comfort even when they are away from you.

7. Lastly but even one of the highlights of baby wearing is the ability to feed as needed even in public and stay covered, and without baby getting frantic because you are able to respond to the need to be fed faster because the baby is close!

So now that we have went over the positive impact of baby wearing we can get into some of the different types, costs, pro’s, cons’ places to buy. 

Sliding in first place is the woven wrap, the most coveted wrap. They are made by different woven materials such as silk, cotton/linen blends, hemp and wool. They are durable, strong and carry weight, very secure and come in a range of styles and beautiful color combinations and patterns. But be ready to spend money the low-end wrap is somewhere around $100 but the resale value is wonderful, because believe me some people this is a hobby they collect these wraps and are willing to pay even more than the original price even for a used wrap that they find attractive. Sizes xs, s,m,l,xl small is typical size 5 in wrap, medium range is size 6 and this is the most popular size, they are also available in size 7 to fit Dads and plus size. 

Popular brands include; Girasol, Didymos, Oscha, Kokadi, Diva Milano, Natibaby, Ellevill, Dolcino, Storchenwiege. 

Places to buy:  Risaroo, Marsupial Momas, Woven Wraps, and granola babies. 

Next is the Ring Sling coming in at second place:

Many colors, prints, price ranges from $60 to $80,easy accessible for breastfeeding. These however have a high learning curve. All sizes available.

Popular brands include: Maya Wrap, Comfy Joey, and Sakura Bloom to name a few.

Where to buy include: Sleeping Baby, Risa Roo, Zanytoes Boutique, and Kiala Baby.

M y least favorite, Stretchy Wraps (the Bucket carrier), these are hot, bulky, sag when the infant weighs, more than 15 lbs. Cost wise they are around $45-$50. 

Where to buy: Target, Baby’s r us, and on Amazon

Popular Brands: Hugabug, Moby Wrap to name a few.

Then there is my old stand by the Mei Tai: they are around 60-100 dollars, have straps they are durable and adjustable and soft. They are available in most large chain retailers. They are just out dated along with the Bucket carrier. 

Things to consider:

You should be able to see your baby’s face at all times, ensuring your baby’s airway’s are not obstructed in anyway.

Your baby should be high enough, as to be able to lean down kiss your baby as to monitor breathing.

Baby’s knees should be higher up than his/her bottom and the sling should support the legs from knee to knee.

Always be cautious with stepping off inclines, steps, slippery surfaces.  If  do so by Bending at knees not at waist while supporting the wrap with baby inside.

If you want to baby wear there are whole communities just in love with baby wearing and offer support and swapping. One popular is :

http://www.thebabywearer.com/

Resources and References:

http://www.lalecheleague.org/nb/nbnovdec04p204.html

and a great little read that was very informative many resources and tons of information: http://thehodgepodgedarling.blogspot.com/2013/06/babywearing-101-beginners-guide-to.html

How to video links:

https://www.youtube.com/user/BabywearingFaith