Recent Purchases for Baby & Me

I love to read blogs about people’s recent purchases.  Often I find cute items or great deals that I wouldn’t have thought to look for otherwise. (That being said I am a lot less of a consumer these days, but these items were things I wanted/needed.)

For the Baby

I still need to pack my hospital bag!  Hopefully by the time you read this I’ve done that, but as I’m writing it is still not packed.  I feel that minimalist is really the way to go, so I plan on packing toiletries, a nightgown and robe, clothes to wear home, chapstick, cell phone charger, camera and a baby book.  I’m so glad someone on another blog mentioned a baby book because I wouldn’t have even thought of it.

I purchased the baby book last week.  A friend of mine had her baby recently and bought for him the CR Gibson Zoom-Zoom Memory Book.  She recommended it to me, and I made a note of it since at the time we didn’t know what we were having and were convinced it would be a boy.

Since she’s a girl, I opted to get her the C.R. Gibson Loose-Leaf Memory Book, Happi Baby Girl.  I love the owl on the front cover and the very pinkness of it.  They have the book in both bound and loose-leaf versions.  I chose the loose-leaf because I want the option of adding things to the book that aren’t already there, including a massive letter I have been writing to her since the beginning of June.

For the Baby

As I have mentioned ad nauseum we are cloth diapering.  I am always looking for good deals on cloth diapers because we want to minimize our out of pocket costs, which is one of the reasons we are using cloth.

One of the ways I do that is by going on daily deal sites.  A couple of months ago I bought a certificate on Plum District for a website called Ecomom. (The certificate cost $20 for $40 worth of goods at the site, but with my sign up bonus of $10 it only cost me $10 – score!)  The whole point of the certificate was to purchase a Grovia kit, but as it turns out the certificate was not valid for Grovia items (of course!).

I kept going back and forth on what to buy, and eventually ended up buying three Kissaluvs Organic Cotton/Hemp Fitted Diapers to use for night time.  I got them in the mail the other day and prepped them, even though she won’t fit into them until she’s at least 15 lbs.

For the Home

New Wool Dryer Balls

New Wool Dryer Balls (Photo credit: Dazed81)



As I’ve researched cloth diapers, many of the mothers I have been learning from keep recommending wool dryer balls.  Apparently wool dryer balls can replace dryer sheets in making clothing soft and virtually static free.  These are recommended when using cloth diapers since you’re not really supposed to use dryer sheets since they will make diapers less absorbent.  I thought it sounded interesting but it wasn’t a priority for me to buy them.

Two things happened that changed this into a priority for me: (1) I got the Kissaluvs diapers and prepped them and they took forever to dry in the dryer – about 3 hours and (2) someone on a message board mentioned that she loved her wool dryer balls because they drastically reduced drying time when she was drying her cloth diapers.

The wool balls everyone was raving about were from an etsy shop called CleanSypria.  I checked out the shop and the price for four balls was the best I’d seen, plus shipping was cheap.  You can buy them unscented or scented with quite a few different scents.  I opted for the Autumn Harvest dryer balls (set of 4) scented (for free) with pearberry scent.

I ordered the balls on Sunday afternoon and received them in the mail on Wednesday.  I had already done almost all the laundry but I put two of the balls in with my delicates (a dress, maternity leggings and a maternity top) and everything dried quickly, and there was no super lingering scent of pearberry.  The balls smell good but don’t leave a ton of smell on the clothing, which is good.  They also left the clothing soft and static free.  I cannot wait to use these balls on the rest of the laundry.


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