Have you heard of the Mixie? I hadn’t either until just a couple of months ago – the product was part of our 30 Days of Giveaways back in May.
This short, 1-minute video can say it better than I can, that’s for sure:
If you weren’t able to watch that for whatever reason, here is the summary:
The Mixie Bottles have a small compartment in the bottom for just the right amount of formula powder for the size of the bottle. You add the formula to this compartment and put the lid on it. Then place the compartment inside the bottle, screw the bottom on, and fill the bottle with water. Don’t worry, the formula is in an air-tight compartment at the bottom.
When it comes time to feed baby, push the button on the bottom of the container with the plus sign on it, which releases the lid and formula into the water that is in the bottle. Shake the bottle to mix up the formula and the formula lid will act as a unique agitator to help the formula mix evenly. Voila!
There once was a time where I thought cloth diapers went out of ‘style’ (use) in the 80s. Like when my mom used them on me. This is me a couple of years ago: anytime I have ever seen a baby in a diaper, ever, that I remember, it’s been a disposable one. Then my friends were drinking the baby Kool Aid and all of a sudden tons of them were pregnant. One mom specifically requested gift certificates to a small local baby boutique. When I inquired why so specific, she said she was going to cloth diaper. I was so surprised that I didn’t even know what to say next. But I did it, I got her the gift certificate, and then I never heard any more about it. And then I started working at Snuggle Bugz. One of the first projects on my plate was a contest for a diaper cake made out of $1000 of AppleCheeks diapers. It would then take an entire year for me to know EXACTLY HOW BIG OF A DEAL THAT WAS. Anyway, I started to realize that this cloth diapering was NOT my mother’s cloth diapering. No plastic pants or pins here, folks! And so we’re going to do it – we’re going to cloth diaper, which is something I NEVER thought I would say, and here are the things that convinced me.
We spend so much of our time and energy recycling and composting things, but then when it comes to diapers, many families treat the thousands of disposable diapers that your baby will use as a necessary evil. I’m so glad Snuggle Bugz helped me realize that isn’t true. I’ve seen so many recycle-happy families use disposables because that’s just what you do and they didn’t really think there was another option. Disposable diapers are responsible for 3% of all (all!) waste in Canada. If I wasn’t on board before, this would have swayed me in that direction:Also, in my city you get ONE bag of garbage per week. You can’t put diapers in the green bin (I checked – you can do that some places) and it takes them hundreds of years to break down (seriously). You can jump through a hoop or two and get some “exception” stickers to put on extra bags of garbage but I’m not really interested in that. I’d rather just reduce the waste altogether.
Also, we’re all like falling all over ourselves to wash out our cans and jars and yogurt containers and then contribute a pile like this of diapers without even a hesitation. Just because many people don’t know better.
You can see in the graphic that they have costs there, and you’ll see the cost comparison everywhere, all stating slightly different numbers. The cost that is generally shown is for one child, in diapers for 2.5 years. I’ll give you my own costs here with actual dollar amounts from actual stores. Using the graphic as a reference, 3,800 diapers (give or take) are used on one child in a year. On average. So if I go down the street to El Wal Marto, and get the ECONO PACK of diapers, it will cost me $49.97 for 222 diapers (varies by size). Accounting for 3,800 per year, that’s costing us $855.34 per year. We’ll say Junior is half potty trained at 2.5, we’re looking at $2138 total and then an additional $200 for night time and nap time diapers to last until full potty training. So I’m looking at $2338.00 for our first child, one assumes double that and add a bit for inflation for our second child, and we’re running up a $5,000 bill, assuming of course that we don’t have more than two. I realize that’s dished out over a long time and in small, manageable pieces, but I’m looking at the big picture here. We don’t make tons of money so a long term cost like that is really startling to me. If we use cloth diapers, I’m going to say AppleCheeks, we can buy a Full Time Kit for $849.99 which contains everything we need to get off the ground running. I’ll factor in an extra $500 over the time of your first child for updates on colours and additions to your cloth diaper collection (depending on when you want to do laundry), and it’s a savings from just one child of $988, double that for the second one. I have friends who have used AppleCheeks on going on 4 kids and they’re still going strong.
But what about the laundry cost? And the time? Well that’s certainly something to take into account. According to this calculator, to wash a load of laundry for 2 hours at off-peak times will cost me $0.07. Washing (exclusively diapers) every three days will cost me $8.50 a year. Let’s say I do ALL of my washing at peak times, even then I’m looking at $17 per year for electricity, then added in the cost of water, let’s say that it costs me an extra $50 per year, that’s still only $67.
Ok, so the cost thing is settled in my mind.
This was strange to me at first when I happened upon the MASSIVE cloth diapering community that is out there, but now it’s a regular part of my day. Specifically, if you search your fave cloth diaper brand on Facebook, there are pages and groups full of parents (generally moms) who are not only using the same brand as you, but who also are interested in the same types of things. It’s a great way to meet others online who you can get advice from on things other than just cloth diapering.
But most of all I just think that cloth is “for us.”
Oh, and you want to know what brand we’ll be using? Well we’ll be using AppleCheeks of course
What about you? Do you use cloth/have you tried it and decided against it? Comment and let me know!
Every pound we gain is worth it. Every stretch mark we get is worth it. Every sleepless night we have is worth it. Yup. This is all true – I think know every mom out there would agree. But I know that I am not alone in having days when I feel bummed about my appearance or just how I feel about myself in general. I catch myself going through old photos – missing my ‘old body’ and daydreaming if I can ever ‘bounce back’ … not likely so I decided it’s not worth trying.
I always played soccer – indoor and outdoor. I signed up again (after missing last season) and had my first game last week. I was gassed, I could barely breathe and my endurance was horrible. I could play for 5 minutes and barely made it off the field to sub. That was it, I am young – I should be healthy & have energy!!! I decided it was time to stop daydreaming of healthier days but to take action. I am not only doing this for myself but to set an example for my boys and to show my husband that I care about my body.
How did you do it? How do you fit in exercise into your busy schedule? Where does your motivation come from? (This is what seems to be lacking for me)! I would love to get some advice from some of you!
I know nursing is a fabulous way to burn calories while sitting on the sofa. With Kellan the weight just dripped off but this time around it hasn’t come as easily. Myles is just about weaned so it’s up to me to get back into shape!
Let’s share our ‘secrets’ and I will keep you posted on my progress! My goal today: to lose 7 lbs, make some healthier choices & have more energy for my family!
Let’s party! Well, let’s [Twitter] party, shall we?
Snuggle Bugz (@snugglebugz) is more-than-thrilled to be co-hosting a Twitter party with the BabyTime Show (@babytimeshows). What’s the BabyTime Show? Well I’m glad you asked. The event is the “ultimate event for pregnancy, birth, baby and toddler.” Basically, if you’re pregnant or a parent of young kids, or you’re even considering it, this is the place to be. Tons of retailers (Snuggle Bugz included) are there with products you can try and buy, and many have demonstrations as well; stop by the Snuggle Bugz booth for stroller demonstrations.
So, the BabyTime Show and Snuggle Bugz are joining forces to bring you all the information you need about the show, while connecting you with like-minded parents/soon to be parents in southern Ontario. How? Twitter.
BabyTime Shows & Snuggle Bugz Twitter Party
Here’s the best part: Register your name, email and Twitter handle below, and participate in the party, to be eligible to win prizes!
*registration has been closed*
We’ll see you on October 24!
I have been busy with the lovely job of de-cluttering my ‘junk drawers’ (everyone has these right?!). Personally I have this dreaded drawer in my house that is full of ‘semi-important documents/information’ – things that I am not sure if I should toss or keep and then decide to take on that battle at a later date. So the ‘later date’ has come and gone and it was about time to do a sort-through while the boys were napping.
Halfway through I found my hospital check-list. It’s always fun to read these things 6 months later (this is why my declutter job usually takes 3 hours instead of 1)
Anyway, not sure what your hospital checklist looked like but this was mine:
– Camera (make sure batteries are fully charged)
– Cell & charger
– Phone list
– Midwife documents & health card
– Zip up sweater
– Comfy pants
– 2 x comfy tanks
– Nursing bra
– Sports bra
– Comfy underwear (note *this means granny panties that can be thrown away*)
– Ankle socks
– Head band & hair elastic
– Toiletries (shampoo/conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrush, makeup, D.O.Moisturizing cream)
– Lip balm
– Let him pack his comfy clothes….
– Make sure car has enough gas
– 2x sleepers
– 3x onsies
– Going home outfit
– 2x blankets
– 2 x Soother (have it washed & ready)
– Diapers & wipes
– 2x hats
– Cash for Tims
– Books – don’t know what I was thinking here. We were too busy giving birth to get into a good novel!
– Granola bars
– Klean Kanteens
– Baby name list
– Make sure car seat is properly installed
– Gift for Kellan (?)
Looking back I totally over packed – especially in the “Baby items”. I guess you never know how long your stay will be right?! I used almost all of these items….what I wish I brought was my own pillow and I should have packed this is one rolling suitcase vs. a duffle bag & diaper bag (less items to lug around).
What did your packing list look like?? Was I missing any must-have items? Please share for other expectant Momma’s
If you need some more inspiration check out these sites:
- Behind the Second Bump: The Third Trimester June 22, 2017
- BBLUV Voluntary Recall on the Nido Mini June 20, 2017
- The Potty Training Guide June 20, 2017
- Why your Baby isn’t Napping June 14, 2017
- Voluntary Recall: Diono Dreamliner Travel Bassinet June 6, 2017
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