Things you shouldn’t buy for your baby

March 262013

When you’re an expecting mom you want to buy everything for your baby. If you’re a pregnant woman it’s really hard to convince you not to buy certain things for your baby but there are actually a couple of baby stuff that you shouldn’t buy because it’s a waste of money. I know that from my experience.

Article written by Beth Shea on Inhabitots explains which baby stuff you should “avoid”:

“How can one tiny baby possibly need all of this stuff?” It’s a question new parents usually ask themselves as they stock up with countless purchases to accommodate the arrival of their bundle of joy. Baby gear galore is marketed to inexperienced moms- and dads-to-be who simply want what’s best for their newborn — and if told an item is a ‘must-have,’ many add it to the nursery, which may already be overflowing with items that will end up being of little to no use. Let us help take some of the clutter out of baby’s homecoming. Here are 10 things that you DON’T need to buy for your new baby to welcome him into the world.

1. Baby Wipe Warmer

Whether your green diaper changing regimen includes reusable cloth wipes, or moistened biodegradable wipes, a baby wipe warmer needn’t be on your list of purchases. If you’re worried about giving baby a chill, simply warm up the wipe between the palms of your hands before swiping it across his bottom. You may also opt to wrap baby in a cozy towel during diaper changes to keep him warm overall.

2. Diaper Pail

Imagine all of the large and clunky plastic diaper pails that will end up in a landfill once baby outgrows the diapering stage. Not to mention all of the plastic trash bag liners that go inside the diaper pail. Since there’s really no way to re-use a diaper pail after its intended purpose, make due without one. Take soiled diapers outside to your trashcan regularly to avoid household odors. If you still deem the stink collector a must-have, thoroughly wash and disinfect it when you’re finished with it, and research donating it to a shelter, daycare or Goodwill. You may also look into foregoing diapers entirely with the Elimination Communication method.

You can read the rest of the article: Ten things you don’t need for your new baby

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Television and babies

March 202013

Watching TV
My son doesn’t watch TV, we play a lot together instead. I’m pretty sure this will change when he is growing but for now I think this is the best. There’s a big debate on whether babies should or shouldn’t watch TV. This article will clarify a couple of things:

Here’s a common scene: You’re trying to make a dent in the growing mountain of laundry. Then, the phone starts ringing. Then, the baby starts crying—and to get a short break, you plop her in front of the TV.

Every parent in the developed world is probably guilty of it, but that still doesn’t make distracting your baby with the tube a great idea. Doctors have long said that tots shouldn’t watch too much television, but not long ago, the American Academy of Pediatrics went a step further and said kids younger than age two shouldn’t watch TV at all.

But what’s the big deal?

Check out the rest of the article: Is TV Bad for Babies?

Here’s another article on this topic, very useful as well:

The first 2 years of your kid is also a critical time for learning language.  Language is only learned through interaction with others, not by passive listening to TV.  If you not respond to your kid’s attempt to communicate, your kid could miss this important milestone.  Also, your kid will not learn to talk by listening to TV characters baby talk or talk down to him.  Your kid learns to talk by mimicking adult language.  He learns from the adults’ simplified but correctly pronounced speech.

Source: Effects of TV on Baby

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Natural Toys for Creative Play

March 122013

Day 199 - Leon Playing
In these days you can buy so many toys for your baby or for your toddler but the interesting thing is that most of the time the favorite toys are the most simple ones. I’ve already noticed that with my son. He loves cardboard boxes, plastic bottles and last but not least newspapers.

Dana Johnson wrote a really interesting article on this topic, let me share it with you:

Think back for a moment to your childhood. What was your favorite thing to play? What did you pretend for hours on end? When parents are asked this question, almost without exception we discover that our favorite play scenarios were those we created out of our imaginations. We were mommies feeding babies, superheroes with a towel-turned-cape, explorers of our backyards. Grandparents often say they played with what little play materials they had. A simple cloth was a baby blanket, a parachute flyer, and a costume all in one.

You can read the rest here: Natural Toys for Creative Play

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Adoption – story of a girl who gave up his son for adoption and documented it

March 52013

I got really emotional when I read this article on because I’m a mom too. This topic is controversial as it is and people have different feelings on this subject. Callie Mitchell who is a 25 year old photographer gave up his son for adoption and she was brave enough to document it. Although I don’t agree with her 100% her story still makes you think.

I have to warn you that her story is pretty emotional especially because she documented everything. Here is just a glimpse of the story you can read the rest yourself. For me it was a really sad one.

Callie Mitchell is a 25-year-old photographer from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Her dream, she writes, is to “wander the world and capture the miniscule moments of [her] surroundings.”

That dream, however, was recently interrupted.

She got pregnant with her boyfriend’s child and because of what she calls her “countless lies,” the relationship didn’t stand a “fighting chance.”

Realizing the struggle of being a single mom and student just wasn’t in her, she made the heartbreaking decision to give up her baby for adoption. And then she made the brave and incredibly generous decision to document her pregnancy and adoption journey through a series of photos and journal entries.

“I just want to present adoption as a very amazing and beautiful option to unplanned pregnancy,” Callie told Babble.  “I want people to understand that it’s not giving away your baby, it’s giving a couple an opportunity to have something amazing that they might not otherwise be able to have. I am very grateful [to my son's adoptive parents].”

Source: My Baby, Not My Child’: Brave Woman Documents Giving Up Her Infant for Adoption




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