Diaper Blues

"Thirty percent of the women interviewed for a new study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics said they'd experienced a time when they could not afford to buy the diapers their kids needed. And a full 8 percent reported that they would “stretch” the diapers they had when their supply was running short by leaving a wet diaper on their child or partially cleaning the diaper and reusing it." SOURCE


Before SJ was potty trained I spent about $150 a month for wipes and diapers. I remember CC's first month we went through three boxes of diapers (being breastfeed and all)! I was sick to death with friggin' Pampers, so here is what I did. First I begged D to speed up his efforts to potty train SJ, then I began to purchase the LUV brand diapers, and to take it even further I began to purchase whatever size diapers where on clearance (didn't matter that CC is a size 2 diaper, if size 5 were on clearance that is what she would be wearing). As I type this CC has on a size 5 diaper and SJ is freeballing it. You got to do what you got to do. 


"A 2010 study commissioned by diaper-maker Huggies found that one in three of the 1,513 U.S. mothers surveyed had cut back on essentials such as food, child care or utilities to afford diapers for their children. Of those surveyed, 26 percent were living below the poverty line, 32 percent were above poverty but living in financial hardship and 42 percent were not experiencing financial hardship." SOURCE

While on vacay we went out to eat and forgot to bring diapers, so CC had to wear D's tank top on her bum.

New Products To Try

I just received my latest edition of Working Mother magazine and as always I was introduced to many new products. In this puos I will share a few I plan to try out.


Currently the girls and I use Shea Moisture's products, specifically the baby oil rub. Some time ago Target had BOGO and I stocked up. Each product is about $9.99 each, I have to supply my home and my mother-in-law's, so this was a great deal.

This stuff smells so good!

I'm always on the look out for vitamins to supplement Lil D's limited food intake. In the magazine I noticed the advert for Carlson for Kids  nutritional supplements. They have a Fish Oil I want to give a try.

 The last discover I found worthy of investigating was a service that allows you to rent-a-toy. The Newark, NJ based company is called Spark Box Toys. They describe their service as "Net Flicks for toys". They offer monthly plans from $23.95 to $35.95 {or yearly service at $249 + $299}. This seems pretty cool and will allow us to save money and alleviate the toy boredom which most kids experience. This is also a great gift for the little ones in your life {Hint, Hint: Aunties and Uncles}.





Baby's First Big Toy

Yesterday my MIL, Goddaughter, Lil' D, and I went to Buy Buy Baby to purchase a playmate. After looking at various items we decided on the one you see below.



The Baby's Play Place™ Deluxe Edition was for $79.99. When I presented it to Lil' D  she was all smiley for a minute then she began to use her little foot to push the sides. She was not impressed with the singing lady bug or the mirror. Hopefully as she gets older and can sit up by herself she will be more engaged with the toy. Shit for $80 I hope she grows to like it. SMH. . .


Our next purchase for the little one will be this:

This is the Pewi from Giggle.com. It costs $60.

"After first steps come many more, and this sleek and innovative walker makes it easy. As early as nine months, little ones can use the Pewi for balance while they get the hang of walking. And just so you get the most out of your money, the Pewi transitions into use as a fun ride-on toy for kids up to 3 years!


Why it's a giggle pick: Unlike walkers where the baby is suspended from a seat, the Pewi teaches a child body balance and motor skills."

New Generation of Cloth Diapers

About two years before we tried to conceive I made the decision to live a greener life and reduce my carbon footprint. I purchase almost all organic groceries (for a high ass weekly grocery bill), I try to purchase mostly products packaged and made with recycled materials, and I just stopped being so wasteful. Being green has also extended to my personal hygiene. I use less chemical in my beauty products like my deodorant, tooth paste, hair care products, etc. I stopped relaxing my hair a little over two years ago and it feels great to do without the creamy crack. As I begin to spend my life savings on baby products I've looked for companies and products that share my desire to be more eco-friendly.

I've been grappling using disposable diapers. To me its like drinking bottle water, its convenient but sooo bad for the earth. Well my research lend me to my latest purchase, gDiapers, a wonderful hybrid diapering product.

gDiapers flushable diaper refills are designed to keep your baby dry and happy. Because they are plastic-free, you can flush, compost or even toss them. gDiapers flushable diaper refills are made of sustainably farmed wood fluff pulp, sodium polyacrylate (SAP) for absorbency, and cellulose rayon. No plastic. 




Azabache Bracelets

Growing up in a West Indian influenced household I remember hearing numerous folklores and sayings about superstitions and such. My husband experienced the same, but I believe more than me because he lived in Puerto Rico for a part of his childhood. Santería and Obeah magic were common place in our lives so when my wonderful coworker, Alex, who is of Cuban and Puerto Rican ancestry gifted Baby Cruz a beautiful gold Azabache Bracelet with a monogrammed name plate we were not surprised. 

 In Latin America, Azabache Bracelets are worn to protect against the Mal de ojo, or evil eye. The evil eye is believed to result of excessive admiration or envious looks by others. Having newborn babies wear an azabache (a gold bracelet or necklace with a black or red coral charm in the form of a fist), is believed to protect them from the evil eye.


The evil eye is a folk belief that the envy elicited by the good luck of fortunate people may result in their misfortune, whether it is envy of material possessions including livestock, or of beauty, health, or offspring.


Baby Cruz will be covered in the banishment of  evil spirits department. Now if only I could find a stroller.