I love teaching my kids the bit-by-bit lessons about how to look after themselves, their relationships, their things and their space. Cleaning, however, is a big lesson. We have taught our kids to clean up after themselves, after meals and such. Most of the time they need reminding in order to do so, but there are moments of brilliance. For example, at a recent birthday party my 2.5 year-old daughter was putting away her borrowed costume item and I caught her picking up every single costume that was on the ground and putting them in the bin, too. Sweet!! I feel like, maybe, all my nagging has paid off!
My husband and I really enjoy playing games together and with friends. Board games. Some of our favourites are Robo Rally, Settlers of Cataan, Pandemic, Bohnanza and Ticket to Ride. They are a great way to spend an evening with friends, discussing life, kids and just having a good time together. As the kids have grown up watching us play games, they have learned them, too. We love games, and now, they do too.
We have an entire shelf devoted to games that we can play with our kids. There are some that we love and play over and over, then others that I have been known to avoid playing (you know what I mean, right?). Labyrinth is one of the classics that I can play over and over and never tire of. The box says 7 years and up, but my four-year-old understands the strategy and can figure out how to reach his next objective with only a few moves! We’ve had the game since Christmas and I can’t believe the improvement that I have seen in his ability to watch what is happening on the board and decide what to do next. Sometimes, he even shows me something that I am missing! I love it when he says “M-om! You just need to do this to get to the ______. Here, let me help you.”
A couple years ago I was given a CD of children’s music for Christmas by one of my aunts. This particular aunt has children of her own that are now older and all the hand-me-downs that I have received from her have been awesome. The toys have been exactly what my kids would love to play with. The used books have been of the highest quality. I knew that this music was going to be good. So, we popped it into the CD player and, within seconds of the first tune starting, we were a-boppin’. That CD? Putumayo Kids -Animal Playground.
The Wee Hairy Beasties and their hilarious lyrics in the song “Animal Crackers” had us hooked. “I’ve got ants in my pants. I’ve got butterflies. I’m cryin’ crocodile tears, from my puppy dog eyes.” I quoted that from memory-ha! The next song… even better. Asheba, from Trinidad singing “No More Monkeys”… I loved the beat, the lyrics and the kids were dancing up a storm. Song after song, Animal Playground did not disappoint. It was awesome. We learned about animals, enjoyed animal-themed music and enjoyed listening music in other languages. Animal Playground features music from all over the world by many different artists. It is an awesome album of great music. The very best part is… it’s not the only one!!
I have a nineteen-month-old, daughter. I have cloth diapered Susannah since she was about three months old. In March, she got quite a rash on her privates and my husband and I decided to ditch the cloth diapers and go with disposables. I was sad about it for a bit, but quickly got over it; there were other circumstances (like severe morning sickness) that were a little consuming. Over the past month, my nausea has somewhat subsided (*knocking on wood*) and Susannah’s tush has cleared up. I’ve hummed and hawed about pulling out the cloth diapers again but we had a big box of disposables to go through and I didn’t want to just ditch them.
At the Kids’ Stuff Swap that I organized on April 4th, there was a new local vendor selling cloth diapers, as well as my dearly beloved dimplecheeks diaper-sewing friend. I’d heard good things about BumGenius diapers, at the diapering seminar I organized in November, but had yet to see one and actually try one out. In the past, I’ve shied away from them because I felt like they were a little bit on the expensive side (roughly 23$ per diaper).I ended up being given the door prize diaper (won by a friend who passed it on) from Lizzie Bits Baby Co.
I was so excited to try it out on Susannah. It’s so SOFT and the inserts are so CUSHY. It looked to good and felt so good. The most exciting part about the diaper, for me, is that it is a one-size diaper. This means that it has snaps and can adjust in height, depending on the size of the baby. Yay! I can use it for “Mambo” (you know, #5). I washed it, tried it, washed it and was hooked.
The diaper come with two inserts (it’s a “pocket” diaper, which means that you shove a liner/insert into a pocket in the body of the diaper and that absorbs any wetness) and I started out using only one. The body of the diaper sent all the wetness into the insert so I even used it with a fresh insert right after Susannah got it wet! I was thrilled. My baby girl’s bum wasn’t wet at all! I feel confident that I’m not going to have any rashing problems with this diaper. Susannah uses a BumGenius at night, with both inserts and it’s the best! I know she’s dry and not sleeping in a wet load. I can feel so good about her tush.
I was so excited about it that I called Lizzie Bits right away, to get some more! I was also intrigued by the laundry detergent that she was selling. My detergent’s smell makes me gag (yes, still with the pregnancy sickness – awesome, let’s just hope it’s less than seven months long this time) and as Susannah had rashed up with it, I wanted to try something new. Charlie’s Soap Laundry Detergent. It’s made with biodegradable coconut-based detergents, which I find intriguing… I love it! I’m so impressed with how little I have to use in a load and how it cleans up the diapers to white!! I love it so much, and it’s non-making-me-sick smell (it doesn’t actually have any distinct odour), that I’ve been using it for all my laundry, when my initial plan was to use it only for the diaper loads. Also, it’s hypoallergenic, which is great for my sensitive-skinned husband, too.
All in all, we are thrilled to be back to cloth diapering. Susannah has outgrown many of her other diapers, so we are operating with a smaller stock, than I was a few months ago. I’m truly excited to have gotten onto BumGenius diapers and I know that I will be picking up some more when “Mambo” arrives. I’ve also purchased a potty training set from Lizzie Baby. The Potty Praisers Starter Kit. As the girl is telling us whenever she needs a “dapo-change”, I think that she’s getting ready to be out of diapers altogether. I’m excited to give this a try, when the time comes. I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes.If you are thinking about getting into cloth diapering I would highly recommend that you consider trying out a BumGenius diaper, just to know what a one-size diaper looks/feels like and how it cleans. Try Lizzie Baby!! The service was fantastic and I’m thoroughly pleased. I’ve become a huge fan and I’m so excited about my new diapers. You can tell, right? Because I’m blogging about it! Also, try out the laundry soap!!!