Milk bottles

Who knew that there can be so many different kinds of milk bottles out there, so many different teats to go with it. So. Yes I bottle feed the baby. Largely because it  is so much more efficient. I know people go on and on about how you should try and delay the use of a bottle for the baby in case the baby suffers from nipple confusion. Well, I’m not sure if its simply because we have a greedy baby who simply does not care where his feed is coming from, or truly babies are usually more adaptable than we give them credit for because although we bottle feed the baby majority of the time, he still has no problem latching when offered. Furthermore, we have not stuck to one particular brand of bottle, rather we’ve used close to 4 brands? With vastly different shapes and teats and he has not had a problem feeding from anyone. The bottles that we are currently using are the Phillips Avent bottles that you get free with the purchase of the bottle steriliser, Umee Baby Bottle, sometimes the Spectra bottle that comes with the Spectra S9+ pump, and lastly, my favourite, a glass Aprica bottle.

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I’m pretty certain almost no one has ever come across, much less used the Aprica bottle before. The primary reason why I like the bottle? It’s glass. And although I’m pretty certain its a psychological thing, glass just looks and feels so much cleaner than plastic. And cleaning the glass bottles in the electric steam steriliser that I have works perfectly. The bottle does not turn yellow, unlike some plastic bottles might, and honestly they just look so clean (although they are probably equally clean). Also, the bottle comes with those cute grips that I can’t wait to let baby try once he’s big enough to start grabbing things. Oh and functionality wise, he never seems to have any problems sucking from the bottle and he doesn’t have any problems with taking in too much air.

To be fair he doesn’t have a problem with the other bottles that we use either. But.. well… its just a case of personal preference I guess. Which is what I’ve generally come to realise is the case with most baby items. There is definitely no one size fits all solution to anything. Don’t feel pressured into buying any particular brand just because it’s widely recommended or because people say its the best etc. Try a few brands out and see what works.

okaybye.

 

Diapers

So, I thought today I’d talk a bit about the all important baby item. DIAPERS. So before baby was born, I put some serious thought into what kind of diapers to get. Honestly, I was kinda intrigued by the idea of cloth diapers. I know that for many, the idea of cloth diapers is still the old wrap sheet held together with like safety pins. After all, thats what we used as babies. But cloth diapering has come so far since those days. There are so many companies producing so many different kinds of cloth diapers. Most involve a waterproof outer shell and a washable inner lining that you replace with every change.

Many people who cloth diaper state reasons like how its better for the baby’s bottom (no chemicals = less likely to get diaper rash) and reducing the amount of waste they generate. For me though, the main motivating factor was really cost. A pack of disposable diapers can cost as much as $20 a pack and can last… maybe a week (if you big the big pack) as opposed to cloth diapers that cost maybe $400 (for a basic set) for a full set and can last… till your baby potty trains I guess? The cost savings do add up after a while.

However, we decided that we would use the disposable diapers at birth because we’re new parents and we didn’t want to unnecessarily overwhelm ourselves with having to learn how to use the cloth diapers and having to wash everything. I think we made a good decision because changing diapers has been a huge learning curve, especially for the husband and I don’t think having to wash diaper linings would have helped anything. Baby currently does not shit a lot, about once a day, which means the amount of shit is fairly astonishing and almost always too much for his diaper to contain (and I know people might say that his diaper could be too small etc. but we’ve just sized up AND tried two different brands just to test it out) he does however pee a lot. With his current diaper,  we can do one change a night and thats just about right. I’m not sure we would have that luxury with cloth diapers which cannot contain the same amount of pee.

Another thing we went through before baby was born was wondering how many packets of diapers we should get for him. If you head down to baby fairs or even buy diapers online, many of the best deals involve buying 3/4 packets of diapers together, often at the same size. Well. DON’T DO IT. haha. Essentially when baby was born (and not very big might I add, he was only 3.1kg, which you would think would mean that he would be using new born diapers for longer) we got 2 packs of diapers from the hospital, one Mami Poko and one Huggies. We had also bought a large pack of Goon (90 pcs) from a baby fair, just to try it out. And on a whim I had bought 3 packs of Pampers (40 pcs each) online during a q0010 sale. Well guess what. I still have 2 packs of Pampers that he has since outgrown and will never get to wear and will sit in the store room taking up space. (sidenote. speaking of shits, baby just took one that did not leak, thank god) Anyways, as mentioned, we’ve recently sized up and we’re now using size S diapers of which i have both Huggies Platinum and Drypers Touch (which we’re primarily using now because it runs a bit shorter, and we have more packs of this). I don’t have much issue with either. Baby doesn’t seem to get rash with either so far…

Ok baby is starting to fuss. Time to go. Bye.