Well, since my diaper review was received so well by people who have written me on facebook...I will review a few more things that I would have liked to know about before I had a baby. Now...I know I am no strong voice of influence, I can only tell you my own experience.
First of all, onesies. I love onesies. Babies look so adorable when wearing a little white onesie, so babyish. I agree with whoever said babies should only wear baby clothes and let me tell you, onesies are for babies. If a big person wore a white onesie I would be a little shocked (and appalled). But I digress...so for the sizes of these cute little things I will give you a few tidbits of information that I have gleaned. Gerber makes the best onesies, but I strongly dislike their organic cotton version. The sleeves on the organic cotton are too big for the body so it looks like a little fat man shirt. The reason I like the gerber the best is because they only have two snaps on the bottom (better when you have a wiggly little baby). I have found though that the gerber run smaller, Evelyn grew out of the gerber NB after about 4 weeks but she still fits in the Carter's NB at 7 weeks. The Carter's onesies run a little longer and have three snaps on the bottom which really isn't that big of a deal but I would prefer the gerber ones for that reason. Another thing about running small, Ev went from NB Gerber to 3-6 month Gerber. She skipped the 0-3 month size completely because they were about the same size as the NB. As far as long sleeve undershirts, gerber 0-3 month fit Evelyn from the beginning and still does.
See how cute a little babe in a poofy cloth dipe with a little onesie is?
She has arm rolls to spare!
Nasal spray! Blast those boogies. People reading this that aren't interested in baby products, simply stop reading. I have so many pregnant friends right now and having just walked through the first few weeks of this unknown world of newborn baby, I have a little something to say about it. When we brought Evelyn home from the hospital I was scared beyond reason. To my shame I did cry as we left the hospital. All of our nurses were so pleasant and having the advice of our wonderful doctor who visited us every morning was invaluable. I felt so vulnerable taking my dear little baby out of that safe haven. As night time came I was nervous, how could I sleep with no one watching over this dear little girl? Then she started doing the snurgle. It was a mix of a snotty gurgle and it scared the sleep right out of me. I laid next to her small little head and listening. It sounded like she was drowning in this snurgly noise. I don't think I slept a wink that first night, I was so worried she was going to stop breathing. Our house was so dry that she had big old boogies hanging out in her nose. What was I to do?
Well call my mother of course.
She said to put saline drops in her nostril and suction her nose. Saline drops? I was worried, I didn't have saline drops. Well apparently it is easy to make saline drops by dissolving a 1/4 tsp table salt in a 1/2 cup of warm water. After putting a few drops in the little nose you suction with a bulb syringe. Has anyone else ever had trouble trying to get these drops safely into the little nose? Let me tell you they often end up in the mouth, or the eye, or all over the face. Basically anywhere but in the nose. So then what is a poor worried mother to do?
I ended up finding a saline spray that squirts a very fine mist into the baby's nose. It was super easy to use and worked like a charm. One little spray and all those boogies were ready to be suctioned out. She could breathe easy and I could (maybe) sleep soundly...for a few hours at least. Here is the spray I bought: http://www.simplysaline.com/Products_BabySterlieNasalMist.aspx
Now baby socks. I care about baby socks. They have been the constant bane on my child's outfits since she has been donning outfits. She goes strait from feet to chubby legs so socks really don't stay up well. After about 5 weeks of socks constantly falling off I discovered something on clearance at Target called "babylegs". They are basically just little baby leg warmers, and they are super cute to boot. They fit nice and snug over her socks and all the way up her chubber legs and prevent the socks from slipping. The pair of babylegs I found were on clearance so they were only $2.00 but without being on clearance they were a little to steep for me. For your information babylegs are SUPER EASY to make yourself. Just take a pair of cutesy women's knee high socks and cut the feet off. Sew a wide elastic seam under the cut end and seam it up the side to the desired width. Super easy and super cute. I'll take a picture sometime to show you the adorableness.
Thus the end of my baby advice blog. Not much wisdom here but a lot of practicalness! I love adding ness onto the end of a word to make it a verb.