Storing Baby Clothes

Now that Baby is in his 4th clothing size I have figured out that storing all of his clothes until the next little one comes is going to be trickier than expected. I originally was packing his clothes into bags and then placing these into large plastic storage bins. This was great until there were a couple of sizes in the same bin and I had to figure out which bag was which to add to one of them. It also was trouble when trying to find somewhere to keep all of the large containers. Yesterday, I realized that I could probably fit an entire size worth of clothing into one of the large diaper boxes we get off of Amazon. After trying it, I found this to be true and also figured out I can store these boxes on the shelf in Baby’s closet. Best part of my discovery – no more purchasing expensive storage bins!

Baby Food

I started making my own baby food simply because I love to cook!  I had no idea how much money I would end up saving us as well.  I know that baby food seems like a rather inexpensive purchase and in the grand scheme of things it is; however, when I looked at the price of jarred food in comparison to how much I can make with very little fresh produce I was amazed.  I have already made 24 TBSP of peaches and 36 TBSP of plums which is about 15 jars worth of food – and squash, nectarines, pears, and carrots are waiting to be pureed.  The recipe I follow is very simple – steam the food, puree it, freeze it in ice cube trays, transfer cubes to freezer safe storage.  Anyways, what I really wanted to share is that I had no idea that the ice cube trays I received as a baby shower gift would become so handy.  It also helps that for my wedding shower I received a steaming basket, food processor, and vacuum sealer – however, none of these pieces are essential to the food making process and could easily be substituted out.  Happy Food Making!

Sleep Sacks

Babies love to be warm while they are sleeping.  Which for us, meant several days of Baby wanting to sleep only while being held.  While this sounds great to a first time parent, you quickly realize this means you get minimal sleep as well.  One way to keep Baby warmer while sleeping is to turn up the temperature on the thermostat.  This option went poorly for us for two reasons – 1. We couldn’t sleep because it was too warm and 2. Our heating bill went way up.  So as an effort to make everyone comfortable and keep ourselves from going broke, we started using sleep sacks (aka wearable blankets) to help Baby retain more heat once put into the crib.  They have worked like a charm – Baby is now warm and cozy in his bed and we are comfortable around the house as well!  We have found the ones made by Halo to be the best as they zip down.  This seems like a minor difference but when trying to put a sleepy or asleep baby into a sleep sack the sleeveless design and zipping down make all the difference.  We have also found that Halo makes their sleep sacks in different weights – cotton and fleece – so as it gets warmer or we visit places (i.e. hotels, grandparent’s houses, etc) that may be a bit warmer or colder than our own we can adjust accordingly.

Changing “Table”

One of the first things I thought I would “need” was a changing table.  I had worked at a daycare in college and knew that you change a lot of diapers in the course of a day.  Thankfully, a friend said something to me about her changing table being the most useless things she recieved as a baby shower gift.  Needless to say, I was a bit confused on how this could be, but I decided to just register for a changing mat and covers instead.  To date, I think this is one of the best decisions I made while registering.  Once recieving the mat, I put a fleece blanket down on top of Baby’s dresser and placed the changing pad with a cover on top.  I also filled a basket of diapers, wipes, and Anti-Monkey Butt cream and put it on top of the dresser.  This solution has served us very well and there was no need to try to squeeze another piece of furniture into Baby’s already full room!