Mommy Duties

JD’s Dedication Day

  • Being a FTM is really exciting. After D (delivery) day, you’ll always look forward to what will happen next. From your baby’s first smile, first laugh, first everything. But one of the biggest events that I’m truly thrilled about is JD’s Dedication to the Lord. We are born-again Christians so we’re allowed not to held the “dedicating ceremony” in a church. For that reason, we tried to look for a venue that is spacious enough for the short program and at the same time share something to eat. I do not plan to held an event like this at home because 1. I don’t want to bother other people in preparing for the food, setting up of chairs and tables and decorations and 2. I’m not a fan of cleaning the after mess, lol! To tell the truth, we were in rush when we prepared for this event. A week before the event, my grandmom was hospitalized and admitted in the ICU. 3 days before the event, she went home with the Lord already. I asked my mom if we need to reschedule it but as per her brother, my uncle, pastor who will dedicate JD, told us that it was fine to push through with it because it is a celebration of life. All invitations were distributed so I really can’t cancel or resched it. Good thing I have a very supportive family and relatives. Going back to the preparation, below are the things that we needed:

Budget. We really would want to stick to a 30k pesos budget. This was the most important thing. This is really hard because we both have a huge family.

Caterer. I immediately contacted our caterer from our wedding. They gave us a discount already but considering that we still have to pay for the event’s place, I doubted if we can stick within our budget. Hence, I looked for a venue with a budget of 3-5k pesos to afford the caterer. To my dismay, there’s no such place with a price like that nowadays. I’m lost from here and I don’t know what to do but to stretch our budget to 35-40k pesos.

Venue. Since we can’t find a place that is within our budget, Jek thought of the café/resto just above the office where he worked before. His previous boss is also our ninong in our wedding. We thought we can have a discount. We hurriedly went to Beans and Leaves in their branch in Guiguinto. We went there with my mom because we planned to also dine in there so we could taste the food. However, they serve different dishes for their daily menu and occassion/event menu. After checking the place out, they invited us to come over to the next event that they will cater for us to taste their food. My mom agreed that she will be the one to attend because we’re unable to do so because of Jek’s work schedule. As per my mom’s approval upon having a taste of some of their food, we immediately booked them as event’s place and also the caterer. Below are our deals that made us say yes:

  • Free use of venue for 4 hours.
  • Menu consisting of 4 viands, 1 pasta, steamed rice, desserts and drinks. Mind you, this is a buffet / eat all you can style.
  • Free basic set-up according to color motif.
  • Basic sound system.
  • LCD TV with USB port if you have AVP to be played.

    Prices vary depending on the package you will avail. You will be billed as to how many guests attended per plate. We got the 229/head for adults and 99/head for kids 7 years old and below.

    Buffet Table

    Guests. We reserved for 100 guests. Upon payment, there are still 17 plates left out of 100 that we reserved so we have the chance to take home the left overs, except the drinks. To total, we paid only Php22,900 for the venue and food for 100pax.
    Invitations. To save, Jek made the layout for the invitations and have them printed out. So this one is free.

    Invitation

    Souvenirs and Giveaways. We just ordered cupcakes from our good friend Koni of Cerahlicious Sweet Treats as giveaway to JD’s godparents. A box of 6 cupcakes costs Php140/box (discounted). We ordered 16 boxes that costs Php2,240. For the guests’ souvenirs, we made-to-order ref magnets to my cousin Ate Rizzel and Kuya Pau of 7 Folds Printing. We ordered 50pcs for Php15 each totalling to Php750 which they ended up giving it for free as gift for JD. Yey! Thanks guys.
    Cake. We just wanted to have a customized cake so we also ordered a customized one from Koni. I don’t know how to explain it but the cake was sooooo perfect! From its look, size, quality, taste, everything is so perfect, beyond my expectation. I forgot about its size but it is really purely cake even on the inside and it was heavy and thick. For just Php2,500, its really worth every bite. I highly recommend Koni’s creations.

    Tarpaulin. Jek also made the layout so we just looked for tarpaulin printing shop. We found one in Bocaue. If I’m not mistaken, the size is 5×5 for just Php370.

    OOTD. Ofcourse we needed some cute outfit especially for JD. I don’t want it to be the normal “baptismal outfit”. I want it to be unique so I looked online and found Luna Belle’s Facebook. She customized baby clothes and costumes. I made to order a cute bloomer with suspender, necktie and bow tie with the print design I wanted for Php450

    Didn’t let JD wear the bow tie because it’s too tight.

    Candles. I forgot much much was the cost but definitely under P100 including the ribbon. The big candle was recycled from our wedding.

    Photo booth. We are so blessed for having Ninong Kerwin, Jek’s cousin. He is a photographer as profession and owns and operates a photobooth. We are so thrilled that he offered his service for free. Thanks Ninong Kerwin for the unlimited shots and print outs.


    REVIEWS: 

    Beans and Leaves Café. The food was superb! We chose creamy vegetables, fish fillet, menudo, kare-kare, carbonara and brought lechon (gifted by my FIL and MIL) from outside. Everything was delicious and perfectly cooked. Good thing they didn’t charged us corkage fee for bringing in the lechon and also the watermelon. As for the drinks, we chose gulaman and it was so refreshing. Water was also available. For the dessert, we chose graham balls and coffee jelly. I haven’t got the chance to taste the coffee jelly though but the graham balls are so yummy. The service was good. One of the things we want about them is that it was not a “tong buffet”. You can have whatever you one from the buffet as much as you want. No limits. The staff was already friendly especially Sir Carlo. They were all very accommodating and easy to talk to.

    FB page – Beans and Leaves

    *They have 3 branches in Bulacan. Balagtas, Sta. Maria and Guiguinto. Guiguinto is the largest and spacious for events.

    Photobooth. We really love pictures. Especially when they are printed out already. Photo booths are the best for any occasion. We love Kerwin’s photo booth because 1. It’s free. Who doesn’t want free stuffs? 2. Personalized backdrop using chroma. 3. You can request reprints. 4. Lots of props to be used. 5. High quality camera and equipments. 6. Very friendly operator. 😂😂

    FB page – Kerwin Photography

    *They also conduct Basic Photography tutorial from time to time.

    Cakes. The best! Koni made all my requests possible plus the taste was so yummy and mouth watering. Bonus, very huge and thick cake. I’mso in love with her chocolate cake. It was moist in the inside and the fondant was perfectly done.

    FB page – Cerahlicious Sweet Treats

    *You may have your cake customized or just indulge in readily available pastries once in a while.
    I’d like to thank the Lord for all the blessings the He has given us. For a wonderful child, JD. We owe everything to You and we dedicate JD’s life to You only. Also, to our families especially to my family and relatives. You still came and supported us even though we are grieving for Nanay’s loss. To Papa Jun, the pastor, for officiating the dedication. To Jek’s family. To all JD’s godparents, thank you for giving your time to attend. To our friends, neighbors and everybody who came, thank you for the time and gifts as well. To Beans and Leaves, thank you very much especially Sir Carlo and Ms. Lyn. To Koni, muffin, thanks for the cakes and also for Jek’s bday cake. To Kerwin, thank you for your generosity for the photo booth. Ate Rizzel and Kuya Pau for the souvenirs. To Luna Belle on FB for JD’s OOTD, thanks for the cute outfit. To Joshua for the pictures, thank you so much! We are so grateful for everything. Thank you for sharing your precious time with us. God bless you all.

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    Our Daily Routine – Breastfeeding Mom, Infant + Pet Dog + 2 Puppies

    I have sooooooo much things and ideas in my mind for my blog, vlog and even just simple house chores. However, nothing is close to possible doing everything if you are a mom of an infant especially if you are still breastfeeding your little one. Writing this blog while nursing JD is such a bonus. I can’t do any thing because all we do is nurse, latch, nurse, latch and so on. Even when he’s asleep, he didn’t want to let go of the boobies. Others say they’re waiting for their kids to sleep so that they can do something but it’s the other way around for me. I can’t do anything while he’s asleep because he don’t want to depart from the boobies. I can actually do some work while he’s awake because I can either put him in his crib or let him play on the bed (with lots of pillows on the side so he won’t fall down). However, I must be really quick because he easily gets bored. Ending, still no chores done.

    Below is a timeline of what we typically do on a daily basis:

    7:30 AM – cries from sleep. Sometimes, nursing is the answer but often, he just want to be rocked/cradled again then falls back to sleep. Plus, nurse again.

    8:00 – 10:00 AM – this consists of nursing every 30mins and/or rocking and cradling again. It’s still morning yet I’m already physically tired.

    10:00 AM – this is the time when he usually wakes up.

    10:00 – 10:15 AM – play a little.

    10:15 – 10:30 AM – make bed, eat my breakfast, feed the dogs, wash dishes (depends), heat up water for JD’s bath time. Yup, you have to be really quick!

    10:30 – 12:00 NN – bath time, play time, messing around time, make bed.

    12:00 – 1:00 PM – he’s usually sleepy around this time. Either rocking or nursing will put him to sleep.

    2:00 PM – awaken again from his first nap.

    2:00 – 2:30 PM – a little play time, eat my lunch, feed the dogs, wash dishes.

    2:30 – 5:00 PM – play time, messing around time. Sometimes this is the time when I can sweep the floor or anything else but this should be done in less than 5mins, make bed.

    5:00 – 5:15 PM – we go out to the veranda so we can watch neighbor kids play around and also the birds, trees, clouds, dogs, etc.

    5:15 – 7:00 PM – he’s usually sleepy around this time. Either rocking or nursing will put him to sleep. I have to squeeze in my bath time here.

    7:00 – 7:30 PM – 2nd nap.

    7:30 – 8:30 PM – play time, waiting for Jek to arrive from work.

    8:30 – 10:00 PM – eat dinner, feed dogs, finally have some me-time (about 10mins), make bed.

    10:00 – 11:00 PM – he’s sleepy already and want to always cling to me.

    11:00 PM – next day – consists of sleeping, nursing, crying, rocking/cradling, nursing, nursing, sleep and so on.

    Listing this down is really exhausting already to me. I can’t do pretty much anything else aside from nursing. That’s what I do best. You can easily say, “manage your time” or “you have to multitask”. Yes, I know, and I’m already doing it. I tried my best. It’s just really hard to do since we are exclusively breastfeeding. JD nurses every 30mins to 1 hour interval. He’s so clingy to me. Plus, I don’t want to leave him alone for a long period of time just to make sure that the house is clean or the dishes were cleaned or I already ate. No, that’s just not my priority. Having an exclusively breastfed infant is already time-consuming and I won’t complain. I know this too shall pass. I won’t be breastfeeding forever. This is just for a few more months/years. It will be beneficial to the both of us in the long run.

    If someone will see how messy/cluttered our place is, others will be easy to judge that I’m not cleaning the house or I’m just a mess. If you ever exclusively breastfed plus you’re left alone with an infant, a dog and 2 puppies, then I’ll accept your comment. But if not, well, I have nothing to say. To me, I really hate untidy places. My husband knows this. I always nag at him if there is a tiny bit of a mess. I want everything to be clean and organize. Now is just the opposite. I’ve accepted the fact that I can’t do everything on my own. I have to look after my little one first. I’d like to thank my husband for being so supportive in our breastfeeding journey and for being a good husband. He do the laundry, he cooks for me, he prepares JD’s food, he wash JD’s cloth diapers, he cleans the mess of our dogs, he plays with our baby, he wakes up in the middle of the night if he hears JD cry (and cradle him), he just loves us always. Remember, this too shall pass. 😊😊😊

    Our Breastfeeding Journey

    I have 4 nieces and 1 nephew that I got the chance to take care of or look after. I can say, I pretty know almost everything about the basics, how to carry a baby, feed the baby with bottles, change diapers, how to put a baby to sleep and so on. I took note of those learnings and told my self that I will do the same to my own child. One of which is that I want Avent feeding bottles and pacifiers for my future baby. As per experience, Avent bottles lessens the chances of colic because minimum to no air was present when the baby sucks its teats. As for the milk, I opt to give my future baby, Enfalac for newborn as well. My nieces were all smart and advanced in development compared to other babies with different formula milk. Until one day while I was still pregnant, while searching the web for cloth diapers, I stumbled upon an FB group named Breastfeeding Pinays. I was intrigue because it is very popular in the cloth diapering group that I joined, Cloth Diaper Addicts PH. I’ve learned many benefits of exclusively (meaning no water, no formula, no bottles pacifiers) breastfeeding not just for babies but also for the mommies. Below are what I learned:

    For baby:

    • Healthier baby – breastmilk contains vitamins and nutriets that your baby needs. It contains antibodies that will help protect baby from illnesses. It also protects baby fro developing allergies.
    • Smarter baby – Experts explains that the emotional bonding during breastfeeding sessions probably contributes to the brainpower benefits.
    • Fitter baby – Breastfeeding protects the child from being overweight and obese when they grow older. Breastfed babies tend to have more control in feeding when they are already full. They will automatically refuse the breast once their tummy is full. Breastmilk also contains less sugar that the sugarry formula.
    • Safer baby – Breastfeeding lowers the chances of risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).

    For mommy:

    • Reduces the stress level and risk of postpartum depression. Oxytocin aka the happy hormone was released during BF sessions. Making you more relaxed.
    • Reduces the risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
    • Helps you return in your pre-pregnancy body faster. The breastfeeding body burns 500 calories per day.

    Knowing all these things helps me decide to ditch the formula milk. I was convinced that breastmilk is really best for babies up to two years and beyond. However, when I already gave birth and finally came the time to nurse my baby for the first time, stress hit me really hard. Below is my breastfeeding story.

    I thought you will just offer the boob then the baby will suck to it easily. Dream on! That’s not going to happen for a newborn baby. They still don’t know how to suck. Stupid me! Of course! He’s been in my tummy for 37 weeks. How will he learn how to suck? He can’t practice while he’s inside, you fool! So what happened was, my baby cried and cried because he can’t find the nipple (I have small nips). Having a small mouth and feeding in these gigantic boobies really stressed out my baby and I too. I kept offering even though he cried for minutes then finally finds and sucks the nips. And it wasn’t that good to feel. It hurts! Why does nobody told me that it would be this hard to breastfeed. Why does it feels like he’s biting me even with just his gums? On the 3rd and 4th day, wow! It really do hurts! With cracks, wound and blood on my nips. Every BF session is like torturing my own body. While my baby is crying having trouble finding the nips, I was also crying due to severe pain. All I do is clenched my teeth and shut my eyes hard. I often read from Breastfeeding Pinays about others’ experiences and questions then checked out the comments for possible answer or solution. It was indeed helpful. I’ve learned that you can actually apply nipple cream on the affected area to heal the wounds and cracks. However, if it wasn’t available, you can just let it air dry after a BF session. They say, your own milk plus your baby’s saliva is the most effective cure to it. And that’s just what I did and it worked. After the bloody nips for about a week, another challenge occurred to me, the great ‘Let Down’. It is the overstreaming milk from your boobies. Ending with wet and sticky clothes. I ended up changing clothes 3x because of the over flowing milk. What I did was put “lampin” under my shirt to prevent the leaking but it didn’t help. I was still left with milk-soaked shirt on. From that moment, I thought of hand expressing my milk so that I won’t waste any liquid gold. Of course you’ll need storage bottles ang bags where you can peacefully store your milk. Don’t worry because you can store them in the freezer and won’t be spoiled for 3-6 months. So I bought storage bottles from Bebeta at Waltermart for P199.00 pack of 4 4oz bottles. Initially, I thought 4 was enough but I ended up buying another 4 because having a newborn, I can’t wash the bottles as much as I wanted to. At that moment, I thought I would be fine, but no! There is also a ‘let down’ from the other breast while JD was latching on the other which I can’t hand express during nursing because I only have two hands (one for holding the baby and the other for holding my boob for support). Whenever Jek is available, I asked him to catch the milk using the bottle but when he’s not around, I just let the milk ‘down’. Since it hurts to see my liquid gold being wasted, I resorted to posting a question in Breastfeeding Pinays. One mommy advised to use Haakaa silicone breast pump. I immedietly looked for it in Shopee. To my dismay, we don’t have a budget to get one. I tried searching for silicone pump and yes! I found a much affordable version that costs P375.00 only. I bought it at YouhaPH (in Shopee). I also bought from them storage milk bags for P135.00 for 20pcs (There are sellers that offered it for just P100.00. I just chose YouhaPh because of the silicone pump.) Once I received it, I washed it with Enfant Nipple and Bottle Liquid Cleanser then sterilized it. On our next feeding, I used it and it was a game changer, life saver and my holy grail. I was able to collect as much as 4oz of breastmilk while my baby is latching on the other, it is a hands-free device, btw. This lasted until our 5th week. Since JD is latching directly on me, to my surprise, I already have lots of milk stash in the freezer. I don’t know what to do with them so I posted in another FB group called Breastfeeding Bulakenyas. I looked for someone who’s in need of our stash until I contacted Mommy Nica (hi mommy) who happened to undergone surgery due to Mastitis. She was left with one breast to feed her cutie baby Naya (hello cutie cutie Naya) until the other one is fully healed and the milk comes back in. If I remembered it correctly, we were donating breastmilk to them since December 2016. We are very happy to help them even in this little way. They are very friendly, easy to talk to and generous. Aside from the pasalubongs that Mommy Nica gave to us, she also gave me a bottle on M2 Malunggay Tea which is unbelievably yummy. I took it with hot water and added a little honey in it. Also, she shared with me her pre-mixed of oats, flax seed and I forgot what the other ingredients are but it is also delish. I added Smackers Chocolate Syrup in it for better taste. These are milk boosters to the point that after a few minutes of taking them, you’ll feel hardening in the breast which means they are full with milk. On the 6th week, my body finally knows how much milk to produce that JD (and Naya) needs. Milk supply was already stablished although there are still let-downs but not that overflowing than before. I can now discard the lampin to avoid wet shirts. I used washable nursing pads (P90/pair) that i bought from KMC Baby Stuff in Shopee. We are almost fine with our set-up at home but going out is a different story. Almost every FTMs who breastfeed their baby knows how challenging it is to breastfeed in public. I am guilty to bring a feeding bottle and some of my expressed milk when going to feed JD. In my thinking, using Avent bottle won’t give JD nipple confusion between the bottle and my breasts. But after few weeks of guilt, I finally ditch the thought of using feeding bottles. JD was not nipple confused, however, he doesn’t want feeding bottles at all. He just cried and pushed the teats with his tongue. That was good but not when I was about to go out, poor me. Jek’s rest day from work is every Friday. So we always go out to buy errands or just to eat out. Often times, I nurse JD in the car before we go out but when we were in malls, I always look for their Breastfeeding Station. We were once in SM Marilao and we were eating at Tokyo Tokyo when JD cried out loud from sleep. I knew what that means, it’s boobie time! So we hurried to find the breastfeeding station which was very clean and well-maintained. Another incident was when we were at Jollibee Lolomboy, as usual, when I was about to eat, JD will automatically cry. Good thing I was babywearing (another post for babywearing) that time using my ringsling (P550) which I bought from Eribiellascloset from Instagram. It served as a nursing cover (which I don’t have and still contemplating if I should get one) so that my breast won’t be exposed to Jollibee’s customers. Often times, we just hurried in whatever we were doing and waited until we get to the car for JD to latch. I am still kind of shy in breastfeeding in public. That’s why I salute the other breastfeeding moms who have the guts and courage to do what is right and not to be ashamed of it. I’m hoping that someday, breastfeeding will be a normal act in public places. Our babies have the right to eat freely whenever and wherever he’s hungry. Hopefully, I can also breastfeed my baby in public and not be ashamed of it. Is eating in public illegal? I guess not. Next time, I’ll try to gather some courage to do so. As of writing, we are 12 weeks of exclusively breastfeeding (EBF). I’m happy that on JD’s last check-up last February 3 (2months old), he weighed 6.2kgs. I wonder how heavy he is now because I’m really having a hard time carrying him, haha! I’m looking forward for more months or years of breastfeeding for JD. I won’t stop him until the very last drop of milk from my boobies. Or if baby #2 will be present at that time.

    Here are some more tips in breastfeeding as per my experience:

    • Be prepared and dedicated.
    • Formula milk is not an option unless prescribed by a breastfeeding advocate pedia.
    • Do not think that you’re not making enough milk for your baby.
    • Breastmilk can help in nipple wound, insect bites, cradle cap and scratches.
    • Always bring extra clothes when going out. I suggest to use printed/patterned tops so that leakage won’t be that obvious.
    • Eat whatever you want but make sure to always eat soupy foods and foods that are milk booster such as Malunggay, oats, green leafy vegetables, etc.
    • Join the groups mentioned above.
    • Do some research in breastfeeding.
    • Do not believe all those breastfeeding myths.
    • Sleep when the baby sleeps.
    • Stay away from stress. It will lower your milk supply.
    • Always ask support from your husband/partner, family and friends.
    • Your baby, your rule.
    • Do not buy formula milk, feeding bottles and pacifiers unless otherwise needed.
    • You may use nursing bra, nursing clothes, nursing pads, nursing cover to help you with your breastfeeding journey.
    • Drink lots of fluids.
    • Always tie your hair.
    • You may drink alcohol, yes! But in moderation and stay away from hard ones. Beer is enough!
    • Enjoy every breastfeeding session. 😁

      Silicone pump.

      Bebeta milk storage bottles. (With spoiled milk which you can use in baby’s bath for softer skin.)

      Modern Cloth Diapers for Babies

      Cloth diapers! Before, the first thing that came to my mind was the lampin. It was our grandma and momma’s favorites. They are breatheable, quick to dry and easy to remove pee and poop. When I got pregnant, I’ve learned that there is a new “breed” of cloth diapers (CDs). It all started when I stumbled upon Ms. Anne Clutz’s vlog on YouTube. I am an avid subscriber to her videos specially make-up reviews and tutorials. But one particular vlog caught my attention. It was just a random scene wherein the Clutario Family were in their home and I saw Baby Joo wearing this cute printed piece of cloth on his bum. If my recollection is correct, Ms. Anne mentioned in the description box where she bought the diaper. Ooooh.. It was a diaper pala. When I checked the comment section, people were all congratulating her for choosing to use cloth diaper to her son. One commenter mentioned to join a group on Facebook named Cloth Diaper Addicts PH. I was really intrigue and immediately I hit Facebook and joined the said group. There are many members. As of writing, there are 24,771 of them (including me). But when I started to read their posts, I was like, Are these people aliens? They kept on mentioning LO, MF, BC, MIL, FTM and so on. To the point that I can’t comprehend what they’re saying. At that moment, I got lazy to read everything in there. After I think a week, when I was browsing my FB newsfeed, I saw this cute printed piece of cloth again. Scrolling down, more pictures appeared with different prints and colors. By then, I checked out the group again and read the pinned post wherein I finally learned and understand almost everything. I learned that LO stands for little one (baby), MF for microfiber (a type of fabric used as an insert), BC for bamboo charcoal (type of fabric also), MIL for mother-in-law and FTM for first-time-mom. They are not aliens, thank God! I read and jot down notes that are important. Below are some of the basics that I learned:
      The Benefits of Cloth Diapering (CDing)

      CDs are safer than the disposable ones. Why? Because disposable diaper (DD) contains harmful chemicals such as Dioxin and Tributyl-tin which can irritate your LO’s gentle skin that may lead to rashes. Also, DDs are bad for the environment. Why? Because the will take at least 250 years to decompose. Talk about saving mother nature? Obviously, CDs which are made of cloth, are washable and can be used multiple times. They are also cheaper compared to DDs if we will be talking about long term. A CD costs P200.00 or more depending on brands and cloth used. While a DD costs only P8.00 each. They say newborns most likely poop all the time, like 8x a day? If we will compute, 8 x 8 = 64. P64.00 per day will just go straight to the garbage bin. A cloth diaper may be more expensive at first but as I’ve said, it is washable and reuseable. You can even pass it on to your next child or if not, resell them. There are lots of moms in the CDAPH group who are willing to buy preloved.

      Types of CDs

      Flats. The are the lampins. Commonly made of gauze or birdseye cloth.

      Prefolds. They are like lampin but with thicker layers in the middle perfect for catching the pee.

      Fitteds. They were shaped like a diaper already. Consists of layers of absorbent cloth. Needs to be secured by pins, clips, Velcro or snaps.

      Pockets. Are the most common ones. They consist of 2 parts, the shell with a pocket and the insert to be stuffed inside the pocket.

      All in Ones (AIO). They are like fitteds but with outer waterproof fabric already.

      All in Twos (AI2). They are like AIO but the absorbent layer can be detached.

      Okay, so when I learned about these, I really got excited. Aside from the cute designs and colors, there are benefits also. When I was on my 5th month, I started to buy CDs. I was able to score 2pcs of Alva 3.0 Pocket type cloth diaper with 3 layers of microfiber insert each for only P170.00 + free shipping. You heard (or read) it right. Take note, they are brand new. I got it from a seller in Shopee (mobile app). From then on, I always check my Shopee account for new updates on sale. As of the moment, I have 8 pocket type CDs, 3 MF inserts and 2 hemp boosters. Before I deliver my first baby on December, I’m targeting to have a stash of 15 CDs and more on the traditional lampin to be used as inserts. And also more or the MF and BC inserts. I’ll just add boosters and other inserts when baby grew a little more. 

      One thing that I hated about CDs are the laundrying. I don’t want to deal with poop. But as read further in the group, I learned that it’s not bad after all. You just need a bidet, a high pressured water or even just water straight from the faucet to wash away the poop. Then rinse or wash them like what you would do to a normal laundry. You may hand wash, machine wash or even the fully automatic machine. Your baby will have the nicest OOTD and at the same time, you’ll save a lot of money. As my saying goes, Gastos now, you can save forever. Unlike gastos now, gastos again later.

      Here are the other things that I learned about CDs:

      • You should change the diaper every 2-3 hours or when it’s soiled already. This one is for hygiene purposes and also applies to disposables.
      • Microfiber should not touch the baby’s skin. It can absorb the moisture in the skin that may cause rashes. You may use disposable liner (a thin layer of tissue/paper like) between the MF and LO’s bum.
      • You may use regular laundry detergent such as Tide, Breeze, Ariel, Calla and Champion but stay away with the variants that contains fabcon, bleach, whitener and softer. Separate use of fabcon is also not applicable.
      • Do not soak CDs for a long period of time as it may relax the elastics or garters.
      • You may mix and match different inserts and booster to have a better absorbency that can last overnight.
      • DIY liners – you can use fleece fabric.
      • DIY cloth wipes – you can use flannel fabric.
      •  Mr. Sun will be your bestfriend. Inserts and boosters take long to dry. Also, the sun helps in removing the stains and in disinfecting.
      • Hang nappies horizontally to prevent stretching of elastics.
      • Use only a little amount of detergent. Detergent build-up can cause rashes, odors and leaks.
      • In case of diaper rash, use only CD friendly nappy creams. If you need to use a regular cream, insert a nappy liner as a barrier between the cream and the CD.