Tuesday, August 21, 2007

I enjoy buying things used. It makes me feel good to save a little money, help a neighbor out by getting something they no longer need off their hands, and recycle an item that still has some life left in it. Many of the items purchased for our baby are used, from clothes and diapers, to the crib and dresser, the co-sleeper, bedding, baby carriers, and now a pack 'n play.

I'll admit, the used pack 'n play was difficult to find. Most of them had seen just a bit too much love for me, or they were missing key components, or they were sold before I could get to them. I eventually found someone on Craigslist who was trying to sell an entire John Lennon nursery collection and convinced them to part with just the pack 'n play. $40 for a pack 'n play that is clean and in nice condition, has a bassinet and changing table option, and (bonus!) all the parts and instructions.

In this case, it took a little more time and energy to find what I was looking for, but in the end I think it paid off.

Sunday, August 12, 2007


DIY wipe solution

For those of you that plan to use cloth wipes, or to make your own disposable wipes, I'd like to pass on a website that contains almost 20 recipes for wipe solutions. Everything from anti-fungal solutions, aromatic solutions, those that use essential oils, solutions with soap, solutions without soap, and many in between.

We plan to use mostly just water with our cloth wipes, but I do plan to make some wipe solution for those times when something a little stronger is needed. I think I'm going to adapt the recipe for the Castile Solution to something like what's below...

Castile Solution (Savvy Style)
1 tablespoon Burt's Bees apricot oil
1/2 tablespoon Dr Bronner's Liquid Castile Soap (baby unscented)
2 drops lavender oil
1 cup water

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