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How to Make a Flannel Changing Pad

Remember the oversized receiving blanket that we made last week? You can make a diaper changing pad in exactly the same way. How to Make a Flannel Changing Pad Materials Two yards of baby flannel (or whatever fabric you like, really) One yard of vinyl backed flannel or other waterproof fabric Coordinating thread Instructions The preparation for a changing pad is easier than the blanket. Wash and dry the fabric. Iron if necessary to remove any big wrinkles. (Pay attention to the ironing instructions on the vinyl backed flannel. Sometimes it can’t be ironed.) Place the plain flannel right side up on … Read more

How to Make an Oversized Flannel Baby Blanket

Before Grace was born (back when I had time to be aimless), I was aimlessly walking around in a fabric store when an elderly clerk struck up a conversation. I mentioned that I wanted to make some things to use when my baby arrived. She suggested making receiving blankets because the commercial ones are never big enough. I made a few of these blankets that very afternoon. Each one cost less than $3 because I got the flannel on a 50% off sale. How to make your own flannel receiving blankets Materials: Two yards of baby flannel. I like to … Read more

Allie is a Big Girl Now

I have two children, the kindergartener and the baby. The kindergartener does everything a kindergartener should do. She reads. She writes. She adds and subtracts. She writes piano concertos and musicals in Portuguese. Okay, not really, but you get the picture.  She doesn’t always wipe her own butt, nor sleep in her own bed, but we are working on those. The baby, too, does what is expected of a baby. She babbles. She claps. She plays games on the iPad and makes calls on my iPhone to inappropriate people at inappropriate times of the day and night. She throws giant … Read more

My Must Have Baby Gear

Rain forest Jumperoo - must have baby products

As Allie’s first birthday approaches, my baby days are over. Totally, totally over. I’m only a wee bit bittersweet. I’m sad about the events of the past year, but no so much about my baby growing up. Starting over with a brand new baby was much harder on me than I could ever have imagined. We’re slowly getting rid of the baby gear that we no longer need (and will never need again!). Because I’m a sap, I’ve been thinking about all of the stuff that populated our house for two of the last five years. We Couldn’t Have Lived … Read more


I think I was abducted by aliens earlier this year. It’s the only explanation I can come up with for the big chunk of Allie’s little baby days that are missing in my mind. The time in between colic and crawling is gone. I don’t remember it. It’s as if I wasn’t even here, wiped clean from my conscious mind. The colic, I remember. The constant screaming, hour after hour, and nothing seemed to make it better and we just got used to her screaming like it was the ticking of the clock because it was the only thing we … Read more

10 Ways to Use Baking Soda for Babies & Kids

I am delighted to be one of twenty bloggers featured in Arm & Hammer’s Switch & Save Challenge. During the next five months, I’ll be testing several Arm & Hammer products and sharing my experiences with you.   10 Ways to Use Arm & Hammer’s Pure Baking Soda for Baby Clean and deodorize baby bottles – To remove formula funk from baby’s bottles, soak the bottles, nipples, and rings overnight in a solution of 4 tablespoons to 1 quart warm water. Wash with hot soapy water and use as normal. Deodorize diaper pail – Whether you use cloth or disposable … Read more