31 July 2010

Breast Milk Storage

I'm all about color, and saving money, and reducing waste...  So, here's an idea to help us working and pumping mothers.

Instead of purchasing and using disposable breast milk storage bags (which can get to be quite expensive, not to mention wasteful), why not use the reusable plastic breast milk storage bottles?  While it is true the volume each bottle will contain is usually less than the total volume of a breast milk storage bag, storing in smaller amounts is generally recommended to reduce waste.  Of course, all expressed breast milk should be dated before storing, but writing a date on these bottles would essentially negate their being used again and again.  That's where color-coding comes in!

My system uses a different color rubber band (or ponytail holder) wrapped around each bottle to represent the day of the week the milk was expressed.  This tells me when my breast milk must be used or frozen by.  Sound familiar???  That is because this is essentially the same sort of code used by bread retailers and their twist ties!

For more information on proper breast milk storage, please visit http://www.llli.org/FAQ/milkstorage.html

24 July 2010

Baby Booty Cleanser

After doing a little bit of online research about various natural ingredients used in home remedies for a plethora of skin conditions, I have devised a recipe for a natural baby booty cleanser.  With the assistance of reusable cloth baby wipes (I like FuzziBunz® Double-Sided Wonder Wipes), this compound is intended to be used in the place of disposable baby wipes!

60 mL Aloe Vera Juice
30 mL Jojoba Oil*
30 mL  Dr. Bronner's Baby Mild Liquid Soap
  5 mL Apple Cider Vinegar
2-4 drops Lavender Essential Oil
1-2 drops Tea Tree Oil
Distilled Water, QS to 8 ounces (approximately 115 mL)

Mix by gentle inversion.  Store in an airtight, light-resistant container.

*Either pure jojoba oil, or jojoba oil infused with calendula can be used