Check out the first 5 minutes of this video by ABS CBN Pampanga. It’s in a local language, Kapampangan.
Unfortunately, I don’t speak the language and there are no subtitles for this. But you’ll see the Bear briefly, trying to grab the microphone while her dad is being interviewed. The blow by blow of the event is here.
The Great Cloth Diaper Change 2016 happened earlier today at 11:00 am, in designated areas all over the Philippines, in solidarity with the rest of the world. It’s a worldwide event held every year to promote the use of cloth diapers which benefits the environment and the pocket, too. At a designated time, moms and dads all over the world then proceed to change their baby’s diaper.
It was our first time to join such an event and we picked the Cloth Diaper Addicts PH Pampanga leg (at Robinsons Starmills, Pampanga) which was nearest to us and the Bear who intensely dislikes long drives (and traffic!).
Picking out the Bear’s ‘outfits’ was the hardest part. I decided early in the morning before leaving for Robinsons. I figured that while waiting for the main event, showing off a frilly tutu would be nice.
The Bear enjoyed hanging out so much she attempted to invade the changing mat next to her. It wasn’t long before the actual change began, anyway, which meant Outfit #2.
Three different packages arrived for me today. All cloth diapers, nearly 10 in all – Cluebebe and a long delayed shipment from QB. Some to be given as gifts, the rest for the Bear.
“Ano pong dadalhin natin na diapers bukas?” J, our kasambahay and nanny asked me, referring to the Great Cloth Diaper Change happening tomorrow morning. I told her I will think about it. She took one look at the latest delivery, fluffmail in CD parlance, and added: “Lalabhan ko na ba po itong lahat?” I smiled, mentally counted the stack of cloth diapers in our cabinet and said there was no need, at least not yet.
Maybe I have a bit too much already, I told myself, it’s time to slow down or stop. Ah, there was one more coming in the mail. Maybe in a week, maybe more. But before there was one too many, I only had one.
I write this post in time for this year’s GCDC, where I will join legions of moms all over the world who will all change our babies’ diapers simultaneously for the environment and to popularize the use of cloth diapers. (I will also blow a hole in my pocket when I acquire more diapers at the venue)
I’m new to cloth diapers, but cloth diapers per se are not new. Back in the olden days before disposable diapers became affordable, my parents and grandparents used lampin or cloth to mop up my poo and pee, wash and hang them to dry. Rinse and repeat. Then disposable diapers became a lot more affordable and easier to deal with – no need to see that poop explosion again. However, the lampins of old have been given a fresh and attractive new look, and have become an attractive alternative to disposables.
Cloth diapers are beneficial for some key reasons:
This is a direct answer to a friend who asked me to share my what to pack for the hospital checklist. I know I’m months late and I hope you see this in time!
The search for a comprehensive checklist was not an easy one. Most parenting sites are overwhelming and there may be some things that are culturally specific. So I asked friends to send me theirs, and started cramming.
Here’s my advice: don’t procrastinate! My poor husband was left to worry about a shitload of details when I gave birth even with our initial list. Plus, if you are new to this like we were, we didn’t know what a receiving blanket was or why we needed a ton of little square towels.
Everything in those first couple of hours being home alone with baby was bewildering and incomprehensible. Having learned from experience, I will do my best to provide comprehensive and practical advice.
The lists below should be helpful for moms who deliver via c-section, like in my case.
Checklist of hospital and baby things (Or What I should Have Prepared For Before Giving Birth and Maybe the First 72 Hours After.. Really!)
I’m no expert at this; I doubt any parent really is, but I’ve been going at it a couple of months now and I’m enthusiastic about sharing what I know, don’t know, haven’t tried, would like to try, etc etc etc.
I’d like to think my limited experience will be of some use to those on the baby way. 🙂
Why momsi bear?
Momsi. It’s a nickname that one of my dearest friends, Debbie, uses when referring to me. In return I refer to her as “anakski” (daughter).
Bear. I like bears. I’ve always liked bears – polar bears, brown bears, panda bears, you name it. Even my fluffy cat I call bear. And my husband, and my baby. The sole creature I do not call bear is my other cat – him I call “baby”, because he’s more of a baby brother and not bear-like.
In desperate need of a unique and cool sounding name for my blog, I decided in a creative fashion (not!) to combine the two.
What about the momsi bear?
I’m a millenial mom (in denial). In denial in the sense that I am iffy about calling myself a co-sleeping, babywearing, breastfeeding and cloth diapering mom. I’m iffy because I’m old school that way. Labels don’t sit well with me, even if I’m doing all four … and attachment parenting, too.
So, like any millenial, I think I’m self aware, too. I’m aware of the labels and I’m aware that I don’t like being identified solely by them, but I think I’m cool like that because I refuse to be labeled, which is a millenial thing. Catch my drift?
… In any case, don’t mind me. I’m here to provide support, information, share my own stories about bringing up baby, talk about my furbabies, share tips I learned mostly on the fly, and to gush about my baby bear.
As Holden Caulfield (of Catcher in the Rye) famously said, “all mothers are slightly insane.”