Budget Thursday: Jacquard Bird’s-Eye Silk-Cotton Cardigan

Oooh: after hunting for what seemed like hours for a good “under $100” pick for Corporette this morning, I checked my email and see that I got an alert from an online shopping app that this gorgeous silk-cotton cardigan is marked from $148 to $59. LOVE IT. Not only is it sedate AND interesting, it’s got silk in the blend, which I always find makes the cardigan a) retain its shape so much better than a 100% cotton cardigan, and b) means it’s a lighter weight cardigan but can be warmer, particularly against wind, than 100% cotton. The matching shell is $39; both have all sizes left. Jacquard Bird’s-Eye Silk-Cotton Cardigan

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  1. Boston says:

    Cross post: I’m flying into Logan, landing a little before 8pm on a weeknight. I will need a taxi/car service/Uber to take me directly to Wellesley. I will have a toddler in tow and a car seat for said toddler, which obviously I will have to install at the airport, while the driver waits. Usually when I travel with my kids I rent a car and/or am with my husband. This is the first time I’m doing it solo and the first time I’ll need to install a seat on the fly so I want to have a game plan in advance.

    What service should I use? Any other advice? TIA!

  2. Boston says:

    I’m flying into Logan, landing a little before 8pm on a weeknight. I will need a taxi/car service/Uber to take me directly to Wellesley. I will have a toddler in tow and a car seat for said toddler, which obviously I will have to install at the airport, while the driver waits. Usually when I travel with my kids I rent a car and/or am with my husband. This is the first time I’m doing it solo and the first time I’ll need to install a seat on the fly so I want to have a game plan in advance.

    What service should I use? Any other advice? TIA!

  3. Legally Brunette says:

    On vacation, my 2 year old started eating sand from the beach and also dirt. He also licked paint on a pole. Has anyone dealt with this? Is this a sign of a nutritional deficiency or just something that some toddlers do? He is not the best eater but he does eat his share of eggs, yogurt, veggies, nuts, etc. so I can’t figure it out.

    • Anon in NYC says:

      I don’t think that I would be overly worried right now. My 2 year old keeps asking to eat the dogs food – and when she helps scoop out the kibble, she licks her hands afterwards (so gross!). I think it will become kind of obvious if this is a problem and not a normal toddler thing.

    • We have a lake house and my toddler eats the sand every single time we go there. We have a lot of baby/toddler guests out there and every other kid has done the same thing. I think it is just something toddlers do, especially if you give them cups/shovels to play with. That is around the age they are getting good at eating with a spoon and drinking with a cup so they assume that everything in a spoon/cup should go in their mouth. My husband freaked out the first time that he was going to get sick, but I googled it (reputable research, I know) and learned that (1) it is extremely common toddler behavior and (2) aside from the extremely remote brain-eating amoeba cases in warm, standing water, kids have been eating dirt and sand for centuries and in most cases it is harmless.

    • Sarabeth says:

      Pica can be a sign of iron deficiency; that’s an easy test, so it might be worth ruling out. But also, toddlers eat random stuff for no reason.

    • My son used to eat so much sand. It was bizarre, but he grew out of it. I can tell you from experience it does come out the other end.

  4. Blueberry says:

    Brooks Brothers and Red Fleece seem to be on their game recently, with some good prices — bummed than I am third trimester huge right now and can’t try anything on!

    • PregLawyer says:

      Man, I’m so bummed about that, too. I love shopping for fall/winter clothes, and my wardrobe is seriously weak right now. But I am 13 weeks and so it’s pointless. Ugh.

      • Blueberry says:

        Just think of all the money we are saving…?

      • Anonanonanon says:

        We’re bump buddies, PregLawyer!
        but same. I hate i can’t buy cute things, but I guess it’s good i’m saving money? I did get a Seraphine faux-wrap dress that isn’t so obviously maternity that I can’t wear it after, so I feel like that was an OK investment

    • This is kind of random, but I have some Isabella Oliver (and a couple of Gap) maternity items that are size 3 (pre pregnancy 6 – 8). I have a stone colored blazer, a couple wrap dresses and some short and long sleeve tops that were a little nicer for work and some black trousers. Does anyone want them? All my friends are done having babies or are not the same size, and I hate to donate some of the nicer stuff (and I’m too lazy to consign). If anyone is interested, email me at logansquarenannyshare @ the google mail. I’d love for them to go to someone who could use and appreciate them.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Allowance questions. DH and I earn over 100K and have one child. I worked in high school but my grades suffered for it. Our son, a senior, is on scholarship track with AP classics and he does chores, activities, and sports. We give him 40 dollars a week for going out to eat, entertainment, gas, and whatever else he wants, such as LAX equipment and the like. Is that extravagant? MIL is outraged that we are spoiling him.

    • You have a great kid who is doing well, I don’t think you’re spoiling him.

    • CPA Lady says:

      I think being spoiled is more about a child’s attitude than it is about the number of dollars that child receives in an allowance. Is he grateful? Is he a good kid who treats others well? Is he aware of his own privilege? Those are the things to think about rather than some arbitrary amount of money you give him on a weekly basis.

      • Blueberry says:

        +1 If he’s doing great, so I wouldn’t change things. Especially if he’s in charge of buying his own sports equipment and so forth

        • Blueberry says:

          Also, just FWIW, I was raised more or less without an allowance, but by parents who taught me how to budget and spend responsibly. I consider myself a responsible spender with a healthy relationship with money (notwithstanding my post above about wanting to give Brooks Brothers all my cash…) — I think there’s no one right way to do these things, so long as you are teaching and leading by example, which is sounds like you are.

      • Anonymous says:

        He is very aware of his privilege and his place relative to others. He went to a middle school where everyone had more money than him and now, in high school, he is one of the kids who is more well off. And he expressed that to us. I am just rethinking because of his grandmother. It just seems easier to give him cash than debate about what things cost and have him asking for this or that.

        • Anonymous says:

          Yes! Plus you’re teaching him to budget his $40 appropriately rather than you deciding for him what is/isn’t worth the money. That’s a valuable skill to learn on a small level now when the stakes are low.

      • 100% agree with CPA Lady. I also think that it should be relative to his peers because that is so important at that age. Even if you can afford it, he shouldn’t always be the kid with the most money. And if you can afford it, he shouldn’t always be the kid that is short on cash and can’t go out and do anything like grab pizza with friends. MIL may not be thinking at how much things costs right now, or be aware of what he needs to be spending money on.

    • PregLawyer says:

      I agree with the other posters. For some perspective, I think I was spoiled. I did not understand the value of my money. My parents gave me an allowance (checking account that they transferred money into), and even though they didn’t give me a huge amount of money each month, they never really let it run dry. So even if I spent my last dollar at a movie on Friday night, they would give me some more cash to go out with friends on Saturday. I think the best thing to let him learn is that money is not infinite. The $40 is all he gets, so if he wants to save up for something, he needs to tighten his belt for a few weeks.

      The only thing that gets tricky is gas. You could think about doing some separate gas cards, especially if you are relying on him to drive himself to things that you would otherwise have to drive him to if he ran out of gas.

    • NewMomAnon says:

      This sounds like a good approach – my parents gave me a fixed amount of allowance and I learned to budget early because of it. One thing to consider as he approaches college is giving him a lump sum each month so he really has to learn to budget. By the time I was in college, my parents gave me a lump sum each semester that had to cover rent, laundry, phone, food, books, etc.

      Especially if he’s using the allowance to buy his own sports supplies, I think you’re using the allowance in a teaching capacity versus a spoiling capacity. You’re doing great!

    • Anonymous says:

      He’s your kid, not your MIL’s kid. If it works for you keep doing it! I think working is really good for teenagers, but it sounds like he’s a busy well-adjusted kid. Could he get a job this summer before he goes off to college?

    • I think you’re doing great. Your MIL is a busybody. $40/week doesn’t even seem terribly extravagant, especially if he’s using it for sports equipment and other needs, not just wants.

    • anne-on says:

      It sounds like you’re doing great!

      The one thing (and this is a know your kid question) is that from what I recall, boys at that age in HS tended to work/have jobs more than girls b/c they were on the hook for most dating costs. My HS boyfriend would let me pay for small things when we went out (popcorn if we saw a movie, sodas/food if he drove us to the beach) but my ‘allowance’ did go A LOT further than my guy friends because I was not doing the bulk of paying for dating costs.

    • No, I don’t think you’re spoiling him. In fact, $40 might not be enough if he’s having to buy his own lax equipment!

    • I don’t think you’re spoiling him. Being spoiled is more of an attitude than a sum of money.

      When I was a senior in high school, my parents gave me a large lump sum at the beginning of every month. I had to pay for a lot of things out of that budget–gas for a 45-minute each-way commute to school, lunch at school, sports equipment and drinks/snacks, clothes and makeup, dry cleaning (I stopped buying dry-clean only clothes for years), hair cuts, dates and outings with friends, etc. Basically, it was a “dry run” for budgeting when I went to college. It taught me how to budget, including that money buys practical things, not just fun stuff.

      My husband received an allowance of $10/week when he was in high school. His parents just bought everything he wanted or needed–the allowance was too little to enable him to buy much on his own or to save anything. DH still struggles with budgeting and with using money for needs before wants.

  6. How do you stay awake during late night feeds or while comforting a fussy baby? I kept falling asleep while feeding last night and I ended up turfing out my husband, stripping the bed, and co sleeping which makes me anxious. Baby and I slept amazingly well but I know it is dangerous.

    • Blueberry says:

      I was always way to anxious to cosleep. I just never nursed in bed at night for that reason. I was never (or rarely?) so tired that I fell asleep on a chair while nursing.

      • I fell asleep with the baby in one arm and my phone in the other and woke up like that, I’m terrified that I could happily fall asleep in a chair at this point. Maybe if I sat myself up really straight?

        • Blueberry says:

          I usually watched murder mysteries on TV, which kept me up. Hopefully my kids will not turn into serial killers as a result of all the murder in the background while they nursed at night :)

    • EB0220 says:

      I almost always watched a TV show on my tablet with headphones or read a book on my phone.

    • NewMomAnon says:

      I co-slept with baby. She would want nursing sessions that took 40+ minutes in the middle of the night, and I definitely fell asleep in the rocking chair every single time. I figured co-sleeping was safer than sleeping while trying to remain upright….but I am also not a model of “safe sleep” techniques, so take this with a grain of salt.

      • Yeah, I might need to as he only wants to sleep on or right next to me and he’s busted out of his swaddles, I read up on safe co sleeping techniques and he is big (midwife came today for his weigh in and he’s 11lb), nearly rolling, and has good neck control so I don’t feel horrible about it but I’d be more comfortable if he was in his own bed.

        • Anonymous says:

          Do what you are comfortable with. Co-sleeping (even “safely”) terrified me. I’d never get over it if something went wrong, so I just couldn’t do it.

          • NewMomAnon says:

            I feel like the “safe sleep” advice focuses only on baby in a vacuum. Mom being so sleep-deprived that she runs red lights while driving, falls asleep accidentally while walking through the house holding baby, and forgets baby in shopping carts, seems like a more dangerous situation for baby than co-sleeping.
            – signed, mom who did all of those things before giving in to co-sleep with pediatrician’s advice and blessing

          • Yes to NewMomAnon. And intentionally co-sleeping in a safe place (like a flat mattress with no blankets) is so much better than falling asleep in the glider or on the sofa with babe in arms. After having a baby that WOULD NOT SLEEP ALONE I view the medical community’s hysteria about co-sleeping as the equivalent of abstinence only education for teenagers. Life doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Deal with the reality of the situation and decide what works for you given your own circumstances and risk tolerance.

          • Sarabeth says:

            I agree that intentionally co-sleeping safely is probably fine, but “I just can’t do it” is a literal statement for me. My brain is too busy worrying that I’ll smother my baby, so I don’t go to sleep. Tried it with both kids – they slept better, but I slept worse, which defeated the whole purpose.

        • Anonymous says:

          If he’s 11 lbs and almost rolling over — are you waking him to feed or are you letting him sleep as much as he wants? That’s about when my daughter dropped a nighttime nursing session.

          We followed the advice in Bringing Up Bebe (don’t touch child unless you are sure they are awake! fussing is not the same as crying!) and kiddo self sleep trained by 9 weeks. (And was EBF until 18 months — had no weight problems.) All the stuff about you HAVE to nurse through the night is a Christian/patriarchal plot that Sears is trying to force on you. My Grandma (and all her farmwife predecessors) nursed their babies and slept through the night by the time kids were 2-3 months old.

          If you want to co-sleep go for it. But if you don’t, don’t believe it’s the only way to ever get sleep.

      • Do what you’re comfortable with. I co-slept because I fell asleep during nursing sessions as well, and the risks of intentionally safely co-sleeping were less than the risks of unintentionally falling asleep while holding the baby on the couch or a chair.

        I don’t know why TPTB have fought so extensively against co-sleeping, but the point is to be intentional and take necessary precautions ahead of time. Don’t fall asleep together on a couch out of exhaustion, that’s the most dangerous form of co-sleeping.

        My tips if you choose to co-sleep:
        – Take a night or two to get a little less sleep-deprived. Maybe this weekend you can take some extra naps, or go to bed earlier, or have Partner do a bottle instead of one feed.
        – Sleep on your side, with your bottom arm out perpendicular to your body, and keep baby in that “L” – close but not underneath you.
        – You can use a small pillow (it’s blocked from the baby by your arm) but otherwise get rid of blankets, pillows, and mattress toppers like memory foam.
        – Obviously if you’re nursing, but never drink or smoke or take any sleep medications. I wouldn’t even take Benadryl because it makes me drowsy. You don’t want to sleep so heavily that you miss the baby’s cues to nurse or move positions.
        – For the first week or so, set an alarm (ideally have Partner do it) to check on you both periodically through the night. You’ll check every time you wake up to nurse, but the peace of mind of an external check really helps.
        – Eventually you and baby will get good enough that you sleep with a boob out, and neither of you fully wake up to nurse. That happened around 4-5 months for my kids, and it was glorious. Birds sang, bells rang out, kind of glorious.
        – A few months after that, the baby should be able to skip a nighttime feed. You can transition out at that point, or continue co-sleeping for the comfort. I co-slept with each of my kids for a year (from about 3 months to 12 months) and the transition to a crib sucked hard for maybe a week, then we were fine. They’re now preschool/elementary age and haven’t spent a night in my bed since that time.

        • Thanks, this is super helpful. It is amazing that I naturally move (and stay) in that protective position. We have a sidecar cot whuch I thought would help but he doesn’t seem to settle well in it.

          • Anonymous says:

            I found (and hear) that most babies hate basinetts/cosleepers/sidecar cots. The mattresses/pads are pretty flimsy so it’s no surprise. Ours ended up sleeping better in the Packnplay bassinet add on (it’s pretty cozy) and then transitioned her to the crib at 4 months. We also got one of those two-sided mattresses (infant and toddler) and she sleeps on the toddler side cause it’s softer (but not too soft).

          • Anonymous says:

            La Leche League has good info which explains that cosleep in the right situation is not necessarily unsafe. http://www.llli.org/sweetsleepbook/thesafesleepseven

            I fell asleep a couple times while nursing in an arm chair. It was terrifying. So much safer to set up a safe co-sleep situation in advance. Also, keep some apple juice boxes in your nightstand. Sometimes a little sugar boost can help wake you up a bit if needed.

    • Anonymous says:

      This may not work for every baby, but I turned on a dim light in her nursery during those first 1-2 months. I got out of bed, and took her to her room (even though she slept in ours), and nursed in a chair and didn’t have trouble staying awake with the light on. I did nurse sitting up and not reclined, so maybe that helped. I think the getting up and walking woke me up enough. Usually the problem was that I couldn’t fall back asleep after all that!

    • layered bob says:

      nursing an infant is a hormonal kick that makes both you and the infant sleepy. Lean in and cosleep, don’t fight it. You’ll feel so much better.

      I haven’t used it but I’ve heard good things about the dock-a-tot, if that would make you feel better about it.

      Or watch netflix.

    • anne-on says:

      Is this an all the time thing, or an ‘I’m so tired I can’t see straight’ stretch? If its the latter, I found it REALLY helpful to do ‘shifts’ with my husband. I would go to bed when the baby did (say 7-12) and he’d handle the first feed (either with pumped milk or formula) and I’d handle the 12-6 feeds. Having a guest room/fold out couch also helps here. Something about knowing you are going to get a SOLID 5-6 hours of sleep did wonders for both of us. All bets are off in cases of massive spit ups/blow outs though ;)

      • AwayEmily says:

        We did the same thing and it helped a lot. We also moved her to her crib at 3 weeks and sleep-trained her at 10 weeks, though. We both were SUCH worse parents when we were sleep-deprived. It was a rough couple of nights when we sleep-trained but it made all three of us so much happier once we were on the other side. But also, my baby did not EVER want to sleep near us (she wouldn’t even sleep on our chest!) so it was an easy choice not to co-sleep. I agree with the posters above that co-sleeping can be done safely and can be a good choice for some families. Good luck! Those sleepy feeds are really scary/not fun.

      • Anonymous says:

        +1 I would go to bed at 8, DH would do a dream-feed at 10:30, and then I would wake up anywhere from 12-2am for her next feeding. Getting 4-6hrs of straight sleep was essential for my well-being.

    • Leatty says:

      I’m terrified of falling asleep with my daughter in our bed, so I do everything I can to stay alert while she is up. When she wakes up during the night, I turn the lights on in our room, walk to her nursery to change her, then walk back to our bedroom to nurse her. I nurse her while sitting upright in our bed with the lights on and nothing supporting my back. When she is 75% done nursing, I get out of bed, wrap her in her halo sleep sack, then get back in bed to finish nursing her. I also read or surf the internet while nursing her. Once she is asleep, I put her in her pack and play, turn off the lights, and go back to sleep. So far, this has been enough to keep me up. If she refuses to go back to sleep, I walk around the house while gently rocking her in my arms. If all else fails and I can’t stay awake any longer, I wake my husband up and he gives her a bottle or comforts her until she falls asleep.

    • Artemis says:

      I used two tactics. When my kids were really tiny babies and nursing several times at night, I had them in a bassinet in my room but I still had to get out of bed to pick them up. I then used to sit cross-legged on the floor with my back against the wall and my nursing pillow in my lap and hold baby and nurse. This kept me more awake because it wasn’t uncomfortable, but wasn’t super comfortable. Also, the times I did doze off, the nursing pillow acted as a boundary–even if my arms relaxed a little, baby wouldn’t roll on the floor because baby was still “held in” by the nursing pillow.

      I kind of adapted this to the nursery once my babies were bigger and sleeping in their crib. The nursery was downstairs so walking down woke me up some. I had an incredible recliner in the nursery. I would sit in the recliner holding baby, recline and pop the footrest out, and stretch my feet all the way out on the footrest with the back of the chair tilted back. I would put the nursing pillow on my lap and nurse. If I fell asleep, I was upright and couldn’t roll on baby. If I fell asleep and my arms relaxed a little, no way could baby roll out of the chair because baby had the nursing pillow and my straight/up-tilted legs as a barrier.

      I dozed off many times both ways and thankfully, never had a problem and never worried too much about it.

      Congratulations and you can do this. You’re doing great!

      • NewMomAnon says:

        I think (but may be wrong) that safe co-sleeping is probably safer than either of these options. The issue isn’t baby rolling onto the floor, it’s baby smothering in cushions and blankets, or getting wedged between cushions. So the nursing pillow + dozing mom + cushioned recliner is one of the worst safety scenarios.

        Having said that – I totally couch napped with baby on my chest or held in the crook of my arm when she was tiny. It was not the safest sleeping arrangement, though.

      • Anonymous says:

        Couch and reclincer sleeping are the accidental co-sleeping scenarios that give co-sleeping a bad name. Unswaddled, with a non-smoking nursing mom, on a firm mattress is a much safer alternative.

  7. anon for this says:

    Is anyone else sick of “gardening”? I still do it regularly and enjoy it once it gets going, but I’m so over it right now. Married about a decade. One kid so far. I do a lot of solo parenting due to work schedules and I’m tired and burned out and just want everyone to go away and leave me alone in blissful silence for a few days.

    • NewMomAnon says:

      mwahaha…so true. I have had this conversation with so many women around my age. Sorry, no advice, just that you’re not alone.

    • So this is maybe unconventional, but we took a one-month break from gardening. I was tired and burnt out and wanted everyone to leave me alone. So I got me-time for an entire month. I even slept in the guest room so that if there was a nighttime issue with the kids, DH handled it.

      We didn’t quite make it to the one-month mark because I initiated about 3 weeks into it. But still, having that total and complete break helped me re-energize and feel like myself again. I think I had been touched so much at that point that I need to feel ownership over my body again, and had to be able to CHOOSE to be touched to enjoy it. YMMV, but that worked for me.

      • Anonymous says:

        We do a variation on this. We each get to sleep in on one weekend morning and we sleep in the guest room the night before our morning off. It means at least 12 hours every week without anyone bugging me.

        Also, DH works from home once a week and I have a short commute so I’ll often go home to garden on those days at lunchtime.

    • Right there with you. After both of my kids are in bed, I am just done and want everyone to leave me the eff alone and not touch me. I’ve been meeting people’s needs all day and can barely function enough to watch TV, let alone anything else. Remember, s*x in a long-term relationship (esp. after kids) goes through ebbs and flows. Despite my strongly worded first sentence, our romantic life isn’t a constant dry spell!

    • anne-on says:

      Is there any way you can get away for a few days? I know its a running joke, but even a few days of a business trip do wonders for my mental well being. It is total bliss to sleep through the night (alone! no snoring! no kids or animals!) and ONLY have to focus on me, and work for a few days. It is seriously sometimes more relaxing than weekend ‘family vacations’.

  8. BabyBoom says:

    When changing daycare is it acceptable to give monetary gift to favorite teachers? Some of the teachers (and administrators) have really been awesome. I was going to get gift cards, but I won’t be able to by this afternoon (some of the teachers are off on Friday). Cash is king and always appreciated?

    • BabyBoom says:

      And apparently there is an entire thread on this from yesterday! Sorry! I’m a day behind…

  9. Anonymous says:

    Yep. On this topic, I just started reading “Come as you are” by Emily Nagoski. Really interesting so far.

  10. Anonymous says:

    This was meant for gardening comment above.

  11. I have newly four-year-old twin boys. I would like to sign them up for either t-ball or soccer, mostly so we can get to know other kids their age (and their parents!) in the area because their pre-K is in another town. Which is better at that age?

    • NewMomAnon says:

      Soccer is better for keeping the kids constantly moving and using the skills they already have; t-ball ends up being a lot of standing in lines and requires sophisticated motor skills they may not have developed yet by 4. I would do soccer, personally.

    • Lorelai Gilmore says:

      I vote for soccer. More running, more active, less focus on individual skill. T-ball requires way more self-control and even at that age, some kids are awesome and some are not. Having said that, I think the biggest issue is to find a coach/team/league that you like and a schedule that fits your needs!

    • mascot says:

      Soccer. Although at that age, getting them to stop running once the ball goes out of bounds takes up a large portion of the game. It’s cute, though.

  12. Anyone’s daycare require labeling INDIVIDUAL DIAPERS? Ours just got a new director who is all about fixing some of the lax labeling that’s been done in the past. We’re happy to write DD’s full name instead of nickname on her food each day, and I’m happy she’s taking licensing requirements seriously, but every diaper feels like the pendulum swinging too far. I can’t imagine (and I’m going to check into this further) that licensing requires labeling each diaper. That’s bananas. Or am I completely off base?

    • LegalMomma says:

      That is crazy. No-one has time for that, let alone working parents. We drop off a giant sleeve of diapers when we are told daycare is low. I write kiddo’s name on the outside of the sleeve. That seems more than sufficient to me.

    • PregLawyer says:

      No, that’s crazy. No way. No no no no.

    • Blueberry says:

      As you say, that is bananas.

    • NewMomAnon says:

      What are they going to do if you don’t label each diaper, just let kid go diaper-less? I could imagine labeling individual cloth diaper covers, but if you use a diaper service you can’t label the inserts because they aren’t yours. Labeling individual diapers sounds silly to me.

    • Anon in NYC says:

      Whaaaaaaat. No. I write my kid’s name on the package of diapers, but I would not label each diaper. Although, I guess I can understand this rule if you’re bringing in a loose number of diapers every day (maybe some people do that?).

    • We have to at ours. It’s annoying but we just do initials and got used to it.

    • Legally Brunette says:

      No way. That’s overkill.

    • Anonymous says:

      Seems like overkill. If they are unwilling to change, can the requirement be at least changed to just a first initial?

    • If you’re committed to the daycare and they might use this policy long term, look into buying a stamp with Kid’s name on it. It might need to be fabric-friendly to work on a diaper, so look for a clothing stamp. You could also use that to label stuff for school as she gets older, so it’s not as crazy of an idea as it seems.

    • EP-er says:

      Personally, I think that this is a big ask. If you really have to, can you get a self-inking stamp with your child’s name & just stamp them all? (But them how do you get them back into the super tight packaging?)

    • Rainbow Hair says:

      I wonder if you could just do some DIY label printing — I’m thinking like those circle stickers with kid’s initials on them, so you could just flip through the package and stick one on each diaper?

      This sound suuuper annoying.

    • Delta Dawn says:

      What would happen if you just don’t do it? I would not even consider doing that.

  13. Rainbow Hair says:

    Can you guys remind me that hanging out with other parents and their kids can be fun? I invited a coworker + her husband + her kid over to swim on Monday and… last time we hung out it was fun! I ‘owe’ them a return invitation! If it’s not fun, swimming with kids is a good distraction! My daughter likes her daughter!

    But all I can think is “uuuugh I have to be social instead of lazy…”

    • Anonymous says:

      Same thing I tell my husband: It’s an effort to host but it’s almost always worth it.

      He complains SO much about hosting BBQs in the summer and then he’s inviting people to the next one before they leave.

      • Rainbow Hair says:

        Yeah, my husband is now texting me about what to buy to grill, which warms me up to the whole thing — starts to feel more like a party and less like “having someone over.”

    • NewMomAnon says:

      Do you ever actually get to be lazy with young children? That’s what keeps me socializing – if I’m going to be “on” with kiddo, I might as well get some adult socialization out of it.

  14. The reply function isn’t working for me on mobile, but thanks all above regarding the diaper labeling shenanigans. We’re going to resist on principle, but we do otherwise love the center so if it becomes an issue will look into the stamp or labels.

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