Monday, May 4, 2015

Pro Breastfeeding, Co-Sleeping, Cloth Diaper-ing, Babywearing type of momma

Long before I became a mom, I have already envisioned myself on what kind of parenting I am going to apply to my “soon-to-be-baby.” Nappy changes, white crib with colorful and musical toys mobile, own nursery room, giant stroller and Avent bottles (yup, this specific brand- haha! Marketing is really effective when it comes to baby stuff).  Things always do not happen the way we want it to be, and fortunately, I was equipped for things to be altered as soon as the “real baby” comes.   

Pro breastfeeding - My OB was actually the one pushed me to breastfeed my daughter. I didn’t know its long term benefits - but my main goal was to lose weight fast (they say that breastfeeding mommas tend to lose weight faster than those who do not breastfeed). Thank heaven for breastfeeding advocates and support group for they educated me with its REAL benefits. In my case, the weight loss theory is not true because even if I was able to breastfed thru bottlefeeding my daughter for 8 straight months, my pre-pregnancy weight never came back. Haha! Breastmilk can never be replaced and this is the best sustenance you can give your baby. If you’re still pregnant, I encourage you to breastfeed your child. Think about the benefits and savings too.

Co - sleeping - I bought my daughter her crib before she was born; I’ve always wanted her to sleep inside a girly crib which actually looks like a Princess Tent. My daughter hated it the first time we tried to let her sleep on her crib. And since my daughter’s so clingy, our crib has served its purpose - a giant toy box ala playpen. 


A video posted by @kc_alcantara on
The first night we co-slept ♥♥♥
We’ve been co-sleeping for 9 straight months already. I used to be so malikot while sleeping but I never had problems transitioning when we decided to co-sleep.  

To this. hahaha! 
Read more about the benefits of Co-sleeping here: http://www.naturalchild.org/jan_hunt/familybed.html

Cloth diaper-ing - I was never really convinced with the of benefits cloth diapers until I realized that my husband and I are spending so much when it comes to disposable diapers. My daughter is already teething and she’s a heavy wetter so we buy 2-3 packs of diapers per week. (Buti nalang mura ang EQ! haha) So that’s 287 pesos x 3 = 861. My daughter also started to have diaper rash which made me really worried. This compelled my husband and I to change her nappies every 2-3 hours. (So magastos talaga.)

So 2 weeks ago, I finally gave in and started trying cloth diapers.  It may look expensive because you have to shed a large amount of money to build your stash, but if you compute it, you still save a large amount of money as compared to weekly expenses of disposable diapers.

My daughter and I are both enjoying cloth diapers and I love the fact that I get to wash her “lampin” every now and then. I don’t mind the laundry at all. I am still in the process of collecting stash for my baby girl, and right now, we already have 11 cloth diapers and 7 more on its way.
While the costs of cloth diapers can vary depending on the brand, you can choose CD’s like Alva, Naughty Baby or Baby Land if you opt to save more.

Our first ever stash of Cloth Diapers! ♥ 


We’re using Alva 3.0 & Baby Land Pocket diapers.
Read more about the benefits of Cloth diapers here:


Babywearing - Perhaps this is the reason why my daughter is so clingy. But the number 1 reason why I wear her is because I always wanted to be close to her; it has become my passion because it soothes her.  I love how it feels whenever I feel her close to me.  I wear her because she is soothed by my voice and the beat of my heart. This is my way of reminding her where she belongs, how wanted she has always been, how wanted she will remain. Long will be the years I cannot carry her, so I carry her now.  



Read more about the benefits of babywearing here:


We may have different parenting styles and ways on raising our children but we always have a common ground - and that is giving  and knowing what is best for our children. 


14 comments:

  1. True. I lost almost 20 kilos just by breastfeeding. I was so slim right after pregnancy! Problem was after 3 years, when we weaned, the weight came back hahaha

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  2. I admire moms who breastfeed... I did though but 2 mos lang :)

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  3. Ang cute nung diapers....I want one for my niece. Anlaking tulong ng mga baby wearing sa ating mga mommy. So happy these were invented.

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  4. Pareho tayo Kat, ang crib hindi nagagamit. Mukhang magiging tambakan din ang ending ng crib namin. I am so happy that I am also a ebf, cd, cosleeping and babywearing mom. At sayo ko ata nakuha yung idea ng babywearing kaya salamat! :)

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  5. I am too! And all of it. Breastfeeding my daughter for almost 15months now, we are also exclusively cloth diapering. And been co-sleeping since forever. I used to wear her all the time too kaso ngayon ayaw na nya, she wants to walk na. :( Hahaha!

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  6. Babywearing and CD are not yet in when my son was a baby, sayang I was not able to try it.

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  7. I am with you in this journey, and every mommy does! Enjoy your motherhood! It's not always a walk in the park, but it's the only job in the world that's is very rewarding. :)

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  8. Same here mommy, I don't know anything when it comes to breastfeeding but luckily I breastfed my son till 20 months old. When it comes to crib we are the same naging malaking playground lang nya. For the baby wearing I just tried thrice sakit sa likod ko and I shift to stroller na. :-)

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  9. I am also pro-breastfeeding and cloth diapering :) I used cloth diapers with my daughters as early as one month old until now :) Bigger savings talaga :) I haven't tried baby wearing yet because my kids are too heavy and too tall. Hehehe. I'm not into co-sleeping and I trained my kids to sleep in their own beds. Now that they are a bit bigger, they transfer to our bed in the middle of the night. Hehe

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  10. Yes, yes, yes and yes! Did all those and so happy that I did. I breastfed all 3 kids and though it was a sacrifice of sorts on my part I know it's worth it. I've put a 5 year mark on co-sleeping with my kids. All the hesitations and concerns that were brought up previously I can totally prove wrong. My teens are doing fine and not overly dependent on me. Cloth diapering was such a big help with my 2 eldest kids for the fact that we were so poor and couldn't afford disposable diapers. Lastly, I wholly believe in baby wearing and I did it a time when it was still frowned upon. Thumbs up to you!

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  11. I'm also breastfeeding and co-sleeping. :) I sometimes do cloth diapering especially during summertime when it's so hot and sticky.

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  12. With my first daughter, I was able to breastfeed for only a month.I hope I can do it longer with my second one.

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  13. I lost weight too in my first month after my 3rd baby was born. I only breastfed for a month. But I continued to lose weight because of the sleepless nights.

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  14. Hey, crunchy mama! There are so many things I would have loved to do back then. We still co-sleep, by circumstance not by choice, but I would have loved to breastfeed and cloth diaper for a longer time.

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