baby/ toddler clothes – how much & what do you really need?

My Experience

Now that my daughter is almost two and has been in daycare full-time for a year I feel I have finally figured out what clothes I actually need for each season, and more importantly how many items of clothing I need.  For me space is an issue, I don’t physically have the luxury of storage in my house like I am used to in the US.  I only have a small dresser that you can see in her nursery.

Since I buy clothes on sale/ clearance only and often buy items in advance (I have clothes for her until she is 5!) I use one drawer in her dresser for everything that is the right size and season, and the drawer below is for the next size/ season.  This has worked well because it forces me to not over buy, but also allows me to instantly see what I already have for the next size/ season.  Even though the drawer is small, with my clever folding I am still able to fit a lot and probably too much to get good use out of things.

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how not to feel like a bad mom (or bad employee) when you send your baby to daycare 

My Experience

I started back to work full-time  a week before my daughters first birthday.  I was 50/50 about going back to work, I really enjoyed my time with her, but also felt like I needed to go back, but I wasn’t sure if I would want to be there when I got back.  While I was pregnant I had seen interviews and read articles about mom’s who went back to work and other’s who returned part-time or not at all.

What I realized is that many women who stayed home with their children and then decided to try and go back to work after years, found it very difficult to find anything, as they weren’t sure what their employable skills were now, and employers weren’t sure either.  They felt left-out and lost, and other women were advising against not working at all for so many years, saying to instead keep your foot-in-the-door with something part-time, so that it is easier to transition back to full-time once you are ready.  That way you won’t feel unemployable or out of the game.  But I also read and heard other women speak about working part-time and concluded that they felt all over the place.  Working part-time meant they actually worked during their days off and didn’t get paid, in order to feel like they could do their jobs effectively.  Meanwhile feeling guilty about work encroaching on their time with their kids.  A colleague of mine just resigned after six months because she worked part-time and felt like she wasn’t a good mom or a good employee.  Of course if you have a part-time job where you only work set hours, don’t have a work phone or laptop, or clients and emails to respond to, then the situation is different.  However my job is not this case, as I work in advertising/branding, and I knew I would rather be good at my job and be a great mom when I do have time with my daughter, than never feeling good enough as an employee or a mom.

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how I transitioned from warm formula and breastmilk in a bottle to cold cow’s milk in a cup in 3 weeks!

My Experience

If you’ve read other posts you’ll know that I follow the EASY Method Schedule which is one of the best decisions I made.  However I adapted the feeding schedule to fit my baby’s schedule.  I followed this schedule for ten months and then had to adjust again in order to decrease milk consumption per day and prepare for the upcoming cow’s milk transition.

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how I chose a daycare/day nursery

My Experience

I started looking for daycare (day nursery) when my baby was four months old.  All the moms in my classes that I would meet up with for coffee were talking about waiting lists and needing to register a year in advance – I was just still trying to get my head round being a mom.  One mom started visiting childminders and nurseries and reported back to the group so that really kick-started my process as I didn’t want to be left with no options and forced to use one I wasn’t really happy with.

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