Ha! No, I am not having number 2. But I did spend the morning at a Baby Event. My friends were vendors and I was there for moral support. If you haven't checked out Stroller Strides or Busy Bee Basics, now is the time.
Anyway, I am not solely here to plug my friends. I am here because of some interesting observations about baby events. They prey on the new mom. There are honest to goodness people there - the hospitals, pediatricians, work-at-home-moms (WAHMs) that have learned what we have a need for and design it, and of course, exercise programs that are designed just for us ladies with kiddos in strollers.
But there are also a zillion photographers that charge ridiculous amounts because you would only want the "best" for your little one. Trust me, a chain location can and will do a great job. You just have to find one with a seasoned photographer. For those of you in the Ohio Valley, go to Walmart in Steubenville, OH. YES, I said Walmart! She is awesome, and been taking children's pictures for over 20 years.
There are a million WAHM "programs" that swear you will make money in only a few short hours a week. Don't get me wrong, they have great products. I used to sell Mary Kay. I just can't buy from every one of you out there! I have a budget.
And who can forget the insurance companies that are going to talk to you about life insurance. FYI for the first timers, do not buy this while you are pregnant. They will charge you more. Wait until you have the baby and get to a healthy weight so you can qualify for something reasonable from someone like Zander Insurance. They are highly recommended by Dave Ramsey (and me if you care ;oP).
Then there is the Super Gym Guy, who is going to tell me how to drop those pounds after baby. Can someone explain how he knows? At what stage did he have to lose 20 lbs of fluid that was pumped into his body during labor? Just asking...
Now for the one that got me a bit... a diaper service. For those of you that know me, cloth diapering was an obsession for the first year of Kyle's life. In many ways, I wish I never stopped, but things are what they are. I, at minimum, saved over 1000 diapers from going to the landfill in just that year alone. Anyway, I digress. The service piqued my interest because there seems to be very little cloth diapering resources in the area. I was so excited to see them. However as they stood there making their pitch to the new moms/moms-to-be, I found myself wanting to butt in and yell... "But wait! There are other options!!"
Because they provide the service of clean diapers each week, they don't know or weren't willing to share that doing them yourself is one of the simplest things in the world! They also basically focused on prefolds which were by all means my favorite, but there are so many other kinds - all-in-ones, fitted, pockets, etc, etc. Everyone has their favorite. I thought it would be in bad form to snag the women after they left that table and say... "Psst, go online to these sites. They have everything you need to know." Because really, if they are interested, they should have both sides of the story. They need to know how easy it is for them to do it themselves, but weigh that against the cost of a service. Not every mom gets to stay home, like me, and wash diapers every 2-3 days. Ok, that wasn't really why I stayed home, but you know what I mean.
If you are considering CDing, check out some of these sites: Pinstripes and Polka Dots was one of the first ones I ever encountered and provides awesome insight on every aspect of cloth diapering. I used them as my bible. They review every detergent, tell you how to wash, and sooo much more. And my other addiction was Diaper Swappers, where you can buy, sell and trade your diapers.
Bottom line: New mommies... don't fall for the hype. Your baby will be happy and healthy with whatever choices you make. Your best resources are the moms who have been there. OK, off my soapbox.