35 Weeks


At 35 weeks, we took a tour of the hospital where I'll be giving birth, and then we took my photo out front while various nurses on their break smiled at us curiously. It was weirdly hot for San Francisco—particularly San Francisco at 7:45pm at night—and you could tell everyone on the tour was thinking "please don't let it be this hot when I have my baby" as we stood fourteen-deep in the delivery room, mopping the sweat off our brows and gazing uneasily at the stirrups.

The woman who gave the tour, Shirley, had started working at the hospital in 1960, which must have made it weird for her to say things like "and all our postpartum rooms have wifi," but she did an admirable job of making it seem a far less scary place than it had hitherto been in my mind, even if she did have the group in tears when she told a story of a preemie she'd helped look after coming back to the hospital 31 years later with his pregnant wife. Seriously, when she got to the part about reuniting with the guy's mother—her old patient, about to become a first-time grandmother—I don't think there was a dry eye in the house, which is what happens, I guess, when you tell a highly emotional story to a highly hormonal group of women. I would've busted out the old "oh, I'm fine, it's just awfully dusty in here," but being that it was a hospital—where any rogue speck of dust is presumably immediately swept up by a sanitized, white-gloved hand—I doubt anyone would have believed me. Besides, whatever, everyone else was sniffling anyway. 

I saw my doctor this morning—who is, herself, pregnant, which gives me a bizarre sense of satisfaction, like, ah okay! This must be worth doing then!—and she told me that the baby's head is super low, which would explain a lot of the weird pressure I've been feeling lately. I've been getting headbutted in the old hoo-ha, basically—not to put too fine a point on it—which is about as unpleasant as it sounds. She also asked me if I'd been having any Braxton-Hicks contractions, and I was about to say "no, I haven't noticed any" when she cut me off with "Oh! There! You just had one!", which was sort of startling but also, I guess, kind of proved my point.  

Come to think of it, though, I may actually have had a few in Ikea last week—are they brought on by stress? THAT WOULD MAKE SENSE—because I had a very strange and sudden 15-minute period there where I could hardly walk, and had to wheel myself around the showroom floor in a MALKOLM (or was it a VOLMAR, I forget) while Sean and I argued over filing cabinets. Then the feeling went away as soon as it had started and I felt like a normal person again, albeit a normal person who needed a little bit of help getting out of her MALKOLM/VOLMAR, because yes, I have reached the highly dignified point in my pregnancy where I sometimes need to be helped out of chairs. My back and hips just ache such a lot at the end of the day, you see—particularly when getting up out of a seated position—and while the Snoogle I raved about last week has been helping me sleep a little better, it was only a miracle cure for about three days before the novelty wore off and I started waking up with back pain again. (Thank you to everyone who suggested a chiropractor! I think this is going to be my next step. Insert joke here about STEPS, and how they are harder for me to take these days without groaning, etcetera etcetera etcetera.)  

In other news, the nursery is finally starting to come together in a most satisfactory way—rug is down! Crib is put together! Dresser is assembled and has been customized with adorable brass lion ringpulls (you know, the really important stuff)—and I have now turned my attention to DIAPERS, which are proving to be a particularly thrilling thing to research. I have been hearing good things about the Pampers Swaddlers brand, and also about the slightly crunchier—although, let us hope, not literallyNature Babycare, but if you consider yourself to be a diaper aficionado (and if you do, I hope you have added this to your resume), I would be very interested to hear your opinion on your favorites. (We are going with disposables—for now, at least—because cloth diapering, while wonderful, is something I may have to think about another time, when my head is maybe just a little less explode-y. Don't be mad.) 

(Also, I am very confused about how many to buy and in what sizes. I asked this on Twitter, and everyone was super-duper kind and helpful, but the answers ranged from "DO NOT BUY ANY NEWBORN SIZES" to "BUY THREE MONTHS WORTH OF NEWBORN SIZES" and.....well, there is a lot of dissent when it comes to this topic, I guess, which is why my head, as stated above, is in several pieces around the room.) 

Anyway! Let's get rid of that disgusting mental imagery by celebrating the fact that today—well, today when I'm writing this—is June 27th, and my due date is July 27th, which means there are only four weeks to go, and also, the next time we get to a date with a 27th in it, I may actually have a baby. Talk about head explode-y, huh? Oh god, I'm sorry, I was trying to get that visual out of your brain. 

Jun 27, 2013

Hi holly I m so happy for you. I have been a constant follower and am so excited to see the baby now!!!

Jun 27, 2013

Do you stay in hospital for a couple of days, after the birth? It's standard where I am, so my advice on diapers is the hospital here provided all diapers we needed while in hospital, so we knew what size she needed when discharged. Before picking us up, my husband bought the same brand and size the hospital used (Pampers) to last us a couple weeks.

If that's not the case there, I recommend Pampers newborn anyhow. Two packages to get you started, and then ordering husband out on a midnight diaper run in case of emergency ;) I liked the brand and they even have a wetness indicator, which thrilled me to no end for some reason.

Katie P
Jun 28, 2013

I comment rarely, but GOSH! don't the weeks go by quickly! Though to be fair this observation is made from a reader point of view.

Jun 28, 2013

First of all, can I just say that I've probably followed the blogs of a ton of pregnant women online, and I think your pregnancy has gone the fastest in the history of all of them? I'm sure you probably don't feel that way, since you're probably all sorts of uncomfortable! But still, only a month left?!
I always laugh when people respond to the question about diapers or disposables, because they are SO adamant about their answer and they all range so much. It really depends on the size of the baby I guess! (I'm not a parent, so I'm no help in that department!) I did work in a baby retail store for years at customer service and I know pretty much all of them will take back unopened diapers with a receipt but now I feel like I'm just telling you really common knowledge that everyone knows. I will say that the ones returning the extra newborn sized diapers were probably a little frazzled, with having a brand new baby and everything, so I'm betting that everyone will be willing to help and bring you more if you need them. Oh and I know a lot of hospitals will let you take a lot home, especially helpful when you know what size baby you're getting. Now, if you will excuse me, because I feel like I'm the least qualified person to give this advice!

Jun 28, 2013

Diapers: we liked the huggies natural care newborn (but we had our baby in Canada, so they may be different there). The thing about the newborn diapers is they have a little notch for the belly-button stump.

Pick up a couple small packs of different kinds, then when you decide which you prefer, order the big packs from Amazon. You *have* joined Amazon Family, yes? It's basically Prime, with a few extra discounts, and the miracle of diaper subscription.

Jun 28, 2013

Oh the diapers. I highly recommend the Pampers swaddlers for the tiny little people. It's all I used with both my boys. I would venture to guess that you will need at least one box of newborn size diapers at least. Both of my kids were over 8 pounds and each used two boxes over the course of a month to six weeks. Take as many as you can from the hospital but have a package at home too...even if it's just a small one. I cannot recommend Amazon subscribe and save enough...it's the cheapest way I have found to get diapers! Sign up for Amazon Mom and then do subscribe and save for diapers...amazing savings!

Jun 28, 2013

I would definitely have one box of newborn size, because even if your baby is big when it's born it will lose some weight in the first week and you'll need them. You will need about 12-14 diapers a day for the first few weeks. It sounds crazy and I really didn't believe it, but you will. That being said, I wouldn't stock up on diapers at this point just in case your baby has an allergic reaction to the diapers. We started with the Pampers Swaddlers and that's what they used at our hospital, too. The nice thing about Pampers is that they have a yellow strip that turns blue when the diaper is wet so that saves you a ton of time checking the diapers early on. We prefer Huggies Pure and Natural (my son has sensitive skin) because I think the fit is a little bit better than Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive and they are softer.

Jun 28, 2013

We brought only newborn diapers to the hospital and then our son came out at 10 pounds! Over the weight limit for them! Someone had to run out and get some size 1's. My advise, just buy one pack of newborns for now. Get a few 1's. If you need the newborns, you can always get more. If not, you haven't wasted much money (and you can give them away!).

Jun 28, 2013

As far as diapers are concerned, I'm not sure of sizing because both of my girls were preemies weighing 2.5 and 3.5 lbs. However, if you don't already have Amazon Prime I suggest getting it ASAP. They may even have the Amazon Mom program, but I'm not sure. I just order diapers and they arrive in 2 days at my doorstep. Easy peasy.

Sharon Rosenfeld
Jun 28, 2013

I'd buy one pack of NB diapers ahead of time, and just buy more as they are needed. The hospital will give you diapers while you are there, and you can raid the room and take home the extras (since anything in your room you are already paying for).

Besides, running out for diapers is a great job for people who want to help but don't know what to do. If you really run out of newborns and need more, it is very easy to just grab another pack. :)

Jun 28, 2013

I second some earlier comments: take as many as you can from the hospital and have a small package of newborn size at home, and go from there once you know your sizes (I didn't even have one single diaper at home... so you could go that route too, but husband has to be ready!). I use Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive, and Huggies Natural Care wipes. I think the Pampers wipes felt slimey and weren't as effective, but I love the diapers!

Jun 28, 2013

So excited! I'm looking forward to this more than the Oscars - and that's saying something. This is more exciting than Kate and Will's baby. This is just SO FREAKIN EXCITING!!! See, even non-pregnant people's heads can explode!

Annie D
Jun 28, 2013

Regarding the purchasing of diapers, our hospital sent us home with any unused diapers from the package they opened for us. It was enough to buy us time to sent the husband to the store for more. No big deal. Then I recommend signing up for Amazon Mom and getting your diapers shipped to you! Another vote here for Pampers Swaddlers, but that's mostly a result of the hospital using those and us never switching. They've worked just fine for two years!

Jun 28, 2013

The thing I learned is that Amazon Prime will still be around after the baby is born. It sounds obvious, I know, but I was SO concerned about BUYING ALL THE THINGS! in advance when, really, a lot of it could have waited. My two cents: get a pack of newborn diapers and a pack of size 1's. That way you're covered for the first couple days and you can Amazon Prime the right size after Hamish has arrived and you know which size he'll need for the longer-term.

Kristen M.
Jun 28, 2013

Pampers Swaddlers. Wetness strip = Good. Our six month old little man is still in them. I also like the netting inside the diaper - seems to keep the undesirable away from my little one's skin a little better. We never had diapers delivered to our doorstep but that does sound convenient. That also requires some planning ahead - and I didn't always do that so well with little to no sleep. We live very close to a SUPER Target, so a diaper trip wasn't that big of a deal. Don't stress about the diapers. Really. Take what they give you in the hospital and go get more as needed. Congratulations again!

Stephanie S
Jun 28, 2013

You are getting so close! It's going to fly by, trust me.

Now for diapers - I used up all our boxes of Pampers/Huggies that were gifted to us first then switched to the Target Up & Up brand. They worked better for us than Huggies or Pampers actually. Never leaked and were SO much less expensive. We do use Huggies Nighttime at night though. They are fantastic! That being said, it all depends on the baby really. They can be finicky and what works for me, may not work for you. (Our big trail and error exercise came in the form of bottles. Lord have mercy, we went through a lot of bottle brands....)

As far as sizes? I'd start with one box of newborn diapers. Then go from there.

Jun 28, 2013

I was the person on Twitter who said I listened when Twitter told me to buy a small package of newborn diapers, a case of size 1's and figure it out from there. I was CURSING Twitter as I bought my second CASE of newborn sized diapers a month and a half later because my baby was quite small and at almost 5 months is still in size 1's (which is apparently quite laughable). If I had it to do over: 1 small package of newborn diapers, a case of newborn diapers and a case of size one. I'd have kept the receipts and returned the case of newborns if need be, but also wouldn't have had to go diaper shopping on the way home from the hospital.

Also, Amazon Prime + Mom + Subscribe and Save is fantastic. I get my Pampers Swaddlers for the price of cheapie store brand diapers and they are delivered to my house.

Becky F
Jun 28, 2013

Pampers swaddlers are wonderful for the newborn stage. That strip that lets you know when they are wet is amazing!! After that I second the Target Up & Up brand, they are wonderful and much cheaper (there's an elastic bit at the the back that a lot of other diapers don't have that really helps to keep things contained). I also agree with most of the comments that you should just buy a small amount of newborns and a small amount of size ones and then buy as you need.

As far as cloth diapers go, I'm a committed cloth diaperer (not a word, but whatever) and still didn't start until my daughter was almost 2 months old. It's really not worth thinking about during all of the newborn craziness. And I still use disposables when we travel and sometimes just because I don't feel like doing the laundry. If at 3, or 6 or 9 or whatever months you think you want to re-evaluate than that's totally doable!

My one other tip regarding diapers is: when you start having a ton of blowouts, go up a size. It doesn't matter if Hamish is actually in the weight range or not, if he's constantly leaking and you're having to change him all the time because he's covered in poop that's escaping the diaper, just go up a size.

Jun 28, 2013

Diapers - Pampers Swaddlers, no question. I bought 1 case of newborns at Sam's Club and 2 cases of Size 1 to start, and that was right for my baby. Your mileage may vary, however, depending on Hamish's size - my guy was 8lbs, 11oz and 20 inches at birth, so he didn't need newborn diapers for long.

Just buy them somewhere you know you'll be able to exchange them and don't open them until after Hamish makes his entrance, and you'll be set.

Oh and also - YES to Amazon Prime. So so useful in the early months!

Jun 28, 2013

Buying diapers is crazy! We loved the Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive - still use them for our toddler. They're soft and cozy and the blue line indicator is really helpful. Definitely start with at least a package of Newborn and a pack of Size 1, so you're prepared. Also, be sure to have at least a few zipper sleepers (Target has a few models - Circo, etc.) in both NB and 0-3 month, so you're prepared for whatever size baby will be. He will likely live in these for the first few months. We loved the footed ones so we didn't have to bother with socks (the get lost all the time!!). You'll do great! I found preparing the nursery to be ridiculously satisfying, so hopefully you're having a ball. Best wishes!! p.s. Also, when you buy your diapers, stock up on paper towels, toilet paper, dish detergent, and laundry detergent so you won't have to run out in the early days. You'll use a lot of that stuff! :)

Jun 28, 2013

To expand on my twitter comment, at my baby shower I got a gift of a sample pack of diapers from diaperdabbler.com which I found really helpful. Now, granted, in the newborn haze, my dreams of spreadsheeting and scientifically quantifying which diaper offered maximum wetness protection went by the wayside, but it was nice to try a small sample of different brands and see which ones we felt worked best. We ultimately are still rocking the Pampers swaddlers, but I now know which ones would be an acceptable backup in an emergency, and i imagine it would be even more helpful if our daughter had been fussy/sensitive to any brand in particular.

Jun 28, 2013

Oh, Nature Babycare is all we used (and loved) until my kid was potty-trained. We used Earth's Best wipes, though, and loved those equally.

Jun 28, 2013

I second the Pampers Swaddlers vote--we had bad luck with Huggies. We are big fans of the Costco Kirkland brand diapers and wipes--both are fantastic. I've also heard good things about Honest but not sure how pricy they are--they are certainly ridiculously cute. My babies were both very "average" in size--7 pounds 13 oz and 7 pounds 14 oz I think--and we still used newborns for at least a little while, long enough to go through at least a case.

Jun 28, 2013

Hi Holly!

Congrats! I have enjoyed reading your blog for years and am so happy for you. I rarely post comments but I have strong opinions about diapers so I must share!

I used Pampers Swaddlers and loved them until my son was old enough to use Pampers Cruisers. I LOVED the swaddlers and for first time parents everyone always likes the little strip in the front that turns blue when the diaper is wet so you can easily tell. This is definitely a nice to have with tiny newborns where it's harder to tell when the diaper is wet. PS my baby started in size 1, he never wore newborn.

However, I didnt love the Pampers cruisers and around that time my friend recommended Target brand diapers which I know also LOVE!!! They are like half the price but work even better than pampers. They are cute and super functional.

I also tried Honest Brand diapers which are great and super "crunchy" and well made with natural plant based materials. I really liked the Honest diapers and all their products. The diapers have the cutest designs, BUT they are expensive (much more than target) and functionally are the same as target. So that's the reason i switched back to target brand.

I did not like Luvs (which get a gross texture when wet) or Huggies which leak, however, I do have one more tip. When the baby is a few months old switch to HUGGIES OVERNIGHTS at night time in a size bigger than he's wearing in normal diapers. The overnights are great and I think help the baby to sleep longer because they hold an enormous amount and in a bigger size it keeps the baby from feeling too wet or leaks.

Sorry for so much advise but I couldnt help it when you mentioned diapers :)

Jun 28, 2013

Pampers Swaddlers are great. I will say, though, that diapers are expensive -- my kids luckily did not have sensitive bottoms, and we switched with great happiness and success to the Target Up & Up brand. I know there are mixed reviews out there re: 'generic' diapers, but we've really loved them. Also, I had the baby-headbutting-the-hoo-ha thing going on with my second baby too. Weird feeling, but the birth was very easy so I'm wishing you a similar situation! I second the people who recommended diaper delivery services (Amazon Prime, Diapers.com, etc...). Also, if you buy your diapers at Babies R Us, they may let you bring them back & exchange them if you have too many of one size -- our local Babies R Us did this for us & it was great.

Jun 28, 2013

I have a 2.5 year old daughter and we're having another baby in September. Last time I bought some cloth diapers but I'm not going to bother this time, it was just too much for me (and my non cloth friendly front loader washer w/ no soak option) to deal with. So for disposables we loved pampers swaddlers SENSITIVE for newborn-size 1 (I think) and then switched to 7th generation. My friend later introduced me to Bambo Nature which are really the BEST (so much softer than 7th gen) but at the time cost more than 7th gen and I just checked and now they're similar or less! Will probably start w/ pampers swaddlers sensitive this time and then go to the bambo nature ones. My first baby was estimated to be over 9lbs and was actually under 7lbs and very long/lean so she went home in newborn diapers and then hubby went out to buy another pack of them b/c we had just gotten size 1s in advanced and they were still too big. I would say buy a pack of newborns and 1s to start w/ and keep the receipt to exchange the size if needed.

Jun 28, 2013

Even better for diapers than Amazon Prime (which is also worth having for other stuff) is diapers.com - in SF you get free next day delivery (as in, you order at 7pm and it comes the next morning, I can't understand how they manage it but yay!) as long as you spend $50. Also a substantial coupon on your first order, so in general not quite as cheap per diaper as subscribe and save, but you'll do better on that first order, and not having to leave the house and getting them that fast after that is pretty priceless.

And another vote for starting minimally and getting more once you meet your babe. Sean can use that great wifi in your postpartum room to order whatever you end up needing!

One last thing - disposables are awesome in a lot of ways, especially at the beginning, so don't let anyone give you grief for using them. If you do decide you want to cloth diaper down the line, it's pretty damn cheap and easy as long as you have a washer/dryer at home. There are also compostable diapers available through a service in SF (they drop off and collect) if that's more your thing. More expensive than traditional disposables though.

Jun 28, 2013

You get diapers at the hospital. I mean, you obviously pay for them but don't bring them. And, unless you have a really big baby, he'll fit newborns. Stella was 8lb 4oz and was in newborns for a few weeks. But if you're worried then just take what the hospital gives you and buy more after that. We use cloth but disposables when we travel or for bad diaper rash and I'm partial to pampers but that's mostly because that's what the hospital used so it reminds me of newborn Stella. I think as far as brand goes, it's a personal preference.

Jun 28, 2013

Hi Holly! I am so excited for you & Sean and looking forward to news of little Hamish's arrival soon soon soon. I gave birth to my first child this past February and am still so overwhelmed with the amount of decisions like this that have to be made on a daily basis. So many opinions on things, so many ingredients, too many scary internet articles! But really everything will be fine and you can't really go wrong on a diaper decision I think. Based on my recent experience, I agree that you will likely start with NB size no matter what because your baby would have to be exceptionally big to skip that size altogether. I would only buys a few packs to start with and I would buy a few different brands, just to see what you personally like. The wet strip ones are indeed handy at the beginning (I didn't notice that the diapers the hospital gave us had this feature until the pediatrician pointed it out - I felt so silly!). The strip erases at least one question mark in your big list of question marks at the beginning. But after a bit, I switched to Honest company - they are more earth-friendly and I am a sucker for the cute patterns. Plus you get a ton of free wipes with a monthly subscription. Hope this helps and wishing you all the best!

Jun 28, 2013

pampers swaddlers are the best-thats why they use that brand in the hospitals. they have about 10 diapers changes a day in the beginning, so get a few packs and see how it goes. im sure you can run out and get more. also, my baby was 8lbs 7oz and he worn newborn size diapers for awhile. even though that is a "bigger" baby, its still SO VERY small!!

good luck :)

Jun 28, 2013

also want to add that we cloth diaper (fuzzi bunz) but in the beginning it was disposables all the way. we also switched to seventh generation once he was in size 1 which were great. but for NB, pampers swaddlers were the best. we had sample packs of Honest and Huggies, both newborn sizes and every.single.one leaked!!!

Jun 28, 2013

Holly, I am not a parent and have nothing to add to the lovely advice above me, but I just wanted to put this out there: who at Amazon missed the opportunity to pitch "Amazon Mom/Family" as "Fam-azon?"

That's all. Back to lurking!

Jun 28, 2013

It depends on how big your baby is, so, sadly, you really CANNOT KNOW until the baby comes, when it is a little late to stock up. I'd get a smallish pack of newborn diapers and then a few of the larger sizes. And then you can always go buy more. Or send Sean out to buy more. We always used Luvs because they were less expensive and worked just as well, but that was also, oh, ELEVEN YEARS AGO. So things may have changed.
Either way, congratulations again to you, so exciting! I hope your last month goes wonderfully smoothly and I can't wait for baby pictures and spit-up stories soon. :)

Jun 28, 2013

Just buy your diapers — whatever you decide on; we've always used Pampers Swaddlers — through diapers.com and it won't matter if you only start with a few diapers in NB size and need more right away because diapers.com delivers in, like, 20 minutes. Ok, maybe not THAT quickly, but fast enough that if you order when you're down to 5 or 6 diapers, you'll have a delivery of new diapers before you run out.

Amber Baur
Jun 28, 2013

We cloth diaper and love it but it is definitely easier as they get through the newborn stage. Honest diapers are pretty amazing and OMG the design. SO CUTE!

Jun 28, 2013

EarthBaby, honey! You're in SF. They use Nature Babycare diapers and wipes - deliver to your door and take them away for composting. It's the best thing that ever happened to me. (My baby was 5 pounds born, so it was a while before she fit in size 1 and could start the service, but you'll probably grow a nice, fat baby!)

Don't let everyone confuse you. Buy some NB diapers, and buy some more if you run out. Everyone will live.

Jun 28, 2013

I would start with 2 jumbo packs of Pampers Swaddlers newborn size, but tape the receipt to them just in case you birth a behemoth and want to return them.

In addition, pick up a couple of boxes (yes, BOXES) of size 1's-- no receipt saving necessary, you will definitely use those.

I used Pampers Swaddlers until I hit size 3's, and then I switched to cloth, and now I'm back to disposables. I use the very unglamorous Walgreen's brand, but they are so, so cheap and actually quite good. As a bonus, they don't have a "smell" (like Luvs! ugh) and there are no offensive Licensed Characters traipsing all over them. Just mild giraffes and elephants.

If money was no object, I'd likely get the Honest brand diapers because the prints are just so lovely.

Jun 28, 2013

I'm shocked more people didn't mention Honest diapers! They're awesome. We started cloth diapering at 2 months and I absolutely love it! We use BumGenius 4.0s and adore them. The same $300 set will last us through Charlie's potty training. So worth the savings and its really not as hard as you think, this coming from someone who was suuuuper sketched out at first. :)

Margie K
Jun 28, 2013

I used disposables for all 3 of my babies (who are 28, 25, and 22 now). I was a work-out-of-the-home mom, and although I cringed a little at the filling-the-landfill aspect of it, it was the most practical choice for me at the time. If I had to do it all over again, knowing what I know now, I'd probably give cloth a more serious consideration. But know that even the most devout cloth diaper users also use disposables for many situations.

I read a bunch of mommy blogs, and what I've learned from them is that cloth diapering doesn't make much sense for the first couple months. Or at least it doesn't for the currently cloth-diapering moms who use the kinds that "grow" with the kid. Those just don't work well (i.e., fit) with the tiniest ones, apparently.

If after some time has passed and you want to do a little cloth diaper research, I would recommend checking Amalah's blog (Amy Storch, who also writes for AlphaMom and a few other sites), and Jen's (Herewegoagain). While their locations and situations may be different, meaning you might come to a different conclusion as to what "works," both of them have already done a lot of testing and comparing, so why not take advantage of their efforts?

Margie K
Jun 28, 2013

I would also like to add that 25-ish years ago, I tended to go with whatever brand was cheapest most of the time, but there seemed to be LOTS of diaper coupons (which many stores used to double). Not sure if that's the case anymore. Pampers used to have a program where you could collect "proof of purchase" logos and use them to get baby products from their catalog. I got our umbrella stroller that way, and several toys, by saving up diaper "points." Again, I don't know if they do that anymore (surely if someone did, it would have been mentioned in the comments already?).

Jun 28, 2013

At my baby shower I got a pack of the Honest diapers from a mom with 3 boys under 3 (so pretty much an expert, in my humble opinion) and she loves them so I'm planning to go that route, at least initially. You can do the monthly delivery option (diapers plus products) which takes the guesswork out of the equation in terms of how many you need. Will switch to one of the diapers.com subscribe and save options (I think Pampers seem to be the favorite there) if I don't feel like Honest is worth the extra expense. Either way, I'm really hoping I never have to set foot in a Target at some god awful hour on a diapers procurement mission.

Jun 28, 2013

#1. Pampers
#2. Target Up generic brand
#3. 7th Generation (would be #1 but expensive!)

Huggies are the worst. They will leak the little absorbent beads all over Hamish's nether regions.

I would purchase 2 packages of newborn diapers and 2 packages of the next size up. Don't open the newborn diapers until you get home with baby. If baby is big enough to skip the newborn size (or the hospital gives you a nice stack), you can simply return them.

Jun 28, 2013

I agree BIG-time with everyone who has recommended Honest diapers. We used Huggies Little Snugglers when my little fella was first born, but then I got a free sample pack of Honest and never looked back. They're far more eco-friendly than the usual suspects, adorable, and most importantly for us, they have kept him free of diaper rash for 14 months and counting. They're crazy absorbant without leaving those creepy jelly-ball-like things on his skin when they're soaked, the free wipes are great and they give you tons with each shipment, and best of all, the ordering and delivery is so easy.

Regardless of which brand(s) you end up using, be prepared to be peed on! Baby boys are just so good at that.

Jun 28, 2013

We received a ton of diapers at our baby shower and everyone was kind enough to include gift receipts, which made exchanging unopened bags/boxes for a different size so much easier. So, I say buy what you think you need, but get a gift receipt and don't open the boxes until they are absolutely needed, that way you can return/exchange any extras in the sizes you no longer need. Also, we used Pampers until our son started crawling, then we switched to Huggies.

Jun 28, 2013

PS: I had a super low-sitting baby too and the pain was so weird. I tried to explain it to my husband and the best I could come up with was that it felt like the baby was playing my ligaments like a banjo. Baby came two weeks early and had been playing a lot of "music" that night.

John N
Jun 28, 2013

Maybe your child will be born on July 26th like me, Mick Jagger, Kevin Spacey and Sandra Bullock. We could always use a few more Leo's on the Earth:) Hope all goes well and thanks for sharing your adventure.

P.S. I am John who you gave all the good Rome info to last year. Thanks for that as well!!!

Jun 28, 2013

Yes to the Target brand diapers, for all the reasons mentioned and because the green and blue polka dots look so much cuter on a baby boy's bum than baby sesame street characters.

Jun 28, 2013

I love reading about your pregnancy! It brings back a lot of memories for me. My boys are 8 and 6 now. My first was 8 lbs and out grew newborn diapers quickly. My second was 9.5 lbs and spent a week in the hospital because he was severely jaundiced. He out grew newborn diapers in the first few days. They had to send diapers down from the pediatric floor for him, and I had a whole box of newborn diapers at home to give away. My advice would be to not stock up on anything to begin with, wait until you know what you like.

Jun 28, 2013

I hope this doesn't sound too weird, but I used an app to track diapers, feedings and naps. It's called Total Baby, and was worth the money I paid for it at the time. I love a good chart or powerpoint, so this app was totally handy and helped alleviate some anxiety I was having. It also keeps track of growth charts and doctor visits. My daughter is almost 2yo and I still use it for that purpose. I hope I don't sound like an add for Total Baby, it's just extremely useful. From the app I can tell you I went through an average of 10 diapers a day of the newborn Pampers swaddlers for 6 weeks. I switched to Huggies size one because I found that the Pampers size one have some type of offensive odor, in addition to whatever odor my daughter made in them, ahem. Other people have told me the same thing so I don't feel totally crazy. I think when it comes to diapers it's mostly what works for you and your baby, the same with wipes. You may have to try a few before you find a brand that you want to stick with using. If/when I do it again, I would probably just stock up for the first 2 weeks home and go from there.

Jun 28, 2013

Nature Babycare! I can't stand the scent that they put in Pampers diapers. Nature Babycare doesnt' smell weird and worked great with my girl's sensitive skin (too sensitive for much cloth even!) and even overnight too.

Jun 29, 2013

Oh, diapers. I had no brand loyalty with my first child, but my second was allergic to every brand I tried and had such a horrible rash that we were both in tears and I felt hideously inadequate. Insert post-partum feelings that I was obviously incapable of taking care of more than one child and had used up all of my good sense and mother's intuition on the first child! Our lovely pediatrician (young mom with a 2 year old) said she tried every diaper under the sun on her daughter and discovered that the generic Walmart brand was the best, especially for those with sensitive bums. So I armed myself with Walmart diapers and Triple-Paste diaper cream, and started making my own wipes (which is so ridiculously easy, I can't believe I didn't do it before). No more diaper rash. Ever. The homemade wipes are awesome because you can use whatever soap you want. I used Dr. Bronner's because it's so mild. I still make the wipes even though no one is in a diaper. Just nice and handy to have around.

Jun 29, 2013

One more thing... you have to get Sean to put all your number-holding pics together in one moving gif, so we can see Hamish's approach at high speed!

Jun 30, 2013

We're planning to cloth diaper, but her little bum is so tiny right now that she would be swimming in them. So, Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive for us! They have been great so far, though it's only been 6 days. :)
I will second the recommendation for making your own wipes - we use square pieces of super soft flannel with a tea tree oil & lavender solution and it's been fantastic. No diaper rash, no harsh alcohol or chemicals.

Jun 30, 2013

Pampers Swaddlers, hands down. Get at least 1 package of the NB's, I had two 8 lb-ers (2 years apart) and used a package of NB Swaddlers with each. Just do it.

Jun 30, 2013

We have a 6 week old, and so far, the only diapers that haven't leaked on us are Target brand. Also the size you'll need completely depends on the size of your baby! We had a 7 pounder, and we're just now growing out of the Target newborn size. I think those are 10lbs and under. Just buy a few (and by few I mean about 30) for the first couple of days to see what fits. You will actually have a chance to run to Target when the baby is here. That was actually my first trip out of the house w/o baby. It was surreal but much needed. Good luck!

Jul 01, 2013

We used maybe a box of newborn diapers...pampers swaddlers then went to size 1.

Wanted to also chime in about the chiropractor. I was waking up to pee 37 times a night and starting to have some back pain around 28 weeks. Went to my chiropractor and got adjusted and everything got much much better. The chiro told me that I was probably waking up b/c of the discomfort but just thinking I had to pee. In any event, my night wakings and discomfort were hugely diminished after two or three sessions. I actually went weekly up until 39 weeks.

Good Luck!

Jul 01, 2013

Pampers swaddlers for sure. Definitely have size newborns on hand. My baby was 8 pounds 9 ounces and we used newborns for at least a few weeks. Diapers.com has 2-day free delivery.

Jul 01, 2013

The hospital should give you enough to last you a couple days (or more!), plus I'd recommend shoving a nice handful in your bag every couple hours. It sounds tacky, but they'll replenish them frequently without question and you're paying for them anyway in your bill. Do the same with all postpartum personal hygiene items they provide- you'll be SO happy to have undies you can toss in the trash multiple times a day!
As for brands, I'm obviously cheap, but a friend told me that Target brand work great and they are free of obnoxious licensed characters, so I went with those. She was correct! I've never had any leaks, with the exception of when I needed to up size. My kid, who was always skinny, never grew out of diapers sizes due to weight, but rather because he'd start peeing through them when he needed to go up a size.

Jul 01, 2013

Whoever is up for cloth diapering- all the power to them but for your mental and emotional sanity go swaddlers all the way. They fit well and rarely leak. You will be surprised at how many diapers you go through the first few weeks. Depending on how big your baby is, thats how long you'll be in newborn. I would start with 2 cases that will last you maybe a month and then you could see from there.
I just read your last post about the lady at starbucks and I was floored. I shouldn't have been though because I've gotten my share of insane comments regarding pregnancy and parenting. Probably my worst one was when I was expecting my baby (now 3 months old). I have 5 kids and my youngest 2 are 14 months apart. To say that my baby was a surprise is kinda the understatement of the century. Anyway one Sunday while 8 months pregnant, I was out with all 4 of my kids. I was feeling pretty darn good about myself about how well it was going without my husband there to help. A lady next to us in line getting ice cream asked me if they were all mine. I smiled and said yes, figuring she was then going to compliment me on my adorably stunning well behaved children. Instead she says to me "Someone had better educate you on the birds and the bees before you single handedly overpopulate the world." I was so furious and insulted (not sure why) so I said to her "Actually my husband and I are trying set a world record for the biggest family." Always gonna be stupid people in the world!!!

Jul 01, 2013

I do not have a baby (yet--need that rock on my finger first, and excuse me, but I think 6.5 years is a solid enough investment to warrant THAT investment, but I digress...), but I have lots of friends with babies, and based on that, my advice would be to buy minimal diapers, because I'm told you are to take EVERYTHING that is not bolted down from your hospital room, including, but not limited to, diapers (I'm still a bit miffed on these "mesh panties", but I hear you should take those, too). FREE is a good thing, especially when faced with 18+ years of expenses for that little Hamish (and any subsequent siblings...)...right?

Jul 01, 2013

I have two older ones and a six month old...I've loved Pampers Swaddlers SENSITIVE (capitalized for emphasis only) this time around.

One small package of Newborn diaper and one gigantic box of Size 1 diapers is my recommendation. If you need more newborn size Diapers.com or Amazon can get them to you fast. You'll also likely leave the hospital with a pack or two of Newborn size.

Camels & Chocolate
Jul 01, 2013

Ahhh I recognize that sign! I used to go to all my various medical appointments in that very building. Weird to feel nostalgia over your gastroenterologist who gave you your fist colonscopy, no? (BUT THE DRUGS WERE SO GOOD.)

Lydia Basham
Jul 02, 2013

Not only will a chiropractor help with your current back pain but they will make your labor and delivery A MILLION TIMES easier and faster! I am not kidding, go weekly from now on. It is worth it.

Also, while I do cloth diaper, I totally understand not wanting to go there just yet. They grow so fast and GO so often those first couple of months, it makes cloth diapering so confusing and such a hassle when you are just trying to figure out breastfeeding and not go crazy from lack of sleep. I'm due with our second and will use disposables for at least the first couple of months with this baby, too. I love the Earth's Best brand from BBRUS, or the Huggies Pure & Natural. They perform beautifully and the less chemicals on my child's bits, the better.

Lydia Basham
Jul 02, 2013

I've also heard great things about Honest diapers and Target brand, just no personal experience :).

Jul 02, 2013

July 27 will be my son's first birthday!

Pampers Swaddlers worked the best for us. At 11 months, we still use the Pampers mixed in with the Target brand for during the day and at daycare (cheaper and cute design). Every single Huggies diaper I have ever put on him has leaked. Surprisingly, the crunchy Earth's Best diapers gave him horrible diaper rash.

We went through maybe a couple of the large boxes of Newborn sized diapers. We just tried to keep an eye on how many we had and ended up buying the smaller packs as he got closed to moving up in size. That way you're not wasting half of the huge box if you need to move to the next size.

Jul 02, 2013

It's so hard, honestly, with the sizes. You can't always go by weight, because body types are all different. My son was 8lbs 9oz at birth and wore newborn diapers for at least 2-3 weeks, and newborn clothes for longer. I guess buy a few packs of each, and then if you don't use them, return them or give them to somebody who can use them?

Also, we did cloth diaper for over a year except on trips (he's now in disposable) and the Pampers Swaddlers were the only diapers that fit him well. Now he's a Huggies guy, hopefully for not much longer as we're building up the courage to potty train him. What I'm saying though, is that they change. Something will work for 2 or 3 months, and then you have to adjust and figure something else out.

Jul 02, 2013

Go for one of the brands that is lower in chemicals, in particular bleach. My little girl is sensitive. I use Seventh Generation, but I think Earth's Best are also pretty good.

Jul 03, 2013

We started with Pampers-we had free samples but quickly swapped to Nature Baby. No chemical smell and more important no rash! Still using at 18 months and very happy. They do come up smaller than other brands but we have a skinny man! I'm from the UK and just signed up to all the main brands so got lots of different ones to try, also friends provided left overs.

Savvy in San Francisco
Jul 03, 2013

We used Pampers Swaddlers at first and then recently we switched to Honest.com. Really like the diapers and we use most of their baby products and household cleaning products. Best part is it is delivered to your door. I agree with buying one big package of newborn diapers and then take as many as you can from the hospital! Another tip: 0-3 months clothing is made for 3 month old babies. I had to buy a whole little bundle of newborn/preemie clothing for my 2 (7lbs) and 1 (8lb). Even if they are bigger..they are still tiny. I would at least have a 5 outfits (up to 7lbs or preemie/newborn). Here is my link to Honest - http://honest.com/accept_invitation/5003 if you want to check them out. They have a great trial pack that you can test out for free to see if you like their diapers, wipes and cleaning products. I really like their hand santizer gel (only one that doesn't seem to dry out my skin and smells good). GOOD LUCK!!

Jul 08, 2013

Skip the Honest diapers. Or, at least read this first: http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/the_kids/2013/06/honest_diapers_a...

I loved the pampers swaddlers and was less than thrilled with the Earth's Best. We're going to try Bambo Nature next. They got good reviews here: http://www.babygearlab.com/Disposable-Diaper-Reviews

You're an Amazon shopper so don't buy too many until you know how big Hamish is. Then, order through Amazon and they'll be on your doorstep in days!

Sep 17, 2013

I had a baby in May, so just catching up on blog reading! This might be a little late since your little guy has already arrived... But I can tell you that Target will take back ANY brand name diaper (Luvs, Pampers, Huggies) even if they were not purchased there. So, just in case you have too many NB size (like I did) you can take them back for store credit and get the next size up!

Apr 21, 2016

Big help, big help. And suratlepive news of course.

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