Besides cloth diapering, another great way to save money is to make your own homemade baby food. I started Orla on solids shortly before she turned 6-months-old. For various reasons, some people start their child on solids before this or do not even introduce solids until much later. It all depends on the child, the parents' philosophy, and the pediatrician. Like most people, I introduced one food at a time and fed this same food for 4 days to see if there would be any allergic reactions (before even attempting another type of food). I started out with carrots and then tried sweet potatoes because they are easily digestible. If you are not sure what to introduce and when, ask your doctor and here is an excellent book that my sister's pediatrician recommended called "The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet". I love this book. Here is a picture of what it looks like. I got mine on Amazon.
Making baby food really does not take that much time. I think what takes most time is figuring out what to make and actually going to buy these items. I wish that I could pick everything in my back garden because that would be easy and for the reassurance that I would know exactly where my food came from and how it was grown (pesticide-free, etc.), but this is not the case. With this in mind, I prefer to buy ALL organic fruits and vegetables for making baby food, but some people just buy the organic "dirty dozen". The food can be expensive, but it still is much cheaper than buying little glass baby food jars and pouches of food, especially if you buy organic. Plus, it is not recommended to reuse a jar or pouch of baby food if the child's saliva touches it. This could mean throwing away a whole jar of food if your child does not like it after one taste. Sometimes, babies will not like a food the first try and it takes several tries in order for them to enjoy the taste. Orla didn't like apples at first, but now she loves them!
How do I make it?
It is not rocket science. I tend to make 2-3 things at the same time. For example, I might make peaches, broccoli, and carrots one day. On this day, I would peel the carrots and boil them with a little water at the bottom until they are soft. You can stick a fork into a piece to check. I would steam the peaches and broccoli. After the food is tender, I mix each one at a time in a blender. I try to use some leftover liquid in the pot to not waste any of the nutrients. Ideally, everything should be steamed to get the most nutrients and not boiled at a high temperature too long. You may need to add a little water to the food in the blender to get your baby food the right consistency. After I am done mixing my food in the blender, I scoop it into ice cube trays or Beaba Silicone Trays. Each slot in an ice cube tray is 1 oz. and the slots in a Beaba Tray are 2 ozs. If you make big batches like me, you can always buy a few extra trays or get them at Goodwill or an estate sale.
Some parents think they will have to invest in an expensive baby food appliance like a Baby Bullet for $60, but you really do not need to. My sister's actually broke. When I was working as a nanny for various families, I just used the family's pots, blender, ice cube trays, and Ziplock Bags. Most families have these things anyways. However, I have a Nutribullet and some of those Beaba Silicone Trays, so I used these things in additional to my ice cube trays. Again, whatever you have at home is o.k. I do have to say that a blender might be better than the Nutribullet because after steaming some broccoli one day, I put it directly into the Nutribullet. After mixing it, I tried to unscrew the top and it popped off and sprayed hot liquid everywhere and burned my wrist badly. I learned the hard way that I need to completely let food cool properly before using the Nutribullet, so I mix the baby food in a blender now because I am not patient enough. I never had this problem in the past with just using blenders. My advice is to be careful:) I tend to work too fast!
After everything is mixed, I keep a few ounces of each in the refrigerator in a glass airtight container to use for the next few meals. (We don't use any plastic containers in our house and this could be another blog for the future.) I pour the rest of the food into the trays to freeze. It usually takes a half a day to freeze. When they are frozen, I put the food into Ziplock Bags and label them.
You can store your food in your freezer in the kitchen, but I store my baby food in our outside freezer. Here is a picture of what it looks like. I like to keep the fruit on the top shelf, the vegetables on the two shelves below it, and some extra breastmilk on the shelf underneath.
Once I found out that Orla did not have an allergies, I started offering her a variety of foods during our mealtimes, usually a fruit and a vegetable for now because she is only 7-months-old. Because my baby food is separated in my freezer, it is easy to locate and grab if I am in a hurry and it helps me to know when I am getting low. Again, if you are not sure what to make and when to introduce each food, look at the book above, ask your doctor, and go to a store and look at the labels on the baby food for ideas and ages. Each package is labeled (see below). I try to have a variety on hand and tend to mix my own blends based on the varieties available on the market. Just be careful when you introduce new foods. You may even want to keep a food diary the first few months in case there is an allergic reaction, so you can pinpoint exactly what it is. With Orla having a gluten and dairy sensitivity from day one, I thought she might have some other sensitivities or reactions, but the only other thing that I know of right now is cinnamon. She gets a bright red rash around her mouth. Good luck and happy baby food making!
Thomas Edison said, "The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition."
Our little angel, Orla, is 14-weeks-old today and last night was the first difficult night since her arrival. She would not settle to go to sleep after her 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. feed. She was up feeding every 2-3 hours, which was different from her 6-7 hour night stretches she was having previously. I guess this was our first taste of what people were talking about when they said you won't be able to get any sleep? Ever since she was born, she ate well and had no problem falling asleep. That awful transition of going from the two of us to having a newborn didn't really happen. I never napped when she napped and I was on an ultimate high everyday all day. Before her arrival, I was up at 1, 3, and 5:00 a.m. (sometimes not being able to sleep at all) my last three months of the pregnancy, so it was perfect training and I actually got more sleep once she was here. Plus, we had spent 3 years trying to get pregnant and went through everything under the moon to try and conceive, so holding her, getting up with her in the night, and seeing her is still a miracle and such a treat for us. She really is our dream come true!
However, last night was different! She turned from out little angel to our little devil. Brendan spent an hour and a half walking her until she fell asleep. When she woke up hungry, I was so tired. I fed her and she wouldn't fall back asleep like she normally does. I jumped out of bed, stomped downstairs, and grabbed the swing (Fisher Price: My Craddle 'N Swing -Snuggle Bunny). I must have banged it off every wall on the way back up while walking with one eye open. That swing is so big and bulky. I was in no mood to fold it down. I was willing to try anything and just wanted to get it upstairs and get her to sleep, so I could go back to bed. I plugged it in ... and it DIDN'T work! Aaargh! I put Orla in it and swung it with one arm from the side of the bed and she fell asleep in 5 minutes.
I googled "how to repair a baby swing that won't swing" and found this awesome website. It made it look easy. There are instructions as well as a ton of pictures. I am a visual person, so it was perfect. Who would have guessed that you need to replace the dead swinging motor with an air freshener motor! Since my swing is a bit different and I used a different air freshener, I posted my pictures below. I guess Fisher Price Swings stop working frequently, especially after a bunch of uses. Several people have complained about this, but how long do you think it would last knowing now that it operated with an air freshener battery ?
Someone gave me my swing ($165 value). I usually buy second-hand things, so this could happen to you, too! Hopefully, this post can help someone save some money and not feel like they have to go out and buy another swing if the motor stops working. I didn't want to go out an buy a new one, so if other people replace the motor, than why can't I? The only cost is the price of the air freshener. I paid $7.09 for mine at Walgreens. Look below on how to get the motor out of the air freshener. You will need a screwdriver to unscrew the screws and a scissors to cut the battery wires at the end.
All swings are quite similar inside and I guess you can do this to pretty much any swing. You will need to unscrew a bunch of screws and take off one layer at a time to get down to the motor. Take pictures with your phone and label screws as you go if you don't trust yourself to put it back together. It seems difficult, but you can do it. There will be a lot of wires and pieces, but don't let that scare you. I am not an electrician and have never done anything like this before. Here is what the inside looked like as I took it apart to the find the battery. You can see a clear picture of the swing battery in the bottom right picture. It looks like a votive candle.
Now, the tricky part for me is actually replacing the swing battery with the air freshener battery because it involves soldering. Soldering means to use a metal alloy to connect two pieces of metal. I have never done this before and I do not have the tool. I asked a friend who does his own electrical things if I could borrow his soldering gun and electrical solder wire. Solder can contain lead, so try to use lead-free solder and make sure you do this in a well-ventilated area.
Well, ... this all looked so easy on the Instructables Website and thought I would do a similar post because my swing didn't quite match his swing and was hoping I could help you, but I just could not get everything to work! I have installed tiles in my laundry, hardwood floors upstairs, fixed a loose faucet, ... or whatever needed to be done while my husband, Brendan, was away at work ... but could not get this to work! I have to admit that no Youtube Video or research online could get me to want to conquer this feat and with my daughter waking up from a nap ... my advice is to go to an awesome second-hand store and get a good deal on a swing, ask a friend if you can use theirs, or buy one brand new to avoid this problem altogether! I hope this doesn't happen to you!
It fits perfectly under a standard kitchen table and the foot plate easily adjusts as the child grows.
I also love that it it NOT made out of plastic as I am trying my best to go plastic-free in our household. The chair also comes in several vibrant colors, so you can coordinate it with your home's eating space as well as buy a signature color for each child (as seen in the picture above on the left). I do adore quality products and spending $250 for the Tripp Trapp was completely worth it to me.
There are some additional accessories that you can purchase for your Tripp Trapp: Newborn Set, Baby Set, and Tray. The Newborn Set is not sold in the U.S., yet, so I had to buy mine at a store in Canada and have it shipped. You can get the cushions for the Baby Set, but you will learn fast that babies make a lot of messes when they are first learning how to eat and you would be washing this all the time or have to purchase a few different sets. I didn#t purchase the tray either. We push the chair right next to the table and Orla uses the tabletop.
However, my favorite Stokke Accessory is an apron skirt that I purchased at an estate sale for $1. I let Orla touch and play with all her food, so she can feel all the textures as well as try to feed herself. This makes mealtime more messy, so a bib and this apron is ideal.
Last but not least, get a dog! Ha! Hudson is an excellent helper! He loves to clean the highchair, the floor, Orla's hands and face, the bowls ... wherever the food is! It makes clean-up so easy!
A friend suggested the Nose Frida. She swears by it and a few other Moms that overheard us talking said that they love it, too. I saw them in Target the other day for $14.99, but the thought of sucking snot out of Orla's nose with my mouth on another side of a tube and possibly getting snot in my mouth grossed me out. They assured me this would never happen and that their kids actually do not mind them doing this. They told me it was designed by a doctor in Sweden and 1,000 times better than a bulb suction. I thought I would have to give it a whirl! Moms know best, right?
The first time I used it, I was still a bit skeptical. I watched a few videos on Youtube (look below for one video) just to make sure I was doing it properly. You know what? I absolutely loved it and it worked like a charm! Orla didn't even know what I was doing and laughed afterwards. The tip barely had to go in her nose to be effective and you can control how hard you want the suction to be! It works with one try, too! The snot only went on the inside of the tip and there is even a filter inside the tube to catch any mucus from even getting close to going in your mouth. Brendan also liked it! I think this will be my "go to" baby shower gift, especially babies born in the winter months! Lastly, look at all the nasty things that can get trapped in a bulb suction. Yuck! What does the inside of your bulb suction look like? I am afraid to know what mine does! I love that you can see through the Nose Frida, so this will never happen! Like me, I hope you try one and tell your friends because it is effective and so easy to use! I give it 5 stars! Don't forget to watch the video down below and click here to see how you can get a FREE one!
Pacificier, binky, nuk, paci, mute button, dump, schulli (or whatever you want to call it) will be one of the first things you will need to decide for your baby. Ideally, I wanted to go without one. I wholeheartedly wanted to breastfeed and did not want nipple confusion, but didn’t want to make a run to the store those first few days after giving birth if my baby, Orla, was going to need one to help calm and soothe her, so I opted on buying a few different styles just in case. I am one of those Moms that likes to be prepared and knew we were planning on having her at home with our midwife team, so I wouldn't get the free hospital ones. I also knew that I could always return them if she didn't even want one. Well, here is a picture of Orla and the pacifier the hospital gave us. Yeah, our plan to have her at home did not work out like we had thought (that might be a story for a future blog). The pacifier is a Soothie and you can see it just above Orla's head.
Advantages of Using a Pacifier
On one hand, pacifiers can be beneficial. For some families, pacifiers are what keep their sanity. Several parents don't leave the house without their “mute button” and say there is nothing like quieting their screaming toddler in the grocery store or church with a pacifier. For newborns, the American academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that pacifiers can avoid Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) if used the first year of a child’s life. One study says that you child is 20 times less likely to die. Plus, some babies just prefer something to suck on because of their natural, newborn instinct. Orla entered this world with one suckling blister on the top of each one of her pointer fingers because she was sucking on them so much in my womb. My husband, Brendan, and I could also tell this because she latched onto my breast just seconds after birth and could suck hard. However, I did try using a pacifier when I knew she was not hungry and got fussy right before she went to sleep. I thought it was better for her to do this than to desire to use my breast as a pacifier to avoid cracked, sore nipples. I also learned dentists say a pacifier does not interfere with children’s tooth development (i.e. protruding front teeth, improper bite, or prevent their jaw from forming properly) if only used the first year of life. In all, I am glad we had one for Orla at the beginning, but she is demanding it less and less as the weeks pass, so I am hoping to get rid of it soon because we reaped the benefits of it and want to avoid the negative aspects of using one in the future, especially after the age of one.
Disadvantages of Using a Pacifier
Yeah, pacifiers have their advantages, but also have their disadvantages, especially if it isn't even in your baby's mouth, ha! Look at the picture above! On a serious note, breaking the habit of using them can be very stressful for both the parents and children. There are even parenting books on attachment disorders and emotional insecurities pertaining to pacifiers. Parents have also become creative by recruiting the fictational Binky Fairy and have even enlisted the Easter Bunny and Santa Clause for assistance. Sinterklaas comes in Belgium. When Belgian children are ready to give up their pacifiers, parents have their children put them in their shoes at night and leave them out for Sinterklaas (Saint Nick). Sinterklaas comes and takes the pacifiers for safekeeping and replaces them with chocolate for the child the next morning. Fun, huh? Overall, some parents recommend that if child does not demand a pacifier at the beginning, then, do not start using one. It will save you save you a lot of headaches and heartache. Lastly, another disadvantage to using pacifiers according to the La Leche League (LLL) is they can interfere with breastfeeding. The LLL recommends to not introduce a pacifier until 3-4 weeks after you have established a good breastfeeding routine because it can interfere, especially if you have a fussy baby, a baby that has difficulty latching, trouble sucking, or are worried about their milk supply. This was not the case for Orla, but every child is different.
Things to think about ...
Size and Shape: Make sure the pacifier is 1 ½” or larger. There have been stories of babies being able to fit the whole thing in their mouth (especially if it is the incorrect size), so check the age your pacifier was made for and change your pacifiers as the child grows. Also, it can be confusing because the nipples are either round or “orthodontic”. The round ones mostly resemble a mother’s nipple (left picture) and the orthodontic ones are round on top and have a flat bottom (right picture). In general, orthodontic pacifiers mean that they will not misalign a child’s jaw and most pacifiers will not do this. It all comes down to your preference ... or your baby's preference.
Latex-free: It was important to look for a latex-free pacifier for three reasons:
1. They are easier to clean.
2. Do not retain odors.
3. Several babies also have a latex allergy, so choosing a rubber or silicon pacifier may be a good choice to avoid this altogether.
BPA-free: Does your pacifier contain Bisphenol A? Bisphenol A (BPA) is an endocrine disruptor. It interferes with the natural hormones in your body. Most things, now, for children are BPA-free, but it is important to only buy toys, sippy cups, dishes, eating utensils, etc. that clearly states this on the package. If it does not say this on the package, I do not buy it for Orla. I mostly prefer wood toys anyways and I have recently gotten rid of all of our plastic storage containers and converted to glass ones with BPA-free lids just to avoid these toxins altogether.
One Piece: Some children prefer pacifiers their first few years and when they start eating solids and put their pacifier in their mouths little food particles can get trapped and cause bacteria build-up. Hair, dirt, etc. can also get trapped in their or other parts of the pacifier. Pacifiers that contain several pieces can also break and be a choking hazard, too. Pacifiers that are one piece are also easier to clean and avoid all this.
Ventilation Holes: Do you see holes in the pacifier shield to allow air flow? If this is the case for your baby or toddler, they may get a rash or irritation from the lack of airflow or saliva build-up if there are not ventilation holes. Some kids suck on their pacifiers 24-7 and avoiding a rash is almost inevitable no matter how many time a parent or care giver washes and sanitizes the pacifier, even if it has air holes.
Sterilizing a pacifier: Boil water in a pot until you see the bubbles and try to do this when your little one is sleeping or off playing because this will avoid them wanting to have it if they see it as well as avoid any temper tantrums or burning accidents. Set a timer for 4-5 minutes and carefully place your pacifiers in the water with a spoon without causing splashes that can potentially burn you. Make sure the pacifiers are only in there for no longer than 5 minutes because the boiling water can ruin the pacifiers. This has happened to me ... longer does not mean better. After the time is up, remove them from the pot and let them air dry and cool off completely before giving them to children, so they cannot get burned. After the initial sanitization, you should sanitize them periodically and just wash them with hot soapy water in between trips to the park, after falling on the floor, coming in contact with other kids, etc.
Replacing Them: Inspect your pacifiers time and again. If you see any signs of wear and tear like discoloration, chew marks, tears, holes, small pieces hanging, etc. replace your pacifier immediately to prevent a choking hazard. Some pacifier come with an expiration date, so check this on the package before using them to know how long. Most babies will outgrow them, so be sure to check the age-appropriate size. You should replace pacifiers that are not age-appropriate because some toddlers can fit an entire newborn pacifier in their mouth.
Pacifier Clips: If you can go with using a pacifier alone, this is best! I found it much easier to catch a pacifier that fell out of Orla's mouth if it was attached to a pacifier clip and I liked that I didn't have to worry about it falling down and getting dirty if it was clipped to her shirt. Manufactures make adorable pacifier clips and you can find them to match every outfit and holiday. They come in many different colors and adorable prints. On a serious note, never attach a pacifier to a string and wrap it around a child’s neck, crib, car seat, or stroller. It is safer to use a pacifier clip because the ribbon is short and less likely to cause strangulation, especially if they are sleeping in a crib, Pack 'N Play, or Moses basket. I did use a pacifier clip with Orla's pacifiers when she was a newborn and clipped it to her blanket. This was when she was not rolling or moving when she slept on her back and I stopped using them when she started moving around. It was easier to find in the middle of the night, but many parents avoid this altogether because they do not want to have any potential accidents.
Thumb Sucking: Some parents prefer their child to use a pacifier to their thumb because sucking their thumb causes the bottom jaw to push back and misalign (see pictures below). Children’s hands also get dirty from crawling and touching everything, so if they use their thumbs to soothe them, then, it will introduce more bacteria to their mouthes. Thumb sucking is also hard to break because their thumbs are readily available, unlike a pacifier, and thumb sucking can continue until the child starts school or the child starts to get their permanent teeth.
Quantity: It is up to you. At first, I bought one from a couple different companies. Once I found the one Orla liked best, I bought 3: one for upstairs, one for downstairs, and one for the diaper bag. Of course, we had to buy a few extras along the way because our puppy, Hudson, got ahold of a couple and put holes in them trying to play with them. Having one on each floor saved me for running up and down the steps a bunch of times, especially if she was napping in different spots at the beginning (Moses basket, crib, swing, etc.). I also like to keep her stuff organized and in specific spots, so it is easy to grab her diaper bag and leave the house in a minute. I got in the habit of always stocking up her diaper bag when I get home from outings and clipping her pacifier to her shirt when I put her in her car seat as well as putting a burp cloth in there to make things 10 times easier and faster for me to get out of the house. I have never had to use the pacifier stored in a container in her diaper bag, but know it is always there if one gets lost or my husband forgets to get it when he gets her ready.
Putting Food or Sweets on a Pacifier: I have no idea why anyone would do this in the first place. It can cause bacteria build-up, facial skin rashes, cavities, and botulism.
In conclusion, there are many things to consider if you are thinking about or not thinking about using a pacifier. When it comes to kids, you can do a ton of research to be prepared, but what you decide can be the exact opposite or be a tool in your toolbox. In my case, I thought I would go completely without a pacifier, but Orla preferred one to help her fall asleep and not for any other time. I knew if she wanted a pacifier, then, I was hoping she would go for a latex-free, BPA-free, rubber, one-piece, and environmentally friendly one. This narrowed it down to Natursutten, Ummy, and Hevea. Orla kept spitting out the Ummy and I think it was because the bulb was too big on it. She also did not like the Hevea. I liked it because it was smaller and fit around her nose the best, but when I tried it in my mouth the little crown ventilation holes were a bit uncomfortable and scratchy. Above all, Orla simply preferred the Natursutten Brand. In addition to the other qualities, I love that they are different, won't get water trapped in the bulb when washing, are extremely flexible (great for tummy time), and European. Here is a picture of the one she chose!
Good luck with your little one!
Have you ever seen a Rumparooz Lil Joey Newborn Cloth Diaper in person? If not, look out! It was love at first sight for my husband and I! Well, before our baby and dog arrived (pictured above)! These were the cloth diapers that made me want to start this business! If you are pregnant or thinking about buying cloth diapers for a newborn, these are the ones for you! You have to see and touch them, trust me! You really will fall in love with them! They really are the brightest, cutest, and softest little things I have ever seen! They fit my 7 lb. 4 oz. newborn perfectly from the beginning and are geared to fit babies 4-12 pounds, so this pretty much covers most newborns. I loved the snap down option in the front for her umbilical cord, so it did not irritate her. Plus, they were trim and easy to use. I also loved the double gussets to trap her breastfed poop. I never had a leak, but I was a bit over the top on changing her. I know that I, personally, would never want to sit in anything wet or get a rash, so why would I let my daughter? Plus, my midwife wanted to know how many wet and dry diapers she had. The great thing about cloth diapers, in general, is that they let more air reach your little one's bottom and you can wash them and use them over and over again. I never felt guilty about throwing away money each time that I changed her. Some parents spend about 25 cents per diaper and average 12 diaper changes per day with a newborn. 12 diaper changes with disposables would be (12 x 25 cents = $3 per day/$60 per month). I know I averaged well over this because Oral was always wet when I checked her diaper and I swear she peed or pooped every time my husband or I changed her. Ask my husband, Brendan!
I also bought a few other newborn cloth diapers because I wanted to be able to try them out and compare them to other top brands to give my customer's the best advice and to be sure I was using the best ones on Orla. In additiona to the Lil Joeys, I tried the bumGenius Newborn Cloth Diapers, gDiapers tiny gPants, Happy Heinys Mini One Size Pocket Diapers, Best Bottom One Size Diapers, and the Happy Heinys One Size. The bumGenius Newborn Diapers were too wide between her legs and leaked. Orla was a typical newborn baby, not a chunky chubber. I did like the velcro enclosure though. All the one size diapers were too big at the beginning. I wanted a more trim fit for those early weeks and for her to be able to fit into her cute, tiny newborn clothes. I also tried the tiny gPants. I thought they would be ideal because they have the umbilical cord snap down and are teeny tiny, but I did not like to velcro them to the back and she grew out of them practically the day I got them. They are perfect for preemies and you will use them for much longer. However, my gut instinct was right about the Lil Joeys.
I would recommend using 24 Lil Joeys, which would retail for $360. With the cost in mind, parents can also purchase them gently used, borrow them from friends, or rent them to save money. There is always the option of selling them right away afterwards on Craigslist or Ebay for half of what the original retail price is ... or use them for their next child or other children on the way. This is where you really see the savings! In addition, using cloth wipes will also save you money because families spend an average of $500 on disposable wipes (from birth to potty training). The interesting thing is that I was using about 2-3 disposable wipes per change and only needed one cloth wipe with Happy Heinys Spray and barely used the whole wipe. I thought it would be the exact opposite. Yeah, newborn cloth diapers are an extra cost, but this can partially be offset by using cloth wipes (especially homemade ones) since you are washing the diapers anyway.
Nonetheless, cost is important, but there are many other reasons to cloth diaper a newborn. Long story short, I did not want to put disposable diapers on Orla because she would potentially be exposed to harmful chemicals like tributyl and chlorine as well as sodium polyacrylate (SAP). The thought of doing this to a helpless newborn who has to sit in them for 24 hours a day did not appeal to me. For Orla, I would be willing to pay extra or find a way to do what I thought was best for my daughter. If there is a will, there is a way, right? Plus, I felt empowered knowing I was not putting this extra waste in our local landfill that would sit for 500 years. Yes, I had extra work of washing every other day, but that only consisted of dumping the cloth diapers in my washing machine and pushing a few buttons. Well, my husband and I did rinse them after every change using a diaper sprayer, but some people skip this step. I am thankful that he doesn't mind changing Orla's diapers or caring for them. He really is a hands-on Dad. You may call me weird, but I love washing my cloth diapers and seeing them come out of the dryer pristine. For me, Lil Joeys really are adorable and all the benefits for using them made me want to care for them that extra more, especially when my infant daughter would be wearing them.
Here is a picture below that I took of a few Lil Joeys hanging on a clothesline drying in the sun.