Proudly Announcing Titus Jabs
The latest addition to the DIY Natural family is here! We welcomed our first child, Titus Matthew into the world on July 29. He was born at home in a birthing tub in his very own bedroom. (Talk about the ultimate DIY project, huh?)
I had an amazing natural childbirth. Pain free? No. But it was definitely a comfortable, joyful, drug-free, loud, showed-more-skin-in-front-of-my-sister-than-I-wanted-to kind of birth. I had worried for nine months about every possible complication, and in the end we had a perfect baby boy who was born without any problems–just like Matt predicted.
Some people thought we were crazy for having a natural home birth, and others said they were inspired. We were just thrilled to be able to create our own comfortable space into which we welcomed our baby.
Over the past seven weeks we’ve been loving on our new squishy baby, and also figuring out which baby gear is a necessity. Babies don’t need much, but we’ve found that there are certain things we appreciate having. I’ll share a few cool new finds with you today.
Some Baby Stuff We’re Loving
Organic Herbal Colic Formula
I’m not saying that the little babe has colic, but he definitely has some periods of extreme stomach discomfort, gas, reflux, and crying that prevents him from sleeping and being comfortable. Matt did tons of research on the best natural remedies for babies because we wanted the most natural help for him.
Catnip and fennel have been used for generations to treat gas and colic in babies. We found Colic Relief, an organic liquid herbal extract from TriLight Health that contains those exact ingredients, and contains no preservatives, alcohol, sugar, or other nasty ingredients. It was actually the THIRD herbal extract we had tried after finding our baby detested the flavor of one, and was not getting relief from the other. Luckily, this Colic Relief formula has proven to be effective and Titus actually likes the flavor of it. (Translation: no more screaming baby!) This has been one of my favorite things to have during the newborn stage. (You can get this Colic Relief formula or any of their other herbal formulas here.)
Cloth Diapering eBook
Cloth diapering has always sounded a bit intimidating, even though I knew I wanted to use them for my child. There are so many different types of reusable diapers out there, and so much information that it can make your head spin.
Luckily, I had read the eBook Confessions of a Cloth Diaper Convert even before getting pregnant, and it helped me decide cloth diapering was no big deal. When I found out I was pregnant, it was one of the first resources I returned to. It helped me register for cloth diapers, figure out how to take care of them so they last, and generally give me encouragement to cloth diaper with my first baby. In the end, I love the diapers I ended up choosing, and cloth diapering is really kind of a cinch. But I really think I would have struggled more had it not been for this first eBook I read on the subject. You can get this cloth diapering eBook here.
Amber Baby Bracelet
Do you know about the healing properties of amber? Several years ago a friend of mine explained to me why her baby was wearing an amber necklace. (I thought her baby was trying to make a fashion statement.) Amber is a natural pain relief remedy for teething babies.
A few weeks ago I got a tiny little amber bracelet for Titus, and I plan to get a matching necklace too. They’re super cute and I’ve heard great things from mothers who used them with their babies.
According to the natural baby store, SweetBottoms Boutique:
Amber is a fossilized resin, not a stone. It is warm to the touch and light to wear. When amber is worn on the skin, the skin’s warmth releases healing oils from the amber which are then absorbed via the skin into the bloodstream. Amber’s anti-inflammatory and therapeutic properties have long been appreciated by parents in Europe.
We shall see how this works once Titus begins cutting teeth! (Check out a bunch of different styles of amber baby bracelets and necklaces here.)
MamaBaby Birthing Class
I was really excited to take a natural childbirth class before giving birth. I wanted to meet some likeminded couples and learn as much as I could to prepare for the birth. Here’s the thing… we paid $130 for an eight-week natural birthing class, which we never got to finish. Titus arrived two and a half weeks early, and we missed two of our childbirth classes. (I know, you’re thinking we should not have cut it so close to the birth, but we had no choice. We had just moved back to our home state and it was the first available class.) In fact, as I was in the birthing tub pushing, Matt leaned over and said, “Does this mean we don’t have to go to our childbirth class tonight?” I felt kind of gypped. Not only did I want to get our money’s worth, but I was really learning a lot from the class and loved attending.
So when I learned about an audio birthing class a few weeks ago, I was a little bummed I didn’t find it sooner. The MamaBaby Birthing Class is also an eight-week class, and is geared toward those who are planning a natural birthing experience. You can complete the class at your own pace, instead of being at the mercy of an instructor’s schedule like we were. Had I known about this course, I could have started it long before we moved and completed it with lots of time to spare before baby arrived.
The class outline looks almost identical to that of the class we took, but there is so much more offered with the MamaBaby Course. You get menu plans for healthy eating, personal support for questions, downloadable references, and personal support for questions during the course. (Oh, and it’s only $97 compared to the $130 we spent on our course.) I highly encourage anyone thinking about a natural childbirth to look into this resource… it really looks awesome!