for the past few weeks, i’ve been attending all sorts of FREE pre-birth courses here in chch. here in new zealand, some classes are government-funded and for free so many can attend. since our families are away from us, we need to gather as much information as we can for us to survive the first few months of being with the baby. now, this makes me miss my family more. :(
1st class: nappy workshop by the nappy lady
i’ve been hearing about cloth diapers for sometime now. the use of cloth diapers are highly recommended because you contribute in saving the environment by lessening the waste in the landfill. to be honest, i am one of world’s worst consumer and i always want my life to be as convenient as possible so i sometimes resort to using the life’s short cuts such as using disposable materials. lately, i sudden had a change of heart and started considering other option because i always think of my baby and as a first time parent, i want my child to see the beauty of the world and enjoy it as much as we do. i asked some friends on what diaper they prefer to use, between cloth or disposable, and it’s a 50-50 response i got. some friends use disposable diapers because they don’t have time for laundry and they rather spend the time with their baby than washing nappies. of course, i empathize with them knowing they are working mothers too. also knowing how bad the traffic in manila is, i might be doing the same too. meanwhile, some friends are using cloth diapers because they are more economical in the long run and cloth nappies are investments too. they can be use by the succeeding babies as long as quality is still good.
in the nappy workshop, i learned the benefits of using a cloth diaper against the use of disposable diapers. and since i always choose the money-saving option, i’m considering more of using cloth nappies. i don’t mind the laundry, the washing machine will take care of it. haha! there are lots of styles and brands to choose from and all of them just works the same wonder as a disposable diaper. the only difference is that you throw them in the washing machine and not in a garbage bin. 2 years of exclusively using cloth diapers can save as much as $4,000 – imagine that money can be use for traveling back to PH or savings for the baby’s 1st year party!
these are the freebies i got from attending the nappy workshop, 3 trial pack cloth nappies. this is so i can try which style best suits the baby.
nappy trial pack
2nd class: breastfeeding course
last saturday, i took a break from weekend work so i can attend the breastfeeding class at the women’s hospital. i did not register for the class but just showed up in the seminar room. it was a 5-hr long class which cover topics such as breasts, milk and how-to’s of breastfeeding. despite sitting for 5 hours, it was not dragging at all because the course is well balance. it’s a mixed of discussion and watching videos of the different topics related to breastfeeding. i am praying to the lactation gods (pleeaassee) that i’ll be able to produce enough milk someday so i would no longer buy formula milk which is not only expensive but also not as good as the breast milk. breast milk has antibodies that help defend babies from illness, which the formula milk doesn’t have. of course, nobody wants a sickly baby. parents go nuts when babies get sick so i’m now choosing the healthy option.
breastfeeding brochure and information
3rd class: antenatal classes
this class runs every thursday for 2 hours and one of the days i look forward to because my husband and i attends the class together. classmates again! :) so far, we completed the 1st class and there’s 5 more to go before the holiday season kicks in. during the first class, we had to speak and introduce ourselves one by one and it feels odd because it’s been a while since i recited in front of a class. how i hate class recitations! we discussed housekeeping rules, expectations from the class, signs of labor and the body changes a pregnant woman goes through. i very much enjoyed listening to the different topics and group discussion because there’s so much to learn. i also like the freebies they gave us, huggies newborn nappies. i might use them for the sake of using them but again i think i’ll be using more of the cloth diaper. wish ko lang na hindi ako malurkey magbabad at maglaba ng diapers!
also, apart from attending the classes, there are also online groups that provide support and information on these topics such as the modern cloth nappying group for cloth nappy knowledge and breastfeeding pinay group for breastfeeding information. there’s so much to learn and it’s quite overwhelming.