And I’m struggling to work out what I need to do to take my beloved Galaxy S2 with me – argh! We’re only new to the world of smartphones but I don’t know how I can possibly survive nearly four weeks without mine now. Anyone have any tips on using my Australian phone in the US without paying a gazillion dollars for international roaming & data packages? :/
But, other than that, I’m very excited about this holiday. The purpose is to introduce Kira to most of her USA family and to spend some more quality time with Nana & Pappa. Of course I’ll also be thrilled to do a bit of shopping (please please please let the exchange rate stay in our favour!) and eating all the yummy foods I miss but can’t get in Oz. I’m hoping to catch up with a few of my close girlfriends from high school and just to do a bit of relaxing in the town I grew up in.
The flight should be interesting, but I’m not too worried about it. There are two of us to share the baby-holding duties and Kira isn’t a very fussy baby usually. Getting to the airport with baby & luggage & all the baby paraphernalia should be interesting but hey – a few hours of inconvenience for a few weeks of holiday is totally worth it in my book.
On the disposable nappy front – we ended up going with the Bambo Nature nappies. I tried each of the brands during the day and then overnight as well. Uninterestingly enough, they all performed basically the same. I was a bit disappointed, expecting some interesting tales of leakage or poo-splosions or something to share but nope – just boring old waste-containment. Aesthetically, I preferred the Seventh Generation nappies. They were much trimmer than the others, felt a bit softer and had that cool brown colour that just looks very hippy/recycled/earth-loving. Sadly, after checking up on them online they don’t actually seem overly green though. They’re chlorine, petroleum product and fragrance-free but the Bambo Nature nappies have them beat with this:
- contain no perfumes, lotions, deodorants or antioxidants
- are made from raw materials that are certified free from harmful chemicals
- are 100 % chlorine, TBT and latex free, so they are much less likely to cause an allergic reaction
- can help to prevent and reduce nappy rash
- have been recommended by the Eczema Association of Australia, and are designed and tested by the manufacturer for skin friendliness
- are highly absorbent, perfect for using overnight
- encompass the full range from premature to training pants (see size chart)
- have an eco friendly manufacturing process which means a lower eco footprint
- are approximately 75% biodegradable as opposed to the 35% in standard nappies
- have a biodegradable core with biodegradable starch granules
- come in fully recyclable packaging
- are the first nappy to be awarded the Nordic Swan Eco Label
- are made in Denmark, and shipped to Australia. Shipping is an environmentally friendly form of mass transporting
So, that’s what will be wrapped around our dear one’s bum for the start of our journey. It’s probably for the best that we don’t bother taking our cloth with us for the sake of luggage space and convenience, but I think I’m having separation anxiety lol! I still would like to take maybe a full wash’s worth (2 days) but we’ll see what our packing situation is first. Of course, I could just stock up on nappies while we’re there (because like everything else, they’re cheaper in the US and the exchange rate is in our favour) and use whatever we buy rather than bringing some with…now there’s an idea! I was shocked to see how inexpensive environmentally friendly disposables can be purchased for in the US though. Less than half the cost of what we paid!
I also bought a cool teething necklace (Jellystone Designs) with the nappies (hey – you’ve gotta make the most of the shipping fees, right?). Kira isn’t teething yet, but she still seems to like it!
So, I’ve got just enough time to (hopefully) get the house cleaned up for the house-sitter, do last-minute shopping and get the packing done before we’re off!