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While this is not technically children’s clothing, I needed to make this for a baby shower gift this Sunday.  It will cover a baby, so maybe it counts?  Well, Kid’s Clothing Week Challenge or not, here it is:

Nursing cover

Since I followed the tutorial over at Sew Much Ado almost to the letter, I won’t get into the nitty gritty.  I did make a couple of minor changes:
I added a pocket/burp cloth corner out of terry cloth.  My SIL gave me a Hooter Hider when I was pregnant with Arden and it had this feature which came in handy a few times.  This is an 8 ½” square folded over diagonally with wrong sides together and tucked into the bottom right seams before sewing.

Terry cloth pocket

I also cheated on the hems a little and pressed all the raw edges in as described in the tutorial and then just sewed two seams about 1/8″ from the edges.

Shortcut hems

I did use the home decor fabric as recommended, but I’m still not sure if I like that better than regular weight/quilters cotton.  I’m worried that it will get stuffy under there for baby, and I actually liked the lightweight version I have because I felt it was very versatile – I used it as a stroller cover or even a little tent for sleeping baby on several occasions.  The heavier weight would be good if you’re using light-colored fabrics and want to ensure opacity.

The tutorial by Sew Much Ado was very easy to follow.  The only additional instruction I would add is that using a zipper foot while sewing the seams around the boning proved to be very helpful in allowing me to get an even seam close to the boning.

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When you embark on the journey to parenthood, it comes with a mile-long list of things to purchase.  Some of them are necessities (crib, clothing, medicines, etc.), and some of them are just nice to have. 

Some things that work for someone else won’t work for you and vice-versa.  I won’t get into the obvious ones like infant swings, Boppy, or jumpers.  Here are a few of my favorite things discovered through my parenting adventure:

  1. gDiapers – An earth-friendly diaper system, they’re the best of cloth and disposable.  And they’re adorable.  And my daycare will use them.  And my daughter rarely gets diaper rash.  And I could go on.  We can’t flush the diapers because of our “nonstandard” 80+year old plumbing, but we do compost the pee diapers. 
  2. Mommy Necklaces – Nursing necklaces, or just think of them as child-proof necklaces.  They’re super cute, come in a wide variety of color combinations and several styles, and have a breakaway clasp for safety.  Fashion you can wear without fear of destruction from your little darlings.
  3. Hooter Hider or nursing cover – It does the obvious job quite nicely, but it also works as a shade for the stroller if baby falls asleep on a sunny day.
  4. Aden + Anais swaddles and sleeping bags – LOVE THEM!  Arden did really well with being swaddled, but in the summer I didn’t want her in flannel, and when she got bigger it was difficult to swaddle her securely in the smaller ones.  These are so soft and lightweight, and big enough to swaddle older or bigger kids (I could swaddle her at 18 months if she’d let me).  Now we use them as her warm weather blankets.
  5. Cedarworks playsets – I don’t have one, but I have a serious playset crush on these.  I think I’m going to set up a savings fund so I can get one when Arden is old enough to play on one.
  6. Bravado nursing tanks – I messed around with inexpensive and ill-fitting nursing bras from chain stores.  Then I was show the light of Bravado.  (insert harp music here)  Super comfy and the tank is great so you’re not showing everyone your post-baby belly while you feed said baby.

Hope something here will make your life easier.  Do you have any parenting products you can’t live without?  Post a comment.


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