What would you say is the most useful item in the arsenal when dealing with a new baby?
a.) A musical crib mobile which dangles and rotates the most celebrated works of various Renaissance master artists over your newborn's unsuspecting head
b.) A diaper wipes warmer so your baby's butt will not be SCANDALIZED by the indignity of a cold wipe
c.) A closet full of teeny tiny nightgowns and onesies
d.) A pile of rags
People, the answer, far above all the other choices, is D. Rags rags rags! You do not understand how many rags we blow through a day. Sure, they go by different names-- washcloths, cloth diapers, burp cloths, receiving blankets--but at the end of the day, they're all rags, and they probably make up 75% of Cal's laundry burden.
What do we do with all these rags, you ask? I'm glad that you did. Use of rags includes but is not limited to:
- Wiping up baby puke
- Protecting clothes against baby puke
- Covering baby
- Wrapping up baby
- Washing baby
- Covering baby weenie during diaper changes to protect against airborne urine
- Covering changing pad to protect against butt-shaped poo stains
- Serving as boob pads in a pinch
So the next time you're invited to a baby shower, forget the Baby Einstein and frilly booties. Just get the parents a pile of rags. They may look at you cockeyed at first and accuse you of being cheap, but believe me, in a few weeks, they will thank you.
(This is tummy time, by the way, not negligence. El bebe dormir boca arriba. Also, as you can see, we foolishly forgot to place a rag between Cal's face and the playmat. For this, we will pay. Pay in quarters, that is, deposited into the washing machine.)
Currently reading: Still killing time with "Needful Things," but may revisit the bookstore later today. I love how you guys always have book suggestions for me. It's like being in a book club, only I never have to bring baked goods.