handmade cloth wipes make me smile :)

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Cute, colourful, really handy and sooo soft  – that’s what comes to mind when I think of our cloth wipes !
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These multipurpose cloth wipes are handmade (in the USA) by Lover of Life Designs, a working-at-home mother. They are made of double-sided 100% flannel cotton which feels so very soft, even after several rounds in the washing machine. They come in packs of 2 diferent sizes (large small) here at Stoffywelt.de 🙂

That softness of the flannel cotton is not only gentle on our daughter’s bum, but also on hands or face. She is drooling a lot these days, and using a tissue, towel or muslin cloth can be a bit rough on her skin after a while. Since using these cloths wipes on her face she doesn’t seem to fight it so much…I guess the flannel cotton really makes a difference even baby can feel.

I just love how they can be used for so much more than just the simple wash-cloth purpose. The cute, colourful designs seems fascinating to baby’s eye. Our little one loves to play and fiddle with one of those cloths while on the changing table or during a walk when laying in her pram. They are a good distraction & were able to entertain our daughter for several minutes at a time. DSCN2416.png
I have to admit that our baby girl likes the brightly coloured designs more than the ones with the light or softer hues. She will inspect all of them and tumble them around her tiny hands, but quickly drops the two that only have very little variety of colours.

I just use those not so fascinating ones to wipe her little fingers (when she yet again tried to eat her fist, silly girl ^.^) or tiny nose. And my nose. Yes, you read that right! Why only use them as wash cloth or cloth wipes when they can also be used as handkerchiefs, right?! They not only make our baby girl smile, but me as well! 🙂

How do we store & transport the cloth wipes??
In our wet bag of course! 🙂 Since we love owls and the nursery/baby room is owl themed I’m so excited to use the cloth wipe wet bag by Planet Wise with an owl design – just one of many gorgeous designs!
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It’s so cute, right?! The outside is simply cotton, but the inside of the pouch is designed so there are no leaks whatsoever. This means, we not only put our used, damp (from drool and whatnot) cloth wipes inside to take them home for a wash, but also can bring wet cloth wipes with us to use as wash cloth, and the wet bag will keep them wet and ready to use. Of course, you can also put other wet wipes in there to carry with you. I also tend to carry a teething ring or toy with me for our little girl, and like to transport it in this pouch for obvious reasons 😉 The wet bag also has those nifty snaps, so I can fit it even in a small bag or purse if the diaper bag is too full already. Very clever idea there, Planet Wise :

I can honestly say, the cloth wipes are in use every day around here, and I don’t really want to miss them anymore. I’m positively sure they will be used even when our baby turns into a toddler and older (hopefully not for drooling by then, but..you know what I mean ;)…)

*These products were kindly sent to me from www.Stoffywelt.de for extensive testing – Thank you!*

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Cloth Diapers – our decision and experience

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For every pregnant couple (or woman) there comes the day when you decide on what baby products to buy. Diapers will play a big part in the life of a newborn & new parents. For us it was pretty much decided right from the start that we want to use cloth diapers once the baby is born.

Our (personal) motivation to cloth diaper was based on the following reasons:

  • Both, my husband & I were cloth diapers by our parents as babies
  • cloth simply feels much more comfortable (if you can feel the difference with your hands, babies can feel the difference on their bums! )
  • Saving money: Although a single cloth diaper may cost more than a single disposable diaper, in the long run it can save a lot of money (and even more if used again with 2nd or 3rd baby 😉
  • It’s better for the environment, because cloth diapers get washed and re-used instead of thrown away, creating tons and tons of waste that often takes several decades to decompose
  • We’re lazy! *laughs* not really, but the thought of having to go out every other day to bus huge packages of dispoable diapers, then having to empty the trash every night because they fill up the bin quickly, ugh…we rather spare ourselves the stress and time and spend it with our little one instead.
  • There are just sooo many cute designs to choose from, that make me smiley happy just looking at them (no disposable diaper ever did that to me!)

Now, after deciding we want to cloth diaper, there was another decision to make: Which “system” to use?? After reading up here on how different types of cloth diapers are used, we decided to go for the low-cost system of using prefolds & covers mostly. My mother kept loads of muslin inserts from when I was a baby, so by using those with covers, we only needed to buy a very little amount of extra prefolds/inserts and used the saved money to try the one or the other more pricey AIO (All in one) cloth diaper.

We ordered all of our diapers from Stoffywelt.de – which became our favourite cloth dealer by now, since the quick handling & shipping as well as the customer service is just fantastic. If you’re not sure yet which type of cloth diaper to use, or want to stack up and save a bit of money, they have great saving packs. At first, we ordered the Diaper Cover & Prefolds Test Pack for Size 1, plus two to three additional covers & one Blueberry Capri (Swaddlebees) AIO. That (together with the muslins my mother kept for us) was basically all we needed with putting one a wash-load once a day. Of course, as with everything else in the world, the more money you are willing to spend the more you can buy 🙂

Now, with a three and a half month old baby we needed to change from Size 1 to Size 2 (that will last until she’s out of diapers and potty trained), so we ordered the Diapver Cover & Prefolds test Pack for Size 2, as well as two additional covers: 1 of the Blueberry Capri brand and 1 of the Rumparooz brand. Since I just love the design and wanted to try them out, we also ordered two bumgenius freetime AIOs with snaps (we could survive with out them diaper-wise, but I just couldn’t hold back)

Here are ALL of our cloth diaper covers & AIOs
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I  really like how quick they dry after a wash and just how simple & easy it is (really not much slower than disposables, even with putting the prefold into the cover!). Both brands, Blueberry Capri as well as Rumparooz have double leg gussets which prevent leaking extremely well! We liked the snaps more than the hook & loop ones, as we had some pilling on them after 1 months (not much and still works just fine though) – I guess that’s personal liking everyone develops while trying out different types 🙂

Of course you need the prefolds to put into the covers (different types are included in the test pack) and optional liners  – here’s what we use:DSCN2444
Out of those different types of prefolds we like the hemp one the least, simple because they take so much time to dry (we don’t have a dryer, we hang-dry our clothes & cloths), they do absorb nicely though! Our favourites are the 100% cotton prefolds: easiest to tri-fold, great absorption and not heavy to carry with you in a diaper bag etc. The Little Lamb fleecy liners are a bit more expensive than other options but for us they were the most comfortable ones and best to handle so we stuck with those.

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(don’t be fooled by her stern facial expressions, she loves the changing table and getting changed, she just wasn’t fully awake yet from her nap )

「handmade」Litte Romper

I love getting “handmade” inspirations off the internet and then trying to make my own version of something. Naturally most of my projects are for my little baby girl – she has a whole handmade collection by now *laugh*.

The knitting pattern for this cute little (rhino) romper can be found here on ravelry and you may have seen it already in this blogtober2014 post of mine.

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I used my much loved colour speckled white wool for this romper, but took some bright yellow soft wool for the edging/borders.

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Leaving and opening between the legs is very practical for a baby romper as you need to frequently change diapers, so just place some buttons there for easy access. For this area I used some sheer off white buttons as it’s not really something that needs to stand out or catch the eye.

 

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^^Here you can see how it looks opened up!^^ We used this romper so much, it was also perfectly at night during warmer days in summer. It seems to regulate the body temperature quite well, no over-heating or rashes or anything on baby’s skin. Since our little girl already outgrew this romper, I made a second, larger one with longer arms and legs for the winter time coming 🙂

mermaid, baby (^_^)

You might remember my blog post about the handmade mermaid sleeping sac I posted a while ago. Today I bring you a little update on that – WITH baby in it this time (^_^).

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Nanami is about four and a half weeks old in this picture and filles out the mermaid fish tale nicely, she slept in it for a few hours very calm and content. When seeing this picture my mother called her “Narielle” (taking the N from her name + Arielle), tehee.

I must admit that when I crochet this piece I tried my best to imagine her wearing it, but it’s even cuter now than I could have ever imagined ❤

colour speckled name hoodie for baby (crochet)

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^^This is our precious daughter Nanami (a bit over 3 weeks young) wearing the colour speckled name hoodie I crochet for her before birth. Now that I announced the name I can finally show you pictures of this handmade piece.

I want to start off by saying that I absolutely love this white wool with different colours speckled all over the thread – it creates such a young, playful design when used for a kntting or crochet piece!

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I stitched the whole vest (white wool part) in a crochet rib-stitch to give it some flexibility when wearing.

For the edging/borders I used purple wool that also has some hues of violet speckled all over & of course violet semi-transparent buttons in the front.

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The edges/border at the arm holes are done in simple crochet stitches (just like the other violet wool parts) but stitching 2 together every now and then creates this ruffled look that fits snugly but not too tight in that area.

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And of course the letter-buttons that create the name!!! I’m so happy I found colour matching wool/thread to attach the buttons. It really turned out so well – much better than I imagined before starting this project.

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All in all, I wanted to create a sleeveless vest, but add some style to it with the hoodie and name buttons, you know…for that “cool summer Baby” look *laughs*

Finally…in our arms ♥ Baby Album cover art

After a long journey, struggling with infertility due to Endometriosis, going through fertility treatments (IVF), our “Snowflake” from a frozen transfer stuck with us . Finally, in the early hours of July 18th, 2014 we were able to hold our precious daughter in our arms!

We are overflown with joy and excitement of what each new day brings and love to cuddly with our “Snowflake”. As she turns 1 week old today – I want to show you what I did to her Baby album cover (I went all crafty before birth to pass the waiting time). You see, she also has been given a ‘real’ name, obviously 😉

BABY ALBUM (front cover)

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I cross stitched her name ‘Nanami’ as well as some little decorational motives. The “subtitle” reads: Little summer snowflake. To add some playfulness I took buttons and just randomly put them on there as well. The crochet border is supposed to add some summer-vibes.

FRONT COVER INSIDE

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On the inside of the front cover I put a cross stitch owl family and in Japanese it says “Papa, Mama, Nanami” above their heads. I wrote down the lyrics of a song that just speaks right from our heart.

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The pages inside which we hope to fill with lots of photos are of different length because I put the same type of crochet border on each page as the front cover has. It’s just more vibrant and cheery that way I thought 🙂

On the inside of the BACK COVER I put the seasonal owls that I already posted a while ago on my blog here

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On our choice of name – NANAMI

It’s a name of Japanese origin that is usually written in simple Hiragana ななみ without having a meaning. If it is written in Kanji like this: 七海 it has the meaning of ‘seven seas.’ (To hear the pronounciation CLICK HERE )

We like to interpret the meaning of the Kanji as “Cosmopolitan”, because the “7 seas” go all around the world. We want our Snowflake to go wherever she wants to go in this world & have her discover the various, different, unique parts of the world on her own way. By that, we not only think of the geographical world, but also the different, colorful cultures, lifestyles, life plans people have (i.e. a couple = not just man/woman etc).

In that sense^^^^we hopefully manage to raise our girl to be an open-minded, cosmopolite person who will be able to live a colorful life with her very own mind ❤

 

 

 

Baby Mermaid Sleeping Sac (crochet)

This is a kind of different, special piece of crochet I just had to attempt after seeing a photo of a similar sleeping sac. Little Baby Mermaids are probably one of the cutests I think 🙂

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I used all the different blue-ish wool I had (some are just rest pieces) to create a sort of watery feel throughout the pattern, which is basically made of of shells (5 dc & loops to create chain spaces for the next row of dc-shells).

The top border which will come up to the baby’s chest area is done in light green (very stretchy wool) with two purple buttons

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There is a pair of extra button holes to make it tighter for the newborn stage^^^

The fin at the end is done in single crochet stitches but in back-loop only to create that riff-raff feel.

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In the very end, I added some sparkly buttons representing some drops of water & I’m glad it worked so well.

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Baby has not arrived yet, so I can only imagine how cute it would look with her in the sleeping sac!

 

 

 

(Crochet) newborn summer hat ☀

Our Summer Snowflake needed a newborn summer hat according to the list-of-things-to-pack from our birthing center. it’s supposed to be just for the first few days to protect the head a bit more since it’s quite delicate right after birth (and even the following months). I looked for some inspiration of pinterest and found a pattern that I liked. It’s basically double crochet stitches from the top and then some bundles of 3 double crochet stitches together for the little pattern.

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To make it look a bit more special and summery I decided to take some colour-changing yarn and do a little flower with sunflower button in the middle. Quite satisfied with the result now 🙂

Snowflake’s baby room tour (^_^)

We are finally done with moving & more importantly with setting up the baby room/nursery for our precious Snowflake. It’s turned out to be exactly as I pictured it in my mind all along, and so I decided to give you a little room tour in pictures (^_^)

Before we actually go into the baby room let me show you Snowflake’s swinging cradle standing in our living room right now.

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A newborn still sleeps a lot & I don’t want to be locked to the baby room all day having to put her down there only. This swinging cradle can be rolled to anywhere in the apartment really – so I can let Snowflake sleep in it and still take her with me into other rooms. This will also be rolled into our bedroom at night, so I can have her right next to our bed, watch her and feed her without having to run through the apartment. That black chair^^will later be put into Snwoflake’s actual room (you’ll see on the other pics)

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Right now Monchichi is test-sleeping in the cradle and I really like the duck-pattern bed sheets that came with it. Fits our blue living room curtains so well (and also our pink bedroom curtains)

!!!!! NOW ON TO THE ACTUAL BABY ROOM !!!!!

First up the lamp and curtain

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We basically have almost every piece of furniture in that room from IKEA – just like this cloud-lamp and the curtain with the playful pattern. I bought that 3 years ago with no actual use in mind and only rediscovered it during the move, but it goes perfectly well with her room and her playful/active personality she is showing in ultrasounds already 🙂

Let’s have a look at the corner to the right of the door (when you walk in) first

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We have some drawers, that black chair from the living room which will be there after the birth & the cloth diaper corner.But let’s have a closer look at some details, yea?!!
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Right next to the door is this owl hanger where Snowflake can put her coats and jackets later on. Beneath that we have the foot-part of the relaxing chair with my fabulous Boo Poo changing/diaper bag ❤ on top.Next is the drawer & a cute and colourful wall tattoo
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I ordered the wall tattoo at Klebefieber and you could choose size and even some colours I think, they custom make it then for you. We are not big on actually painting the walls so those tattoos are a great and easy way to bring some colour and playfulness to the room. The drawers were simply wooden style from IKEA, but I chose to get some rice-paper tape with cherry blossoms on it and make it more of an individual design for Snowflake. Really satisfied how my idea turned out there.You can see the books I chose for Snowflake so far on the top of the drawer. I want there to be books in her life right from the very beginning even if she can’t read/understand all of them right away. There is also my cross stitch work from more than 10 years ago, as I thought it fits the wall tattoo nicely.
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The blue bear one is a simple picture book, her FIRST book so to speak & it has a plush gerbil watching over the book, since we have real gerbils, too 🙂 The big colourful one is about mice living togethere in a house, and it has lots of parts where you can open up (the door or window for instance) and discover things. Along with a small storyline I can read at bed/nap time. It introduces colours, shapes, numbers etc, too. Then I put my favourite fairy tale book there: ‘Snow White’ along with a children’s story from a famous german children’s book author : ‘The Little Witch’ by Ottfried Preußler. Underneath there is a lovely illustrated book we bought in Iceland, telling the saga of the 13 Santas of Iceland who are all brothers and come to visit the children one by one each night leading up to christmas day. They sold it in different languages, even in German and I can’t wait for all the christmas-times to come so I can read it to/with snowflake!Moving on to the shelfs on the other wall of that corner (above the black chair)
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On the top shelf we have some boxes (ergo baby carrier for instance) and then plushie friends: pig-rabbit (from a korean drama series) I received from a korean friend, a little penguin we bought in Enoshima Aquarium, the owl that will turn into a blanket (bought last year in Japan) and a sheep that has a heating pillow inside it’s belly that you can simply heat up in the microwave and thus the sheep functions as a sort of hot water bottle, but more gentle and no direct heat (better for little ones). I received that from a scottish friend some years ago ❤

You also see the little violet owl music box hanging there. Since the changing table is next to the shelves it will hopefully help in keeping snowflake’s attention when she is fussy about getting changed.9
Here’s the shelves with our cloth diaper stash. I want to make a more detailed post about it later on, but basically we decided to go with the prefold system of cloth diapering. Thus you see the prefolds on top (most of them were used by me as a baby, my mother kept them all, washed and cleaned and handed them to me a few weeks ago – Thanks Mum!!!) On the lower shelves you see the covers (prefolds are put into those) & I just love all the different patterns. I ordered those from Stoffy-Welt. More details in another post somewhen. The cross stitching picture says: “comforted with love”The cloth diaper stash leads us to the changing table next to those shelves
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Again there is a huge owl there watching over Snowflake when getting changed. It’s also a wall tattoo.
I want to add that we didn’t go all owl-crazy because it has been a trend for the past years or something. Sure they are cute and I’ve seen lots of people using the owl theme for their nursery, but to us, the owls have another personal meaning. We connect them to our times in Japan, our favourite part of Tokyo to be exact: Ikebukuro, which sounds like “fukuro” which is the japanese word for owl. Therefore you see lots of owl things in Ikebukuro and when we see the owls in Snowflake’s nursery we think of that and want to tell her all about it later.
Anyways, the changing table is from IKEA as well, and we personally liked it more than the shelved ones they have. It’s standing safe and all, so no worries there!! You can also see the baby bath tub on the bottom^^^Next to the changing table we have the baby bed corner!
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Again it has owl-tattoos watching over our snowflake. The bed as well as the big green leaf and bed sheets are from IKEA as well. We really like the combination of natural wood colours & green (aside from some colourful spots of course) as a main “theme”Here is a close up of the paper cranes I folded and attached to the leaf as a sort of mobile-substitute (we didn’t want a real mobile) & the bed sheet design
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I simply used an old book I didn’t enjoy reading that much that I wanted to keep it, and tore off some paged to fold those paper cranes, then attached them to the leave hangin to on each string. No worries, none of them are directly over the head/face area of snowflake, and if she is tall enough to actually grab them (even with lowered bed) I can simply cut them all off – done 🙂

Next to the bed is a little corner where I put some toy already
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it’s a wooden wagon thingy, that helps toddlers to walk, so of course Snowflake won’t be doing needing that right away, but the wooden blocks there can be used to play before she can walk, love that they are all coloured differently. In general we want most of the toys to be wooden or some other organic material rather than plastic, so this is a start.

Oh you can also see the really thick second curtain that is a lovely nature-green and will darken the room during the day when Snowflake needs that (there is no direct sun going into that room until sunset really, but the windows are big and plenty so enough daylight to enjoy).

Next up is the play/crawling/spacious corner of the room
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These are tatami mats (made of bamboo) as they are used in Japan. We actually slept on those (with a futon obviously) all Japanese Style until I hit my 2nd trimester of pregnancy when it became uncomfortable to to the bump. Now that we moved we bought a “real” bed for us. We always knew that when we will have a child, the tatami mats are going in the child’s room as they make a perfect play/crawl area. tatami is very nice to sit on as it’s not as hard as the wooden floor, also not as “cold” as it keeps warm especially in winter. When you spread out a blanket it’s perfect for the baby to lay on there and maybe play underneath one of those arches (we don’t have yet), it’s sooo good for your back – I can tell from our own experience. I put a japanese chair in green on it that we bought in japan, for comfortable relaxing Snowflake will hopefully enjoy. I used the cut off part of the green thick curtains to make pillow covers there. Pillows come in handy when baby’s try to learn to sit up as they let themselves fall back a bunch of times first and with a pillow there you can catch them gently. It’s also making a cozy atmosphere really!

^^^You also see the rest of the owl tattoos places there as a little family. It’s supposed to be our family with Snowflake sitting on daddy’s hat, tehee. I wasn’t satisfied with just the blank white wall space above so I got some coloured paper, cut out some hearts, put them on a string and attached them to the wall. it’s raining hearts on the owl family 😀 they are fluttering a bit when you go by or open a window, so it’s suiting the play-area well!!

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Next to the tatami we have a white storage box perfectly for toddler’s (height) to store away more toys she’ll probably receive from family members. she can also use it to pull herself up when learning to stand or so.

You can already get a glimpse of more drawers in the back there that I made more cute with the cherry blossom rice paper, in the same fashion I already explained a few pics back with the other drawer 😉
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Aaaand here you see what we did with the space ABOVE those drawers^^^ I enjoy doing lots of handmade pieces of clothes for the baby lately (knitting/crochet etc) and I also received clothes from my mum that she kept from when I was a baby/toddler. I thought: “Wouldn’t it be just lovely to display them in a nice way, not just storing them away somewhere for no one to see”. This led us to the idea of a free hanging (metal) line where you can just hang up all the lovliest, sweetes, cutest, most precious pieces of clothes. In my opinion handmade stuff deserves to be displayed nicely and since we didn’t want a real warddrobe piece of furniture clogging up the room yet, it seemed like the perfect idea. Loving that display a lot!!!^^^

In the corner to the left of the drawers (the corner behind the door when it’s opened) is basically just used for storage, and we hung a green thingy from the ceiling that you also get from IKEA to put more plush toys and stuff in it. You can also see the highchair behind it which will come into use later.
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Also wanted to show you how I organised most of the inside of my drawers. We bought different sized little storage boxes and I sorted the onsies, rompers and all the other clothes into that^^^

Last but not least – our little wooden baby swing – Snowflake bear is testing it right now!
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We really liked the wooden design and that it’s not the usual swings (mostly with plastic) that you see in the shops. We think it fits our whole baby room & apartment furniture style well. Also liking the fabric pattern very much. It has little flaps so that you can turn it from a swing into a stationary 🙂

We really are in love with how our Snowflake room turned out. It’s an incredible feeling to stand in that room and imagining it to come to live once Snowflake arrives – something one year ago today we weren’t sure we’d ever get to experience (due to infertility).

handmade newborn baby dress (crochet)

I’m back into my crochet-phase it seems 🙂 I found some cute baby dress pictures online and decided to try a more simple “Newborn Baby Dress” first. It should fit for 0-3 months old babys.

The picture I’ve seen of this one had white & pastell colours, but like I said before, that is not really me or the style we like. I want COLOURFUL! (^_^) So I chose a vibrant green with a more dusty intense rose colour & yellow for the edges/button.

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it’ll basically only cover the upper body and you can see the diaper peeking out. That’s how it is intended to be & since we’re gonna go with pretty cloth diaper(-pants) it’ll be cute. Also, our snowflake will be born in summer, so I think this is totally nice to wear at home when it’s all hot during those months.

BUTTON-NECK DETAIL:

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It’s a crochet button that you basically just stuff through the double-crochets there. When opened like this, it should go over baby’s head easily 😀

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I can’t wait to put our snowflake in this & see how it’ll fit & if it looks cute on her!!!