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Baby Basics :: Diapering

Cloth Diapers These days, the girls are in cloth diapers exclusively unless we are traveling. Cloth diapers seem to be an easy medium between split pants and expensive disposables.

For the full scoop on cloth diapering in the middle kingdom, read this post.

Cloth diapers are available on

Disposable Diapers

Before I knew

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Baby Basics :: Sleeping

Schäfer was born in December, but I didn’t set up his nursery until 4 months later.


It was a combination of factors including: my local friends who were also pregnant weren’t setting up nurseries, there wasn’t really anything cute to put in a baby’s room and I don’t naturally plan ahead.

Also, we didn’t

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Baby Basics :: Pregnancy & Childbirth

Pregnancy Tests Pregnancy kits are readily available at any pharmacy or drugstore in China. I generally buy the 1rmb sticks. The 10rmb kits look more like something you would purchase in America. For some reason, every time I read a pregnancy test I have to consult a dictionary to understand the results!

Ovulation sticks are

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Baby Basics :: Introduction

Schäfer – 8 minutes old.

Welcome to my Baby Basics blog series. I occasionally receive e-mails from first time Mom’s who either live in China or are about to move to China . These emails contain similar questions:

What can I get in China? What should I bring from America? What baby accessory did

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Chinglish #91

Introducing Luscious dog treats: “A little expensive, but get more!”

Getting to 100

When Schäfer turned 4, he asked me to teach him to read. A friend recommended a book called “Teaching Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons”.

(Update: I now prefer “Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading” by Peace Hill Press)

It was such an easy beginning. Hubs decided that Schäfer should receive a

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