I’ve been researching 539 plans for our son, and I’ve found the one we’re going to go with. We’re going with a plan that our own state offers, so I’m not going to give specifics, but here is the website that I used to do a lot of my research. I found it to be very helpful and easy to understand. The plan we picked is managed by Vanguard and the money we put into it will be invested in Vanguard mutual funds, which I’ve always been impressed with. Now we just have to wait to get our little guy’s social security number, since I assume that will be required in order to enroll him. But it feels good to have done my homework and picked out a plan. Enrolling should be easy now. We’re going to put $100/month into his plan. We have no desire to pay for the entire cost of college for him, but we believe we should help, and $100/month for the next 18 years invested in mutual funds will definitely help.
Changing the subject completely… I’ve been using disposable nursing pads, because I got two boxes for free. A lady who sold me some cloth diapers through Craigslist gave me a box of nursing pads when I was at her house getting the diapers, and my mother found an unopened box at a thrift store and got them for me. I definitely need something, or else my shirt is soaked from my chest to my waist by the middle of the day. But once the boxes I have are used up, I want to switch to reusable nursing pads, since I’m all about avoiding disposable products and paper products whenever possible. I went online this morning looking for reusable nursing pads, and was comparing various options when I came across this website that talks about making your own. Can’t believe I didn’t just think of that right off the bat, but at least I found this site before I pulled out my credit card and paid to have someone send me little circles of fabric in the mail. Next time I visit my mother (since she has a sewing machine and I don’t), I’ll take along a couple baby blankets and a towel, and make some reusable nursing pads. The websites I was looking at were charging anywhere from $2 to $6.50 for a pair of pads, and it sounds like you need several pairs, as they get soaked and you have to change them a few times a day. I already have some extra flannel blankets and a towel – I’m sure I can make at least five pairs in a couple hours… for free, which I always like.