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08/04/2014 at 06:50
just to caveat I am in no way looking to start a war here or for people to post saying I gave my baby porridge at 4 weeks old of anything like that. I'm just interested, I hear so often people commenting 'when my kids were young we were told' or 'the guidance was' as obviously things change and develop.
So mine are -
I put talc on O! Scandal I know but I put in on my hands out of the room he's in and rub it in a bit before I put it on him. Im constantly at I'm with cotton wool otherwise trying to keep the little folds and creases at his legs dry so I use a little bit of talc after a bath and his skin is much better.
Also we put O in his highchair (marked as suitable for 6months) last week and he's just 4 months, however it does recline to 3 positions so he can sit in it very comfortably and it also has a bit between his legs along with a 5 point harness so he physically could not slide out it!
I can't actually think of anything else for us but if I do I'll add them!
08/04/2014 at 07:10
We put W in his highchair from just about 4 months. His highchair sounds very similar to yours MDD
We weaned early
We put him in a forward facing car seat at just shy of 8 months as his weight and length wouldn't allow us to keep him rear facing and he's much happier too
I don't much care how many people disagree with me as I do what I think is best for W. If it doesn't follow the guidelines, then so be it!
08/04/2014 at 07:25
I weaned A at 21 weeks ( although that was under the guidance of the paediatrician), I let E watch tv and play games on my tablet even though guidelines say no tv before 2, I put A in a baby walker even though the HV makes out it will deform her for life! My biggest one (and please don't atone me for this) was I put A upstairs for naps at about 4 1/2 months. I understand the SIDS guidelines and trust me it was not a decision I made lightly but the poor love just could not sleep with her sister around no matter what I tried. You can't explain to an 18 month old they need to be quiet and have them understand and A not getting any sleep was making her very unhappy which in turn was making her reflux worse.
08/04/2014 at 07:35
MamaD, we had to do this with W as we moved into my mums and there wasn't an where safe downstairs to leave him for naps. Got plenty of exercise running up and down the stairs to check on him!
08/04/2014 at 07:41
Rkb, yes I was exactly the same! Even though I have a video monitor and an angelcare I still felt better checking on her in person!
08/04/2014 at 07:52
We weaned early, O slept in his own room from 4 months (we moved house and logistics didn't allow cot bed in our room), we used a baby walker, O went forward facing in the car at 9 months. I never made up the bottles fresh each time either!
08/04/2014 at 08:11
08/04/2014 at 08:17
ABC, yes that's very true! Someone once told me mummy is actually spelt g-u-i-l-t!
A side slept too propped up with 2 rolled up towels on account of her reflux. I had totally forgotten that! She's a little roller and a wriggler now!
08/04/2014 at 08:23
08/04/2014 at 08:57
I made up bottles fresh but I quickly learned that I was about the only one! Needless to say I think we might consider doing things differently this time around. Although to be fair, it was never really that much of a faff as we didn't know any different.
08/04/2014 at 09:01
when you say that you make bottles up in advance, do you mean that you mix the milk powder with the water and put it in the fridge? i'd always wondered what the reason was behind why the tins say not to.
08/04/2014 at 09:21
Once w was on formula at 6 months we didn't make them up fresh. I would boil the kettle at night and pour in all the bottles a and leave them out at room temp. Then the next day put the formula in the room temp water when she needed a feed and she would be happy drinking it at that temp. Totally against guidelines but much easier and she wasn't a newborn, I'd probably not do it like that for a new born.
I stopped sterilising at 8 months as the HV asked me why I bothered since she was crawling and putting everything off the floor in her mouth.
I let them sleep on their front once they are able to roll onto it themselves
There's probably others that I can't remember!
08/04/2014 at 09:28
I don't have baby yet, but surely the guidelines are just guidelines and every baby and family is different, right? Like, if something says from 6 months, but really means when baby can sit up and support him/herself and your baby can do that earlier, surely as a parent you can be the judge of whether to follow or fudge a bit on the guidelines. Same with weaning. Obviously, they're there for a reason, but sometimes that reason might not apply in certain circumstances. I remember reading an article that said that in developed countries doing baby led weaning earlier than 6 months, but no earlier than 4 months, was actually beneficial to babies when there wasn't the risks from food that you get in developing countries.
I think the sensible thing is to know the guidelines and know the research that led to them being put into place, and make decisions based on weighing what risks and benefits there are.
08/04/2014 at 09:38
RKB, although I made up bottles fresh each time, if I were to make in advance I'd add the powder to the boiled water and then store in fridge and then warm up when required. I personally couldn't add the powder to cool/room temp water because I'd worry about the water not being hot enough to kill the bacteria in the powder.
08/04/2014 at 09:47
We coslept which I think is technically against guidelines.
A went FF in his carseat quite early. He screamed otherwise. He is a bit better now and goes RF in my FIL's car.
He still has bottles at 15 months despite guidelines saying they should be off them by 12. The nursery give the kids their milk in bottles too (up to age 2).
I believe the WHO recommends breastfeeding until at least 2 years old but I'd had enough by 13/14 months and weaned him. He didn't care a jot, genuinely. I felt guilty enough that if he'd complained then I would have kept going, but he seriously did not care and was quite happy with a bottle instead.
We weaned onto solids possibly a few weeks ahead of 6 months, but it was BLW and I very much doubt anything really went in. He didn't properly 'get' eating until closer to a year!
I have the television on in the background quite often despite guidelines saying children shouldn't watch any until they are 2. He doesn't really 'watch' it but sometimes it distracts him long enough that I can get something else to distract him with. Oh and he watched The Wire with me from newborn ;)
I'm sure more guidelines are broken with second children too you know ;)
08/04/2014 at 09:56
We put the water in bottles in advance, but would add powder as and when required. It's good to know we weren't the only ones!
We were very lazy in that we had a bottle warmer at the side of the bed for night feeds.
08/04/2014 at 09:57
When I had C, the guidelines were different to what they were when I had J.
J pretty much went by the guidelines I used when I had C, so I guess I did most things against the guidelines. Apart from weaning. C was weaned at 4 months, despite being 13 weeks premature, J was 5.5 months.
08/04/2014 at 10:07
E slept on his side fully until 8 weeks.
If he shows signs of being interested in food, I'd like to wean around 5 months.
He'll go for a nap in the nursery in the evening so we can have dinner (with video monitor on), otherwise he has to be held. Doesn't happen everyday but is bliss when it does!
08/04/2014 at 10:21
Reading this has made me realise we actually did most things per the guidelines. I don't know if any of the 'oldies' would agree with me, but I remember when I first started using BT over on Hitched, I felt that the majority followed the guidelines and only a few didn't. Perhaps some didn't feel they could open and honest on there for fear of being flamed.
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