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03/04/2014 at 16:10
Since things are so quiet and we have alot of first time mums just now or due 2014 babies, anyone want to share some good tips?
Nothing exciting but a couple from me -
- make sure you fasten Velcro bibs before washing them and turn nice babygrows inside out as it goes without saying that it comes out stuck to your favourite outfit and pulls it when you take it off
- I have also learned my lesson to put bibs on O with poppers rather than Velcro if he's due a sleep or before I put him to bed as I can take off the popper bib no problem but you can imagine how loud it must be for them to have Velcro ripped apart right in their ear when they're asleep!
- early days I always kept a little travel size hand sanitiser nearby. O hated getting stripped off to get his nappy changed and would cry so I would be going as quick as possible and then didn't want to go away and leave him crying to wash my hands but I had just changed his nappy so didn't want to just swoop him up either. The hand sanitiser was a god send.
- if you don't have a wet bag with your changing bag, keep a carrierbag or something similar as trying to squash clothes into nappy bags when they're covered in sick is a shambles!
- keep your changing bag pretty much ready to go as it takes long enough to get ready to go out without packing a bag from scratch.
- and the trusty muslin down in their crib/Moses basket to absorb sick to save you constantly washing the sheets!
Add yours ladies!
03/04/2014 at 18:19
Practice putting the rain cover on your pram at home. Getting caught in a downpour and having to figure out which way round it goes on is not good!
Keep a spare pair of breast pads in your changing bag for when you go out in a rush and realise you've forgot to put some on.
If you run out of Moses basket sheets, use a pillow case
If scratch mitts don't seem to stay on, use socks as you can pull them all the way up their arms.
03/04/2014 at 18:22
Most shops are good about letting you do exchanges without receipts if you've still got the tag on the item. So if when you get gifts you end up with either
A) loads of the same size range
B) two of the same outfit
C) outfits in a size not appropriate for the season (eg a summery dress in a size that baby won't fit in until November)
Or D) something hideous
You can normally swap it if the tag is still on
04/04/2014 at 13:42
I still don't know how the rain cover goes on our pram and A is 5 months now!
My tip is always take vests off downwards. A hates having them pulled over his head, it's easier and also less messy if there's a poo situation going on. I've never had to cut him out of any clothing.
04/04/2014 at 13:44
Anbesol teething gel is a godsend! We tried all the others and this was the only thing that worked. Other swear by ashtons and parsons but that made B sick
04/04/2014 at 14:40
if you buy and stock up on baby wipes, store them upside down so the top ones always stay moist
04/04/2014 at 14:55
Vests are designed with the fold over sleeve part at the top so you can fold the vests down rather than pulling them up over their heads with poop on them! Wish I'd have known that when my daughter was little!
Buy babygrows with poppers all the way up the front not the ones with poppers just at the bottom or at the back!
05/04/2014 at 09:10
Buy at least 20 muslins. I have about 50 and they are in constant use! M isn't a sicky baby but drools like mad! She used one as a comforter (amazing as she doesn't care which one!), bibs, blankets, sun shade, kick mat, impromptu breast pad! I've not had to use one as a nappy yet! Seriously they are amazing!
I have a big sponge thing that the baby lays on to go on bath (not sure what they're called but if you see one you'll know what I mean!). It's great as baby lays on it and doesn't slip. And if I make the sponge warm first M is happy! Gives me 2 hands to wash her as I don't need to hold her to stop her sliding around the bath. We have up with baby bath after a few attempts as she hated it!
Sleeping bags - boots ones have poppers in the inside to make them smaller so you can use them from 7.5 lb ish where as other brands need nearly 9lb. M kicked blankets off from birth so they were a god send once I read the label!
Buy a few plain tops and bottoms as you'll end up with a few funky ones which are a bit clashy if you put them together.
The vest down not up is great advise as is the baby grow with poppers down the front!
Finally I spent about £30 on a posh thermometer as my cheap one took 10 seconds of a still baby to record! My one I just zap it near her head and it tells me. It stops me worrying and it will last forever (hopefully!).
05/04/2014 at 09:34
Hah, the rain cover thing! Is as out with my SIL the first time she had to use hers and the two of us took ages to figure it out! I've already practiced on ours :D
05/04/2014 at 20:24
Keep muslins in every room and one over the bannister of your stairs if you have them. The amount of times S has vommed on me just as I'm about to carry him upstairs...grr. My house feels like a Bedouin tent but I always have one to hand!
S would only settle in his crib after we put one of my worn pj tops buttoned over the mattress. It took about 3 nights of him sleeping on me before I tried this. Next time I plan to do this immediately!
White noise is your friend! All my friends told me not to do it as he would never sleep without it but he does, and it saved me so many times in the early days. We still use it sometimes now and as sleep props go, it's hardly the worst!
Batch cooking healthy meals in the last few weeks of your pregnancy is important but so is stocking up on biscuits...don't ever forget that...
05/04/2014 at 20:32
Get into a practice of putting baby down drowsy, but not asleep for both naps and bedtime and don't jump up to them at the slightest cry when they are little. Listen and learn the difference between a moan and an actual cry that requires attention.
Invest in a floor mat like the jungle mat from fisher price. W Spent hours lying watching the lights and noises when he was little and would fall asleep on it. It also helps to teach them to amuse themselves too! - not to mention give your arms a well earned break for a cup of tea! :-)
Grobags are Amazing!an absolute must!
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