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#1 Puggle

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Posted 04 June 2004 - 09:51 AM

I loved reading tips from mothers when I was pregnant, so I thought I might add a few of mine as I would also love to read everyone else's!

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* Makeup remover-type cotton wool squares or pads are better than cotton wool.

* Lavender or aloe vera tissues are nice on a baby's bum (and for the changer!)

* A dustbuster is an excellent thing

* Get a couple of baskets with handles - absolutely excellent for carting around stuff with a wee baby. I have one that has the phones, his feed record book, baby advice books, a bottle of water, container of dried apricots, etc and it gets carried around the house with me. You always sit down to feed just as the phone rings! I have another one that gets loaded with clean washing, carted upstairs and then carried down the next day with dirty washing to be repeated ad nauseam. Much easier than lugging a huge laundry hamper.

* A spray bottle of stain remover is a good idea to keep in the laundry and in your bathroom (particularly if you have a two-storey house). Zapping stains straight away gets rid of them straight away!

* A tightly lidded container is perfect for overnight nappies to contain the stinkies. I KNOW baby poo isn't supposed to smell but it DOES! I bought one of the little Pooh Bear craft type boxes that locks on both sides with a lid and it gets carted to the outside bin each morning.

* Take a photo every week on their "week" birthday

* Buy a slip in photo album with 5x7 pockets which will hold most of the cards you receive. You can carefully slit the pockets to make it hold larger items. Write next to the card the gift received, if you like. I think it's a cute way of keeping special things. I also pop in things like letters and tags from toys and clothing. Also, I've started popping receipts in there after my baby bag went kaput and I couldn't find the receipt.

* Much easier to have Daddy sitting in the bath and hand the baby to him. Babies love deep water and it's a special time for Daddy and baby. Plus, our baby doesn't fit into his baby bath!

* If you have a two storey house, I highly recommend having a change table upstairs and downstairs. Our downstairs one came with the portacot.

* We go to bed every night around 8.30 pm. Anything worth watching on telly can be taped. It means that we get some time to ourselves to snuggle up and also means that a 5.30 am start to the day isn't as hard if you're asleep by 9.30 rather than 11pm! I found that if I stay downstairs and go to sleep about the same time, I do too much and don't get the valuable wind down time.

There are heaps more but I can't think of them right now! smile.gif
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Posted 04 June 2004 - 10:36 AM

* Buy a big packet of cheap face washers and pop one over baby's 'bits' when nappy changing, so when they wee (and they will!) the washer gets it and NOT you!!

* Get educated about pregancy, birth, and babies, get a magazine subscription to learn as much as you can about development feeding sleeping etc, so when a problem arises and you need to go see a GP you have a better understanding of what is going on.

* Join mothers groups, and playgroups, find online mothers groups, build a good support network. It gives you time out, adult conversation, and help lower risk of PND.

* Don't be afraid to ask for help.

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Posted 05 June 2004 - 02:14 PM

* Definately buy a baby bath thermometre. They are only about $5 but are really good.

*Definately read up more on parenting than pregnancy. I was warned to start reading the books during pregnancy which I didn't. It isn't a necessity but there are times when you will need the knowledge of others.

*Always carry more than one extra outfit in their baby bag. Believe me, YOU WILL NEED THEM! smile.gif

*Wrapping Sharai for bed (Even now at 7 months) was the trick for us to getting her to sleep right through.

*Buy GOOD breast pads. I bought cheap ones for hospital and I regretted it!

*When immunising, think about giving your baby a touch of panadol half an hour before you go which can help reduce side effects.

*Books! smile.gif Read to your baby through pregnancy and after birth. It is relaxing for both of you and the pictures entertain them.

*Try not to keep things completely quiet when putting the baby to bed. A midwife told me this can cause them to wake up to the smallest sounds. Put on a little music, or do the vacumming etc. Don't be afraid smile.gif

*Sing to your baby. No one else may like you voice but BELIEVE me, the baby will biggrin.gif

*Take as much video footage as you can. Don't miss the memories. (Likewise with photos)

*JUST SAY NO! smile.gif Don't feel bad about telling people you are too tired for visits or that you don't want them to do a particular thing with your baby such as feed them chocolate. You have every right to say No.
If they desperately want them to come, ask them to help you bring the washing in, or help themselves to a cup of tea.

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Posted 05 June 2004 - 02:55 PM

wonderful thread, thanks ladies!

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Posted 05 June 2004 - 05:04 PM

* Start a routine on your first day home. William now knows that a big feed at night is followed by a bath and followed by a top up, then wrap then bed. It's the same every night, and i can now put him in his cot awake and he'll put himslef to sleep. He's done that since about 2 weeks old, and I'm sure it's because of that routine!

* DON'T EAT CHOCOLATE IF YOU'RE BREASTFEEDING! I know others that have have no problems, but William got really bad wind when I ate it and screamed for hours! I also can't have caffiene, not even decaf coffee (still has 2mg of caffiene) and I tried it 2-3 times and each time he's been awake for over 8hours!

*Don't buy too many clothes before they born, or keep receipts and don't wash it. We got so many clothes as gifts, I've only just bought my 2nd item of clothing for William! It doesn't take that much effort to wash things after the baby is born, so don't wash the things you've bought and take them back if you've ended up with too much 000 or 0000 stuff.

* I've bought many singlets and wondersuits from Vinnies and Lifeline for about 20-40c each. I only buy new looking stuff and it's saved us so much money. Nappy covers are also about 50c, and they often have a pack of 5 baby coathangers for 50c. Check them out, great value for stuff that can be dear. I also got his baby bath for $5, a bit of Pine o clean and it's good as new!
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#6 Leanne

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Posted 05 June 2004 - 08:06 PM

QUOTE (joshjen @ Jun 5 2004, 06:04 PM)
* I've bought many singlets and wondersuits from Vinnies and Lifeline for about 20-40c each. I only buy new looking stuff and it's saved us so much money. Nappy covers are also about 50c, and they often have a pack of 5 baby coathangers for 50c. Check them out, great value for stuff that can be dear. I also got his baby bath for $5, a bit of Pine o clean and it's good as new!

This was one thing I forgot to say.

Myself and girls in my mother's group have picked up many a bargain at second hand stores. New looking clothes for $3. This is handy particularly in winter as winter clothes are a little more costly smile.gif

Good point Jen biggrin.gif

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Posted 06 June 2004 - 05:50 AM

QUOTE (Leanne @ Jun 5 2004, 08:06 PM)
This was one thing I forgot to say.

Myself and girls in my mother's group have picked up many a bargain at second hand stores. New looking clothes for $3. This is handy particularly in winter as winter clothes are a little more costly smile.gif

Good point Jen biggrin.gif

I have hardly bought any new stuff, although now he is getting older it gets a bit harder to find second hand stuff because they start wearing through knees, and getting spaghetti strains on slothes, so I guess it doesn't get handed down as much.

I bought mountains of stuff from flea markets, and garage sales, and opshops (I buy most of my clothes from opshops too!) and then you get given a lot at borth. I did find thoguh that Morgan got given ONLY toys for xmas and birthday, now we have TOO many toys.

Great that we have eBay to sell stuff on, and any opshop stuff gets donated back!!

We also had some bigger stuff donated to us... Highchair, second stroller, basinette, lots of blankets. When we sell that stuff we will buy the donater a gift with the money!

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Posted 06 June 2004 - 11:57 AM

I found that if you ask for clothes for birthdays, then you actually get clothes.. we hadnt bought any winter clothes for Ryan, so when his birthday came around in February, we asked for winter clothes in a size 1.. we got plenty, we wont have to buy any new stuff.. and since he already had HEAPS of toys, we didnt want any more...

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Posted 07 June 2004 - 12:06 AM

my SIL has the plastic freezer bags that come with a holder, this is attached to the changing cot so that all dirty nappies are put in the bag, tied off and then put in the bin - less smells
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#10 Mrs M

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Posted 07 June 2004 - 10:12 PM

Don't be proud!

Most all of Ben's stuff is second hand,
Cot's yes he has two,
Carseats, yes he has two - we just bought new lambswool covers for them *
Change table
Wardrobe
Some toys

The only thing we bought was a mattress - obviously
Pram *
Nappy Bag*

And while i give you ladies kudos for bargain shopping i can't put Ben in clothes i don't know where they came from - He wears hand-me-downs, but i couldn't buy from Vinnies.

If someone offers you something take it.

All items with * My Mum actually bought.

BIG thing, have doting grandparents! We haven't needed to buy ben clothes all that much, he's growing fast but Mum comes home almost everyday with stuff for him.


Also DO NOT listen to crackpot old women. Women who think they know best whose children are older often try and tell you how to do things, 9 times out of 10 they are wrong in my experience.

TRUST your instincts, This baby is you and the man you love, this baby grew inside of you, you gave birth to him/her YOU KNOW BEST.

biggest thing - DO NOT TAKE YOUR ECHN'S OPINION AS GOSPEL. as menti0oned above, you know best.
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Posted 08 June 2004 - 11:54 AM

Great thread, I have to agree with the towel under babies head when they are little to stop up chucks on the sheets, actually I used a flannell nappy - very soft. And definatly the routine thing, Elliot slept through from 6 weeks old and I too am sure it was because we had a strict routine with him.

My tip buy a good baby book, I bought 'Baby Love' by Robin Barker, and I swear it was my bible for the first 6 months, if anything was wrong I'd go straight to that book and there was the answer.
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Posted 08 June 2004 - 12:03 PM

Another one I thought of...
Get out of the house, even if it's just a walk around the block. I found that William only has his cranky witching hour of an evening on days where we haven't gone anywhere. Bored maybe, or antsy for fresh air? But 20 mins out of the house does wonders for his & my sanity!
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Posted 08 June 2004 - 03:05 PM

Thought of more!

* Leave the house every day - even if it is to walk to the end of the street and back.

* We bought a packet of Big Softies baby wraps and we use these instead of cloth nappies for on the change table etc. They're absorbent, soft, fluffy, wide enough to go under the baby's head in the cot and very, very cheap!

* Dummies are not evil. Using one will not ensure that your child still has one at age three - you do that, not your child. Dummies are great for pacifying a baby who is not wet, cold, hot, uncomfortable or hungry, but is still gritchety. If you only use them as a settling device when all else fails, then you won't have a problem with the baby being addicted to their dummy. As soon as they're settled and calm, remove it. Easy! The baby nurse at the pharmacy I see every Tuesday told me that if your baby is a really efficient feeder (ie, completes a full feed in 10 minutes or so) then they may need a dummy to complete their sucking. Sucking is baby exercise and tires them out. I think this was for younger babies though.

* Target has excellent baby clothes at really good prices (especially when they have their 25% off sales!). Pumpkin Patch etc have gorgeous clothes but they can be very expensive for every day.

* Oil column heaters provide great heat for the baby's areas and are energy efficient. Great for taking the chill out of the room without overheating or drying.

* Keep receipts! Maybe tuck them into your purse, or into a kitchen drawer, or something, but keep them! Some places will let you exchange items without them, but most don't.

* I've found that my huge Kapoochi baby bag is too big for most occasions. I have to empty it to get to the bottom of it. It's great for long day trips and for travelling, but for popping out for an hour or so, it's huge! The zip on mine recently broke, so I had to send it back to the company for replacement (if I'd kept the receipt the store would have changed it!), so I bought a $15 messenger-style one from Spotlight and it's been excellent.

* Buy a baby bag that has an external pocket for your keys, sunglasses, wallet, phone, diary, pen and lippie. A baby bag AND a handbag is too much for me! Although I do miss my gorgeous handbags!

* Buy a squeegee for the shower. If the last person to use the shower squeegees it, then it will stay cleaner for longer and save cleaning time!

* Accept offers of help.

* Make sure you have some time each day to yourself. Whether it's an extra 5 minutes in the shower, or your partner getting up to settle the baby in the night, or going to bed early by yourself ... however you manage it, it's a great idea!

* Enjoy your baby! They're only this little for such a short time. So many of our friends with second babies have said how much more relaxed they are the second time around, and usually how much more relaxed their babies are, and that they're sorry they wished away the first scary weeks with their first borns!
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Posted 08 June 2004 - 04:19 PM

QUOTE (Puggle @ Jun 8 2004, 04:05 PM)

* Target has excellent baby clothes at really good prices (especially when they have their 25% off sales!). Pumpkin Patch etc have gorgeous clothes but they can be very expensive for every day.


This is true.

As for P Patch, if you go on their website they often have a sale button which you can get great things cheaper.

Also agree with Kimba on the dummies and baby bags.

I have two baby bags. One big one for going away, one a back pack for small trip usage.

And Kimba is also right about enjoying your baby. Don't wish the next stage on them too quickly, enjoy every moment for what it is biggrin.gif

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Posted 09 June 2004 - 03:58 AM

Great thread, love it and will def use it! Hopefull will add to it wink.gif




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