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#16 Hana

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Posted 09 June 2004 - 10:23 AM

QUOTE (Leanne @ Jun 8 2004, 05:19 PM)
I have two baby bags. One big one for going away, one a back pack for small trip usage.

We bought the large Kap**chi baby bag, which is great for big days out/over night trips etc.

It has a zip off backpack which I use for every day use. I can fit my purse, sunglasses, keys etc into it, along with the change mat, 3-4 nappies, wipes and an outfit.

I miss my handbag though so have been thinking about buying an Oi Oi baby bag because it looks more swish like a handbag! laugh.gif
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Posted 09 June 2004 - 04:45 PM

I bought a gorgeous handbag and made sure it had a zipped section which was big enough to put in a nappy, nappy wipes (the sample packs are great for this) and a little tub of cream so if you need to pop up the shops or down the road I don't need anything else except my handbag (and Jessica of course!).

Another thing which I find great is the hand cleaner that you just rub in and it washes your hand. Can't remember the brand but great for if you are out and about and can't find a sink to wash your hands before or after changing a nappy, or feeding so your hands stay clean. Mine came in a pump pack so I put some in a little container and leave it in my handbag.

I think finding one great person who you trust to turn to for help or information. This may be a friend who has recently had a baby, your EHCH nurse, your mum etc. This way your can follow your instinct and get help from your backup without listening to 100 other peoples opinions which gets confusing.

Don't compare your baby's development with others. They say by the time they are 7 years old they are all about the same. Some babies may crawl first but be slow to talk. We are all individuals - including babies.

Treasure every moment of your babies development. Try to capture the moment on camera or video of those first smile, giggles etc. They are priceless.
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Posted 11 June 2004 - 07:58 AM

* Even if you don't use Huggies wipes, buy a mini-pack in the plastic container as they are the perfect size for carrying tissues in your baby bag.

* From personal experience, it's all very well and good to put a bib on your baby to catch overflow possetting, but when you hoist them over your shoulder when they have wind, please remember to put the bib over YOUR shoulder! LOL!

* I put all the nappy changing paraphernalia into a make up bag - one that rolls up and has several zipped sections inside. It's the perfect size to hold mini packets of wipes, tubes of ointment, hand wash, tissues, nappy bags, etc and I find it easier than fishing around inside the myriad pockets in my baby bag.
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Posted 16 June 2004 - 07:59 AM

Following on from Danielle's tip, if you have a BIG baby, whatever you do, don't put the clothes into the dryer! LOL! smile.gif They don't fit for more than a few weeks as it is!

For night time feeds, when you unwrap the baby, spread the wrap out in his cot or on your bed as you unwrap him so when he's nice and sleepy and dozy after the feed, you don't have to fiddle about with trying to get the wrap sorted out.
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Posted 16 June 2004 - 09:24 AM

QUOTE (Puggle @ Jun 16 2004, 08:59 AM)
For night time feeds, when you unwrap the baby, spread the wrap out in his cot or on your bed as you unwrap him so when he's nice and sleepy and dozy after the feed, you don't have to fiddle about with trying to get the wrap sorted out.

OR be naughty like me and don't unwrap your baby for feeds ... tongue.gif
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#21 Mrs K

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Posted 21 June 2004 - 07:18 AM

To help bubba settle in night time (winter) feeds or even on cold days...

* Prepare a hotwater bottle and place it in the cradle/cot/rocker whilst you feed your bubba, when your bubba gets placed back to sleep, it's nice and warm and it certainly helps them settle.

* Column heaters are the best too, I put Eloise's towel on it whilst she's in the bath (Daddy bathes her) so it's nice and warm when she comes out.. I also lay her clothes on it so she gets in nice and toasty clothes and her wrap, which I leave there for the 1st half of her feed, burp, then change nappy and wrap when it's warm and then feed the rest of the feed - after a burp if she's awake for it!

Some other things that keep me organised!

*I have small crates - like mini crates (you could use baskets) which I keep particular task things in. Eg: I've got one that's got all bath stuff in it, bath thermometer, J&J wash, baby oil, sorbelene etc. Another with all nappy changing paraphanelia... really helps when you pick it up and move it around the house. The crates just sit in the bottom of the change table ready to be used or transported.

*If you know or think you're going to have a caesar birth, get a bath stand, you won't be able to pick up a baby bath with water in it, best you put it on a stand and fill it up if you can that way.

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Posted 21 June 2004 - 07:22 AM

QUOTE (TraceyH @ Jun 9 2004, 05:45 PM)
Another thing which I find great is the hand cleaner that you just rub in and it washes your hand. Can't remember the brand but great for if you are out and about and can't find a sink to wash your hands before or after changing a nappy, or feeding so your hands stay clean. Mine came in a pump pack so I put some in a little container and leave it in my handbag.

Aqium Gel (Yes that is how it is spelt!)- I keep some on the change table and also at the kitchen sink - cost about $6 for a pump pack - great stuff.

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Posted 21 June 2004 - 09:34 PM

QUOTE (Mrs K @ Jun 21 2004, 08:18 AM)
*If you know or think you're going to have a caesar birth, get a bath stand, you won't be able to pick up a baby bath with water in it, best you put it on a stand and fill it up if you can that way.

Or the laundry tub... Those stands are rather expensive, seeing as babies are usually only in the baby baths for a short while.
And the tub is a great height and usually a bit deeper.

Also on the laundry tub, A deep bath, with water that you would probably think is just a little too hot for bubs, around 39-40 degrees, just a fraction higher than their reccomended ideal temperature. it's not a BATH bath just a soak and it's a great settler, try some J&J bedtime bath for an extra kick.
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Posted 22 June 2004 - 11:55 AM

On the topic of baths I have this tip. When your baby gets too big for the baby bath and he/she splashes so much all the water ends up on the floor, instead of bathing them in the normal bath, put the baby bath in the normal bath, so they can kick around and splash as much as they like without making a ridiculous mess.

The reason I started doing this is because of the amount of water the bath takes, it's such a waste while we're in drought. I must admit I have to be careful David doesn't bump his head too hard when he's kicking around in the bath though!

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Posted 22 June 2004 - 07:07 PM

QUOTE (Shelly @ Jun 22 2004, 12:55 PM)
On the topic of baths I have this tip. When your baby gets too big for the baby bath and he/she splashes so much all the water ends up on the floor, instead of bathing them in the normal bath, put the baby bath in the normal bath, so they can kick around and splash as much as they like without making a ridiculous mess.


I did this same thing. Sharai was so tiny we bathed her in the sink at first but then we did what you have suggested Shelly biggrin.gif



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Posted 24 June 2004 - 09:14 AM

The deep relaxation bath that Becster spoke about is a great idea. However, we were told by the hospital that it shouldn't be any hotter than 38 degrees. You can buy a bath thermometer for $5 from the chemist.

Dylan loves getting in the bath with Daddy - his little legs start kicking before he even hits the water and he loves to "swim". A big bath tip - put your back to the taps so if they suddenly launch themselves with a big strong kick, they don't whack their head on the tap. Dylan hasn't done this yet, but he's come close! Just as well Daddy is stronger than me because I reckon I'd drop him, he's so strong!

At the end of the bath, Daddy turns Dylan around so he's almost standing in the water with his back to Daddy's tummy and his little face resting on Daddy's forearm. He used to cry when we got him out of the bath, but now we do this, and the difference is amazing.

Try turning your newborn on their tummy with their head resting securely on your forearm and hand and see how relaxed they go in the bath. Another tip is to place a facecloth on their abdomen when their back is in the water.
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Posted 24 June 2004 - 10:05 AM

Listen to and watch your baby, they tell you so much without talking! When William is full, his arm will start flailing around wildly, and he'll come on and off the breast. He doesn't stop feeding though, and will keep sucking till I pull him away then proceed to vomit the extra milk everywhere (he just soaked through my dressing gown and flanny pj's, all through my hair, his bed and on the carpet! Cause I thought that he couldn't possibly have had enough, though he was giving me all the signs!)

When he's tired, he starts grizzling and headbutting me till I put him down, and his hungry cry and wet nappy cry are very different. I used to wonder how any mother could tell the difference between the cries, but, sure enough, you quickly learn how to!
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Posted 25 June 2004 - 09:22 PM

QUOTE (Puggle @ Jun 24 2004, 10:14 AM)
Try turning your newborn on their tummy with their head resting securely on your forearm and hand and see how relaxed they go in the bath.

Ha ha Kim luke did this to a young Ben like a week or 2 old, thinking he was very clever dad! Put Ben's face in the water! LOL.
Now i know that shouldn't be funny but it was Ben SCREAMED and honestly wouldn't let Luke Bath him for a week!


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Posted 26 June 2004 - 06:20 PM

OK, just thought of another one because my gf mentioned she loved the idea of mine today biggrin.gif

On your change table, lay a piece of polar fleece down the middle and tuck it in at both top and bottom ends, that way your bubba doesn't make contact with plastic and secondly if bubba wets it or you get a little poo on it, the fleece can quickly go into the wash.. and you can just Glen 20 and wipe the changemat. I bought 2 metres of fleece- cost me $12 and it made 4 lengths.

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Posted 26 June 2004 - 10:19 PM

Or you could buy one with a cover!
ben's is like a fluffy terry cover over a soft matt, it's lovely and was only $35.
I remember my cousions having those plastic matts and they we're sooo cold as mentioned and also the pins used in cloth nappies caused the matt to crack and tear - the pins we're pushed into the matt between changes - and scratched babies legs and bottoms.

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