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#61 Renee`

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 03:46 PM

ANother tip from me...think ahead.

I use to use Kaele's bouncey alot whilst I was at home alone. To put her in it while I was showering, going to the loo, hanging out washing WHATEVER...

I had to learn and come up with a new 'routine' for the day to ensure I didn't have to use her bouncey anymore, as she was growing too big for it.

Thankfully I got onto it before it was too late, and although this may not seem like a big deal, when you are home alone for 50% of the time, the last thing you want is to have to shower - and then you realise you have no where to put your baby!



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Posted 29 April 2008 - 11:02 PM

Sorry I don't have the brain power to add more 'tips' just at the moment but...

QUOTE(Renee` @ Apr 24 2008, 03:46 PM) View Post

the last thing you want is to have to shower - and then you realise you have no where to put your baby!


The floor with a few toys and a mummy singing in the shower works wonders! I very rarely shower during Trystan's nap times as I'm always worried he'll wake and I won't hear him over the shower (even with the monitor on full blast in the ensuite lol) so he's always kept me company during 'shower time'. Early days it was his rocker, then I tried the highchair but that sucked as he dropped toys and couldn't get them, so now I just let him crawl around (we shut the ensuite door) and we sing songs and blow raspberries on the shower door and have a great time. So I guess my mummy tip for today is improvise biggrin.gif


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Posted 16 June 2008 - 02:38 PM

I have used the Bounce Bounce and Highchair when Taylor has been awake when I have needed to shower.
Either she is happy to sit there with no toys in the highchair and look at Mummy or at herself in the mirror, or I attach toys for her.


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Posted 02 February 2009 - 07:53 AM

She is only a week old today but my tip is to wrap them up before feeding them, keeps those little arms from whacking you!
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Posted 05 October 2009 - 06:55 PM

My tips!

* Use the Coles or Woolies delivery to home service for the first few weeks when it is just to hard to get yourself together to leave the house!

* Have visitors help you out - cut some vegies for dinner, fold a basket of laundry

* Join a mother's group, big sanity break every week

* My shower at night was my sanity break, I lit candles and just enjoyed 10minutes ALONE! Get yourself some nice products that smell great and just enjoy.

* Got to bed early (even if it is 7pm!) to get enough sleep in

* Get Daddy involved from day one - nappy changing, bathing, settling


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Posted 02 January 2012 - 11:21 AM

Just bumping this thread! Have loved reading the last 5 pages of advice and am sure there is more words of wisdom for this first-time mummy to be!!

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 03:28 PM

Some fantastic tips and advice in here!!

My best ever tip is to make up baby's cot with mattress protector, sheet set, another mattress protecter and another sheet set. That way if (if? maybe I should say when!) bub has a vomit in the cot in the middle of the night, you simply have to remove the top set of sheets and mattress protector and you have a clean set all ready to go underneath, you're not having to get new mattress protector and sheets out of the cupboard and remake then smile.gif
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Posted 02 January 2012 - 07:34 PM

Wow, it has been a while since this thread has been added to? Good to see it being revived again biggrin.gif Thought I might add some things that I found useful as well

If you have a baby that likes bathtime then this can be a great settling technique for times that you find nothing else is working... we had a couple of days in those first 3 months where baby got a bath twice in a day, also a couple of 2am baths where nothing else seemed to work. The bath really soothed him and was also great for soothing upset tummies.

Brauers Colic Relief, seriously great stuff! Our little one had a lot of colic/ wind troubles early on, this was like gold!

It might sound silly and really obvious to say but if you are ever doubting with a newbown "surely they can't be hungry again? They just fed an hour ago??" They probably are. My little man was always hungry in the first 6 weeks despite being on a strict 3hrly feeding regime. Unfortunately I learned this a little late in the game and now regret not picking up on this earlier unsure.gif He has since made up for lost time and is always in the top weight percentiles laugh.gif

Also echo what others have said that slings are fantastic and good to use frequently! Baby will usually settle quite easily being close to Mum/ Dad, its better on your back and enables you to get stuff done rolleyes.gif

As other have said showers from early on are good, and it makes a big difference for when it comes time to start swimming lessons that they are used to getting their head wet from the shower.

In the early days it is very easy to feel like you are a complete novice who know nothing and that everyone else has the answers unsure.gif Trust your instincts they are usually spot on and you know exactly what to do with your new bundle of joy wub.gif
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Posted 02 January 2012 - 08:31 PM

QUOTE(truffles @ Jan 2 2012, 08:34 PM) View Post

It might sound silly and really obvious to say but if you are ever doubting with a newbown "surely they can't be hungry again? They just fed an hour ago??" They probably are. My little man was always hungry in the first 6 weeks despite being on a strict 3hrly feeding regime. Unfortunately I learned this a little late in the game and now regret not picking up on this earlier unsure.gif He has since made up for lost time and is always in the top weight percentiles laugh.gif


In the early days it is very easy to feel like you are a complete novice who know nothing and that everyone else has the answers unsure.gif Trust your instincts they are usually spot on and you know exactly what to do with your new bundle of joy wub.gif

Agree and agree. If in doubt shove a boob/bottle in biggrin.gif

One that worked for DS and is working for DD is to have them in a quiet and dark (no artificial light) room to try and settle them. I remember pacing the floors with DS when he was little trying to get him to settle as thats what I thought you did, everyone talks about pacing the floors with your upset child but i found it was much easier and quicker to get him to settle just sitting or laying next to him in a quiet room with no distractions gently patting or rocking. SO if pacing doesnt work for you either that might? unsure.gif

If you have a really alert bub that just cant seem to keep their eyes shut no matter how tired they are, gently put your finger across their eyebrows and push down a little (again gently) and this will close their eyes, hold it there foir a bit once they have their eyes closed - sometimes I need to repeat it a few times. Works a treat with DD. The same as storking down their nose.

Dont waste money on bassinette sheets use either pillow cases or cotton wraps, much cheaper and you have them anyway so dont need to buy a heap of sheets. I also put a prefold nappy (so really soft) under their head so if they spew I just replace that as opposed to everything (if its a small puke).
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Posted 01 March 2012 - 08:13 PM

Thought I would add a quick tip I thought up today.

Our little one developed a cough last night, it went from not much to coughing fits every now in then in a few hours. he didnt have a temp or any other signs of being sick, but even so I decided to take him to the Dr first thing. In my 1am state I also thought to grab my phone next to my bed, and record the coughing. We all know what it is like for bubs to have an issue and not preform on que for the Dr.

In the end he had another coughing fit in the waiting room just as the Dr was finishing with a paitent, and instead of calling the next one in line he sort us out because of the cough and it appears to be a virus. But the Dr said it was a good idea to record the cough so if he hadn;t coughed while there they would know what it sounded like.
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