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19/08/2007 at 12:26
I admire anyone who can be bothered with washable nappies. I like the idea of them, but we have a very small house and I don't fancy drying nappies draped all over the place. I decided at the outset that the energy I was most interested in saving was my own (!) so I'm afraid we have always used disposables. I put thoughts of bulging landfill sites out of my mind and kid myself that the amount of extra washing that washables generate makes them less energy-efficient than they might at first appear. I use eco-friendly products generally and we recycle as much as we can so I feel I'm doing my bit as far as I can. We only have one small refuse bag per week - everything else is recycled - and that's mostly Kit's nappies. I do agree that washables work out much cheaper in the long run though.

Kit is cutting his first tooth! He pulled my finger into his mouth when I was changing him ready for bed last night, and I felt something sharp. Ran my finger along his bottom gum and there's definitely a little tooth starting to poke through. My gummy baby won't be for much longer! He's been really good so far and the tooth doesn't seem to have given him any trouble - he was perhaps a little cranky once or twice this week and was a bit fussy with his food for a day or so, but overall he's been fine.
19/08/2007 at 12:49
Re: Mothercare vests. I bought one and got it home to find that you really need to go without a bra to use it which, with these 38Ds, is not an option! As Janie said, the hole is in an odd place too! I might take mine back, but can see how it would work fine if you are able to wear just the vest.

We had our first social occasion last night that didn't involve people coming to us. It meant a one and a half hour tube ride in both directions and coming home WAY past our bedtime. Hector was a complete star and slept all the way through apart from a couple of feeds. Actually, I think people were disappointed he didn't wake up and entertain them a bit! Next 'hurdle' is our holiday in a couple of weeks, he's got his passport and is ready to go :)
19/08/2007 at 21:13
AP - where are you going on holiday? Did you find that travelling on the Tube with a baby made you realise just how baby-unfriendly it is? All those steps! I had to rely on the kindness of strangers to help me up and down the stairs, and getting on the escalators with the buggy was quite hairy at times! I wouldn't want to have to do it more than very occasionally.

Talking of baby-unfriendly, we went to Brent Cross shopping centre this afternoon which is reasonably local to us. While there I needed to feed and change Kit and was quite disappointed at the scant baby facilities. Ended up in the baby changing room in John Lewis, which was fine but very small and only has enough seating for two people at a time. Given that it's buggy central there at weekends especially, I would have hoped that baby changing facilities would have been more extensive. Was chatting to another mum as I fed Kit who told me that Mothercare used to have baby facilities but they kept getting vandalised so were closed down. Can't imagine who would want to vandalise baby changing facilities - how sad. Apparently the facilities at Bluewater are fantastic but it's quite a journey for us to go there.

Did a 6-mile run this evening - the furthest I've been for almost a year. It felt fantastic. I'm quite surprised that despite the lack of any real distance for quite some time I'm actually running faster than I was before I fell pregnant. Out of the 6 miles I ran tonight, the last four were sub-7:45 pace and one of them had quite a big hill in the middle. The first two were around 8:15 pace but I always find my first mile is the slowest as I don't warm up before I run so tend to use the first mile to do so. I'm pleasantly surprised at my new-found pace as it doesn't feel any harder than when I was at my fittest just before Kit was conceived. Of course, as my mileage increases my pace may fall off a bit as I'll be a lot more tired. For the moment though, I'll just enjoy being faster than I've ever been before!
19/08/2007 at 21:16
Oh, and it looks as though Kit's getting BOTH bottom front teeth at the same time! There's too much white there for it to be just one tooth. Little chap is a star as he hasn't made a fuss about teething at all.
20/08/2007 at 08:18
So many posts!

Nappies - when they have their solids their poo is solid so I don't think leakage is really a problem. Mitchie Moo, do you leave your nappies in a dry bin or something like napisan before washing them? I have just put them in with oils but my Mum can not stand this!

Sorry got to rant now....

As for changing facilities at Belfast airport there is one baby changing room in the departures which has a lock on the door. I locked the door as I was feeding James in it (not the nicest aroma around!) However someone tried the handle and I felt obliged to finish his feed there and then so the could change their little girl.

And as for airports, at Stansted I had James' eczema cream and food taken away. I was livid (and cried). I thought security was less stringent - how wrong. His cream would have been fine if it had been in a plastic bag. To get a plastic bag I would have to queue up again (and having been kept 20mins as they went through my bag, phone... I did not have time for this - one of the last onto the plane). James' food in milk free and when I said 'What about his food?' 'Sorry no you can't take that unless you put it into another container' WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT? I had a bottle in my hand luggage (it did not fit in the bulging suitcase) so I had to put the baby food into the bottle and they threw the packet away. What madness! Having checked the things you are allowed, prescription creams and baby food are both allowed. There was also no mention of needing to put them into a plastic bag anywhere. Please can someone tell me what difference a plastic bag makes?

Rant over.

Our Mothercare feeding / changing facilities are fantastic - especially for b'feeding which is a separate comfy room. All very clean.

As for b'feeding tops I bought some in H & M. However I have given up with those and just wear normal tops. My friend suggests two tops, one that goes up and one that goes down. This worked for me at the start. (a little vest top / vest under normal clothes)

Better go and write my complaint to stansted - not that they will care!
20/08/2007 at 08:24
GM we got the mothercare's wall fix, extendable stair gate. Hubby not yet attached it even though Mr mobile explores everywhere. Will say when it is attached if it seems any good.
20/08/2007 at 10:59
Minks - I've not even bothered trying to use the Tube with a buggy, I have just been with the sling so far. Our tube station has loads of steps and there's not always anyone around to - hopefully - help. And I can't imagine it being much fun trying to find space on the train itself for the buggy! At least with the sling, people jump up and offer their seat. When you start pushing a buggy around, you become an expert on the state of pavements and where all the steps are!

Our holiday is to Croatia in a couple of weeks. I'm a bit nervous about flying with the little one, but we are travelling with friends who have a four year old and one year old, so are experts. I'm going to keep Hector out of the sun as much as possible, but does anyone have a recommendation for sun cream that is suitable for such sensitive skin, and not perfumed?

Any other holiday tips welcome!
20/08/2007 at 12:40
Suncreams that might be worth a look at are E45 and Simple.
20/08/2007 at 12:48
Ah, E45, good thinking!
20/08/2007 at 15:47

Yes I dry pan them (nappies). My Mum also finds this revolting, but I think more hygenic than dripping yuk when I try to put in the machine. I use white vinegar, nappy fresh and tea tree oil in the wash, and line dry as often as I can, or tumble dry as no radiators on in summer.

 We went on tube with twins in backpacks to watch the tour de france. Was great and everyone entertained the boys quite surprising for the tube. Wouldn't attempt with buggy though.

 We are planning holiday abroad next year with twins, but avoided this year as they have prescription formula as they were prem, and seemed to much of a nightmare.

 Minks I have two babies who haven't winged much with teething either. J nearly has 6 teeth, harry is cutting his 3rd and 4th.

20/08/2007 at 17:07

im due to fly to Bahrain in September - just hope I can get Jacob's eczema cream ok'd!

gmx

20/08/2007 at 17:16

Mitchie - I put our nappies in a dry bucket too, with a few drops of tea tree to neutralise the smell (though it's not that bad anyway!). Our line is full of nappies right now...the sun (?!) bleaches them, which is good. Winter should be interesting though because we don't have a tumble drier.

I've found people on the tube (and everywhere else for that matter) to be very friendly towards Hector, he makes so many new friends when we go out! It's funny looking across to the seats opposite and see a row of smiling faces

20/08/2007 at 17:37

isn't it just so lovely how many friendly faces our babies make ... tis a shame we're not so sociable as adults. 

would tea tree oil work in an ordinary (disposable) nappy bin?

GMx

20/08/2007 at 18:44
GM - I don't see why not (tea tree oil). It's a good antiseptic as well, so handy to have around.
21/08/2007 at 09:41

So true that people are much friendlier towards you when you have a baby.  In general I found people on the Tube really helpful even with the buggy!  We didn't have a baby carrier then but borrowed a Baby Bjorn front carrier for our holiday in Devon from one of my antenatal group friends.  It was fantastic and we've since bought one cheap on E-bay.  Didn't seem worth spending much as Kit won't be in it for long - he's not quite sitting yet but should be able to go in a back carrier now as his head is fine.  When we went on holiday he was 4.5 months and not quite ready for a back carrier.  I took him to Sainsbury's in the Baby Bjorn on Sunday but it was a bit of a nightmare - he now tries to grab everything and kept trying to pull my purse into his mouth to chew, not to mention the umbrella and trying to grab things off the shelves as I leaned towards things I wanted to buy!  Also found him rather heavy to carry for any length of time!

 We opted not to go abroad this year either - just seemed too much hassle with all the bottles and other paraphernalia we'd have needed.  Will probably do so next year though.  Plodding along, I was outraged reading your tales of airport nightmares.  Can't believe you weren't allowed to take Jacob's cream on the plane.

 Kit seems to be enjoying his baby rice.  Bought pears and carrots yesterday and hubby fixed the hand blender to the kitchen wall for ease of access - purees here we come!!

21/08/2007 at 09:55

Have fun Minks! All I can say is Vanish Oxi-action works very well!!

 Its amazing how quickly they develop. My two are now self feeding small vegs and sandwiches. They munch through dried prunes and apricots, nectarine chunks, kiwi fruit loads of stuff. Also now nearly off the bottle which will be great for going away. no more sterilising!

Boys at childminder today for first time. All very strange, trying to do some work, but failing miserably!

21/08/2007 at 13:27

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21/08/2007 at 17:09
Can I just ask people about immunisations? Hector is booked in for his first lot next week, along with a BCG as recommended by the HV. Someone today put a bit of doubt in my mind about the whole thing, but I really don't feel informed enough to make a decision either way. What do others think?
21/08/2007 at 23:07

BCG doesn't seem to be routinely offered in my area.  Kit hasn't had the BCG immunisation.  He's had the others though at 8, 12 and 16 weeks.  After the first ones he was very sleepy for the rest of the day - with all the others there was no discernible reaction, although with all three lots he went off his food for a couple of days 2-3 days after the injections.

 Mitchie, can't believe yours are nearly off the bottle - what bliss!  Kit will now take water from a sippy cup on his own (bless him - he knew exactly what to do with it having watched me have my morning cup of tea every day) and I'm going to start using a normal beaker too as I don't want him to only be able to drink from a spout.  My plan is to start giving him water from a cup at the mealtimes he has solids once he's completely off milk at those feeds and go from there.

 He had 1.5 teaspoons of baby rice this evening and wolfed it down.  Seems to be swallowing it really well now - virtually none dribbled out.  Once he's having two teaspoonsful I'll start on the purees.

22/08/2007 at 08:21

Minks, having drinks with lids is really useful rather than cups so they can be transported about.  My friend had cups from Jojo Maman than have 'an extra bit' which kind of guides the drink into her daughter's mouth.  I thought they were great and intend to get some.

 Bib wise I had loads and was going through one each meal time as I had expected.  However I have discovered the 'ones with arms'.  For me these have worked wonders and keep James really clean as he rubs his chin on his shoulder.  Although the ones that catch things seem to be good too.  Just thought it might be worth adding this to those going through the whole weaning stage.

Anyone got ideas for healthy snacks.  James has breakfast at 7am and then nothing until lunch between 12 and  1.  How long do prepared veg last in the fridge?  (I do not eat cold food so have no idea about cold veg etc and he is not going to eat vast quantities)

 AP - same as Minks immunisation wise - we didn't have BCG (not that I am aware of).  However I do recommend having the calpol at the ready.  Some babies have no reaction at all to injections others do feel uncomfortable.  Calpol is genius!  Some people give it to their baby before and after injections, I always waited to see if there was any reaction first.

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