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Tuesday, October 15th 2013, 11:08pm

Author: Caraz

NEW PARENT CHAT THREAD

just a quick reply - cheenab you ARE NOT A RUBBISH MUMMY !!!! Accidents will happen, DD terrifies me the way she goes toddling around, constantly tripping over things. It is sheer luck that she has got away with only minor scrapes and bruises so far. One of my friends had to call the paramedics twice to her DD before she turned one, and she is a nurse!! I think we have all nearly killed the kids one way or another over the past year or more, yet somehow they survive Have fun trying to keep those...

Monday, October 14th 2013, 1:50pm

Author: Caraz

NEW PARENT CHAT THREAD

cheenab it does sound like his illness has thrown his routine out, it may take him a little while to get back into it again. I'm with moogle - do what you need to do to get some sleep! If he is starting to teeth again, then maybe dosing him with calpol at bedtime might see him through the night? It has worked with DD when she went through a teething/night waking phase, and only needed to be done for a few days. Hope it improves soon! Oh just seen your new post - it does sound like he has just go...

Tuesday, October 8th 2013, 1:29pm

Author: Caraz

NEW PARENT CHAT THREAD

The overnight/early morning feed had gone by 5.5 months, but she still had a dream feed at around 10.30pm. We moved her into her own room at 6.5 months, dropping the dream feed at the same time, as we were having to wake her up to feed her. After the first three nights, when she woke at random times once or twice, she slept right through from 7.30 - 7.30/8 ish. We've been very lucky that she was always a good sleeper, we've never had to do any sleep training - just as well as I won't leave her t...

Monday, October 7th 2013, 10:49pm

Author: Caraz

NEW PARENT CHAT THREAD

Ooh Net sorry to hear you got bitten again! DD did bite a few times but never very hard. All I could suggest is just taking her straight off the breast and not feeding again for a while - they are supposed to figure out that biting means no food! The other thing someone told me was to stop feeding if they weren't that interested - if you keep on trying, and they just get bored, distracted etc they are far more likely to bite. The giggling thing DD did was always after she had fed as much as she ...

Saturday, October 5th 2013, 11:07pm

Author: Caraz

NEW PARENT CHAT THREAD

Easter Egg, I never really had a problem feeding since teething. She nipped maybe 4 or 5 times in total, enough to make me jump but not really hurt. I just told her no, and took her off the breast for a minute (cue crying from DD), then put her back on the other side. The important thing is not to over-react (easier said than done!!) as if you shout or jerk them away it can frighten them and cause a nursing strike (which we had for a week anyway, but not caused by biting). Several of my friends ...

Thursday, October 3rd 2013, 11:11pm

Author: Caraz

NEW PARENT CHAT THREAD

Wow, it's been really busy in here lately!! Trying to catch up, but taking a while to get through it all! We had a great nearly three weeks in Scotland (despite the rain), got back the end of last week and have had builders in since so a bit manic here. Had to go out a couple of days just to get out of the house as there was no-where I could put DD down to play! DD was great during the holiday, we had one bad night when she hardly slept at all, but otherwise was mostly fine, and loved all the ne...

Sunday, September 1st 2013, 2:08pm

Author: Caraz

NEW PARENT CHAT THREAD

Hi ladies I can recommend a great book about breastfeeding - I wish I had bought it much earlier in the whole process. Its called The Food of Love by Kate Evans, and is a really good, humorous read. I had no idea how hard bfing could be. Of my NCT group, 5 if the 6 bf, and all of us struggled to a greater or lesser degree for those first few weeks (the others all ebf) - but we all perservered, and kept it up for anything between 9 months and still going! It really does get easier - but I can wel...

Thursday, August 29th 2013, 10:34pm

Author: Caraz

NEW PARENT CHAT THREAD

welcome RG and Buzzbee and congratulations on your new arrivals I BF on demand, and still do a bedtime feed now at nearly 14 months. Those first few weeks were soooo hard though, constantly tired, no routine, DD seemingly glued to me half the time, sometimes barely a 20 minute gap between feeds! Feeding on demand worked well for me, I don't know how people can do routines at that age, when the babies' need to feed is so unpredictable. At two weeks I was almost ready to give up on BF totally, but...

Monday, August 26th 2013, 10:20am

Author: Caraz

NEW PARENT CHAT THREAD

morning ladies Cheenab, cleo, I can totally relate to the concerns of having just the one - we saw DD's cousins yesterday (boys 7 and 5, girl 8 months), and while the noise level was terrifying(!) it was lovely to see them playing together - although DD looked a bit bemused as she isn't really used to older kids! Also, the first one of our antenatal group has just announced she is pregnant with number 2 - earlier than expected, but to quote her "it took six months last time, and we were worried ...

Sunday, July 14th 2013, 12:29pm

Author: Caraz

NEW PARENT CHAT THREAD

hi cleo - first thing first you are NOT a crap mum, but your friends are being crap by going on about her sleep patterns! How many of them have children - and how many of them that do are lying about how well their little darlings sleep! I read somewhere recently that you should not take any kind of baby advice from anyone who's child is over 2, because they simply will not remember it accurately! DD is only a year, adn I already struggle to remember exactly when she first slept through and such...

Tuesday, July 2nd 2013, 10:48am

Author: Caraz

NEW PARENT CHAT THREAD

hi ladies Well Niamh is 1 year and 2 days old - no longer a little baby We had a lovely weekend, with a party with her baby group friends on Friday, and at her grandparents on Sunday, and the living room is still full of balloons Can't believe she is over a year old now. She also took her first steps last week, just a couple of tottery ones towards me, but definite steps. She is standing all the time now, without holding onto anything, so she'll be off soon I think - which is scary because just ...

Friday, June 14th 2013, 10:54pm

Author: Caraz

NEW PARENT CHAT THREAD

I know what you mean Jasper - I can't believe DD is nearly 1!! I need to go and get balloons and stuff in - we aren't having a party as such, but our normal weekly baby meet-up is at mine that week, so we are making it into a birthday thing They won't be babies anymore though will they!! Glad that the doc put your mind at rest re the crawling (or lack of). One of my friend's LO is the same - she is over a year now, and still not crawling, but is now insisting on standing at every opportunity, al...

Thursday, June 6th 2013, 11:20am

Author: Caraz

NEW PARENT CHAT THREAD

Oh Net those doctors really know how to scare you don't they!! They really don't seem to realise how frightening it can be to hear all that stuff - and of course they don't want to say anything like "but odds are it is nothing to worry about" just in case they are wrong and you sue them...I still have nightmares about that first doctor we saw after DD's birth who left us for hours believing she had been permanently brain damaged, until another doctor turned up and explained that actually most ne...

Sunday, May 12th 2013, 10:48pm

Author: Caraz

NEW PARENT CHAT THREAD

hi sasha DD is on two breasfeeds a day (morning and bedtime) and also has a bottle of formula mid-afternoon. I'm thinking of dropping the morning feed, as she sleeps through so late she often doesn't have that feed until 9am or later, which pushes breakfast back to nearly 10 by the time we are actually up and dressed! I am not a morning person, and it looks like she is taking after me I think at this stage they are still supposed to have about 500ml of formula or 2-3 breastfeeds a day (the 500ml...

Thursday, April 25th 2013, 1:21pm

Author: Caraz

NEW PARENT CHAT THREAD

sasha I really wouldn't worry (easy to say I know!!), they really vary so much. DD only managed to get into a sitting position from lying down about 4 weeks ago - she figured it out at the same time as crawling, she was going backwards for the first couple of weeks, and kind of backs herself up into a sitting position. Of the other babies in our group of 6 (DD is youngest) only 2 are properly crawling (inc. DD), and 3 of the others still can't get themselves up into a sit, and are barely rolling...

Wednesday, April 24th 2013, 1:35pm

Author: Caraz

NEW PARENT CHAT THREAD

sasha our DD went through the exact same thing about 2 or 3 weeks ago. Its never been an issue before, she's been happy to go to anyone, then for a few days she would only be held by me, she cried if her dad picked her up - in fact on a couple of days, when he got in from work, instead of the usual big smile from her, she had a total melt-down at the sight of him!!! He wasn't very happy about that, but it wore off after a few days and she is back to normal again now I think they just go through ...

Thursday, April 18th 2013, 7:49pm

Author: Caraz

NEW PARENT CHAT THREAD

Interesting to hear about the multiple-buggy households I swore that I was only going to get one, that would last for as long as needed. I spent ages researching different types before buying an Uppababy Vista, which is the most fantastic buggy from newborn, comes with everything you could possibly need (inc. raincover, car seat adaptors, and so on) and has a massive storage section. I always knew in the back of my mind though that I might want a better off-road buggy for dog walks, and have jus...

Monday, March 25th 2013, 2:02pm

Author: Caraz

NEW PARENT CHAT THREAD

hi sasha DD is a couple of weeks older than your LO, here's our routine such as it is! 0630-0730 wakes at some point , breastfeed, back into her cot. She normally plays for 30 minutes then drops back off to sleep again. 0930-10ish wakes up and has breakfast 1200 lunch followed by: 1230-1430ish nap time - this can be anything from half an hour to 3 hours, but averages about 1:45-2 hours 1600 180ml formula 1715ish dinner 1900 breastfeed, bed If we have to be somewhere in the morning, then she miss...

Thursday, March 7th 2013, 7:47pm

Author: Caraz

NEW PARENT CHAT THREAD

cheenab how awful Poor little thing, I'm amazed they didn't keep him in with being that sick. It is a worry once they get mobile - DD isn't there yet but my friend's DD is pulling herself up to standing all the time now - but then lets go and falls over. She is sick of having to rescue her and comfort her, she is constantly banging into things. It is another phase I suppose, they'll learn more control eventually. DD isn't even crawling yet - although tonight for the first time she pushed herself...

Tuesday, March 5th 2013, 12:40pm

Author: Caraz

NEW PARENT CHAT THREAD

hi all I also demand fed DD, and she started to fall into a routine by about 10 weeks I think - I remember looking at the gina ford book (which I really did not like!!) and finding it quite funny that by about 3 months, we had basically got the same daytime routine as she tried to enforce in her book Babies do vary a lot though - our routine (such as it was) happened naturally, but some friends who also demand fed never really got into a predictable routine at all, and still struggle with sleepi...




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