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#1 RamblingRose

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Posted 12 May 2017 - 08:52 PM

Hi all,

I am wondering if anyone can tell me all the latest baby care advice etc?

When my own girls were babies, we weaned them at three months old. However, I understand that it is different nowadays - what is the current advice?

Dh and I have offered to buy the pram/ pushchair for dgb1 (Due in January). Any recommendations regarding the brand and or model?

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Posted 12 May 2017 - 08:53 PM

Ps, would you recommend baby wearing?

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 12:22 AM

Congratulations RR

Pram - will it need to fit in a car? If so that is your first criterion as they don't all fold as small as one may like!!! Does it need to have a car seat as part of the 'system' or will they have a separate car seat.

Car seat - recommendation is they are significantly safer if rear facing up to 4 years. Worth bearing in mind when buying a car seat.

Baby wearing - loved it with dd2 and now do itvwoth some of my mindees. Would highly recommend. Lots of beautiful slings out there - but also easy to make your own ( for a fraction of the cost!!!!)

Weaning - recommended at 6 months now. And baby led weaning ( i.e. Forget purée stage) is sooo much simpler ( imho)

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 08:10 AM

I got a Quinny zapp with maxi cosi car seat for ds. Though I continued to use the pushchair for 2/3+ years, the car seat lasted less time (9 months)

Re slings, I loved my kozy Mei tai one. For a few weeks I needed another sling. Q and Bec also wear/wore their small people.

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 08:54 AM

I wore dd4 and we both loved it even now if she's tired and she wants to sleep she will cuddle up to me and fall asleep in minutes.

Another fan of baby led weaning here I did it with the last 2 so much easier. Dd4 's first taste of food was a pain au chocolate on Christmas morning ❤️

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 10:05 AM

Ds' first food was a spare rib stolen off my plate and a chilli pepper that I'd left. Followed by a wedge of lemon.

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 06:59 PM

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#8 Ju

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 07:21 PM

You could call it baby led weaning!!

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 09:14 PM

Congratulations on your grand baby-to-be!

 

Baby wearing is lovely, but can be hard on your back. I could never do housework etc wearing a baby, as I found it so awkward, even though I know some mums can. They are expensive - try eBay or a sling library to try before you buy. That sounds quite negative, but I do wear babies for church, walks when there are steps and always have one with me! I like Ergo slings for being good on the back, but have a slight second and two cheap knock-offs (for each car) after I lost mine.

 

Prams are stupidly expensive. A lot of first time mums spend a small fortune on a big system and then end up buying a small light one. I've only had double buggies for a while (phill and ted is the only one any good). 

 

Baby led weaning is wonderfully lazy. Milk only until 6 months, then let them pinch food from you until they eat enough to have their own plate.

 

 

Bumbo - great for pre-sitting.

 

Jumperoo - fun for bouncing - like a doorway bouncer, but free standing and with toys.


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Posted 14 May 2017 - 09:31 PM

i'd disagree about the phil and teds i HATE the underneath seat. horses for courses i guess :) , i just managed to source a double mountain buggy (sideby side) for a friend and its a dream to push, we couldnt afford one when we needed a double lol.

 

agree about the pushchair needing to go in the car, and like Erica said rear facing for as long as possible, but bear in mind that if the car seat is part of a pushchair system the current advice is not to spend more than about 30mins in a car seat at a time so would be better transferred to the pushchair part. 

pushchairs car be picked up fairly cheaply from facebooks local buy sell sites, be v careful about the car seat though. 

Current advice for weaning is 6 months

making bottles advice has changed fairly recently too, to be made as you need them with boiling water and cooled down. 


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Posted 14 May 2017 - 09:46 PM

Makes me laugh the changes on advice. I recall an older woman suggesting I supplement my very hungry two month old with baby rice in the bottle. (I was breastfeeding!) How that would have worked I don't know!
And my mum was taught, in contrast to modern advice on demand feeding and bonding, that babies needed at least an hour a day in a pram at the end of the garden, whatever the weather. I'm surprised anyone survived to the modern age!

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Posted 16 May 2017 - 05:23 PM

Lots of good baby kit can be bought second hand at NCT nearly new sales.  You can find them on the NCT website.

 

Lots of people don't find travel systems that much use after a few months as they're so bulky. A good folding pushchair is a worthwhile investment as it gets used for many years. If I was buying again I'd buy a second hand travel system and spend my money on a good folding pushchair (practise folding it with one hand though as you'll have a baby in the other!).

High chairs with lots of padding are just food traps. I was always jealous of my friend's basic ikea one. She used to just put it in the shower to clean it - so practical!

Sling libraries are good - so you can try before you buy. 

Washable nappies are very different now - shaped like disposables, quick drying and used with disposable liners. I think I saved about £1000 over the time that mine were in nappies - even taking into account the water and detergent etc.

The best thing I ever bought was something like this:

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It meant I could just grab that and my purse, phone and keys and go if I was just popping out for a bit. It also fitted into a large handbag for days when I didn't want to cart a big changing bag around.



#13 Ju

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Posted 16 May 2017 - 06:27 PM

We have the basic IKEA highchair. It's fab!

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 03:35 AM

Another IKEA fan here! All their baby furniture is relatively compact, which I like.

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