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Nappy Chat #3 - Fluff Between The Ears

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PurplePidjin Wed 03-Apr-13 09:17:52

New fred brew

NappyHappy Wed 03-Apr-13 11:15:28


PurplePidjin Wed 03-Apr-13 11:57:08

The other one's nearly as old as ds!

rrreow Wed 03-Apr-13 12:14:56

Ooo new thread, shiny!

We had a power cut yesterday that lasted from 2.30pm until 12.30am. There was an electrical fire in the shop that is below our flat and they blew out the electricity shock It slowly got colder and colder and DS had a nightmare getting to sleep/sleeping due to all the lights being out and it being so cold!! We had to go to bed pretty much fully clothed. Anyway, glad to be back in the land of technology once more haha.

Just registered for The Great Cloth Nappy Change anyone else in the London area going (apart from Biscuit who I already know about)?

BFG I think ANY cloth nappy you use should offset the guilt for still using any disposables. Imagine if everyone even used real nappies half the time.. that would be half the amount of nappies in landfill. You are definitely making a difference even if it doesn't feel like it.

NappyHappy Thu 04-Apr-13 05:19:52

Bloody 'ell R! Are you all ok? Its a very scary thing to have happen. We had an electrical fire when I was pg with ds2 and that was not a good time! Is your flat ok? shock Shit. We spent 2 nights in a hotel til we found somewhere else to live. How bad is the shop?

Well, someone woke every 2 hours last night. Daddy has just left for work so funny face is in with me.

How was everyone elses night?

PurplePidjin Thu 04-Apr-13 05:26:43

Rrr that sucks. Is there any damage to your place? Will you get compensation?

NH, i figured out that caffeine - including chocolate - gave ds colic back in January. Nothing since then, although it seems white choc is ssfe...

NappyHappy Thu 04-Apr-13 08:55:04

White choc is good.

My back is killing me this morning. I can smell cooking and its good.

LeBFG Thu 04-Apr-13 09:22:42

SOrry to hear about your electrical/heating problems rrreow. Hope you can sort it out ASAP. Nothing like one of the basics going to put some perspective on your life. I lived without electricity and flushing loo for a year. I now never take these things for granted!!!!

Thanks Pidj for the new fred.

rrreow Thu 04-Apr-13 11:15:03

Yeah luckily someone was there in the shop and caught it right away. So there was just some localised damage to their circuiting. No other fire damage luckily as far as I know. But still very scary. Apparently it was some old circuiting that just started smouldering for no reason so who knows what would've happened if it had been in the middle of the night instead of during the day with people there to call the fire brigade. They've had safety inspectors round, so at least the council or whoever will be on their case to get things up to speed. The joys of living above a shop sad The electricity people were pretty good though, worked through the night (they had to dig up the pavement and everything) and got everything fixed just after midnight.

Luckily with heating & lights back on DSs sleep is back to normal!

PP I couldn't have caffeine when I was exclusively BF DS. Although to be honest I can't really have much caffeine at all anyway, it makes me super jittery! Can you have Oreos, is there any caffeine in them? I made this the other day: Oreo Bark It's basically crumbled up Oreos and white chocolate. It was super nom.

PurplePidjin Thu 04-Apr-13 11:34:34

It's not worth risking, and I'm hoping the lack of choc combined with feeding in the rocking chair will shift some weight!

Spare nappies listed on cbm sales. Fingers crossed!

NappyHappy Thu 04-Apr-13 14:17:45

Recd pp! wink

I have an image of you BFG living in a converted cottage/barn for some reason. What did you do for music etc?

rrreow Fri 05-Apr-13 10:43:35

5 hours sleep <blinks> And I can't even blame DS. This pregnancy is turning me into an insomniac.

LeBFG Fri 05-Apr-13 13:06:26

Ahhhh, I still feel whimsical about being preggars rreow (even though I'm a poor incubator). I'd love a third and feel ever so slightly envious when I see a heavily pregnant woman! Bizarre hormones.

I live in something like a converted barn NH (you psychic or what?!). It's quite eco though with straw bale insulation. All music and entertainment is strictly downloaded from t'internet although I have a friend that does the local circuit singing in a band but it's a bit oldie stylie for me (think Bob Dylan). One of the very big things I miss is the english humour - we really are too old to adapt completely to our new culture!

NappyHappy Fri 05-Apr-13 13:15:30

RR, sad it sucks and I wanted to bitch slap the next person who said 'its your body preparing you for the baby' f-orf I'm tired!!!!

Tried weaning again 7.5m and he ate it! So shall be trying again later! Ds2's soft spout is going OK too.

B, Its just a vision I have of ex-pats who live in France, I think its from watching too many documentary type programs like Grand Designs of people who have built their own houses/conversions. grin

Just watching OBEM then shall crack on with the laundry. Pah.

rrreow Fri 05-Apr-13 13:20:55

I know some English people who moved to France and converted a barn... so yeah I think it's pretty much the stereotype grin

I'd probably love a third too BFG, but I HATE BEING PREGNANT. Grrr.

Yeah preparing for the baby my arse. Oddly enough I never suffered from the lack of sleep once DS1 was born. I coped quite well on 6 hours sleep, bizarre as usually I need about 9-10 hours (and that's when not pregnant!).

I had this weird dream about that couple from OBEM that I was photographing their wedding..

NappyHappy Fri 05-Apr-13 20:10:08

League of Gentlemen or Monty Python for British humour! grin

Well, ds3 managed chicken casserole for lunch and fruit with baby rice before his bath! I got a Mouli for pureeing stuff and its ace for a cheapie one! So he can have the baby friendly foods the rest have.

I always get blurry eyed at One Born. I watched 16 kids and counting after. shock

PurplePidjin Fri 05-Apr-13 20:56:00

NH, do you need me to pm you my address or have you sent to the one on pp? Either is fine smile

I was quite good at being upduffed, just a touch of anaemia and heartburn blush

NappyHappy Fri 05-Apr-13 21:41:19

Pm it to me please. I shall post on Monday after Ive dropped Dazzle at school.

Hes wearing shorts aged 18m. He's 5yr old. They so shouldn't fit him.

NappyHappy Fri 05-Apr-13 21:42:09

I was too just Heartburn and 8m onwards made me suffer.

BiscuitCrumbsInBed Sat 06-Apr-13 13:52:54

I'm such a muppet, been checking my 'threads I'm on' for new posts, thought you'd all been a bit quiet... Then realised I only had thread 2 there, not this lovely shiny new one! D'oh.

R that's so scary re the fire, thank goodness it was caught early. Hope you're sleeping a bit better. Heavily preg + multiple wakings to pee + uncomfortable bump... I did NOT enjoy it! Doesn't stop me wanting to do it again though smile Also not good re the LL liners clogging the drain, I've been using them too but want to switch to bummis, I had them to start with and really liked them. Going to be at Nappy Ever After during real nappy week so will pick some up then. I am a tight bugger and hate paying postage grin

Just ordered me a £5 LL bamboo nappy and wrap - interested to see how they compare to stretchies for bulk / drying time. Wondering whether I should get a size 3 too while the offer is on - dd weighed 30lbs a month or 2 ago and size 2 it says goes up to 35 so might not last til she PTs.hmm.

LeBFG Sat 06-Apr-13 14:01:00

I would recommend trying the size 3s Biscuit. DS is only averagely sized for his age but I gave up on the LL size 2s months ago (he's now 26lbs and 88cm).

Sigh NH - I shall have to buy in some box sets!

binkybonk Sat 06-Apr-13 14:11:07

Hi there nappy fans grin
It seems you all know each other here, I've just popped in to say that I have a serious problem:- put DS1 in cloth before Xmas at almost 2yo to prepare for no2 who I wanted to be all cloth. Simple decision. Nothing too big to think about.
WRONG!! DS2 is nearly 8 weeks and I am bloody addicted to everything cloth. I am spending a flipping fortune (secretively, during middle of the night feeding sessions...) on nappies and all related paraphernalia. I CANNOT stop despite having enough to catch the poo of waaaay more children than I actually have.
I don't know whether to blame tiredness, hormones, shopping highs or what but I need to stand up and say it:
My name is binkybonk and I am an addict.

NappyHappy Sat 06-Apr-13 18:27:14

Hello Binky! I've been free from buying now for about a month now. It was all those fb pages but I finish ML next Monday and can't afford to go back sad so have stopped buying.


PurplePidjin Sat 06-Apr-13 19:12:20

Ds should have weeks left in his size 1s as he's about 12lb now, but more than one booster means builder's bum! I'm up with him 3-4 times a night at the moment between teeth and sleep regression, so am resigned to changing at 2am and the occasional stalk of the fb groups for cheapos! Lollipop and ll seem best on him at the moment...

Welcome binkybonk have you tried a wrap sling yet? <whistles innocently>

NappyHappy Sat 06-Apr-13 19:48:58

Its all a bleary eyed blur. Ds3 is still waking quite a bit too, twice last night and 3 the night before. Ds2 has started Hus gunny business again too.

Weigh day Tuesday,

Alva have bought an XL size out and she put up a pic of them on her 4yr old. They should sell well as I've not seen any in that size before. Great news for Mothers of SN/Disabled kids who have had the funding cut for their nappies/pads.

ProtegeMoi Sat 06-Apr-13 20:08:33

I think our washing machine is on its last legs sad
Really not good news for the nappies. It's only 3 years old as well but it's making a horrible metal on metal scraping sound when it spins.

Has everyone registered for the great nappy hunt on Facebook? It's running in real nappy week and these loads of goodies to win, including loads of WAHM made ones. I am well excited lol.

Just bought a lovely bambi nappy and an ice age one, its an investment honestly wink

NappyHappy Sat 06-Apr-13 21:24:35

Hi Protege, are you all well? Hmm, could it be a wire from a bra? What are you going to do if it is well and truly broke?

I've not seen the Nappy Hunt fab things, I don't think anyway?! The Nappy Week page has lots of prizes on the go.

I managed to get all the nappies out on the line today.

PurplePidjin Sun 07-Apr-13 03:15:20

I'm on 2nd wake, nh, an improvement at the moment!

Haven't seen a hunt, only the clothopoly thing? Washer could be a wipe or sock in the pipe...

NappyHappy Sun 07-Apr-13 12:01:53

Thats all good!! We had10pm, 3am and 6am! He is still into food!!!

PurplePidjin Sun 07-Apr-13 14:32:27

Hurrah, sold my Alvas!!

rrreow Sun 07-Apr-13 14:34:34

Welcome binkybonk, it is horribly addictive isn't it? I'm sitting on my hands until DS2 is born and then I'll probably start feeding the addiction again..

NappyHappy Sun 07-Apr-13 15:22:01

Excellent!! I still need to get the rest of mine sold.

Where did you sell them?

binkybonk Sun 07-Apr-13 15:34:35

Purplepidjin- what's a wrap sling?!! I probably NEED one now and will be up all night perusing eBay and FB groups to get one...
rrreow- so addictive- started off doing this to be eco and save money but have spent the majority of my maternity pay (only get paid for 6wks here confused) on poo catchers! Damn damn the person who introduced me to those FB groups....

PurplePidjin Sun 07-Apr-13 15:41:35

Facebook group. Although i got my wrist slapped, i bunged a load up when i finally got 5 minutes and apparently you're only allowed 5 at a time. Now i need to work out which 5 they've left hmm

Anyone want nb fitteds and white wraps/pockets in the first 3 sizes?

PurplePidjin Sun 07-Apr-13 16:17:03

Like this wink

binkybonk Sun 07-Apr-13 16:30:30

Purplepidjin it is 11.28pm here and I am googling storchenweige... shock
I have a boba already but the lady in the very specialised a bit intimidating wrap shop in this 'hood looked down her nose at me at simply handed me a voucher for money off 'your next choice of wrap' smile Clearly not a wrappers wrap wink
I like them Ellaroos it has to be said, but they work out at £80 here!! ;-)
Only prob is DS1 hated any wrap or carrier which smothered nestled him against my sweaty cleavage, so am currently trying to convince DS2 that this is fun as we go on walk about in 32degrees, 88% humidity....

binkybonk Sun 07-Apr-13 16:31:07

You were right pp- I do need a storchenweige x

NappyHappy Sun 07-Apr-13 16:36:47

5 at a time? Mumble. Did you make a profit??

Where are you Binky?

BiscuitCrumbsInBed Sun 07-Apr-13 17:51:56

Hi binky! It is soooo addictive... Honestly my DH does not know how many nappies we have and I keep hiding them... BFG I ordered one in a size 3 too! grin the £5 offer ends today.. PP I'm glad dd is too big for a sling or doubtless I'd be wasting all my cash investing in a few of those too...!

Where are you binky?

Hurrah for sunshine - finally! - and washing on the line. Always puts me in a good mood smile

PurplePidjin Sun 07-Apr-13 18:29:39

Or a didymos. Or an Ellevill. Or a Wrapsody. Or an Oscha...

rrreow Sun 07-Apr-13 22:00:32

I'm thinking of getting a Kari-Me for DS2. Any thoughts?

PurplePidjin Mon 08-Apr-13 01:40:27

Love love love love love my stretchy. He was in it at 1 day old on the ward, so much nicer than the goldfish bowls they make you push around!

PurplePidjin Mon 08-Apr-13 08:43:37

R is having nappy off time on the changing mat on the bed. Nappy and clothes waiting to go on...

He's wriggled his way up the mat and his cuddling his nappy hmm

NappyHappy Mon 08-Apr-13 12:08:34

What is it with nappies and babies mouths? grin

I left the fluff on the line for 2 days with some bedding and its all got that lovely outside smell.

Ds2 is getting his hair cut for the first time today sad it needs doing but I'll miss his curls.

Hmmm, still waking at 10pm, 1ish am and 4-6 am. confused

They're both asleep! Hopefully I can keep their naps the same for during the day so I can have me time get stuff done.

LeBFG Mon 08-Apr-13 12:50:05

Things are moving apace! Pidj, I'd be interested in NB sizes - do prefolds fit to the pocket wraps?

Hi Protege and binkybonk (love your name!) <waves>.

Lack of sleep over here too - boggly eye fixers and mugs of espresso all round. These bubbas just sleep all day don't they?

Stretchy wraps are good early on but when out-and-about I love my ergo. After 6 months, I'll move over to a very structured ruck-sac style carrier. I think there's a MN topic on carriers rr.

I'll share your tears NH - so sad the first hair cut. Why can't boys have long curls?

NappyHappy Mon 08-Apr-13 13:14:03

Anno, he has frazzled one side of his hair from his rocking and it gets matted and is a random frizz patch. Its also very patchy and thin so needs evening out. Its very curly at the back and is about 4 inches long all over (mostly).

DS2 still has medical glue in his hair from over a week ago when he split his head open. That will be fun getting his hair cut too! Fidget.

Off to Tesco soon for washing line and salad. Joy.

What name did you give DD?

PurplePidjin Mon 08-Apr-13 13:25:32

BFG, the Alvas are gone (and definitely need a booster at that size!) i have two Nature Babies Stuffables left. I'll check in a sec as someone has decided nap time is 25 minutes long today hmm

I also have:
2x Motherease Sandy in XS
2x Easypeasy and 1x Diddy Diaper, nippa fastening
1x Thirstie, aplix fastening

3x ME Rikkis S
2x Onelife XS
1x Totswrap size 0
2x Cottonbottoms 4-11lb
8x cb 8-15lb
10x cb 7-10lb

rrreow Mon 08-Apr-13 13:33:32

I've read some threads about slings and I narrowed it down to Kari Me, Moby or Close Carrier. And then an Ergo once DS is heavier. I think the most important thing for me will be weight distribution as I am prone to getting lower back aches even when not pregnant (although none so far during this pregnancy!! I think it's because my back is in better shape from lugging DS1 up and down the stairs all the time..).

LeBFG Mon 08-Apr-13 13:38:39

I'll PM pidj

PurplePidjin Tue 09-Apr-13 19:22:43

Sorted, BFG smile

NH am i expecting a parcel?

BuffyFairyTopsTheTree Tue 09-Apr-13 22:59:44

Hello, popping back onto the thread. I got some great advice about starting on cloth when I posted a couple of months ago. My DD is 18m.

The Nappy Lady recommended a mix of LL bamboo and OSFA. I got a LL trial pack. Finding the bamboo good for night, soaked through by morning but no looks. Using 2 boosters between nappy and wrap. Pocket is good, found OSFA leaked.

2 weeks into the FYP £10 trial. Love the blueberry wrap and Charlie Banana one size. The Smartipants and Mio Solo fit well. Not so keen on the Closer pop in, blueberry pre fold or tots bots easy fit. Although the latter would be ok with more boosting.

I will definitely stay on cloth but don't want to spend a fortune as I want to try and potty train this summer.

Can someone explain Miofesh to me? I got a free sample but I'm confused as I've heard nappy sanitiser isn't good?

Any recommendations for laundry detergent that's good for sensitive skin? I normally use recover but LL don't recommend it due to results.

DD has nappy dermatitis at the moment. Started the day we got the trial pack so not great timing given we've had to do a lot of nappy free time! sad

Woah that's a mammoth post. Apologies for any weird iPad ness grin

PurplePidjin Wed 10-Apr-13 03:09:24

Hi, Buffy brew

I just use a tiny splodge of own brand non bio, but then i only have bf poo to deal with!

We're mostly in 2nd hand nappies. There are fb groups or stalk ebay/gumtree. Charlie Banana come up on zulily sometimes with money off. I would get enough of one kind of day nappy for 3 days then wash every other day, then have 4-5 night nappies as they take longer to dry smile

BiscuitCrumbsInBed Wed 10-Apr-13 18:38:03

Hi Buffy, re washing, if I wash at 60 I use one tablet of fairy non bio, if I wash at 40 I use the same but add a scoop of miofresh. I also do a prewash/ rinse before main wash and sometimes an extra rinse after too. I've been using my nappies for nearly a year and no smells or anything yet. The miofresh doesn't seem to have done any harm.

Facebook groups like pre-loved cloth nappies and accessories are good for preloved nappies, plus it's real nappy week next week and there will be offers on at some places - I think Babipur might have a sale on already. And boots sometimes has MioSolos on 3 for 2!

NappyHappy Thu 11-Apr-13 10:45:14

YesPP, should be with you soon. We have tinterweb back on at last. The exchange got frazzled by kids. The cabinet could do with being re-siting as it happens alot.

PurplePidjin Thu 11-Apr-13 11:10:39

Arrived today, very very chuffeded thank you! thanks was tricksy as you like finding half my stash suddenly didn't fit shock

LeBFG Thu 11-Apr-13 12:43:25

Thanks Pidj flowers.

I now wash all my nappies at 40 with a small splosh of detergent and white vinegar. I have a new machine and I reckon the superior rinsing and spinning plus prewash option means nappies are fresher than ever. My old one was knackered and extremely cheap.

NappyHappy Thu 11-Apr-13 17:42:53

Excellent Pidj, that was quite quick!!

NappyHappy Thu 11-Apr-13 17:47:49

Excellent Pidj, fluffy post is always good. grin

The growth spurts seem to happen overnight, it'll be sad when theres no more fluffy bums in the house.

BuffyFairyTopsTheTree Thu 11-Apr-13 23:08:35

Evening all.

Thanks for answering my questions. I've read a few other threads and seen good things about Eco Sprout so might give that a go.

Thanks Biscuit. Babipur do have a sale on. I've ordered 2 Bumgenius Elemental (think they're the older version of the Elemental or I might be confused grin) and some Bambinex liners. I'll keep an eye out on offers for Real Nappy Week.

I've ordered also 1 minky and 1 bamboo pocket from alba baby.

Now looking at Fluff Heaven site. Offering 2 LL bamboo for £10, LL sized pockets for £7 and 2 Blueberry wraps for £18. This could be getting addictive grin

I was wondering if it might be more economical to try bamboozle stretchies for night in case we have DC2?

BuffyFairyTopsTheTree Thu 11-Apr-13 23:13:44

Does anyone have issues with night time nappies being sodden? I worry for DDs skin with her rash.

Currently using a paper liner because of the rash cream (prescribed Timodene 2 x a day and using Weleda at other times). Then LL bamboo with 2 bamboo boosters between the nappy and a Blueberry wrap.

We've had no leaks but in the morning DDs skin is wet from the nappy. Should I try a fleece liner despite the nappy cream? Maybe let the cream soak in before putting the nappy on?

NappyHappy Fri 12-Apr-13 10:04:33

Buffy, its very addictive. I've had to stop now as my Maternity Leave finishes on Monday so it'll just be one wage coming in.

I use fleece against the boys skin at night and have started using flushable liners and have no rash ishoos. But do put cream on if needed.

A few weeks into using the EcoEgg and I'm not as impressed as I was at the start. I've been putting in Miofresh too or Soda Crystals to help get rid of any stains (then wet straight onto the windowsil if not on the line wink )

Ds2 is going through his taking his clothes off stage bless him. And climbing up the cupboards. I think with this on we'll be friendly with the A&E department frequently!

Now ds3 is settling for the night at a reasonable time I've started doing rapid return with ds1 and he gets his TV back at weekends depending on his behaviour in the week. His eating has improved since he has been back on his vitamins and fish oil.

rrreow Fri 12-Apr-13 10:21:14

Buffy (I'm a big fan too by the way, recently rewatched all seasons.. might rewatch again once DS2 is born while breastfeeding) THANKS for pointing out the Blueberry wrap offer on fluff heaven!! I've been meaning to buy a few more but had been putting it off because of cost. Glad I waited now!!

NH that's interesting to know about the EcoEgg. What about smells, do the nappies smell clean (or at least, not smell) when using only the egg?

DS has finally started talking (after having about 1 word for nearly a year)!! He's 23mo so I know it's still all within the realms of normal but I'm quite pleased. He's also definitely saying words in both languages (we do OPOL, DH English and me Dutch) and seeing as I'm the only person he hears the minority language from, and I work full-time so spend most of the day not with him, I'm chuffed to bits!!

NappyHappy Fri 12-Apr-13 13:10:00

what's OPOL? Dutch, cool grin . Ds2 doesn't say words just lots of noises and I can tell by the sound what he is after. He's 2 in October and I'm not too worried either, DS1 was a later talker too now you can't shut him up!

The nappies don't have a particular smell from the egg, I'm still going to use it til it runs out. I've started putting a few drops of orange oil in the conditioner drawer to give them a whiff if they don't go on the line. I'll change the wash cycle and see if that helps the stain removal as much as previous washing methods.

rrreow Fri 12-Apr-13 13:18:14

OPOL means 'One Parent One Language'. So each parent only ever speaks their language to the child. It's an especially useful approach in our situation as I am literally the only person DS has the opportunity to learn the language from. DH doesn't speak Dutch unfortunately so when we're together we speak English, but I always address DS in Dutch. It's been a long time coming but at least now I can see it's working! It's very gratifying. Also DS has recently (FINALLY) started saying 'mama' (he says 'mamaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa' which just melts my heart hehe) although at the moment he also calls DH mama grin

Oh god this real nappy week is so bad for my bank account! Just bought 4 Blueberry Coveralls (was going to get 2 but then I'd have to pay for postage.. so now I'm getting 4 because that makes sense?!!). I'm glad to be getting 4 though because I couldn't choose between the designs, they're all so nice. In the end I went for Dinos, Monsters & Giraffes with velcro and Elephants with poppers. Also bought some more Cheeky Wipes yesterday to deal with incoming new poopy baby. Oh and I got tempted into a new wet bag as well. But you see, I really need all this stuff you know... <twitchy eye>

LeBFG Fri 12-Apr-13 13:27:01

I reckon a bamboozle at night would be a good thing Buff (we call our buff orpingtons buffy). I would look into the fleece covers too.

DD is finally using fluff in the day. For the moment I only have nature babies bamboo fitteds. They are just fine but looking forward to some pockets. The single Alva newborn i have works ok, though for the moment DD is only doing small poos confused, not the mega leaky ones DS was doing at her age.

Interesting about the egg NH. Keep us updated smile.

DS has just gone 2 and says very little clearly. Because he says mama oo (mummy look) the paed ticked the 'talks in sentences' box confused X2. I heard lots of boys start talking between 2-2 1/2? He gets french at the CM rreow and says a couple of words now. Much respect to you - I think it must be very difficult to persevere in a language no one around you speaks.

NappyHappy Fri 12-Apr-13 15:38:39

That's a great way to learn! grin

You have to have things in even numbers so 4 wraps is just fine, and the rest of your purchases. Ahem wink wink

Will do BFG, I think I'll put it on a superwash next time as these new washers use less water so it might be that.

rrreow Fri 12-Apr-13 16:28:15

NH my nappies go on a specific 'hygiene' cycle that my machine has which uses more water than the regular cotton cycle. Also I read that when you wash nappies it's good to have a full load, because that causes lots of agitation between the nappies (i.e. the fabric rubbing together) which helps them get clean.

BiscuitCrumbsInBed Fri 12-Apr-13 17:44:48

Ooohhh rrreow lovely blueberry coveralls... I have monkeys and giraffes and they are very cute. I absolutely agree with NH you have to buy them in even numbers and £9 for new is a bargain. I just spent 20 mins sorting all my nappies so I definitely have too many - need to get pg to justify buying more grin buffy I use bamboozles at night with a fleece liner and I slather on the weleda, I do think that using fleece not paper at night is nicer on her bum. I always use paper ones in the day. She doesn't poo in her night nappy though - if she did I might reconsider!

I've recently made a major life decision... I've started soaking my nappies in cold water instead of dry pailing <possibly overestimating the importance of this in the grand scheme of things> I'm skipping the rinse/prewash when they're soaked so the wash is quicker. That is the biggest news I have to share! grin maybe I need to get out more?!

NappyHappy Fri 12-Apr-13 20:25:27

Poo soup. wink let me know though how you get on??

I'm going to have to wash them again, odor of wee. hmm I even used the cotton cycle for mid-dirty clothes.

Shall wash with the usual detergent shortly. Using the baby cycle.

BiscuitCrumbsInBed Fri 12-Apr-13 21:01:42

Yeah it is a it soupy! But rubber gloves on and with laundry bag it isn't too bad - she's been doing some impressive squirty spready poos lately and it seems to stop staining though so worth it I think. Plus my nappy bucket and washing machine are both in the bathroom so I'm not lugging the bucket around anywhere. There were a few unfortunate splashes on me yesterday though which was a bit gross!

NappyHappy Sat 13-Apr-13 16:33:37

Keep me posted though with how you get on? The amount of times I've stuck my fingers in poo... confused

The baby each cycle has worked a treat. Had to get them off the line and dry them indoors though but hey ho.

Can anyone recommend a good huge wet bag? The zip bust on one of mine shock

rrreow Sat 13-Apr-13 23:28:30

NH I have a smart tote from Smartipants which I give to nursery & use for out & about, but they also do a bigger one the smart pail: holds 15 nappies it says. I like the one I have, nice fabric, nice colours, washes well and it's got a chunky zip (I find chunky zips are less likely to get damaged).

biscuit oooh I dream of a bathroom big enough to fit a washing machine into!!

BiscuitCrumbsInBed Sun 14-Apr-13 08:49:30

r our bathroom and kitchen are both teeny - washing machine was in there when we moved in, if it was in the kitchen there would be no room for a dishwasher - shock horror - and then DH and I would probably have divorced by now smile I thought it was weird when we moved in, we always had the wm in kitchen before - but now it makes perfect sense... Weather forecast is good today, going to get my nappies on the line, hurray!

pidj I've just recommended real easys to someone on another fred, hope she likes them too, it was you who recommended them on here and I love mine!

NappyHappy Sun 14-Apr-13 11:04:00

Thanks R, I shall have a look later. I quite like their nappies too wink

Biscuit, I wondered why you had a wm in the bathroom but it sounds easier!

We're hopefully getting the bathroom adapted for DH, just got some forms to fill out then we'll see.

Its perfect drying weather out but it looks like it may rain. I've got a load of puke covered bedding to each thanks to ds1!!!

Discolite Sun 14-Apr-13 12:13:51

Hi everyone, sorry to barge in but I was wondering if I could get some advice from what sounds like a group of seasoned cloth nappy users...

I have a five week old DS and want to move over to cloth. I liked the look of the pocket nappies but the Nappy Lady has recommended Bamboozle stretches with Motherease Rikki wraps.

How much of a faff are nappies and wraps compared to all in ones or pockets? And are there any other wraps you like that are, ahem, prettier than the Motherease Rikki?

DS's disposables frequently leak wee if that makes any difference. I also feel under time pressure to choose given all the great offers on at the moment! Normally I'd go for a mixture of things but my DP can be a bit slow at learning how to things (taken him five weeks to fully figure out the car seat and base!) so I think a max of two systems is going to have to be it.

Thank you in advance smile

NappyHappy Sun 14-Apr-13 14:31:11

Hi Disco, barge away!! TBH I find them all have the same level of faff ease of use. The stuff able pockets might be easier for your DP as its just a case of snapping the snaps, then again the bamboozle and wrap is just a case of Velcro! Could he practice on a teddy til he finds out what suits him?

Gen-y wraps are quite funky and a lot of people swear by Blueberry wraps.

BiscuitCrumbsInBed Sun 14-Apr-13 14:43:20

Hi Disco! I use mostly fitteds and wraps - motherease airflow have been the best wrap for me, never a leak, but I think Rikki are meant to be better for pre-weaning because of the gussets round the legs, stops poo escaping. I've got two blueberry wraps which I love, they come in lovely prints and are on 2 for £18 at fill your pants at the moment. I also like bummis wraps which come in fab colours and patterns too!

Stretchies are fab, lovely and soft and absorbent but slow drying. I think it's good to have a mix of fitteds and wraps (most absorbent combo) and pocket or AIOs (easiest to use) There are some good offers on the moment off the top of my head Babi Pur had 20% off for Mio solos which are an AIO.

They are good but I find need boosting with bamboo or hemp boosters to last 3 hrs - but really easy to use when out and about as quicker than the 2 parters. Lots of other AIO options like bum genius also on offer there but I haven't tried them!

LeBFG Sun 14-Apr-13 19:54:25

I've a 6 week old Discolite that I've just started using fluff with. I'm using mainly bamboo fitteds with wrap but the one AIO I'm using is just fine. NappyLady recommends fitteds because of poo containment. My DD isn't doing mega poos yet so the AIO is coping just fine. If I had to buy from scratch again (and I was rich enough), I'd buy just Wizard Duos - great containment, slim fitting and easy to put on. I don't know if they do diddy sizes though.

Discolite Sun 14-Apr-13 22:51:20

Thanks so much everyone for your responses!

NappyHappy, if I'd thought about it I would have realised that faff levels are present with most options really, durrr.

Biscuit, I like the Blueberry wraps! I might try two of those and see how I get on. I'm sold on the stretchies as they look nice and soft. Drying times do sound a disadvantage but I have a utility room I can dry nappies in out of the way so at least it won't be unsightly. I take your point about AIO for out and about.

LeBFG, so our babies are nearly birthday twins! I know two other babies born on the same day as mine which is nice smile.

Right, I'm off to do some more research. I might be back with more questions though!

PurplePidjin Mon 15-Apr-13 04:56:34

Hey, all, welcome in Disco smile

AIOs for ease during the day, fitteds for lastingness overnight here. I will be stalking lollipop size 2 during Real Nappy Week as my size 1 is the only nappy i have that does all night! I have 3 Rikki wraps with cute animals on for sale, ds didn't likd them fussy bugger you wouldn't think a newborn could express a preference but he manages hmm

spiderbabymum Mon 15-Apr-13 09:48:04

Hi anyone doing the hunt for billy ???

NappyHappy Mon 15-Apr-13 10:44:48

Disco, it all becomes habit stuffing them anyway then you dont even notice grin

Ive not looked for Billy yet Spider. Is it the RNW hunt?

rrreow Mon 15-Apr-13 11:07:18

spider yes I'm thinking of giving it a go once DS is in bed tonight. Haven't really looked into how it works though (although I don't actually think they published info about those specifics before today).

disco I think with regards to faff it also really depends on who you talk to. I love two part nappies. You spend 20 extra seconds putting on the wrap, but in return you get super reliable nappies (it's like the set & forget option..).

DH on the other hand does not like them exactly because of the fact that they're in two parts. (Although to be fair he complains about all the nappies we have, and the liners, and the poo and... etc) He prefers pockets but that's because yours truly assembles them and he only has to put them on, he's not the one stuffing them. I personally HATE stuffing nappies so we only use the pockets to give to nursery (so I stuff about 9-12 nappies a week.. I can live with this. grin).

rrreow Mon 15-Apr-13 11:13:17

Also you know what I've noticed, reusables, especially two-parters seem to be so much better at containing smells if DC has done a poo. With disposables as soon as they do a poo (talking about weaned babies here) it smells up the whole house if not the whole neighbourhood. But with reusables I'm often thinking.. has he? Or hasn't he? It can be a bit unfortunate sometimes as DS doesn't like telling us he's done a poo (even though he is able to at this point) as he doesn't like having his nappy changed, so sometimes he spends a while in a poopy nappy before we notice.

BFG have you got any Wizard Duos? When I was doing my research the other month they seemed like a perfect solution (the ease of an AIO with the reliability of a two-parter... what's not to like?!!) but the cost put me off. In the end I stuck with my boosted MioSolos.

LeBFG Mon 15-Apr-13 11:36:09

What's the Billy hunt about?

rreow we have similar DSs - I've a poo denier too grin. In fact, got so fed up with giant morning poo at the weekend, I asked DS if he wanted to go without (hates nappy changes too). He said yes and used his potty all morning. Wow. WHo knew potty training could be so easy?

The Wizards are everything you could want. I have two covers and four daytime inserts. When I first got them, they did the night too. Totally reliable. Slightly annoying to snap in all the time I suppose. I now have to boost a little but they still go at least 3 hours. DS always wears them when we go to the toddler group. These, plus two Alva AIOs and the occasional Lollipop fleece fitted is all I use all week (don't do night time nappies). I never use liners either, they don't stain. BUT as you say, it's the price....

PurplePidjin Mon 15-Apr-13 14:30:31

I made upcycled longies grin

binkybonk Mon 15-Apr-13 15:59:02

I haven't had time to call in and say 'Hi' for a while as I have been busy busy with those bloody addictive Facebook pages!!! Who knew??? Seriously, who knew?! I know abbreviations for every possible nappy terminology and now thanks for helping me lose hours of my life pidj wraps!! Gira amitola capitan weft in 6 anyone?!
I have to extract myself from their grip, but you know in that weird, 'it's hardly worth going back to sleep' thing you have between feeds, I just keep buying!!!
I'm in Singapore BiscuitCrumbs and NappyHappy and it is permanently sweaty here confused poor baby in the Boba ;-)
I suppose the sunshine and the swimming pools help wink
I use Eco balls for my nappies (and everything) and they smell fresh- but I do put lavender oil in the softener drawer.
I'm hoping you are all going to help me feed my addiction by letting me know where all the RNW bargains are. Although my parents (in UK...) claim a full suitcase's worth of fluff is already on the spare bed waiting...

binkybonk Mon 15-Apr-13 16:04:09

Did you all set limits on stash sizes?! I feel, like any addict, that my stash will be complete after one last buy, but I do think it's a bit out of hand... I'm covering the bums of DS1 2yrs and DS2 who's 9weeks so how many nappies should I have do you think? One 'set' (which was enough for DS2) shared isn't enough, we have a cross over time where disposables have to come out shock, but don't want loads left when if DS1 ever shows any interest in potty training, so just trying to do the Maths on it...
A complete stash for 2 =

Discolite Mon 15-Apr-13 16:58:15

Hello nappy addicts! Binkybonk, I didn't know what fluff meant 2 days ago, now I'm bandying around AIO and the like!

Right, I think I'm decided on the Stretchies with Blueberry wraps for night time and some daytime use. I like the look of the Blueberry as they are multisized, so I won't have to buy extra until (if I'm lucky enough) baby number 2 comes along.

Q1 - How many stretchies should I get? Nappy Lady said 4-10 size 1 and 10-15 size 2 but that was based on full time use
Q2 - How many wraps?
Q3 - How many boosters?
Q4 - What are your favourite multisized AIO or pockets or similar for easy daytime use? I can see that LeBFG likes Wizard duos (but they are pricey and sized) rreow likes Miosolo...Purple, what do you like?
Q5 - How many of Q4 should I get?
Q6 - Your views on velcro vs poppers

You've been brilliant, thank you! DS has gone from pooing with every feed to going every other day...still can't quite believe it! That's the one thing about motherhood that noone warned me about...just when you've got used to one routine, they go and do something completely different just to make you paranoid that something weird is going on grin

rrreow Mon 15-Apr-13 18:19:42

Q1 - How many stretchies should I get? Nappy Lady said 4-10 size 1 and 10-15 size 2 but that was based on full time use
Your DC is already 5 weeks right? Might be worth trying to skip the size 1s if you can. Size 2 is supposed to fit from 8lbs/3.6kg if I remember correctly. Order a few to start with to see if you get on with them. My initial stash (of a different type of nappy, but that doesn't matter) was 15 nappies washing every other day, but I only started when DS was 11mo and I think a 5 week old still needs more nappy changes than that.

Q2 - How many wraps?
You can reuse wraps a few times during the same day (except if they get poo on them). So sometimes you'll just cycle through 2 wraps all day. Also when they come out the wash they only need about 15 mins to dry (or 5 mins on the radiator). We make do with 6 wraps (although will soon have 10 wraps when my shiny new Blueberries arrive...).

Q3 - How many boosters?
I don't use boosters in my stretchies apart from the snap in one that is already included with the nappy (although you'd take that out if you were putting it on a newborn, so as not to bulk up the nappy too much). In my AIOs (MioSolos, they are microfibre) I use one Little Lamb bamboo booster which helps them last up to 4 hours. 10 boosters should do you fine. Definitely recommend the LL ones, they come in two sizes.

Q4 - What are your favourite multisized AIO or pockets or similar for easy daytime use?
I don't actually love MioSolos it's just that I invested in them and stuck with them despite having some problems. They're good for DS because he's tall, but we've definitely had wicking around the legs at certain points (although not currently, probably because his legs are a bit more chunky now than they were). Also apparently despite the weight range they indicate, they are not a great fit until a bit later (Nappy Lady has some advice on her site).

I think especially with AIOs you really need to try them out (buy 2 or 3 of each you want to try, try and get them second hand, the Facebook nappy groups are great for this) as some work perfectly for some babies, but not for others. Really depends on your baby's shape! I tried some Bumgenius Freetime, which is supposed to be BTP but they were TINY on my DS (and he was only 18mo when I tried them so a loooong way off potty training yet). I also have some Smartipants which I actually really like, they do need boosting though.

Q5 - How many of Q4 should I get?
Depends on how you use them. If you want to use AIOs fulltime during the day and just use the two-parters for night time, then you'll need at least 15 I'd say. If you only want to use them for the change bag when out & about you could probably get away with 6-8.

Q6 - Your views on velcro vs poppers
Difficult one! I prefer velcro especially on BTP as it's just more adjustable, but it does start looking manky after a while and if you're unlucky some poo (or a bit of raisin..) gets stuck in it and you'll be picking it out with a nitcomb grin. My popper nappies still look like new, but can't always get the best fit on them. Since starting to use reusables (11mo, DS is now 23mo) DS has changed shape so much from very skinny legs to much more chunky legs. Velcro definitely helps get a good fit if your baby has a big discrepancy between their tummy & leg size. My DS is still in vests so haven't had any problems with him undoing the velcro yet as he just doesn't have access.

rrreow Mon 15-Apr-13 21:51:41

Clothopoly is addictive! I keep going like.. one more then I'll go read a book.. ok one more.. last one now.. no wait, one more..

NappyHappy Tue 16-Apr-13 15:43:30

I've not been playing it, just entering the competitions!

Singapore, that is sweaty. But nice.

binkybonk Tue 16-Apr-13 15:54:31

I keep waiting for some revelatory moment in RNW where I buy the offer of a lifetime on a perfect set of nappies and then THAT'S IT and I don't need anymore all of a sudden.
It's the end of Tuesday here so only 3 more days for my moment of clarity to happen.

Anyone spotted fab offers?

Am tempted by the TotsBots Frugi nappies just because...

BuffyFairyTopsTheTree Tue 16-Apr-13 16:42:16

Hi everyone,

Are your purses surviving intact during RNW? grin

I've decided to go for a mixed stash as I can't make up my mind what I like best. I love Little Lamb pockets and Fluff Heaven have them for £7. Bargain! Got Blueberry wraps and Blueberry OS deluxe from there too. Also ordered Charlie Banana OS and Bamboozle Stretchy from the Nappy Lady and Smartipants 3 pack from Fill Your Pants.

Now trying to decide whether to order the MioSolo 6 pack on flash sale at the nappy lady or whether to hold out on a 3 for 2 at Boots (normally £10 there).

My poor DD is suffering so badly with nappy rash at the moment. After lots of nappy free time she was all clear yesterday morning, then I picked her up from the childminder who told me she'd been crying in pain from it. It looks awful, really red and a few blisters. I think she might be reacting to citrus fruit.

Used cloth with fleece liner over night. It's looking a bit better and her bum was dry!

I haven't played clothopoly yet. Spent most of yesterday looking for Billy. The icon wasn't showing on windows explorer for me.

PurplePidjin Tue 16-Apr-13 19:48:29

Longies lanolised and on! Just got to get the little bugger lad to sleep now hmm

BiscuitCrumbsInBed Tue 16-Apr-13 21:25:38

2 x RNW events in 1 day + 1 very active toddler 'helping' me = exhausted.

Tried clothopoly and the billy hunt but confused too complicated for me and too much looking around on websites - I think they both made it a bit too hard... It would surely take forever to find all the things! O maybe it's just my brain full of fluff smile

Sooooo tired. Bedtime!

NappyHappy Tue 16-Apr-13 22:29:35

Poor baby buffy sad . Sounds awful.

I got Charlie Banana and Smartipants through the council scheme, not bad at all. I need to get some large wraps as thing3 has outgrown his medium size ones.

I've not spent anything yet but will see what flash sales come up.

Had a poo fail before, I left a liner with a present in it in the nappy then washed it with the others. Yummy! Several rinses later!

The longies look great on Pidj smile

rrreow Wed 17-Apr-13 11:21:54

I must try some of these Charlie Banana. I keep hearing about them. Are they BTP AIOs? Are they any good? Although I really must not get any more different nappies. I think there is a bit of a fear of new things in this household. I actually don't change DSs nappies that often (apart from on the weekends), it's mostly DH, SIL or nursery. I still need to try the Real Easies and the Alvas!

<sits on hands>!! Next year I'm going to be prepared and save up & set aside some money for RNW in advance!

NappyHappy Wed 17-Apr-13 11:39:08

Morning R, they're btp pockets. The lining is very soft, I could rub it on my face, its lovely.

What are peoples thoughts on Bambino Mio?

I'm stuffing the Alvas with a folded in half booster as both boys are getting big on the wee thing wink I like them, cheap, fab designs and easy to care for. They'll be used for nursery when I go back to work.

I too am waiting for some bundle bargains too.

Ooh, I shit myself this morning, I bought the nappies in off the line last night and left them in the laundry bag over night. Started to stuff them this morning and a big fluffy Bumble Bee appeared from under the nappies. I flapped like a right fanny. blush

PurplePidjin Wed 17-Apr-13 12:09:21

I can't afford and don't need anything so I'm trying to ignore RNW. Will be stalking for second hand lollipops in a few months, but we've got 8lb before we reach the weight limit so no urgency!

Longies are luffly, although he didn't like settling to sleep. Am hoping it wasn't related, but he really does sleep better in wool than other types, as evidenced by a tricky night Monday when I'd run out of fitteds hmm

rrreow Wed 17-Apr-13 14:30:50

NH we used the MioSolos (Bambino Mio's AIO/pocket-hybrid BTP) full-time from about 11-21mo. For the last couple of months we've used them for nursery only (using fitteds at home).

-They're fairly cheap for BTP/AIOs (if you look around & wait for offers you should be able to get them new for about £10 each)
-They are very long, so suitable for tall babies/toddlers

-They are a pain to stuff. It's the reason we only use them for nursery now as stuffing a gazillion nappies a week was making me dread doing laundry. I fully admit that this is probably a personal quirk and maybe some people don't mind stuffing nappies at all.
-They don't work on thin legs. For the longest time DS was long & lean and we had problems with leaking/wicking around the legs. Now his legs are more chunky and they're fine.
-They NEED boosting. The attached microfibre insert might be OK if they're being changed every 2 hours but I want my nappies to go 4 hours (especially as I'm giving them to nursery, no way they'd change every 2 hours!) so I put a LL bamboo booster in as standard. You cannot boost them with more than that (nor can you fold a booster in half) or you will create leg gape.
-You fold the velcro tabs back onto themselves when you put them in the wash, but there is no corresponding 'receiving' velcro (like on for example Bamboozles or Blueberry wraps). This works the first month you're using them, and then the velcro doesn't stick onto itself anymore, so whenever you wash them you end up with 6 nappies strung together by their velcro. Worse, on occasion you will get poo stuck in the velcro sad It doesn't affect their usability at all (the velcro itself for securing the nappy is still nice and sticky even after a year of use) but it is a bit of a nag.

So yeah, I have lots of complaints about these nappies but we still use them!!

PS I like writing long posts apparently wink

BuffyFairyTopsTheTree Wed 17-Apr-13 14:56:43

Oh no at your poo fail NH, that sounds like something I'd do! smile And the flapping at the bee although I do love them.

I can get 4 hrs out of the Charlie Banana's if I use both inserts. Handy if going on a long car journey or for the childminder. Good if you get them at offer price. They have a bra strap style leg adjustment so you can get a good fit there. They are BTP pockets.

I quite like the Mio Solo. DD has a long body and slightly chubby thighs so they suit her. FYP have good reviews on night time use with a Mio Boost. Have to say I'm a bit sceptical but I'm going to give it a try.

My favourite pocket at the moment is Little Lamb. They're sized. I ran out of wraps so I had up resort to using that last night. It was amazing. I put a LL bamboo booster either side if the insert and it lasted all night and DD had a very dry bottom in the morning. Best of all her nasty rash has almost gone!

Just a shame that the sites with a good discount have sold out of size 2 but if anyone's interested Fluff Heaven have them for £7 each in size 1.

binkybonk Wed 17-Apr-13 19:08:24

Ooh pleased Charlie Bananas are over with you all!! wave
The company is based in Hong Kong and so they were the first cloth we tried. They do have sized nappies as well as one size so we have a set of large as easyfits are getting a bit snug on DS1. I'm just not a popper fan patience of a gnat or otherwise we'd be Charlie Banana all the way... DS1 would choose them everytime 'soff wuns mummy'
They had them half price in mothercare over here but still so expensive... Only nappies I've bought new and was a shock!
Their wet bags and 'diaper pail' are great too.
It's 2.07am and all boys asleep- but I had a cup of tea at 11 and can't sleep. confused

NappyHappy Wed 17-Apr-13 20:51:22

Thats cool that the longies are doing their thing grin you could sell them on if you get time.

Hopefully the stuff Ive got on Ebay and will put up in the next few days will sell so I can pay off more stuff. Has anyone downgraded their mobile contract?

DS3 is now rolling over more and sitting up alot better, he has discovered eating his toes too grin

I cut DS2's hair hmm bye bye curls.

Thanks for letting me know about the Mio's, the boys have skinny legs so they'll not do. I got some PL Bumgenius a few months ago and they gape lots so they'll be getting sold!

NappyHappy Wed 17-Apr-13 20:53:34

PS Buffy, a Moth with fire in its eyes got in my breathing space when I was on the toilet last Summer, it was huge and I screamed. Lots. I caught ds2's poo yesterday just in time before he trod it everywhere. wink

LexiLoganberryBump Wed 17-Apr-13 21:27:54

I've took the plunge and brought my nappy system.

With it being RNW I thought I'd pop on the nappy ladies website and buy 1 bumgenius freetime to have a proper look at. They had 20% off so DH said stuff it buy a set, so I've brought 20 freetimes, I'm ridiculously excited.

I'm slightly worried that I should of brought several types before committing to 1 system but I just found myself always coming back to the freetime.

rrreow Wed 17-Apr-13 22:58:01

Ooh LexiLoganberryBump that is very exciting! I get ridiculously excited waiting for fluffy post.

As a tip I'd say don't pre-wash & use all of them in one go. Maybe start with 5 or so, so if they end up really not working for you you've still got the other ones brand new in their packaging and can either return them or sell them on at new price. How old is your DC (or is it still a bump?)? Is this your first foray into cloth?

LexiLoganberryBump Wed 17-Apr-13 23:09:03

rrreow that's a good tip regarding not washing them all. I did check that I could send some back, brought some unisex colours and some more girlish colours like purple and patterned, but we're not certain that we're having a girl, so might need to exchange for that reason also.

DC2 is still a bump as you probably gathered from above, still 4 months to go. I've used cloth before with DD1 8 years ago, I have to say the nappy world has moved on a lot it seems since then or I just didn't come across much variety. I used terry squares and then the mio prefolds which to be honest worked really well for us, DD wasn't a heavy wetter or anything but have seen that they're not now considered that good, if they ever were considered good.

spiderbabymum Thu 18-Apr-13 03:47:48

My experience is that I LIKE just having one main type of nappy .....just becomes automatic and easier for my partner too ;-)

Nappy happy re wraps .......the nappy lady has some in the clearance section for 3 quid a pop . Called Onesize . Seems they are vv similar to motherease Onesize wraps ....seems like an absolute bargain .....? They are large I think size three .....

spiderbabymum Thu 18-Apr-13 03:49:05

Nappy Happy see above

spiderbabymum Thu 18-Apr-13 09:05:34

So sorry * nappy happy* those nappy lady ones are gone

But I spied thes wraps today's...reducedv...some pretty ones .

spiderbabymum Thu 18-Apr-13 09:05:44

spiderbabymum Thu 18-Apr-13 09:06:02
rrreow Thu 18-Apr-13 13:08:56

I tried one of my Alva nappies on DS yesterday and was pleasantly surprised at the snug fit around the legs! The extra row of poppers really helps with that, definitely looked snugger than the MioSolos (velcro) or Smartipants (only one row of poppers). Can't say about absorbancy as he was only in it for about an hour.

PurplePidjin Thu 18-Apr-13 14:27:19


Stumbled across it by accident wink

NappyHappy Thu 18-Apr-13 17:12:09

Ooh fab P and R I'll look at the links later.

Ive bid on 6 ME wraps for £6 so we'll see.

Why did we choose a beige sofa! Its covered in gingerbread!!

Fluffy post is awsome, hi Lexi! More new babies! You're keeping it going grin

Ive seen 3 bfp's today on the CBM. FB page what is going on?!

I overheard a gaggle of old dears commenting that I must have my hands full with things 2 & 3 when I was on the bus earlier. I pretended I didn't hear them wink then got stuck in the door at the Trafford Centre confused

rrreow Thu 18-Apr-13 17:43:37

ME being Motherease wraps? I love them so much. If I lived in a perfect world I'd have Motherease wraps with Blueberry Coverall patterns. My life would be COMPLETE! grin My Blueberries arrived today actually, very exciting!

NappyHappy Thu 18-Apr-13 19:59:14

Yeah, all large so am hoping I get them. I'm selling my medium ones to fund them! Need to look for PL Blueberry ones though.

The blardy zip has gone on my WeeHuggers wet bag and on the one from Tiny Nippers sad Argghh!!!

LexiLoganberryBump Thu 18-Apr-13 20:24:11

nappyhappy I've told my DH he'll have to keep an eye on me to stop me looking at new nappies that come onto the market, even though I only ordered my system yesterday I found myself looking at charlie banans today, I hadn't come across them before probably because I liked the AIO and was staying clear of the pocket nappies but found myself thinking how good they looked because of the way you can adjjust the size. Sometimes I think I'm rather obsessed, can see DH's eyes glaze over when I start talking nappies and always get the same response get the ones you like, get the colours you like.

Like spider I really wanted to stick to one type rather than having all sorts but it does mean I unfortunatly don't get to but loads of lovely nappies. I did intend originally to buy at least 3 different style nappies to see what I got on best with but never mind.

Nappies arriving tomorrowsmile

Ordered my cheeky wipes today as well.

NappyHappy Thu 18-Apr-13 21:23:15

Lexi, that sounds like my DH! I can't believe how addictive it all is wink

I need to check the fb competition s for the day too.

NappyHappy Thu 18-Apr-13 21:25:10

But you have to buy different types wink wink so you can see what works best for a specific reason. wink

rrreow Fri 19-Apr-13 12:36:35

I am still struggling for a storage solution. How does everyone else store their fluff? Currently the nappies DS uses barely fit into two drawers in the changing table (they only fit in there because of part of them being in use / in the wash - if they were all clean they wouldn't fit). That plus the nappies I've got waiting for DS2 basically fill ALL the drawers in the changing table.. so no space for DS2s clothes when he arrives!

Someone suggested one of those canvas shoe hanging things but I wouldn't know where to hang it.

NappyHappy Fri 19-Apr-13 14:46:09

I use those plastic drawers that you can get in Pound stretcher or Wilkinsons. Grey or black plastic frame with clear plastic drawers. £15 ish.

rrreow Fri 19-Apr-13 14:50:54

Ooh great tip, thanks! That might be the perfect solution. Although I'll need to convince DH as he doesn't like stuff that is functional but doesn't look pretty.

NappyHappy Fri 19-Apr-13 15:44:08

Maybe you could stick funky stickers or decoupage them??

PurplePidjin Fri 19-Apr-13 18:39:07

I have shoe hanger things in the built in wardrobe then keep stuffed day nappies on the chest of drawers ready to grab. Changes are on a mat on the floor in case he rolls smile

LexiLoganberryBump Fri 19-Apr-13 19:25:15

My nappies arrived today, they're so lovely, DD wanted to see them in action so ran to fetch me one of her dolls to put it on, the nappy made the doll do the box splits which she found highly amusing.

The nappies are so lovely, even DH really likes them.

rrreow re storage, I plan to have a shelf above the changing table so the nappies can be stacked up ready to just grab one, but then my nappies are a AIO so will stack nicely. What nappies do you use?

rrreow Sat 20-Apr-13 14:23:05

Actually PP I think you've solved my problem. I have one of those shoe hangie things already in my wardrobe, I'm using it currently (although only 2 slots for shoes, the rest are just filled with crap) but can re-allocate it for nappies and then just use the two small drawers in the changing table for nappies (1 drawer for each child) and put all the rest in the closet in the shoe thing!!

NappyHappy Sat 20-Apr-13 16:45:30

Good plan! Ive just listed a load of wraps and that on the pl fb page. Sold a geny wrap and some crunchy itti's! Ill stick the rest on Ebay if they don't sell on there.

PurplePidjin Sat 20-Apr-13 20:44:34

NH (or anyone) let me know if you want rid of size 2 bamboo. We're not quite needing it yet but i like to be prepared! Still changing on 2nd feed, but that's gradually getting later - 4:50 this morning - so i suspect he's gearing up to drop it completely please please please tonight and will therefore go through on one nappy...

NappyHappy Sat 20-Apr-13 23:59:04

I sold all my size 2's a few months ago but am on the look out for you. smile

You mean you are on 1 wake a night? envy

Still 3 here sad every 3-4 hours.

PurplePidjin Sun 21-Apr-13 02:59:14

1 a night between 8:30 and 4:45 wink not exactly the 7-7 one is told they should be doing! Although tonight he went down at 8:10 and woke at 2:25...

NappyHappy Sun 21-Apr-13 05:00:21

Oooh, not jealous much!

Thats great though. I get the look too when I mention how much he wakes at this age.

11pm 1am and now hmm

Good boy Baby Pidj!! smile

NappyHappy Sun 21-Apr-13 05:18:40

So if anyone says ff babies sleep better, here is proof they dont grin

PurplePidjin Sun 21-Apr-13 05:59:21

He went down at 2 and woke at 5:45. I'm being greedy trying to get another hour! And yes, ebf here. Can't wait for weaning now grin

Apparently the difference is 5.27(?) minutes, and bf mothers get better quality sleep hmm

I blame the woolies, myself wink

midori1999 Sun 21-Apr-13 06:43:08

Hello everyone! I've just got some cloth to try on my toddler from. the Nappy Lady. They came yesterday and Ive pre washed them twice already and left them to dry in the airing cupboard, so I'm hoping I can use them today/tonight. I'm 15 weeks pregnant with DC7, so hoping I can use DD as a 'practice' and then use cloth with the baby.

Lexi, I've got a bumgenius free time to try as well as a couple of bamboozle stretchies and some boosters. I've got some reusable wipes to try too. I really like the look of the freetime and I'm thinking DH will prefer them for in the day.

Can I just ask what others did at the hospital? I'm thinking cloth isn't really going to be possible so I might need to use disposables then, I don't mind doing that but I was hoping there was a solution.

BuffyFairyTopsTheTree Sun 21-Apr-13 09:42:23

NH I hate moths. I would have screamed very loudly at that!

Rrreow, that's good to hear on the Alva nappies. I ordered a minky and a bamboo one to try a couple of weeks back. Should be here soon smile

I got some fluffy post this week. I bought some extra boosters as they take the longest to dry. The pocket nappies dry quickly. Just waiting on another parcel and my stash will be big enough to go full time. grin

Hi Midori. Sorry I can't help with your question. I came late to the fluffy side.

NappyHappy Sun 21-Apr-13 10:01:36

Hi Midori!! I used sposies til his cord fell off, I put fluff on him but they were too right round his stump and I was a bit precious about it blush

Oooh Pidj, you are doing fab. Which weaning route are you taking? Ds3 is definitely not a blew candidate he really pukes as soon as it hits the back of his throat so I've been batch making his food once a week using a mouli/food mill then just changing the blades evert few months.

Are you 'eck greedy for wanting another hour, this Sunday and a requirement!

A Mama Knows is selling 4 nappies for £33.80 including postage, has anyone used them?

If ds3 is still waking this much by 10m I'll give him water through the night and see how we go.

NappyHappy Sun 21-Apr-13 10:03:09

Buffy, you would have pissed your pants if you saw me. The back lawn is full of spiders so that will be fun mowing that in the week.

midori1999 Sun 21-Apr-13 10:19:47

Thanks everyone. smile

I think I'm going to chuck myself in at the deep end... Nappies are dry and we're off out for lunch today, so I'm going to pop the freetime on DD and take a bamboozle and some disposables as spare. I want to try the other bamboozle overnight. I'm also taking the reusable wipes... I'm a bit nervous about leaks, but I suspect I'm being paranoid.... Hopefully...

And ewww at spiders, luckily either my cat or dogs seem to eat them before I see them...

NappyHappy Sun 21-Apr-13 11:10:52

They're hidden in the weeds and grass, its not been cut since August! Its only a few inches long thankfully

I've just hung the fluff out and now pacifying an upset baby because I left him for 10mins!

What age did yours cut down/stop grin the night feeding?

rrreow Sun 21-Apr-13 11:28:47

Ick spiders! And moths <shudder> I actually think I have a moth phobia. I am irrationally scared of butterflies too.

midori good luck! One thing though, if you've prewashed twice I wouldn't expect the bamboozle to last overnight yet. Daytime should be fine though. The microfibres should be fine too. Bamboo takes 8-10 washes to reach full absorbency.

This weather is AMAZING. Would love to put my nappies outside today but will have to see if I can. There is a load of crap on the landing in front of the door to the roof terrace and the door is slightly botched so only opens when it's not too damp.

midori1999 Sun 21-Apr-13 12:32:22

Thank you, I didn't think of that. DD isn't a heavy wetter at all, but maybe night time is a bit ambitious after only two washes... blush

I've forgotten to bring the wet bag out with us, so have had to send DH in to Asda for a couple of carrier bags... blush talk about defeating the object....

I'm glad someone has beautiful weather, it's wet and windy here, we're waiting for the garden fence to be fixed, it's nearly blown down!

PurplePidjin Sun 21-Apr-13 12:44:59

I didn't get it until 9 when dp took him down to play

Probably a mix, porridge for breakfast as that's what we have then appropriate versions of other meals - blw for sandwiches, puree for stew etc... Another month till we start shock

NappyHappy Sun 21-Apr-13 15:50:50

Its raining now but im leaving them out for a bit longer. wink

A month away? shock Shite. Its all going so fast hmm

Poundland is the place to go for freezable storage pots. Messy but funny times grin

PurplePidjin Sun 21-Apr-13 17:25:16

Going to try him in the cot tonight <wibble>

NappyHappy Sun 21-Apr-13 18:15:09

sad you'll be OK. I nearly cried when I cut ds2's hair last week. As much as next stages are fantastic its a bit sad as they're growing up.

I've got a very whingey woo baby today, he can't make up his mind what he wants.

Uh oh, now a crying toddler grin oh, its now stopped. grin

Are the longies doing their thing OK?

PurplePidjin Sun 21-Apr-13 18:47:49

I've had a grot bag today too. Possibly my fault, i dropped the stick blender on my toe making soup for lunch and it hurts so I'm a bit stressed.

Longies are fab, them plus tee shirt, socks and sleeping bag make for a snuggly sleepy baby. Send me a jumper and I'll make you some?

NappyHappy Sun 21-Apr-13 22:42:36

I luffs you.grin I'll go on the hunt for a jumper when I get paid at the end of the month. My final pay sad . Thanks!

Ouch! That has got to have really hurt!

Grobags are brilliant, Tescos are a fave in this house!

How is the cot situation?

NappyHappy Sun 21-Apr-13 22:45:27

I've so read your last post wrong! Fatigue is my hallucinogenic!

Are you still stressed now? Thankfully its bedtime soon and tomorrow will be different!

PurplePidjin Mon 22-Apr-13 00:45:17

Hunt the charity shops - you want hand wash only wool.

Less stressed now, but he did 7:30-12 so it's gonna be a looooooong night sad

LeBFG Mon 22-Apr-13 08:44:22

Pidj, do the longies have to be a tight fit? Today's promise: find some fleecy pants online to try. So I do one hand wash with lanolin, is that right? <confuddled baby mind>...

NappyHappy Mon 22-Apr-13 11:25:09

There are quite a few fantastic charity shops near Mums so shall go and have a rummage.

2 & 5am here but he wanted to see what Daddy was doing (getting ready for work) so was messing about.

How was the rest if the night?

How are you and baby B?

rrreow Mon 22-Apr-13 11:40:40

I was thinking of crocheting a wool soaker! I found this pattern: which looks good, although I don't think I have any wool of that thickness (so would have to go yarn shopping.... which is almost as dangerous as nappy shopping). I think I'm going to have a very hard time convincing DH we could use wool though. But I can at least try it on DS2 once he's born as I'll probably be doing most nappy changes and it would look super cute! Any of you crochet/knit your own soakers?

BuffyFairyTopsTheTree Mon 22-Apr-13 17:46:53

Midori my cats are partial to spiders too. And blue bottles. The slug was pretty disgusting though, it foamed out of his mouth.

BuffyFairyTopsTheTree Mon 22-Apr-13 17:51:43

Oops, pressed post too soon.

Hope you didn't have too many wake ups last night Pidg. How did your ds do in his cot?

My dd was such a bad sleeper, still not great now but we mostly get 7-8 hrs. Multiple wake ups and she wanted to be attached to my boob for most of it. Started lengthening times between feeds from 10months and then night weaned at 15 months. Boobies sleep until morning wink

My last order has been shipped. More fluffy post arriving this week grin

PurplePidjin Mon 22-Apr-13 18:37:10

R's are huge on him and work really well. Fleece (and synthetic yarns) also let the moisture evaporate but need washing daily instead of lanolising. Proper wool nappy covers are made from 100% wool, no superwash treatments so the hand wash only delicate stuff. Then soak in 1" lansinoh+small squidge baby wash for 30 minutes and hang out to dry. The lanolin reacts with the ammonia in the wee to form soap, meaning they only need washing and re-lanolising when soiled or starting to smell, about 4-6 weeks.

I have some wool but am working on a jumper for him first before crocheting him some Dandelion Dreamers from Ravelry. Made boardies for a friend's dd years ago, the start is tricky because they're done in a round and you have to not twist the foundation chain, but fdc would sort that <note to self: learn fdc>

BFG, if I'd known I'd have bunged a fleece wrap in - got loads i don't use! You can also put a fleece sleepsuit over a fitted/terry/pf for the same effect.

Since when did i become the fred guru confused

midori1999 Tue 23-Apr-13 08:14:02

Buffyfairy, yuck! grin Our cat is indoors only, so no slugs thank goodness!

I have to admit to being fascinated by wool covers, but I am only just getting my head round everything else, so they will have to wait.

We survived our first day in cloth. We even had a poo and it didn't leak. Hoorah! smile I felt a bit sad that I had to put disposables back on at night in a way, as we'd run out of cloth by then. I have ordered a couple of packs of 5 bamboozles stretchies, which were brand new and a bit of an ebay bargain too, so I think for now I'll have enough nappies to go full time.

I am going to order a couple of extra wraps and some boosters though. I like the look of the blueberry wraps and have heard they are good, does anyone here use them? I love some of the patterns on them.

rrreow Tue 23-Apr-13 11:09:48

PP what's fdc? I just finished a stuffed toy for DC2 and am a bit sick of amigurumi. It's one of those things that's boring while you're working on it, but hugely satisfying when it's actually finished. Want to get my teeth into something more interesting now though!

4-6 weeks between washes, that sounds attractive!!

Yuck slugs! Our cat is indoors as well so no slugs luckily, but we live above a pizza/fried chicken takeaway so occasionally we get mice! She tends to play with them thoroughly until their entrails are smeared around the place and then leave them for us as a present <boak>

DS only night weaned very recently. We still prepare milk for him in an insulated cup before we go to bed just in case but he usually sleeps through now unless he's poorly. I bf in the night until he was about 8 or 9 months at which point he'd wake up hourly to comfort feed, so at that point we switched to formula in the night so he'd feed if he was hungry but not just keep me awake for comfort. Once he could hold the bottle himself it got easier though as you just wake up, give the bottle to him and go back to sleep.

rrreow Tue 23-Apr-13 11:13:53

midori1999 yay for Bamboozle bargains! I got most of mine very cheap as well which is great because they're such good nappies and also have good resale value. I like the Blueberry Coveralls and would recommend them. The patterns are gorgeous and they fit nicely over the Bamboozle Stretchies (my DS is on the largest size - you do need to make sure the inner is completely covered by the wrap but you quickly get better at putting it on snugly). For my DS we wouldn't be able to use Blueberries overnight though as they wouldn't be able to fit over a boosted Bamboozle, but this might not be an issue for you depending on your DCs size. If you need more room in the wrap for nighttime I would recommend Motherease Airflow wraps.

PurplePidjin Tue 23-Apr-13 12:47:45

Foundation Double Crochet - where you work the chain and the first row all in together. I need to master it confused Soakers etc tend to start by chaining the waist measurement and working down. I love amigurumi but only little stuff - i get bored with big projects (woolly hugs excepted)

rrreow Tue 23-Apr-13 13:57:25

Ooh excellent that sounds like a good technique to master. Will especially help me as I tend to chain quite loosely and unevenly.

NappyHappy Tue 23-Apr-13 15:45:36

I've just written a big long reply and baby deleted the lot! Argghhhh.

I'm thinking of night weaning ds3 soon so will either gradually water the formula down or just give him water.

Ds3 takes a beaker of juice to bed with him now and has his mind OK in the day, was in the form of milkshake but I gradually reduced the shake mix til it was just milk as he wouldn't have it from a beaker. Chucked his bottles out a few weeks ago grin

PurplePidjin Tue 23-Apr-13 16:58:45
midori1999 Tue 23-Apr-13 17:05:48

Oh purplepidjin, that is so sad. I cannot knit, but have replied and hopefully can help in some way.

rrreow Tue 23-Apr-13 17:17:56

sad I think I have some odds & ends of the cashmerino so will see if I can crochet a square this week.

NappyHappy Tue 23-Apr-13 17:23:07

I'll do a square Pidj, I've got needles all over the place so shall check later.

Can't even begin to imagine what she's going through. sad

PurplePidjin Tue 23-Apr-13 18:12:28

Make sure you PM RatherBeOnThePiste so she knows to expect you thanks <- special woolly hug emoticon

NappyHappy Tue 23-Apr-13 21:10:01

Already sorted lovely grin she PM'd me earlier.

I can't believe how quiet it is with the boys in bed.

Not that it'll last!

PurplePidjin Wed 24-Apr-13 04:19:21

How long did you get?

midori1999 Wed 24-Apr-13 08:11:15

rrreow I'm sorry, I wasn't ignoring you. I typed out a big long reply yesterday and it's not here, so goodness knows what happened! Thanks for the reply to my post about the blueberry's. smile I'm going to order some.

We had our first overnight in cloth yesterday. No leaks, which was great, but we also had our second poo in cloth and I noticed that for the second time it had leaked over the side of the liner onto the nappy/booster. Is this normal? The liners I am using are these ones and they are very wide, wide enough to cover the whole nappy when I put it on, but it's kind of 'bunching up' between putting it on and taking it off. I wondered if I was doing something wrong? It just means some solids are left on the nappy. Any ideas?

rrreow Wed 24-Apr-13 10:36:18

midori1999 remind me how old is your DC? Paper liners do tend to shift or bunch up sometimes. It also depends on the brand - Little Lamb are more smooth & slidey than Bummis, I don't have experience of any other brands. A little bit of solids on the nappy isn't a problem (just always make sure you do a separate rinse cycle before putting on the main wash), if you really wanted to you could scrape it off over the toilet. When using a two part nappy I sometimes let the liner stick out over the sides/back a little bit, so it's held in place by the edge of the shaped nappy. Then just make extra sure everything is within the wrap. You can't do that with an AIO though as you'd create leaks. It also really depends on whether they do a poo when they've been changed recently (usually goes into the liner perfectly) or if they've had the nappy on for a while (can be messy). It's a bit hit & miss! Another solution would be to use fleece liners if that works for you at all (it doesn't for us as the bathroom is on a different floor from where we change nappies).

I just realised I am tying this reply about poo while I'm eating grin Stuff really does change once you have kids.

NappyHappy Wed 24-Apr-13 14:43:28

Til 11ish then every half hour til 3.30! shock

But I've managed to now the grass and send fluffy post!

I 'lol' in your face sleep. I wish. wink

Was your night better?

NappyHappy Wed 24-Apr-13 14:47:22

My boys poops do the same. Liners bunch up but catches most of the matter, using Little Lambs.

Ds2 walked the 1/2 mile back from the post office bless him, his waddle is hilarious grin

Mental note, do not water ds3's night milk down. confused

midori1999 Wed 24-Apr-13 16:29:48

Thankyou both. DD is 22 months. I may try fleece liners then. Are you Little Lambs one the fleece ones NappyHappy? In the meantime, I'll try the leaving the liner sticking out the side in the bamboozles if I can. She must be a very light wetter, which I think is making things easier for me as I don't think I even needed the extra booster in the nappy for night. I bet the next baby makes up for it... grin

NappyHappy, how old is your DS? You may find he suddenly starts to sleep through when you least expect it. DD slept the odd night but mostly woke every few hours, sometimes hourly, then at about 8 months she started waking hourly every night and I really thought I might die, it was awful. At 10 months she just suddenly started sleeping through. Nothing had changed, she just started sleeping. She still wakes occasionally, but hardly ever.

I have to say, I am loving my cloth and am eagerly awaiting the others so I can cloth full time. I wish so much I had done it sooner. I'm afraid of becoming an addict though, such pretty/cute nappies and wraps out there... blush

rrreow Wed 24-Apr-13 17:35:40

NH shock that is awful! I hope it gets better soon. DS still very much needed his milk at that age (as much as I felt 'shouldn't you be sleeping through, shouldn't you be night weaned by now'.. those should-thoughs are almost as damaging as the sleepless nights!). His sleep was the worst around 8-9mo. Gradually got better. I mean you take it one step at the time don't you. First it's great if he 'only' wakes up 3 times a night, then you want it to be 2, then 1 (at nearly 24mo we sometimes still get 1) and then sleeping through. For the lack of medal icon I hereby give you some flowers for managing to mow the lawn & go to the post office!

NappyHappy Thu 25-Apr-13 00:49:22

He's nearly 8m, even if its just twice a night he wakes! But he'll not eat much in the day though which is a bit hmm

Its the paper liners im using, I use fleece if the nappy hasn't got a fleece inner. Can you put fleece on fleece?

Ive heard of women on CBM with a poo spatula or spoon and I must say Im thinking about it!

Ooh, fluff is addictive.grin

I want to tackle the back garden tomorrow. I unblocked the drain outside that comes from the bathroom and the smell was horrific.

I do the man jobs in the house! grin

Is there any fluffy post on the way to anyone?

PurplePidjin Thu 25-Apr-13 04:22:08

BFG should have got some yesterday?

LeBFG Thu 25-Apr-13 09:09:38

Just caught up - what a lot of chat! I'll never have time to read it all.

Thanks Pidj thanks, I did indeed get the package yesterday and DD is already in them grin. I can finally use the prefolds. Phew. Not wasted after all hmm.

Hope everyone is getting good quality sleep and enjoyin the spring weather!

PurplePidjin Thu 25-Apr-13 11:08:02

Yay! I use pfs for all sorts - cleaning windows, demisting the car, underneath for nappy free time, stuffing pockets... Rarely are they used as an actual nappy!

Made more longies this morning after a rubbish night in a too-small soaker. But they're soaking in lanolin and if this feed doesn't hurry up they'll still be wet tonight like the others were yesterday (they've stretched and are now so big they fall down!)

They have a rocket on the arse <proud> and he will ge wearing them tomorrow afternoon to the parenting group I've started at the children's centre grin

rrreow Thu 25-Apr-13 11:41:10

I'm thinking of getting some pfs for DS2 to tide us over until he fits into the size 1s/BTPs I've got. DS1 was tiny at birth (2.8kg) and even the size 1s I have would've been too big. What pfs would you recommend and do they come in different sizes? There's a shop near me that sells Bummis but could also order something else online.

I just ordered a Kari Me sling! Did lots of research and it just kept coming out as the best option for me (apart from maybe a woven wrap but they're just too expensive at the moment), so I'll be curious to put it into use! Also just got the TENS machine I ordered. I'm finally getting organised!

LeBFG Thu 25-Apr-13 12:21:41

ooooo, birth preparation. Exciting times rrreow. I HATE any electric shocks so couldn't bear the thought of a TENS - did you use it last time? I thought DD was tiny at 3kg but at two months she is already filling out her 3mo sleepsuits shock.

PurplePidjin Thu 25-Apr-13 12:46:09

Ds was 2.8 (6lb3?) and size one were ok but needed holding on with the wrap, although some of mine don't have crossover velcro. Nippa ones are great though for that, infinitely adjustable.

Pack the sling in your hospital bag - dp brought mine in the next day and it was far better than the awful goldfish bowl things you're supposed to cart them round in grin

rrreow Thu 25-Apr-13 13:56:15

I've got some ME Sandies which have poppers, but I might get some nippas to use on them actually, that might work.

BFG yes I used it last time. I found it quite helpful during the initial period pain-like contractions and the ones a bit further in that take your breath away. Later on I completely didn't feel it anymore though and forgot to use it (after the birth I realised it had been permanently stuck on the 'boost' button for the latter part of the labour - but the pain of the contractions had completely overridden the sensation)

LeBFG Thu 25-Apr-13 15:10:33

I've been using LL size 1s but they are quite bulky on young-uns. There is so much material in the cross over bits - I've often thought that - I think this is why fitteds are so fat. It doesn't do much iyswi: a whole lot of material for not much gain in absorbancy. Hey ho. Prefolds and two parters make much more sense.

BiscuitCrumbsInBed Thu 25-Apr-13 21:59:43

Rrreow I have some prefolds in the library stash I could loan you if you want to try them? I could never get on with them myself so I won't be very good at 'selling' them but I've tried a small one stuffed in an Alva pocket and it worked really well. If you like fitteds and wraps how about bimbles, I think they come in quite small sizes.

Loaned out some nappies today ! grin and had mine out on the line grin grin

Good job with your parenting group Pidj, hope ds's rocket bum knocks their socks off! In a manner of speaking...

Hello everyone I haven't said hello to! Especially all new fluff fans!

BiscuitCrumbsInBed Thu 25-Apr-13 22:01:39
NappyHappy Thu 25-Apr-13 22:39:06

I love those nappies Biscuit. The boys wear them at night but I've had to boost ds3's!

The fluff is on the maiden but the fluff I took in off the line yesterday had been out for 2 days and smells really fresh. I am tragic!

BiscuitCrumbsInBed Fri 26-Apr-13 08:56:23

No you're not! I love the smell of washing fresh off the line! Maybe we're both tragic smile

NappyHappy Fri 26-Apr-13 10:15:44

We must be wink. Have you heard of a poo spoon/spatula?

rrreow Fri 26-Apr-13 10:49:02

Biscuit thanks, but as I'm wanting to use them as a stopgap until DS is big enough to fit into his size 1s (so approx 3.5kg if he's born at less than that) he'd probably have reached that by the time I tried out the prefolds! I'm also considering just using muslins with a wrap because of their reusability but it's great to know you can effectively use pfs as a booster too as that helps justify the cost.

midori1999 Fri 26-Apr-13 20:06:21

Ooh, rrreow, I didn't realise you were expecting. grin When are you due?

My friend who has been using cloth for a while has just lent me quite a few different types of newborn nappy to try when the baby is born. She says they should be enough until the baby is in my Bamboozles, but I'm not sure. There's about 6 I think. A little lamb (not sure what type) a fluffle, a teenyfit (that is SO cute!) and a few others that I can't remember what they are. I'm so happy with the bamboozles, I'm thinking of just ordering some size 1's for at first.

My bamboozle's came today, so I have enough cloth for full time now. grin I have pre washed them and they are drying.

rrreow Fri 26-Apr-13 20:56:02

midori1999 I'm due mid June! Feels like ages still.. When are you due?

Partly I'm just so excited to try out cloth from birth.. that is normal right...?!! (although we're going to use sposies until the meconium is out the way and/or if we need to stay in hospital for any reason). We wanted to go with cloth for DS1 but just weren't able to wrap our heads around it, had some leaks/poosplosions and thought the nappies were at fault sad. Oh well at least I'm going in to it now with a lot more knowledge!!

rrreow Fri 26-Apr-13 20:58:38

Wanted to go with cloth for DS1 soon after he was born I meant. Obviously he's in cloth now.

DH just complained to me that I don't do any of the nappy changes anymore, that he's always doing it grin It's kind of true though. I probably only do about 6-8 changes a week! (although to be fair, the bulk are done by nursery/childminder) But I figure I'm going to be doing about 90% of the changes for DS2 initially so I'm just accruing some nappy changing credit grin

LeBFG Sat 27-Apr-13 08:56:22

I did muslins first time round and I've found the prefolds much better this time. No nippa, just held in with a wrap/stuffed. They are easier to fit and more absorbant - they last DD hours if she doesn't poo. They do take longer to dry though. Would recommend highly! I like them better than LL at the moment because I find the fitteds are bulky at the back and newborns spend a lot of time on their backs. I wonder how comfortable the fitteds are for them.

midori1999 Sat 27-Apr-13 18:23:31

Not too long to go then rrreow, although I bet it feels like forever. grin I'm not due until mid october, but I have gestational diabetes and an on insulin and metformin, so they won't let me go over 38 weeks. That said, all except my first (this is my 7th) were born before 38 weeks naturally anyway, so I may not get to induction.

Today has been our first full day in cloth and DD has a bit of nappy rash. sad she has had a poo at every single nappy change today, so that's probably why but I only have sudocream so I think I'm going to have to stick her in a disposable tonight. I think I'm changing her enough, I've used 4 nappies today, so changed every 3 hours or so and they've by no means been soaked at the changes. Obviously I've changed her immediately when she's poo'd. Does that all sound ok?

What nappy creams can I use with cloth if any?


NappyHappy Sat 27-Apr-13 19:59:22

Hi Mid, ive used Metanium, sudocrem, bepanthen and vaseline and its only the Metanium that stains but it washes out.

Its been a big wee fest today with my 2.

BOO! grin I am crap at keeping up with threads but here I be. Just to say hello though as I have been so ridiculously busy I have had very little time to use the computer (plus my net has been off for weeks) and I may well not get on mn for another while. It's all go here, we came back from holiday with the offer of the family business and a house and so we are moving to Malta!! Have to sort out dual passports and school places and selling up and all that jazz so we will be leaving at the end of the next school year which will be next july. I am super excited grin grin grin It does mean I will be passing on my sling library dreams to my friend and can no longer be a cloth crusader but what an opportunity! Hope everyone is good and all the new (and old) babies are well smile dd2 will be 6 months in a couple weeks! Dh is just coming in from work so I must go get his dinner now but I will be back to actually read the thread and maybe even have a chat asap smile

midori1999 Sun 28-Apr-13 10:11:13

Thanks NH. I didn't realise you could use sudocream, I thought it coated the nappy or something. Will make life much easier to use it.

I am not sure I'll save any money by using cloth as I've discovered the WeeNotions website this morning... Oh dear.... DH is not going to be impressed....

PurplePidjin Sun 28-Apr-13 10:54:30

midori get on the preloved fb pages and stalk for bargains?

LeBFG Sun 28-Apr-13 12:53:29

Yes, I use creams when neccessary and never had problems with my nappies mid. ANd I second Pidj's suggestion too. I've had some real bargins.

How exciting for you KFC - I hope all goes as well as you would like. It'll be a great learning time for you and your family at the very least!

midori1999 Mon 29-Apr-13 13:41:55

Thanks everyone. I will try a bit of sudocream if I need it then, but we seem to have been ok since then. fingers crossed!

I have been stalking the preloved Facebook pages for nappies, but you have to be so quick to get in on there, they're fast! grin I have bought a job lot of used 'cheapy' pockets which came with inserts and some fleece liners and wipes to try, which cost me less with postage than one of the weenotions nappies, so bargainous, even if I only keep them for spares.

I think I'm quite attached to my bamboozles really, they seem bombproof, so I might just get some nice wraps for them.

NappyHappy Mon 29-Apr-13 20:25:27

Those FB pages are fab, I've just sold a load of ME wraps on there.

Lots of lovely bargains wink

rrreow Tue 30-Apr-13 13:26:52

Oh my god my Babymule changing bag just arrived!!!!!!!!!!!!!! See, I would post this on my Facebook but I don't think my friends would adequately understand the excitement this brings forth.

OK so this totally was a luxury purchase but I really got swayed because a few of the reviewers specifically mentioned it being great for cloth nappies and having more than one kid because it just has all the room you need.

I should be working but I want to play with my new bag!!

NappyHappy Tue 30-Apr-13 13:31:55

Ooh don't work, what do you do?

I could do with a nappy bag big enough for 2 childrens worth of paraphernalia too.

Just been to Costco and come back armed with their legendary carrot cake. grin

rrreow Tue 30-Apr-13 14:25:21

I run an event filming company with DH. We're a very small company (us & 1 employee, rest of our people are freelance) and I do a lot of the admin, pre-production and also the website. It's amazing working from home and having the flexibility, but it's not always the most fulfilling/rewarding work. Especially now I'm getting to the end of my pregnancy I just want to clean & tidy the house (VERY out of character for me), crochet stuff and do baby item shopping.

NappyHappy Wed 01-May-13 11:47:50

I typed out a long reply then my stupid phone died.

The EcoEgg is something ill not be buying again, after a few washes the nappies weren't smelling fresh or clean so have been using Co-op's own brand non bio and 60ml is working a treat.

Working from home always sounds great and as much as I would love to I can see cabin fever setting in. Do you enjoy working from home?

rrreow Wed 01-May-13 13:13:21

NH oooh that's good to know. I think I'll be sticking to my EcoSprout then. Definitely not the cheapest but I do like it a lot and my nappies feel softer than with regular non-bio in our hard water area.

I love working from home. But we do have a proper office in our house which I think is really important for a professional feel and motivation purposes. It also works for me and DH to be around each other all the time grin but I know that it would drive some people crazy. I just love the flexibility and how it gives me so much more time to do stuff (e.g. at 6 I can start cooking, rather than need to commute back home & feel exhausted and just want to put my feet up once home).

Also I love being able to see DS during the day (SIL looks after him in our home and he goes to nursery until 3.30pm a few days a week). The only time I wish I had a regular job is around this time when I'd just like to take maternity leave and do nothing!

NappyHappy Thu 02-May-13 07:59:14

You're one of the lucky ones grin

I would strangle dh wink if I had him round me all day.

Well, another beautiful day out so shall be finishing what I started yesterday, clean buggy as it has been sold and is getting collected later then clean house (didn't happen yesterday) and stuff nappies!

Does the sprout smell of anything? What's your due date?

rrreow Thu 02-May-13 10:28:16

It smells in the packet (they do different ones), but once it's been in the wash you can't smell it anymore. It's been a complaint of some reviewers but I don't mind. I couldn't smell my regular detergent either after a nappy wash.

6 weeks to goooooo. Due date is 15 June. It sounds so soon in terms of normal time, but in terms of third trimester pregnant time it feels like ages!

NappyHappy Fri 03-May-13 13:05:06

6 weeks. It will go slow, always bloody does shock

I'll look into Eco Sprout once I've done a few more washes and finished this box, see if it does the trick.

The fluff is getting washed as I type so it can go straight on the line whilst its still nice enough!

grin Mum using nappy nippas last night 'ooh these new fangled things'. Had to show her how to use it. wink

PurplePidjin Fri 03-May-13 13:13:08

Nearly there, rrreow!

We're in random cotton fitteds someone gave me (disana?) and wraps as all my fluff is on the line blush

rrreow Fri 03-May-13 13:30:45

Nappy wash is on, looking forward to putting them outside later. The weather is so gorgeous! Days like these I actually look forward to going to the bank and post office.

NappyHappy Fri 03-May-13 14:11:29

I might sort the back out a bit more and stick ds3 in some kind of chair thing. Its cloudy but nice enough.

Little Lambs have got a 3 day offer on starting today 8 for £32 inc postage or something like that.

How are the longies doing p?

rrreow Fri 03-May-13 17:53:55

I can blame pregnancy hormones for going for that offer when I really don't need any more nappies, right? Got 8 size 1s and some breast pads. I tried reusable breast pads last time but they chafed around the edges, I am unsure what brand they were, maybe Avent and they came with my breast pump? Hoping to have better luck with LL.

NappyHappy Fri 03-May-13 19:22:29

They can be blamed for everything!

It'll be potty training time soon for ds2. Cripes! I'll be selling/swapping some of the smaller stuff to fund training pants (and old towels for the floor).

Who will be with ds when you give birth?

PurplePidjin Fri 03-May-13 20:22:28

Longies are still fab grin haven't had to cope with a weaning poo yet though...

Wish i could afford new nappies but i bought a wrap today so it'll have to wait. Amazonas on zulily, hurrah!

NappyHappy Fri 03-May-13 23:22:57

Ooooh, how is weaning going? We're moving onto solid logs now wink and he's managing the hand-food-mouth thing now with no choking!

What size wraps are you using? I'd love some Blueberries but I cant afford them confused

NappyHappy Fri 03-May-13 23:24:10

Ive not been on Zulilly, is it good?

PurplePidjin Sat 04-May-13 01:02:21

Going great. He's had sweet potato, parsnip, banana, baby rice in various combinations and will try apple tomorrow. I also have avocado, butternut squash, weetabix waitrose version and melon on the list. He eats nearly 2 ice cubes per meal, or 1 plus a tbsp rice made with bm, by us loading the spoon and him shoving it in and sucking. Messy but working, no gagging or reluctance so far smile

Zulily can be a little twee but some good bargains if you stick to what you need and ignore the pretties wink

rrreow Sat 04-May-13 18:00:02

2 days after booking my homebirth assessment and I've come over all itchy hmm just had bloods taken last week so will hear on Tuesday. Am a bit worried it's cholestasis again and won't get to have my homebirth. sad Although the positive thing about being induced would be knowing when I'm having my baby and being able to plan a bit better for it. DS1 will be picked up by his aunt and stay with her in any case.

NH you'll have to tell me about potty training. Hopefully DS will be ready this summer.

NappyHappy Sat 04-May-13 20:57:21

Sounds like he is doing great! Greedy dude too by the sounds of it wink Baby rice is great for thickening stuff up too.

Both weaning a d potty training are funny.

DS1 was 2.5 when I pt'd him, tried earlier but the time wasn't right. DS2 isn't showing any signs yet but we'll see what he does when I get a potty.

Or we could do Elimination Communication wink

He's in his big boy bed tonight, that was fun changing that from his cot before. It only took me 20 Mins but he kept on walking round me in circles and pulling at stuff.

One of my stitches looks like its un-knotting too. Grr.

I hope you get your home birth R, you must let us know when you find out. Are you far from the hospital? Are your parents coming over?

PurplePidjin Sun 05-May-13 19:34:29

Fx, rrr thanks

Half a banana for breakfast given by daddy while mummy catches up on sleep parsnip, sweet potato and rice for lunch, then the last bit of lunch plus a cube of apple for tea! Only been going 10 days shock

Gluten is supposed to be 6m, he'll be 24 weeks tomorrow is it worth trying porridge? He's nearly too tired for more than a snack at tea time so i want a proper breakfast in him...

NappyHappy Sun 05-May-13 19:59:21

Yeah its fine, I use ready brek stuff as it works out a similar price for a big box wink and used it with all 3 without any problems. Nice mixed with fruit puree. Have you attempted juice/bm in a cup yet?

He is certainly doing just fine! Are you proud of you both? grin

ds3 has had said ready break, pasta and sauce and some rice which had korma sauce on with some chicken and red peppers finely shredded in.

How are the nights? 11pm and 3am here give or take a couple of hours. Tried watering the feeds down and that was a disaster and so was reducing the amount of milk he has. Also epic fail grin so shall just go with the flow! Dummies still get the look of doom and spat out hmm

PurplePidjin Sun 05-May-13 20:45:27

We have oats anyway for grown ups' brekkie so will soak some tonight and he can have it with banana in the morning grin water from a sippy cup with meals, otherwise boob juice from source. Can't wait to get mushing what we have, might have to figure out the knack to the mini blender my mum gave us blush been squishing with a fork so far. He seems ok with a few soft lumps though?

PurplePidjin Sun 05-May-13 20:46:55

Nights been disrupted for about 10 days but settling down now - down at 8:30 then 30 minute feeds at 1:30 and 4. Not bad for a littlie smile

LeBFG Mon 06-May-13 07:19:53

Elimination communication makes me laugh. Adults running around constantly after their toddlers so they don't poo on the floor grin. I'm surprised the toddlers don't rebel more. Mine would have (waggy finger and tut-tut-tut).

Ah, I can't believe Pidj is weaning already. My lil DD is starting cooing...arghh, they'll all be at university next. Panic.

PurplePidjin Mon 06-May-13 08:10:49

Scary innit, BFG grin how's the fluff?

LeBFG Mon 06-May-13 10:52:19

I'm doing fluff part time really. Not nights and not when DS goes to the CM. Just put some prefolds out and the sun bleached them in no time. Magic. Has little Pidj's poos changed consistancy yet? That's when the real fluff cleaning work starts hmm.

NappyHappy Mon 06-May-13 13:10:05

I got told straight to fork mash but ds3 didn't like so if R is getting on with it then keep on grin and the night thing sounds great too! Had a few nights of lots of wakings when we first started but all 3 had disrupted nights at first. hmm hmm

You were obviously a Mum in a previous life grin

Hi BFG, are things settling into some kind of routine ish resembling thing? Are you OK? EC is definitely not for us. They can go outside if they want to do that.

Ds2 now stands in front of me with his mouth wide open when he wants my food, he is a funny boy.

PurplePidjin Mon 06-May-13 13:50:50

Well he just hovered up a cube of parsnip, a cube of sweet potato, 2tsp rice, 1 heaped tsp pureed cauliflower and 1/8 if a banana. He's now asleep on me and I'm about to transfer to my mum's bed.

Sleep was fucked again last night but I think he's just hungrier than I expected. Will be piling in the solids at teatime, and going to try a dream feed at 10 instead of leaving him from 8:30 as he woke at 11:45 last night anyway. Fingers crossed!

Go on, BFG, take the plunge. plunge. If I can do it you can smile

NappyHappy Mon 06-May-13 17:50:45

Wow Pidj! Greedy sausage! That's excellent going. He eats more than ds3 grin Dream feed sounds like a good idea. Anything to get them to sleep longer wink wink

I'm gonna give him his tea now, me and ds2 have eaten, ds1 refused as it contains potatoes and dh is at work.

Might try both small people with poached egg tomorrow... confused

PurplePidjin Mon 06-May-13 18:36:41

Turned up his nose at apple porridge so had banana (another eighth), apple and rusk. Tried him on whole rusk but he got frustrated trying to eat it flat side first so i mushed it with water - new favourite food! Hope he sleeps better tonight hmm

BiscuitCrumbsInBed Mon 06-May-13 22:56:33

Hi everyone just been catching up... KFC if you're still there, v exciting re move abroad, good luck! Keep us updated...

All the weaning chat has taken me right back, NH and Pidj - I found it really stressful as dd hardly ate anything for ages and I got in a real tizzy about it. Her eating at 21mo now is still pretty random plus 6 milk feeds a day and all bloody night sigh

R good bargain with the LLs! How is the new changing bag?

I've got some gNappies coming with my Ocado order tomorrow as they are on offer, still pricey £11.20 for a gPant and pouch but no inserts! Like buying just a wrap I guess. Am intrigued by them as they look pretty weird so will report back. I've ordered a small and a medium for the library but might just about get dd into the medium - I hope so.

NappyHappy Tue 07-May-13 10:20:01

Bloody hell Biscuit thats alot at her age, you've gotta be tired?!

Ds1 barely eats too and he's 5y in a few weeks. But there's no point getting pissed of with him over it as it's not going to achieve anything. Then ds2 is an eating machine. He does not stop. wink

Ds3 is in the front garden asleep in the shade bless him. 2 hourly wakes last night.

How was your night Pidj?

rrreow Tue 07-May-13 12:13:13

Hi Biscuit <waves> The changing bag is AMAZING but I haven't actually used it yet lol. It's allocated as my hospital bag currently, as an amazing amount of stuff actually fits in there! It's not full yet and currently has in it:
-whole pack of newborn nappies
-pack of maternity pads
-two packs of pants
-small wash bag

I think I will actually be able to fit in all my & DS2's essentials. Last time when we went for my induction we showed up at the hospital looking like we were going on holiday for 2 weeks, so am keen to be more economical with my packing this time grin

I'm planning a trip to Nappy Ever After this afternoon to get some prefolds & nippas.

It's DS1's 2nd birthday tomorrow! Can't believe where the time has gone...

Eating is such a difficult issue isn't it. DS is a so-so eater. Sometimes he eats enormous amounts, sometimes he doesn't even touch his dinner. I'm forcing myself to be super laid back about it as I don't want him to have my food issues.

LeBFG Tue 07-May-13 12:30:47

Feeding's such a worry isn't it? I'm surprised and pleased for you guys that weaning is going so well. DS was a nightmare and still is - he eats like a very thin sparrow. I suppose I shouldn't expect more as his dad is very tall and was extremely thin as a teenager (seen the photos - I'm sure wicked MIL starved him!). I'm the same as you rrreow, I try not to make it into a big deal....but it is a big deal to me. Sigh.

He still says very little, the little monkey. I'm sure his plan is to worry mum into an early grave...hmm. DD, on the other hand, is cooing a treat. She sometimes sleeps very well at night (record so far is 8 hours). Even if she wakes more for food I never have to get up to get her back to sleep. She's very chilled. And very cute grin.

BiscuitCrumbsInBed Tue 07-May-13 13:48:07

cries quietly with envy at petite BFG's ability to sleep so long

Yes NH it is knackering. And I am permanently starving. But I just eat constantly so that's ok smile it's been a 'path of least resistance' thing for me up to now - she gets really upset if I refuse a feed and it seems to be the only way she can relax and switch off - she either feeds to sleep or drops off in the pram inthe daytime. I'm trying to cut down by distraction / keep offering more food etc but she's not really buying into it...!

Hi R have fun at NEA! Bet you come back with more than you went in for grin they had a sale box of some Bummis wraps for £5 each last time I was there a few weeks ago, I got a cute frog print one. Change bag sounds amazing! I also took enough stuff to the hospital for a week's holiday - an actual suitcase was involved I think blush so am impressed by your minimal packing...

BiscuitCrumbsInBed Tue 07-May-13 13:48:37

Oops didn't mean that to be in bold!

LeBFG Tue 07-May-13 16:11:05

Don't be envious Biscuit - I had such a hard time with DS that I deserve a bit of break this time round! In any case, 8 hours is her record, it's normally something like 4-6 and every 3 hours in the day. Compare with DS's every 2 hours in the day and every 3 at 6 months!

PurplePidjin Tue 07-May-13 17:16:08

Wake ups at 2, 3, 5 and 6 sad

However, today he's been loaded with food - rusk and banana for breakfast, sweet potato (x2) cauli and rice for lunch, and parsnip for tea. Plus i got a 1 1/2 hour nap in the cot this afternoon. Hoping this bodes well <optimistic>

BiscuitCrumbsInBed Tue 07-May-13 21:38:27

Thanks BFG, it's always good to know people have been through the same and survived! If I'm crazy lucky enough to have another hopefully ill get a sleeper...

Had my first nappucino today for the nappy library- 3 people came, 2 borrowed - I was happy with that! Votes please - on flyers/posters should I call it a nappuccino, a nappy natter, or are those too twee / vague and better just to call it nappy demo/ coffee morning?

Good luck for tonight Pidj!

rrreow Wed 08-May-13 12:57:43

I like nappuccino, but maybe also put nappy chat or demo in parentheses, as I wouldn't have known what a nappuccino was until I actually got into reusables.

My yarn arrived today to make this blanket, I am so excited!!

It's DS's 2nd birthday today! Wow I can't believe it's been 2 years.

PurplePidjin Wed 08-May-13 14:00:49

It didn't. But, he's now napping in his cot properly during the day after a little persistence so i haven't given up hope.


NappyHappy Wed 08-May-13 20:09:36

I fell asleep on the sofa before for about 10mins. Then had a small chubby toddler sticking his fingers in my belly button.

I don't know how many times ds3 woke last night, he hasn't slept much today either so god knows what tonight brings.

You certainly are spreading the fluffy love biscuit, excellent.

2? Where does it go R?

NappyHappy Wed 08-May-13 20:10:11

That blanket is beautiful.

BiscuitCrumbsInBed Wed 08-May-13 21:35:54

Oh that blanket looks lovely. So nice to have something you've made yourself. I've got my granny knitting for baby biscuit as it would take me about 2 years to make a cardi that she can do in a day...

Happy birthday to your little boy rrreow!

Good luck for tonight NH... We are going away for the weekend with some friends so expecting even less sleep than usual as she will be in a strange bed... Luckily our friends all have kids too so we will all be shattered grin

NappyHappy Thu 09-May-13 09:21:50

Bed for 8pm then he was awake 11, 2 and 3.30. Stirred between then and 6 but he went back to sleep. Dh is on nights this weekend so I'll get better quality sleep (I'm hoping!)

How were everyone else's nights? Might put him to bed with ds2 at 7 and see what happens.

I've converted one to cloth and working on another! wink

The general waste bins are now fortnightly so now is time!!

PurplePidjin Thu 09-May-13 10:16:16

Went down at 7:15 (from a 6:15 start of feed!) dream feed at 10 woke him so back down at 11:15, awake at 2 and 4:30, up for the day at 7:15. I'm fucked.

rrreow Thu 09-May-13 10:59:38

Yay for cloth conversion! All the people I know are too close to potty training, so I can't convert anyone. I did mention training pants to a friend of mine though who has some trouble with her nearly 4 yo who is technically potty trained but just can't be bothered going for a wee when he needs to. I have to send her some info. What training pants are good?

DS woke once at 5am and I am dead now grin but I think I would've been anyway, I had a run of about 4-5 days where I felt really amazing (not tired, not pregnant) but yesterday and today I've just felt exhausted, heavy and achy. I'm guessing the baby is doing some growing or something.

NappyHappy Thu 09-May-13 14:50:46

I can imagine! My god. What is going on with our boys?! Here's me thinking weaning would help. How wrong.

At least you got some sleep R winkwink

Ds2 has just shoved a hot brew all over me. Ouch.

Not even looked into training pants yet smile

PurplePidjin Sat 11-May-13 07:40:24

I just won 4 Eco Baby bamboo fitteds size M on fleabay. Grand total of £7.82 <chuffed>

rrreow Sat 11-May-13 13:49:06

How many times should I wash my new Little Lamb bamboo nappies so they're useable? I don't really need them to be at their max absorbency (as I'm thinking a newborn needs changing every 3 seconds anyway). I've washed them twice now so far.

NappyHappy Sat 11-May-13 16:53:08

R, twice before they can be used and 6 for max absorbancy.

P, huzzah!!! That is truly bargainous!!!

Ebay is definitely cheaper than fb. shock

DH is on nights this weekend so I might get slightly better sleep. I'll be in bed early with my knitting though.

rrreow Sat 11-May-13 20:26:23

Thanks NH I'll stick with twice then. Hope you'll get some better sleep.

NappyHappy Sat 11-May-13 20:28:15

Ive just put a Betty Crocker cake in t'oven wink

Cake, silence, shite tv and my mn knitting! Get in!!

PurplePidjin Sat 11-May-13 21:24:02


I have a newly-learnt self-settler hmm Mummy threw a strop last night and popped some boundaries in place. Worked at 2:30am, afternoon nap at my folks and 2nd time lucky this evening!

He ate 3 cubes of root veg plus 1/2 banana at lunch, then 2 cubes cauliflower and 2tbsp rice for tea. Poo is of the roll off consistency. So i can't be that crap, even with the not sleeping through yet thing, right?

Really ought to snuggle down but i wanna watch embarrassing bodies blush

NappyHappy Sat 11-May-13 22:09:26

Wtf is sleeping? (Let alone sleeping through wink)

He certainly is a greedy boy! And well done you for getting him to self settle. It has to be done, you need your sleep. I think you're doing everything right smile so there. Are you getting any sleep in the day?

Im so glad dh is working nights this weekend, when small and noisy wakes im going to leave him as long as I can (he doesn't cry when he wakes just kicks about and chats) before I sort him to see if I can push the feed forward a bit iykwim.

Ds1 is still up farting about upstairs in a den we made and ds2 hasn't long since been put back to bed after his hysterical episode.

NappyHappy Sat 11-May-13 22:10:03

I envy E.Bodies.

NappyHappy Sun 12-May-13 01:11:12

If its any consolation ds2 is screaming the house down buig time as ds1 woke up screaming. Ds3 is now stirring through the racket. confusedconfused

PurplePidjin Sun 12-May-13 04:03:56

Sleep in the day? I've been lucky to get him to sleep for 20 minutes on me during the day so far - this week has seen major breakthroughs!

Just had 45 minutes of hysteria, didn't want boob, hugs etc confused it's only cio if you walk away and ignore, right? Finally down. The other times were no where near thus, 2 minutes shouting max.

He sleeps soooooo much better when he's done it for himself -5 hours or so, compared with 1 1/2 when fed to sleep. So i know I'm doing the right thing. I think. Don't know how I'd cope with more than one! brew

NappyHappy Sun 12-May-13 07:38:58

So poop nights all round then wink

Then ds3 woke 11.30, 2ish, 5ish and half an hour ago.

Hopefully you've had some more sleep. thanks

PurplePidjin Sun 12-May-13 08:41:29

Actually, not too bad. 7:30-1, 1:15-3:15 and 4-8:20 shock i think he was pissed off at the 3:15 one because he wanted go be asleep and wasn't, he barely had any milk (mess on my top this morning!) so 11 hours total which is loads more than normal smile

NappyHappy Sun 12-May-13 10:44:50

That not bad at all! He's getting the hang of it wink

If the older boys hadn't had woken and had their carry on it wouldn't have been too bad here either.

Are you still feeling tired?

PurplePidjin Sun 12-May-13 13:32:37

Just got him down to nap in 20 minutes including boobjuice grin hoping for at least an hour of crochet although I'm also defrosting fish for a pie for dinner.

Guess that's the easy side to your first - you're allowed to swear at people who wake them up wink

LeBFG Sun 12-May-13 14:52:15

Pidj, I think as long as you're close when the baby is crying then they know you're there and it isn't CIO. I did a similar thing with nap-allergic DS and it worked the first time I tried it (I snapped - I needed a nap myself I remember very clearly). It took longer to discourage night time feeds though hmm.

All asleep here and I'm making croissants shock - wish me luck!

NappyHappy Sun 12-May-13 15:11:18

You are so right B, there comes a point where enoughs enough and something has to be done.

Were on chicken breast and veg for tea not sure how and with what sauce etc as its regularly a ready steady cook tea most days wink

Mmmmm fish pie and croissants.

Ds2 has been asleep since 1pm and ds3 since 1.30. After last last im leaving ds2 asleep til half past then ill get him up.

Ds3 is getting his first tooth! I check his mouth every few days and I noticed the redness before. Thanks be for amber! But shall Anbesol tonight too.

BiscuitCrumbsInBed Sun 12-May-13 17:59:25

Sleep is but a distant memory grin good work Pidj on getting R napping. The roll off poo is great too makes life a lot easier. Did I just say poo was great?! <shakes head sadly> Just ordered some size 3 LL bamboos for dd for night times, her size 2 stretchies are only just about big enough now. FYP had 5 for £25 so how could I resist. A blueberry wrap from the bargain preloved section may also have sneaked into my basket too... blush I was temped to get a Charlie banana to try too, £11 seemed pretty good, but must exercise some restraint!

PurplePidjin Sun 12-May-13 18:53:59

Fed him in my bed, walked him through, popped him down and he fell asleep to Ewan's first harp strum shock

Biscuit, pm me if you want to pass on some size 2s. I won 4 but not sure that'll be enough, at least for my peace of mind!

NappyHappy Sun 12-May-13 21:00:35

Fingers crossed Pidj, I was strict Mum tonight. All 3 bathed and in bed for 7.30 ish. We were on Classic FM last night for ds2.

Do you find music helps? Sleep.

PurplePidjin Sun 12-May-13 21:40:22

I've only tried Ewan but it has no discernible effect in the car much to my mother's bafflement he likes Bob Marley and Motown for a little bop though hmm

Don't Worry is his lullaby of choice possibly because it's the only thing i know all the words to

Still asleep. I've watched X Men First Class and pumped 3oz. CSI then sleep for me too smile

NappyHappy Sun 12-May-13 22:00:31

Bob Marley reminds me of my oldest friend smile happy days. That and UB40! Oh to be 13 again (for a very short time)

Sleeps for all boys round then! grin grin grin grin Hopefully we'll get some too!

Devs favourite non family member is coming over in the morning. Auntie Woo woo.

Would you recommend YouTube for good beginners guide to crochet?

CSI, Sunday night used to be my CSI night.

PurplePidjin Mon 13-May-13 01:55:16

Woke himself coughing at 11:30, quick suck, now on first actual feed smile

Look for Crochet Geek for good videos, nice and slow

CSI Sunday rocks!

NappyHappy Mon 13-May-13 07:43:40

Cool - to all grin I shall look for those videos tomorrow grin

Ds3 was awake from 10.30 til 1.30 then 2-2.30 then up for the day at 5.30! Then ds2 woke then too so 3 hours sleep shockshock

Im sooo going back to sleep in a bit. DH's stupid dog ran off again too. Grr.

Young R, you are doing good!! gringrin

PurplePidjin Mon 13-May-13 07:54:23

He woke again at 4:15 and 6 so not that great hmm

NappyHappy Mon 13-May-13 08:33:15

Double hmm

How are we still functioning? sad

I was however sporting last nights tea courtesy of boy 3 when he puked all over himself and I. grin

Im counting down the minutes til the school run.

Do you sing Dont Worry in various accents to ds?

NappyHappy Mon 13-May-13 19:54:28

I'm thinking of the wring 'don't worry' song! shock

PurplePidjin Mon 13-May-13 21:36:18

No accents, no needto make even more of a twat of myself! It's a more interesting lullaby than twinkle fucking twinkle

NappyHappy Mon 13-May-13 22:49:24

Anything is better than twinkle!

I get told off for my singing in accents wink oh well. Even worse when out in public wink wink

Is tonight looking promising? ds3 has been asleep since 7 ish so am expecting a wake up call soon.

PurplePidjin Tue 14-May-13 05:17:42

Down at 7, quick resettle at 9:30, proper feeds at 2:30 and 5. Better smile

NappyHappy Tue 14-May-13 10:05:15

That is better! Has your fluff arrived yet?? That was such a bargain wink wink

Similar times here too! But woke from 2-3am then up for the day about 7.30 ish.

Long may it continue!

NappyHappy Tue 14-May-13 10:06:33

And the first tooth is through his gum. I definitely think the amber helps, I've only had to give him half advise of calpol once when his temp was raised the other night.

PurplePidjin Tue 14-May-13 15:21:10

Just threw a tantrum at my mum had to hang up before i said something i regretted blush

NappyHappy Tue 14-May-13 15:55:47

My Mum has that effect on me sometimes!

How is the weaning going? And how is do getting on now?

PurplePidjin Tue 14-May-13 18:26:33

All sorted, I'm just sick of waiting for her to offer to help - and I'm too proud to ask as she knows full well

Weaning is going great guns, dp is recovering well if slowly thanks smile

NappyHappy Tue 14-May-13 23:38:58

I had a bit of a rant at my Mother the other day saying that I need a break, and could she have the older 2. They're good kids just loud wink but she wants to wait til my Step Dad is off work too blush

Good to hear both the men in your life are doing good.

Ive got 6 Bimbles to sell with 3 Nippas for £25 all in if you're still looking for fluff?

NappyHappy Wed 15-May-13 01:44:07

Yay little D has finally gone back to sleep after waking at 11. I am loving listening to the heavy rain outside though smile

PurplePidjin Wed 15-May-13 02:28:51

Went down at 6. Wake ups at 9:45, 12, 12:40 and 2:20.

PurplePidjin Wed 15-May-13 04:39:37

And 4:30

NappyHappy Wed 15-May-13 08:19:16

Fuck. Can you see properly? Do you have plans today or are you able to veg in bed/sofa?

Ds2 decided to wake at 5.30.

I thought they were meant to sleep at night?!

PurplePidjin Wed 15-May-13 09:04:41

Yeah, off to a mums crochet group. Must jump in shower!

rrreow Wed 15-May-13 13:04:17

Crochet group sounds fun!

NappyHappy Wed 15-May-13 14:35:52

It sounds nice and relaxing. Just whats needed. smile

How are you R?

PurplePidjin Wed 15-May-13 15:19:16

It was a bit crap-had to teach them all in between looking after babies hmm so i ducked out early an surprised a friens who's been having a rough time lately. Seeing other 6mo babies really brought it home to me that R really is advanced for his age, it's not just me being pfb. He sat in a highchair playing with toys, cooing and looking round while the others (3 a couple of weeks older) lay in prams/carseats and stared at stuff... Wish one of you guys could meet him and give me a proper objective opinion, not just what you think i want to hear! Mind, even my GP and the lovely bf mw at group think he's ahead confused

BiscuitCrumbsInBed Wed 15-May-13 18:40:43

It is really nice when they can sit up and look around, they seem to get less frustrated than when they're stuck on their backs. This stage - sitting up and pre-mobile - is the easiest IMHO! I spent ages wishing dd would crawl as she showed no interest in it for ages, then she was suddenly off! Exploring everywhere faster than I could child-proof it, constantly in search of new ways to endanger herself... She is still the same, always trying to climb onto a chair, from the chair to the table, to the bookshelves, etc.... Enjoy. It while it lasts!

My size 3 LLs arrived today plus new blueberry wrap, the wrap is so cute! I'm guilting myself a bit about whether I really need the size 3s for overnight... They look massive... Bt then I can't see the stretchies lasting much longer and she's not 2 yet so will still be. In nappies at night for a while surely?! Going to prewash and try one and keep the rest back for a bit I think. When dh sees them he will be a bit confused do we really need more nappies?!

BiscuitCrumbsInBed Wed 15-May-13 18:41:42

rrreow when are you starting mat leave?? Not long to go now surely?

rrreow Wed 15-May-13 21:00:21

do we really need more nappies?!

An emphatic 'yes' to that, of course grin What print did you get for the Blueberry? I love my Blueberries, they're great for distracting DS: "Do you want the elephants or the dinosaurs?" And he loves the one with monkeys because he can actually say that word (in Dutch) and they have bananas.

Had to go to the antenatal department on Monday due to some shortness of breath & chest pain and spent all day there pretty much waiting around sad All is fine though, it was probably a combination of the baby squashing up towards my lungs and a cold I've been having.

Not sure I'll be going on mat leave as such before the baby is born. It's not really an option as we run our own business. But I am taking it easy, sleeping a bit later in the mornings and sometimes having a nap if I need it. Practically speaking this does mean I probably won't finish the baby blanket in time lol

PP sounds like he's doing really well. That was a difficult age for my DS as he just wanted to be entertained all the time. For me it was actually a relief when he started crawling because he got so much happier being able to do his own thing.

PurplePidjin Wed 15-May-13 22:53:03

Luckily he'll play by himself for 10-15 minutes when he's in the mood, which is several times a day. Plus i have dp around all the time to help out. They have breakfast together now ds is on solids which gives me an hour or two to catch up on sleep, and they go out for groceries and coffee together so i can catch up on soaking in the bath, pureeing, sewing etc.

My ebay bargain nappies turned up, they're beautiful! Unused, unwashed, silky soft! 3 layer fitted bamboo nappies with 2 layer fleece topped snap in boosters. I've got them in a bucket of water with a dash of washing powder to soak, and will put them in with the nappy wash tomorrow. Can't wait <saddo>

NappyHappy Thu 16-May-13 06:50:33

I'd love to see him P, little sausage is like that too but started sitting properly about 7m and is currently sat on the floor farting away playing with his toys whilst I have a brew smile

You're are also very lucky to have a DP that helps! grin mines never even bathed ds2 or 3 or changed any nappies!

Your new fluff sounds cool, and you have to report back on how they are wink (even sadder).

Size 3?! Both mine are in size 2 with the tabs touching in the middle!

Ds2 is the climber, cupboards, furniture, people. He'll be the one who is in A&E alot winkhmm

PurplePidjin Thu 16-May-13 08:29:57

Never bathed them? Dp would say he should be ashamed to call himself a dad or a partner. He has Strong Views about men who don't pull their weight angry unless it's to do with his health then i take it back. A bit Surely he can at least change nappies (that's why we have velcro ones wink)

R was up every 2 hours, but dp took him down for brekkie at 6:15 so i had an hour to catch up. He ate a whole weetabix with bm and pear shock

Must go do the nappy wash, new ones to play with!

LexiLoganberryBump Thu 16-May-13 11:59:22

I'm going to be using bumgenius freetime nappies when my baby is born and reaches 10-12lbs.

So I've brought some second hand size 1 cotton little lamb nappies from ebay to use before baby gets to the min weight for the bumgenius. Weight range on them is 7-20lbs, they're nice but they look huge, I was wondering if any of you use little lamb nappies and if they did fit a newborn?

I brought second hand as I wanted something that I'd most likely only be using for the first 3 months so needed them to be economical. Worried if I can't use them straight away that I might of made a mistake and should of stuck with using disposables to begin with instead.

PurplePidjin Thu 16-May-13 13:10:48

I've got a couple of size 1 LL and they fit fine. It's the wrap that needs to be leak proof, the fitted is just to mop up the wet iyswim smile

rrreow Thu 16-May-13 13:18:05

I've got some LL size 1s for my imminent arrival and I was thinking how small and cute they look! But then I'm used to DSs big nappies. The LLs look only a little bit bigger than the size 1 Pampers disposables though so I really think they'll be fine on a newborn. As PP says, as long as everything is contained in the wrap it's fine. Any reusable is always going to look a bit more bulky on a baby than a disposable. LL say their size 1s should fit until about 9 months.

PurplePidjin Thu 16-May-13 13:58:53

As we're only getting 2 1/2 hours from a boosted EF I'm tempted to bump the size 1s to day use with a wrap and use the new size 2s over night with the woollies. Will see how the new ones do tonight first though!

Bizarrely dp can easily change a night nappy but often gets day ones twisted hmm you'd think AIOs would be easier!

LexiLoganberryBump Thu 16-May-13 14:36:32

Thanks purple and rrreow

rrreow have you brought new ones or seconds, just wondered if mine appear slightly larger as they've been stretched out a bit with use, the elastic has gone on a few.

Pleased you think they'll be ok though, really can't afford to have to buy disposables as well as buying the LL's.

rrreow Thu 16-May-13 15:56:59

I got mine new. They're the bamboo ones. They looked quite big until I prewashed them and now they look newborn size.

I have heard that before about the elastic going on LLs. Should still be fine as long as you have a good wrap (wrap with gussets should help for containing poosplosions)

LexiLoganberryBump Thu 16-May-13 16:22:36

The wraps I have are the LL wraps.

Just had a look at my bumgenius in there smallest setting and they look a similar size to the LL's. I'm sure it'll work out fine.

NappyHappy Thu 16-May-13 17:49:56

I am very impressed with the LL wraps.

Aww new squishy babies grin

Even before his leg and back started he didn't P, I told him last night to move out but he wont because he says its not fair on the boys. hmm his excuse is that he's been at work all day. Thats another story!

I got a new wet bag today from Bumdeal and I cant stop stroking it! Cow print minky smile the zips have broke on 2 of my others but will try and get one repaired, the other can be chucked.

Me and the small people had a big nana nap before. I feel so much better. These 5.30 wake ups are not good (looks at the smallest boy) even though I put him in with me with the tv on he protests and wants to play on the floor downstairs! I can hear ds2 playing with his cars in the early hours too but he goes back to sleep.

I expect a report re the new fluff wink

Who is the next to give birth?

PurplePidjin Thu 16-May-13 18:50:52

Sucks then. I hate people who make excused!

Still wet after a day on the line in full sun so have to wait till tomorrow to play

greedy boy vommed exercise style this afternoon. And I'm stuck at work for the evening. Tanked him up on book and no solids and dp stuck him in the bath as i left with my mum due round to help but i still feel bad for going out. But my colleague is off sick so if i don't come in there's no youth club tonight

rrreow Thu 16-May-13 18:59:16

I may well be next? 15 June. Just had my homebirth assessment today. Three midwives extremely excited about the prospect of a homebirth grin it was really nice. They don't get that many around here apparently.

Glad to say my DH also pulls his weight when it comes to baby stuff. He's very hands-on. He loves to sound off about cloth nappies though.. drives me mad (I think he lays it on thick exactly because he knows it riles me!). Although he was totally singing the praises of our reusable wipes the other day (after having to use disposable wipes for one poopy nappy change).

NappyHappy Thu 16-May-13 19:57:31

Dont feel bad P, you need time away, R and DP can do boy stuff and it'll do the young people at the YC good too!!

My fluff (not the boys wink) is still wet too. It's been on the maiden near a radiator for 2 days now shock

NappyHappy Thu 16-May-13 20:00:20

PS I LOVE your boys name R.

rrreow Thu 16-May-13 20:30:41

Thanks NH smile

Ooh you reminded me I just ordered a We're having someone in to board out the loft and thought it would be a good opportunity to have the same person install one of these at the top of our stairwell. I'm so excited! Not least because it means we'll finally get some floorspace back in our bedroom as currently I permanently have 2 airers set up.

PurplePidjin Thu 16-May-13 20:41:11

I do but feel bad when he's ill

NappyHappy Thu 16-May-13 21:58:11

He would say though if he was ill though? <hugs> how did tonight go?

I do get excited R about sad things like that. wink kitchen gadgetry and the like.

Currently trying out csp! Properly this time.

BiscuitCrumbsInBed Thu 16-May-13 22:41:10

The new blueberry is I think called blossom, or bloom - it's quite girly unlike my others which are monkeys and giraffes! Pretty and girly for a change! Lexi I like the LL wraps too they are lovely and soft and nice wide gussety bit round the legs which I think is good.

NH sounds like you have been having a really tough time with the boys at night - thinking of you, I don't know how you do it! How are you finding the csp? What have you got?

The size 3 LL looks less enormous now it's been thru the wash. Pidj when I read your post last night about the new bamboo soaking and ready to wash - I was exactly the same - and also excited about it... Oh dear... It's so sad how they lose that lovely softness when they're washed though... DD is enormous hence the 3s! She's always been 98th centile for height and weight, nearly the size of a 3 yr old at 21months. DH is 6'5 so all his fault really that I had to buy new ones!

NappyHappy Thu 16-May-13 23:00:24

I survive on coffee, cake, chocolate and nana naps wink

Ds2 used to be a right chubber til he started walking etc. confused his fat was cute.

Is anyone keeping a nappy as a keepsake type thing?

NappyHappy Thu 16-May-13 23:01:18

Ooh, yeah csp. Weenotions and so far so good. Will see what overnight brings!!

PurplePidjin Thu 16-May-13 23:10:12

Youthie was fab. No idea how R was, he was grottering when i got in so i fed him and dp is now trying to sleep. My mum's not here though (does 6:30-9:30 is while I'm out 6-10:30) so it can't have been too bad. He's in the jammies i laid out before i went though so i don't think he's vommed since the last one at 5.

Bamboo goes soft when tumble dried wink

NappyHappy Fri 17-May-13 08:57:14

Wicked, all sounds good in the house of purple!

Well, little D is still having his 'lets wake up 2-3.30am' phase. confused

I tried him in with me so he kept pulling my hair and slapping my specs! And puked.

Camomilla tonight winkwink

LexiLoganberryBump Fri 17-May-13 10:14:05

Thanks biscuit good to hear it's a good wrap.

PurplePidjin Fri 17-May-13 18:30:36

He's napped well today despite being out so fx for tonight

Little gannet has had 1/2 a weetabix with pear, 1oz sweet potato, 1/2oz butternut squash, 1 tbsp rice, 1oz apple, 1/2oz parsnip and 1/2oz pear today. Plus feeds every couple of hours. I don't know where he puts it!!

New nappy on grin

NappyHappy Fri 17-May-13 19:37:11

He'll test the nappy out with it winkwink

Ds3 has had 1/2 Wbix, slept through lunch and had 1/3 an Ellas pouch ad I'd not made anything! Some of my pasta which he threw at me grin

In bed now so we'll see if I get the 2am wake up call!!

New fluff grin cant wait for the report (saddo)

PurplePidjin Fri 17-May-13 19:58:12

I bought baby pasta today too. Going to try pasta with cauliflower and cheese for lunch tomorrow. Might be a bit less rough on the tum than yoghurt?

NappyHappy Fri 17-May-13 20:46:24

I love cauli cheese and pasta grin

Wonder what caused the Exorcism with the yogurt shock was it really bad?

Someone cant manage baby pasta yet, I've got to squish it with a fork.

Its mad having this baby eat little compared to ds2 who inhaled everything in sight at that age (and still does the piggy).

PurplePidjin Fri 17-May-13 21:26:53

I think it was just a bit rich. He'd never had dairy before then piggied an entire fromage frais. Shock to the system!

We'll see how he does with pasta, but he manages lumps in my shoddy mashing fairly well? Apparently his month older cousin refuses everything but milk, they all do things their own way fo sho confused

NappyHappy Fri 17-May-13 22:56:53

They most certainly do. Wait til he starts with poo face.

Fromage Frais do not last long here. wink

Ds3 had just woke and fed and back to sleep and ds1 is still up drawing but he's been good and done well at school so he can.

Any weekend plans? I might bake with ds1, egg man has been round.

rrreow Fri 17-May-13 23:13:59

Maybe try some real yoghurt next time rather than fromage frais? Yoghurt is actually partly digested (when you turn milk into yoghurt it actually gets partly digested through the live culture you add to it, so yoghurt is more gentle on the stomach than other dairy products - as basically half the work has already been done for your stomach). Full fat greek style yoghurt is great as it's so thick it sticks to a spoon and it can pretty much be picked up by little hands/fingers grin

Also, don't try it yourself as it's SOOOO good but it's 10% fat so you'll be cursing yourself for your new addiction.

rrreow Fri 17-May-13 23:19:28

DH is working tomorrow (from 5pm-3am shock), but at least I get him for most of the day. I think I'll be making a beef stew. Have been very responsible and thinking ahead and cooking HUUUUUUUGE portions so I can stuff the freezer with meals for when DS2 arrives. I remember doing this last time around but I think I only managed about 3 or 4 meals (then again I didn't expect on having DS1 at 38w so that's my defense). Got 10 family sized portions of a variety of things in the freezer so far! Anyone got any tips for stuff that's easy to cook in big quantities and freezes well? So far I've got: chili sauce, bolognese sauce, chicken stew & tomorrow's beef stew.

NappyHappy Sat 18-May-13 04:43:41

Mmmm greek yogurt with banana and honey grin and maybe a handful of oats. I never knew that about Fromage Frais. Why is it always in tiny pots?

I had 10.30pm, midnight, 2am and he is awake now and wont go back to sleep!

Ive now had a headache for a week and have daily nosebleeds. shock Naice!!

Have you picked a name yet? Are you getting a birthing pool?

What about Lasagne, cottage pie? I didn't bother with any of that as I was straight back on Mum duties 4 hours after I got home. Still want another freezer though so I can fill it! Mine is too small.

Stew = happy tum. With crusty bread and dumplings.

NappyHappy Sat 18-May-13 06:04:10

For the tray bake stuff, I think you can get lidded foil trays roasting dish size, save on washing up too wink wink

PurplePidjin Sat 18-May-13 13:08:16

He liked the pasta (overcooked so very soft!) but dp tired him out at dad's group at the surestart centre so he only had a few mouthfuls. He's now down for a nap and dp is roasting lamb. I'm having a little sit down before the 20 minute re-settle and will then carry on with my housework from this morning!

New nappy probably would have lasted the night except for poo at 4. I have the incredible potty-training new born who won't stay in a dirty or too-wet nappy hmm

We've always had poo face, he knows when he's going!

rrreow Sat 18-May-13 13:17:06

You can buy bigger pots of fromage frais, they're cheaper than buying the portion sized ones. And it's plain so no added sugar.

We've picked a first name but still deciding on middle name. Everything will be tightly under wraps until he's born grin

Had a pool last time, which we obviously never got to use, so we're not getting one this time. Also we haven't really got room anymore as it was in what is now DSs room.

NappyHappy Sat 18-May-13 14:15:13

Mmm roast lamb. I am so coming to your house for food! Its Chinese take away tonight. Which pasta did you get? wink to it staying down.

I'm all excited for you R, the water makes it so much easier. My hands went all funny after leaning on them for ages. grin

Both small persons asleep and ds1 and his hyper mate are bouncing all over the place. shock

rrreow Sat 18-May-13 14:26:30

DS slept in like a teenager this morning, so he protested a lot about being put down for a nap. Luckily he's down now so I've been cooking the beef stew (I feel like a housewife from the 50s). Once it's simmering I think I shall go work on the owl blanket. It's such a fun crochet project! Huge though.. and don't talk to me about the amount of yarn ends shockangry I shall attempt to finish it before the DC have moved out grin

PurplePidjin Sat 18-May-13 15:45:51

Just baby pasta in little flower shapes. He was too tired to eat much, then had barely 30 mins nap before howling the place down inbetween draining both boobs twice. Dp has taken him off to the shops for teabags and I'm replacing lost fluids with coffee (decaff)

I walked my feet off in labour. Was left to it for long periods, so my overriding memory is of pacing up and down a small room howling every 3 minutes.

I'm working on my woolly hug squares <hook bump> i crochet over my ends to save sewing!

NappyHappy Sat 18-May-13 15:47:02

Ha, yeah, or you'll be sat there when old and grey still doing it! The pattern is beautiful.

Are you having dumplings? It is a crime if not wink

NappyHappy Sat 18-May-13 15:55:43

I've got the star shaped ones. R is doing great for eating them like that grin isn't it easier than farting around with big shapes?

Has he teeth yet? Wonder if that's disrupting his sleep?

Both are still asleep. Will wake them at 4. Ds2 still plays with his cars at silly o clock then goes back to sleep. Strange boy.

Still need to finish my WH squares, will get them done this week.

Does it feel like a Sunday?

BiscuitCrumbsInBed Sat 18-May-13 17:46:13

It totally feels like a Sunday - maybe that's because I'm at my mum's lazing in a deck chair inthe garden while the doting grandparents run after DD grin

Reading this thread made me hungry! rrreow I have a great recipe for lamb stew somewhere. V easy and yum. Will see if I can find it online anywhere. NH and pidj baby biscuit loves Greek yog with a bit of Ella's kitchen The Red One fruit stuff mixed with it. Mmm. She's reduced her bf ing loads in the last week (in day time at least) if this keeps up we may actually manage to have another one at some point...!

Still haven't tried out the size 3 LL on her, going to prewash loads as I want it for night time. Had the most amazing donation of nappies from BumGenius for the library! I cant wait to trial them on DD, never used BG before. It's nuts with the library - I've had so many people asking about borrowing, even doing loans by post to people in south london. Just got 2 more email enquiries today...!

rrreow Sat 18-May-13 18:14:34

I'm glad the library is taking off, that's great! I think it's such an important environmental issue.

Not having dumplings this time sad as it's too much work while looking after DS. Although grrr I'm really craving them now!! Maybe I can quickly whip up some small ones..

I can't work in the crochet ends as I go along as the colour motifs are created separately and worked in the round. But at least I'm doing the ends after finishing each motif so shouldn't be too bad in the end. I even managed to crochet while DS was in the room earlier. It did involve giving him a crochet hook and some scrap yarn though as he was waaaay too interested in my yarn! Thanks for pointing me in the direction of Woolly Hugs by the way. Such amazing projects, really heartwarming to see people pull together like that. I sent off two squares the other day.

PurplePidjin Sat 18-May-13 18:20:56

Unless his amber is far less woo than i thought there are no apparent teeth. I think he's just having a massive grow - he's suddenly filling out his 3-6 clothes to the point I've prewashed all his 6-9 today...

He ate nearly the whole bowl tonight! That's 1oz cauli, 1/2 oz cheese and 2 tbsp pasta!

rrreow Sat 18-May-13 18:26:33

Lesson: wear an apron if working with flour while pregnant hmm bump just got a good dusting..

PurplePidjin Sat 18-May-13 18:55:48

I walked round with a permanent wet line across mine from wiping surfaces and washing up!

NappyHappy Sat 18-May-13 20:22:30

grin and sad to maybe the end of bf then Biscuit?

I always had dinner medals on my bumps hmm the water marks were round my side as I couldn't reach the surfaces shock

The amber has helped relief the pain a bit and the cheeks haven't been red but I've given him calpol tonight as he was chewing his fingers and winging lots. He has eaten more today.

R certainly is getting rather long grin which is not surprising the amount he puts away.

Mum called round before so I got her to change bums. Ha, she poppered them wrong.

I can't wait to lounge in the garden.

BiscuitCrumbsInBed Sat 18-May-13 23:05:44

Yeah bit of both NH, it's happened really suddenly literally in the last week that she's started to go much longer in the day without asking, and if she asks, is easily distracted. Still feeding to sleep but pulling away and almost trying to go sleep without it. It's great that its been mostly her 'decision' - I was starting to think she'd never want to stop and i'd end up having a really upsetting time refusing her - but now I feel like I don't get any cuddles of her any more! Mind you she's such a mo key she might change her mind again next week.. But I am going to try and keep this progress going, it is what I want really. Just didn't expect to miss the physical closeness to her as much as I do. A bit sad but it is just part of her growing into a little girl, not my baby any more, I guess... <gets all choked up> my baby!!!

PurplePidjin Sun 19-May-13 09:22:26

6 months today shock

rrreow Sun 19-May-13 13:53:35

Happy half birthday to littlepidj!

rrreow Sun 19-May-13 14:00:18

hmm at other people changing nappies wrong.. I mean, is it so hard really?? DH put some Alvas on DS the other day and just completely ignored the leg poppers. Then SIL (who looks after DS during the week when he's not at nursery) keeps putting in the liners way too much to the front, so when he does a poo I have a nappy that is half covered with poo. Yuck. So I mentioned it to her (in a very nice way! giving her the tip that with two parters you can let the liner be 'caught' by the edge and back of the inner so it doesn't move so much) and she was like "oooh so less towards the front?" and I'm like wtf do you think the poo comes out in the first place...?!!

DS stopped breastfeeding of his own accord as well, he was around 14 months. Well he didn't exactly stop, but every time I offered he'd be distracted within 3 minutes. So at a certain point I stopped offering and he never asked for it. I was sad to lose the closeness (although he's very cuddly now!) but so glad to get that time back to myself! I look forward to bf-ing DS2, I hope it'll go smoothly (took 6 months with DS..)

PurplePidjin Sun 19-May-13 14:14:23

My mum did that on a realeasy, makes me wonder how some people dressed every day - my mum's pretty intelligent!

NappyHappy Sun 19-May-13 14:57:35

Poppers arent rocket science though are they?

DS1 has started asking questions about Mums and Dads body hair shock then said to me Im laughing at your boobies Mummy. Thanks son! I cant bathe in peace. shock

rrreow Mon 20-May-13 14:29:05

I have pregnancy brain!! DS is napping and I just had this OMG PANIC moment as I saw a picture with an elephant which made me think "I didn't put a wrap around DSs nappy!!!" as I had picked up the elephant wrap to put on but then couldn't remember actually putting it on. Then I realised I asked him to choose between monsters and elephants and he chose monsters. Which I do recall putting on him. Phew.

PurplePidjin Mon 20-May-13 14:45:10


NappyHappy Mon 20-May-13 16:01:52

envy Love it!

PurplePidjin Mon 20-May-13 18:51:57

Done my good deed for today grin someone looking for a cheap nappy to use to demo at my local hospital on fb, so i put her in touch with the library and offered to lend. Voila, one donation!

NappyHappy Mon 20-May-13 20:10:56

Excellent stuff, I think I've just read it. wink

My converts fluff has arrived with her today.