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Nappy Chat #3 - Fluff Between The Ears(944 Posts)
The other one's nearly as old as ds!
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 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.
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? 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?
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...
White choc is good.
My back is killing me this morning. I can smell cooking and its good.
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.
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 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.
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!
I have an image of you BFG living in a converted cottage/barn for some reason. What did you do for music etc?
5 hours sleep <blinks> And I can't even blame DS. This pregnancy is turning me into an insomniac.
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!
RR, 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.
Just watching OBEM then shall crack on with the laundry. Pah.
I know some English people who moved to France and converted a barn... so yeah I think it's pretty much the stereotype
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..
League of Gentlemen or Monty Python for British humour!
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.
NH, do you need me to pm you my address or have you sent to the one on pp? Either is fine
I was quite good at being upduffed, just a touch of anaemia and heartburn
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.
I was too just Heartburn and 8m onwards made me suffer.
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 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
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.
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!
Hi there nappy fans
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.
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 so have stopped buying.
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>
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.
I think our washing machine is on its last legs
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
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.
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...
Thats all good!! We had10pm, 3am and 6am! He is still into food!!!
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..
Excellent!! I still need to get the rest of mine sold.
Where did you sell them?
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 ) on poo catchers! Damn damn the person who introduced me to those FB groups....
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
Anyone want nb fitteds and white wraps/pockets in the first 3 sizes?
Purplepidjin it is 11.28pm here and I am googling storchenweige...
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' Clearly not a wrappers wrap
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....
You were right pp- I do need a storchenweige x
5 at a time? Mumble. Did you make a profit??
Where are you Binky?
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! 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
Or a didymos. Or an Ellevill. Or a Wrapsody. Or an Oscha...
I'm thinking of getting a Kari-Me for DS2. Any thoughts?
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!
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
What is it with nappies and babies mouths?
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 it needs doing but I'll miss his curls.
Hmmm, still waking at 10pm, 1ish am and 4-6 am.
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.
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?
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?
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
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
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..).
NH am i expecting a parcel?
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!
Woah that's a mammoth post. Apologies for any weird iPad ness
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
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!
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.
Arrived today, very very chuffeded thank you! was tricksy as you like finding half my stash suddenly didn't fit
Thanks Pidj .
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.
Excellent Pidj, that was quite quick!!
Excellent Pidj, fluffy post is always good.
The growth spurts seem to happen overnight, it'll be sad when theres no more fluffy bums in the house.
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 ) 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
I was wondering if it might be more economical to try bamboozle stretchies for night in case we have DC2?
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?
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 )
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.
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!!
what's OPOL? Dutch, cool . 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.
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
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>
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 , not the mega leaky ones DS was doing at her age.
Interesting about the egg NH. Keep us updated .
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 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.
That's a great way to learn!
You have to have things in even numbers so 4 wraps is just fine, and the rest of your purchases. Ahem
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.
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.
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 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! maybe I need to get out more?!
Poo soup. let me know though how you get on??
I'm going to have to wash them again, odor of wee. I even used the cotton cycle for mid-dirty clothes.
Shall wash with the usual detergent shortly. Using the baby cycle.
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!
Keep me posted though with how you get on? The amount of times I've stuck my fingers in poo...
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
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: http://www.fill-your-pants.com/nappy-bucket/hanging-pail.html 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!!
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 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!
Thanks R, I shall have a look later. I quite like their nappies too
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!!!
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
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.
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!
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.
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 .
Right, I'm off to do some more research. I might be back with more questions though!
Hey, all, welcome in Disco
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
Hi anyone doing the hunt for billy ???
Disco, it all becomes habit stuffing them anyway then you dont even notice
Ive not looked for Billy yet Spider. Is it the RNW hunt?
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. ).
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.
What's the Billy hunt about?
rreow we have similar DSs - I've a poo denier too . 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....
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 poor baby in the Boba ;-)
I suppose the sunshine and the swimming pools help
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...
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 , 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 =
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
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 . 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.
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..
I've not been playing it, just entering the competitions!
Singapore, that is sweaty. But nice.
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...
Are your purses surviving intact during RNW?
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.
Longies lanolised and on! Just got to get the little
bugger lad to sleep now
2 x RNW events in 1 day + 1 very active toddler 'helping' me = exhausted.
Tried clothopoly and the billy hunt but 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
Sooooo tired. Bedtime!
Poor baby buffy . 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
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> Must.not.spend.any.more.money!! Next year I'm going to be prepared and save up & set aside some money for RNW in advance!
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 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.
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
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 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
Oh no at your poo fail NH, that sounds like something I'd do! 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.
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.
Thats cool that the longies are doing their thing 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
I cut DS2's hair 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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 .....
So sorry * nappy happy* those nappy lady ones are gone
But I spied thes wraps today's...reducedv...some pretty ones .
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.
Stumbled across it by accident
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
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 then got stuck in the door at the Trafford Centre
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! My Blueberries arrived today actually, very exciting!
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 Argghh!!!
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 tomorrow
Ordered my cheeky wipes today as well.
Lexi, that sounds like my DH! I can't believe how addictive it all is
I need to check the fb competition s for the day too.
But you have to buy different types so you can see what works best for a specific reason.
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.
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.
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.
Maybe you could stick funky stickers or decoupage them??
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
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?
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!!
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.
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...
I sold all my size 2's a few months ago but am on the look out for you.
You mean you are on 1 wake a night?
Still 3 here every 3-4 hours.
1 a night between 8:30 and 4:45 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...
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
Good boy Baby Pidj!!
So if anyone says ff babies sleep better, here is proof they dont
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
Apparently the difference is 5.27(?) minutes, and bf mothers get better quality sleep
I blame the woolies, myself
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.
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
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.
Hi Midori. Sorry I can't help with your question. I came late to the fluffy side.
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
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.
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.
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...
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 the night feeding?
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.
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...
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... 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!
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
Its raining now but im leaving them out for a bit longer.
A month away? Shite. Its all going so fast
Poundland is the place to go for freezable storage pots. Messy but funny times
Going to try him in the cot tonight <wibble>
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 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 oh, its now stopped.
Are the longies doing their thing OK?
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?
I luffs you. I'll go on the hunt for a jumper when I get paid at the end of the month. My final pay . Thanks!
Ouch! That has got to have really hurt!
Grobags are brilliant, Tescos are a fave in this house!
How is the cot situation?
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!
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
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>...
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?
I was thinking of crocheting a wool soaker! I found this pattern: www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/easiest-crochet-wool-soaker-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?
Midori my cats are partial to spiders too. And blue bottles. The slug was pretty disgusting though, it foamed out of his mouth.
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
My last order has been shipped. More fluffy post arriving this week
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
Buffyfairy, yuck! 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! 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.
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.
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.
Foundation Double Crochet - where you work the chain and the first row all in together. I need to master it 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)
Ooh excellent that sounds like a good technique to master. Will especially help me as I tend to chain quite loosely and unevenly.
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
Oh purplepidjin, that is so sad. I cannot knit, but have replied and hopefully can help in some way.
I think I have some odds & ends of the cashmerino so will see if I can crochet a square this week.
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.
Make sure you PM RatherBeOnThePiste so she knows to expect you <- special woolly hug emoticon
Already sorted lovely she PM'd me earlier.
I can't believe how quiet it is with the boys in bed.
Not that it'll last!
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. 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 www.thenappylady.co.uk/liners/ultra-liners.html 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?
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 Stuff really does change once you have kids.
Til 11ish then every half hour til 3.30!
But I've managed to now the grass and send fluffy post!
I 'lol' in your face sleep. I wish.
Was your night better?
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
Mental note, do not water ds3's night milk down.
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...
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...
NH 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 for managing to mow the lawn & go to the post office!
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
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.
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!
Is there any fluffy post on the way to anyone?
BFG should have got some yesterday?
Just caught up - what a lot of chat! I'll never have time to read it all.
Thanks Pidj , I did indeed get the package yesterday and DD is already in them . I can finally use the prefolds. Phew. Not wasted after all .
Hope everyone is getting good quality sleep and enjoyin the spring weather!
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
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!
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 .
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
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)
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.
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 ! and had mine out on the line
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!
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!
No you're not! I love the smell of washing fresh off the line! Maybe we're both tragic
We must be . Have you heard of a poo spoon/spatula?
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.
Ooh, rrreow, I didn't realise you were expecting. 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. I have pre washed them and they are drying.
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 . Oh well at least I'm going in to it now with a lot more knowledge!!
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 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
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.
Not too long to go then rrreow, although I bet it feels like forever. 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. 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?
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! 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 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 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
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....
midori get on the preloved fb pages and stalk for bargains?
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!
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! 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.
Those FB pages are fab, I've just sold a load of ME wraps on there.
Lots of lovely bargains
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!!
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.
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.
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?
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 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!
You're one of the lucky ones
I would strangle dh 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?
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!
6 weeks. It will go slow, always bloody does
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!
Mum using nappy nippas last night 'ooh these new fangled things'. Had to show her how to use it.
Nearly there, rrreow!
We're in random cotton fitteds someone gave me (disana?) and wraps as all my fluff is on the line
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.
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?
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.
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?
Longies are still fab 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!
Ooooh, how is weaning going? We're moving onto solid logs now 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
Ive not been on Zulilly, is it good?
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
Zulily can be a little twee but some good bargains if you stick to what you need and ignore the pretties
2 days after booking my homebirth assessment and I've come over all itchy 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. 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.
Sounds like he is doing great! Greedy dude too by the sounds of it 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
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?
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
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...
Yeah its fine, I use ready brek stuff as it works out a similar price for a big box 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?
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 so shall just go with the flow! Dummies still get the look of doom and spat out
We have oats anyway for grown ups' brekkie so will soak some tonight and he can have it with banana in the morning 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 been squishing with a fork so far. He seems ok with a few soft lumps though?
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
Elimination communication makes me laugh. Adults running around constantly after their toddlers so they don't poo on the floor . 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.
Scary innit, BFG how's the fluff?
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 .
I got told straight to fork mash but ds3 didn't like so if R is getting on with it then keep on 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.
You were obviously a Mum in a previous life
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.
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
Wow Pidj! Greedy sausage! That's excellent going. He eats more than ds3 Dream feed sounds like a good idea. Anything to get them to sleep longer
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...
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
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.
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.
Ds3 is in the front garden asleep in the shade bless him. 2 hourly wakes last night.
How was your night Pidj?
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
I'm planning a trip to Nappy Ever After this afternoon to get some prefolds & nippas. Must.not.impulse.buy...
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.
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.... 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 .
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 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 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 so am impressed by your minimal packing...
Oops didn't mean that to be in bold!
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 night...at 6 months!
Wake ups at 2, 3, 5 and 6
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>
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!
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.
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.
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?
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
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!
The general waste bins are now fortnightly so now is time!!
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.
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 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.
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
Ds2 has just shoved a hot brew all over me. Ouch.
Not even looked into training pants yet
I just won 4 Eco Baby bamboo fitteds size M on fleabay. Grand total of £7.82 <chuffed>
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.
R, twice before they can be used and 6 for max absorbancy.
P, huzzah!!! That is truly bargainous!!!
Ebay is definitely cheaper than fb.
DH is on nights this weekend so I might get slightly better sleep. I'll be in bed early with my knitting though.
Thanks NH I'll stick with twice then. Hope you'll get some better sleep.
Ive just put a Betty Crocker cake in t'oven
Cake, silence, shite tv and my mn knitting! Get in!!
I have a newly-learnt self-settler 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
Wtf is sleeping? (Let alone sleeping through )
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 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.
If its any consolation ds2 is screaming the house down buig time as ds1 woke up screaming. Ds3 is now stirring through the racket.
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 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!
So poop nights all round then
Then ds3 woke 11.30, 2ish, 5ish and half an hour ago.
Hopefully you've had some more sleep.
Actually, not too bad. 7:30-1, 1:15-3:15 and 4-8:20 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
That not bad at all! He's getting the hang of it
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?
Just got him down to nap in 20 minutes including boobjuice 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
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 .
All asleep here and I'm making croissants - wish me luck!
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
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.
Sleep is but a distant memory 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... I was temped to get a Charlie banana to try too, £11 seemed pretty good, but must exercise some restraint!
Fed him in my bed, walked him through, popped him down and he fell asleep to Ewan's first harp strum
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!
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.
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
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
Bob Marley reminds me of my oldest friend happy days. That and UB40! Oh to be 13 again (for a very short time)
Sleeps for all boys round then! 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.
Woke himself coughing at 11:30, quick suck, now on first actual feed
Look for Crochet Geek for good videos, nice and slow
CSI Sunday rocks!
Cool - to all I shall look for those videos tomorrow
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
Im sooo going back to sleep in a bit. DH's stupid dog ran off again too. Grr.
Young R, you are doing good!!
He woke again at 4:15 and 6 so not that great
How are we still functioning?
I was however sporting last nights tea courtesy of boy 3 when he puked all over himself and I.
Im counting down the minutes til the school run.
Do you sing Dont Worry in various accents to ds?
I'm thinking of the wring 'don't worry' song!
No accents, no needto make even more of a twat of myself! It's a more interesting lullaby than twinkle
Anything is better than twinkle!
I get told off for my singing in accents oh well. Even worse when out in public
Is tonight looking promising? ds3 has been asleep since 7 ish so am expecting a wake up call soon.
Down at 7, quick resettle at 9:30, proper feeds at 2:30 and 5. Better
That is better! Has your fluff arrived yet?? That was such a bargain
Similar times here too! But woke from 2-3am then up for the day about 7.30 ish.
Long may it continue!
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.
Just threw a tantrum at my mum had to hang up before i said something i regretted
My Mum has that effect on me sometimes!
How is the weaning going? And how is do getting on now?
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
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 but she wants to wait til my Step Dad is off work too
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?
Yay little D has finally gone back to sleep after waking at 11. I am loving listening to the heavy rain outside though
Went down at 6. Wake ups at 9:45, 12, 12:40 and 2:20.
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?!
Yeah, off to a mums crochet group. Must jump in shower!
It sounds nice and relaxing. Just whats needed.
How are you R?
It was a bit crap-had to teach them all in between looking after babies 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
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 do we really need more nappies?!
rrreow when are you starting mat leave?? Not long to go now surely?
do we really need more nappies?!
An emphatic 'yes' to that, of course 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 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.
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>
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
You're are also very lucky to have a DP that helps! 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 (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
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
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 )
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
Must go do the nappy wash, new ones to play with!
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.
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
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.
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 you'd think AIOs would be easier!
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.
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)
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.
I am very impressed with the LL wraps.
Aww new squishy babies
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. 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 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
Who is the next to give birth?
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
I may well be next? 15 June. Just had my homebirth assessment today. Three midwives extremely excited about the prospect of a homebirth 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).
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 ) is still wet too. It's been on the maiden near a radiator for 2 days now
Ooh you reminded me I just ordered a http://www.clothesmaid.com 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.
I do but feel bad when he's ill
He would say though if he was ill though? <hugs> how did tonight go?
I do get excited R about sad things like that. kitchen gadgetry and the like.
Currently trying out csp! Properly this time.
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!
I survive on coffee, cake, chocolate and nana naps
Ds2 used to be a right chubber til he started walking etc. his fat was cute.
Is anyone keeping a nappy as a keepsake type thing?
Ooh, yeah csp. Weenotions and so far so good. Will see what overnight brings!!
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
Wicked, all sounds good in the house of purple!
Well, little D is still having his 'lets wake up 2-3.30am' phase.
I tried him in with me so he kept pulling my hair and slapping my specs! And puked.
Thanks biscuit good to hear it's a good wrap.
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
He'll test the nappy out with it
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
In bed now so we'll see if I get the 2am wake up call!!
New fluff cant wait for the report (saddo)
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?
I love cauli cheese and pasta
Wonder what caused the Exorcism with the yogurt 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).
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
They most certainly do. Wait til he starts with poo face.
Fromage Frais do not last long here.
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.
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
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.
DH is working tomorrow (from 5pm-3am ), 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.
Mmmm greek yogurt with banana and honey 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. 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.
For the tray bake stuff, I think you can get lidded foil trays roasting dish size, save on washing up too
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
We've always had poo face, he knows when he's going!
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
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.
Mmm roast lamb. I am so coming to your house for food! Its Chinese take away tonight. Which pasta did you get? 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.
Both small persons asleep and ds1 and his hyper mate are bouncing all over the place.
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 I shall attempt to finish it before the DC have moved out
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!
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
I've got the star shaped ones. R is doing great for eating them like that 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?
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
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...!
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 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.
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!
Lesson: wear an apron if working with flour while pregnant bump just got a good dusting..
I walked round with a permanent wet line across mine from wiping surfaces and washing up!
and to maybe the end of bf then Biscuit?
I always had dinner medals on my bumps the water marks were round my side as I couldn't reach the surfaces
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 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.
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 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!!!
Happy half birthday to littlepidj!
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..)
My mum did that on a realeasy, makes me wonder how some people dressed every day - my mum's pretty intelligent!
Poppers arent rocket science though are they?
DS1 has started asking questions about Mums and Dads body hair then said to me Im laughing at your boobies Mummy. Thanks son! I cant bathe in peace.
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.
Done my good deed for today 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!
Excellent stuff, I think I've just read it.
My converts fluff has arrived with her today.
My convert's fluff arrived today too. You haven't sold a load of bambino mio 16lb+ have you?
No, I've never used them. The only fluff I need to sell are the Easy Peasy Bimbles.
Convert bought some LL off EBay.
R is 13lb 6oz, little gannet
Cool, big growth all round then!!! I didn't make it to Baby Clinic, I've been running late all day!
It rained and hailed here today, wtf?! What is going on with this weather? Will I ever get my nappies on the line again?! Jealous of your new airer rrrreow
Anno, no wonder people are getting ill.
Its been raining on and orf here for days too but Ive still been leaving stuff on the line. Out doors-y freshness. Lush.
My Nin (Nana) had one of those airers on the kitchen ceiling. Happy memories
It took 1.5. Hours to tidy ds1s tiny box room before. What a messy little herbert!
It's so c-c-c-coooooold today! Bizarre.
I can't wait for my airer to be up. I went for a 6 slat one and it's 1.5m long. So 9m of nappy drying space!!
Cool. I read that having a fan blow on your laundry will help it dry quicker. Makes sense really as the wind dries it quicker outside. Just dint forget ti open a window/put a dehumidifier on!
The airer will be fixed near the door to the roof terrace, so can definitely leave the door ajar for quicker drying. Will also be good to get the nappy drying process out of our bedroom as we have a humidifier in there which I'm sure is a bit counterproductive. Oh and I get some FLOORSPACE back!
NH, if your nappies get rained on do you wash them or rinse them again or anything? Keeping a window open make a if difference, I have been known to have the heating on or the heated airer, and a window open
We're planning to get our loft converted into a room and I will lose the space at the rope of the stairs where I currently keep the airer permanently up... I don't know what I'm going to do! rrreow please can you send me the link to your airer? Maybe I can find a way to incorporate it into the new loft!
Nope, I wait til they're dry and use them. Rain water on nappies is wonderful stuff. Its gets rid of smells and they feel different.
Another one here who leaves the window open with the heating on!
That Stinkpot detergent is good, has been used on fruit salad pooplosions and got it all out! I shall see what the next few washes has in store using it.
I need a heated airer. Or more nappies
Actually i think i do need more nappies. I've been changing bamboo boosted easyfits every 2 1/2 hours so sacked them off in favour of the size 1 fitteds. I now change every 4-5 hours during the day and use the size 2 fitteds with wool overnight. Anyone know what vguc easyfits are worth? Not sure what version, some bamboo some microfibre
This is the one I got: www.clothesmaid.com/Products/91-sixer-airer.aspx
PP I'd try and get a minimum of £10 each. Maybe even more if they're in vg condition and discount multiples. Did you buy them new or second hand? Sell on FB group.
I sold most of my Easyfits for £7.50 each. Do need to sell my Bimbles though to make funds for wraps.
Are heated airers any good??
Are heated airers any good?? I read some reviews on amazon a while back and they tend to be good if you cover them with something (like a sheet) so you've created a kind of hot air 'pocket'. If you leave them just like a normal airer then only the bits that are actually touching the metal get dry and the rest takes pretty much as long as normal.
Hi, just wanted to ask about selling nappies - got a few bundles of tots bots, baby beehinds and bumgenius to sell.
Are there any sites which are recommended? I did look in the For Sale section on there, but there aren't many posts so I wondered if there wasn't much traffic...
Any pointers? EBay seems to only sell new ones these days...
Facebook groups (I believe they are closed groups so you have to join them first before you can post):
Preloved Cloth Nappies and Accessories
eBay officially don't allow you to sell used nappies, but you can just select 'new' when you list them and put in the title/description that they're used. I have bought a lot of used nappies off eBay. You do obviously run the risk of your listing being removed, but I see so many used nappy listings on there I don't think they're that hot on removing them.
Hi Sunset, Ive sold and bought loads off Ebay we've just stated Pre loved etc in the description. Ive also sold them on the FB pages Rreow mentioned below.
Hmm, heated airer is not for me as it will be used as a tent by the boys!!
Have you got any fitteds, Sunset? <cheeky>
Hi ladies sorry to barge in but I'm new to cloth (well 4th week ) and have a bit of a daft question.
I'm taking DD swimming for the first time today, she's 11 Weeks, so I have a happy nappy and splash about Velcro costume thing but the happy nappy leg has a bit of a gap so I want something under it.
The only pockets I have are Ebay cheapies but they're fleece lined will this be alright?
A pocket nappy is all you need
Hello! We've just started using cloth (took us 10 months) so thought I'd sneakily come join the chat. I have a sling/carrier obsession already and am fast picking up a bit of a cloth one. We've borrowed loads from a nappy library but getting on ok with cheapy pockets (with a bamboo and a microfibre insert) adding to it bit by bit though and quite liking fitteds now I've tried a few.
Slacking this week though and have mainly used disposables. Think it's teething but I'm having to change my son loaaaads and couldn't quite keep up with the washing/drying quite yet.
Teething Poo is not good. Ds3 is teething too. Poor babies
Its raining again in Manc so the maidens will be out later along side the dryer!
Ooh, its nearly bath and bedtime for the small people! Just waiting for the beef stew to cook so we can eat and commence with witching hour!!
No teething poo here despite other obvious signs
Its not pooplosion like this time but it burns his bum.
Bedtime (witching hour) is as follows:
6.30-7pm both babies upstairs for change. Baths are every other night now. Cuddles with ds2 then put in bed then straight downstairs to feed ds3. He goes to bed between 7.45/8pm with his Winnie bear/lightshow thing on then spend the next 3 HOURS trying to get ds1 into bed and asleep. Trying to get him into a bath is a nightmare. When I have
bribed gone on at him enough he goes in after Ive got the little people out.
Its easy with a toddler and a baby just have everything lined up ready. I had a Summer Infant Seat for the bath when ds2&3 were new. I started using this when they were about 6 weeks old and prior to that they were in the baby bath not at any set time of day.
Meant to add, ds3 isn't sharing with ds2 yet but once he is sttn I will put him in (which will be interesting) with his brother. Who no doubt will try and climb in his cot as he adores him.
Any signs of baby yet Rrreow??
<lurks with hot water and towels>
Some signs, but no baby
Baby is 3/5 engaged and been getting quite uncomfortable braxton hicks especially at night. Feeling rather nauseous at the moment, but that might be the iced coffee I had earlier. Am 38w on Saturday. Can't happen soon enough as far as I'm concerned! Midwife said she could do a sweep next week so might well take her up on that.
DS is getting more and more difficult with nappy changes, but still no signs of being ready for potty training <sighs>
Well after the sweep get bouncing on a fit ball. It worked for me last time. Sweep Friday and on the ball in front of the TV and Saturday night the contractions started and out he popped Sunday morning.
Wish it was like that for the first 2! Pfft.
Ds1 was 2.5-3 when he PT'd. I was pg with ds2 at the time so cant remember. Leave it for a bit it can wait a bit longer.
PP and I are on standby!
Ooh bump watch! I expect you to be updating us between contractions rrreow
Baby biscuit has recently become a little
bugger tricky about nappy changing, all week she's been running away with a bare bum and crying when nappy put on - argh! But then today she was fine with it. Grrr. Terrible twos approaching I think...
Biscuit, ds2 is exactly the same. He has also discovered the word 'no'. He is into and climbing on everything. Its funny as, but it won't be when he falls and breaks something!
Ds1's birthday party tomorrow. A house full of 5yr old boys.
Just sorting the house out now ready.
Good luck for today NH, hope you (and your house) survive the party...!
All but 1 went at 3pm and the last kids parents turned up at 4.30 and only because I said we were going out. She wanted to stop and drink but Im not a drinker (NYE was the last time I had a glass of Vino) so it would've been pop or tea!
The house isnt really that messy but all the kids are full of chocolate, ice cream and sandwiches. Ds2 found and ate almost an entire bag of Haribo!
Bedtime should be fun!
4 nappies in 10 hours. Good or bad? I'm umming and ahhing about fitteds vs aio's. Fitteds last longer (2 a day) but his poo isn't predictable so some days i change 4 times because of it any way. And we're starting to get strong teething wee so I'm thinking frequent changes and wipe-downs are a good thing. Thoughts?
<raspberry leaf for rrreow>
I've been lurking but was in hospital most of yesterday (I'm fine, baby's fine, they want to induce me but I'm refusing because thank god this is my 2nd pregnancy and I understand my rights much better!) and DH is out working today so no chance to write anything!
Not sure when DH is back tonight.. you think I can convince him to DTD after 12 hours on his feet? I'd really love to have this baby tomorrow but at the moment I don't really feel like labour is close. But then again I was induced last time so I haven't really got a clue what the signs are or whether labour can come on out of nowhere.
New tricks for changing nappies: promise TV after nappy change or give iPhone to DS during nappy change.
PP We do about 3-4 changes in 12 hour with fitteds on average. 4 hours per nappy or can stretch to 5-6 on
lazy occasion (depending on how much DS has drunk). Boosted AIOs do a maximum of 4 hours but leaks do occur sometimes. DS does anywhere between 1-3 poos a day so I guess it's a similar situation in that we end up changing him anyway. Teething wee is horrible! I'd prefer him to be in fitteds when teething because they contain the smell so much better than AIOs.
Hope this kids go to sleep alright NH, you deserve to put your feet up and have
Are you overdue R or is there some other reason to induce? Hope you get to have your home birth. My first clue was waters breaking! Took a couple of hours to get going after that though. I was 13 days overdue at the time and the for induction the next day. We tried walking, DTD, curry, nothing worked, it just happened!
Pidj, I like fitteds cos I only seem to get 2.5-3 hrs out of AIOS, even boosted. Mind you I normally change after 3 hrs ish anyway.
NH hope those kids are asleep and you've got your feet up!
Ah, see an unboosted size 1 fitted does 5-6 hours here, my size 2 babeco fitteds (snap in booster) do 12 overnight. Dp prefers AIOs but generally only does the first of the day so i could do fitteds after 9-nap at 1 then nap-bath at about 6:30. But, he's shifting his routine round again. But i could sell the AIOs and have some free cash. But what if i want them later, he's a wriggler and i might need them for speed changes, my mum, nursery (eventually) etc. Argh!
Are you officially overdue, rrreow, or is there another reason for intervention? Friend of mine went to 40+18 with her first, he has some non-specific behavioural issues but i don't know whether it's related
she's a bit odd herself if it were me i would always wonder, but i think with anything like a learning difficulty you always would. R started 13 days early then took his time and needed help from syntocin at the end!!
My first sign was waters too, Biscuit, but 2 weeks before edd not after
Waters going is such a comedy thing! Where were you? I was sitting in the garden having coffee, jumped up shouting 'I'm leaking!' My friend's waters broke in the cinema, mid film...
A fitted LL bamboo lasts overnight, it's just in the day she does mega wees. I would hang on to the AIOs if you can, if they are BTP, they go down to weeing less again when they're older so you may find you use them more in a few months. Off to google babeco, not heard of that one and am trying to find out as much as I can for the library...
I was in bed and thought i needed to loo so went. Then had to shout dp to get mynotes from the car so i could ring in for advice. My only regret is going straight in, i should've stopped off at Tesco en route...
I can't find much on google, got them off ebay apparently used but looking suspiciously new iyswim. Love them!
I'm 38w today but have been diagnosed with obstetric cholestasis (I had it last time and was induced at 38+1). I've done a lot of research though and am planning to go to 39w to wait and see (and hopefully have my homebirth), then reconsider induction. One of the side effects of OC is spontaneous premature labour, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed and hoping it will be soon!
Send some labour inducing vibes my way please!
Bouncy ball I tell you!!!
Ds1 has just gone to bed! Ds2 was asleep before 7 but didnt have his nap earlier and i can hear ds3 making noises.
Ive been sat playing Candy Crush and 4pics for the past 2 hours! I need to bring the bouncy castle in, hang some washing out, put some in, hoover and clean sick off the carpet that bounced off my leg
Ds1&2 were inductions at 42+11 and I'd had a sweep (Friday) and got on the ball and contractions started at 2.20am Sunday morning and out he came at 8.30! I pooped in the pool
I hope you go into labour on your own so you can be at home. Get naked just before dh opens the door then he'll not say no
TMI ALERT! After he has left his man glitter up there make sure you have a strong orgasm after, it'll be like a contraction anyway.
Found the gym ball and have half pumped it up, but you need serious muscle for that so I'm going to get DH to do the rest after he's put DS to sleep.
Excellent stuff. Are you at that feeling really heavy stage now?
I really hope you get your home birth. I really wanted one with ds3 but DH worries about 'what if something went wrong?'.
We have tooth number 2 coming through ds3's gums poor sausage . Tried him again with finger food and puked everywhere again. This one is definitely a hater of solid things!
Is your airer up yet
NH your advice has made me laugh and I can't tell DH why
Everyhing crossed for you R !
Good. Just as long as you didn't have a mouthful of tea and spat it everywhere. That would have been a disaster.
Ive won some Blueberry wraps on ebay! But have been done again for the second time in a month both over clothes. Grr. Should receive the buggyboard tomorrow too, I had to sell my Lascal one as it didn't fit ds3's buggy. Grr. I have 7 watchers on the double Maclaren so hopefully that will sell! I didn't get on with it but do with the singles.
Wonder how Le BFG is getting on?
Marking spot (towels handy). I love a good birth thread . Keep us updated rreow. When my waters went we laughed hysterically (I was on hands and knees at the time), then I almost immediately cried like a baby (transition!) .
Doing Wizard Duos o/n with DS now but potty training has stalled. Argh. On the otherhand some speech progress: DS now says a few words in French and has just started putting two words together. He's very pleased with himself.
Brilliant! Ds2's new word is NO! He only says a few things but not clearly just yet. Even better your DS says French words! How are you feeling?
Days before I'm due to give birth DS1 has figured out how to climb out of his cot BRILLIANT TIMING DS!!! <sigh> Not sure what to do about this. Any advice?
On a more positive note, the builders are putting up my laundry rack today!!
Haha rreow, I never had that problem. Perhaps time for a toddler bed? yay for the laudry rack.
I'm fine Nappy, just having wars with our Mayor (don't get me started - I'm hating france at the minute!). How are your babes sleeping?
sniggers ds2 brill. Ds1 11fecking pm! But its the holidays and ds3 still wakes 4hrly and was up at 4.30am. Upstairs has blackout blinds/curtains in all rooms. He has 1 tooth through and 2 more almost through. They're annoying him more than anything and he is desperate to crawl.
Rrr, you must let us know how you get on with ds and his Houdini attempts tonight. Can only suggest what I showed you on FB apart from velcro! Is he in a grobag type thing?
Oh yeah thank god you've reminded me he's in a grobag at night so won't be able to climb out!!! WOOOOOP!!!
That's not the first time someone has asked to see pics of my boobs online
Lol that was quick! I thought after I'd sent it! Ha. Rack. Ha.
Ds1 is having his first sleepover tonight. His friends mum said for me to feed him then send him back over as he'll probably not eat what she cooks! They live at the bottom of the walk which is about 3 houses away so can get him if he starts being a pain.
Ooh good going! I'm hoping to make some converts once DS2 is born and I go to some mummy & baby groups.
Fingers crossed spreading the fwuffee luff. Its beautiful outside and the nappies have been out since last night
Ds2 is in a crinkly Fuzzi and you can hear him rustle when he waddles
I've got one nappy convert and at least half a dozen sling converts!
I wasn't even trying, Mrs NiceLady at the surestart reckons it's because i show up looking glam and we make it look easy, but she's lying
Yay! Ive never seen you look shit though
Omg CSI is apparently starting from the beginning in CBS Action. Must record it!
How is R sleeping?
we've only got freeview
R sleeps like shit still. Threw me a couple of 7-8 hour stints last week but was back to the 1.5 hourlies last night. He can sit properly unsupported this morning though, which explains it. He's just gone down for his nap, fed for nearly an hour it's been 15 minutes recently, haven't had one that long in months!
Sounds like how my friends ds is sleeping, she's absolutely knacked and narky. He just wants boob all the time and wont settle without it. I lent her my Elizabeth Pantly NCSS book to see if that might help.
Im just glad ds2 sorts himself out now through the night and has almost cut out the headbashing.
Ds3 is passed out in the front garden and ds1 has legged it to his friends house.
Is ds still eating like a greedy thing?
I have other stuff i try first if he's wakeful, and it mostly works - unless he's hungry. In which case, i feed him. But i try the ssh pat rock stuff if it's been less than 3 hours.
I know he can. Which means he will again
please god let it be tonight
Christening all booked, invitations bought and list compiled. Been browsing outfits. Some are hilarious. Satin knickerbockers anyone?
God, I hope you sleep tonight. Ds3 has only been in bed half an hour, he fell asleep before when I was collecting my Avon books.
Mental note: dont take a 5yr old Croc wearing whinge bag on his bike with me next time.
My DS was exactly the same Pidj. I think the hot weather gets them suckling frequently again. I'm seeing it again with DD at the moment. Baby Pidj is over 6 months now isn't he? I remember trying to get DS into sleep routines - sends shudders down my spine! I think in the end I junked it all because it was stressing me out and found going with the flow better. By about 14mo he was sleeping through and taking himself off for naps and bedtime - so cute. A little soft snuggly blanket helped - he's still got it and refuses to sleep without it .
You plannning a christening party?
Worst. Night. Ever.
He's not even sucking, just waking up then crying to be put back to sleep. He gets to the point where he's about to fall over then waaaaah. Continuously for 2 hours 2:30-4:30 last night, then up for the day at 5:30.
Yes, tea and cake and a few sandwiches at my mum's
Shit. It seems like its never going to end doesn't it?
Tea, cake and sandwiches are always good.
Ds1 still has his bedtime bear at 5yrs! Bless him. Ive still got my dolly
I slept with a stuffed animal until I was about 16 I still have him and give him a nuzzle sometimes.
DS has tonsillitis. He was sooo whiny yesterday, I should've known something was up as he's usually super cheerful. Now we have to get antibiotics into him 4 times a day <hollow laugh>
Laundry rack is up and in use!! Not nappies though as they're going outside with this nice weather. Have just realised the INSANE amount of washing I'm going to have to do with a newborn in reusables.. once a day at least I think?
Rrreow, I've always been alternate days although i might then do 2 loads iyswim
One day he'll be a teen and unwakeable <grits teeth>
Ds1 is the unwakeable already. he gets woken in schooldays via a babies bum in his face, tickle torture or by cold water being poured on him.
For these 2 I wash every other day and its working.
How is ds feeling today?
Dosing syringe is the way to get his antibiotics in. Done by stealth, childs head on lap, squirt into the inside of cheek.
Thanks for the syringe tip! We actually have a couple of the Calpol ones (but never use them as DS loves Calpol and would happily swig it from the bottle if we'd let him!) so will try that for his next dose.
Just had a sweep. My bishop's score is 8 (out of a possible 9)!!! So fingers crossed.
Bouncing is the way after a sweep. Are you feeling any twinges?
Ive become the syringe ninja I have however learnt not to squirt it directly in the back of the throat
Twinge twinge (please don't mention on Facebook by the way) They're very irregular but already about as painful as full on period pains. I think I should get away from the computer though as they were coming faster earlier when I was doing laundry, but now I'm sitting at my desk they're slowing down.
Syringe trick went well! Also praised DS to the high heavens afterwards and he was well pleased with himself. The antibiotics suspension is actually sweet so I think it's more of a control thing (and a 'this doesn't taste like Calpol' issue) rather than it tasting bad.
Wwhhhhhooooooo!!! Im getting all excited now.
Pinky promise ill keep my cake hole shut
If sweeps are going to work its in the following 48 hours.
Oh, Im so pleased syringe trick worked. Hopefully they'll kick in quick.
Fingers crossed this is it for you and you get your HB.
Oooooh rrreow! Fingers crossed!
Yay, sounds like this is it rrreow!!!! Are you mentally prepared for it all now?
Is cake hole (pronounced caake-ow in my westcountry twang) regional or understood everywhere? It's something I associate with my dad. Not sure I've heard it elsewhere.
Ditto here with the Calpol. DS thinks it's a real treat when he gets some .
I never thought of that B! Not sure if its a Northern thing. I love the West Country accent!
How is DD getting on?
I have fluff to sell. Boy colours. I'll list it all on Ebay and that FB selling page tomorrow.
Zephyr Ocean was born on 7 June at 5.03am weighing 3.6kg! I had a home birth which was what I wanted. Labour was about 6 hours and the final 2 hours were very tough. Very glad he's out now! He's amazingly gorgeous and I'm completely in love with him.
Congratulations Rrreow and welcome to the world Zephyr
And yay for getting the birth you wanted
Ive been busting with excitement since your last post the sad mare I am.
Well done you! So glad too that you got the birth you wanted.
Good Evening Zephyr! Xx
Just read the news. Fantastic job rrreow. Excellent weight and lovely name. Good work! So pleased
jealous that you were able to have a home birth. Take care of you two and make sure you have a long hot bath at some point.
Ive been asked by the council to help promote the use of cloth nappies, wipes etc! It'll be an article in the local papers. This has come about because of the council changing the general waste bin to fortnightly collections and they are remaining at the small size unless you have a large family. Do I do it?
It all started with families complaining that now were on fortnightly collections bins will be overflowing with nappies so I emailed the council about the cloth and they responded.
I soon will be the target of bin abuse
PP sent me the article that started ot all off.
How are you both doing? Is ds1 loving his brother?
Oh yes I think I saw that other article. I think it's a great opportunity to raise awareness. I was at the health centre the other day for DS1s 2 year review and the hv suggested we put a piece of kitchen roll in DSs nappy to aid with potty training/ helping him feel wet. When I mentioned that wouldnt make a difference as we use real nappies the woman didn't understand the phrase 'real nappies' and I had to explain....
Oh dear, its not that difficult to work out is it?
Ill have to tidy the house, hide my grey roots and make sure the garden is trimmed (not the lady one ) and fluff on the line so they can take pics of it. And keep pretties to one side!
Who was at home with you during the birth?
DH was here, covering the living room in plastic sheeting in a bit of a panic at first
SiLs picked up DS at the start (although I was apparently already in established labour at that point) and he stayed with them for a couple of nights.
I had 3 midwives! 2 fully qualified ones and 1 student.
Plastic sheets bless him. How are you feeling? Ive had students with each birth, one was my birth partner with ds2 as dh missed the birth by a matter of minutes. All I could think about was the mole on her face in an Uncle Buck moment
Alot of my friends from school are pregnant atm, its lovely.
Defo no more for me.
I sold nearly everything I listed just have some wraps and Smartipants nappies left. Just kitted all the boys out for Summer from H&M at a bargainous price using voucher codes. Yay!
How are you going rrreow? I remember the first 24 hours were quite painful the second time round - all those afterpains, tired uterine muscles . Was DH a brick? I had to shout at my DH to get on the floor with me (he was sat coolly in a chair watching the spectacle ).
So funny about the mole NH, I'm sure I would have been equally distracted . Hurrah for vouchers! Stuff can be so expensive. I end up being given things or buying from charity shops.
My msg vanished! Argh!
Most of my clothes are off Ebay, got some Boden jeans for £4 the other week!
The boys stuff was under a fiver an item then I got a voucher code for 20% off the babies/toddler stuff.
How are you getting on BFG? Is ds in love with his sister?
Ds3 woke twice last night which is an improvement! Ive been giving him juice in the day, meals first to fill him up more then milk in the morning and evening then when he wakes in the night. Ds2 is coming to the end of daytimes sleeps! Nooooooooo!!!! I still put him in bed though but he just plays in his room bless him.
Large WN, I need to check what ME are left but I think its large.
Had the phone interview thing with the council and she'll be sending a photographer round in the next week or so!
WN are fab, only need 3 as i alternate with AIOs depending on how lazy I'm being about changes
rrreow Congratulations on the birth of your baby.
I washed the LL nappies I brought on ebay and had them out on the line, they looked so lovely, found myself keep looking out the window, I think a line full of nappies is a lovely sight, probably won't feel the same when I'm washing and hanging them out 100's of times.
29 weeks in and I'm still proud of my nappies on the line
Got back from holiday yesterday so just catching up - congrats again rrreow saw your pics on FB he's gorgeous!
Thank you am really loving him so much already. I've found it much easier to bond with him than I did with DS1. Probably partly because I know what I'm doing better, and partly because he doesn't have tongue tie so feeding isn't agony like it was with DS1!
The sleep is much worse though as he wakes up to feed a lot (DS1 slept for stretches of 3-5 hours between feeds right from the start until sleep regression hit) and also seems to just have a 2 hour awake period in the night
I keep forgetting to take a picture of my airer up and running! It's got nappies on it at the moment, so proud! Even after using reusables for over a year now I still love seeing them out drying..
Also LOVING the Little Lamb size 1s. They're lovely and soft and such a nice snug fit around the legs. Shame I only have 8. They do look quite small though, don't think we'll get more than a few months' use out of them, so therefore also reluctant to spend money on more of them. Also despite DS2 being a good size (certainly felt that way during the labour... ) I'm having trouble getting the Motherease wraps not to gape around his legs. Had one leak so far with a Bamboozle size 1. No leaks with the LL or ME Sandies so far. Also we used Pampers until his cord stump fell off and they leaked twice (once completely soaking his outfit & part of the bed). Score for real nappies!
You can tell I'm on my computer as opposed to my phone as I've written a novel
I too am proud of a line full of nappies, thinks its been 14months!
Ds3 is 1 in September and STILL on 3-4 hour wakes in the night! I keep saying this too shall pass. Wish it bloody would!!!!!
How is ds finding his brother Rrreow?
Im in my last lot of strip washing now. 1 load every other day and this is the 3rd lot. Sounds loads but its just a wetbag full each time.
Ive just got a couple of ME wraps and a WN pocket girly ish nappy to sell! But Ive spent what I made on sandals for the boys and a pair of wool longies which I got for £5!!
Headbashing has started again. Overtired, terrible twos and a day of paddy throwing.
How is everyone doing?
Im in my last lot of strip washing now. 1 load every other day and this is the 3rd lot. Sounds loads but its just a wetbag full each time.
Ive just got a couple of ME wraps and a WN pocket girly ish nappy to sell! But Ive spent what I made on sandals for the boys and a pair of wool longies which I got for £5!!
Headbashing has started again. Overtired, terrible twos and a day of paddy throwing.
How is everyone doing?
All ok here, sorry to hear head banging has started again. Baby biscuit has taken to bashing herself on the head with both hands when thwarted. Toddlers are nuts. Oops I hear her calling. I want to SLEEP!
Stil in this jeffing sleep regression hell
Same here P, I've just started stodging his food out more with rice and mini pasta to see if that helps. Funny enough we were up at that time too!
You are so right B, toddlers are mad! Is dd still waking silly amounts too?
We've stretched to 3-hourly. Not bad considering we started off at the in laws' and the first bit was in the car seat!
Last 2 nights we've had random massive sick. Her not me! 9 PM sat night 11pm last night. Change bed and full change of clothes for her and me. Eurgh. Wke dh up too and he hosed down the beddinginthe shower! Nice. What a great Father's Day gift So after that lots of waking for milk and I can't refuse her, the poor little mite! Once this has stopped though am going to work on reducing night feeding - about a year after most people haha! Day feeding has gone right down which is good. Fingers crossed for more sleep all round... Big hugs all!
Oh no Biscuit, that does not sound good! Wonder what's caused that? Are you OK today? I can't wait to go back to work.
I don't mind baby waking its just the frequency, he does have another tooth now!
Anyone else obsessed with babies feet or is it just me?
Is baby biscuit OK? I've just re read your post!
Forgot to report back to you about the CSP. Brilliant. No thrush! And they feel nice and soft with no sticky bits pulling your pubes out or sticking to your foof. They just get chucked in with the nappies.
I didn't even register that you misread it oops! Se seems fine in herself but today and yesterday she has been doing really pale yellow poos that actually smell like sick - so there is clearly something not right in her tummy. She's had lots of mummy milk overnight and this morning and is asleep now, been out for just over a hour, I think I'd better let her have a little longer poor thing. I think she may have slight temp too. I might give it another day or two then maybe ring the doc. She's not been like this before but I remember being very pukey as a kid so it could just be one of those things.
Interesting re csp, I bought a mooncup the other day randomly! Just waiting for chance to test it ... TTC is not exactly happening at the mo so I think will get lots of time to try other things never mind we'll manage it in the end I hope!
Maybe a D&V bug? The vomiting & yellow poo sounds exactly like what happened when DS had a stomach bug last time. Hope she gets better soon.
I think it's growth spurt time! I have been reduced to a milking cow. Currently going about 1 hour between feeds!
Aw, poor little bickiepeg
Grit your teeth, rrreow, this too shall pass
R has eaten an enormous amount today, and went down with no protest at 6:45 after just 10 minutes milk. I think he's dropped a couple of feeds too, just wants milk between meals iyswim. Hope a night one's about to go too!
@ bickiepeg, thats brilliant!
D&V is still very much around due to the interesting weather we've been having. How has she been today?
I got covered in baby pasta via vomit earlier! Ha ha poor sod. He'll get there.
Im going to stick with the DF before I go to bed so its one less wake up iyswim.
Are you co-sleeping with ds2 Rrreow? So it makes the constant feeding easier?
Hope everyones night is good!
He went down with no fuss at 6:45. Woke at 12:30 and 3:30 for a 10 minute feed. Up for the day at 6.
Very chuffed with that
We never got on with bed sharing. He's actually happier in his own bed in his own room <crap hippy>
That's Brill! We had a slightly better night too. Not long now til he is in his own room (in travel cot in my room til he sttn seems so ds2 is the lightest sleeper. Ever.) When he woke at 4.30 I thought that was it for the day as he started chirping but conked out thank fook.
You can't be crunchy all the time
Yes co sleeping all the way. We didn't even get a crib this time. <wears hippy badge> much better night last night. 12am, 4am, 6am, 8am. Had a wonderful cuddle in bed with the 4 of us at that point. Then slept a bit more and got up at 9.30. I feel human! Also helped that DS1 slept through.
I'm disliking the Sandies nappies. They're bulky and don't fit properly inside the Small wraps. Which is funny as they're both Motherease brand!
Aaahh bickipeg is cute! I gave her some of those when she was first teething, made a terrible sticky mess... No sick last night thank goodness even though I had spare beddinget c all lined up. Still yellow poo today tho; it's the same colour as the metanium I'm putting on her poor sore bum. We had some nappy free time yesterday and she managed to wee on and in a cupboard! <postpones potty training indefinitely>
Glad you got some more sleep R ! Interesting re sandies they don't appeal to me much I like the big fluffy bum effect of LL or bumbles. A bumble + blueberry coverall just did sterling work here containing a jet propelled yellow poo
Pidj can you send little R over to teach bickipeg to sleep please?
NH what's occurring with your local council and you helping them promote cloth?? Any news?
Sorry everyone is getting sicked on . Hopefully the worst is over. Nights are pretty random aren't they? rrreow, I found the prefolds a better fit early on. The fitteds have now come into their own (DD is now 3.5mo already!!!). The small wraps no longer fit over the fitteds though so we're on medium.
DD sleeps in a side cot (actually, just a cot we took the side off) so I think that counts as half-hippy? I always feed to one side and DD's neck twists one way. She's a bit lopsided now - anyone seen the same effect?
Get well soon baby fluffers .
If it improves, Biscuit, then yes! Hope it wasn't a one off...
He's put on 2lb and jumped from the 0.4th to the 9th centile
Yeah, You just need to put her head to the other side when shes asleep BFG (overheard someone talking about it )
He, he Ive just had the pictures taken! She'll send me them over later on. <<cringes>> then it'll be printed in a few weeks when the ishoos with the grey bins has died down.
Both fluffed bums were in the pics with a fluffy washing line in the background!
Got some fluffy post to send out in a bit
Hope Baby Biscuit gets better soon.
Z is sleeping well Rrreow! Excellent stuff. You'll have to sell the Sandies to buy more
Just realised I'm still not entirely sure what i bought...
2 WN wraps and I've got the special tooth gel
Yeah, it's the specific designs i never quite figured. Does one have a skull on?
a furry/minky one with a skull and Carole Diem on and the other has a lion on.
the skull will piss my mother off no end bwahahahaha
My mum is like that too. Until the boys are old enough to choose their clothes, Ill be picking them ha.
Do i want to check out the Caribbean shop with my friend tomorrow or should i wait in for fluffy post? Dp should be home and the sorting office is 2 minutes up the road but I'm excited...
Ooh yes, you've got to go!!! Mmmmm. Lovely things.
The nearest Caribbean shops to me are in Moss Side about 8 miles away.
Ive got the Eartha Kitts real bad today so Ill not be going out!
The boys went to visit an elderly friend (92 and still knits him stuff!) and i started the babyproofing. Humped all the heavy reference books upstairs, shelved my sewing stuff, vacuumed, dusted, found a space for my (electric) piano... They came back just as i got to my favourite bit, alphabetising the fiction place is in uproar but much cleaner and the end is in sight!
Fluffy post arrived, very cute but they look massive! R is 15lb 6 so hopefully they'll fit once his small ones really do get too small...
Can you do my place next PP?
I went to a mums & babies coffee morning! It was great and people were very interested in my sling and also some interest in cloth nappies (Z was sporting a BG Freetime, which is my change bag nappy at the moment, although I only have 2). So I'm hoping to make my first convert soon!
Also did a spot of shopping as the meet up was in this big American s