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The most important thing to know about having a baby IMO (nappy explosion related!)

(40 Posts)
HopLittleFroggiesHopSkipJump Thu 07-Nov-13 01:30:07

I thought this would be the most helpful place to post. I have recently realised, with a near toddler, that babies vests can pull down over their shoulders and off over their feet.
This might not sound too useful if you've not had a newborn yet, but it will when there is a green poop covered vest to remove!

The amount of up-back-in-hair-everywhere incidents this could have avoided is slightly upsetting me!

Sunnysummer Thu 07-Nov-13 01:51:26

Related note - wish we'd bought more awesome baby bundlers like this John Lewis one instead of lots of cute and annoying little onesies. The bundlers have envelope necks for pulling down post poo and best of all NO FECKING BUTTONS to mess with in the middle of the night when you are covered in baby poo/wee/vomit and your own tears. Just tuck the bottom under, tuck baby's hands in if it's cold or they like to scratch themselves and you're good to go (back to sleep until their next wakeup in 20 minutes). Plus they're big, so didn't fit little DS for the first few weeks but lasted well into month 4.

And don't worry, having a new baby is lovely too smile

Foxeym Thu 07-Nov-13 08:08:08

And I wish someone had told me that after having to DD's, DS's have a habit of peeing and pooing when you take the nappy off!!!

cathpip Thu 07-Nov-13 08:16:21

You can never have enough muslins either smile

I read this on MN while pregnant with my first and have therefore never had a poo-in-hair scenario, thanks MN!

LateBear Thu 07-Nov-13 10:34:21

Took me a minute to even understand the scenario but now I get it! Thanks!

Cariad007 Thu 07-Nov-13 10:41:50

A thing I've read is that when you're changing a baby boy’s nappy you should put a cloth over his bits so that he doesn’t wee in your face!

Is there a secret trick to preventing the pool of wee up the back when a girl wees while being changed?

I only read this on here recently, with DD about 5 vests had the scissors taken to them as I couldn't face pulling them up over her head blush

ChicaMomma Thu 07-Nov-13 11:33:53

Sunnysummer, thanks for that- i love the look of those bundlers! so much handier i'm sure.

keep 'em coming oh wise ones.. this is v helpful for those of us who HAVENT A CLUE!!!!!!!!!!

LadySnapcase Thu 07-Nov-13 11:42:54

RevengeWiggle I have a DS but the same problem...I tend to fold up a muslin and leave it under the bum whilst I'm cleaning him, then whip it away and quickly replace with the nappy. Tends to absorb most of it and stops the pooling underneath, but not perfect!

AnythingNotEverything Thu 07-Nov-13 11:43:09

Revenge - we gave a girl who wees at every nappy change too! I find keeping her on top of the nappy while being changed helps as the wee is absorbed!

ChicaMomma Thu 07-Nov-13 11:54:29

Where is the best place to buy muslins in bulk? and when you ladies say 'you cant have too many of them', are you talking 10? 20? 50?
What else do you use them for?

Rhianna1980 Thu 07-Nov-13 12:07:01

You can buy them from mothercare. I I got a pack with loads of Muslins in it couple of weeks ago. It was discounted too.

ChunkyPickle Thu 07-Nov-13 12:11:10

Point the bum away from you (unless you have pale carpets.. then it's probably best if you take the hit)

There will be day when the baby wasn't finished pooing when you take the nappy off and pull their legs up, and they seem to have awesome aiming skills..

I bought 20 each teatowels and their cheapest hand towels from ikea - and I still have trouble finding a clean one these days (I think dp might just throw them away...)

MrsDeVere Thu 07-Nov-13 12:15:52

If you use baby gros do the poppers up before you put them on the baby (not right up to the top obviously because that would make them very hard to get on).

You may not want to listen a word I say though. I have had five, yes five, whole babies and never worked out what the envelope neck was for.

ChunkyPickle Thu 07-Nov-13 12:18:23

Or, do what I've done, and refused to use any with poppers.

H&M do some zip up sleep suits, and I've actually sewn some I was so desparate to avoid the dreadful poppers.

Phineyj Thu 07-Nov-13 12:21:41

We have 60 muslins I think and needed every one of them when DD was at her most vomity.

owlface Thu 07-Nov-13 12:22:11

I too am grateful to MN for telling me about taking vests off downwards!
I put a washcloth under DD when changing her as she seems to prefer to wee and poo with no nappy on! I got a cheap pack of ten from ikea.
I've got 12 muslins, that is plenty for me even though DD is sick in massive quantity every day. I also use them to tuck in my vest at night to soak up milk from the other breast while feeding. I also have four giant muslins, I really like them, mostly for using as sunshade on the buggy (even in winter, as the sun is very low) but I don't think I need more than one of those really. Ikea muslins are slightly bigger than mothercare/supermarket ones, but nowhere near as big as the giant ones (I have Aden+Anais).

owlface Thu 07-Nov-13 12:30:12

Forgot to say you will probably need more muslins if you have more than one floor in your house! I am so pleased to live in a flat, as times when I am away from home I just feel like I am running up and down stairs all day!

GreatJoanUmber Thu 07-Nov-13 14:17:18

I probably have close to 100 muslins, but DS1 (4) still uses them as lovies/ snuggly blankets, hence the collection!
For boys, you can use Peepee Teepees while changing them - like little tents you put on top of their bits - not 100% absorbent but you'll avoid the wee-in-face scenario!

MrsDeVere Thu 07-Nov-13 14:49:49

I didn't use muslins until DC5.
They make the best cleaning cloths when you have finished using them for the baby.

I used reusable wipes for DC5 . They were brilliant. Highly recommend.

TobyLerone Thu 07-Nov-13 15:57:11

You know those bundler/nightie things? Don't their legs/feet get cold?

John lewis muslins are much better quality than mothercare. The cotton is much better and doesn't pile. They also bleach up nicely if they get a bit grubby looking. I will be binning the mothercare ones and keeping the JL ones once past the baby years. I reckon they will be fab for polishing glass, and other general cleaning.

I use them constantly. DTS was a puke machine. So got through millions. Now I use them to clean dirty faces after feeding (I am doing BLW with my 8 mo twins) - much nicer than using millions of cold fecking baby wipes. And you always have a dry corner to give them a polish up once clean. Then I use them to wipe down the highchair and remove Bits of food before I give the chairs a proper clean.

Agree that one or two supersize patterned muslins are useful too. I got a couple in TK MAxx. Use as a sunshade/blanket/picnic blanket/extra bag (tie opposing corners together, put in items, tie remIning opposing corners and hey presto!)

LemonDrizzleCake11 Thu 07-Nov-13 16:19:03

If you are going to buy a 'special toy' as a comforter make sure it is machine washable not the posh good-for-nothing wipe down only and that you buy at least 4 of the same to be used in rotation, so there is no utter breakdown when the one and only gets lost/vomited on/left at grandmas

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