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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!

LemonDrizzleCake11 Sun 10-Nov-13 18:23:41

ChicaMomma - Tesco do some for either 6.99 or 7.99 which can be washed at 40 degrees - they have a rabbit, bear, monkey and something else that I can't remember. The only thing is you need to find them instore as via the website you can't specify which of the 4 animals you want, which is not helpful at all. And amazingly this is the only place I foudn that sold properly machine-washable soft toys!

purrtrillpadpadpad Fri 08-Nov-13 11:28:26

Pjs can be easier to deal with. No poppers.

It's possible to be very sleep deprived and suffer from insomnia. If you can't sleep when baby sleeps don't stress, this too shall pass.

TobyLerone Fri 08-Nov-13 11:19:33

It obviously works because they're very loose-fitting with no 'bottom' as such. So it doesn't really matter how long/fat the baby is.

Cariad007 Fri 08-Nov-13 11:17:23

Just had a look at the John Lewis site and the bundlers only come in one size. How does that work then?? Newborns tend to vary in size from tiny to 10 pounders!

waceystills Fri 08-Nov-13 10:32:26

Friends still watch on in wonder and then awe when I pull baby clothes down rather than over his head. Best tip so far I reckon.

Spread the word people, everyone needs to know this!

Off I go to John Lewis to get a couple of bundlers.

I got 72 muslins. But then I did have twins...I took to just looping them through my belt so I always had one to hand!

A further tip for when they're a bit bigger: when giving them prunes to help unblock naturally, do not think 'the more the merrier' and let them polish off the pack. 3 hours later, more was definitely NOT merrier...

You're welcome smile.

TobyLerone Fri 08-Nov-13 09:00:05

Ooooh, thanks smile

MrsVDB Fri 08-Nov-13 08:56:57

toby just seen m&s has a 2 pack for £10

TobyLerone Fri 08-Nov-13 07:54:20

Really? I'm going to John Lewis tonight. Perhaps I'll get a couple.

Sunnysummer Thu 07-Nov-13 23:19:34

Tobylerone - no cold legs, the reason bundlers are so long is that you tuck the ends underneath them like a little envelope :-) On really cold nights you can add socks, but it's quite toasty especially with a wrap.

owlface Thu 07-Nov-13 20:34:18

I've just thought of something I wish I'd known - the hospital keep your maternity notes when you are discharged. So if there is anything in there you'd like to keep make sure you take a copy towards the end of pregnancy! I feel a bit sad as I thought DD would like to see them when she is grown up.

Movetothesound Thu 07-Nov-13 18:12:28

Absolutely loving this thread, thanks so much for everyones input.

ChicaMomma Thu 07-Nov-13 16:49:12

thanks HopLittleFroggiesHopSkipJump- very cute. www.jellycat.com

This, for me personally, is the best thread i've seen.. jotting down everything in my prengnancy journal! thanks ladies

HopLittleFroggiesHopSkipJump Thu 07-Nov-13 16:46:13

any jellycat toy I'd recommend! their website has a great range.

ChicaMomma Thu 07-Nov-13 16:36:57

Thanks Lemondrizzle, my friend said the same to me. Anywhere in particular that you would recommend for said comforter? assume they have to be 'new born' appropriate?

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

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!)

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

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

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.

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!

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!

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).

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.

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.

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.

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