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List of useful websites

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leostartup Thu 15-Sep-16 19:20:45

Good evening.

As a dad-to-be, I've been reading and collecting loads of useful stuff (websites, apps....) and today I've just created a spreadsheet to share my websites.

The list contains websites, the likes of Car Seat Information, High street shops, information for single parents, for breastfeeding, apps for children.....

Could you collaborate with good ones? This spreadsheet is public and can be edited by anyone.

Thank you.

Leo

docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ZM98TtqL5WdgOmhhj3nIlR_rsTlXKgPPINpsfLSd0PI/edit#gid=0

leostartup Thu 15-Sep-16 19:38:45

The list has 37 items so far. Feel free to include it here as well.....

FlamingoEscape Thu 15-Sep-16 20:35:04

It is great that you are so organised. Lots of really useful things on there.

Just a note about the babybjorn slings - they don't carry babies in the recommended M position (with the baby’s legs in a frog with their bottom lower than their knees) which is better for the hips and spine. I had a babybjorn to start with, and it was easy to use, but moved onto the Manduca when my back started to hurt and I had read more information about slings in general.

Spinning babies - website about the different positions that baby can be in and what you can do if the baby is malpresented.

Other pregnancy and labour things that might be useful to google are:
active birthing
massage in labour (one for birthing partners!)
red raspberry leaf tea
arnica tablets for recovery
aromatherapy.

In terms of caring for a baby I would add:
The Lullaby Trust - safe sleeping guidelines for babies.
Meningitis Now - signs and symptoms to look out for

And to google:
tiger in the tree hold - relaxing position to hold baby in
non-toxic mattress

leostartup Thu 15-Sep-16 22:47:51

Very helpful advices and websites as well. They've been included in the list. Spinning babies is so interesting.

We were thinking about babybjorn and we will go for a stretchy wrap, which is lightweight and it allow the baby be carried on M position.

ohnonotanother1 Fri 16-Sep-16 03:44:42

It's worth researching baby Bjorn further if you are interested because the newer ones do carry the baby in the m position. I had a stretchy wrap and a bjorn (baby bjorn One) and used the bjorn far more than the stretchy wrap when the baby was bigger than newborn. Lots of people have outdated information on the bjorn which simply isn't correct, it's very frustrating.

leostartup Fri 16-Sep-16 11:58:27

Why did you use Babybjorn far more than strechy wrap? Does it keep the baby in a better position? Easier to use? Feel more safety?
Sorry, too much questions but it's my first son.
Thank you.

FlamingoEscape Fri 16-Sep-16 14:51:17

ohnonotanother1 Can you provide a link to the sling that you mentioned above? Just had a quick look and can only see ones where the legs are left to dangle. I bought mine 18 months ago so not that long ago.

OP The NCT hold regular sling libraries where you can go and try on slings and see which one feels right to you. You can borrow one as well to try out at home.

leostartup Mon 19-Sep-16 10:59:15

Transforming the discussion to image, should be something like the image below where we could post interesting links to products and comment on existent products.

ohnonotanother1 Thu 22-Sep-16 09:36:23

Sorry I seemed to fall off this thread. The baby bjorn we have is this one:

www.babybjorn.co.uk/baby-carriers/baby-carrier-one/?gclid=CK2TuOTEos8CFegp0wodUOECSg

It has zippers that allow you to adjust how the legs sit, they can "hang" or they can do the ergonomic M shape I think it's called, ie the knees bent round the adults body not hanging. If you click through the pics on that link you will be able to see what I mean about the leg shape. Baby bjorn have done lots of research into this and hip dysplasia and this model (I can't comment on other BB models) is approved by the hip dysplasia association. I'm quite passionate about this and quashing incorrect info because a relative has a baby with hip dysplasia and this was recommended for them by a specialist.

Leo there were various reasons I preferred a structured carrier to a wrap - my baby was born heavy so only the strongest wraps felt secure enough but he was a summer baby so these were very hot. I found it difficult to manoeuvre the baby in to the wrap, I tried both tying the wrap then putting him in and holding him against me and wrapping and both were cumbersome when you're out and about. I found the carrier had longevity - used the wrap for about 4 months max, still using the carrier for back carry at 16 months. I also had an emergency c section so the waist support of the carrier worked better for my scar, and I personally found the padded straps and structured waist better for my back too.

The reason I preferred the BB over the other structured carriers I bought and quickly sold on is that it's really easy to do up, some of the others - eg ergo brand - have a clip to do up behind your shoulders which I struggled to do up and undo. I found it easier to get the baby to sit at the optimum position (so you can kiss the top of their head) in the BB compared with some others which seemed to sit quite low down or far too high even with professionals helping us to adjust, and he enjoyed being in it. We once did back carry on the ergo and it chaffed his thighs so badly we had to take him to the dr, despite using a sling library to ensure we had him in it correctly. I think a lot of it depends on your body shape, I had a big chest and baby belly and the BB works well for my shape and was the only one my husband got on well with too. Also I know a lot of people don't agree with front facing carry (because of the less ergonomic leg hang) but my son absolutely loved it and I carried him front facing for a few months and it was often the only thing that cured tantrums. This carrier allows you the flexibility to carry inwards, front facing or back carry. Despite many people not agreeing with front facing, our relatives consultant said it actually doesn't do any damage if it's for a short period of time, eg for the occasional visit to a farm which is what we used it for, then turned him round again once there was nothing for him to look at.

Another thing worth investigating now, which I still haven't nailed, is some kind of bag to use with the sling/carrier. You'll need both hands so won't want a bag that you carry with your hands but it's cumbersome carrying a rucksack on your back and a baby on your front, and impossible if you're doing back carry later on. That's the one area BB fails, I bought an ergo specifically because it has a little pocket which was really helpful for quick trips out but I still needed somewhere to store bottles/toys etc. A standard changing bag that has a shoulder strap could be a bit of a pain.

leostartup Wed 28-Sep-16 13:44:22

Sorry I been out these days. Uow, such great review!

It looks like BB is by far more robust and effective carrier rather than a simple wrapper. I think they wouldn't create something which doesn't comply with the very best standards to carry a baby. They are specialised in baby carriers. We are going for the wrapper and maybe a lightweight pushchair/stroller.

Hopefully this pair (pushchair and wrapper) will work as a charm. Let's see if the baby will be comfortable on a wrapper. If he isn't, we'll have a look a BB for sure.

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