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  • Supermarket wine carriers (20p) or the free cardboard ones are perfect for keeping baby's bottles upright to avoid leaks, great when you're travelling. (phoebebuffet)
  • When breastfeeding, use a bangle to mark which 'side' you are on - just move from wrist to wrist. (Julesjules)
  • Don't cry over spilt milk - unless its expressed breastmilk in which case you are entitled to wail like a loon. (Silkstalkings)
  • If formula feeding, invest in a 'clevascoop'. No more counting scoops. One scoop, and that's it. A brilliant time-saver, especially for feeding twins (and more!) (inkydoodle)
  • The hula hoop winding technique. Sit baby on your knee upright and slowly move him/her in a circular motion (as though hula hooping) and the end result is normally a resounding burp. (ACPickles)
  • When breast feeding the new baby always have a pile of books next to you ready to read to the older children, in case they need amusing. (SammyE)
  • Use breast shells overnight when breastfeeding - you can collect the drips, stay dry, and have some milk in the fridge. They're pretty comfy and a good alternative to waking up soaking! I froze mine in little containers ready for weaning. (mathshoneybunny27)
  • Just started weaning? Freeze half a little pot of breastmilk, then if you need to go out you can just pour some baby rice powder on top and seal. Once heated, mix and you have one-pot rice without the faff. (mathshoneybunny27)
  • theres nothing worse when doing a night feed to have a glaring light bulb..or a lamp that doesnt give off enough light. the solution is a red light bulb. it gives plenty of soft light to see what your doing but also, isnt harsh enough to fully wake baby. ive recommended this to loads of family and friends and they all agree its a much better, softer way of doing night feeds and changes. (car01e)
  • When weaning, tie a muslin around your baby's neck and tuck it in around their body and under their bottom, then put a bib over the top. Catches all those smears of food from your baby's hands and it can all go straight in the wash afterwards, (usually) leaving their outfit stain-free! (Crazycatlady)
  • When starting to breast feed do be assertive - I let my newborn do whatever he liked instead of using my finger to make him release and go on properly! I have a high pain threshold but paid for it in soreness and mastitis later... (all4u)
  • mums-to-be - fill a large jug of juice/water and ensure you drink it all during the day to make sure you and unborn get plenty fluid (scotara)
  • I am breast feeding and have one crazy boob which spurts out quite a bit on the initial 'let down'! I express a small amount before feeding so my son doesn't get hosed by me and can latch on more easily. Works a treat and means he is more satisfied with his feed and doesn't get frustrated! (perkster)
  • Personally I feel a breastfeeding pillow is essential if you are planning on breastfeeding your newborn. Also learn to breastfeed lying down as soon as possible! If you have stitches as I did then it is very uncomfortable to breastfeed sitting up, and as newborns are very good at marathon feeding sessions, feeding lying down allows you the feel comfortable and get more rest at the same time! (sallyuk)
  • Give yourself 40 days to get the hang of breastfeeding. It really encouraged me to hang in there and, by 39 days, we'd cracked it! (hiddenflaws)
  • Wear a boob tube under clothing when breastfeeding, then you can hoick your top up without flashing your post baby belly. (taczilla)
  • Don't plan to breastfeed for a set time... plan to breastfeed for today. It's less daunting and there's less guilt if you decide to stop. (FlamesparrowThePirate)
  • When scooping out milk powder for babies, count it into a dispenser or other container first. Then if you lose count you can just start again without wasting the formula or the water! (mustrunmore)
  • Mastitis or engorged boobs? Blitz 5 Savoy cabbage leaves in a blender then put resulting mush into a bra lined with another whole leaf. It smells but works - and keeps for a week in the fridge. (It's lovely when cold!) (Soggybottom)
  • If you are struggling to get a breast fed baby to take a bottle of expressed or formula milk, get someone else to do it and leave the room. If you give the bottle or are nearby they will smell your milk and want that instead of the bottle. (Yorkiegirl)
  • Keep baby's bottle of boiled water in your airing cupboard for night time feeds. Pre-measure the formula into a powder dispenser and you're ready to go! (samsgr8)
  • A vitamin supplement with Zinc in it can really help cure cracked nipples. I was recommended Berocca which did the trick. (ruthsmumkath)
  • Don't waste money buying a steriliser, a vegetable steamer will do the job just as well and is useful for weaning. (katzg)
  • Use a dimmer switch or a touch lamp to keep the lights low at night when feeding a baby. (mformummy)
  • Use a thermos flask for new born night time nappy changes. Saves you having to leave the room to get to a tap. (SpikeMomma)
  • Instead of making feeds in advance, boil the kettle and wait for some time to slightly cool and then put it in a thermos flask. This way you can make the feed any time your baby needs. For night feeds make it simpler by keeping a bottle of cooled boiled water and then mixing it with hot water from flask to get the right temprature (Pomi)
  • To avoid cracked nipples use Lansinoh cream - it works miracles. I wish I had known about it with my first child! (Binsy)
  • If you're trying to stop breastfeeding and are suffering from aching breasts, place a couple of  cabbage leaves inside your bra - it really works! (Nancy)
  • Prepare warm milk quickly by mixing 8 scoops of milk powder with 4oz of cool boiled water and refrigerate. When the time comes for your baby's feed, simply add another 4oz of just boiled water to the refrigerated bottle. (Maman)
  • Move your child from bottle to beaker as soon after their first birthday as possible. It will take a bit of effort to adjust but it's much easier doing it now than later. (Jraven)
  • If you are struggling to get a breast fed baby to take a bottle of expressed or formula milk, get someone else to do it and leave the room. If you give the bottle or are nearby they will smell your milk and want that instead of the bottle. (Yorkiegirl)
  • Try omitting caffeine and carbonated drinks from your diet if you are breastfeeding and your baby seems very unsettled with wind and colic. It worked for us. (realharmony)
  • I found that the best way to prevent sore or cracked nipples whilst breastfeeding was to gently rub the first few and last few drops of breastmilk into the nipple area. It certainly worked for me and there were no concerns about creams tasting odd for baby! (Moira)
  • When breastfeeding, have every single mail order catalogue you own positioned strategically around you - baby in one arm, pen in the other - and shop. Retail therapy stimulates milk production - honest! (Bobsmum)
  • When bottle-feeding, don't allow your baby to get used to warm milk. My babies always welcomed milk cold and it made life so much easier when out and about. (jona)
  • Prepare a flask of tea, coffee or hot chocolate before you go to bed for when you have to get up to feed your baby in the night and feel unable to stay awake. (mog)
  • Use bottles of cooled boiled water for the night time feeds and just add the pre-measured powder. This way you don't need to worry about rushing down to the kitchen every feed! (Mollie171)
  • When breastfeeding, make sure you gather together everything you think you might need (tissues, wipes & bib for baby, drink, snack & magazine for you!) before sitting down. (Maizie)
  • When your baby will not take a bottle try putting some breast milk in a bottle top and use this as a cup then try the bottle again. (Dionne2001)
  • I didn't try my first baby on a bottle for the first month and when I did she'd never take it. With my second child I alternated breast and expressed milk from the start and it worked. I often left my Mum with a bottle of expressed so I could go out and my husband helped out with the night feeds. I felt far less isolated second time round. (jayjay22)
  • A savoy cabbage leaf straight from the fridge into your bra will help soothe engorged breasts in the early days of breast feeding. It's also helpful when you stop feeding and are feeling full! (boo321)
  • If your newborn seems to fall back to sleep halfway through feeding, try changing them. This usually wakes them up enough to finish the feed. (chrissmith89)
  • If you're anxious about causing offence when breastfeeding in a café or restaurant try draping a serviette over your shoulder/the baby's head. I managed to give my four month old ?tea? at the Ritz without any bother by doing this. (mn4)
  • In the early weeks when baby might be sleeping in the same room with you, replace the bulb in your bedside lamp with a 12 watt night-light strength bulb. Makes getting up in the night a much more pleasant experience for everyone. (LKM)
  • When weaning off formula/breast milk, start by putting a quarter ordinary milk to three quarters formula/breast. It's easier on the tummy. (Clairer)
  • To prepare me for the long breastfeeding sessions before my number one was born, one friend recommended I buy two things - no, not a special cushion, or cooling pads - a cordless phone and a teletext TV. It worked for me! (pearl)
  • If you find after a night feed your semi-sleeping baby wakes when being returned to the cot, use a small cloth (muslin) under their head - it means that their head doesn't go back on to a cold sheet in the cot and they are less likely to wake up.
  • If while you're breastfeeding you often forget which breasts turn it is (as I do) then pin a safety pin on your bra and alternate it each time you feed.
  • When weaning off formula/breast milk, start by putting a quarter ordinary milk to three quarters formula/breast. It's easier on the tummy.
  • Use a microwave to warm bottles of milk but remember to shake really well afterwards to remove hot spots. It's much quicker than boiling a kettle and sitting the bottle in hot water.
  • If you're trying to stop breastfeeding and are suffering from aching breasts, place a couple of cabbage leaves inside your bra - it really works! (nancy)
  • Use a microwave to warm bottles of milk but remember to shake really well afterwards to remove hot spots. It's much quicker than boiling a kettle and sitting the bottle in hot water. (Clairer)
  • When weaning off formula/breast milk, start by putting a quarter ordinary milk to three quarters formula/breast. It's easier on the tummy.
  • Use a microwave to warm bottles of milk but remember to shake really well afterwards to remove hot spots. It's much quicker than boiling a kettle and sitting the bottle in hot water. (Clairer)
  • Invest in a container to hold baby formula (available at Mothercare). It's perfect for travelling as you do not have to worry about keeping pre-made bottles cold. You pre-measure the powder and just tip it into the bottle of water when required. (Nicola)
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