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Flipping, freezing, sterilising and the just plain ludicrous - what daft things did you do with your PFB?

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NorthernLurker Tue 28-Jan-14 21:47:46

Talking to dd1 tonight (she is 15 and has two sisters) I remembered how totally inept dh and I were.


Filled the baby bath and then carried it (taking two of us) in to the living room of our flat to bath her because it was warmer than the bathroom. Then after the bath we carried it back, sloshing right and left, to empty it.

The first night we had her at home we were so worried about overheating her we put her in a cradle in a vest with a sheet and single blanket, by a window, in April......then wondered why she cried all night and went to sleep when the sun came up.....

Sterilised the bowl for her breakfast until she was a year old. This was dh's job because I Was At Home All Day With The Baby! When he forgot and tried to get in to bed and go to sleep without doing it we had a row. Dh still complains of the 'tyranny of baby's bowl'

When she was six months old and started to roll she would roll herself on to her front to sleep. So every night we would check on her, find her on her front and flip her on to back. Unsurprisingly this woke her....but we kept doing it till my HV told me we were crazy!

Were we alone in this insanity?


SunnyRandall Tue 28-Jan-14 22:07:49

We have a hilarious clip of dh chatting to ds in his highchair. The microwave pings and I appear with some warmed cucumber sticks. Too cold straight from the fridge for my PFB blush

MummyLuce Tue 28-Jan-14 22:11:26

I was so paranoid of giving her formula or cows milk I would pour her cornflakes then get my boob out and spend a good half hour squeezing my milk directly on to her cereal. Weird and gross. Not to be repeated x

Chopsypie Tue 28-Jan-14 22:11:49

Oh god so many. Telling my mum off for giving DS a quaver (just one!) when he was about 11 months.

Sterilising his dummies after he dropped them on a night. I ended up with about 30 dummies and would run up and down stairs with them.

Having a bit of a crying meltdown when he said dada first!

HumphreyCobbler Tue 28-Jan-14 22:15:43

roar at breast milk cornflakes

I phoned the maternity ward at 11pm to see if I had to sterilise the infacol dropper.

NorthernLurker Tue 28-Jan-14 22:20:29

I've just remembered we nearly rioted when we realised that Boots were stopping doing the dry wipes we used after the wet wipes to dry her adorable little bottom.

SunnyRandall Tue 28-Jan-14 22:32:31

I had Infacol dropper issues too. It went in his MOUTH. It must be STERILE blush

CoffeeOne Tue 28-Jan-14 22:35:31

We did the bath thing. I look back now and wonder why? why???

I also cried when my bad let DS lick a kitkat at 4 months old. In public.

NorthernLurker Tue 28-Jan-14 22:38:08

We nearly took dd to A&E when she coughed and spluttered after the follow up does of Vit K. In those days you got it in a capsule to squirt in their mouth and she made a fuss. I actually had my shoes on ready to go out for medical help when she decided to calm down blush

verybadhairdoo Tue 28-Jan-14 22:41:55

We spent an hour or so arguing about the steilirty of a bottle. Instructions on steriliser said once you take the lid off the steriliser then the bottle is no longer sterile. We were trying to work out how to get the milk in the bottle given it was no longer sterile. hmm

NorthernLurker Tue 28-Jan-14 22:42:54


Those strong messages about sterilising things had a lot to answer for. We used Milton solution every day..........

Jemimapuddlemuck Tue 28-Jan-14 22:42:59

First time DS rolled off the bed I was hysterical and ready for taking him to A&E. lovely MIL very gently suggested that keeping an eye on him would probably be ok, and that it would be the first of very many bumps!

VikingLady Tue 28-Jan-14 22:44:47

I called the maternity ward because DD threw up for the first time at two weeks. I seriously thought she was properly ill. How they didn't laugh at me I really don't know!

SecretWitch Tue 28-Jan-14 22:50:03

We were so worried about SIDS and overheating, we put our preemie ds to bed in his onsie. Wrapped in one blanket. in winter. We wondered why he cried constantly, but stopped as soon as he was breast fed next to my warm body. God, we were stupid blush

ScreamingNotWaving Tue 28-Jan-14 22:50:20

I tested the 'no more tears' shampoo by putting some in my own eye.

NorthernLurker Tue 28-Jan-14 22:52:51

Secretwitch - glad it wasn't just us! I mean - what did we think would happen?

ILovePonyo Tue 28-Jan-14 22:55:19

I love this thread already grin

I have woken sleeping dd many a time to check she is still breathing by giving her a little push, then a bit more, then actually waking her up just in case hmm

ILovePonyo Tue 28-Jan-14 22:56:30

Screamingnotwaving I thought of a poster who has put no more tears in her own eye when I was reading this thread, it was you!!

ScreamingNotWaving Tue 28-Jan-14 23:01:50


I also used to insist visitors washed their hands before touching the baby

SecretWitch Tue 28-Jan-14 23:07:31

NorthernLurker,I was so intent on not overheating him! We just froze our newborn instead..

blueberrycupcake Tue 28-Jan-14 23:12:17

I'm loving this thread!

I did the bath thing too. DH and I made the whole house wet by carrying the baby bath through the house.

DD1 needed oral antibiotics when she was only 5 days old. I couldn't get my head round how to get the Milton dilution right to sterilise the syringes. I ended up phoning the hospital and requesting a new syringe for each dose. They were very obliging. I then sent DH to pick up 15 syringes from the hospital. This was more of a baby brain moment but DD2 has had the odd dose of calpol and I have not bothered to sterilise anything.

minipie Tue 28-Jan-14 23:13:59

I weighed DD -every day on the kitchen scales-- a lot.

Steffanoid Tue 28-Jan-14 23:15:19

ds is a strong boy and a couple of months ago he kept rolling in his sleep crashing and waking up. I'd had it drilled in to me that it should be feet to for and back to sleep I left the hv a message to see if I could just put him down on his front as thats where he was ending up, I could hear herhmm over the phone.
I also made up his porridge with formula until I asked a freind if she was just making 30ml and throwing the excess as you have to use it in 2 hours she looked at me like a loon and told me to use cows milk.
I have quite a bit of common sense normally believe it or notblush

BigWellyLittleWelly Tue 28-Jan-14 23:15:58

So the squeezing of breastmilk onto cornflakes made me laugh so hard I woke the baby that was sleeping. Drat.

I'm rather frighteningly PFB about my PSB, dd1 was a very sick baby and so the constant hygiene and sterile environment was unfortunately necessary. But I'm being precious all over again this time round!

LatinForTelly Tue 28-Jan-14 23:20:14

My 'Notes for DD' document, to help whoever was looking after 22 month-old DD whilst I had DS in hospital (I know) is 2 sides of typed A4 and contains the memorable phrase 'We will make sure it's not a hairwash night' grin.

Whatever was I thinking? I came across said document the other day and lolled.

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