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Scratch mitts

(27 Posts)
autumnberry Thu 25-Nov-10 19:21:02

Are these necessary items fr me to buy? Do babies really scratch themselves?

LynetteScavo Thu 25-Nov-10 19:22:50

Yes they do. Newborns can pop out with quite long nails. You are a braver woman than me if you dare to cut them. Scratch mits prevent red marks of cheeks.

autumnberry Thu 25-Nov-10 19:25:24

Thanks Lynette. So they do scratch. Do they scratch on the way out, too? hmm

LynetteScavo Thu 25-Nov-10 19:28:43

No, no, not on the way out! grin don't worry about that!grin

Their little faces are a lot more delicate than our vagina's honest!

I meant red marks 8on* cheeks, of course.

katherine2008 Thu 25-Nov-10 19:29:34

my DD never wore scratch mits and never scratched her face - some kids do, some don't...

Panzee Thu 25-Nov-10 19:37:00

My son was terrible for scratching. And I never could get near his nails, still can't really!

japhrimel Thu 25-Nov-10 19:43:27

A lot of newborn and 0-3 month sleepsuits have integral scratch mitts, so sperate ones may not be needed if you get those.

lurcherlover Thu 25-Nov-10 19:45:05

Official advice is not to use them as they stop babies from using their hands/fingers to self-soothe. My baby is 5 weeks old now and has never scratched his face. I'd wait to see if you need them first before buying them.

Panzee Thu 25-Nov-10 20:01:41

Official advice? From where? I've never heard that one before.

<wondering if there's a special source of official advice that's totally passed me by>

stressheaderic Thu 25-Nov-10 20:06:57

My DD wouldn't settle at all for a few days after coming home from hospital - we popped scratch mitts on and she began sleeping fine. Think her little hands were freezing (born in Feb on v snowy day).

FessaEst Thu 25-Nov-10 20:09:07

My DD scratched herself terribly for ages, still sometimes does despite my best efforts. I really found the integral mitts in babygros form Next and Sainsbos the best solution, was really quite disappointed when she got to 6 months and they no longer came with them.

LynetteScavo Thu 25-Nov-10 20:38:34

I thought "official" advice was to give a baby a dummy to sooth, as it is proven to prevent cot death.

violetwellies Thu 25-Nov-10 20:53:29

And I thought the scratch mitts would be for me... with lacerated legs do to frantic itching, feel like a bag of fleas - no one warned me about this

Nicolaplus1 Thu 25-Nov-10 20:55:07

Be caeful of scratch mitts a friend of mine went to check on her lo only to find him with the mitt in his mouth at few weeks old ( he was fine luckily) some are really loose.
I used the sleepsuits with built in mitts for night time and if i used them in the day the ones from boots are fab they have a really good cuff.

autumnberry Thu 25-Nov-10 21:18:41

Oooh. Lots of different advice. confused My instinct would be that babies need to be able to move their hands and fingers freely.

ohnelly Thu 25-Nov-10 21:19:48

I never bothered with them after trying them with DS1 and found they just fall off all the time anyway. I just cut their nails (when they are asleep is easier when they are very little!)

LynetteScavo Thu 25-Nov-10 21:21:22

But then if you are going to swaddle the baby (and most babies like to be swaddled) you won't need scratch mits.

DirtyMartini Thu 25-Nov-10 21:27:27

Mitts are absolute rubbish, they fly off, no matter what sort you buy. I have had two VERY scratchy babies. DD still draws blood on herself regularly at 6.5 mo. I have tried trimming, filing and biting (!) her nails as per various bits of advice, to make sure there are no sharp corners, but it happens nevertheless.

She has outgrown the sleepsuits with integral scratch mitts, so I bought a pair of these recently and they're great. I'm making do with one pair for now as they are very quick to hand-wash and dry on a radiator. Highly recommended to anyone with a scratchy baby.

Obviously she doesn't wear them constantly, as she needs to use her fingers to play at her age; I just put them on for sleeping and very occasionally at other times during the day. If I'd had them when she was a newborn I'd have had no hesitation to use them round the clock though (she slept all the time anyway).

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autumnberry Thu 25-Nov-10 21:30:16

And what about socks? Do they get kicked off too?

DirtyMartini Thu 25-Nov-10 21:31:20

Should add, part of the reason it is a big deal to me is that she has mild eczema on her forehead and a very dry scalp; so the scratching is almost constant at night and her head gets very raw and sore.

If it weren't for that I would prob not mind the occasional single scratch.

DirtyMartini Thu 25-Nov-10 21:32:50

Yes, socks get kicked off. Socks are pointless for tiny babies. Just get things with feet built in. Or tights.

I found Gap triple roll socks stayed on well from around 6 months. Before that, though, all socks from the little Trumpettes to the cheapies from George at Asda were equally useless.

DancingThroughLife Thu 25-Nov-10 21:38:00

Second (third? fourth?) the mitts not staying on. DD was a scratchy newborn, but trying to keep those mitts on was futile. The integral scratch mitts come on mothercare sleepsuits too, and they're so much better than the little dots that stay on for a minute!

Considering she lost her mitts all the time, she keeps her socks surprisingly well, even now she's discovered her feet.

I think the dummy/cot death link is that babies who have a dummy early should keep it for 6 months and then it reduces the risk of SIDS. Babies who never have a dummy aren't at the same risk as those who are used to one and suddenly don't have it. Or so my GP and bf counsellor led me to believe.

BikeRunSki Thu 25-Nov-10 21:38:52

DS had scratch mitts. HE hated wearing the, but then again, he never scratched himself, so my pg panic buying of scratch mitts was unnecessary.

He was pretty good with socks though, and I second Gap socks for their staying power.

Bodinga Thu 25-Nov-10 22:03:41

I used socks on both my kids hands when born - stayed on far better than the mitts.

autumnberry Thu 25-Nov-10 22:22:23

Thanks for all the info

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