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Share the things you’d do to make life better for your baby with Pampers - £300 voucher to be won! NOW CLOSED

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RebeccaEMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 14-Sep-16 16:33:46

For many, the Paralympic games are inspiring and remind us of the achievements which can be made in the face of adversity and the ways that the athletes have fought to make life better for themselves despite their injuries or disabilities.
Pampers has partnered with Sainsbury’s to support team GB at the Paralympic games so that Paralympic athletes can make their lives better and they would like to know what you would do if you could to make life better for your baby – whether they’re actually a baby, or now growing up too soon.

So, what else would you do to make life #BetterForBaby?

All those who post below will be entered into a prize draw where one MNer will win a £300 Sainsbury's voucher.

Thanks, and good luck!

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FantasticMrsW Thu 15-Sep-16 12:08:59

It's not a case of what I would do it's what I will do to make life better for my baby. Although he's no longer my tiny baby at 15 months.
He was born with a condition called Hirschsprung's Disease - it meant his bowel doesn't have the cells it needs to work and therefore he could not poo so didn't pass his meconium. At 7 weeks he had the unhealthy part of his bowel removed (50% of his large). Since then he poops lots! But no one knows what the future holds - does he feel the 'need' to go etc.
Sorry for the waffling..but what I aim to do to make his life better is to teach him the value of life and whatever it holds for him (possible incontience or more) he is here and there are people who have it harder and live full lives. I want him to know that everyone is different- no one is the same and whatever makes that person different he shouldn't judge or belittle them and anyone who does this is actually the person at a disadvantage.

sharond101 Thu 15-Sep-16 12:46:51

I'd take away her allergies. I hate to see her missing out on things everyone else enjoys and having to protect her all the time. I hate how when something slips through she is in pain and unsettled for days and days and want my cuddles to make it better.

CopperPan Thu 15-Sep-16 15:10:32

For my dcs I think one of the most important things I can help them with in the future is to make sure they have decent life skills, so I make sure they help out at home, learn how to cook and run a household and know all about budgeting, shopping and bureaucracy. My older dcs are very confident and independent now and aren't fazed by the idea of facing responsibilities in the future.

SillyMoomin Thu 15-Sep-16 16:16:08

Sounds cliched, but if I had my way, I would want for peace in the world to make life #BetterForBaby

So simple

I can't believe after how many thousands of years, mankind still hasn't worked out how to remain civil with each other

fitzbilly Thu 15-Sep-16 17:46:27

The things I do to make life #betterforbaby are:

A white noise app in my phone

Not letting him cry

Giving him lots if love

Regular massages to help with his pain

What I wish i could do but can't:

Take away his pain completely

Take away his allergies that cause the pain

Not have him born prematurely, but that's been and done now and could have been worse!

fitzbilly Thu 15-Sep-16 17:47:25

And agree with sillymoomin, world peace would be good!

fish88 Thu 15-Sep-16 18:06:29

Give him the chance to grow up as a child without the pressure from tv and social media to grow up too quickly.

voyager50 Thu 15-Sep-16 18:31:39

Give him the chance to spend some carefree time playing outside without adult supervision or fear like I used to do back in the 80's when things were so different.

We knew lots of adults who were our parent's aquaintances and friends nearby and knew we could knock on their doors for help if we needed to. There is not the same sense of security or community any more.

muddypuddled Thu 15-Sep-16 19:18:06

If find a way to not have to go back to work so that I can continue to be there for her at bedtime and through the night.

Saltlake Thu 15-Sep-16 19:26:25

Secretly I would like for my child to be the "golden child", who does well enough in school, is popular and avoids being picked on by the cliques, and avoids all the crappie "character building" aspects of childhood.

Realistically, I would like to teach my child resilience, to enable them to get through the tough bits, and the self confidence to believe that they can do things.

Bubblebloodypop Thu 15-Sep-16 19:50:51

To make life better for my baby I'd learn I would pass my driving test (currently learning). I want to be able to take him to soft play, on day trips and eventually pick him up and take him to friends houses. It's a little thing but I really think it will make a lot of difference to his childhood.

MakeTeaNotWar Thu 15-Sep-16 20:12:48

To make life better for my baby, I would be a more patient, kinder mother who didn't lose her sh*t over the small things that children do

Sierra259 Thu 15-Sep-16 20:21:42

To make life better for my DC, I want them to know that they are loved, and that DH and I will always be there for them. That knowledge from my own parents has given me great strength through my life, and I want to pass that on to my children.

Pinkangel23 Thu 15-Sep-16 22:08:32

On a material level there are lots of things I wish I could give them to make life better: more holidays, a car etc, however, I think I make life better for my children by providing unconditional love and understanding. I never want them to be afraid to tell me anything. I take them to lots of groups and have them involved in the community which I feel gives them a sense of security.

victria Fri 16-Sep-16 00:14:54

If I could have done I'd prefer he hasn't spent 3 weeks in hospital being prodded, poked and stuck with needles and all sorts. But at 14 weeks he's now doing very well at home.

foxessocks Fri 16-Sep-16 07:23:19

I want to give them lots of happy childhood memories of playing and days out and fun and laughter. Hopefully that will set them up well for adulthood.

Catsgowoof Fri 16-Sep-16 08:37:31

have both parents home all the time

mrschatty Fri 16-Sep-16 09:42:57

My dd is 8m and she was born with congenital heart defects
She had her first surgery at 4mo
I'm already trading to make life #betterforbaby by raising money for British heart foundation. The funding and support they give to research will mean my dd will have a relatively normal life
Other than that I'm going to show her that the heart condition will not hold her back ever. She can do and be what she wants to be. She will see that her "special heart" if just a part of her and not a restriction on a full life!

Lulabellx1 Fri 16-Sep-16 12:12:21

All a baby needs is love and nurturing... everything else is just stuff and nonsense and not worth worrying about.

Amaksy Fri 16-Sep-16 15:29:32

Oh gosh its funny when asked I have no clue where to start - wow so many things to make life #BetterForBaby

1. Peace everywhere - home and everywhere
2. Being able to mind read at least till he gets talking and can fully articulate what he needs/ wants
3. Not running on clock -24 hours, having enough time for everything including sleep
4. Oh what its like to be overly prepared ey - it would've been nice to get a glimpse of what my life would be like post baby so I could plan!

CMOTDibbler Fri 16-Sep-16 16:40:24

I'm pretty proud that my ds regards people with disabilities as people very much first. In fact I find children on the whole to be very straightforward about my disability, it's adults who can be tossers about it- or just downright patronising.

So I'd like people to think about what they say and do- that would make life better for everyone

GiraffesAndButterflies Fri 16-Sep-16 18:23:01

I'd make his car seat more comfortable. He is not a fan confused

Hotlingbling Fri 16-Sep-16 20:31:04

I would give them a stable home that I own instead of waiting to get evicted because the landlord wants to sell, then ending up in another rented accommodation, on edge.

That would give them roots and stability and the ability to get to know their neighbours and flourish.

user1470426914 Fri 16-Sep-16 21:49:23

I would stop the destruction we are wreaking on our planet so that there are still beautiful, untouched places and wildlife to see when my dc grows up.

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