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Old 19-08-2008, 11:29 AM
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Best of luck the lot of ya. Rhian, my little nipper was born at 25 +3 so make sure you've got the hospital bag packed and ready. Could be any minute now. :twisted:
Don't say that! We have a cot, but no bedding yet - and no nappies! I do know that anything from 37 weeks is 'full-term' (ie the baby is fully grown) - I'm not finishing work till 37 weeks so that could be interesting if he decides to be early. We're hoping for 4 days late though - a Halloween baby :twisted:

How was yours after being born so early? Okay I hope?

We have one of those 'travel system' buggies - got it through Freecycle! Particularly good as we don't own a car, so wouldn't have wanted to spend the money on a car seat, but we do hire a care a couple of times a year to drive up to family, so it will come in handy. We also have a sling for short journeys.
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Old 19-08-2008, 11:57 AM
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Nappies Rhian - I know nothing about babies, but I know about this. Some friends of mine did rigorous market research on nappies, so if you're going with disposable (I know it instinctively feels wrong, but the environmental impact of reusable can be just as bad, not to mention eww), Asda own brand have been judged the best for newborns. Apparently Which? agrees with them. My friends who've had babies since have all used them.

Hope that's helpful
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Old 19-08-2008, 11:59 AM
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Best of luck the lot of ya. Rhian, my little nipper was born at 25 +3 so make sure you've got the hospital bag packed and ready. Could be any minute now. :twisted:
Don't say that! We have a cot, but no bedding yet - and no nappies! I do know that anything from 37 weeks is 'full-term' (ie the baby is fully grown) - I'm not finishing work till 37 weeks so that could be interesting if he decides to be early. We're hoping for 4 days late though - a Halloween baby :twisted:

How was yours after being born so early? Okay I hope?

We have one of those 'travel system' buggies - got it through Freecycle! Particularly good as we don't own a car, so wouldn't have wanted to spend the money on a car seat, but we do hire a care a couple of times a year to drive up to family, so it will come in handy. We also have a sling for short journeys.
She's fine. 3 months in hospital and has various developmental delays, but she's a brilliant bundle of fun. Lots of regular appointments with various specialists, but nothing major (at least nothing I think is major). Just things like dyspraxia, verbal dyspraxia,Global Development delay and some other bits and bobs. Most of her problems are with communication, she is very clever and undestands everything I say to her. I just don't understand her sometimes. The Mrs has worked out her "language" though and it works and is totally fascinating.

Oh just a reminder to everybody, to make sure you get all your freebies from various places. The Bounty bags and all the groovy stuff from Boots and the other Baby Clubs.
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Old 19-08-2008, 12:05 PM
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Good god ... it must be contagious

Congrats to all of you

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Old 19-08-2008, 12:09 PM
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Good god ... it must be contagious

Congrats to all of you

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Lol - I've obviously been very immune for a very long while :wink:
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Old 19-08-2008, 12:09 PM
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Nappies Rhian - I know nothing about babies, but I know about this. Some friends of mine did rigorous market research on nappies, so if you're going with disposable (I know it instinctively feels wrong, but the environmental impact of reusable can be just as bad, not to mention eww), Asda own brand have been judged the best for newborns. Apparently Which? agrees with them. My friends who've had babies since have all used them.

Hope that's helpful
I'm sure I read somewhere that biodegradable disposable nappies are available at supermarkets now, if that makes you feel any better...can't for the life of me remember what they're called though!

And congratulations all
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Old 19-08-2008, 12:11 PM
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The best tip I can give anyone is, when buying bottles, get Dr Brown's bottles. They have a valve which let's air go to the air-pocket at the bottom of the bottle (when it's tilted up) rather than back into the milk, thus preventing a lot of colic.

My little cherub had really bad colic until a friend recommended these bottles and they were amazing. Cut the colic right down, practically overnight. They take a little longer to clean, but it's totally worth it.

Another tip would be, if you have a car, get a travel system with a base that stays in the car, with the baby's car seat clicking in and out of it at the push of a button. Fantastic time saver, especially when it's raining. We have a Graco, and although our daughter is too big for the car seat part now, it was great while we needed it.

Finally, if you don't have Sky+ or a TiVO, or such like, already, get one. You can forget about watching shows as they air for the foreseeable future.

Babies are tremendously hard work, but believe me when I say that nothing anyone tells you can prepare you for how utterly brilliant they are. You might think you know, but trust me, you don't. It's a million times better than you imagine it will be.
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Old 19-08-2008, 12:31 PM
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Good god ... it must be contagious

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That's what I was hoping. It seems to have worked!
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Old 19-08-2008, 01:48 PM
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Oooh, the nappies debate Think we've had that on here before.

There was an Environmental Agency report that said there wasn't much between them, but it had a lot of flaws, mostly caused by being based on the activities on thousands of disposable nappy users, but very few reusables. They made lots of assumptions such as washing the nappies at 95 (manufacturers recommend 60), ironing the nappies (seriously, what?!) and tumble drying them (which I think you're unlikely to do if you care about the environment enough to buy reusables, at any rate, we don't have a tumble drier).

Anyway, we're going to be going with reusables, but will need to buy some disposables as well, for the first few days, and for when we're travelling, and possibly if friends look after him. So recommendations are welcome, thank you
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Old 19-08-2008, 01:54 PM
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We were all set to use re-usable nappies before our little bundle of joy arrived. The idea, like so many one has during pregnancy, went right out the window when baby arrived. Life is too short, and you will have more than enough to cope with without adding extra chores, like washing nappies.

That's just our personal experience of course, but I guarantee that a lot of ideas you currently have about what you'll do when baby comes, will be unceremoniously cast aside when the reality of your situation hits!
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