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Amymel86
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Posted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 8:10 am 
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Hi Ladies

I wanted to know your opinions on something...

My first baby is due in November and one of my good friends (let’s call her Tara) had her DD in January this year. When she was finding her feet with caring for her LO, she had quite a bit of help from her Aunty who is a Maternity Nanny (let’s call her Anne).

Anne told Tara to keep a diary so that she can log when her DD fed, slept and when she had a wet or soiled nappy. I can see the benefits of this and I still may do it – just wondering whether this is something that all mums do/are advised to do by a healthcare provider?

Something I am dreading though, is that I know that Tara will be telling me “Anne said you should do this, Anne said you should do that.....Anne said you should buy this brand of bottle etc etc”.......and while I do appreciate some advice – I prefer to be given it when I ask for it – if you know what I mean? Every baby is different, every family is different.
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Posted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 8:51 am 
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Seems a bit over the top to log wet and dirty nappies! I have never been told that. As long as they have them it's fine. I did for the first few days write down when I breast fed and how long for and what side mainly because I would forget! As for formula I can't advise but surely what might be good for one baby is different to another?

I think everyone finds their own way and hopefully if she's a good friend she will only give advice when you ask x
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Posted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 5:16 pm 
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im due to have my third baby in December hun I have never been told this with any of my children (apart from when in hospital for 2 days after the birth when they like to keep a record (Ireland) but at home it is not really need as your body/baby will let you know every time bubs needs a feed a change ect ect

if you think it will help try it if you don't like it after a while you don't have to continue with it
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Posted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 7:04 am 
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Like Bbysad the only time I was asked to keep a diary was in hospital when she was first born to log when she b/f and how long for.

I always remembered when she had had her last feed. Apart from the night feeds where I would just wake up and feed her, I would rarely look at the time.

And nappies some days she would have loads of dirty nappies and other days none. Again I could remember if she hadnt had one for a few days.
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Posted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 7:39 am 
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I did the first time I breastfed and the hospital did with my son who was prem (7 weeks early) but generally I'd say its not something you need to do Question , if you want to do it then go for it though, it may even help you to see a pattern of when baby sleeps better, if its after a dream feed or not or which feeding times work best if you're trying to get into some sort of routine (although babies tend to just pick their own routines or just not have one rather than conform to yours Laughing ), the nappy thing I think isn't necessary as you remember the dirty ones anyway Laughing
It's entirely personal choice though, what works for one person doesn't for another, which might be something to tell your friend if she's too free with her unwanted advice Laughing xx
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Posted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 8:22 am 
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i just went with the flow and breastfed on demand. i did however take note of the colour of the stools. other than that, i managed fine.
it depends on how you feeling and if you will have the time to manage a diary. although i have never heard of it before. its not a common thing where i am .
take care and good luckxx
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Posted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 7:46 pm 
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Thanks ladies - I did think that it was a bit much and it's nice to know I'm not the only one thinking that!

This being my first, I'm a little worried about getting things wrong! Sad
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Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 5:26 pm 
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Don't mean to be disrespectful in any way, but logging dirty or wet naps just seems way over the top. I can totally understand how you feel about people you don't know or don't know you giving you advice that you don't want. It's quite irritating as I'm sure you know. Just let your friend know that sometimes you don't need her auntie's advice and that if you want it you will ask for it. Best of luck!
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