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Posted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 3:08 pm 
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my bedtime routine for my children is from 6.30 shower (dont hav a bath) cuddles and bed with a feed for theo.im normaly asleep by 8.30 ready for his midnight feed,its a bummer on satadays tho wen tvs gud at nite.
theo isnt bothered about the shower as hes close to me and that keeps him calm.
does anyone no how old its sugestd before they go in their own room?
i had to do it early this morning and i felt eva so guilty..
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Posted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 12:57 am 
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After reading around on this forum, I decided to give showering with Griffin (13 weeks old) a try. It has worked well as part of the bedtime routine. He still gets a little fussy right before he goes down, but overall it's a huge improvement and he's asleep by 8.30. Thanks to everyone who helped!
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Posted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 8:31 pm 
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GREAT post and replies!

My top three would be:
1. Sing, sing, sing! My son LOVES nursery rhymes and lullabies. He now hums himself to sleep-it's sooo cute! Whenever he starts to get fussy, I sing him a little tune, and he stops and smiles most of the time-lol. We have a 'getting dressed' song, and a goodnight song. And song about him that repeats his name. I'm a music therapist-so of course he gets lots of music because I know how important it is.
(I have to recommend that video that is AMAZING! It's called "Musical Baby" by HBO. The music and art are beautiful and very entertaining for both mommy and baby! It's a great time for you to get things done!)

2. Be as silly as you possibly can!

3. Take loads of photos and videos because they grow up too fast!!
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Posted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 12:31 pm 
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dnt pay full price for tommee tippee bottles!
thers always hslf price somewhere! toys r us at mkoment
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Posted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 9:14 pm 
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Here are mine

1, If your baby cries pick them up to see what's wrong, ignore family who say you can leave them crying- in the early days they don't cry for no reason.
2. Listen to your instincts. Advice from other people is fine but you know how your baby reacts and what's normal for them. If your worried about something don't be put off from finding out more!
3. Enjoy your time with your baby, they grow so fast. Remember, if you are going through a difficult period with your baby these times won't last forever. Wink
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Posted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 12:00 am 
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Buy babygros with scratch mitts built in. They do them in Next, Mothercare and Matalan and they're awesome! Keep little hands warm at night Very Happy
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Posted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 2:34 pm 
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only 7 weeks in but so far...
1 - if you can go to an antenatal group. 8 couples in hours, babies all EDD within a month of each other, it;s given us a group of first time mums going through the same stuff together. we meet every 1-2 weeks. makes you realise you're not going mad. also good company when on mat leave and waiting and waiting....
2 - try mums and tots group - and stick with it. i felt really lost the first couple of weeks but week 3 - i am a familiar face and am starting to know people. also though seemed early to start and emily sleeps through it we went at 5 weeks, for 50p i get tea biscuits and an escape, week 5 was one of my lowest points i felt so much better for meeting people.
3 - baby activities don't have to cost. pre-emily i was given info on baby gym, baby yoga, music classes - the list goes on, all of which can be costly. look into your library and local churches/community centres, our local playgroups do songs at the end using baby sign for actions and cost 40-80p a session. the library runs a toy library and story sessions - including one for babies, these sessions are free.

as far as sleep etc goes we are still learning. routine - while trying to use cues from emily - has improved bedtimes.
not letting her get overtired helps. even though she is small she fights sleep. now if she is awake more than 2 hours i put her in her basket and she sleeps
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Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 9:35 pm 
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Very helpful information. thanks Ladies.
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Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 3:12 pm 
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I would basically agree with what everyone has said here... just going to add two practical things I do that have really worked and helped me:
For night feeds, I invested in a Lava lamp (I've got a pink / orange one) - it's bright enough to see by, but it's a nice, gentle glow so it doesn't wake up my OH and is soothing for Lucy as she feeds.

For 'botty time' (no nappy time), I lay puppy pads over her changing mat, so if she decides to have a little accident everywhere, it doesn't matter - I just whip off the puppy pad and put another one in its place. Best thing is that they are only 1 for 5 in Poundland - much cheaper than the Pampers baby versions Very Happy

And one thing I do that is great fun but makes everyone think I'm totally off my rocker:
Talk to your baby. Like, all the time! Even when you're out for a walk and they're asleep. I never stop talking to Lucy - I tell what I am doing, I tell her what is going on on the TV, I sing songs to her (our favourites at the moment are 'She's all Nakey' sung to the tune of 'She's a Lady' by Tom Jones when she's getting dressed / having her nappy changed, 'ABC' by the Jackson 5 and 'Heffaumps and Woozles' from Winnie the Pooh... Embarassed). When I went to see my GP for our 6 weeks check, she was very impressed at how responsive and alert Lucy is, and she said it was mainly down to the fact that I talk and interact with her all the time (the only drawback is that my mum did the same with me and I ended up talking at 9 months and I never shut up! Laughing)

And one thing I don't do but I know that if I did do it, my life would be sooooo much easier:
Don't sit there, timing and fretting about spaces between feeds. I find myself waking up at night and counting round the clock to see how long it has been since Lucy last fed and fretting if it is over 4 hours, even though my HV (quite rightly) tells me all the time that she'll let me know when she's hungry, and due to this I am more exhausted than I would be if I just relaxed a bit and let the baby take the lead! It's hard not to fret, especially when they are so little (and in my case, it was compounded by a lot of problems with BFing when she was first born, ending up with her not feeding for over 12 hours and me in floods of tears on the phone to my mum at 2.30 in the morning over it!), but you just end up knackering yourself out - as long as your LO is happy and gaining weight, let them lead you (she says, as she is sitting here, worrying slightly because it is now 3pm and Lucy hasn't fed since 11am... Laughing Laughing)
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Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 3:52 pm 
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[quote="Cuddlefish"

For 'botty time' (no nappy time), I lay puppy pads over her changing mat, so if she decides to have a little accident everywhere, it doesn't matter - I just whip off the puppy pad and put another one in its place. Best thing is that they are only 1 for 5 in Poundland - much cheaper than the Pampers baby versions Very Happy

what are puppy pads hun?I like Alfie to have his nappy off and have a good kcik as much as poss,but it's a it risky with a boy!lol.could do with getting something to put there to save using a towels and having constant washing xx
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Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 4:05 pm 
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Puppy pads are a bit like maternity sheets (but a hell of a lot cheaper, lol!) that people use to put on their floors to toilet train their puppies, but I use them to keep my towels clean Very Happy You can find them pretty cheaply in Pets At Home, but I get them from Poundland (no point forking out for something that is only going to get pooed on!!)
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Posted: Thu May 14, 2009 10:47 am 
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I agree with what every one has said but my tips would be:-

1. Set routines as early as possible (especially a bedtime routine)
2. It is ok to cry, if you need to cry cry lots it does you good
3. Learn lots of baby songs (I am learning as I go along)
4. You can't spoil a baby it is impossible

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Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 10:39 am 
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This is a great thread ladies. Very Happy

Here's mine (5 weeks into this parenting game)

    1. Accept that best laid plans don't always work when there is a small person in charge
    2. Have a ban on visitors for as long as you need. Those who matter don't mind
    3. Use eBay for little clothes, great stuff that has hardly been worn for next to nothing
    4. Never be more than arm's reach from a sick square (muslin)
    5. Bibs save washing
    6. Cheap shower curtains make great furniture and carpet protection from bare botties
    7. Baby carriers/ slings are a great way of keeping your LO with you and your hands free
    8. Relax, enjoy it and remember you are always doing your best.
    9. Remember you are still you, just a mum as well now
    10. Happy mum, happy baby

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Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 8:18 pm 
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ok i'll have a go at this.

1.when your baby is born and is sleeping during the day keep everything normal the sounds and light. i used to hoover listen to music. i once had all my younger family round and they were screaming and playing and he just slept. when its night time keep everything very quite and dark. this helps them learn between day time and night time quicker.

2. buying a nice outfit is nice but they'll hardly wear it , probly puke on it. buy lots of vests and baby grows.

3. deffiantly get a sleeping bag, baby will always be covered which we have a lot of problems with
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Posted: Fri Aug 21, 2009 7:05 am 
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Enjoy your baby !!!!!!!!!! Thats my only advice Laughing
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