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Monday, October 31st 2011, 8:40pm

Author: simmmo19

Ocean Suite, Plymouth

Hi there Ocean Suite is my clinic! I got a BFP there last year - our 3rd attempt - and have just got another BFP after our first attempt at trying again! The staff are all lovely and I really rate their level of care x

Wednesday, August 31st 2011, 7:58am

Author: simmmo19

Clothing and Bedding and keeping baby's temperature right

When babies are that small, they say go with one extra layer to what you're wearing. At night, we put A (born in October) in a short sleeve vest, all in one sleepsuit, swaddled in a thin blanket and then another cellular blanket on the top. During the day he also wore all in one sleepsuits and vests and if we went out then a padded jacket or snowsuit with extra blankets on standby. The best way to check their temperature is down the back of their neck - if her skin feels clammy then she may be t...

Tuesday, May 24th 2011, 7:29pm

Author: simmmo19

Question about the Duo Aquapod .

I can't comment on the Duo as I only have one baby, but we have the single and it is utterly fantastic and has transformed bathtime. My LO loves to sit and play with his toys and splash about and it means my back doesn't hurt quite so much as I'm not bent over supporting a stone and a half of baby!!

Tuesday, May 24th 2011, 7:26pm

Author: simmmo19

re-usable / cloth nappies

Have a look at various websites - Google Cloth nappies - and you can get trial packs. I'm in the process of moving over from disposables to cloth nappies and can recommend BumGenius nappies. I know quite a few ladies who use them full time and they come highly recommended. I'm starting on the birth to potty nappies - you can use them from 7lb up to 35lb with no need for new ones each time your baby grows as they are adjustable. Yes, they need a 60 degree wash but RG is right, that is far better ...

Friday, May 13th 2011, 8:57pm

Author: simmmo19

How many naps during day & rolling onto tummy

I wouldn't take much notice of your friend - the difference between 5 and 8 months is huge! My DS is 7.5mths and naps 3 times a day. After waking he will have a nap 2 hours later and it almost always lasts 1hr 10 mins. Then after about another 2-3 hours he has another nap, usually again 1hr 10mins. He then has a late afternoon cat nap, somewhere around 3.30/4pm and that is usually about 45 mins, so in total he gets about 3 hours a day. He sleeps for 11 hours at night, with no interruptions. This...

Friday, May 6th 2011, 4:12pm

Author: simmmo19

Toy recommendations for 7 month old?

Ha ha, don't even get me started on how annoying some of the Vtech stuff is!! Biggest hit so far today is the Sky TV remote..... A has been sat on the floor for the past 5 minutes very much enjoying bashing it onto the cubes I mentioned earlier! The other big fave I forgot earlier are the Usborne fabric books. A has one about Stan the Snail and it seems he knows exactly what page the rustling leaves are on!!

Friday, May 6th 2011, 7:12am

Author: simmmo19

Toy recommendations for 7 month old?

MIL got DS a Vtech ball - not sure what it's called but it's orange & white and moves on it's own. He goes crazy for it, whether just sitting upright and playing with it in his lap, or laying on his tummy and watching it rotate. MIL actually got it for £2 at a car boot sale but I've seen it for around £15 in the supermarkets and I think ELC too. I also got him some cubes from ELC. They're plastic and have pictures on the sides and various things on the top - a mirror, hologram etc - and he absol...

Wednesday, May 4th 2011, 9:18pm

Author: simmmo19

After any BLW advice please...?

Gracie, if you decide to do the BLW approach, no need to waste your purees..... mix the fruit with full fat greek yogurt (yummy) and spread the savoury ones on toast/ricecakes/bread sticks etc! Time really does fly by doesn't it? I was so focussed on A getting to 6 months so we could start weaning, came as a bit of a surprise that he was 7mths on Sunday!!

Wednesday, May 4th 2011, 8:24pm

Author: simmmo19

After any BLW advice please...?

Tonight I didn't even bother with a bib, just sat him in a vest in the Bumbo, let him rub fishcake all over himself then plonked him straight in the bath!! Oh and also found a lump of cheese in his belly button this afternoon!! Ate lunch in a cafe, while Alfie sat in the highchair and sucked a stick of cheddar. (much to the delight/horror of my lunch companions!) The crumbs must have gone down the front of his bib/clothes and so I found it nestled in his belly button!! For some reason just reall...

Wednesday, May 4th 2011, 7:15pm

Author: simmmo19

After any BLW advice please...?

So proud of my little man today!! I made some fishcakes - mash, cod, flour & parsley dipped in egg and gently fried - and Alfie went crazy for it! The egg made like a skin and he sucked all the insides out and just spat out the skin that he couldn't chew! No gagging, but LOADS of mess - it was blimmin brilliant! Also made little chicken burgers - whizzed up some red onion, tarragon, breadcrumbs and raw chicken breast, mixed in a bit of beaten egg, rolled in flour and fried. Alfie seemed to like ...

Tuesday, May 3rd 2011, 7:38pm

Author: simmmo19

After any BLW advice please...?

I can thoroughly recommend porridge fingers from the BLW cookbook (and I think I saw it here somewhere too). Basically just a couple spoons of plain old oats and the same in full fat milk, mix it til it's a thick mush and whack it in the microwave for 2 minutes in the bottom of a cereal bowl. Turns out like reallllllly rubbery overcooked porridge, but Alfie loves it! It comes out like a little round pancake, I rip it in half and once cooled he's away! Think because it has a bread like texture he...

Tuesday, May 3rd 2011, 8:12am

Author: simmmo19

After any BLW advice please...?

Oh I do love a good foodie thread! Alfie is totally into this eating thing! It might have taken him 4 weeks to get it but now he loves it. This morning he went mental for a piece of eggy bread! Most things he will put in his mouth and suck to bits and although a little always gets swallowed, most of it just ends up a soggy mess. My only concern is that he seems to adore anything bread related - plain old toast/philly on toast, eggy bread etc - but not too keen on 'real' foods. Do I just persever...

Thursday, April 28th 2011, 8:59am

Author: simmmo19

Toddler carriers/back packs

I've just bought the Chicco Caddy Knapsack for my LO. He's almost 7 mths and is a bit dinky in it so we've only used it around the garden and fields at home but he seems quite happy. It's a big thing with a proper metal frame/stand but we do a lot of beach and cliff walking and wanted something to last. It is designed like a rucksack and has lots of padded straps and so far appears quite comfy. LO is only around 17/18lbs though so not sure what it would be like in 12 months time! The selling poi...

Tuesday, April 26th 2011, 1:37pm

Author: simmmo19

Highchair War!

Thought I'd better update here to say....... he finally gets it!! After about 4 weeks of starting BLW, on Saturday he finally picked up a rice cake and shoved it in his mouth!! Since then he's done it with absolutely everything! Last night we had dinner at my parents in the garden and he had steak, salmon, tomato, pepper, breadsticks and even stole a handful of couscous salad off my plate! My mum thinks it's amazing and can't stop staring at him! Not much is going down although he definitely eat...

Thursday, April 14th 2011, 7:33pm

Author: simmmo19

Weaning- Stuck in a rut!!

Jasper, it sounds like your LO is getting a great variety so don't worry yourself too much. Like Csam says, make up sauces and meatballs etc in a batch then you can just get it out the freezer when you need it and add to pretty much anything.... pasta/rice/veg etc. Don't forget that what might seem odd combinations for us doesn't really matter with babies - if B wants meatballs with cucumber sticks then let him have it! Just watch the amount of salt in the ham and baked beans though. As you know...

Thursday, April 7th 2011, 10:12am

Author: simmmo19

Highchair War!

Its so frustrating isn't it! I really am not worried about him not actually eating anything - I know he has his milk for nutrition and I'm fine with that - but I'm just fed up of hearing stories about how babies love playing with food etc etc, even when they don't actually consume anything until 8 or 9 months. How comes my baby is so different and doesn't actually want to sit and touch the blimmin food!?! I thought you were supposed to offer a good variety, but perhaps I will stick to one or two...

Thursday, April 7th 2011, 7:20am

Author: simmmo19

Highchair War!

Right - we've given up on the highchair! I'm using the bumbo and tray and that seems much more successful, although I'll try the highchair again maybe next week and see how he reacts. Still having lots of whingeing though and it's becoming a bit of a battle. Breakfast is usually pretty good and he will (mostly) happily sit and has started touching food, although next to nothing gets put in his mouth. I was spoon feeding yoghurt but only do that every 2 or 3 days now as don't want him to get a sw...

Friday, April 1st 2011, 10:45am

Author: simmmo19

Highchair War!

Funny was thinking of talking to you about the feed times. Little man still getting a night feed though? When A had 3am feed he wouldn't want 1st feed until hour after waking. Will see how it goes doing pick up/put down til just before 7am.... I just microwaved a handful of green beans from the freezer! (bad mummy!)

Friday, April 1st 2011, 8:55am

Author: simmmo19

Highchair War!

Highchair now much better with the correct bits attached, thanks Flic!! The only difference with mine, being a Polly Magic, is that it has 2 recline settings and a newborn insert & toy bar. I bought it when I was pregnant as wanted something to keep the baby up out of the way of the dog.....turns out completely unnecessary as the dog not in the slightest bit interested!! I take your point about 3 meals a day - we did actually do 'dinner' last night as he had slept so much during the day and did ...

Thursday, March 31st 2011, 4:30pm

Author: simmmo19

Highchair War!

Jensqui - I guess it's just that the highchair is somewhere safe I can put him whilst i get everything ready, plus it has a much bigger tray (for squishing the food on to!!). When he's in the Bumbo, he arches his back to try and get out so I only like to put him in it when I'm right there in front of him. He can't sit on his own yet so although a picnic sounds like great fun, he does need to be supported to be properly upright so maybe a month or two off that yet.... Flic - so glad you mentioned...




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