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Thursday, September 29th 2011, 9:12pm

Author: Danielle

Calling all mummies for advice - Parenting books.

Hello, I use 'What to expect in the first year' - Has lots of questions and answers, I found it fairly useful. Baby Whisperer - Excellent for establishing a routine. Baby Centre Website is good too. And here of course!! Good luck x

Saturday, September 24th 2011, 1:08pm

Author: Danielle

Hair Cuts

Oh Gemma, it's such a mission isn't it. I'm going to try your technique and see how it goes. Another thought I had was to visit a barbers each week so he gets used to the shop and the Barber and then try to have it cut . It might be down to his chin by then though!! xx At least I can put Holly's up and use clips. My HV suggested I cut get some bands to put in C's hair until he's ready!! Yeah, right, great advice thanks HV!

Saturday, September 24th 2011, 11:19am

Author: Danielle

Hair Cuts

DS is just over 2 years old and I'm having a nightmare trying to cut his hair. He was born with masses of the stuff and it grows by the second, so he's had at least 5 hair cuts so far, but oh my god, it's like we're hurting him with every stand of hair that is cut. The screaming and tantrum is awful. I would love to hear how others have overcome this. We have tried.... taking him to a salon, having someone come to the house, watching a film, bribery with sweets and choc, he's seen DH have his cu...

Saturday, September 24th 2011, 11:14am

Author: Danielle

Sleep Issues

Hi Jasper, To stop H from waking up in the wee hours I set my alarm an hour earlier that she would wake. The idea is to gentle wake them from their deep sleep but not wake them up completely and do it for 3 nights. The first night I tried it I went to get a drink of water and nip to the loo first and by the time I got back in the bedroom she was wide awake and singing! I tried again the second night, set my alarm for 3,30am and she was fast asleep, so I gently rubbed her arm and she moved it a l...

Tuesday, September 20th 2011, 10:41pm

Author: Danielle

Daily Routines, The Witching Hour and Sleep.

Hello ladies, you all sound like you are doing a great job. The early days are certainly very testing and it makes you wonder how one tiny person can make you feel like you're losing your mind!!! A few things that I have tried with my two or friends have tried.... Liz, have you considered taking Ross to see a cranial osteopath? I know a few of my friends took their tiny babies to see one because they just could not settle them and it worked a treat. I can't explain myself how it works as I'm not...

Sunday, September 18th 2011, 6:15pm

Author: Danielle

Daily Routines, The Witching Hour and Sleep.

Hi H, Yes both mine went through a bit of that when they were tiny and I discovered that giving them some nappy off time worked a treat. They loved to be free and have a kick about and it seemed to work 99% of the time. xxx

Friday, September 16th 2011, 6:38pm

Author: Danielle

Work Life Balance!

Thanks ladies. Got a horrible cold today so I've not got any work done or been a fun mummy today, can't win eh?! DH is working all weekend, so my mum is going to have DS and DD for a few hours on Sunday. I'll just have to be super organised and get it all done then. I was supposed to be meeting up with an old friend and her kids on Sunday, something always has to give.

Thursday, September 15th 2011, 10:48pm

Author: Danielle

Daily Routines, The Witching Hour and Sleep.

Hello, I followed the Baby Whisperer EASY routine with both of mine and it was fab. Even if we were having an off day I knew how to get back on track and I could start afresh the next day. We used to take the bottles of water upstairs to our bedroom and measure the milk powder out into a little dispenser then we didn't have to go downstairs. Ours have always had room temperature bottles so we didn't need to warm them. The only time we did was in mid winter when it was freezing and then I took a ...

Thursday, September 15th 2011, 10:36pm

Author: Danielle

Work Life Balance!

I have just returned to work after having DD and am struggling. I am a teacher and luckily only work 3 days, but the amount of work I have to do outside school is crazy and I am struggling to fit it all in whilst looking after 2 children in the day. I managed to get them both to sleep today at 1pm and they were both still asleep at gone 4pm. I would never, ever let them sleep that long in the day but I was so desperate to get my work done, especially as I'm being observed in the week. DS is stil...

Tuesday, September 13th 2011, 8:48pm

Author: Danielle

Sleep Issues

Hi Jasper, Lack of sleep is pure evil! I have had various sleep issues with both of mine and it makes you feel awful. My DD is much younger than your DS but I think the technique would work. It's from the Baby Whisperer and I have tried it and can say that it works, even though it sounds a bit odd. You have to set your alarm an hour earlier than they are waking up for 3 nights in a row and gentle wake them from the deep sleep but not fully. This will break the habit of them waking early. My DD w...

Thursday, September 8th 2011, 9:27pm

Author: Danielle

A "Where's Wally" type of book, but for 18 month olds?

The are some usborne books called 1000 things to spot - I've got one for C and he loves it. “1001 Things to Spot” at Usborne Children’s Books

Saturday, August 6th 2011, 1:03pm

Author: Danielle

My baby is nearly 1 and I have a list of questions!

I felt the same when I heard what the dental nurse said. You are aware of the risks to their teeth and are doing all you can to look after them so he'll be fine. Like Flic said, he is still only little. It's when they walk around with a bottle of juice in their mouth all day long that problems occur. My little boys teeth are lovely, although brushing them is a battle! My mum is a foster carer and the two little ones she has at the moment have atrocious teeth because they have been neglected. Nev...

Saturday, August 6th 2011, 9:32am

Author: Danielle

My baby is nearly 1 and I have a list of questions!

Hi Jasper, I had all the same issues a year ago when C was that age. With the milk, we used the sippy cup with handles and even now he still has his morning and evening milk from that. It took a while for him to get to used to it at first and he stopped drinking it for a few days, but once we realised that the bottle had gone in the mornings and the cup was the only way he could have milk he soon took it it well. It took a bit longer to get rid of the night time bottle, he was probably about 14/...

Monday, July 18th 2011, 3:09pm

Author: Danielle

Big Boy Bed Blues :-(

Thought I'd update this thread to tell you of our outcome. We are back to normal, hooray!!! C is going to bed beautifully and sleeping through most nights. If he wakes in the night I put him back in bed and he goes back off to sleep without a fuss. It did however take 5 weeks to get over this. Longer than lots of people I've spoken to but we thought it might have been a reaction to becoming a big brother and knowing his sister was sometimes still downstairs when he went to bed. I have also bough...

Wednesday, May 18th 2011, 1:50pm

Author: Danielle

Big Boy Bed Blues :-(

Thanks for your support ladies. I know there's no magic wand I can wave and it's just patience and trial and error. Made a massive error last night though. Spoke to my NCT friend who said they left their DS to cry it out and after 3 or 4 nights it was sorted and he sleeps brilliantly. So..... I listened to 50 mins of screaming and shouting mummy!! I felt so so awful. Eventually I went up and did walk in walk out for about 3 mins and he fell asleep. He had trashed his room and was all red. I stil...

Tuesday, May 17th 2011, 8:44am

Author: Danielle

Big Boy Bed Blues :-(

Thanks PP. He had a good 2 hr nap yesterday lunchtime although it took my 40 mins of walking in and out. When he gets out of bed I just walk in and he runs back in bed. Because it worked for nap time I tried it for bedtime, it took an hour and then when he woke at 11.30pm and 4am. He settled much quicker. It's progress... I think! At least we weren't sleeping on his floor. He can open doors, so he would probably bang about trying to open it but I could try it. DD woke at 2 and 6.30 so between th...

Monday, May 16th 2011, 8:01am

Author: Danielle

Big Boy Bed Blues :-(

It's getting worse not better! I feel so out of control with no tricks up my sleeve and it's so much harder to deal with when you've had 4 hours on interrupted sleep! He was up most of the night and DH ended up sleeping on his floor. We've got a bed guard and a stair gate but nothing is stopping him from crying at the gate. If sleeping in his room is the only thing that makes him sleep then we'll just have to accept it and take it in turns to sleep in there ( and buy a sofa bed or something, the...

Friday, May 13th 2011, 9:20am

Author: Danielle

Big Boy Bed Blues :-(

Hi PP, Last night wasn't as bad thankfully. He fell out of bed (no bed guard yet) at 12.30 and settled back nicely. Then I fed DD at 3am and he woke again but I just said I was feeding Holly, go to bed and after a little bit of whining he fell back to sleep until 7.45am!! That's progress in my book so I feel semi-human today!! My DH has been working away for the last 3 days so I've been doing the nights on my own. I should be getting a bed guard off my sister today, if not I'll go to Asda thanks...

Thursday, May 12th 2011, 8:46am

Author: Danielle

Big Boy Bed Blues :-(

Thanks Gem, I'll invest in some today!!! x

Thursday, May 12th 2011, 7:25am

Author: Danielle

Big Boy Bed Blues :-(

Charlie will be 22 months at the end of May and has started climbing out of his cot so we took the bars off. Oh my god has it caused us problems. I'm sure I'm not the only one to be experiencing this so I wanted advice please. He is happy to go to bed but will not stay in the bed. Myself or DH has to sit with him until he falls asleep and this has been up to an hour and a half. If we leave him in there he constantly gets up slams his door, rattles the stairgate at his door, calls for us, throws ...




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