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Saturday, October 10th, 2009
4:36 pm
Can anyone recommend a travel cot or tell me what to look out for in one? Cheers.
Wednesday, March 4th, 2009
3:09 pm
15 months and night-nursing like a newborn - help!
I've been thinking DS is waking a lot at night, and last night I managed to look at my watch each time and actually remember what I saw in the morning and have decided its getting a bit ridiculous! He went to sleep about 9pm ish, I went to  bed at 11ish when he woke for a feed, then he woke at 2am, 4.30am, and 7am he was awake for the day.  He seems to be on a pretty regular pattern of waking every 2 1/2 hours, ie, sleeping for 2 hours waking for a feed, sleeping another 2 hours, waking and feeding again... rinse and repeat till morning! I'm knackered!  He also has a 2 hour nap during the day (about 12 ish) ...

I dont really want to night wean him (sometimes he does seem to drink a lot and actually need/want the milk, while other wakings do seem more for the comfort, but how do i tell which is which?) but I would like more then 2 hours sleep in a row sometime soon! Is this normal for a co-sleeper?  DH thinks its because DS can smell the milk with me sleeping next to him, or as he put it  - "if I had a kebab next to me in bed I'd wake up for a quick snack pretty often too!"  Does anyone have any suggestions for getting him to stay asleep for longer? are there any good books that could help us (and support co-sleeping and not just methods for night-weaning)

Any help/advice/ideas/sypmathy gratefully accepted :-)
Saturday, February 7th, 2009
5:27 pm
Baby nests
Like the Amby one. Does anyone use one? What do people think of them? I think the Moffii one is gorgeous but I' m a bit concerned about the mattress. I get the feeling they'd be quite soft which might not be very good in terms of SIDS and things? Does anyone know about what research has been done on them? Also do they really last til the baby is approx 1 year? Are they really that transportable? Do i have any more questions...?! lol!
Typically, Hubs has seen them and liked them after we've bought a moses basket and delabelled and washed it so it can't be returned (and I KNOW I showed him the Amby one before!!)

X posted a bit
Friday, January 16th, 2009
11:09 pm
Coorie sling measurements
I've just measured myself for the Coorie sling and I'm 67cm which would make me a size 4 (just!), only I'm 35 weeks pregnant and I'm not sure if this is influencing the sizing (the tape measure passes over the top of my bump). I'm a size 12 normally, do you think a size 4 is too big or just right?

Friday, January 2nd, 2009
10:29 am
Too old to sleep in a moses basket?
What happens to the baby in between the time when he's too old to sleep in a moses basket (you're not supposed to use them when he can sit unassisted, right? What if that comes at say 4 months?) and when he's old enough to sleep in a different room to you (6 months according to FSIDS)? Does he spend 2 months sleeping on the floor, in the bath, on the windowsill?! There's no way we can fit his cot in our room! Co-sleeping isn't an option either with us bed-hogging parents!

Thank God for the interwebs being my surrogate mom for me to ask dumb questions of! Thank you!
Tuesday, December 30th, 2008
9:20 pm
Red Kite Comfy Carry sling
Has anyone used one? I bought one from Asda earlier and can't find any reviews for it. It's this one:

Thursday, December 4th, 2008
10:11 pm
I'm nearly at the stage of nursery preparation where I need to actually work out what I've got and what I need and I'm having a mild panic about bedding. Little sproglet will be sleeping in a moses basket to begin with and I'm sure I think I know that tiny babies can't have sheets and things for fear of suffocation, but I can't find any useful advice online. And surely they must need something or they'd get cold?! Is it just duvets they shouldn't have? Help!

Sunday, October 12th, 2008
8:50 pm
Does anyone have an experience with either the Zooper twist of the Zooper Hula strollers?

They seem to tick all my boxes but can't find many reviews online.

Thanks in advance!

12:28 pm
anyone used a nasal aspirator? are they any help/good?
Sunday, September 28th, 2008
10:13 pm
theo is 10 weeks now but has been showing signs of teething since day 1 and now he appears to be actually cutting his firts tooth, cue much upset and angst! has anyone been in this situation? what did you do? any tips? am loathe to give him anything at all with him being so young so more looking at ways to soothe him (and general sympathy!) he loves to chew on stuff, fingers mainly, but gets much frustrated as he doesnt yet have the motor skills to hold anything in his mouth, poor baby!
Sunday, June 29th, 2008
2:00 pm
could anyone recommend any books about phonics? my little boy is 3 and i have been teaching him alphabet as in A-ah B-buh C-cuh, eh is for elephant etc and its just come to my attention that this isnt what they do in schools anymore is it? i dont want to teach him he way i learned and then him get to school and be confused? anyone shed any light on this situation?
Monday, March 26th, 2007
3:34 pm
could anybody tell me what the website which has the parenting forum on which has the bit with all the promotional codes for shopping websites on? does anyone know what i mean?
edit: i found the website sorry, but no luck with tesco or asda free delivery codes!
Monday, March 5th, 2007
11:45 am
does anyone know what the eligibilty for milk tokens is? if you can get them if your on tax credits?

edit: ive just looked this up and it says that if you are on working tax credit you are NOT entitled to milk tokens at all but what if you are on working tax credit and your earnings still come under the arnings threshold of £14grand?
Wednesday, January 31st, 2007
3:43 pm
wide shoes
I was wondering if anyone knows ANYWHERE online or a shop that you can buy really wide shoes for children? My friends son has ENOURMOUS feet and shoes from clarks or john lewis just do not fit him anymore as they only go up to H.
Thursday, January 25th, 2007
7:40 pm
baby hammocks and slings
Has anyone used a baby hammock and if so what did you think of it? I am thinking this could be a way of saving money and space and yet having a bed for my 3 month old baby straight away when I move overseas in June, but I don't know much about them and am finding it hard to find info online.

Also can anyone recommend a baby sling that is good for men? One not too complicated and not too expensive. I don't want one with a ring cause they have alot of excess fabric which looks slightly femenine, but I want to get one for my husband as the one I got is too small for him and he really wants to baby wear after reading the baby wearing section in the Sears book.
Thursday, August 3rd, 2006
7:56 pm
Kushies Kritters
Anyone know where I can find Kushies Kritters in the UK?
Saturday, July 8th, 2006
12:11 pm
dear boots,

i bought a boots mini-mode swimming trunks with integral swim nappy, blue with ships and anchor pattern and took him swimming yesterday.

Unfortunately he did a poo and in swim nappy did not hold it, it leaked out everywhere covering him, me and the whole pool, this was terribly embarassing, everybody had to leave the pool for it to be drained, all toys disenfected, all the floors hosed down and cleaned.

i thought swim nappys were designed for this purpose and not supposed to leak? this caused me very much embarassment and now i am afraid to take him swimming again.

holly cryan
Wednesday, July 5th, 2006
12:39 pm
Strong colours for baby gear
[Widely crossposted in UK-based communities]

I'm looking for a set of vests and sleepsuits - I need 5-7 of each - in strong colours. I've checked all the main high-street retailers online, though not on foot. I've attempted to Google. I have never managed to dye anything at home without having it run halfway across the Atlantic in subsequent washes.

Where do I go to buy strong red, orange, navy blue, green, yellow, purple vests and sleepsuits? This is for an August baby, so it won't need much other than vests and sunscreen to begin with. I know there's a market for this out there.
Friday, June 16th, 2006
2:16 pm
a letter from LJ and my response
Dear LiveJournal user nollimetangere,

Thank you for your feedback. Please allow me to explain, as the controversy surrounding this issue appears to stem from a misunderstanding.

LiveJournal has always placed restrictions on default userpics, as the default userpic is visible in many public areas throughout the site, including the Directory, the Schools Directory, and the profile page. These restrictions are detailed in http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=111. We feel it's important to strike a balance between the ideal of free expression and the rights of, for instance, a parent to prevent their child from seeing unsolicited material that the parent feels is non-age-appropriate or the right of an individual to be able to browse public LiveJournal spaces without being exposed to the unclothed human form or to excessive violence.

There are not blanket restrictions on default userpics depicting the act of breastfeeding, and the restrictions have nothing to do with targetting or restricting breastfeeding activism or awareness campaigns. We must hold to as clear and consistent a guideline as possible to determine the appropriateness of default userpics, in order to ensure that our standards are enforced equally for every user. Any usericon in which unclothed breasts or genitalia are visible is therefore inappropriate for use as a default icon, and when such icons are reported to the Abuse team, the user is asked to make that icon non-default. If an icon depicting the act of breastfeeding does not also depict a clearly visible unclothed breast in which the areola or nipple is visible, it does not fall into this category.

We do not prohibit people from using icons that are inappropriate for use as a default icon as a non-default icon, as the issue is not with the depiction of the icons themselves but their use in areas, again such as the Directory and the Schools Directory, which have been designated "nudity free". Non-default userpics are not held to the same standard, as they can only be visible in entries, comments, and communities, all of which are "user space" as opposed to "LiveJournal application space".

The application of this policy to icons depicting breastfeeding is not in any way intended to be a statement that breastfeeding is dirty, shameful, or obscene. We fully support our users' right to make their own decisions regarding parenting choices and styles, and we appreciate the dedication of parents who have chosen to participate in breastfeeding activism and education. We feel that the restrictions we have always placed on default usericons strike the best balance between individual expression and individual courtesy.

We do agree that in a perfect world, the issue would not arise, but unfortunately, this is not a perfect world, and we believe that our solution to the issue is a reasonable compromise between two wildly divergent points of view regarding what is and is not appropriate for LiveJournal -- not simply regarding icons depicting breastfeeding, but all material which a parent or other individual might feel is inappropriate for public.

I apologize for any miscommunications which may have given the impression that LiveJournal is in any way "against" individual parenting choices; the issue is not at all a political one. We welcome and value our pro-breastfeeding users and communities, and appreciate their dedication to and passion for their cause. However, because LiveJournal is a community with extremely varied standards and audiences, we must balance out the interests of all our users, and we have always felt these restrictions are the best possible compromise.

We will continue to evaluate the policy, based on the feedback we receive, and it is possible it will change in the future. If you do choose to leave LiveJournal, we'll be sorry to see you go, but we wish you luck in the future, and hope you find a blog service to meet your needs.


Denise Paolucci

So let me just get this absolutely clear, a picture depicting breast feeding, but not revealing the areola or nipple is ok? I guess if this is the case that it's a fair compromise although I would like to point out one thing.

It's one thing to censor the images children see on your communities, but most children using you service can read and I'm able to find plenty of communities dedicated to ideals which i would consider harmful to my child. communities like:

racial hatred- folk_and_faith

self harm- http://community.livejournal.com/_____pain/

suicide- http://community.livejournal.com/pro_death/

anorexia- http://community.livejournal.com/tru_anorexics/

who have links to pages like this in posts- http://www.freewebs.com/modestbutterfly/iconsnew.htm

check out the icons with quotes.

or http://community.livejournal.com/0_ednos_only_0/

the journal title of this community is

A flat stomach is nice but a concave stomach is perfect
What's yours like?

and yet they claim to ban promoting?

i do understand that some people may find naked breasts offensive, but surely when a hungry baby is attached to them it changes the tone completely. I just don't see how it's less offensive to promote hate and suffering than to feed my child the way nature intended in any type of public forum.

And for the record, I don't even breastfeed and I never have(I plan to try again with my next child), but I still think it's wrong to censor those who do. Just as it would be wrong of me to censor the people posting on the communities I've brought to your attention despite the fact that I find them disguting.

I understand that LJ has a fine balance to preserve to keep everyone happy and I will probably start posting in my journal again, but I really look forward to the removal of restrictions on breast feeding icons.

Thank you,

Thursday, April 27th, 2006
9:49 pm
cheese strings

they say they are 100% real cheese but surely they must have something chemiacly or something in to make them stringy? i bought a packet the other day after checking the ingredients which just say cheese, as i thought they would be useful for taking out,otherwise the child will turn into a goodies munch bar! but i havent given freddy any yet because i am worrying what makes them stringy!

haha i know this is stupid but i am intrigued.
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