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post #261 of 315
Does anyone have experience with a wool mattress pad that goes under the sheet? My mom wants to get us one so that Noor's bed will be warmer, and I need to research which one I want. I thought I'd see if any of you have recommendations. Thanks!
post #262 of 315

We don't have the kind that covers the entire mattress but do have a small wool pad that I put under my babes when they sleep on a mattress.  I don't know how much the full covers cost but I only spent 40$ on this and its worked really well.  I don't put it under the sheet, just directly under the baby.  Its nice when we have a diaper leak too because it wicks away the pee and I don't have to change the sheets!

post #263 of 315
Hmm. We have a wool matress cover, but it's thin. I don't think it makes a difference. I've eyed lambskins before though. Now that looks cozy!
post #264 of 315

I think wrenmoon has a lambskin if I'm not mistaken.  personally, I haven't used one, but our house stays at about 65º-68º overnight. 

post #265 of 315
We have a lamb skin in Ruby's basinette that I love!
post #266 of 315
I do have a lambskin, and like Kalista said it's saved so much laundry. In fact I just washed it for the first time today (brushed it out all nice with a dog brush and dried it in the wind and sun) It's really cozy in winter. And there's something so darling about a red cheeked baby sleeping on a fluffy lammie all snuggly and warm.

I put a thin sheet over it in summer because whatever, wool-keeps-you-cool-in-summer-too, I don't think it feels good to stick to a fuzzy bed when you're sleeping. Yick.

The another benefit is having it to travel with so that babe always has a familiar "bed" to sleep on. My eight year old still sleeps with his although it's seriously in sad sad shape.

That probably didn't help your mattress pad question though.
post #267 of 315
My baby sleeps on a lamb skin thingy too. It's so fluffy and awesome. I'm wondering how you washed it?
post #268 of 315
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Originally Posted by Monkey pants View Post

My baby sleeps on a lamb skin thingy too. It's so fluffy and awesome. I'm wondering how you washed it?

I have a front loader with a wool/hand wash cycle that basically flips things over a few times and then spins lightly. I used Eucalan wool soap, it's a no-rinse but I rinse it anyway because baby mouth.
Warm water.

When I had a top loader I just let it sit in the washer with the lid open for half an hour and would drop the kid a few times to let it agitate for a second.

When it comes out I roll it in a towel, they are still pretty wet, and then dog brush when it's dried out so it's not soggy anymore.
THEN, while it's drying I pull a little bit on the leather part so it softens doesn't get too stiff as it dries. A windy day or a woodstove works well for drying. And I shake it out pretty hard to get to of loose fibers before it goes back on the bed.
Takes about a day to dry with breeze and sun or near the stove.
I have put my son's in the dryer on wool setting in an emergency but I can't say the dryer did the thing much good in the long run.

More than you ever wanted to know about lambskin washing. smile.gif

A funny aside is that once my son had the stomach flu (maybe 2yo?) and I washed and dried and brushed his lammie. I gave it to him in the middle of the night because he was asking for it and he WOULD NOT accept that the one I was handing him was his. Because I had brushed the damn thing and it felt different that it had felt earlier that day. It was a palm-forehead moment. From then on when it got brushed I did it in front of him so he SAW it change texture.
post #269 of 315
Well, we are not getting any sleep. My boyfriend is gone for 10 days to take a course and griffin decided that since his dad wasn't here to rock or snuggle him to sleep, or be part of his daily routined, he's not sleeping anymore. Either that or it's 6 month growth spurt coming on. Whatever it is, it's killing me. He wakes up pretty much every hour all night long and mostly just wants to fall asleep in my arms. Everytime I put him down, he wakes up. And only had 20 min naps. So f*ing sleep deprived. I always wanted two kids but this is making me just want one. I'm hoping when Gabe gets home, griffin will start sleeping better. Ugh. Last night at about 2:30am, after wake ups at 1am, 2am and then on to 3:30am and 4:30 am, I begged him to sleep telling him it wasn't fair and the only way for me to be a better mom is to let me sleep. Sigh. Doing all of it alone is so hard.
post #270 of 315
Thread Starter 
Oh actias, we were there too a few weeks ago (and might be there next week). Just know, that if he fusses for a while, it won't be the end of the world...
post #271 of 315
Btw, I started a new thread in Life with a Baby titled "is this CIO?" In case anyone has input. I just wanted to discuss this new thing we are trying without TOTALLY derailing the current discussion here.
post #272 of 315
Quote:
Originally Posted by wrenmoon View Post

I have a front loader with a wool/hand wash cycle that basically flips things over a few times and then spins lightly. I used Eucalan wool soap, it's a no-rinse but I rinse it anyway because baby mouth.
Warm water.

When I had a top loader I just let it sit in the washer with the lid open for half an hour and would drop the kid a few times to let it agitate for a second.

When it comes out I roll it in a towel, they are still pretty wet, and then dog brush when it's dried out so it's not soggy anymore.
THEN, while it's drying I pull a little bit on the leather part so it softens doesn't get too stiff as it dries. A windy day or a woodstove works well for drying. And I shake it out pretty hard to get to of loose fibers before it goes back on the bed.
Takes about a day to dry with breeze and sun or near the stove.
I have put my son's in the dryer on wool setting in an emergency but I can't say the dryer did the thing much good in the long run.

More than you ever wanted to know about lambskin washing. smile.gif

A funny aside is that once my son had the stomach flu (maybe 2yo?) and I washed and dried and brushed his lammie. I gave it to him in the middle of the night because he was asking for it and he WOULD NOT accept that the one I was handing him was his. Because I had brushed the damn thing and it felt different that it had felt earlier that day. It was a palm-forehead moment. From then on when it got brushed I did it in front of him so he SAW it change texture.[/quote
Totally amazing news!!! Love All the information. I need to wash ours for sure. Didn't know it was possible! Wow. Thank you!!
post #273 of 315
Arrgh! Rowan's new fun party hour is 4:30-6:00 am. AM! He's doing the crawl/downward dog thing too and because my DH is sleeping upstairs I can't leave an awake baby in the bed anymore.
This morning I had to bundle the baby up at 4:45am to walk across the deck in the freezing cold to go pee.

A week of this has not made me very nice.
post #274 of 315
Thread Starter 
Oh Rowan, cut that out!! Any chance of a pack and play for a safe place to play at least?
post #275 of 315
Thread Starter 
We're at a stage where the only way I can get Iris to stop partying at naptime ((especially when she's really tired), is to leave the room. She screams. And screams. And screams. I've tried short rocking, long, whatever. Leaving her on her crib, lying next to her on the big bed. Nothing works except breaking her heart (and mine)--and then nearly inevitably nursing her to sleep if dad isn't home to help respond. Which also isn't good. Any ideas? Please? My roi on time spent getting her to nap vs time spent sleeping is currently negative. Daycare starts full time next week, and I'm worried it's going to be awful for everyone.
post #276 of 315

It's not a quick fix for next week but I've been following the tips in No Cry Sleep Solution for helping Julia go to bed and nap well on a roughly predictable routine. It's working so well! This is our second week of gradual reforms. 

 

The main things that seem to help are:

 

1. not let her get to sad fussy crying point. Sometimes Julia looks WIDE AWAKE and PLAYFUL but she'll go right to sleep with the right attention if it's at least 1.5 hrs from her last nap. 

2. to put her to bed 2 hours after she last woke up (that means she is already in bed with a full belly fifteen minutes or so before that)

3. make sure she is getting enough sleep no matter how she goes to bed

 

After a day or so of that in our house resulted in 2 whole extra hours of sleep.

 

Then I started:

 

3. gradually easing off of nursing to sleep by adding in keywords (for us it's just "Shhh, shhh"), and alternative comforts that get gradually less full-contact (like, from nursing to bouncing and rocking, to just cuddling, to placing a heavy hand on her chest or stroking her head while humming her special lullaby. That's where we are now. 

 

Her schedule is roughly:

 

6:45am awake for day

 

8:30 settle down, nurse, change diaper 

9:00am first nap

10:00am awake 

 

11:30am settle down, nurse, change diaper

12:00pm second nap

1:30pm awake 

 

3:00 settle down

3:30 third nap

5:00 awake 

 

6:30 settle down

7:15 asleep 

 

12:00am awake to nurse, maybe 30mins

 

6:45 am awake for day 

post #277 of 315
Thread Starter 
Cynthia, we've been doing all this for months. The problem seems to be that she associates going to sleep in her crib with missing out (or missing mama). Stroller or carseat isn't the same. The last couple of days I sat in the room with her after everything was done and it was bedtime. The only time it worked was when I talked to my mom for a while--and was an hour and a half after she would have been asleep if I nursed here there. I guess we keep trying. She's asleep (sick) on my shoulder now...
post #278 of 315
Yeah, nursing to sleep is definitely the most efficient way to get Julia to sleep too. It's just nature's way I guess. I still panic a little everytime that doesn't get her really sleepy. I'm like "ACK! Now what?"

The only reason I broke from nursing to sleep most of the time is when it stopped working as well. And because I panicked that I have no freedom. I suddenly focused 100% on getting her OK with a babysitter so I could do things.
post #279 of 315
Is there a reason you don't want to nurse her to sleep? Ruby will only go to sleep with me if I nurse her. When other people put her to sleep, she's fine without it.
post #280 of 315

Is that asking me? Cuz I actually LOVE when Julia peacefully nurses to sleep, and now that I know she'll sleep with others without nursing, I've mellowed out about the freedom thing. What threw me for a loop was when nursing doesn't even get her sleepy and then I'm like WHAT DO I DO. I mean, I know things I can do, but it is just stressful. She tries to leap out of my arms sometimes in that hyper-tired mood they get into JUST before sleep. 

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