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#61 of 72 Old 09-22-2013, 08:50 AM
 
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Hmm.. I don't know about not helping at all.  I do agree that "walkers" can be detrimental to gait patterns, but I don't see the harm in letting baby hold onto your fingers for balance.  My ds2 was so so close to walking on his own for a couple of weeks when I started letting him hold onto my fingers to practice.  I wasn't afraid of helping him, I just hadn't really thought to try it.  He got so excited and proud of himself every time, and it seemed to help the motor program to really click, and he was off on his own not long after. 

I agree. My dh and I always let our babies hold our fingers for the simple reason that they loved it! I remember our oldest dd when she was a year old holding on to both our hands while we were on vacation "walking" down the sidewalk and screaming with happiness. My dh would always say, "Can't do this at home." (Of course she could, but for some reason she loved being helped to walk in novel places.) My kids were late walkers and liked some help.

 

Also, my babies preferred to be upright while they were awake. I did have walkers with my older two (saucers hadn't been invented yet) because despite their spending a lot of time sitting or standing on my lap, I did need to cook, take care of other children, work with clients, work in the garden, fold laundry, rest once in a while. My youngest baby had reflux and was only comfortable when completely upright while she was awake. A saucer was the perfect solution for that when I was working in the kitchen, folding laundry, seeing clients in my home ect. Also, I spent a lot of time in our garden and she would eat plants (tomato and pepper plants have poisonous leaves) so I had an old saucer for our garden, so she could see what I was doing. When she wasn't "helping me" plant seeds (she planted her first seed, pumpkin seeds at about 7 months old) or picking, she would be happily in her saucer, out of harms way while I worked in the garden. My husband even made me a "nursing chair" for our garden. It was like a Adirondack chair, that he made from scratch, so I could nurse the baby in the garden.

 

We have a whole acre of property, with the best sun at the back of the property, so our garden is around 300 feet from the house. So, unless she was sound asleep (and I was using my..... baby monitor) my babies needed something to keep them off the ground and away from plants and bugs that might hurt them to the hours a day I spent in the garden.

 

I think a lot of these gadgets depend on your lifestyle. When you spend several hours a day in your garden (and the babies attempt to escape the sling every time you bend over, not to mention bending over repeatedly with a 25 lb baby in a sling is bad for your back) things like baby monitors (for naps and in the nighttime) and baby saucers do come in handy.


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Curious whether AP parents ever see much use for baby monitors? 

 

I'm not planning on by-the-book AP, but we're planning on our little spending at LEAST the first three months next to our bed, and after that, nearby with an open door. I'm like . . . why? Why do I need this thing?

 

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I used mine ALL THE TIME. Our oldest co-slept until 18 months. They're great for when baby is napping, especially if you're doing something out of earshot. I like to work in my garden while the kiddo is napping so I used it for that a lot.


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Baby Bath Shampoo Shower Cap???

http://www.meritline.com/soft-baby-child-bath-shampoo-shower-cap-hat---p-87254.aspx?gclid=CMT-9afQmLMCFcxAMgod7w4A2w&source=fghdac

 

Vibrating nursing light

http://www.busymomboutique.com/nursing-breastfeeding-night-light.html

 

Maybe some people would find this helpful, but I always wanted darkness so that my babies knew it was night and wouldn't get too alert with looking around.  And seriously, if something vibrated and woke me up after I fell asleep nursing, it would get chucked really quick!


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Bath time wtih one of mine was a battle until I found a bath shampoo cap like that. That thing was worth its weight in gold to me. (Of course it didn't weigh much.)

It's funny how so much of this stuff seems silly to some of us, but makes perfect sense to others of us, depending on our kids' specific likes/dislikes and needs. It's all about what makes life with your kid better.
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I need a little light to latch babe. Vibration though? Why?! I just use my phone but clipping on my shirt would actually help
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It says it vibrates so it can wake you up if you fall asleep nursing. !!!??? LOL Who would want that? That's the best part of nighttime nursing - that it makes you so tired that you fall right asleep!
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Well, if you don't want to co-sleep (and your bed isn't' safe for cosleeping) that would be a very good thing. Also, I switch sides for nursing at night because with only one waking between 8pm and 7am, if I only nursed on one side, the other would be uncomfortable and leaky by morning, which I try to avoid since I also worry about supply. I use my phone to wake me up after 10mins so I can switch. But if my phone couldn't do a vibrate-only alarm, this might be handy. 


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Came across these baby/parent dance shoes and immediately thought of this thread.  I guess they are kind of cute, but also, imo, totally ridiculous to own.  Especially because they cost 95 euros. 

 

 

 


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Came across these baby/parent dance shoes and immediately thought of this thread.  I guess they are kind of cute, but also, imo, totally ridiculous to own.  Especially because they cost 95 euros. 








Hhahaha! I have pictures of me dancing like that with my dad, but you know, with just regular shoes on. Lol.

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I have the snot sucker and a bulb syringe and baby hates hates hates the sucker. It can work but not that well. The syringe doesn't work well either. :/

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I have the snot sucker and a bulb syringe and baby hates hates hates the sucker. It can work but not that well. The syringe doesn't work well either. :/


yeah, I mostly gave up on sucking the snot out, and just give my babe saline drops up the nose and then wait for him to sneeze the gunk out.  He hates the saline too, but at least it's over quicker.


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I use the snowsuit all the time when we go out with stroller in below freezing weather. The bunting + down sleeping bag in the carriage, and when I wear her and use the carriage to push all our stuff I don't think the snowsuit/bunting is a problem. I use a lightweight lands end down filled suit that smooshes down to nothing when compressed, like in a wrap or carrier, so it is still a natural fit to wear baby.

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