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    MG - I was tossing up between the steelcraft strider plus and a Phil & Teds. They were both in the price range of what I wanted to spend and I didn't really want to spend too much more. I think the city select (or whatever it's called is in the next price range). Anyway it was a pretty tough decision and overall I thought perhaps the strider plus was the better pram but I just couldn't get past the fact that I felt as if I was pushing a tractor around. I don't know how much And for how long E will use the pram as prefers to walk now and I don't want to be pushing something big around for just one baby. You might find it ok though as it's what you're used to. So I chose the Phil & Teds because it's more compact. I have a friend who LOVES her strider plus and a friend who LOVES her P&Ts.

    With the latest P& Ts though (the explorer) once the little baby doesn't want to lie anymore it goes on the seat that comes on & off on the bottom but this seat doesn't recline. I had a problem with this cos I thought that although the baby might be sitting there will be times when I want to recline the seat. So I was going to go for the strider but then I noticed that on the P&Ts Dash (older model) the seat does recline. It has zips on either side and if they're undone, then it reclines so I went for this one.

    Very complex! Are you confused? I was! Let me know if you want me to explain further.

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    Shy.....I'm so sorry to read things are so tough for you ATM. Your poor niece what she's going through is just so horrible and just not fair. My heart goes out to you all. As for the sleep deprivation I do hope S will VERY soon sleep better for you. It's just so hard to continue functioning with bugger all sleep.
    To answer your question Z has her left arm in a splint & we use a 0000 singlet as a sling by only popping her good arm out. She has an X-ray this arvo then appt with orthopedic ped after. We should find out then how long until she can have splint removed.

    Rach & country.....great to hear both your placentas have moved up. I can't believe where now getting to the countdown for you both.
    Time for a guessing game maybe???
    Well, I'm gonna put my bets in anyway.....
    Rach....pink!!!
    Country....blue!!

    Lulusmum.....I seriously don't know how you do it & take my hat of to you. Your babies all seem to be in such good routine. I'm finding the main struggle is the night feed, usually between 2-3am she wakes for it. I don't mind the waking for the feed BUT it's taking 2-3hours to get her back to sleep. I've tried putting her back on the boob all wrapped then patting her bum & taking her off the boob when shes all sleepy & milk drowsy, I've tried breast feeding lying down then when she's finished keep her lying next to me until she's asleep then putting her in her bassinet. The problem is she usually ends up waking up with the hiccups. Have you any other suggestions on what I could do. This is the one feed that I REALLY need her to sleep after & being up 2-3 hours this time of the morning is soooo tiring.

    Winzy.....how's your little man going? Must check your f/bk page to see if there's any new pictures.

    Hi to everyone else, gotta go Z's now asleep so time to get in the shower & get some jobs done while I can.

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    digby - what does she do when you put her down in the bassinet? does she cry/scream or is she just awake? if mine wake on putting them in i wait for them to cry etc before getting them back out. annabelle especially needs to have a wriggle and squwark before she will sleep. If they are upset first i try rolling on their right side (helps with wind) away from me and back patting with holding dummy in - that usually works. if that fails it is just a case of waiting it out im afraid....babies have no sense of day and night till 6 weeks, thats when you start getting tough on them (well i do anyways...) until then do as i do and invest in some dvd box sets to watch - beats infomercials and home shopping
    hope other than that you are doing well, i check you fb pics daily -lov e love love seeing your 2 girls together

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    Hi all, back again quickly while feeding Z. I'm thinking of buying formula & just using it at the 3am feed as a top up in hope she will then settle better & not party on for another 2-3 hours. Does this sound like a good idea & has anyone had success with this or could this lead to problems that she may then prefer the bottle? Also is S26 gold the best formula for newborns & as I will only be using formula for one feed a day how long does the tin last once open as I may end up just wasting it. Can you still buy formula in satchets? I did for E but that was 12 years ago.
    It's all just a thought ATM, don't even have a bottle or sterilizer in the house so will need to do a bit of shopping first anyway. Just contemplating the idea ATM & appreciate any feedback.

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    Thanks for the tips lulusmum. I put her in her basinet once she's asleep after a feed but cuddle her for about 10 mins or more so she feels secure & in a deep sleep. She stays asleep in the basinet for around 10 mins then starts stirring & most of the time wakes with the hiccups. I don't pick her up until her crying becomes unsettling for her. She won't take the dummy, we've tried numerous times & numerous dummy's. This pattern can go on for up to 3 hours but like you said babies under 6 weeks do this so I will have to try & be patient lol! Luckily my sister has been kindly taking E to school this week so at least I can sleepin a little while Z's back asleep.

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    digby - i'd say formula is a double edged sword -can either knock them out or make them stay up with belly aches. my paed told us to avoid s26 like the plague, he recommends nan ha gold as best for breastfed babies as easily digestable and low allergy as its the closest to breast milk. it seems all my twin mum grouo got the exact same advice. i have steralisers and bottles galore, if you need something just ask. my lac consultant also told me not to skip the feed that happens around 2amish - thats when your prolactin levels are highest and you will have a better supply if you empty your breasts around that time - maintains supply for the day ahead if that makes sense xx

    oh - and neither of mine have suffered from nipple confusion - i think thats more likely to happen if you express and bot feed for a period of time then try to go back to breastfeeding, not if you just use one or two bots a day - mine were on 6 top up bots a day since birth-5 weeks and never refused the breast x
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    Lol reading through this thread makes me think boy do I have a lot to learn!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Livvyloo View Post
    Lol reading through this thread makes me think boy do I have a lot to learn!
    Livvy - you're about to go on the biggest and steepest learning curve of your life becoming a Mumma!!! Hopefully we dont overwhelm you!!

    Digby - I wasnt so lucky with formula, A needed top ups and yes ended up with breast refusal as the figured out quickly that the bottles flow quicker than my milk did. Once she figured that out she would only feed during the letdown when my milk was fast, then she would pull off and crack the sh!ts, wouldnt suck for the milk. A had formula during the night and her sleep was never any better than b/milk. Personally (and its just my opinion for me!) I will be trying to avoid bottles early on next time, wont introduce them if possible for the first couple of months (or at least sparingly), but you might be lucky like LM!!!

    AFM - I noticed another new tooth in As mouth today... that makes 3 in 4 weeks... no wonder theres been little sleep in our house!!! Took A back to the docs yesterday, the dr has given her a different antibiotic and thinks she is allergic to penicillin. The rash is all gone now except a little around her mouth. Phew!

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    waiting - i dont think formula helps settle either - we are back to all boob now and have scrapped the bed time feed of formula - cant be a$$ed feeding from a bot then having to pump anyways - too many dishes. As for breast refusal - my kids are pigs and will take anything that touches their lips-they dont discriminate if food is at hand gald you have A sortedshes in full party mode for sunday xx

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    Thankyou waiting and lulusmum.....for now I think I may just stick to the boob 24/7 and if after 6 weeks old I still can't settle her after the 2am feed I will think about it again then. Poor Z is still having a lot of pain with her arm so I guess this doesn't help.

    Livvy......I'm a 2nd time round mum but this time 12 years later and for me it feels all new again. The good news is the mothers instinct kicks in and I'm sure things will come very naturally for you. Try not to worry, you will be great I'm sure.

    So.....we had appt with the orthapedic ped this afternoon. Her arm is healing but not healed and needs to stay in the splint for another week. Seeing the specialist again next Thursday and hoping it can be removed then. She also has nerve damage to her wrist but luckily nothing permanent. It just breaks my heart seeing her in pain and not being able to move her arm or wrist. Makes me all teary.

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