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    Quote Originally Posted by turquoisecoast View Post
    do you think a baby carrier would be ok? dh doesn't like the way slings look (lol typical bloke) and is keen for a carrier, like an ergo 360 type. I'm guessing bub would prefer the closeness of the sling over a carrier?
    Get both. I have 2X slings and 2X carriers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose&Aurelia&Hannah View Post
    Baking - bub in carrier. Continue as before.

    Shower - option 1) bub in rocker/bouncer outside shower. Quickest shower in history.
    Option 2) highchair in shower. Continue as before.

    I'm currently baking/cooking for the week. Dd3 is in the ergo feeding. She is a koala baby. I wear her almost 10-12hrs a day.


    I've peed pooped and eaten whilst baby wearing. I've grocery shopped, cleaned the house, vacuumed, wiped my middle child's bum whilst baby wearing.
    ok a carrier it is!

    for showers I pop bub into his bassinet and wheel that into the bathroom so he can see me/I can see him. he's never cried once, I think the white noise of the shower and the warmth soothe him. I could be way off of course but that's working for us right now. I don't even hurry in the shower, in fact I take my time 😂

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose&Aurelia&Hannah View Post
    Get both. I have 2X slings and 2X carriers.
    This. Ergo is awesome when bubs is older. And DH prefers it. I prefer the wrap/sling for when bub is teeny and I am doing stuff around the house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turquoisecoast View Post
    do you think a baby carrier would be ok? dh doesn't like the way slings look (lol typical bloke) and is keen for a carrier, like an ergo 360 type. I'm guessing bub would prefer the closeness of the sling over a carrier?
    I use different carriers and slings for different ages and things. For example I found the sling brilliant for a newborn and now for a 9 month old but not so good for inbetween when baby is more wriggly but can't support head etc. For long walks etc a structured carrier suits me much better and baby finds it great for sleeping. DH won't wear the sling but will use the carrier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twinklify View Post
    I am popping in to say sling/wrap carrier is THE BEST for koala babies.

    DS was a koala baby. I am guessing DD will be from what I see so far.

    I found structured carriers too difficult when bubs was teeny.

    If you want to spend hours on the couch with bubs there is nothing wrong with that. I caught up with loads of shows with DS. Now since DS is older I have no choice but to go out and do lots at home.
    I'm slowly getting used to couch time. initially I found it hard to switch off the never ending checklist of things to do that was running through my head but now I'm ok if the day is spent on the couch watching trash.

    side note: I've found the most awesome app that turns my iPhone into a remote mouse/keyboard for my laptop. so as I'm watching crap purchase on iTunes on my laptop via hdmi cable on my tv, instead of having to get up and press pause on my laptop, I can control it from the couch using my iPhone. it's actually changed my life 😂

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    When DD came along I got up before DH went to work and he held her whilst I showered (major clingy baby). He also made me a coffee before he left, 5 and a bit years later he still does

    I had to be go with the flow with DD as she had never fell into a pattern, barely slept (2 x 15 minute naps per day) and howled the instant she was put down on a baby mat, gym, rocker or anything else. DS was 3.5 when DD was born. In the early days my only goal of the day was to go for a walk in the morning. I put DD in a pram but had a back up plan if DS ran off (he was a runner) or refused to go home. I had a sling with me that I could put DD in and I could then put DS in the pram (by force if necessary) then walk home as quickly as I could. I also put DS in the little monkey harness strap thingy and got him to hold the side of the pram. Fortunately this really stuck with him (it was his 'place') and only had one issue one day when DS was over tired and hurt his foot.

    I also got into the habbit of making DS's lunch the night before so that I could just pull it out from the fridge. DH was a huge help. I dread to think how it would have worked out without him.

    It was a total wind back of expectations in terms of household chores. My aim was to do 1 thing per day and by 1 thing I mean put a load of washing on. Not put it on, hang it out and put it away, just put it in the machine and turn the machine on. There were many days I didn't even manage that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turquoisecoast View Post
    yes good point. I'd do the same.

    ok crap example. what if there was something urgent that needed doing though that you couldn't delegate/outsource?
    Haha - sling! Neither of my kids were happy in a sling nor was I comfortable with them in one. In my case I just let my house and my appearance take a back seat and ever since I've become accustomed to putting my kids first, food and dinners second, my husband third, my relaxation time / sleep fourth, my time to enjoy myself fifth and not enough time left over for making myself or my house look decent. But that's me. My house would look better and my hair and make up done daily if sleep and relaxing time and me time weren't important.
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    I love this thread! I only have one baby but now he is 8.5 months old I am starting to think about when we should have the next one. Will probably end up with a 2-3 year age gap because I want to finish my master's degree.

    My DS is spirited like some have mentioned their toddlers are, I can't WAIT to see what he is like as a toddler!!! By the sound of it I will be on my toes. He is a very happy, adventurous boy, but he does have the odd moments of being chilled so perhaps a bit of both. I am so proud of him already haha.

    Anyway thanks for all the insights into what I should be prepared for!!

    The only thing I have really found hard so far is sleep, the rest has been really amazing. Although we have had our moments like everybody. I think my main struggles were that even though rationally I knew motherhood wasn't going to be like a huggies commercial, I had high expectations on myself to do it amazingly and cope perfectly. Ha, I got a reality check pretty quick!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by turquoisecoast View Post
    do you think a baby carrier would be ok? dh doesn't like the way slings look (lol typical bloke) and is keen for a carrier, like an ergo 360 type. I'm guessing bub would prefer the closeness of the sling over a carrier?
    Yes in my experience little babies prefer a wrap sling. Plus I felt they were more secure as well- when baby was all wrapped up close to me, I could bend over and pick up toys etc off the floor.
    As bub got older I used a mei tai, and sometimes a pouch.
    I was never a fan of carriers, but then I didn't try a huge range of them anyway. Just don't get a Baby bjorn.

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    My baby is four so I know there are so many more options out there but a wrap carrier (I had a Moby Wrap but a Hugabub is the same thing) was my life saver when they were little and then moved on to the Ergo.


 

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