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Hints and tips from a new mum to help when looking after a baby.


As it has been some thirty odd years since I have had
any dealings with babies I was delighted to receive some up to the
minute  tips from a “new mum” (Tessa L), though goodness knows
how she finds time to send them to me – obviously far more organised than I

My son had gotten so used to
sleeping next to me while breast feeding that he could not get to sleep
without me at all. So, each night I take a clean receiving blanket and sleep
with it under my night shirt. Then the next day while my son is napping
and at night sleeping in his crib, I cover him with it. My
scent on the blanket soothes and comforts him much more than one that I
simply pull from his dresser. The only added advice about this I
would say to nursing moms is do not allow your milk to leak onto the
blanket as this may confuse the baby into thinking it’s feeding time
rather than sleeping time.

As a new mom I ask a lot of questions!
I’ve learned a lot from friends and family about how their children
interact with others. Many of them say that the only troubles they find
when interacting with other children is the “sharing” issue.
So, I’ve decided that as my son gets older I will keep a separate box of
toys for company only. I am hoping that this will ensure him not to get
too attached to one specific toy that he refuses to share. Of course, he
will be allowed to play with the children with these toys but only when
they are over, whereby letting him know that they are not
“necessarily” his but that they are for everyone to share. If
he begins showing a keen interest in a specific toy, I will then add it
to his private box and purchase something new for the company box. I’ve
started compiling this box inexpensively by purchasing kids meals at
fast food places which include free age-appropriate toys and shopping
yard sales and “dollar” stores.

I do not own a dishwasher and my hands
were looking and feeling horrible from having to boil nipples and
bottles myself. So, now I rub my hands with petroleum jelly and then
wear medical latex gloves while washing dishes and taking care of my
son’s bottles. This, I have found to be a very inexpensive way to
moisturize and soothe my hands because the heat of the water allows the
jelly to penetrate the skin and eases the drying and cracking that I had
been experiencing.

I don’t know if this one is common
knowledge or just common sense, but I alternate anti-rash cream and
powder at each diaper change as a preventative measure to diaper rash.
So far, so good!

If you have no diaper bag or pail handy for
a soiled diaper, use a zipper freezer bag until you can dispose of the

For hair washing, wet a cotton ball and
apply a dab of shampoo to the cotton ball and then rub onto baby’s wet
hair. This contains the shampoo a lot better than your fingers and helps
prevent from getting in the eyes.

Keep a medicine “tote” separate
from the diaper bag so that you’re not digging at the bottom of the bag
when you need something in a hurry. A doctor friend gave us a shower
gift of all baby type medicines and paraphernalia that we keep handy and
separate from the clothes, diapers, wipes, and bottles.

I’m not sure if you endorse many products
on your site but I have to say that I love the “Numi Med.”
My son had his first summer cold and I was using the syringe type
medicine dispenser and I would have to squirt it in his mouth and half
would go down his chin and the other half he’d try to spit out. It
was miserable. But this “Numi Med” is designed as a pacifier
with larger holes and an adjustable flow door. He sucked down every
drop, so I thing it’s wonderful. I only wish I had gotten it right

infants are supposed to use at least 8 to 10 diapers per day I have two
separate diaper containers in order to keep better track of my son’s
usage. The one is a hanging basket type which holds about 30 diapers
hanging from the side of the crib. Then I have a cute teddy bear wall
hanger with five deep pockets right above the changing table, each
pocket holding two diapers and when the day is done I’ll know how many
he has used rather than try to remember how many I’ve discarded
throughout the day. (I also keep 10 in a plastic bag which snaps closed
in his diaper bag for travelling…The bag first contained an outfit that
someone had purchased for us. Again, free is good.)

Most of the time I use
refillable wipes to replace when the original tubs run out of wipes.
However, when a new tub is purchased and it empties I let it dry out,
cut or remove the lid, and then use them as drawer dividers in my son’s
dresser. There’s a different tub for bibs, socks, caps/hats,
gowns,  rompers, etc. I waste no time finding what I need this way.

And again
for product endorsement, only this time with a twist…literally 🙂
There is a product called Diaper Genie. This machine is used to cut down
the stench of used diapers in the nursery. For my baby shower, I
received the refill bag, but not the machine. This bag comes out of the
container like tubing. So, I decided to try to be the “genie”
myself. I first cut a long piece of the tubing and then tied a slip knot
at the bottom. When the first diaper was added I then twisted around the
top of the diaper, tied another slip knot now leaving the rest of the
tubing clean and ready for the next diaper. So on and so on until you
have about four or five diapers looking rather like a sausage link. Then
when you dump the whole link, your trash can smells better. 


Some more useful tips sent in by

you sterilize and make up bottles of boiled water and refrigerate. Then
you can choose – try your baby with water (it maybe comfort and not
hunger) and add powder once its established the crying is for food.

Also it means you can heat the WATER in the
microwave (shaking to avoid hot spots) you are NOT supposed to warm baby
milk in the microwave.

Additionally get your baby used to drinking milk
at room temperature – then you don’t need to faff heating bottles when
you are out – just add the powder and shake well!

If you like to use products such as Infacol or
Gripe juice and find it difficult to get your baby to take this – just
add it to the bottle before serving – it works just as well.

Cradlecap is helped by smearing olive oil over the
scalp and leaving (put a cotton hat on to prevent it rubbing off) and
then washing off with shampoo

Tiny fingernails can be filed with the fine side
of an emery board – it feels less ‘nerve-noggling’ than trying clippers
or scissors and prevents snagging too.

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