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  • I sterilized everything and replaced nothing : )
  • I second what everyone else said but wanted to add that you can create a special box of toys that are specifically for certain times when you need quiet/both hands/20 minutes/whatever. If the toys are separate from the rest and are only used once a …
  • You don't want to start eliminating bottles until 1 year of age. After that, you can start doing solids first or instead of a bottle. It sounds like you're doing great though already. Yogurt is great for this age and our pedi always recommends more …
  • Yay! Welcome! 2 under 2 (or close to it as you will be!) is awesome! Crazy! Stressful! Exhausting! Rewarding! and I wouldn't have done it any other way ; ) I'm sure most of the advice on here will be super helpful for you.  And congrats!!!!!!!
  • You've gotten great responses already and it's clear there are positives and negatives to any spacing. For me, (18 months between our girls), I had a really hard second pregnancy and was sick a lot. DD1 was old enough to be really scared of my throw…
  • I don't have a ton more to contribute but I wanted to tell you that it really does get easier : ) On a side note though, when my hubby needs to decompress, he doesn't come in the door right away when he gets home. If he walks in the door and then …
  • Thanks ladies!  In terms of the borrowing, I think you can only borrow 1 book per month. So, if Amazon's "month" hasn't re-set yet from the last one you borrowed, then you wouldn't be able to borrow another one until it does... Does that make sens…
  • Mamapoo: RyanandManda: Mamapoo: I love that you're doing this, because I've been in search of a good book like this, and just haven't found anything!   Since I'm still pregnant, I don't really have anything to contribute yet  Would …
  • I took DD1 all the time (she was 9 months when I got pregnant again). The nurse or office admin would hold her if there was something going on that she was too wiggly to tolerate (my legs in stirrups, for example). They even had crayons and books fo…
  • I agree with pp about walking the dog while wearing the infant for a nap. For me, DD2 would fall asleep or be nice and relaxed while I wore her facing me and I'd be able to transfer her to her tummy in her crib (I know, I know, but it was only for a…
  • Mamapoo: I love that you're doing this, because I've been in search of a good book like this, and just haven't found anything!   Since I'm still pregnant, I don't really have anything to contribute yet  Would you like to read what I hav…
  • LoveBeingAWife33008: Do I get royalties? Haha! It probably won't turn much of a profit...  
  • They'd probably appreciate something to put LO in for naps. Otherwise they may get stuck holding the baby the whole day and that's really hard on anybody!
  • FF or BF?  I know very little about formula but if your LO is breastfed you may want to be sure you don't have a milk imbalance. If you have too much foremilk and not enough hindmilk, baby will not get enough fat to stay satiated for a long stretch…
  • Having days and nights switched is totally normal up to 3 months of age. That said, having light, sound, and activity going on during the day and quiet, dark, boring stuff happening at night can help the transition happen earlier. Also, a tiny bab…
  • I agree with pretty much everybody else but I wanted to add that you are incredible to be here on your wife's behalf, looking for info on such an important part of your daughter's life. Way to go, daddy! : )
  • I received the Petunia Pickle Bottom Sashay Satchel as a gift. We cloth diaper and it's perfect for us. I keep a backpack in my car that has several extra diapers for both girls and two changes of clothes (plus a change of clothes for me!). In the …
  • DD was never comfy froggie style so I've been splaying her legs open since 4 weeksish and she's been fine.
  • Everything is a phase...  the good, the bad, and everything in between.
  • soontobemrs.boulet: I think this is a great idea and I'd be interested in contributing! Would it be okay if my story was about having PPD for the first time and how it effected our adjustment? The story will end happily and I'm pregnant and will ha…
  • Kaiterz: Are there those of you who actually have time to read?  For pleasure?? I know lots of ladies who read on their kindles or smart phones while nursing. I'm absolutely guilty of this! Also, the book will be "pregnancy through parenthood" …
  • Same spacing as mine! It's crazy but awesome ; )
  • I EBF Emma and got pregnant when she was 9 months. I nursed all the way through pregnancy without complication and am tandem nursing now. I did have a drop in supply around 10.5 months so pedi suggested a little goat's milk to ease my stress. Emma d…
  • My DD is afraid of blood so I always tried to "hide" the dirty pad. Not really a big deal.
  • My hubby was all I needed : )   http://motherofambition.blogspot.com/2012/05/annabelles-birth-story.html 
  • I'm a second time mom but was able to labor without pain meds with the use of Pitocin. You may explore not getting the Cervadil if your cervix is already ripe, my OB said the risks with VBAC and cervical ripening are actually greater than the risks …
  • Thanks ladies.  I've been collecting for the 24 hour urine sample but my BP is continuing to read high, even at home, even after a massage... boo...   Hoping a trip to the chiropractor tomorrow, some sex tonight, and some castor oil tomorrow after…
  • I EBF DD and used condoms, go pregnant when she was 9months old.  We weren't trying.  Period came back at 4.5 months old...  oops...  ; )
  • DD was face up for a lot of my pushing so the back of her head was pounding against my tailbone with every contraction and it got pretty messed up.  I had severe tailbone pain when going from sitting to standing and visa versa until I finally went t…
  • I gained 65 pounds with DD1.  I went from being a vegetarian with little dairy in my diet to craving burgers and milkshakes so my body was a little...  off...  BF'ing didn't help me lose any weight at all and I was still 22 pounds heavier than pre-p…
  • For my first pregnancy, I got a plastic mattress cover and put a trash bag on my seat in the car, covered with a towel.  It made sleep even less attainable because it was noisy and made me sweat.  The garbage bag in the car made me sweat too.  My w…
  • JulesFo: Daisy22: Your breastmilk is just like your blood in processing alcohol. Unless you are drinking a ton not much gets into the breastmilk.  I go by the rule if I can drive I can BF. I do usually stick to only having one drink between nursi…
  • period came back at 4.5 months even though I was EBF'ing without solids.  Periods were 45 days apart.  DD wasn't STTN.  Started solids at 6 months but DD still wasn't STTN.  Pregnant when DD was 9 months and we were using condoms!!!
  • I fold them into 4th's intead of 3rd's.  Makes for a really thick diaper so you'll need a really good fitting cover to make sure the legs don't gap but it works for us.
  • Are your diapers all lined with the same material?  BG's irritate DD's bottom if she's in them for a long time (when my parents watch her they use BG's exclusively and she's usually red when I pick her up after wearing them all day).   Is she eatin…
  • EAJ10210: Like a lot of other CD mamas, I swear by coconut oil. Smells great, washes out easily because of its low melting point, and it has anti-bacterial and anti-yeast properties. We have had zero diaper rash issues since we started using it. A …
  • Hmmm...  well, I'd try a natural fabric against her skin without a cover (a fitted, for example) for a bit to see if her skin just doesn't like the synthetic stuff against it right now...   You could also try stripping the diapers and rinsing a gaz…
  • Oh! and for covers, we have some Econobum, some Thirsties, a couple of Flips, some wool, and some fleece.  If we're just hanging out at home and it's warm enough, I leave DD coverless or put her in a fleece cover (cheap on Etsy and so so SO cute!) b…
  • We love fitteds in this house ; )  Honestly, I have no new fitteds at all, they were all hand me downs and came to me used.  I don't know how they were cared for before they were mine but I've been using them consistently for over a year (some are W…
  • I use Tea Tree Oil (just a few drops) in every wash.  I thought that was enough to disinfect... no?