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2nd Time Around

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

It’s easier second time around.

As a first time parent, you worry about all sorts of things that, really, you don’t need to. You take too much to the birth (“Pillows! We need Pillows!”). You agonise over a birth plan (Really, a plan? What were you thinking?) You focus on the event and not the afterward. When they arrive, you hover over every one of your child’s moments as if it may be their last, (“is it breathing! Check! Just in case…”). You worry they might be ill, or be feeding too much or too little or the wrong kind or amount… You worry if you will identify with a child of the opposite gender. Your partner agonises over if they’ve breastfed long enough, after all there are STUDIES! You fall prone to the media scare story of the week. You panic at the onset of a sniffle or the sight of chicken pox. It’s all a great big unknown.

Second time round you know what works for you. Which bits of the mountain of contracdictory advice are laughable and which are key. You’re more confident in your parenting. Oh, and you have a toddler wandering round and demanding your attention, so you have less time to worry.

It’s best not to worry.

Second time round you find your grove quicker and just get on with it. What else can you do?

Wish I’d known how to do that first time round…

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A Cheap, Decent, Highchair

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

Now our daughter is old enough to sit at a proper chair and eat, we’ve finally removed the highchair to storage. I thought I’d take a moment to recommend it. The IKEA Antilop is incredibly cheap at £11.22 (plus £4.09 for the tray) and has all the key features of a good high chair. It doesn’t take up too much space in a small kitchen, it’s easily wipe clean and it’s stable and secure. Really, at that price you can’t go wrong. It’s also portable, which is a real help if you travel about, with easily detachable legs.

For comparison, originally we had a more bulky model we inherited from a relative. While it looked the height of luxury with it’s padded seat, solid construction and so on, we found that really hard to clean (and one thing weening produces is a lot of mess) and took up a lot of space. So even if IKEA isn’t your thing, I’d err away from any model with padding or similar. More hassle than they’re worth.

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Brushing a Baby’s Teeth

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Teething is a pain. It involves many a sleepless night for all concerned. But this isn’t a blog post about that particular trial, it’s some advice about what comes next.

Milk teeth need the same kind of dental protection as your own, so obviously the first instinct is to brush your child’s newly arrived teeth. So, down the shops for a special baby toothbrush and baby toothpaste we went. The brochure that came with the special baby toothbrush suggested that you “approach the baby from behind so they don’t see the brush coming”. I gave that a go, but even semi-asleep babies are not that easily fooled.

After that failed, I instead opted for the reverse-psychology approach. Because, well, it’s a baby: Put anything chewable in front of them and they’ll put it in their mouth! So I put the toothpaste on the brush and then held it just out of reach of my daughter. One quick swipe and in it went. Obviously it was the wrong end of the brush, but hey it was a start! A bit of further guidance and she was chewing on the correct end. She was even pulling the brush in and out. Success! After a few tries she was happy to let me do some brushing as well.

Of course what you don’t consider is that this new item on the parental agenda is a disruption to the normal, bath, bottle, bed formula you’ve perfected over 6 months. Brushing is a little too like play. So added an extra few minutes to the bedtime routine.

Plus this technique is also liable to end up with you covered in toothpaste. But you’re a parent, you’ve been covered in worse…

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