The Best Thing Since Aquaphor

Discussion in 'The Hens' Nest' started by whatchyagonnado, Mar 8, 2018.

  1. whatchyagonnado

    whatchyagonnado Chicken

    We have one like that too, but this one is actually a different profession for each letter of the alphabet! I like it because it includes science, math, arts, sports, and service jobs! Seems very well balanced!
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  2. Zombie Llama

    Zombie Llama Ain't no corn bitch

    My nephew has a custom potty book with his name. It is so cute.
  3. Kimmers

    Kimmers Chicken

    We bought a co-sleeper and in only two nights it’s changing our lives.

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    The first night we used this, I fed L and gave her to N to swaddle and rock in his arms which he did for 15 minutes, then he placed her between us in the co-sleeper... she immediately went to sleep for FOUR HOURS AND FIFTEEN MINUTES IN. A. ROW. Then she woke up, we fed, swaddled and rocked for 15 minutes and she slept for another 2 hours.

    Trying to put her into her freestanding bassinet was a several hour process (feed, rock to sleep, swaddle, rock back to sleep, wait until she’s all but in a coma, place gingerly in bassinet, 5-10 minutes later she is wailing to be held, repeat process, weep when you suddenly realize you have been doing this for 4+ hours and it’s time to feed her and start the cycle again). And often even if we were eventually successful she wouldn’t sleep that long in the bassinet (even though she’d sleep twice as long in our arms). We were both averaging 1-3 hours per night of sleep and it is night and day actually getting some rest the past two nights!

    I was very anxious about co-sleeping but this feels like a good compromise. The bassinet is very sturdy with a metal frame and it stays level on the bed. N and I each use a separate blanket (we took the duvet off the bed) so there are no blankets in the middle of the bed by her, and we shut the cats out of the bedroom at night (Dunkin can be trusted not to climb in with her). We keep the bassinet at about chest level so it’s away from our pillows. I love that it’s so easy to check on her now too.
  4. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    That’s good to hear. I saved that exact one to a list—not for cosleeping at night but because I’d expect to be exhausted and try to nap during the afternoon and not want to move far.
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  5. hallokween

    hallokween Chicken

    We used a co-sleeper similar to this and it was life changing. Congrats on the sleep!
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  6. Kimmers

    Kimmers Chicken

    @MagnificentCat I’m looking forward to getting some afternoon naps with it too!
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  7. deet

    deet Chicken

    I put that on my niece's registry. I personally haven't had experience with one, so that's nice to hear. Glad you got some sleep!
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  8. Fitz

    Fitz Leslie Knope Monster

    We had that exact same one and it was a lifesaver.
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  9. scotchbutter

    scotchbutter Chicken

    Wasn’t it you who said it made crib-transition easier too because you just laid that whole co-sleeper in the crib while he got used to it and eventually just laid him in the crib without it? I always thought that was genius.
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  10. Fitz

    Fitz Leslie Knope Monster

    Yes! I can’t take full credit, I read about it somewhere.
  11. hallokween

    hallokween Chicken

    @nym711 what cup did you use to get E using a straw? I think another chicken used it too, but I cant remember who. Also, any tips on how to teach her?
  12. nym711

    nym711 THIS IS MY LIFE NOW

    @hallokween I got this one. I have no tips. Does anyone else? ETA: I just put the straw in her mouth and watched her suck it up. It isn't consistent yet, and we've only gotten a few sips at a time so far.
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  13. hallokween

    hallokween Chicken

    Thank you! We've been baby birding her with our straws, and she seems to get that, but the liquid is always right at the end, and I'm not sure how to make her understand that with her own straw she'll have to suck longer.
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  14. Kimmers

    Kimmers Chicken

    How are the Es big enough to drink out of straws already?! Chicken babies grow so fast!
  15. nym711

    nym711 THIS IS MY LIFE NOW

    Younger E is training right now. She doesn't get it yet. I don't expect her to understand for a while. When I was giving her water from the Munchkin 360, without the top on it, she would hold water in her mouth and then spit it out.
  16. Apples&Oranges

    Apples&Oranges Chicken

    I had the same cup, but it didnt work well for D. It required too much effort. I used the cheap Take and Toss cups.

    The First Years Take & Toss Spill-Proof Straw Cups 10oz, 4pk (Colors May Vary)

    There isnt any fancy no spill mechanism, so there is less work involved. and the straw is shorter than in adult cups.

    Also, D loved to drink from my cups. If I was taking a drink from my cup or straw water bottle, etc he always wanted a drink too, so he learned a lot that way.
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  17. scotchbutter

    scotchbutter Chicken

    We gave E the Zoli straw cup which was useless. She hated it and got no water. Maybe when she’s a little older. She loves the Nuk brand sippy cups (short fat ones) and drinks a ton of water through that. Like I worry if it’s too much?

    I had been trying with no luck to teach her straws. Well this weekend she was playing with my friend’s Yeti big straw cup and put her mouth on the straw which I expected she would just touch since that’s what she does with mine. She actually slurped up some water! Then repeated it! So I think she just figured it out with no help from me.
  18. nym711

    nym711 THIS IS MY LIFE NOW

    I'm going to get a Nuk sippy cup next. I'll probably buy E all the cups.
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  19. Apples&Oranges

    Apples&Oranges Chicken

    That's what we did. So many cups, and he barely uses any of them.
  20. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    C never used a sippy of any sort. He did like the Zola Bot one, but they are fragile. We ended up with a Nuk one that he liked after I dug out the flow restriction on the first one. The weighted straw is key for a while. And some good straw cleaning pipe cleaner things plus a cup that comes allll the way apart.
  21. DaleBrennan

    DaleBrennan Chicken

    We are using the Dr. Browns weighted straw cups and have had success! He doesn't like any others. :roll:
  22. Afishwish

    Afishwish Bramblebutt

    At 5 months Fry took most easily to the Zoli Bot. It’s a PITA to clean but he liked it. He got the hang of the Munchkin and Dr Browns too. All of them had milk in the beginninIdk how much of all this is the cup or anything we did, though. I think he was mostly just a gluttonous baby determined to get any milk he saw in front of him.
  23. whatchyagonnado

    whatchyagonnado Chicken

    Also a fan of First Years and another cheapie brand from Target I am blanking on (Munchkin?).
  24. antisocialite

    antisocialite Chicken

    J didn't get straws until like...18 months. He did sippys and 360s until then!
  25. hallokween

    hallokween Chicken

    We have a few sippy cups, but she isnt getting/ isnt wanting to tip it up to drink, so I was thinking she may get a straw easier.

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