Showing posts with label Frustrations. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Frustrations. Show all posts

Friday, 4 May 2012


Weaning triplets together with the 8 months older sibling, is no easy task for mum!
The old routine is changing and every time you think you have a routine, they change it!

I'm going back to these dears next week and I think a massive cook up to go in the freezer might be called for.

Mum is a true hero to get this far on her own, but now the normal routine has gone out the window and another has to be set introducing them to solids.

Eating is different to sucking a bottle and not all babies have read this manual. Some take to it instantly, while others take their time to get used to it.

The good news is that they all get there in the end, but sometimes the task is harder, even with one!

Thursday, 5 May 2011


I went with a baby to have the 2nd round of jabs yesterday and was appalled by the lack of hygiene by the nurse at the rather sub-standard surgery.

Not once did the nurse wash her hands whilst handling, filling and administering 3 syringes.
All the time using her computer keyboard, touching the patients couch, feeling her dirty desk and even opening the door and going out of the room.

When questioned, she said she washed her hands between patients. A lie, as the person before came out and we went in.

No swab, just dry cotton wool (sitting around in a bowl) in case of a bleed.

I seen a few bad habits, but this . . . . !

Wednesday, 20 April 2011


Please remember that there is no RIGHT way to look after you baby, only the way that suits you and your baby best.

Of course, there are wrong ways; but by the right way I mean, what works for you both.

Take all the books and videos on how to look after your baby and they will all contradict themselves.

Just try all ways possible and do what suits you and your baby.
But remember, what suits one day, may differ the next.

Thursday, 4 February 2010


Well, things get from bad to worse. This time with clothes from Boots the Chemist.

I just tried to put a new baby in a baby-grow with the lovely Velcro as fasteners instead of poppers.
A nightmare!!

Such poor quality Velcro and all the fastenings were so badly placed that they opened all the time.
Sharp edges to each square of Velcro and, only one leg that opened!

How do these designers think they can get away with knowing absolutely zero about babies.

Boycott Boots Chemist is the only answer.
Boots has really gone down hill recently, in my opinion.

Thursday, 28 January 2010


If you are looking at this, then you obviously have an interest in babies/children.

After shopping for clothes and toys, I am always amazed to see the amount of unnecessary plastic ties that are gunned through items to keep them together or to secure tags.

It's almost like a competition to see who can use the most.

Please, let's bring back common sense ... please!

Wednesday, 27 January 2010


Dummies... I don't like them.

Although the SIDS campaign say they help prevent cot deaths, I'm not that sure about it.
Well, I'm not allowed to say anything different anyway and who am I to go against a well researched campaign?

If a client really believes that and wishes to use a dummy, I will naturally follow their wish.
After all, I am helping them look after their baby. It's not mine.

Maybe I am a little old fashioned, but I see problems because of the dummy usage; let alone thinking that children in pushchairs look awful with a dummy in their mouth.

Apart from the sight of them offending me, I go to families whose baby has sleep problems and find that once they fall asleep with a dummy in mouth, the dummy then falls out and and when they turn their head in their sleep and they feel the dummy on their cheek and wake up frustrated that they can't get it back and wake upset.
Of course, the child has probably become dependent on having the dummy for comfort by then.

There is the old question of.. giving the child "buck teeth".
I am not a dentist, so cannot say that is so; but logic would make me lean that way.

So, if I am asked to use a dummy, I will remove it as soon as the baby is asleep and hope they learn not to rely on it.

I had such a case recently, when a dummy was used to pacify the baby, when all it needed was adequate winding.
Better to get the wind out early on with a little more time and patience, than letting that wind pass further down the gut and causing distress later in the bowel, by then you can do nothing but wait for it to appear at the bottom end.

As for campaigns, they are all well and good, but we must remember, that government dict-acts cater to the lowest common denominator. As they do with the issue of sterilising bottles, which they don't in many countries such as America or Australia.
But that's for another time.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010


Oh the joy of doing the baby's washing and upon opening the machine door at the end, are confronted with lots of fuzzy clothes before your eyes!

And the reason for this fuzziness?
It’s good old Velcro. Especially on bibs.
So useful, and a complete menace.

However you try to fasten the bib or other Velcro fixed item [before going into the machine], it finds the way to open up and make havoc with all the other clothes in the drum.

I have to say, that there is a fastening similar to Velcro and does not do the same damage, as is better on other garments: however, it has a short life expectancy.

Bring back poppers and ties, I say.

Sunday, 24 January 2010


Well I'm back, after looking after the dearest little girl [now nearly 5 weeks old]and I thoroughly enjoyed my stay with her and her charming parents and was very sad to leave them.

But back to the business of being today, a Grumpy Old Woman!....

Grr.. Baby clothes drive me made!

I have just been sorting through a newborn’s baby clothes and the amount of labels at the back of the neck is not only unreal, but unkind.

There are a plethora of them and in copious supply.
Not only that, they are hard and have sharp edges that would scratch my old neck, let alone the delicate skin of a baby.

Who are these people that do this?

Have they any idea of what they are doing and the target market they are catering for?
Or are they just going through the motions of selling to the masses?
Probably, the later.

I could understand if it was obligatory, but ... it can't be.
Otherwise, the better manufacturers would do it as well.
Good retailers are thoughtful, use softer labels and place them elsewhere on the garment.

Funnily, some of the most famous, trendy and expensive brands are the most guilty.

Which means only one thing. Good retailers care about their product:
The others don't care a jot.

Thursday, 14 January 2010


With wedding coming up this weekend, I went with my daughter to buy clothes for my grandson to wear. There's lots of lovely outfits and we found a good one in M&S.

Thank goodness we weren't buying for a younger child, as I get so fed up with the smarter baby clothes having buttons or poppers down the back.

Do baby clothes designers not understand that looks are not everything and the baby needs to be comfortable and not have something irritating them.
Plus, one needs to be able to change a nappy easily?

Then another thing. Why are the legs and arms so long and the feet too short?
Clearly, a lot of baby clothes designers have never had to look after a baby!

Friday, 1 January 2010


Babies have a wonderful sense of humour. Just as you think they have a routine going, they go and change it!

Last night the little boy I was looking after slept through the night, but decided that getting up time was 5.30am.
No matter how I tried to settle him, he would have none of it.

So, at 6.30 he accompanied me as I got dressed and we went downstairs and he had his breakfast at 7.30 as usual.

So, with a little adjustment by myself, he was back in routine again and settled for his morning nap at the usual time.

The lesson being; sometimes it is better to be flexible and not stressed about something out of your control, but work towards easing things back to normal.
After all, as they get bigger the routine will change.

I feel the most important thing is to keep the schedule as normal as possible. Babies (like adults), like to know what comes next, just as we do; and in this case - breakfast, play, nap).

No more Blogging for a few days as I am off to a health farm, before starting with my next little friend, who was born yesterday.

Wednesday, 30 December 2009


The reason for setting up this blog is that, as a Maternity Nurse with four adult children of my own and years of experience of looking after newborn babies and their parents, I have a whole host of knowledge worth sharing with new parents.

A first child is a daunting experience. Thanks to the internet, so much more knowledge is available, but navigating your way towards the trustworthy info is not easy, particularly when many sites are only interested in generating sales and not about what is best for your child.

I am daily flabbergasted by the amount of trivial and unnecessary paraphernalia that the poor first time parents are talked into buying; particularly when it comes to expensive equipment such as prams, which are clearly designed by people who have little or no experience of what it is to manage a baby and their lifestyles day by day.

Another thing.... how do baby clothes designers get away with putting press-studs down the back of a baby's clothes, when we all know that babies have to lie on their backs most of the time?

Then there is the question of being environmentally friendly. For example, large nappy dispensers have yards of unnecessary plastic when you empty the bin. Whatever happened to recycling the supermarket bags for all the daily pee nappies and the small nappy sacks for the pooey ones?

So, here is a start and hopefully I will be able to give some qualified hints and practical advice to all the parents who are baffled by the amount of choices they are having to make!