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I have come down with a cold; my first in a good year. I made it through the day of an offsite meeting on pseudopsuedopsuedoephadrine and chocolate eclairs (the cream filled rather than the Cadburys). Interesting conversations, though I think I may have banged on a little too much about building a brand internally and marketing for Security. That may have been the drugs talking.

I've been listening a lot to David Bowie recently, unsurprisingly. After I heard the news of his death I was surprised to find I didn't own any of his songs (bar Heroes on the London Olympics soundtrack album) but a quick trip to iTunes and 3 best of albums ranging from 1969 to 1987 appeared quickly. As always with a best of, there's the tracks you know, the tracks you like and the tracks that really stretch the definition of 'best of' to breaking point. Sometimes, the same track fits all three categories.

The week passed and I just spent 3 hours looking at 'travel systems' in Mothercare. A travel system, for those not in the know, is a transformer pram, that can be a carry cot, a buggy, a pram, a dalek, a climbing frame, a dessert and a floor topping!

I didn't find it too bad (though they cannily have a Costa in store, with lots of seating for when you need that mid-shop caffeine and sugar fix). We didn't buy anything - too many choices to process - but we have a list of our favourites. This afternoon will be at home, on my computer, shopping as an introverted God intended, over the internet.

Speaking of too many choices - Why Finnish babies sleep in boxes is a good read and a great idea. The number of choices I'm seeing as a new dad are frankly overwhelming and making me tharn. Being sent a box with the inherent reassurance that someone else has gone through and thought of everything you might need to get started is a great idea.

And if you're not going to get sent one by the Finnish Government, you can just order one over the internet. The €400 is pretty good - the contents bought separately from Amazon come close to €300 - I'm not so sure about the Moomin themed box though - €200 extra for some Moomin themed diapers and some other bits ...

Date: 2016-01-31 08:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] renniek.livejournal.com
We ended up going for a Mothercare Orb. Handy that you can rotate the top section of the pram. Key things that were good though (and we were lucky with) were 1) you can buy cheap adaptors so that a car seat will fit on the pram base (some car seats, anyway) 2) the carrycot would fit inside Arthur's crib. Both things to facilitate moving sleeping baby without waking him up! Also A was quite a little baby and for a long time couldn't sleep in his crib (too big so he didn't feel cuddled and secure) - sleeping in the carrycot worked for a long time until he'd grown big enough for the crib.

Date: 2016-01-31 09:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jfs.livejournal.com
Thanks Katie - don't think we looked at an Orb but I will add it to the list. We liked the Baby Jogger range but only the Versa allows you to turn the baby to face you which we both want.

What's the Orb like on rougher ground?

Date: 2016-01-31 07:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kathbad.livejournal.com
We adore our Stokke. The engineering is amazing, and if you speak to Back in Action, or go to one of the baby shows you can normally get a great deal.

Date: 2016-02-01 08:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jfs.livejournal.com
Thanks Kath - I think we were shying away from the shows as being akin to one of the lower levels of hell. Worth steeling ourselves and going?

Date: 2016-02-01 04:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kathbad.livejournal.com
If you know what you want, you can get impressive deals. They can be utter hell, although if you take supplies and stay focuses they aren't too bad.

We did end up going with reusable nappies with F, and they were fab. That was due to being able talk with a few suppliers at the show.

Date: 2016-02-01 09:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pauln.livejournal.com
One more recommendation - we went for the Oyster and it's done us well through both children. It's only now (after four year's hard use and as we're nearly done) developed "shopping trolley wheel". We also had a Britax car seat (non-isofix) that fits into the base nicely and can face front or back.

Babies of course, vary. The things that work for some, don't for others. Part of the fun is that you don't know that until yours arrives. We had a lovely moses basket on a rocker stand. Neither of our babies wanted anything to do with it. With Abi, we hastily bought a sidecot (this sort of thing http://www.amazon.co.uk/WALDIN-Bedside-Co-Sleeper-adjustable-untreated/dp/B00BY2WVKU ) which she, and then Caitlin, both loved.

Oh, "diapers" Mr Scott?

Date: 2016-02-05 10:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jfs.livejournal.com
They called them diapers - not me :-)

Date: 2016-02-01 02:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nyarbaggytep.livejournal.com
The babybox looks awesome. I note it includes sanitary towels. Something I found was that the Natracare ones were the only ones I felt comfortable in after having given birth. Obviously ymmv. Similarly the only nappies that didn't give M horrendous rashes were the natural ones (Naty or Moltex Eco). Like mother like daughter.

I can't help with travel systems because we had a second hand car seat which had been Izzy's, and a sling and a pushchair. The sling was particularly good though. The lovely [livejournal.com profile] hepstar sent it to me. It was a moby one.

pseudospeuodpsuosdeehephdrine makes me so weirdly hallucinatory that I can't abide the stuff. I'm impressed you managed to say actual words on it.

Date: 2016-02-01 04:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kathbad.livejournal.com
Ooh, also tried a sling there, and wish I had got one for F-we did get carriers for D, and they are liberating compared to a buggy.

Date: 2016-02-02 02:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sunblade.livejournal.com
"I think I may have banged on a little too much about building a brand internally and marketing for Security."

Marketing for an internal security function, or something else?

Date: 2016-02-05 10:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jfs.livejournal.com
Exactly that - we're ahead of the game with InfoSec - we have a marketing plan, comms plan, branding etc. Our physical security team don't. So we're starting to help them.

Date: 2016-02-12 07:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sunblade.livejournal.com
If there's anything you're able to share, I lead a security function and would love to learn from what you've done.

We've worked with our marketing team and have regular comms going out, but the more sources of ideas the better :)
Edited Date: 2016-02-12 07:34 pm (UTC)

Date: 2016-02-03 01:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wolflady26.livejournal.com
Woohoo, congratulations on the upcoming fatherhood!

My tip: don't let it all drive you nuts. There's a lot to process, and it's so hard to figure out what will be important and not important ahead of time, and probably nothing will be just how you imagine it will be, but you'll get it. :)

Date: 2016-02-05 10:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jfs.livejournal.com
Thank you - that's good advice!

Okay, I am officially a shite friend...

Date: 2016-02-11 07:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hortorum.livejournal.com
Boy have I managed to drift out of the loop to a shameful degree...

Thinking back five years and wondering what I wish I had known then that I know now...

Doc Brown baby bottles & you definitely need more muslin squares than you think.
I wish we'd got a nursing chair...

Date: 2016-02-12 08:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jfs.livejournal.com
Don't worry - there's been a grand total of 1 quiet Facebook post from Alix and a couple of posts on here. We're not exactly shouting from the rooftops :-)

Thanks for the advice. I'm guessing muslin squares are like tea towels and tea spoons - always worth having 6 more than you think.

Further advice

Date: 2016-02-12 08:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hortorum.livejournal.com
Sleep dep is going to be an issue... So, make sure you've got duplicates of things like sudocrem, nappy bags, caches of nappies, baby wipes in pretty much every room of the house. There's going to be a time when junior is doing an imitation of a pan-au-chocolat that someone has squeezed and you'll be too punch drunk to remember where the baby bag is...

If you don't have a potty now, get one. Even pre-potty training there's a one word reason you'll want a waterproof recepticle: Norovirus. We had it three times in a year and there's a reason I own several buckets.

Always carry a roll of bin liners and a roll of kitchen towel in the car.

Take photos. There are weeks and months of early parenthood I can barely remember and having a visual record really helps.

I switched to an electric razor in the run up to our lad's birth and I maintain this is why I don't look like the Phantom of the Opera...
Edited Date: 2016-02-12 09:00 am (UTC)


Date: 2016-02-15 07:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hortorum.livejournal.com
Buy a beer/mini fridge and a second bottle warmer. Whether you end up using formula or expressed mum juice, having somewhere you can store a couple of feeds without having to navigate stairs in an advanced state of sleep deprivation is a literal life saver.

Blackout curtains!

(not that you probably need telling this but...) It's your kid, other people will have opinions and advice but getting into the mental place where it IS just advice and not pressure, especially when you're a few weeks in and a bit frazzled is pretty important.

If I sound like I'm hammering the sleep dep thing home, it's because our bundle of joy was just short of his first birthday before the little £$%£$% slept through the night for the first time. :)

(Whenever someone says the words "Ours slept through from week two" you'll see a proper 'tic' in my cheek as I try not to go mental)

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