Recently spoke to the lady who saw me the morning I went into labour ("good god woman go home, your having a baby!". She knows a phsycologist who is conselling a lot of new mums who have made a birth plan, and things haven't gone according to plan. Perhaps we all need to keep in mind that LIFE (including new life) IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE'VE MADE OTHER PLANS.
Hi Alison, finally stopped breastfeeding Isaac at 13 months. My experince with pumps was that the electric pump was very usefull when production was low. Once baby and mother had the whole business worked out the Isis was quick and easy to set up. But don't be fooled. Hand pumps are far from quiet! I can remember queaking away in toilets/restrooms at work while trying to maintain "inner calm" to keep up production. Whatever you decide on, try and relax and hang in there.
I (and my 10 month old)didn't find Oxbridge Baby even close to the review article. It held his attention for about 2 minutes maximum, no matter how many times we showed him any of the stages. Although the charity involved is worth supporting, I should have donated the cost of the DVD directly to them! It may well be carefully designed to stimulate babies, but how stimulating can it be if you can't keep them in the same room. To each his own, and this definately wasn't for Isaac.
I have used the eco-friendly disposables almost from the start- way back in August because of the cost of electricity, the impact of detergents, blah de blah, and because I did not like the image of the landfills forever. The first thing I noticed was that nappy rash has not troubled us since the change-over (Isaac was too small for the eco ones initially). I also use non-perfumed biodegradable nappy sacks and do not store the dirties in the house. For the sake of the environment and the sake of my baby's bottom I have no regrets.