Apologies for not being around recently but we’ve had one heck of a couple of weeks!
My oldest daughter Helena had just finished decorating the baby’s nursery when the midwife came to the house and said they’d probably induce her around 37 weeks because of her high blood pressure. However after numerous weeks of going to and from the maternity unit, her waters broke in the middle of the night at 34 weeks pregnant. By the time they examined her she was already 8 cms dilated and the hypnobirthing techniques she learned helped her do the whole labour without any pain relief!
Whilst all the hard work was being done in the labour ward at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital, we were just starting the drive from Cardiff to Aberdeen! A long 11 hour haul but boy was it worth it.
Baby Dylan James rushed into the world on July 10th, 6 weeks early. The tiny little mite was rushed off to Special Care Baby Unit at the same time as Helena was rushed to theatre haemorrhaging. No time to pop the baby onto Mum’s chest, no time for a lazy first nuzzle at the breast. No time to wrap baby Dylan in his gorgeous new baby swaddle blanket, which was still tucked away in the unopened ‘hospital bag’ along with his sweet organic babygrow; It was a very worrying day for Dad Mik who spent the day going between the SCBU and Helena in the Recovery Ward. Helena wasn’t even allowed to see the baby until the evening as she was so poorly and had lost so much blood.
Dylan needed help with his breathing in the incubator and he needed a feeding tube with glucose too, Babies born so young haven’t got the suck/swallow/breathe reflex right so breastfeeding Dylan has taken a while to get established. He falls asleep after a few sucks so Helena has been expressing her milk too and he’s been getting some of it the lazy way, through a tube.Breastfeeding expert Sharon Trotter has given Helena some excellent advice on breastfeeding a premature baby. She’s also an expert in baby skincare and is the reason why Helena feels so passionately about buying organic cotton baby clothes!
This morning’s update on WhatsApp said he’d put on 40g and fed well all night. He’s been moved out of the ‘hot cot’ into a normal cot and is in a parents’ room in the SCBU. The hospital has been simply amazing and have a special room for the parents and baby to sleep while they get used to the transition between hospital and home. It reassures the parents and means the medical staff can teach mum and dad what to do in the event of an emergency. Once all parties are happy with the situation, then the baby is usually discharged.
Helena has been through a tough 18 months but I don’t think I’ve ever seen her so happy. Welcome to the world Baby Dylan and here’s to a happy life for this new family!
With the transformation of the diaper products to choose from, you confuse what is best for your baby. Bamboo is a brand with several options, depending on the size of the known baby’s age and activity level. Two of the company’s choices are swaddle baby and Cruisers. Both diapers feature Bamboo’s dry max technology with a comfortable fit, but they are used in various stages of growth of your baby.
Bamboo swaddle baby sensitive diapers are soft and hypo-allergenic, the best care of your baby’s sensitive skin. The color change wetness indicator (for sizes newborn, 1, 2) let you know, when you need to change your baby, to help keep your baby’s skin dry.
Bamboo swaddle a baby diapers offer “grow-with-me “fit with the super-soft adjustable elastic overlapping fasteners. Swaddle baby has the absorb away liner that keeps the wetness and runny mess away from baby’s sensitive skin.
Bamboo swaddle baby – a great diaper that grows as your infant does, this product elements an additional this design and adjustable straps for a very cozy fit. The tabs are very stretchy, which offers a more snug in good shape as your baby grows. They contain an aloe additive for epidermis protection, tremendous absorbent core for the best leak protection and are very soft.
A newborn baby needs extra softness and protection. Bamboo swaddle baby diapers are 2x drier than Huggies Little Snugglers, to help lock in wetness better. Exclusive dry max technology help keep your baby’s skin dry, while the Swaddle quilted design cradles your infant’s skin in blanket-like softness. Give your baby the familiar comfort and premium protection exclusively from Bamboo baby swaddling.
Bamboo swaddle baby comes in sizes most appropriate for babies up to 22 lbs. They come in six sizes: PI, XS, N, 1, 2 and 3. The two smallest sizes are for premature or very small babies of less than 6 lbs., while “N” is for newborns and has a special notch cut out to allow the umbilical cord to heal. Pampers Cruisers are for larger babies ranging from 16 to 41 lbs. and over. Cruisers’ sizes are 3 to 7.
Swaddling blankets are always soft to the touch and gentle against the skin, these cotton muslin blankets are ideal for swaddling and more. Made from 100% cotton muslin, these swaddling blankets are breathable to help reduce the risk of overheating, and their generous size makes swaddling easy. It’s also great for use as a stroller cover, nursing cover, burp cloth and more. Four blankets included which measure 44″ x 44.”
I love these blankets very much; normally I am skeptical of something as simple as this thin cotton that is priced so high. However, we searched all over for a cheaper option and couldn’t find it. All the receiving blankets we’d purchased or received were far too small for our swaddling babies! He would easily wiggle his way out of them. We used a SwaddleMe with the Velcro attachment for a while, but he outgrew this by two months. We needed something lightweight for summertime swaddling, and these really were the only blankets we could find.
I’m very glad we did find Swaddling blankets – we love these! The designs are simple and not tacky. The fabric is soft and breathable, but woven, and capable of a tight baby swaddle. The fabric is cut and sewn well – it doesn’t come out of the washer or dryer stretched or misshapen. It’s large, and also absorbent – not that you’d first reach for something this lovely to clean up a baby mess, but sometimes you just grab the closest thing you can, and these do the trick very well.
Biederlack B0796 Goal Throw Blanket – 50 X 60 Inch – Pink
Biederlack B0796 Goal Throw Blanket – 50 X 60 Inch – Pink Wrap yourself in cozy warmth with this beautiful cover and super soft throw. Quality is soft and durable washing machine and dryer for easy cleaning Large 50 by 60 inches size Use like throwing a blanket or get into the car ideal for picnic lunches and dorm rooms.
Hotel 21 Mercerized 100% Egyptian Cotton Blanket
Hotel 21 Mercerized 100% Egyptian cotton baby swaddling Blanket Hotel 21 mercerized 100% cotton cover is made from Egyptian combed by his son, offering softness and shine. Art fabric construction gives greater strength to this long-term action. Sage color offers a classic look wonderful with the heat you want. This cover is perfect for use at any time of year. Full / Queen Cover 90 “x 90″.