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what do these terms mean? (in baby checklist)

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    what do these terms mean? (in baby checklist)

    hi all, I've had some progress on my baby shopping and have a couple of terms that I need some help on :

    1. Bottle and teat cleaner? Do i have need something special other than dishwasher liquid to clean the milk bottles? Is this the same as sterilizer tablets or different things altogether?

    2. Baby wedge is this the 2 pillows u put on either side of infant to ensure they dont roll over? Is this the same as a bean pillow?

    3. Curtains with block out.... I"m moving out of my apt- 9 mths after baby is born so I dont intend to install new curtains that may not fit my next place.. Is there anything I can use that is portable?

    All advice appreciated.

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    1. You can buy specialist baby bottle cleaner from stores such as Eugene club and Bumps to babes. These are usually organic/veg based and is not harmful is baby ingests any. In my personal opinion I think they are a complete waste of money -- we bought it a couple of times but it would never lather properly. Just make sure all bottles and teats are well rinsed after washing with normal dishwashing liquid and you'll be fine. Besides, chucking them into the sterilizer / bucket of sterilizing fluid or tablets after washing eliminates any nasties in the bottles anyway.

    2. A baby wedge is different from a bean pillow. It's a firm triangular or sausage shaped pillow which you place on either side of the baby. These are sometimes considered safety risks due to potential suffocation, although we used the one that came in our son's co sleeper. A swaddle blanket would probably be more effective/provide better peace of mind. I would not suggest a bean pillow or anything soft enough to change shape if baby puts any pressure on it for the first few months.

    3. We only bothered getting block out curtains when we moved to our new place (our son was 19 months), he was fine with regular curtains even during the morning before, but as he approached toddlerhood became very sensitive to light so we switched. At the beginning, unless your baby is very light sensitive from the get go they generally sleep so much they dont care if its light or dark. This varies from baby to baby but I would suggest waiting to see if you really need block out curtains before you buy them.

    Hope that helped.
    Last edited by Nashua852; 09-08-2009 at 11:20 AM. Reason: pregnancy brain grammar mistakes
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    1)could also refer to the BRUSH used to clean away the bits that you can't reach in the bottle & teat

    2) never had one

    3) never used blackout curtains. i wanted my kids to be able to sleep anywhere & everywhere, not just in a blacked out, silent room.

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    1. I started out using a special cleaner for baby bottles etc, then stopped because I thought it was a waste of money. I started again because I realised my son`s sippy cup totally and permanently smells like the normal dish detergent. I guess it`s a porous kind od plastic, but I would think that bottle nipples/teats would be also. So for that reason, I would recommend getting a special baby cleaning liquid.

    2. I think the wedge is a triangular cushion as Nashua852 said that helps keep the baby in place. I have read that they are not recommended bc of the SIDS risk. Myself, I used two rolled up blankets on either side of my son when he was a teeny tiny newborn, and just made sure they didn`t do near his face.

    3. Young babies pretty much can sleep anywhere anytime, but when they get older some are more sensitive. I got some black roller blinds from IKEA for my son`s room but these HK apartments are a real pain to put holes into so it`s still sitting in the corner (though I might cut the top off and just tape it up). I would just wait and see how your baby is doing with sleep. Since you`re moving you can always just put blankets in the window or put dark garbage bags on it.

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    great advice all. I definitely think i'm going to hold off on buying the wedge. I think rolled up blankets might be a good idea. The basic idea is to keep them in place, isnt it to prevent them suffocating.

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    1. I think they mean a bottle brush, it has a big end and a small end for nipples. I never used one for bottles as didnt' use them, but they do work great for water bottle too.

    2. Not recommended and completely unsafe and unecessary,

    3. agree a young baby will likely sleep anyways, but may need something when older, if you do need it you could just tack up a towel, or tape tin foil over the window. I have done that when first moving and didn't have cutains yet.

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    hi all, it seems most of you did not use a wedge or pillow of anysort. At the shops, salespeople try to sell me pillows, bean pillows, a U shaped head pillow,2 pillows on either side of baby.

    During the first six months, does the baby need anything else besides being well swaddled?

    Thats what I read but then I started getting all this 'advice' from well meaning people and i got confused.

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