Posts Tagged ‘babies’

Obvious and not so much

Monday, 28 March 2011
Cover of "97 Ways to Make A Baby Laugh"

Cover of 97 Ways to Make A Baby Laugh

40. 97 Ways to Make a Baby Laugh by Jack Moore

I happened across this in the BookMooch inventory of someone I was getting another book from, and was intrigued. Some of the tips really will work (which ones rather depends on your baby and just how you put them into practice, of course), but largely this is worth a bit of amusement to the adult reader in imagining how the rest would go across.

Not a ‘must have’ or even ‘must keep’ in my opinion, but a bit of fun to read through.


No sew baby panda costume

Sunday, 20 March 2011

panda baby 022Hm, I think this panda costume worked better in my head than so far in reality, but hopefully it’ll look good tomorrow, out and about on Shushan Purim day. For one thing, I hadn’t realised just how much too small DD’s white hat is these days…

Still, it meets my criteria for a baby costume of:

  1. Being as comfortable as her normal clothes to wear and put on/take off
  2. Not making anything in good condition unwearable other than as fancy dress
  3. Being cheap, quick and easy to make

So, just in case anyone out there thinks this is an idea they’d like to improve upon 😉 here’s how I did it.

panda baby 001First, you’ll need a white hat and one-piece outfit that both fit the baby, and a pair of opaque black women’s tights. (These last are going to be cut up, so this is how to use up any with holes or runs that mean you can’t wear them any longer. If they’re in particularly bad shape you might need to choose parts from more than one pair.) You’ll also need a small sheet of card and some small safety pins. Tools needed are scissors, a glass and a pen/pencil.

panda baby 003The feet ends of the tights will go over baby’s legs, so measure generously and cut these off. (You can trim later if they’re really too long.) Cut another small piece from each tights leg for the ears, then the remainder will make the black part of the costume body. I forgot to take pictures of these parts but basically you need a large hole in the tights where the two legs join. This will go over baby’s head, with the legs as sleeves.

panda baby 024

panda baby 005To make the ears, cut two appropriately sized circles out of thin card (I found the base of a small glass was a good size), fold each in half and cover with the small pieces of tights leg you cut earlier.

panda baby 015Use the safety pins to carefully attach the ears to the hat at the seams, so that the metal doesn’t touch baby. This is where I’d really recommend sewing, especially since a hat with ears is cute even when not in fancy dress. In that case you wouldn’t want card stiffening, however, as it’s not washable. Still, this way certainly does work.

panda baby 019This is the longest stretch of metal I could find inside the hat, and I’m probably going to redo that pin.

And that’s it. Now just place it all on the baby. There’s enough friction in tights material that you probably don’t actually need to attach the legs to the main outfit, but if your baby’s already crawling and pulling them up is getting annoying a couple of carefully placed safety pins would probably work there too.

Maintaining people

Tuesday, 22 February 2011
Cover of "The Baby Owner's Manual: Operat...

Cover via Amazon

22. The Baby Owner’s Manual by Louis and Joe Borgenicht

I’m in two minds about this book. On the one hand the information is clear and occasionally slightly amusingly presented, with a recognition that there isn’t just one way to look after babies. On the other, I’m uncomfortable with discussing babies as if they weren’t people (the pretence is that this the manual for a newly acquired machine of some kind). Yes, it’s a joke here, but personally I feel it’s the lack of recognition of the very young as small individuals that leads to the parenting suggestions I like least. I don’t want to be my daughter’s owner, I want to be a decent mother to her. Yes, that means being in charge for the next few years, but that’s because she needs care and education to help her develop into a capable adult, and I (and DH, of course) have been given the responsibility of giving her the attention and interaction necessary to that end.

I’m probably making far too big a deal over a running joke, but there it is. As above, it’s a clear source of basic and necessary information, with stylised pictures that clearly show the given point without extraneous details. The actual advice is not too regimented, and certainly discusses options like cloth nappies and babywearing, as well as recommending breastfeeding. In the sections not specifically discussing those options, however, it does assume disposables, buggies/strollers, and even to a lesser extent bottle feeding. Still, it’s the only book I’ve seen that discussed swaddling (and has pictures showing how to do it) while admitting that not all babies like to be swaddled. (Ours certainly doesn’t.)

So for the most part I think well of this book – it does what it aims to in a clear and handy format that would be easy to read on the go. I have enough of a problem with the language, however, that it’s probably going to go back into our BookMooch inventory (that’s where we got it from), even though I am pleased to have read it.