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I HATE HATE HATE scratch mittens!!!!!!!
Scratch Mittens for Your Baby
Member Name: KELLY170980
Scratch Mittens for Your Baby
Advantages: None with my children!!
Disadvantages: They fall off, they do not stop scratches, they are horrible!!!
I hate scratch mittens, I know what you are probably thinking...what a silly thing to hate....they are just cotton gloves to stop your baby from scratching themselves....but let me explain why I hate them and how I overcome my annoyance.
My son was just under 6lbs and had tiny little hands, and the scratch mittens would drown him, I would put them on again and again and he always managed to get them off....he was like a baby Houdini !!! and I would put him down for two mins and he would have a scratch on his nose within a minute of me putting him down, I would cut his nails again and again and tried loads of different makes of scratch mittens, and nothing worked.
My mum even stitched in some elastic to some pairs, which were ok, but then my son kept getting a rash and my doctor said it maybe to do with the elastic is his scratch mittens!!!!
The last straw came when we received a gift from my sister in law; she had paid for a photographer too come to the house and take some photos of our son.... I had him in his best romper suit and bootees and a pair of scratch mittens!!! he looked gorgeous and then one minute before the photographer was due he had managed to get his mittens off and scratch his nose and under his eye!!! So we now have a collection of photos where he looks like Rocky!!! (maybe not that bad....but I still always noticed the scratches!!)....Anyway I was talking about it with my Nan, and she said just put a pair of his socks on his hands.... I can remember thinking...typical Nan, she always says silly things, but anyway I gave it a try that night when I put him down to sleep and it worked, the socks went up to his elbows and his sleep suit then went over this and it worked, he could not get them off!!! Hahaha, I thought I have won the battle!!
Now do not get me wrong, he did look funny sometimes with socks on his hands, but it worked and I did not care what it looked like it stopped him getting scratched up.
When my daughter was born three years later, I still brought scratch mittens as I know other babies that manage to keep them on but again my daughter was the same as her brother, so she had socks too!!!
I had not really thought about this until last week when I went to mother and baby group, and two of the babies there also had socks on their hands..... So at least their other mums out there with a hate of scratch mitts!!!
You can buy scratch mittens from many stores for e.g. Boots, Tesco's, Asda and Mothercare, and they are relatively cheap from 75p-2.00.... dependant on which store you purchase from.... Try them by all means, but if you have Houdini babies like mine...stick to socks!!!
Summary: I think they are a useless tool, and yet they are always put on a to buy list for expectant mummys!!
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