Some tips and help?

Hi there

I have some questions -

1) how should I get passport photos for my newborn she is 7 weeks - I tried the booth but she doesn't stay still when in my arms

2) I need a sling or something so that I can hang her in my tummy when doing house work and also to use when out and about - any good suggestions?

Thanks in advance
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  • mandragora_2
    mandragora_2 Posts: 2,611
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    1. Don't use passport booths - they're dreadful, whoever you're doing the photos of. There's a couple of camera shops in our local town that take passport photos for about the same price as a photo booth - but because they do it all the time, they know the regulations, they preview the images before printing and agree them with you. Why not have a look-see if there's a similar facility close to you?
    2. The only thing I can suggest is one hip, one arm and you get great at doing things one-handed - though I'm sure other people will be able to give you good recommendations.
    3. Congratulations. Enjoy the newborn. Enjoy the holiday.
    Reason for edit? Can spell, can't type!
  • dizziblonde
    dizziblonde Posts: 4,276
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    Passport - no clue.

    Sling - moby/victoria sling lady stretchy wraps nice for newborns but will struggle as the baby gains weight and have a bit of a learning curve wrapping them (not massively hard). My second hated the moby I'd used for my first which was a pain cos I thought it would be a good help with her reflux issues. I've used a Connecta with both of mine and found it good - if I had more money I'd get an Ergo for a change but don't buy one of them from Amazon Marketplace or Ebay as there are a lot of fakes around. Otherwise MNS designs on Ebay do good cheap meitais which require tying a couple of knots and are fairly easy to get on and off. I like my Connecta as it folds up really compact but has buckles rather than needing tying - but I don't use it like I used to since my SPD never vanished and my pelvis is all but destroyed.
    Little miracle born April 2012, 33 weeks gestation and a little toughie!
  • Passport - no clue.

    Sling - moby/victoria sling lady stretchy wraps nice for newborns but will struggle as the baby gains weight and have a bit of a learning curve wrapping them (not massively hard). My second hated the moby I'd used for my first which was a pain cos I thought it would be a good help with her reflux issues. I've used a Connecta with both of mine and found it good - if I had more money I'd get an Ergo for a change but don't buy one of them from Amazon Marketplace or Ebay as there are a lot of fakes around. Otherwise MNS designs on Ebay do good cheap meitais which require tying a couple of knots and are fairly easy to get on and off. I like my Connecta as it folds up really compact but has buckles rather than needing tying - but I don't use it like I used to since my SPD never vanished and my pelvis is all but destroyed.

    I had an Ergo with my youngest and he spent all of a fortnight in a pushchair between birth and 21 months. You can wear the baby on your front or, from 5ish months, on your back or hip. They take an enormous weight- I could still get my 9 year-old in one, weightwise- and hold their value well. Heartily recommended.

    If you're nifty with a sewing machine you could make your own mei tai- it's really just a rectangle of cloth with a long strap along the bottom and two running up the sides and off at the top. G00gle for images and instructions- I've made a couple and they are very easy if you're at all confident.
    They call me Dr Worm... I'm interested in things; I'm not a real doctor but I am a real worm. :grin:
  • Gillyx
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    I tried a Madame Goo Goo Carrier today and I loved it :D Easy to get on and off too :o
    The frontier is never somewhere else. And no stockades can keep the midnight out.
  • Nicki
    Nicki Posts: 8,166 Forumite
    Passport I can help with.

    Lay your baby on a white sheet or rug and take a photo yourself and email it to https://www.paspic.com. They will format it so that it meets the requirements and print it for you. Only takes a few days and not very expensive.
  • Gillyx
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    Amazon are doing £15 off Ergo Carriers at the moment with code F56TZZG5, provided you are apart of Amazon Family. It ends tonight.
    The frontier is never somewhere else. And no stockades can keep the midnight out.
  • Saffagal
    Saffagal Posts: 673 Forumite
    Snappy snaps take baby passport photos if you want to take baby somwhere.
    If you take it yourself, picture lizard, has guidance for you when taking the pic and a very fast service for printing and delivering to you.

    For slings, look up your nearest sling library and try to get to a meet to try out different slings to find what works for you. I have a wrap sling which I love and was a lifesaver in the early weeks. I still use it if I'm walking a distance/ around the house. I also have a babasling which I use when I've driven somewhere as I've adjusted it to fit me and my LO and so just pop it over my head when I get to my destination and pop LO in. She doesn't mind which sling I use :D
  • DigForVictory
    DigForVictory Posts: 11,896
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    Passport photos - take a bunch of snaps of little coot lying on a white sheet. (Nappy mat, covered?)
    Take digital image on memory stick (or even Bluetooth phone) to ASDA & they'll help you print 6 passport photos for 64 pence.
    I'm told Boots charge less, but I can't speak for how helpful they are.
    Slings? No idea, sorry!
  • tootoo
    tootoo Posts: 681
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    i used pass pic - i thought the service was great.
    the pic was accepted no problem.
    MFW.....Apr 33 Aim - Dec 26
  • chanie
    chanie Posts: 3,315
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    I got my children's passport photos taken at a local pharmacy - cost £6 for 6 photos. They made sure the photos were taken properly so they weren't rejected by the passport office.
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