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cord ties...

PostPosted: 08 Aug 2013, 13:25
by va.x
Can you tell I'm on may leave without kids these two days... Sorry for all the random questions.

I remember someone here talking about them. Had anyone ever made one? How? I have left it a bit late but have lots of embroidery thread and a free night with no husband for distraction tonight!

Any tips? It sounds like more than 15cm, flat is better than round for tying so plaiting good, wet is easier to tie, debate about boiling/keeping in freezer so sterile.

V.x

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PostPosted: 08 Aug 2013, 14:02
by pimento
Here's some info from a friend of mine who makes them:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid ... =1&theater

As for sterilizing, some suggest boiling and then putting into the freezer and taking them out when you go into labour, but at the end of the day, the consensus is that nothing else that touches the baby is sterile (even cord clamps) so it's really not absolutely necessary. Having said that, I did boil and put in freezer afterwards :bsmile

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PostPosted: 08 Aug 2013, 17:00
by Jelly Belly
I made and used them with both Squirmy and Bam - so much comfier than the clip. It is best if they are wet when tied as they tighten as they dry. Also good to have a spare in case the first isn't tight enough.

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PostPosted: 09 Aug 2013, 04:31
by monster
I made a couple - just a quick plait with embroidery thread. That length sounds good. Definitely much nicer for baby - looks nicer too.

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PostPosted: 09 Aug 2013, 05:57
by va.x
Thank you

Made 3 last night (got carried away) and couldn't decide on colour. 5 stranded plait 11"long. Now to boil and freeze... Wonder what mw will say? DH is prepared and has printed out that sheet, thanks CO.

V.x

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PostPosted: 09 Aug 2013, 21:18
by Mummyto1
I had two supervising midwives come round to try to talk me out of using them! But when I said I was happy to go against their advice it was written in my notes that I would tie the cord myself, which is what I did and the attending midwives on the day were totally supportive. I think if I had known the fuss they would make I would have stayed quiet until after delivery...

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PostPosted: 10 Aug 2013, 06:47
by Jelly Belly

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PostPosted: 10 Aug 2013, 12:18
by va.x
I remember your saga Mto1.. That's why I have DH prepped. All tucked away on the freezer waiting.
V.x

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PostPosted: 10 Aug 2013, 15:54
by Mummyto1
Funnily enough, once I made it clear I was going ahead everyone was really interested and supportive. I like to think they'll be supportive of the next person who asks now :)

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PostPosted: 10 Aug 2013, 18:50
by qbm
Thanks for posting all this everyone. I'd read about it on here ages ago but it had slipped my mind. Something else to tell OH about! Now, to find that placenta encapsulation thread... :D

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PostPosted: 01 Sep 2013, 17:29
by AaaSmith
I just asked at our hospital tour about using cord ties and not one of the 3 midwives asked had heard of them and wouldn't really be up for using them... :( great giant plastic clamp it is then :(

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PostPosted: 01 Sep 2013, 17:34
by Mummyto1

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PostPosted: 26 Jan 2014, 16:43
by SharkiesMum
Resurrecting an old thread...

I made my cord ties last night from embroidery thread (they look lovely). I know they don't have to be sterilised but I think it's more likely I can convince the midwives to let me use them if they are sterilised. My question is...if I boil embroidery thread will it lose it's colour? I think it might but not sure!

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PostPosted: 26 Jan 2014, 17:33
by Mummyto1
Mine didn't lose their colour (and they were embroidery silks from memory). They were sort of duck egg blue/green though, I guess it could be noticeable with bright colours?

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PostPosted: 26 Jan 2014, 18:30
by Where'stheMistletoe
I used bright colours and boiled them and had no colour loss.