Posset cloths are muslin squares (bits of fabric, not non-trendy followers of Islam), also known as burp cloths. They formed an essential part of my Small kit.
Posset cloths formed an invaluable barrier between Small and me after a feed. Before placing Small over my shoulder to see if he wanted to bring up any wind, I would drape a posset cloth over the area first. This was because in Small’s early days he would often burp up milk after a feed, known as a posset (hence both names).
In addition to protecting my clothes, posset cloth were also used for:
- wiping Small’s mouth and chin clean after a feed/possett,
- containing urine fountains when changing nappies, mopping up spills,
- sponging my brow when things were getting too hot and frantic (but not directly after the above),
- wiping my face when I wasn’t quick enough to contain a urine fountain, and
- crying into.
In the same way that a chef has a tea towel draped over his shoulder or tucked into his apron, I found myself walking around the house with a posset cloth. It was not been unknown for me to visit the shops with a cloth still over my shoulder, ready for action.
Not so much a parenting guide full of advice, more the reality of parenting kids and being a house husband and father, written by a stay at home dad to three children.
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