Becoming a new mum or dad can be so bewildering, full of advice regulations, government guidelines and opinions. This can all in all end up leaving you feeling more confused than enlightened. What I have learnt in my short amount of time of being a mum is that aslong as your being safe and baby is fed, happy and loved you can’t go wrong . If baby misses bath time before bed it doesn’t matter. If you fail to get up and dressed before midday (or at all !) it does not matter. Following your way of parenting definitely makes for a happy mum and baby. Below I have shared my own personal top tips for new mums (or dad) this is from my own experience so may not suit everyone but this is what I have found.
2. Babies grow out of there moses baskets so quickly ! NHS guidelines advise that babies should not sleep un supervised until at least 6 months meaning if you dont have room for a large cot in your bedroom sometimes finding something suitable for baby to sleep in can be tricky! Emelia is so long her dad being 6ft 2 is clearly where she gets her long legs from, and the reason she is wearing size 3-6 month baby grows at 1 month old ! this meant her tiny moses basket which we brought for her started getting a bit cramp from about 8 weeks old. We have just brought her the chicco next to me crib so she can still be in the same room as us, but because its more spacious its more comfortable for her. I honestly wish we had had this from day one it is amazing ! and would have made life so much easier in the early days of cluster feeding (oh gosh) we will definatly be keeping this for subsequent little buggs!
3. When going out leave an extra hour for everything or you will be late ! (well maybe only me) or pack and plan everything the night before. I love going out with Emelia even if its just for a walk but with a baby you do need a lot more items (like literally the kitchen sink! ) I haven’t used any of my lovely handbags since she has arrived. Admittedly I did kind of expect this so brought a lovely changing bag in exchange however it is full to the brink for any eventuality that may occur on a day trip out. And you will always find you will want to feed change baby before venturing out a quick feed can sometimes take 20 mins and by time you’ve changed got baby in car forgot to lock back door ect your running late!
4. Drink loads of water ! Drinking water helps with so much throughout pregnancy and after when baby is here. If your breastfeeding you will naturally feel very thirsty anyway and keeping hydrated helps your supply, but even if you are not, drinking plenty of water helps with your energy levels. I find I feel much less lethargic if I drink plenty.
5. Never feel bad for sitting and snuggling baby for hours on end ! You really cannot spoil a new born they have spent 9 months growing in your womb so close to you, so sitting and cuddling up to baby is allowed ! My little girl seems fairly independent so when she wants to snuggle up I take them moments ! plus you deserve it parenting can be hard and tiring so there is nothing wrong with that !