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You’ve made it through nine long months of pregnancy. You have everything ready from dozens of tiny little body suits to enough nappies to insulate a small semi-detached house. You’ve read the parenting books and watched One Born Every Minute. Life as you know it is about to change. Here are our top tips for survival for all the first time parents to be out there:
Try to tune out well-meaning friendly advice. Everyone will have an opinion, and it will all be different. Good advice can be helpful, but you can choose whether to take it or not. Every baby is different, and you know your child best.
Accept that a full night’s sleep will be a thing of the past. It might feel like having a constant hangover but go with it; it will get better honestly!
Don’t worry if the house isn’t tidy and clothes aren’t ironed. We’d like to think we can do it all but the reality is babies take up a lot of time and energy. If you let a few household jobs slide, don’t sweat it.
Set aside any unrealistic ideals you may have for your child. Your child will never have a dummy, never watch tv, eat healthy home cooked meals every day. While they may all seem achievable before your baby arrives, you may need to bend a few rules to get by, don’t beat yourself up, rest assured you are doing a great job!
One for the Dads - try fitting your new car seat a few times before you make that all-important trip to the hospital to bring your new baby home to avoid any embarrassing struggles while your partner looks on impatiently!
If you think you’ve bought enough muslin squares, you haven’t. Those things come in super handy. You will have them strewn across yourself, your furniture, anything to try and protect yourself and your home from the inevitable baby vomit.
Parenting is not a competition. Never compare your child’s progress to another, they are all beautifully different and will do things in their own time.
Equally, don’t boast about your child’s achievements, especially if you know how annoying it is to be on the receiving end of similar tales from other parents. Don’t, just don’t.
“I wish I’d spent more time at the office”, said no one ever! Savour every moment of their childhood; it’ll go by in a flash.
Life will never be the same again. You will wonder what you used to do with all that time you had. One thing’s for sure though, you will never love a small, wrinkly human more.
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