Becoming a parent for the first time is one of the biggest changes you’ll ever experience in your life. Being completely prepared is almost impossible – even if you have all the essentials you need there are still some things you just can’t prepare for.
Here are some great tips from other first-time parents that you might not have heard before!
Sleep when your baby does.
You’ll need as much energy as you can get to look after your little one in the first few weeks. Although when they’re asleep it may seem like the perfect time to get some things done, use this time to take a moment for yourself.
Remember that every challenging stage is just a phase!
Babies, toddlers and children aren’t born to make your life difficult. They need your help and guidance about how to behave. Make friends with other mums and dads at baby groups – chat about concerns and you’ll never have to tackle these challenging times alone.
Baby poo has a mind of its own!
Be prepared for the leaks, smells and looking down to find it all over you – somehow!
Trust your instincts!
This might be cliché, but listen to your instincts when deciding what’s best. It can be overwhelming trying to do everything ‘right’ but trust your intuition and do what works for you and your family.
Store some back-up bits in your car.
Nappies, wipes, spare clothes and formula are things you can easily keep in the boot, as one day you might run out of these things on the road and be thankful you thought to prepare in advance.
Enjoy the baby bubble.
They really do grow up fast and if you want to spend the first few months in the blissful baby bubble, snuggled and cuddled, that’s more than okay!