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Tips To Remember

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There is a lot of advice available to mums today – some of it great, some of it not so great! Here are my top tips to remember:

  • Try and keep an open mind when it comes to childbirth, it’s great to have a birth plan but if the things change and don’t go to plan; try not to panic and feel as though this will have a negative long lasting effect on the bonding you will have with your new born. If you miss out on the “1st hour post birth experience” although upsetting try not to let it get you down, the bond between a mother and baby is something so strong that continues to build over time.
  • Do what feels right for you when it comes to caring for your baby. Be prepared to get a lot of “well meaning” advice from all sorts of people.
  • Just remember a fed baby is the important thing; whether it’s via breast, bottle or mixed feeding.
  • Always try and ask for help. I understand that this can be difficult for someone who has always managed without help, but just remember having a baby is a massive learning curve and no one expects you to do it alone.
  • It’s better to have a happy mum and baby than an immaculate house!
  • 99% of babies sleep better with noise, you don’t need to creep around the house. Just think how loud their last home was!
  • Let your partner help out, they may not be as expert as you at putting on a nappy…. but it’s great for bonding and allows you a well deserved break.
  • Just remember baby’s crying peaks at 6 weeks, after this time things should start to calm down.
  • Babies like to cluster feed in the late afternoon and evening.
  • And lastly…. For a new born, what you want is lots of wet and dirty nappies. For a breastfed baby the colour you want is mustard, the seeds-like things you may see in your baby’s nappy are a good sign. If you are breast feeding your baby, keep an eye out for green poo, you don’t want this. And remember to go with mother’s intuition – it is very rarely wrong.

Enjoy, and remember no stage lasts forever!

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