What with my first baby, Noah, turning 7 yesterday, I thought it would be good to write down some helpful tips for new Mums out there. Having your first child is a very scary and exhilarating time. There is so much information out there to help you get through it, and your mother and other family members to help you and give you advice. The most important thing you need to remember is that you are not alone, and that help available – all you need to do is ask. Knowing about what you need to do to prepare for your first baby can help you in terms of stress and getting ready for your little one’s birth:
I recently saw a big topic over on mumsnet this week about who to have in the delivery suite with you. There is a debate over whether to have Mum, or partner and whether the partner would feel left out if the Mum went in with you. Well, I had both in the room with Noah, my first, and I am extremely glad I did have them both.
It’s never too early to get your child started with a lot of things that will help their health and development. Being active is one of the things you can start encouraging early – even if they haven’t learned to roll over yet! Encouraging an active lifestyle is excellent for your infant, and benefits them as they grow up to. You can help them to develop their coordination, motor skills, and even their confidence by being active with them. If you’re looking for ways to get active with your baby, toddler or older child, try one of these ideas to do fun things together.
Nappy cakes are by far one of the best gifts to take along to any baby shower. You can rest assured that this is a gift that is going to get loads of use from new Mum and, of course, new baby. I used to make these and I loved it, being creative with baby toys and essentials. The image above is one I made for my daughter Isla Rae, I loved making it as it felt extra special. If you’ve not heard of a nappy cake before, these cakes are made out of nappies that are put together to create several tiers. The tiers are then stacked to look like a cake and then decorated with a range of other items such as ribbons to make them look beautiful. Not only are these great gifts, they also make lovely centrepieces at a baby shower. You can use it as the centrepiece and then send it home with Mum after the shower.
Preparing for a baby is a very happy time, but there is a lot that you have to get done before your new born arrives. With all of my pregnant friends around me, it got me thinking about the things you really need. What do you need to purchase in advance in order to be certain that you have everything that your baby could possibly need once he or she is home with you? Check out my tips on what you need to be totally ready for baby’s arrival. A very special life event.
There are so many nice and shining things you can buy when you are expecting your first newborn. Obviously when it comes to baby number two, you know exactly what you need and do not need. With the arrival of my little neice it made me think back to when I was expecting little Noah and here are my useful tips on what is actually useful.
After pregnancy, it is entirely natural for a new mother’s attention to be consumed by the care of her new born baby. It is, however, just as important for women to monitor their own health in the time that follows childbirth, with evidence supporting that some factors related to pregnancy may increase the risk of certain types of breast and gynaecologic cancers.
I loved finding out that I was going to be an auntie! I hadn’t prepared for it though, I had no idea i would be so overwhelmed and I burst into uncontrollable tears, I couldn’t even speak. I was so amazed and it was such a lovely surprise. I loved it. I was so happy for my brother and his girlfriend. So happy for Noah and Isla to be getting a teeny tiny cousin and a pink one at that.
With little Isla’s looming birthday on Sunday, with the big 3, I have been thinking about the things that have helped her and Noah develop over the years. The toys that really helped them to learn about colours, alphabets and shapes for example. The toys that helped them to develop their motor skills and logical thinking. It might not seem important to think about these things when they are newborns but those developmental toys are an essential part of being a little person. Here are some of the toys that are top of my list:
A tent? A sun shade? A play area? A travel cot? The NSAuk Deluxe UV Travel Centre is a great pop up tent that you can use for almost all situations, where you would need a pop up tent, it is a must have travel essential. My children love it, it adds another dimension to playtime and our friends love it when we have dinner parties, as there is somewhere for the kids to sleep.