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:
Lansinoh are working with me to give away some fabulous breastfeeding products to one of my lucky readers. Breastfeeding reminds me of long nights and days to be honest, where little Noah and Isla would feed. I had a lot of trouble feeding Noah and it only lasted a couple of weeks. Whereas with Isla I didn’t want to stop breastfeeding, but I had to for work reasons. Two contrasting scenarios: I wish I had pushed a little more with Noah and that I could have breastfed for longer. That bond with baby is immeasurable.
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.
There is no occasion more beautiful than celebrating the blessing of a baby. Whether it’s your own baby shower or that of a loved one, toasting the bub and mummy-to-be is the first of many treasured memories the two will share. Now tailoring a baby shower worthy of nine months of discomfort – that’s the task at hand!
Whether you are a new mum or a veteran mum, picking out a crib mattress is one of the toughest decisions you are going to make. I say this because there are so many varieties on the market and it’s what your child is going to sleep on for at least 2 years. It’s important that the mattress fits the crib, doesn’t add to the SIDS risk that newborns are prone to, and you have to make sure it’s firm enough. You shouldn’t just go out and buy the first one you see on sale. Let me show you what to look for in a good crib mattress.
You are now past the nerve-wracking trimester of your pregnancy, hence planning for some fun and recreational activities won’t be a wrong move. The first-trimester, I can understand, how nauseatic it can be and getting down to plan something sportive might turn ugly for you. But the good news is, it’s over now and you are living the golden months of a woman’s life. So, pamper yourself as much as possible and bask in around.
We received the new “free from” baby care range from HiPP Organic and the children love it all. We were sent a funky children’s foam soap in the shape of a duck, which the children love, baby lotion and head to toe baby wash. You can see the free from range on the HiPP Organic website, other products are baby shampoo and a bedtime bubble bath.