January 29, 2015

Last Minute Advice

Posted in: Baby

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So, there are 5 days to go and yesterday my friend hit me with some last minute ‘advice’ that made me say, ‘Wait, what?’

Considering how much research I did into looking after and training a dog before Toby came into our lives, you would think I would do the same for a baby. But I haven’t. I have bought books but haven’t bothered opening them. There just seems to be so much information that it’s overwhelming. And the information that I do read either doesn’t make much sense at the moment or goes in one ear and out the other.

Andrew and I have some kind of idea of what to do when the baby is here next week. And when we don’t or there are issues that don’t make sense to us or we need help, I’ll reach for those books.

What I have appreciated is advice that people have found useful. I have stored all these bits of wisdoms in my memory bank and will replay them if they apply, later down the track.

The advice I have received so far:

– Don’t listen to anyone’s advice, ha!

– Take it day by day

– It goes so fast, savoir the moments

– If he cries, let him cry, you don’t always need to pick him up

– Don’t get him used to sleeping or falling asleep on you

– Don’t worry if you don’t have everything, the shops will always be open the next day

– Don’t put too much pressure on yourself if you can’t breastfeed

– Invest in a breastfeeding specialist

– Express milk if you can so you can get some early nights and Andrew can help with the feeding

– Get your baby used to sleeping through noise as early as possible

– Massage olive oil into his head if he gets cradle cap

– Make sure the ruffle part of the nappy is out to avoid messy poo going all over you

– Motherhood actually isn’t as hard as everyone makes it out to be

– Get ready for no sleep, no you time, motherhood is exhausting

– Invest in a babysitter

– If you are relaxed and chilled, you baby will be relaxed and chilled. Be a stress head and you will create a stressful baby

– Don’t become paranoid with checking his breathing, he is breathing

– Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Do what feels right for you and your baby

I’m sure there’s more, but these statements stick out the most.

I would love to know any advice from you whether it’s how to look after a baby, what worked for you, what didn’t, what you wish you had known, anything really.

Feel free to leave your comments below.

Not long to go now, argh!