Becoming a new mum for the first time can be very daunting. There is no manual, no app and no YouTube video that can prepare you or advise you.
Below are a couple of things I have learned along the way that I wanted to share:
I was advised to give Jaxon a toothbrush as soon as he could hold it. Not only does it get them ready for brushing their teeth when they appear, but it also helps with the itchy gums when they are teething.
I know this is a very hot topic and everyone has an opinion on it, but I thought Iíd quickly share mine.
My son had silent reflux and would only sleep on me as he was upright and more comfortable. As a result, I didnít manage to get him to sleep in his own cot until he was about 11 months.
Getting him to sleep independently was a struggle and if I could go back, I would have done it a lot earlier before it became a habit that needed to be broken.
3. You are not alone
Sometimes, if you are the first of your friend group to have a baby, it can feel a little lonely as obviously, your life has changed in a major way and as much as they try, they donít understand.
The text messages become less frequent and you are invited out a little less than before. There are mums just like you on your doorstep and there so many apps available to help connect you with others.
As early as possible, I would suggest putting pram shoes on your little one. This gets them used to having them on their feet, and they are more likely to keep their shoes on.
Just because they are the most expensive brand, doesnít make them the best option. I tried a couple of branded and supermarket own nappies but found that Aldi were the best ones for my little one. They didnít leak.
6. Change of clothes
Always have a full outfit change in your changing bag. This is essential for such events as poo explosions, feeding time at the zoo and the dreaded projectile vomiting moments.
7. No sizes are the same
Unfortunately, baby clothes are exactly the same as adult clothes and no sizes are the same. Your baby could be 6-9 months in one shop, 3-6 months in another and 9-12 months in another. The one thing I struggle to get my head around is 1-1/2 is bigger than 12-18 months (itís a minefield).
8. Wet wipes
My son is now 16 months old and has never had nappy rash. I put this down to the fact that I have always used Water Wipes on him.
9. You donít have to go to every baby/toddler group
Donít put unnecessary pressure on yourself to attend every group in your local area. Sometimes itís an achievement in itself to get up, get showered and get you and your baby dressed.
10. All babies develop at different rates
Try not to compare your childís development with that of your friend's child or children at your local groups. All babies develop at different rates and hit their milestones at different times. If you are concerned then please talk to your health visitor as they will put your mind at ease.
What tips have you learnt along the motherhood journey? Or do you have an article to share? Write for us!
My son was a very fussy baby. He only settled when he was being held, he didnít nap for very long during the day, he was very uncomfortable after a feed (more so in the evening) and he never slept through the night.