I still find it hard to believe that this time last year Beanie Boy was only 8 weeks old, when I see him running around the house, being the cheeky little monkey that he is and making me laugh out loud I see how far he has come in the last year and I ask myself if I will ever loose the broody feeling. I have always told people that I was born broody and I honestly think it’s the truth, for as long as I can remember I have loved children. I’m not one of these women who only loves babies, I love them in all stages and I like the idea of having a big family but obviously when they are newborn they are supercute and you just want to cuddle them all the time (well I do anyway!). At the moment I am eagerly awaiting news of a new baby, obviously not mine as I am not pregnant but my friend Karin is in hospital as I type being monitored to see if her baby is ready to make a grand entrance into the world. Karin is more than ready for her new arrival but I’m super-excited too! I’m hoping that having a new arrival to cuddle will fend off my broodiness for a little while.
I’m not the only one celebrating new arrivals at the moment though, Pampers are currently putting together a resource of information for newborn parents – as the saying goes “when a baby is born so is a Mummy/Daddy” and they want your help. What snippet of advice were you given as you embarked on parenthood and what would you share with others?
For me I found the best piece of advice was to ‘trust my instincts’. At the end of the day a newborn baby doesn’t come with a manual like most new things we have in our lives. I tried reading all the baby books before Little Bean was born and I knew exactly what I was going to do when I brought her home from hospital. The trouble was, she hadn’t read the same book as me and I became really stressed out trying to follow the timings of the baby book and I felt like I was failing before I had even started. Then I made a decision, I threw the baby book out and decided to just go with the flow. I breastfed on demand, I used nipple shields when I became sore, I introduced her to a bottle at 2 weeks so that Hubby could give an expressed feed at bedtime, I swaddled her for sleeping and it all worked fine. I went against everything that I had been told not to do and just followed my instincts. Within a week she had set herself a feeding routine which worked well for both of us. I had a beautiful happy, healthy baby girl who slept through from 8 weeks, happily moved from breast to nipple shield to bottle without confusion and the only time that things went wrong (in my mind) is when I decided to follow the books again and wait until she was 6 months old before weaning. It is so secret on Mummy Matters that Little Bean is a very poor eater and I blame this on waiting so long, she wasn’t happy accepting new textures and is still the same today. With Beanie Boy I began weaning between 4 and 5 months and his approach to food has been totally different. Some might argue that this is just because they are totally different children but I know what I think. I have actually done most things differently with Beanie Boy to how I did them with Little Bean but the one thing that didn’t change was that I still just followed my instincts.
So now it’s your turn! To be in with a chance of winning a £50 voucher to a spa or restaurant of your choice please leave a comment below telling me what little gem of advice would you like to share with other newborn parents and tweet “I’m in it to #win a £50 voucher for my #newmumtips”.
Competition Closes: 2nd December 2011 (when Karin’s baby will be born if they don’t get here any earlier!).
Expectant mums can also register at Pampers Village (www.pampers.co.uk) and get a FREE Baby Welcome Pack at 32 weeks filled with some first day essentials, including ten Pampers New Baby nappies, a travel pack of Pampers wipes – perfect to pop into a birthing bag – and a copy of the Pampers Village magazine. Mums can now also connect with other mums for info and advice on the Pampers UK & Ireland Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/#!/PampersUKIre) .