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    Default Re: what hints/help made the first 6 months easier for you being a new mum pls?

    I had a changetable with a baby bath thats slides out from underneath. Much better than lift up and somewhere to put the baby before and after bathing. I'd also highly recommend a bath support so you don't have to hold the baby. Great for use in baby or adult bath.

    My other must haves were my brest friend feeding pillow. This was a lifesaver when I got tendonitis in my wrists.

    A video baby monitor that plays music. For when they're in their own room and wake in the night. Often playing the music was enough to get DS back to sleep without getting out of bed!

    A double electric breastpump is a must. Don't be afraid to buy secondhand as they are expensive. You sterilise it before every use anyway.

    Not sure if it was just my son's nature but he loved to play for ages on his own in his activity centre. I could hear him pressing the buttons but be in a different room.

    I personally found baby led weaning much easier than preparing purees.

    Get foxtel or something to watch on tv to keep you occupied for those night feeds. You could easily be sitting for 1.5hrs at a time so go to the loo first and make sure tv remote and water/snacks are nearby and that you have a comfy chair.

    Get some night time bras/tank tops. Your boobs will be like bowling balls when your milk comes in. If they leak alot you might need to sleep on a towel.

    If possible have someone (such as your mum) stay for a couple of weeks after the birth to do as much cooking and cleaning as possible. Get your partner to do nappy changes so all you have to do initially is eat, sleep and feed the baby.

    Join a mother's group and/or postnatal exercise or yoga class. Take your baby for a walk everyday if possible. A lightweight pram and baby bjorn were great. I personally couldn't get a sling to work for me.

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    Default what hints/help made the first 6 months easier for you being a new mum pls?

    Baby wearing is a god send!

    Video and respiratory monitor was well worth the money.

    Forget all the expensive stuff - at first all my bub needed was me, my bed, my boobs, nappies and clothes!

    Play mat - by about 2.5 months my DD was happy to stay on there by herself long enough for me to have a shower, eat etc.

    Night light for night feeds.

    Bed sharing has saved my sleep - I realize this isn't for everyone though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noty View Post
    A double electric breastpump is a must. Don't be afraid to buy secondhand as they are expensive. You sterilise it before every time anyway.
    At hospital they had two machines in the ward for everyone to share and gave us each the bit that goes on the boob and collects milk (the bit you sterilize daily anyway) so really there is nothing wrong with using second hand breastpump! Wish I'd known this it would've saved me a lot of money. Same goes for bottles you sterilize those before each use so second hand is fine. Just buy new teats if it makes you feel more comfortable. Beware not all teats fit all brand bottles and some babies have a preference for some teats! You may need to experiment once the baby arrives rather than stock up on one brand only to find your baby doesn't like that one.

    In fact just about everything can be bought second hand especially think about expensive items like baby carrier, cot, change table. Hit baby&kids markets or Internet for clothes they aren't in little sizes for long so often the clothes are very lightly worn.

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    To not try and fit baby into your life but realise your life has changed and not to expect too much of yourself , let baby lead you , leg them sleep when they want and feed when they want . Take time to get to know your baby and her/ his needs . Let life stop for a while and just enjoy it. Don't rush around trying to do it all.

    My third is by far my easiest and I'm sure it's because I have relaxed and just gone with her flow .

    Good luck xxx

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    Such great advice in here!

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    Default what hints/help made the first 6 months easier for you being a new mum pls?

    I originally subbed to this group as I was pregnant, I know have 12 week old & can say the one thing I wish I had done/listened to everyone about is: throw out all the baby books about what your baby SHOULD be doing. It drove me crazy comparing DS to all the books & made me worry so much unnecessarily.

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    - Sleep for at least one of bubs naps a day if you can. Early on they will nap often and even if it's just a cat nap, 20 minutes is often enough to recharge your batteries. That way you can still get things done and have 'me time' as I used to call it where you can just drink a cuppa, or even just get dressed if you haven't already.

    - Babies often have a nasally, back of the throat cry when they're hungry. It's caused by the sucking reflex (apparently). So if it sounds like your bub is crying from the back of their nose rather than just a general hearty cry try feeding first even if you've only just fed them. Cluster feeding is evil and confusing!

    - If your baby is crying and crying and crying and they aren't hungry or tired CHANGE THEIR CLOTHING!!! I can't stress that one enough.
    When DS was about 8 weeks old he cried for hours because there was something about his growsuit that was bugging him. After I gave him a bath to calm him I put the same growsuit back on and he started crying again straight away.
    Changed his growsuit, and he stopped instantly. The smallest thing can irritate and just because you can't see it, even a hair caught in the cloth can cause hours of tears.

    - Don't feel pressured to join a parenting group straight away (or at all). Just because they're a great source of assistance and reassurance doesn't mean they work for everyone. I didn't like any of my local groups so I didn't go. Didn't make me a bad mummy!

    And finally, do what works for you. Don't worry about what you or your baby should be doing, because no one does what you should be doing after the first week of realising that there's no cut and dried method of doing anything at all when it comes to infants.

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    Default what hints/help made the first 6 months easier for you being a new mum pls?

    I'm another who subbed to this thread when I was preggers and now have a 5 week old baby girl.

    Agree with the sleeping at least one of bubs naps if you can- but also go to bed as soon as you can at night, even if they are 'due' to wake up soon. So many times I have waited up and she has slept longer than expected. Plus even 20minutes of sleep helps!

    Everyone says it but a packet of cloth nappies is invaluable. I have them lying all around the house so we always have a spew rag handy.

    Large swaddle wraps are amazing here- especially the Aden and Anais bamboo ones. Big enough to swaddle well, cover me when feeding and throw over the pram.

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    Default Re: what hints/help made the first 6 months easier for you being a new mum pls?

    I realise this may not be for everyone bit consider having your placenta encapsulated and ingesting the tablets. I did this and didn't have any baby blues and recovered from my birth very quickly. Your placenta contains so many vitamins and minerals that are essential for your well being and are normally just thrown in the medical waste bin. Placenta ingestion is so common in many cultures as well as in the animal world and if you have it encapsulated its really not at all gross. They dehydrate it, crush it up and then put it inside capsules, it looks just like vitamin tablets and doesn't taste like anything. I realise this will be a bit out there for some people but its definitely worth considering

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