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    Subscribing. Great question thanks

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    The 'Wonder Weeks' book. I happened to discover it when DS was 3 months old but I really wish I'd come across it a lot earlier. It explains the reasons as to why your baby has certain fussy periods and what you can do to help them. I found it very reassuring just to know that what's normal when it comes to newborn behavior.

    Also, learning to trust my instincts and just go with the flow. I think it's very easy to get overwhelmed by everyone's opinion on what you should and shouldn't be doing, especially when it comes to feeding and sleeping. In the end I just followed my DS' lead and went with it. If that meant having him on my boob for 2.5 hours before rocking him to sleep in the swing at night for the first 3 or 4 months of his life, then so be it. I got warned by some that I was creating 'bad habits' and spent a lot of time stressing over this for nothing. DS is now a happy, healthy toddler who sleeps really well!

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    Sleep when bub sleeps instead of trying to get housework etc done.
    go on lots of long walks, good for you and bubs to get out of the house.
    do lots of cooking and freeze individual meals prior to bubs arrival.
    buy a pack of 12 nappies and use them as sick rugs and always carry one with you.
    read the sleep sense book before bubs arrival (so wish I had read it earlier)

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    Quote Originally Posted by trina2706 View Post
    Also, learning to trust my instincts and just go with the flow. I think it's very easy to get overwhelmed by everyone's opinion on what you should and shouldn't be doing, especially when it comes to feeding and sleeping. In the end I just followed my DS' lead and went with it. If that meant having him on my boob for 2.5 hours before rocking him to sleep in the swing at night for the first 3 or 4 months of his life, then so be it. I got warned by some that I was creating 'bad habits' and spent a lot of time stressing over this for nothing. DS is now a happy, healthy toddler who sleeps really well!
    Same. Also it's okay to sleep with your baby. It saved my sanity at night. I could just whip out the boob, have DS feed and go back to sleep. Ignore those who tell you you are spoiling or creating bad habits. Make sure you co-sleep safely of course but it's not that hard and certainly not as dangerous (when done properly) as it is made out to be in the media.

    When friends and family offer to help accept the offer but let them know what they can help you with. Coming over to have you make them tea and sit on the lounge while they "help" by holding the baby is not helpful. Just find a tactful way of asking for things (i.e. food, washing etc)

    Throw away the baby books. First of all your new LO hasn't read them so chances are they aren't going to follow what the books say. Secondly they tend to work on generalizations and so they might have a couple good ideas so why are you giving the authors more money for a couple ideas? Third they prey on new parents insecurities. Chances are your baby is fine and completely normal but the books will tell you they need to conform.

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    Subscribing! Great question

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    Dvd of The Happiest Baby on the Block. I swear by it and give a copy to all my friends expecting their first.

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    If someone offers to help (housework or otherwise) just accept and say thanks.

    Don't be afraid to feed to sleep. It's natural, don't knock natures way.


 

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