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    Make sure you find out about all of the community child health services in your area and then make the most of them. I found the free lactation consultant drop-in centre and the all day infant feeding clinic (also a free service) here in Brisbane incredibly valuable. The nurse and LCs were amazingly supportive and helped me get through a tough time establishing feeding.

    There are mothers groups, fathers groups and support groups for mums who are struggling, all accessed through this amazing govt funded service. You should be able to find the info for your area on your state govt health web site. If there aren't physical services in your area there is the 24 hour health help line you can call if you are worried about anything, and the Australian Breastfeeding Association also has a 24 hr help line.

    i didn't realize just how much support there was available out there until I really needed it and started looking for help. Never feel like you are bothering anyone or over reacting if you need to ask for help.

    Also, I am finding Wonder Weeks to be a worthwhile read, helps to explain when you might be able to expect your LO to change their behavior in line with developmental leaps.

    Encourage your partner to be as hands on as possible. I have had to really hold back from offering DH "advice" on how to do things, much better to let him work out how to do things himself so he is confident to have a go and not rely on you to be the guru on everything. As long as he knows what is safe and unsafe, he might do things differently to you, but that is better than you having to do everything yourself. Also great to help him bond with bub if he is really involved with the practical stuff like changing nappies and bath time.

    Lastly, get comfortable bras! I spent a fortune on pretty BF bras that have stayed in the drawer since bub was born. I changed size a lot (cup and band) after my milk came in and I needed to buy bra extenders from a fabric store just to fit into them. I now live in the stretchy cotton cross over bras that you just pull aside, no messing about with clips or anything. Also they are soft and comfy enough to sleep in, I think they are actually called sleep bras on some web sites, I bought a size up so the band wasn't too tight so they are extra comfy. They won't suit everyone, but have been great for me.

    Good luck everyone, remember that there is no one "right" way, just what is right for you

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

    Fantastic post! 😄

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

    Find what works for you and bub and don't let people tell you what you should be doing
    A swing for when bub is unsettled motion calms them fisher n price have a great a frame swing it goes both side to aids and back and forth my DD was in it until 9 months was a god send to get the housework done
    Sleep when bub does you're no use tired n cranky bub will pick up on it
    Wraps swaddling is helpful as are sleeping bag suits
    A security item sleep with and give sleep times as a cue it's time to sleep if it smells like u it's comforting
    so long as your bub is fed boob or formula don't stress
    And get out and go for a walk with bub in the pram saves cabin fever
    Microwave sterilizers are ingenious just remember to put water in it lol
    If you don't have anyone to watch bub while you shower put them in the bouncer in the bathroom with u
    That's what I did and it helped me with my DD now 21 months and DS now 6 hope I've been help

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    I'm at week 10 now , things that have helped me:

    - A decent wrap (I'm using the Miracle Blanket, $23 on ebay and I so wish I had got it earlier!)
    - A CD of white noise (I put a CD with the sound of rain for 30min on repeat all night)
    - Keep the room fairly dark at night when you get up, and the house really bright during the day
    - From about 8 weeks my baby watched a cartoon for 20min in the morning while I showered and got dressed. Sounds wrong, but I feel human for the day and much more ready to leave the house with her!

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

    I am loving all these posts . So helpful , I'm thinking of trying the Coles shopping online thingy , the only job I had to do today was get groceries and it ended up being such a drama, I didn't enjoy leaving my girl with family while I sped around and bought groceries on my own.

    Routine is a nasty word also , I'm realizing just going with the flow is a lot less stressful than thinking constantly ... What's next & what time is it?

    And yes it's true everything is fine as long as bubs is fed and happy every thing else can wait.

    Also the use of the bouncer near the shower so as I can get ready for my day and feel fresh and happy really works well , when I feel happy I can see my girl is happier love the advice girls.
    My advice - gassy bub? Use Infacol it's fantastic, my girls been terribly uncomfortable and almost colicky crying all the time and not resting properly, as I speak this is her fifth hour between feeds- hopefully a newer happy baby too.

    Oh and green poo is normal don't have a panic attack, and have Paracetamol at the ready for immunisations , im so greatful my girlfriend gave me that as a baby shower gift.

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

    I'm naughty and haven't read all the posts but I will add my 2cents anyway.

    Online shopping, cleaner and being open to anyone who offers to help plus a slow cooker

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

    Also, routines are for books!

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

    Baby carriers!! They were and still are my best friend. Make sure you get one that distributes weight evenly. Otherwise you will have a sore back. I personally love the Ergo. We still use it for my 19 month old. Cooked, cleaned, walked through Kakadu and breastfed with it.

    Also, you can't spoil a newborn! Their minds aren't developed enough to manipulate you. They have needs, simple as that. You can't cuddle them to much. :-) cuddle them as much as you can because pretty soon they will start saying. "no mummy!" :'-(.

    At the time, it seems as if you will never sleep again, but you will. Take your time. Don't push yourself. New babies are gorgeous, but also unpredictable, feeding and pooping machines. Breathe and look after yourself.

    Enjoy it. Simple but true. Keep records. Time flies...

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

    Bonds onesies were my godsend for the first month! Built in mittens and feet, and so practical for a learning first time Mum

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellymoe View Post
    - A decent wrap (I'm using the Miracle Blanket, $23 on ebay and I so wish I had got it earlier!)
    Yes yes yes to the miracle blanket! I only discovered it at 15 weeks and it has made life SO much easier!


 

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