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    Take a few minutes for yourself every chance you get! Even if bub has to grizzle for 5 minutes while you go to the toilet or have something to eat, just give yourself that moment to gather yourself, breathe, and get back to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louise41 View Post
    Go with the flow.. Don't worry what the experts say or books say or Google says... Do what you feel is best for your baby. And if the dad is around include him as much as possible from day 1
    This, I agree totally. Do what works best for you and your baby. Even many so called experts can advise you to do things that may not work for you.

    Buy second hand where possible, most of the stuff is used for such a short time you can pick up some real quality pre loved items.

    A good chair to feed a baby in. I have a rocker recliner so it can be used after as
    normal furniture.

    Don't buy too many 000 clothes or newborn nappies as they grow so quick and you may have a big baby.

    Make a few frozen meals before birth for easy dinners when baby arrives.

    Have your first wee in the shower after giving birth as it may be painful.

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    I can't choose just one thing...

    Invest in some kind of baby carrier. They make life so much easier!

    You will find that once the baby is born, you will develop a bit of a paranoia about checking the baby constantly while they are asleep to make sure they're still breathing. Totally normal. Embrace it and check away.

    Wrap swaddling is fiddly and usually needs to be redone a million times and is generally a bit of a pain in the bum. Zipper swaddling (like a love to dream) is so much easier, and inescapable. Worth the investment.

    Sleep deprivation is the WORST. If you've had a particularly bad night, throw any plans for that day out the window if you can and try and rest whenever bub does. They won't be that bad every night, even if it feels like it at the time - and when you're feeling more human, you can catch up.

    Cold water, a napisan soak and sunshine get poop stains out of everything. I haven't lost a piece of clothing to a blowout yet!

    And finally - it gets easier. You'll start to feel more confident and capable as you get to know your baby and even though there will be really tough days/nights still, it gets easier to deal with. Especially once baby learns to smile at you

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    Oops I couldn't do one thing either lol.

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    Try & get out of the house with baby each day if you can. Even if it's for a stroll around the block you'll feel heaps better, especially if it's been a bad night

    When bub goes down for a sleep during the day that was my time to sit down with a cup of coffee & watch some tv. It's hard to do when other things need to be done but I'd feel so much better having half an hour - an hour of me time. Washing can be done later, catch up on your favourite show as baby could be up at any time

    If you've pre arranged to have visitors but it's been a rough night, cancel. Just be honest & you'll find most people will understand. There's nothing worse than having to be polite & make small talk when your baby hasn't had much sleep overnight & your utterly exhausted having to make everyone coffee.

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    Don't be afraid to let bub have a cry. If they have a full tum, clean bum, no wind, they will be ok for a minute or 5.

    After 9 years, i am about to enter this territory again!! Arrghh lol

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    Take things one day at a time, one hour at a time if you have to. Just do whatever you have to do to get through that moment and that day and don't stress too much about tomorrow, next week, the future. Things will get easier in time if you just go with the flow and follow you gut instincts.

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    Put nipple cream on froma fe days before the birth and put it on after every feed even if you don't need it. It'll help to prevent you really needing it!

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    Pack sachets of Ural and a couple of bottles of prune juice in your hospital bag, and ingest as soon as you've given birth. The first couple of trips to the loo can be a bit painful in areas which are swollen and recovering from birth!

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    Read the baby not the clock!! Their human, their tiny, they cannot be spoilt and you'll drive yourself bonkers on Google thinking they should be in some rigid routine. They feed when they're hungry and sleep when they're tired. Go with the flow and it's less stressful.

    One visitor per day for an hour max.
    As PP said. If your too tired to make your plans then cancel them. You need to rest.

    Box set series like Downton Abbey for the early weeks. They're hard and your home alone so it will give you something to look forward to and fill the hours.

    Invest in a carrier like an Ergo and a swing like the Comfort and Harmony one. These items will be PRICELESS.

    Keep offering a bottle of expressed milk or formula at least once a week. ( depending on what you end up doing ). They start to refuse bottles around 3 months if not kept relevant and you'll want to have some time off so this is important!

    Listen to advice but never let it question your mothers instinct. You have last word over all the unwanted opinions.

    Take all the cuddles you can get as they grow up way too fast.


 

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