I have a friend who's expecting her first baby though IVF. She keeps quizzing me on need to know new baby stuff.
So it got me into the WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE LOVED TO KNOW ABOUT BEFORE YOU HAD YOUR BABY train.
I told her about baby tired signs and white noise which I found helpful.
Anything really stand out for you?
Can be anything even practical things like another friend said she wishes someone told her to get a pram that can convert into a double pram, if your planning to have another baby soon...!
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12-04-2012 22:17 #1
What would you have loved to know about before baby?
12-04-2012 22:19 #2
Um... That they don't sleep through and wake every 2-3 hours to feed. I was in denial.
12-04-2012 22:22 #3
That you don't have to have them in hospital! My hubby laughed and told me he would drag me kicking and screaming when I suggested just staying home with DS1. We ended up Homebirthing #2&3
12-04-2012 22:28 #4
Yeah, she's already into that one thanks to our mid centre.
12-04-2012 23:04 #5
That breast feeding isn't as easy as what you imagine (well for me it wasnt). That it can hurt to start with and it can take both you and baby a little while to get the hang of it..but it is so worth it if you decide to persist!
That you can bleed quite heavily after birth for many weeks. (I knew you bled afterwards but didn't realise how long it could go on for!!)
That baby might have their days and nights mixed up to start with and this is very normal in first few weeks but it does get better!!!!
12-04-2012 23:30 #6
That you don't need as much cr@p/ stuff as you think. They want cuddles and b00bies.
And don't feel bad if your in your pjs at 2pm.. Hehe
Last edited by MumDadBoyandGirl; 12-04-2012 at 23:32.
12-04-2012 23:45 #7
Great thread, subscribing for tips.
13-04-2012 02:08 #8
13-04-2012 02:28 #9
The most important after having a baby is not how soon you can get to the gym, the most important thing is caring for your baby.
Babies love chubby mummy bellies. They're like the world's best beanbags. You can almost hear them sigh in relief as they snuggle into your squishy belly.
Take a few months off to just be happy emotionally. Eat well, but if you want a burger, do it. Relax and be happy. Spend your day strolling with the pram, not frantically trying to jog off 10 kilos in a day. Sprawl on the couch in your jammies in a mink blanket and watch trashy shows as you eat ice cream with one hand and feed with the other.
Having a baby is such a blessing. Enjoy it, because they're newborns for only a few fleeting weeks, and before you know it, they're teenagers.
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