Well, that babies don't necessarily grow continuously over time... They have growth spurts - well my DS did anyway. It helps to be aware of this and recognise the signs. I learned how to be in tune with DS's growth spurts as he would become irritable and his sleep pattern more erratic during these periods. He would teeth during this time too. It helps to know its a spurt because you can be reassured its temporary and settle down in a few days.
When babies suddenly swing out of their routine, it's quite stressful for new mums - don't worry, it may just be a growth spurt and will calm down. I wish I knew this, but did start to recognise it after a while.
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13-04-2012 11:47 #31
13-04-2012 11:56 #32
Everyone will tell you what's the "right" way to do things and judge what you do choose not matter what your decision is... so you might as well just do what you think is best and learn to ignore them.
Also, research birth. Going with the flow works out well for some people, but for others it puts them in a place they wouldn't have ended up in if they had researched birth and hte various options regarding birth first. It sucks to look back and know that your dodgy experience would quite possibly be totally different if you'd known then what you do now (because after you have a sh*t experience, you tend to look at ways to avoid it repeating in future).
13-04-2012 16:42 #33Senior Member
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- Be prepared for things not to go as you plan
- BF is hard and takes some practice but don't be afraid to ask for help and try different things if you need to (be it positions or using shields etc).
- everyone will have an opinion on how to look after your baby.. Ignore most of them and trust your own instincts
- sleeping on the couch with your bub on your chest at lunchtime is a great thing.. I don't care what anyone says!
- that if you have a girl in the first few days there will be some blood in her nappy... It's normal!!! (honestly why wouldn't someone warn me??)
- def have some meals pre prepared coz some babies decide that the perfect time to be unsettled is from 5pm-9pm.. Dinner time for mum!
- take it one day at a timeask.. for help if you need it.. And it's ok to need to take a minute or five a day to yourself just to keep your sanity.. Have a shower and play some music while you're in there and just relax!! You need to look after yourself in order to look after your bub
13-04-2012 16:54 #34
Breastfeeding is a learnt skill
EVERY baby is different so what worked for your/best friend/aunt etc.... might not work for you.
Sleep is something that you will learn to live on a very small amount of.
Admitting you need help is a sign of strength not weakness
Poo explosion happen at the worst of times (dd did it in the middle of her christening we had to stop and clean her and the priest up before starting again)
If you need to be somewhere at a certain time aim to get 30 mins early as something will always happen as your about to walk out the door.
Always keep a change of clothes for you in your car.
Never leave the house without your nappy bag.
13-04-2012 18:23 #35
Not every newborn sleeps all the time! Some only sleep for 9 hours in a 24 hour period
13-04-2012 18:43 #36
You will be tired, very very tired...all the time
Babies live to snuggle and they dont know how to tell the time
Throw parenting books in the bin and trust your gut, Mum ALWAYS knows her child better than anyone in the whole world!!
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13-04-2012 19:05 #37
13-04-2012 19:05 #38
Good thread! I'd be able to list soooo many things but I guess my number 1 would be I wish I new that babies got upset when they were tired! I would feed DS, 30 mins later he would get upset and I would stress about how often he got "hungry". Gosh, it seems so obvious in hindsight.
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13-04-2012 19:15 #39
That for the first 5-6 weeks you will be running on pure adrenaline then suddenly you will hit a wall, warn hubby that he might find you curled up in the bottom of the shower sobbing just because, get him to put you to bed and let you have some solid sleep. If your breastfeeding make sure you have expressed some so he can do at least one feed when this happens so you can hopefully get at least 6 hours sleep!
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13-04-2012 20:36 #40
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