There are so many things I wish I had know before having giggle girl and as I have many friends who are pregnant at the moment (for the first viable time, I don't want to say the first time as this implies that their angel babies never existed) so I have been asked for quite a bit of advice recently so I thought I would share my thoughts and encourage anyone who reads this to do the same.
As a fairly young first time mum there were some things that are learnt on the job and some are hindsight
- I wish I had heard about MCNs (modern cloth nappies) I didn't find out about these until giggle girl was over a year old and it seemed a bit late in the game to get some. I wish I had known about these and used them from the beginning.
-I wish I had known about ways to stimulate the production of breast milk when mine started to "dry up" at around the five month mark (lucky I had a months sully in the freezer) I wouldn't have given up so easily had I known there was ways to improve the situation
-I wish I hadn't bothered to buy a pram until she was no longer interested in being worn. I did have a sling but it wasn't right for my height and build so I found it uncomfortable and cumbersome. The mei tai style wrap sling things look fantastic and so comfy for mum (or dad) and bub.
- I wish I hadn't spent $150 on the very cute Moses basket for her as a newborn (that now stores her teddies) Co bedding is so much easier! (I will admit to laziness here) and made nighttime feeds in winter for everyone involved! All I had to do was unclip my maternity bra and then go back to sleep. She would feed and drop off back to sleep with zero complaint or disruption. Ahh bliss!
- I wish I hadn't been so hard on my self in those early days and just enjoyed her being so little rather than worrying about how clean the house was (or wasn't)
- I wish I had had a mirror in the labour room thingy so I could have seen the moment that she entered the world.
- I wish I had taken more than one photo of me breastfeeding her. Not only for a beautiful reminder but also to put on facebook to show that breastfeeding isn't obscene.
In saying all of that I did so many things o am proud of....but I will save that for another blog.
What do you wish you had known as a new mum??
Love and smiles