Monday, 6 March 2017

10 things I did as a new mum that I wouldn't do again! 

1) Co-sleeping

Don't get me wrong I don't think there's anything wrong with it, and when they're ill they definitely need you but for me, having done it nearly every night since she was born just makes the transition into her own bed so much harder than if she went from cot to bed. As much as I loooove cuddling her in bed I just want my bed back now! Enough's enough! 

2) The Dummy 

So Nyla only got rid of the dummy this year! Valentines day 2017. She was 3 and a half. I know other mums can relate its so embarrassing when you're out and they still have a dummy. It seemed like a good idea to have a break from the screaming, butttttt if they rely on a dummy and it falls out in the night YOU have to go and put it back in, which means trying to feel around for it in the dark when you're half asleep. Id much rather have uninterrupted sleep then having to find a way to calm them down in the daytime. 

3) Compare!

I compared Nyla to every baby/toddler i came across. Looking back, that was suchhhh a pointless thing to do. Anything i was worried about would just sort itself out and she would always catch up to the relevant "stage". 

4) Not sleep when she slept

My mum told me over and over again, forget the housework, forget it all, when she sleeps you sleep. Obviously i thought I knew better, and would use that time to shower or clean up before she woke. Then by the time she woke up i was absolutely knackered! Babies are hard work, its so much easier to cope when you're rested. Lets face it, it takes all of an hour for the house to get messy again so why waste that precious time. 

5) Buy literally everything possible related to babies

I dont know what i was thinking. What do babies need really, nappies milk and baby grows. Thats it. I went OTT and it was such a waste of time. Especially the nappies, i could've opened my own shop. Also you decide what type of nappies you prefer once you try them so buying loads that may not be a good suit is just a waste of money.

6) Personalised everything

This was just ridiculous. Yes its your first baby you love them to bits but you don't need their name on everything. I cant even count the amount of stuff i have with Nyla's name on. Door plaques, dummy clips, baby grows, teddies, surprised I didn't have personalised nappies. 

7) Try to lose the baby weight straight away 

I fainted. I literally fainted in the kitchen because I wasn't eating enough. I was on these stupid shakes that made me grumpy and tired and had a new born to look after. Thank god I wasn't holding her at the time. Never again. 

8) Rocking her to sleep

Dont do it. Just don't do it. Worssssssst thing ever. They get used to it then bully you to do it until they're too big that you cant carry them. Yes they can bully you before they can talk. Trust me.

9) Buy for the moment not the future For example, the cot. Definitely get one that grows with the baby for as long as possible. Not only do you save money but you also just have to do one assembly job. Trying to assemble and dismantle a cot then a toddler bed is just... not fun. This counts for everything. 

10) Baby toys/walkers

This is something i wish someone told me, i bought Nyla alllll of the different stage walkers, swings etc. The door swing, the huge walker that takes up loads of space, the bumbo chair. Nyla hated them all. Well, the bumbo chair she was just too chubby for lol. The only one thing she liked was her baby bouncer, that was a good buy. The point to all this is try before you buy, which ever baby groups you go to will more than likely have something like that. Try them in it, if they don't like it its rare that they will "warm" to it. 

Being a first time mum is hard enough without these additional little headaches.

Let me know what things you definitely wouldn't do again :-)  xx

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