Tell me a bit about you, your blog and your family.
My name’s Laura, and with my very good friend Eleanor, we write a blog called Savings 4 Savvy Mums. It’s a deal based site that not only finds the best sales, but also aims at helping parents save and make money.
I have two kids. The Eldest (as she is known online) is four and The Baby is now two. Both are girls, who are very spirted and dislike sleep.
Eleanor also has two girls. One is 2 and the other is 3 months.
We met through Eleanor’s now husband, and became quick friends but it wasn’t until recently that we both realised we had the common love for saving money. I’ve been writing online, and making a living off it for a couple of years now, and really wanted a site to call my own to start laying down some of the tips I’ve learnt.
Chocolate! After a long labour, especially if you give birth during the night, after all that adrenaline wears off, you realise how hungry you are! Screw healthy eating, grab the chocolate and revel in all its yumminess!
Was there anything unexpected that happened during labour, that you think first-time mums should be prepared for?
I don’t think so, but I think the only thing anyone needs to remember is try and go with no stipulations. It’s ok not to want drugs (or want them) for example, but remember that sometimes Mother Nature has her own ideas!
What would be your one essential product for a newborn that no new parent should live without?
A sling! I used the Ergo Baby and it was a lifesaver! It meant I still had access to my hands while rocking the little one. I couldn’t have survived my two without it!
I wish we’d got on better with a sling. I think they’re a great idea!
What’s the best piece of advice you were given before your first child was born?
To take each day as it comes and never give up on a bad day. So many of my friends breastfed and said they wanted to give up but never did on a bad day as they didn’t want to regret it. I really get that now, and I think this could be applied to anything really.
What’s the worst piece of advice you were given?
“Don’t feed your baby on demand, as they will expect everything on a plate, when they want it.” Errrr….ok…then….
Sigh. I think this is a generational thing, though, as in the past ‘routine’ has been encouraged rather than responding to baby’s needs.
What would be your top tip for a first time parent-to-be?
Just go with it. It’s the most terrifying, fun, happiest, scariest time, but it’s also the best. Don’t stress over trying to get them into a routine or worry because they aren’t walking like next doors kid. Honestly, just will.
What’s the hardest thing about being a new parent?
For me, it’s the sleepless nights. I’m a nine hours’ kind of girl. I just can’t handle no sleep. Up and down all night just isn’t for me thank you very much!
I struggle with this too, especially if it comes after a period of good sleep. I was surprised how well I coped in the early days of barely any sleep, though.
What’s the best thing about being a new parent?
Everything! I love the sweet hugs in the morning when they’ve just woken up, the snotty kisses after a day at pre-school, the high pitched laughter when you chase them round the house. It is truly the hardest thing I have ever done but also, hand on heart, it is the best thing too.
Thanks Laura. You can find Laura, along with Eleanor at Savings 4 Savvy Mums. As well as their blogs, they have a growing community of Penny Pinching Parents who like a good bargain, and who share their own tips within our Facebook group.