Welcome back to my new blog series entitled Meet the Parents – Advice for New Mummies and Daddies, where we hear from those in the know! This week we’re chatting to Chelle from The Mumington Post.
Tell me a bit about you, your blog and your family.
I started my blog in 2009 when I was pregnant with my daughter. It’s developed into a mix of parenting and lifestyle since. Off the back of blogging I launched my own company and now freelance around 3 children! We live in Brighton.
What one essential item would you insist on putting in your hospital bag (for you)?
A water spray! Gosh this was used so much to spray on my face and feet in labour and afterwards. It’s also good to wet your mouth if you take in gas and air! Oh and a back up charger!
Was there anything unexpected that happened during labour, that you think first-time mums should be prepared for?
I didn’t have plain sailing labour (3 times) if anything I would say to mum, “relax and what will be will be”. Just be mentally aware that things don’t always go to plan.
What would be your one essential product for a newborn that no new parent should live without?
For me it’s a decent wrap/sling! In the early days it’s easier to carry them then battle with a buggy and a sling and a rucksack like a babymule will be good enough for any journey!
We’ve borrowed a Caboo from friends.
What’s the best piece of advice you were given before your first child was born?
Chill out! Don’t read any baby books as there’s no one fits all!
What’s the worst piece of advice you were given?
I think it’s actually listening to any advice! Gut instinct is pretty much all you need.
What would be your top tip for a first time parent-to-be?
Again it’s relax. It’s not all organised schedule. Grab a cuppa when you can and treat yourself once in a while. That will keep your sanity going. This maternity leave I have a pamper box from pamper parcels delivered every month. It reminds me that my time is important too.
Sounds lovely to have a little pamper! I’m hoping to swing a massage at some point…
What’s the hardest thing about being a new parent?
Oh my – I was never prepared for any level of sleep deprivation.
What’s the best thing about being a new parent?
All of it. The good days and bad days. As long as everyone is happy and smiling for part of the day it’s a win! Oh and managing a hot cuppa too. Nothing like relishing that when you’re a parent!
If you’d like to take part in my Meet the Parents series, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.