Welcome back to my blog series Meet the Parents – Advice for New Mummies and Daddies.
This week we’re chatting to Laura from Dear Bear and Beany.
Tell me a bit about you, your blog and your family.
I’m Laura, I am wife to Andy and mummy to Alice and Holly. My blog is called dear bear and beany, a parenting and lifestyle blog. I share my rambling thoughts on motherhood and the adventures we go on.
What one essential item would you insist on putting in your hospital bag (for you)?
A large towel ready for a shower afterwards and one that I don’t mind being put in the bin. Trust me, you won’t want to take it home with you.
Was there anything unexpected that happened during labour, that you think first-time mums should be prepared for?
With my first pregnancy, I was in early labour for two days and I really wasn’t expecting that. I thought it happened like you see on the television. You go into labour for a bit, then your waters break and you push your baby out.
With my second pregnancy the hospital we had planned to have Holly in, which was the same one I had Alice, was full and wasn’t accepting anyone in. I had heard of this happening, but I never really thought that it would and certainly not to me. Try not to panic, the midwives are great at finding a suitable hospital for you and you are not left to find one yourself.
Oh my gosh, I think I would freak out. Especially as the quality of the hospitals in this area is so variable. Good for you for staying calm!
What would be your one essential product for a newborn that no new parent should live without?
A good bath support, it can be quite daunting trying to bath your newborn. They are all slippery and you worry about dropping them. I brought a fantastic Hippo Bath Support from The Baby Show before my eldest was born, it was fantastic. It had a netting that she lay on and the water came through and she laid on it so happily and I had both hands free to bath her.
What’s the best piece of advice you were given before your first child was born?
That you can never give them too many cuddles. You will hear and read a lot about not cuddling them too much, they will get dependent on it and your making a rod for your own back. But honestly they are only little for such a short amount of time that cuddle them as much as you want. I promise you won’t regret it.
Ah, baby cuddles!
What’s the worst piece of advice you were given?
I don’t think there is a case of the wrong advice, I just found that everyone likes to give you advice whether you asked for it or not. Listen to it all, but then decide if it is right for you and your baby. What might work wonders for them, might be terrible for you.
What would be your top tip for a first time parent-to-be?
In the first four months, go out and about with your newborn as much as you can. Go and enjoy lunches, shopping trips and anything else that you enjoy. Those first four months, you can pretty much take a newborn anywhere and they will sleep anywhere. After four months, they start to need more a routine and will naturally find their routine. This makes life a bit more restricting.
Ooh, good advice!
What’s the hardest thing about being a new parent?
It can be very overwhelming, you are full of emotions that you have never experienced before, you have a newborn baby that is totally reliant on you and you are leaning as you go. But don’t worry it doesn’t last long and you soon settle into it.
What’s the best thing about being a new parent?
The unconditional love that you receive from your child, there really is no love like it and it just gets better and better.
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