Unfortunately there’s no manual, it’d be ace if there was. Sure you can Google away, ask the health visitors or spend your time looking at parenting forums but there’s no concrete ‘this is what you do’ guide, instead it’s up to you. Scary!
I’ve been in the job seven months now and I’m still learning but if there was a mum manual I’d definitely be submitting these little beauties :
- Don’t sweat it. You know your baby better than anybody. You’ll be bombarded with advice, some good, some bad. Just smile politely and take note, some of it might be helpful.
- Those muslin cloth things that people keep telling you about, they’re really useful. Get hundreds.
- Baby TV, Sky Channel 623 is your friend. Don’t fight it.
- As is the Fisherprice Jumperoo. Both you and baby will love it.
- Cherish sleep. Just when you think you’ve cracked it teething will arrive and throw every routine out the window.
- If you’re formula feeding the Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep machine will make your life a gazillion times easier. Especially at 3am in the morning.
- Feeding baby in public can be nerve-wracking especially the first few times but the Tommee Tippee Travel Bottle Warmer makes it easier. Some restaurants and cafes can be really funny about giving you boiling hot water due to ‘health and safety’ – crazy considering that’s what tea is! – so I always take my own.
- Whatever you do don’t wash everything before baby arrives. I made this mistake. Harley was 9lbs when he was born (lots of pain relief required) and therefore skipped many shops’ ‘newborn’ sizes leaving me with lots of freshly-washed babygrows, vests and sleepsuits that were too small. Try and hold back the nesting urge a little and keep some items to a side so you can swap them just in case.
- Tea is vital. Because well tea is always needed. And chocolate too.
What would you add to the Mum Manual? Tell me by commenting below.