July 18, 2014
Whether you’re expecting your first child or have a large brood, there are a few life lessons that can be learned from having children. If you’re planning your first baby, there are a few things that nobody can teach you, but here are a few pearls of wisdom that will help you on your incredible journey.
A portable nappy carrier will save you hours
One hard truth that you will have to accept when you become a mother is that you will never just be able to pop out of the house. A standard baby bag will soon become second nature to you throughout your baby’s infancy, and it should contain everything from a change of nappies to extra outfits, dummies, bottles and the almighty baby wipes. If you don’t want to spend hours preparing this however, you can create a portable ‘nappy station’ but always having a collection of nappy changing material on hand at home, saving you valuable hours when you’re heading out.
You don’t need a whole toy box to entertain your child
Admit it – how many times have you seen a child receive a new toy and be more interested in the packaging? While many toy companies will try and sway you with the latest all-singing, all-dancing toy, more often than not your child will be placated with some simple household items, including pots and pans. Just keep an eye on anything that could be dangerous and you’ll soon see one contented child.
Sleep filled nights will come at 17 weeks
First off, change your perception of the phrase “through the night” before you have a baby. A good night’s sleep for new parents is six hours, and you’ll find that this usually happens at around the three-month mark. Do what you can to make your baby’s sleeping area comfortable, from buying the right furniture to eliminating distractions, and you could find your sleeping patterns improving too.
A positive outlook will work wonders
One of the best lessons you can learn from being a parent is to accept the inevitable. You will lose sleep. Your child will throw up on your favourite top. You may scream at your partner. It’s important not to be overwhelmed by these changes and to focus your attitude on getting the positives from the experience – be thankful that your child is healthy and that you have the support network of those around you. Having a baby complete changes your focus on life and helps you appreciate the more important things, so accept it and embrace it.