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Share the best advice you received as a new parent for a chance to win a To Baby, With Love book bundle plus a £100 Mamas & Papas voucher

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UrsulaMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 04-Feb-16 11:15:33

Wishes for Baby is the perfect book for friends and family to write their hopes, dreams and messages of love for a new baby. This beautiful keepsake book, lovingly illustrated by Sarah Ward, is ideal for sharing with guests at a baby shower, christening or on that special first visit. With charming quotations and adorable art, this innovative record book will be treasured for years to come.

Wishes for Baby is one of four new books out in the To Baby, With Love series published by Little Tiger in February 2016.

Share the best advice you received as a new parent for a chance to win a copy of all four new titles in the To Baby, With Love series which includes Wishes For Baby, Peekaboo Baby (with mirror!), Hello Baby and Goodnight Baby, plus a £100 voucher for Mamas & Papas.

This discussion is sponsored by Little Tiger, and will end on 3 March.

Firewall Thu 04-Feb-16 11:34:29

Sleep when the baby sleeps, eat when the baby eats, do housework when the baby does housework!

MiddleClassProblem Thu 04-Feb-16 11:49:43

There is no set way to do things, follow your gut and see what works

nehagarg Thu 04-Feb-16 12:20:33

Its completely normal to feel overwhelmed. Take a deep breath and dont be ashamed to ask for help

CheeseEMouse Thu 04-Feb-16 13:14:24

Everything gets easier, and you will get sleep again. One day.

ButterflyOfFreedom Thu 04-Feb-16 13:18:02

It's your baby and Mum knows best!

Talcott2007 Thu 04-Feb-16 13:20:59

Me: I just don't know what to expect - how I am supposed to know how to look after a baby!?

My Mum: That's OK - Your baby has no idea what to expect from you either - after all neither of you has done any of this before. It's the 1st time for you you both. You and your baby will learn everything you need to know together.

00100001 Thu 04-Feb-16 13:44:57

Your baby hasn't read the baby books, so do what works and is easy!

truckingirl Mon 08-Feb-16 17:08:15

Let the grandparents spoil you both 😘

Tabby33 Mon 08-Feb-16 17:12:26

Just remember they grow up so fast, so enjoy every moment and keep a fun journal of their first year. Then when your thinking 'why am i doing this' re-read some of those amazing moments.

So true and works amazingly.

Booklover123 Mon 08-Feb-16 17:14:38

Please don,t betoo anxious and worried. Relax and enjoy your baby and remember happy and joyful times as their babyhood will whizz by.

CordeliaScott Mon 08-Feb-16 17:19:18

Get out of the house. Yes it can take hours to get the baby ready, pack the changing bag, realise that you have to change the baby again before finally leaving the house but you will feel better for it. Oh and ignore anyone who tuts if your baby dares to cry in public, that's what babies do.

Blessingsgalore5 Mon 08-Feb-16 17:22:03

Every thing is just a blip in time, it may not feel it at the time but when you look back its just a blip... Remembering and reminding yourself of that now will help you to know it won't last forever!

Roseberrry Mon 08-Feb-16 17:28:01

Smile and nod at everyone's advice, and then just do whatever it was you were going to do anyway.

It's one of the few bits of advice I listened to. Everyone has a different approach to parenthood so you have to do what feels right for you.

Zephyroux1 Mon 08-Feb-16 17:34:18

The magical words 'this too will pass!' And boy it does!

Goonergirl1 Mon 08-Feb-16 17:36:35

If you are both alive at the end of the day, it's a good day. If you manage to get dressed, it's an excellent day smile

barricade Mon 08-Feb-16 17:59:28

Best piece of advice? When the baby falls asleep, MAKE SURE YOU GET SOME SLEEP AT THE SAME TIME, TOO!


StickChildNumberTwo Mon 08-Feb-16 18:06:00

Listen politely to the endless advice you will receive, but ignore it unless it sounds useful. Same goes for what the books say.

And seconding 'this too will pass'.

LeighAO Mon 08-Feb-16 18:24:35

Everyone has been full of advice, some of it great, some of it less so! But the best advice has been to 'trust your own instincts'. It's so easy to second-guess everything you do, especially with so much (often contradictory) advice out there but what works for one Mum doesn't always work for you so trusting yourself to make the right decision for your baby will leave you and baby so much more relaxed and happy.

carz1985 Mon 08-Feb-16 18:33:32

Trust what you think is best for your baby as its your baby noone else's.when I had my first was sleep when baby sleeps but you cant do that when you have more kids.

loosechange Mon 08-Feb-16 18:42:33

Choose two people whose advice you will value, and to all others who offer unsolicited/unhelpful/annoying advice, reply "Oh, that's interesting. I'll think about that." Or "Mmmm," if you can't even be bothered with the first.

diddy92 Mon 08-Feb-16 19:20:51

The best advice I was given is probably quite an obvious one - every baby is different, so find methods that work for you and your baby, not what everyone else says to do

Tadorna Mon 08-Feb-16 19:52:47

Treasure and remember all the special moments you have and they will help you on the difficult days

Sheri1 Mon 08-Feb-16 20:03:13

Be kind to yourself

Mummageddon Mon 08-Feb-16 20:06:38

Smile and nod.
It's all just a phase.. and
Enjoy it because it goes quickly!

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