Something I wish I had known is how important sleep is for a baby. When they are brand new they tend to sleep easily as much as they need (assuming all healthy and no colic etc). However, once they are a couple of months they ‘wake up’ to the world and find it harder to just fall asleep when they need it and start needing more help to drop off. I recommend researching baby awake times to know how often they should be sleeping.
This is advice I wish I had been given as my DD had many a meltdown where we thought she must be sick/hungry etc and looking back, she just needed to sleep and was overtired and angry!
House handbag! Mine has tissues, pain killers, nipple cream, a nail file (sitting under a baby a with a raggedy nail is torture), infacol, lip balm, Soreen snacks, eye mask (for hopeful daytime napping), phone etc.
Have plenty of phone chargers around. And water bottles. Wherever you sit most (probably bed and the sofa). A bag of muslins in those places too.
I also saved various pictures in a folder on my phone e.g. chart of temperate and what baby should be wearing. Easy to pick up and check.
These are all so true! I will get her a travel mug, far superior to the "husband holds cup of tea which I drink in one gulp through a straw" technique I initially tried Also, yes to researching sleep, having feeding stations and ALL of the subscriptions! I would add to the babies cry sometimes comment that it's fine to feed them, even if it has only been 30 minutes. We had a noticeable 4th trimester in retrospect and DD wanted the comfort.
Buy good quality breast pads, I started with cheap ones and was soaked all day long.
Everyone has an opinion on everything, from whether you should breast feed down to whether you put pretty shoes on them. So do what you think is right and makes you happy.
I'm not a tea drinker so have a water bottle with a straw that my dp makes me juice in.
Nipple sheilds are a life saver if breastfeeding is getting too sore. So are heat patches for the engorgement phase.
My DP likes control and felt that he didn't have any as we are breast feeding and he couldn't help with any of the night feeds to let me sleep. Remind them that dad does have a role in supporting mum. Make the drinks, pass the tv control, cook the dinner, do the housework. All helps mum to relax and helps the baby.
Don't worry about making rods or sleep crutches . Honestly hold them . Cuddle them . No need to worry about bad habits when there new born . I spent so much time trying to put dd down to nap when she'd of been happier and got more sleep napping on me in the early days
Something I didn't realise was that bottle teats and dummies are different sizes for different ages. Someone had to point it out to me (my first baby was rarely bottle fed and didn't use a dummy so I was clueless!)