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Share the best baby advice you’ve been given with ASDA Little Angels for the chance to win a £300 voucher! NOW CLOSED

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EmmaMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 01-Nov-17 10:49:17

Having your first child can be a daunting time, causing you to ask yourself ‘Am I doing this right?’ multiple times a day. And with the constant stream of parenting tips from all and sundry, it can be hard to know who and what to listen to. ASDA Little Angels would like to know what the one piece of baby advice someone gave you was that really cut through the noise and made a difference.

Here’s what ASDA Little Angels has to say: "We all know you can get great advice online from the likes of Mumsnet or our own Baby & Toddler Club; but sometimes that one thing that makes your life easier can come from the most unexpected source. We’d love to hear yours!"

Did someone show you a handy trick to make nappy changes hassle-free or tell you the must have essentials for your nappy bag? Maybe you were given golden advice on how to still feel like yourself whilst caring for baby? Or perhaps you were told tips on how to get your baby to sleep through the night?

Whether you were enlightened by the numerous uses for wet wipes or told a never-fail trick to soothe your baby, please share it below and you will be entered into the prize draw where one Mumsnetter will win a £300 voucher of their choice (from a list).

Thanks and good luck!

MNHQ

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Sleepysausage Wed 01-Nov-17 15:14:19

You don't need a changing bag. I didn't believe my friend when she told this and bought one anyway. It was a waste of money. All DD has ever needed is a couple of nappies, wipes and a change of clothes. A lovely big handbag is much nicer and it removes the temptation of taking too much stuff out with us.

FridgeCut Wed 01-Nov-17 16:53:13

Baby vests have an envelope neck so can be taken off downwards so can be removed easily when a poonami strikes.

Hmumto3 Wed 01-Nov-17 17:01:12

I discovered soap is the best at removing poo stains wash with soap if it's really stubborn leave the stain soaked for a while and come back to it all poo stains will come out

CheeseEMouse Wed 01-Nov-17 20:44:50

Trust your instinct. And don't feel you have to be doing stuff if baby is sleeping on you.

Standingoutsidethefire Wed 01-Nov-17 21:09:34

Don't stress about what the baby books say, you're baby hasn't read them. Trust your instincts.

Standingoutsidethefire Wed 01-Nov-17 21:10:36

*your not you're blush

wobblywonderwoman Wed 01-Nov-17 21:11:39

Try and get out everyday. Even to walk to a shop.
Pack baby bag as soon as you get home and leave it at the door. The pre prepared milk is great.

minceandpotatoes Wed 01-Nov-17 21:24:37

That you must look after yourself in order to look after your baby, and you need to eat well and drink lots when you are breastfeeding. That was the advice of a lovely health visitor who insisted that I made myself some cheese and pickle sandwiches while she held my baby during a visit.

NerrSnerr Thu 02-Nov-17 07:19:13

Don’t listen to people talking about their tiny babies sleeping through, some people count 11pm-4am or similar sleeping through. It’s normal for a baby to wake up at night.

defineme Thu 02-Nov-17 07:26:14

Vests etc have got those slits in the shoulders so you can remove them downwards in a pooh explosion emergency!
More general: routines help mental health and aim for good enough rather than perfection!

INeedNewShoes Thu 02-Nov-17 07:28:45

Every day is a clean slate with a baby. Don't assume that because yesterday was tough that today will be.

OuchBollocks Thu 02-Nov-17 07:31:11

Just do what you need to do to get by and don't worry that your baby will be doing something 'forever' - everything is a phase and everything changes eventually.

daisygirlmac Thu 02-Nov-17 07:33:03

This too shall pass - from all of mumsnet grin

In all seriousness, that did help me. Somehow just having the reassurance that nothing lasts forever helped me to get through the really tough bits when he was brand new and I didn’t have a clue what I was doing

Hairq Thu 02-Nov-17 07:38:54

"Do what is right for your baby". This is the best advice ever. You could try routines and controlled crying and follow all the weaning tips on the world, but they might not work for your child. Follow them and your instinct and you can't go wrong.

asuwere Thu 02-Nov-17 08:09:39

Baby vests going down is the most useful advice I ever received! (On DC3! blush)

MargoLovebutter Thu 02-Nov-17 10:13:30

I've got two: 1. Any phase that you find difficult, won't last long. 2. If you get it wrong every now and then, don't worry because your baby won't remember.

KnobJockey Thu 02-Nov-17 10:14:05

Don't worry if you don't feel the same as your friends did. My friend wanted to close doors, hide away for a couple of weeks before introducing everyone to the little one. I was up, walking to Asda and taking mine to meet extended family on day 3! Everyone is different.

LaNouba Thu 02-Nov-17 10:38:00

Ignore that competitive friend who has their child sitting up first, rolling over, crawling, walking and talking first. They all develop at different rates.

CMOTDibbler Thu 02-Nov-17 10:41:41

Don't sweat the small stuff - and it's all small stuff!

But the best thing anyone told me, was my colleague told me just how much blood to expect afterwards, and to get puppy pads to sit on. She was right, and it would have been a shock as to just how much there was

kateandme Thu 02-Nov-17 11:10:23

your going to get it right but your the only one when it comes down to it that will always get it right.

PutYourBracesTogether Thu 02-Nov-17 11:55:26

Trust your instincts really helped me to find a rhythm in those early days.
It was invaluable when I was unsure of myself.
Also to sleep when the baby sleeps..... probably saved my sanity smile

MrsFrTedCrilly Thu 02-Nov-17 12:13:53

Baby vests coming off from the shoulders down, best tip ever.
Also my very wise 90 year old neighbor told me to disregard the baby books and schedules because my child hadn’t read them! She also made me endless cakes and cups of tea bless her!! smile

sharond101 Thu 02-Nov-17 12:48:23

Go with the flow, all babies are different.

Wishingandwaiting Thu 02-Nov-17 12:50:00

Start agentle routine from very very early on. Then it’s all they know.

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