After the months of planning and preparation for birth your first baby finally arrives. You arrive back home as a family, and realise that despite having bought every baby gadget available, nothing has prepared you for the day to day reality of a newborn.
So go get your money back on nappy wrappers, electric bottle warmers and all the other unnecessary things you were persuaded to buy. Its time to make some practical decisions on how you want to bring up your child. When my eldest was born I had read extensively on pregnancy and birth, but nothing about after the birth. So while juggling a newborn, I was also inundated with parenting information. Should I do a routine, or let the baby set its own pace? Cuddle to sleep or self-soothe? Dummy or not? And by weaning time, do I use traditional weaning purées, or baby-led weaning?
I had never heard of routines, baby-led weaning, or self-soothing until I had a newborn. Honestly, its best to think of these things before the birth, but if you haven’t, don’t panic, start thinking now. If you are part of a couple, make the most of each other, bounce ideas off each other, and let your partner take their share of baby duties. But most of all, relax, go with what feels right for you, and enjoy this precious time with your little one. I know you will have heard it before, but baby time really does go by so fast.