Welcome back to my guest series on advice for new and expectant parents. This week we’re chatting with Lauren who blogs at Belle du Brighton.
Tell me a bit about you, your blog and your family.
We’re a family of 4, I’m Lauren and my husband is Sam. He’s 4 years younger than me and people always seem interested in that fact although we rarely even remember! We have two kids, Athena who was 3 in June and Arlo who is 1. I’ve been blogging for 6 years, way before babies and even getting married!
Chocolate. That first long night of breastfeeding is hard, you need to keep your energy up! I went through two mega packs of Cadburys mini eggs last time! Oh, and a phone charger!
Oh yes, I remember being starving in the hospital. I worked my way through several packets of ginger biscuits!
Was there anything unexpected that happened during labour, that you think first-time mums should be prepared for?
I didn’t labour as I had two planned C sections, but I think all first time mums should be told and then told again just to reiterate exactly how much blood they will lose after birth, and how little a maternity pad actually holds!
I didn’t have any blood loss for the first four weeks – the nurse was most disappointed as she seemed to delight in telling me it would gush out! Nice!
What would be your one essential product for a newborn that no new parent should live without?
A stretchy baby sling, hands free hugs!
I really need to try one of these – I’ve only borrowed structured carriers and Little M is not a fan.
What’s the best piece of advice you were given before your first child was born?
Ignore all the advice people try and give you and trust your instincts!
What’s the worst piece of advice you were given?
“Don’t go to her every time she cries, she’ll learn to manipulate you!” Yes, because week old babies are so manipulative! I ignored this obviously.
My husband tried this line at about three weeks. Bless him I think it was coming from a well-meaning place but I shouted at him, he googled, then apologised!
What would be your top tip for a first time parent-to-be?
Trust your instincts. Also don’t let everyone swarm round you immediately after birth, if you don’t want visitors (friends OR family) let people know in advance, manage their expectations. Babies send people a bit mad it seems!
What’s the hardest thing about being a new parent?
Realising that your life from now on in will be very, very different.
What’s the best thing about being a new parent?
Realising that your life from now on in will be very, very different! All the things that you think you’ll miss you probably won’t, and your days will be spent watching this tiny person blossom and grow!