Welcome back to Meet the Parents. This week we welcome Amy, who blogs at Amy and Tots.
Tell me a bit about you, your blog and your family.
I’m Amy, 27 and from the West Midlands. I blog over at Amy & Tots mainly about my children (Keira, Joshua and Zara) and our struggles of parenting life.
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Was there anything unexpected that happened during labour, that you think first-time mums should be prepared for?
Your cervix can stop dilating! I was feeling to urge to push but was only dilated to 8cm. The midwives kept telling me that my cervix was swelling and if I kept pushing I could have caused some right damage.
What would be your one essential product for a newborn that no new parent should live without?
A stretchy wrap! They help to keep baby close to you, offer lots of comfort for baby and keep you hands free!
What’s the best piece of advice you were given before your first child was born?
Listen to your instincts. They’ve never been wrong yet!
What’s the worst piece of advice you were given?
Not to pick baby up when they cry because then they expect to be picked up all the time. What nonsense.
What would be your top tip for a first time parent-to-be?
Before you put baby’s first nappy on, lather their bum in vaseline. Stops the horrible meconium poo sticking to them!
What’s the hardest thing about being a new parent?
It’s all hard. You have to readjust to life while getting barely any sleep!
Oh yes, I found the first week especially difficult.
What’s the best thing about being a new parent?
Everything – especially all the firsts. It is indescribable.