Welcome back to my blog series Meet the Parents – Advice for New Mummies and Daddies. This week we’re chatting to Hannah who blogs over at Budding Smiles.
Tell me a bit about you, your blog and your family.
I’m Hannah, 29 and married to Phil. We have a son Toby (24 months) and daughter Martha (2 months) and I blog about our lives, at Budding Smiles. My blog is predominantly about our family and lifestyle, with product reviews and current affairs responses thrown in when I fancy!
What one essential item would you insist on putting in your hospital bag (for you)?
Knickers! Can you believe I forgot to pack them when I had Toby?! Wearing Phil’s spare boxers just didn’t feel right!
Oh gosh! Knickers always seem to be the last thing I remember to pack when going on holiday, so I can see how you can forget them when you’re focused on baby! I’m sure it’s not a mistake you made twice, though!
Was there anything unexpected that happened during labour, that you think first-time mums should be prepared for?
I was shocked at how I just knew what was happening, so I’d say first-time mums need to know to trust themselves. I knew when the contractions were real, when my waters were going, when to push etc.
I’m a bit sad not to have experienced this, having had a planned c-section.
What would be your one essential product for a newborn that no new parent should live without?
Aside from the obvious nappies and a source of milk, I would highly recommend a sling or carrier. Newborns like to be close to mum and it’s great to be able to carry them without wrecking your back.
What’s the best piece of advice you were given before your first child was born?
To trust my instincts. From pregnancy to birth and having your baby, always trust your instincts.
What’s the worst piece of advice you were given?
“If you think this bit’s hard, wait til they’re 2”. Just seriously, naff off! Haha
That’s not advice! I hope you told them to jog on!
What would be your top tip for a first time parent-to-be?
Make sure you have a support network and if anyone isn’t being supportive then they can go to the back of the baby snuggle queue! Its exhausting and emotional as well as wonderful so be prepared for a huge upheaval of emotions.
What’s the hardest thing about being a new parent?
With a ‘typical’ baby I’d say the sleep deprivation because when you’re exhausted, everything else can feel harder too.
Sleep deprivation is evil! I’m surprised we haven’t evolved differently to lessen this!
What’s the best thing about being a new parent?
Gazing for hours and hours at your bundle of perfection and wondering how on earth you managed to create something so wonderful!
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