There’s a wealth of information available to you as you approach the end of your pregnancy. But, let’s face it, the vast majority of it is practical stuff – stock up on diapers, car seat safety tips, and all that stuff you learn at antenatal classes.
The trouble is, no matter how much of this info you consume and learn, becoming a mother for the first time will end up revealing a lot of other issues. And that’s where having some advice from those who have been there before can come in very handy indeed. With this in mind, here are some baby-raising secrets for all you soon-to-be-moms out there.
Forget about your workouts
You might have ideas in your head about starting that post-baby workout program as soon as possible. Good luck with that. Unless you are blessed with a nanny, a night nurse, and whole bunch of other people to do your cleaning, shopping, ironing and tidying up, there’s no chance you will have the time – or energy – for a workout. In six months, nine months – maybe even a year after your baby is born, you might be able to fit some gym classes in. But until then, the only fitness and exercise you will be getting are from pushing your buggy, going up and down stairs, and taking long walks just to get out of the house.
Learn to sing
If you have any self-conscious issues about singing, you’ll need to give them up as soon as you give birth. Singing will get you out of jail on some occasions when it comes to soothing your baby. To be honest, after losing all your dignity in the birthing process, you won’t care about a few missed notes – even in public. So sing as much as you need to, and start practicing right now.
Stock up on spares
Your newborn will have dozens of cuddly toys when they are born. But there will be one particular item that they form an attachment with – possibly for the rest of their life, and certainly until they are approaching their first decade. Once you know what this precise toy is, make sure you buy a bunch in reserve. You can personalize them, too, if needs are – you can learn more at www.Makaboo.com/personalized-lovies if you want to go down that route. But the point is, it is 100% guaranteed that your child will lose their favorite comfort toy at some point. And given that toy manufacturers tend to take things off the production line pretty regularly, you have to have spares to ensure your little one has the comfort they need.
Friends can be fickle
As www.romper.com point out, as a new mom, there’s a chance that some of your oldest buddies haven’t had kids yet. And some of them won’t understand the demands of raising a baby – some may even stop calling or popping by because they feel you aren’t giving your relationship the time they think it deserves. Don’t fret it. You will meet new friends by the bucketload, and there’s a new mom community in every town all over the country. Good luck!