What to expect being a first time Mum

Posted by Catherine Daly on

I am not sure what I was expecting to see when I welcomed my first newborn over 8 years ago, but I probably thought that he would look something like the baby in a picture. I was wrong. Newborns don’t look like babies. They look like newborns, and when your newborn baby is placed in your arms, you will think that he or she is beautiful regardless of what you think when you see a picture of a newborn now.

That is just one of the things that I was unaware of when I gave birth to my first son. Here are a few other helpful bits of information that I think it would have been helpful to have as a first time parent. For example, it is important to have a couple of different sizes of baby clothes on hand at the Maternity hospital, as well as at home. Just because your baby is a newborn does not mean that he or she will fit into newborn sized clothing. Some babies are born and fit into size three months clothing right away, so keep the tags on at least some of the clothes that you have until you know what fits your baby.

Dress a newborn simply. Considering spit-ups and leaky Nappies, newborns (and older babies, too) will go through a few changes of clothes in a day. Buy simple and inexpensive clothes for your baby, since he or she will not spend much time in one outfit anyway. Onesies are great for hanging out around the house, especially in warmer weather. You really only need a few outfits in addition to these. Often, mothers get plenty of clothes as gifts and you may end up not having to buy much clothing at all for the first year. 

Buy simple, versatile toys. Babies are naturally curious about everything around them. Yours will likely enjoy playing with your TV remote or kitchen utensils just as much as he or she will like playing with his or her own toys. It is not necessary to buy expensive toys for a baby. Instead, look for toys that are simple and can last for years to come. It is also a good idea to look for toys that are sturdy and don’t require batteries.The first toy that we purchased was a play mat, which was excellent to give him time to play with his fingers, get him moving & the colours on the mat are the added bonus.  These are more likely to last and they won’t cost you money to keep them working.

Just a few tips on my first born. Might be of help to you too.



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