The Great 'What you wish you'd known when you had a baby' Hunt 2012

Former_MSE_Debs Former MSE Posts: 890 Forumite
After Martin mentioned fitting a car seat on his Facebook page - MSE junior is due in 3 weeks - one follower posted him tips such as "pin a 'baby sleeping' sign on the front door to stop disturbance". So we thought we'd use the collective wisdom of all MoneySavers to help new parents everywhere - including our Martin.



  • AuntyVi
    AuntyVi Forumite Posts: 17
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    Don't get too hung up on what (any) parenting books say you "should" be doing. They all say different things, and babies are all different too. If it works for you, great - but if it doesn't, feel free to chuck the book out the window and do what YOU think instead!
  • AuntyVi
    AuntyVi Forumite Posts: 17
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    Oh, and try a sling, great for getting them to sleep and for being able to get on with things hands-free.

    And join Mumsnet, it's great for tips and support!

    I could get on a roll here....!
  • ems2
    ems2 Forumite Posts: 663
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    edited 10 October 2012 at 12:03AM
    I would avoid the sign on the door, babies need to learn how to sleep like everything else and it will be easier, for parents and the baby, if they can do it with a bit of normal noise.
    Fairly certain not everyone will agree so should point out jmo.
  • Gillyx
    Gillyx Forumite Posts: 6,847
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    The sign is ideal if the parents want a rest though. Do agree with babies sleeping whenever though :D
    The frontier is never somewhere else. And no stockades can keep the midnight out.
  • building_with_lego
    building_with_lego Forumite Posts: 2,603
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    How to breastfeed lying down. It would have made the first few weeks MUCH easier with DD; by the time DS came along I had it down to a fine art and meant we all got more rest.

    Have a great birth, Mrs MSE! Literally millions of people are waiting for the news :rotfl:
    They call me Dr Worm... I'm interested in things; I'm not a real doctor but I am a real worm. :grin:
  • stubbyd
    stubbyd Forumite Posts: 64
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    To make your rooms more child friendly crawl round on your hands and knees as this gives you a view of the world from their height / angle.

    Makes you realise corners of coffee tables, etc are danger zones.
  • Jezzabell
    Jezzabell Forumite Posts: 135
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    Make sure you have your MSE 'No Cold Callers' sign up. I was getting very annoyed being disturbed by the doorbell when I was feeding my baby,as was she. Never sure if it was a visotor, a delivery or some annoying cold caller. Now if the bell goes I know I need to answer it. I've only had one cold caller since the sign went up and I took great pleasure in asking him why he'd ignored my sign and felt fine about shutting the door!
  • janineo
    janineo Forumite Posts: 56 Forumite
    I found this article too late for me to benefit, but it's such good advice I'm passing it on to every pregnant woman I know!

    Hope it helps
  • Cazza1234
    Cazza1234 Forumite Posts: 17 Forumite
    Don't waste money on all the things they advise you to buy. Most of them aren't necessary!
    Don't be afraid to accept second hand clothes etc - they are in them such a short amount of time - I recently bought some brand new pram shoes from a charity shop for 99p - bargain. Also, if the clothes get really messy then don't be afraid to throw them away rather than try to wash them!
    Oh and breastfed babies have explosive bottoms - so watch out when changing!
    Most of all, enjoy it - it may not seem like it at the time, but they are small for such a short space of time.
  • Cazza1234
    Cazza1234 Forumite Posts: 17 Forumite
    If you have a c-section - BIG PANTS!
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