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#76 Horangi

Posted 09 May 2019 - 07:35 PM

Don't use nappy rash creams (with zinc oxide) with modern cloth nappies because it wrecks them. Use coconut oil instead. (I learned it the hard way.)

#77 *Melstar*

Posted 09 May 2019 - 08:18 PM

Don't join the chaos.

Meaning, when the kids go "high" you bring it right back down. Don't join them in their crazy chaos. Be the calm in the middle of the storm.

#78 StartledFlamingo

Posted 09 May 2019 - 08:36 PM

5 minute warnings. Such a simple thing but I still remember the first time I saw a Mum in the park do it and it made instant sense. It's made many, many a transition or goodbye more manageable.

#79 petal71

Posted 09 May 2019 - 08:58 PM

Most of the other mums in mums group with the perfect babies that sleep, BF perfectly etc, will be very distant FB friends in 7-8 years. One or two will hopefully be friends for life.

#80 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 09 May 2019 - 09:02 PM

View PostStartledFlamingo, on 09 May 2019 - 08:36 PM, said:

5 minute warnings. Such a simple thing but I still remember the first time I saw a Mum in the park do it and it made instant sense. It's made many, many a transition or goodbye more manageable.

yes yes yes. so much this. the five minute warnings - a godsend! and ...for young kids....you can be a bit liberal with your 5 minutes (ie five can actually be 2) older kids can be a bit clue-ier - and if they have an iphone or a fit bit - THEY WILL TIME YOU (that’s a mistake you only make once)

#81 MommyMichelle

Posted 11 May 2019 - 03:32 AM

To let my kids make mistakes so they could learn from them, instead of trying to prevent them from failing.

#82 FretfulMum

Posted 11 May 2019 - 08:34 PM

You will eventually get back to being you.

Probably an even better version of yourself actually.

I felt so lost in motherhood during the early years with my children-I never had a minute to myself, I couldn’t do the things I enjoyed, my body was different, I was completely sleep deprived. I felt like a slave to my baby & toddler. But, slowly things got better & now I feel like a stronger, more resilient version of the person I was before children.

#83 MoonPie

Posted 11 May 2019 - 08:57 PM

This.

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#84 Not Escapin Xmas

Posted 11 May 2019 - 09:02 PM

From my best friend - lower your standards until they are met.

From I-can't-remember-where-I-read-it - 'Their cry is what gets you up in the night. Their smile is what stops you from throwing them out the window'. I thought that only referred to babies, but DD is 8 now and it still applies!!

#85 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 13 May 2019 - 08:48 PM

View PostMsLaurie, on 09 May 2019 - 01:11 PM, said:

If at all possible, get your partner to take a decent paternity leave and then go part-time (perhaps a nine-day fortnight or similar). If both of you are used to the baby, both of you will get competent and trust each other’s parenting quickly.
Ah yes, let your partner parent the baby too, the sooner the better. They aren't going to parent exactly the same way as you, and they will make mistakes (just as you do), However, competency at parenting comes through doing the hard yards yourself and you make a rod for your own back if you don't hand over the reins and let them have a go as well.

my mum's advice.

#86 RubyEmerald

Posted 13 May 2019 - 08:53 PM

View PostFretfulMum, on 11 May 2019 - 08:34 PM, said:

You will eventually get back to being you.

Probably an even better version of yourself actually.

I felt so lost in motherhood during the early years with my children-I never had a minute to myself, I couldn’t do the things I enjoyed, my body was different, I was completely sleep deprived. I felt like a slave to my baby & toddler. But, slowly things got better & now I feel like a stronger, more resilient version of the person I was before children.

I needed to read this today. Thank you xx




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