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58 Things I have Learnt in my Baby’s first Year

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Things I have learnt in my baby first year

Believe it or not, Ted is very nearly 1 year old! Time has gone like the clappers and if I think too much about it, I’ll probably start blubbering. But rather than bleat on about how wonderful my first year has been getting to know my son, and it has been the most incredible year of my life, I thought I’d concisely share with you 58 things that I have learnt in this first year.


  1. I can estimate the temperature of bottled milk to the nearest 5 degrees.
  2. How to administer Calpol to a wriggling baby. (Still mastering this though!)
  3. I can survive on less sleep than I had previously thought possible.
  4. That, according to the wife, sleep deprivation is hell on earth.
  5. Not to question why the wife doesn’t nap when Ted naps.
  6. What breast milk tastes like.
  7. How to cut a baby’s nails.
  8. Baby nails grow bloody quickly!
  9. A dark room will help your baby sleep.
  10. How to sleep train your baby.
  11. What to take with you on holiday with a baby.
  12. Everything is temporary – it soon moves to the next phase.
  13. Babies don’t break very easily. (Not that I’ve found out the breaking point but I mean, it’s ok to pick them up!)
  14. All babies look the same, except Ted.
  15. Time for me and the wife to date is important.
  16. Carrying and walking with your baby is wonderful.
  17. To remember the small moments.
  18. That my instincts are usually right.
  19. That I should follow my instincts.
  20. When the wife is crying, it’s probably hormones rather than actually my fault.
  21. It’s ok to ask for help.
  22. Not to make a hot drink unless I have a guaranteed 30 mins spare.
  23. To take plenty of photos.
  24. Facebook groups can be a massive support and help keep you sociable.
  25. Breastfeeding isn’t easy.
  26. Baby teeth are very sharp.
  27. Leaving the house takes 10X as long with a baby.
  28. It’s ok to share how I’m feeling.
  29. People parent very differently and that’s ok. But my way is the right way. ;)
  30. That you should take and leave parenting advice.
  31. Having a baby is hard work.
  32. To aim straight even when holding a baby. It’s me that has to clear it up, so it was worth learning quickly.
  33. You don’t need everything that advertising says you need.
  34. Not to put a dirty nappy in a bin that doesn’t get changed that often. Or in a room that gets warm.
  35. Empathy for other parents.
  36. Not to leave small change and small items lying around.
  37. To stay flexible when making plans.
  38. It’s horrific to watch the person you love experience labour.
  39. That I miss him when I’m not with him.
  40. He will fall over and he will bump his head and he will cry. It’s ok.
  41. That I’m scared of not being good enough.
  42. Bath time can be one of the best times of the day, especially for dads who have been at work.
  43. Babies like TV remotes. Why is this? And the real one, not the toy or old one we give them!
  44. Dads are often forgotten about, especially when in the company of medical professionals.
  45. Not to wake up and ask how the night was.
  46. You don’t need toys. Wooden spoons, wrapping paper, kitchen utensils, the washing machine and a cardboard box will suffice.
  47. My priority list has shifted. I’m 3rd now!
  48. My baby is the cutest baby. Ever.
  49. You leave a nappy off at your own risk. Naked is good, but you’ll sacrifice the carpet.
  50. How to support my wife emotionally.
  51. Once your baby learns to walk, parenting turns into simply following your baby around preventing them from opening cupboards.
  52. Babies can show they love you.
  53. Mess isn’t always bad unless you’re cleaning it up.
  54. Dr Google is of the devil. It causes nothing but anxiety and fear in otherwise normal circumstances.
  55. No matter how hard the day has been, we he is asleep, I always want to wake him up because I miss him!
  56. That no stain remover on earth will remove weaning stains. Be warned.
  57. That parents can be weirdly competitive about their babies and ever more weirdly over-sensitive!
  58. No matter how much you try to avoid it, your house WILL become full of brightly coloured plastic crap.


Even with the gigantic learning curve that is parenting, it is more than worth it and I’d do it all again in an instant.

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  1. Natasha

    Great list! 55 is my favourite, I felt exactly the same :) Although in his first year he woke up so many times each night that it wasn’t too many hours that I was apart from him!!! #bigfatlinky

  2. Musing Mumma

    I love this! You made me laugh. Our kids are about the same age so I found myself smiling and nodding to the whole thing! Congrats on cracking through the first year. I’m told it’s the hardest. Let’s see!

  3. Silly Mummy

    Yes, how do they know that the identical looking old remote is not the actual TV remote?? Happy birthday, Ted! My youngest is 1 this week, too. & actually she was due today. But she was a bit late. #bigfatlinky

  4. Mama, My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows

    We passed the big first birthday a week ago and I agree with everything. Seriously, what is it about TV remotes?
    Happy Birthday Ted and Happy Becoming Parents Day to you guys xx


  5. John Adams

    As it happens, I’m still trying ot leave my house. It’s taken three years. Try as Imight, I just can’t get to the front door. Great list that anyone with kids can relate to. By the way, Calpol….have you tried the syringes they now come with? Genius! Simply shoot the stuff into the side of your kid’s mouth and it’s gone! #Thanks for hosting #BigFatLinky

  6. Sarah Howe

    Happy Birthday Tedddy! I hope you are not in a mass of tissues from blubbing. Great list. It’s amazing what you learn in 12 months. Surviving on less sleep is so true…we just adapt eh? You’re a nice hubby…mine said me in labour “wasn’t that bad!”. Thanks love xx #bigfatlinky

  7. Lisa (mummascribbles)

    Fab list Al! I agree with the missing them when asleep! Even though waking up can be a pain, those middle of the night sleepy cuddles can be epic! I still secretly love them and zach is almost 3. Well done for making it through the first year! I can tell you it just gets more and more fun from here on in! She says sitting at the computer watching the giggly express song from Boj on the CBeebies website!! Thanks for hosting the #bigfatlinky

  8. Emma's Mamma

    Happy birthday Ted! Great list, I kept nodding as I read it! It’s amazing how quickly we learn and even more amazing how quickly their grow! #bigfatlinky

  9. Nige

    Fantastic list love 44 been there for sure and love 55 exactly how I feel great post Al

  10. Becky, Cuddle Fairy

    Ha! I love this list – especially baby teeth are sharp & don’t wake up and ask how the night was lol Great list all soooo true!! #bigfatlinky

  11. Rachel C

    I love these. Well done for making it through the first year and happy birthday Ted! #bigfatlinky

  12. Alison

    Such a great list. I think it was about 2 weeks before I managed to actually drink hot coffee with my first. I’d got the knack of it by the second time round though. Priorities. #BigFatLinky

  13. Angela at Daysinbed

    What a brilliant post! I really enjoyed reading this. I loved the aiming straight while holding the baby and so many of the things you wrote are true and funny! A brilliant post

    Angela xx

  14. Sarah Norris

    Hi, love the post, so many brilliant observations and lessons learnt !
    I thought I’d just quickly pick out some favourites but actually it was so hard to choose any that I have read and re read the list so many times.
    In the end I think the 3 that I would pick out to pass on to any first time parents would be
    12. Everything is temporary, just phases that will pass (usually just in time to save your sanity…..but sometimes only just in time lol)
    18. Your instincts are usually right so trust them – The ability to do this comes with experience and can be a very scary thing to do, but its ok.
    21. Its ok to ask for help. I think this is so important as babies are seriously complicated, confusing things and every little bit of help you can get will make a big difference.
    What we really need is a time machine to fast forward us to the baby’s first birthday so we can see that we do ok in the end :-) I think I might be able to make one with toilet roll inners, tin foil and the TV remote (if I can get it from the kids) x

  15. Alexandra Hurton

    It’s amazing just how much you learn in the first year of parenthood… You’ll be amazed about what you learn in year two!! Happy birthday Ted! #BigFatLinky

  16. Rob

    Great list. As someone who has stepped on more than my fair share of brightly coloured toys, #58 is my favorite. #bigfatlinky

  17. Nicola B

    These are great! Difficult to pick favourites out of all of those but photo’s, advertising and plastic crap are good ones.

  18. Kirsten Toyne

    Great list. So many rang a bell with me and some just made me giggle because they are sooo true. Empathy for other parents is my favourite. #bigfatlinky

  19. Suz

    What a great list from a dads perspective! Most of these I relate to though!
    Suz x

  20. DADapting

    Great blog post! I look forward to mastering these skills next year when our little Hulk arrives! :)

  21. robotDad

    The remote this is SO true. It has to be the buttons, my boy loves buttons.

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