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  • #14068

    Huw
    Moderator

    What do you wish you’d known before your child born that you can share with expectant dads?

    For me it’s that routine is largely rubbish.

    Feed a hungry baby
    Cuddle a crying one
    Let a tired one sleep

    And

    NEVER WAKE a sleeping baby because someone says it’s time to feed

  • #14070

    Duncan
    Moderator

    I agree with the above and would add
    Poo gets everywhere. Deal with it.

    There is no one size fits all for nappies. Cloth may suit some and disposable others. Every brand fits a little differently and every child is a different shape.

    You will quickly get used to the smell and sight of your little darlings poo and the first poonami is quite a sight especially if you are not at home. Bring plenty of wet wipes and changes of clothes you will never have enough.

    • #14155

      Hell yes…never wake them. It takes you too long to get them over. If they are hungry they will wake up.

  • #14075

    Not to go all too serious but one of the things I genuinely wasn’t anticipating was the absolute emotional rollercoaster. I naively thought I’d probably spend the entire 9 months in a bubble of positive feelings, why wouldn’t I? I have a baby on the way after all.
    In reality, after the excitement of finding out, announcing the news, having a gender reveal, all those things in the early months. I started to feel really low and unmotivated. Our little ones arrival seemed so far away and there wasn’t really anything I could do besides try and support our surrogate. It was just a very unusual place to be, emotionally.
    So yeah, I wish I’d have known that my emotions would be all over the place long before the baby arrives…

  • #14287

    Al Ferguson
    Keymaster

    You should write your own book, Huw. They would be the only 3 pages you’d need, mind you!

  • #14326

    James Child
    Participant

    I wish I’d known that health visitors can be alarmist and out of touch. It would have saved me 5 hours at a&e only to be told by a lovely nurse that the reason my baby had a sore throat was because he had been crying!

    • #17679

      Rhys32
      Participant

      I never got on that well with our health visitor, she seemed out of touch and didnt offer too much knowledge. We seemed to be offering possible solutions and diagnoses to be met with “yeah… that’s probably it. I wouldn’t worry about it”

  • #17756

    David Hendy
    Participant

    Sleep is glorious and you should really get a lot in before baby is born. 2.5 years later and I’ve just written it all off!

  • #19143

    Dominic Hayhoe
    Keymaster

    Everyone always says “Your life will change forever”, I just don’t think you realise how true that is!

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