Hello and welcome back to New Mum Stories. This week’s installment is from Jo over at Fifty-Something Fruit Cake Jo’s story is from her memories of being a new mum to her son over 28 years ago.

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Over to you Jo….

Remembering being a new mum

I always knew I wanted to be a mum one day. Something in my DNA told me that I should be a mum and that was all there was to it. After 6 years of marriage I found out that my dream was to come true and my first baby was on the way. A trouble free pregnancy and birth followed and apart from a few stitches and a day of bed rest after I fainted in the hospital toilet all was straightforward.

That is until I took my son home. Why had no-one warned me how scary it was looking after a newborn? While I was in hospital all was serene. I fed him, changed him and napped on my bed while he slept. I waddled into the dining room for breakfast, lunch and dinner and chatted to the other new mums as we wandered around in our PJs. We were a happy bunch and had a ball teasing the contraceptive nurse when she suggested we would ever want to have sex again. I loved being a mum and thought I was a natural at it. Did I come down to earth with a bump when I left the cocoon of the maternity ward.

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It’s been a while since I did the last review of baby girl, in fact that was her 9 month review. Later on I will let you know how we got on at the health visitor.

But first we come a long way since she was 9 months old in terms of her development. The biggest thing I’m so excited to share with you that I have to blurt out first is that she took her first few steps unaided!!! In New Years Eve as well!!! A fantastic start to 2017!!!!

11 Month Baby Review - Health Visitor
She had been building up to it for a few weeks. Cruising along the sofas gaining confidence all the time. I was sitting on the sofa opposite to my husband and she wanted to come over to me I could see it! So instead of holding on to everything to get to me she had her little arms out for balance and took those precious first 3 steps all by her self. We were so proud and so excited that both of us got to see her do it for the first time.

As each day goes past now she really is gaining her confidence and is finding herself that I know in no-time she will be running around.

So now I have a toddler!!

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Making your home safe for your beloved little ones (something a genius parent aptly titled ‘toddlerproofing’) can sometimes seem like an endless task. Just when you’re sure that you have all grounds covered, something else ends up being a problem and you’re running to the first aid box for the third time in a week yet again.

According to Safe Kids Worldwide, more than 3 million kids get hurt at home, the one place they are supposed to be safe from the world.

There are plenty of simple ways to ensure your children are safe from injury and it doesn’t have to be mission impossible when trying to create a healthy home environment.

Follow these fairly easy preventative steps and you’ll be well on your way to being parent of the year.

Get down to their level

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As you know we are on the weaning journey. When Tidy Tot asked us if we would like to try out their all in one tray kit, I thought it would be a fabulous idea. Hopefully it will help to keep mess to a minimum!

The Tidy Tot Review

What is the Tidy Tot?

Tidy Tot is a fantastic invention by a busy mum of 3. It’s a bib and tray kit that fits together to eliminate the gap between baby and tray. So no food escaping onto the baby’s lap that you only discover when you lift baby from high chair!

The bib attaches to the tray with velcro and is easy to assemble. It will fold away for easy storage and is ideal for taking out and about as well. I love that the whole kit is easy to clean and the bib is machine washable.

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When you have a child your life changes in ways you never could have imagined. Suddenly your full attention is on another human being. Everything you do is ultimately for them. Taking care of yourself often becomes secondary. But it’s not wise to completely set aside your own needs. Parents who are tired, ill, and unfulfilled will not be able to offer the best care for their child. So it makes sense to factor your own health and happiness into the equation.

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New babies require lots of stuff. From the moment you found you were pregnant you probably started putting together a maternity checklist. But I bet it didn’t include items for parents. Consider setting up your own list of items to keep you fit, well, and happy during the early years. It needn’t cost a fortune; just a few items to make life a little easier.

  • A few paperbacks for when the baby is sleeping, and you’re not
  • Magazines to leaf through for the scarce 10-minute break
  • Bath products for R&R
  • Comfy lounge pants and slippers for 4:00 am feeds and the rest of day if needed
  • List of Netflix and Prime films and series
  • Healthy food and the odd treat
  • Music playlist for quick workouts and relaxing

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