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These are the nine things you REALLY need to know in the first year of your baby’s life…. and the advice you should definitely ignore!

These are the nine things you REALLY need to know in the first year of your baby’s life…. and the advice you should definitely ignore!

Becoming and being mum is a roller coaster of emotions. Fact.

Tired eyes. Nipple cream. Vomit in your hair. These are just some of the priceless moments most mothers have and yes, you don't know whether to laugh or cry but that's the beauty of it too.

However, you are not alone! Katie Massie-Taylor is here to lend you a helping hand in all the basics from what to buy, what not to Google, to the much-debated 'routine'.

Katie is the co-founder of Mush, an app that connects new mothers based on proximity and their children’s ages, encouraging them not to be alone and to share experiences.

She's also a mum-of-two and a bit of a pro when it comes to motherhood.

Here are her top tips...



You need less kit than you think

Moses baskets, baby monitors, travel cots, changing bags. These are some of the things you might think you need but you really don’t need to, because this baby will be practically glued to you for the first six months.

You can walk out with a sling and nappy and wipes in your pocket quite a lot of the time. Don’t over-complicate things, and remember the internet can get any essential kit to you by the next day should you need it.

You should take Google with a pinch of salt

Whether you are googling induction pre-birth, colic post-birth, sleep (always) or anything else, just remember that you will get every single answer under the sun.

Seek out people to meet in real life (friends/ midwives/ health visitors) to talk things through. It will leave you feeling far more equipped and calm than a long internet session will.

Just rip up the plan

This applies to birth plans, sleep plans, feeding plans, life plans. You are about to go on a roller-coaster with a small person who is in charge. Setting unrealistic expectations will almost always leave you feeling disappointed when you haven’t achieved them.

We all have different approaches to how strict or routine-based we go, but for a lot of things you are powerless, so try to go with the flow instead!

You should learn to say 'No!'

Let's be honest here, you may have booked in a lunch or a coffee but this is the time in your life you can truly justify being flaky and no one will hold it against you.

You aren’t going to know how you or the baby will be feeling when it comes to the day, so if you don’t feel like seeing people, just say, 'No!'

You are going to need mum friends

Your life long mates are amazing, but on the whole will not be that fussed on hearing about the minutiae of your baby’s behaviour.  But finding mums who have babies the same age, who are close by you and who are in exactly the same boat, is one of life’s greatest gifts! Especially when you need to leave the house at any time of the day for sanity's sake!

You will find yourself befriending people you would never have met in your old life, because being a mum is one of life’s epic levellers. Luckily, you can find these friends on Mush.

Remember the first year is a series of phases

Babies go through very quick development phases, which means that they are completely unpredictable, and never behaving the same for longer than two weeks at a time.

If you are going through a smooth phase, don’t be too smug, you might be approaching a rocky patch, but more importantly, any tricky phase is going to be over soon. So get ready to roll with the punches and enjoy the amazingness, in quick succession, maybe even in the same hour.

Take it easy on yourself

This is one of life’s biggest changes, and you shouldn’t compare yourself to anyone, especially those who seem to be nailing it on social media (highly likely this was the best moment of their week).

Congratulate yourself every day, whether you had a duvet and TV day or took on public transport for the first time. Whatever you are doing, give yourself a round of applause.



Prepare yourself that leaving your baby can be tough

The first time you leave your baby for a night out/ afternoon away, or the longer-term changes like going back to work, may be really hard. You will feel every emotion possible: panic, anxiety, sadness, relief, elation, guilt. You will feel like you have left an arm at home.

The advice here is to remember that this is completely normal and just do all you can to make yourself feel more prepared…

Choose the childcare you feel the most comfortable with or build up to it with shorter periods away. And make sure to do a few things you can’t do with a baby to remind yourself how great some of the pre-baby activities can feel.

You should celebrate the milestones

Unashamedly document and celebrate each milestone of yours and your babies, and find people that revel in them as much as you do (your family, your mum friends) because whilst you may feel like this first year is going to go on forever, it will be over in the blink of an eye….

And the advice you should definitely ignore:

Ignore absolutely every morsel of advice from everyone (excluding medical advice from a doctor!) that doesn’t fit with you and your baby’s completely unique experience. None of us are the same.


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