Before we start, did you spot our cameo appearance on The Daily Helpline earlier this week? We donated two cases of baby wipes to Steve, Steve is about to become a first time dad and is expecting twins! If you missed Steve’s story and our appearance, don’t worry, you can view it here!
Following our appearance, we thought we would share with you a check-list of all the things you need to know as a new parent! Brace yourselves.
Here are the only two things any new parent needs to know: a) its fine to make mistakes, your child will be OK, b) buy a tumble dryer… Yes, two very noble tips but let’s carry on!
1) Don’t sweat the small stuff. As long as both you and your little ones are in clean-ish clothes, they are fed, happy and healthy you are doing great as a parent.
2) Make sure that when choosing a new T-shirt (after the birth of your child) that it will be long enough to cover your posterior (whilst bent over) and when covering your nose. This is essential, as the T-shirt-over-nose helps avoid some of the more ripe diaper-pongs and the extra length avoids plumber butt when bending over.
3) Be prepared as new parents to receive a lot of advice! The best advice I can give for those new parents on the receiving end of unwanted advice is to smile sweetly, nod politely and go and do things exactly how you want to. Mom knows best. (Do not ignore the advice of a doctor or other health professionals)!
4) A decent first aid course (not just CPR but more detailed – burns, scalds, bandaging etc) can come in very handy. Kids have accidents, it’s just part of being a parent. The knowledge of how to deal with it helps keep you calm.
5) Befriend your neighbors – just so they are not inclined to call social services when the noise (screams/ tears etc from parent and child) gets a little excessive through the walls.
6) Prioritise time alone with your baby over everything else in the early days, trust your instincts, and remember that most problems can be solved with breast milk (for baby) and chocolate (for mommy).
7) Be careful not to shake your newborn, whether in play or in frustration. Shaking that is vigorous can cause bleeding in the brain and even death. If you need to wake your infant, don’t do it by shaking – instead, tickle your baby’s feet or blow gently on a cheek.
8) Keep your diaper bag packed. Always keep a change of adult clothes in your diaper bag. You don’t want to get stuck walking around with an adorable baby but mustard-colored poop all over you! Other diaper bag essentials, of course: Bum Boosa Baby Wipes and our Bum Boosa Diaper Liners – both these products will make great additions!
9) It’s important to place babies on their backs to sleep to reduce the risk of SIDS. In addition, remove all fluffy bedding, quilts, sheepskins, stuffed animals, and pillows from the crib to ensure that your baby doesn’t get tangled in them or suffocate. Also be sure to alternate the position of your baby’s head from night to night (first right, then left, and so on) to prevent the development of a flat spot on one side of the head.
10) Keep Bum Boosa Baby Wipes handy in every room to mop up nasty spillages and leaks. Bum Boosa Baby Wipes are a unique product that replaces the traditional synthetic or tree-pulp wet wipe using an immensely renewable and sustainable grass: bamboo.
“Why are your baby wipes the best?” You ask. Well… look no further. They are the best because:
- Thicker, stronger, more absorbent, easier dispensing.
- Skin soothing plant-based formula with a gentle preservative system
- Soft bamboo cloth
- Naturally scented with mild blend of Sweet Orange and Lavender
- No Alcohol, no Sulfates, no Parabens, no Phenoxyethanol
If nothing else, remember that everyone makes it through, and so will you. Soon enough you’ll be rewarded with your baby’s first smile, and that will help make up for all the initial craziness.