My golden nugget of advice for new mums

Whilst I was pregnant with both my children I read all the magazines, the books and watched the TV programmes that filled my head with the knowledge needed for both my pregnancies and for giving birth. The two emergency c-sections however were only covered briefly, a sub-chapter in the books that read ‘you may need a c-section’.

Throughout pregnancy and labour mums are supported by midwives, health professionals and willing family and friends. Once you have your baby some will say ‘this is when the hard work begins’ and if I’m honest, they are so true. Suddenly your partner has gone back to work, family and friends continue with their day-to-day lives and you find yourself alone with this little bundle of joy.

Babies don’t come with a manual and whilst most things you will inevitably get the hang of the first few weeks, months and even years can be a testing time for new mums. When I had my first child I felt so cut off from the world, with my own Mum living miles away, my in-laws living aboard and my friends not at the baby stage of their lives I was often unsure as to whether I was doing OK as a parent.

When I did meet up with friends with babies I would, like most people sit and compare my child to theirs. Why did their child roll over before my child? Am I not playing with my child enough? As we live in a technology lead world I would often (and still do) turn to the internet for help and advice.

I’ve teamed up with SMA Nutrition on their B.A.B.Y. (Baby Advice By You) campaign to help new mums have access to those golden nuggets of advice that other mums have lived through the first few days and sleepless nights, come out the other side and have shared in the hope of making future mums lives that little bit easier.

My advice or golden nugget is a little bit of a funny one…

So this is the part where I’ve shared mine so you need to share yours with me…

The team over at SMA Nutrition and myself are asking other mums to submit their own pieces of advice to the SMA Nutrition Website  .A panel will then choose the top 10 favourites who will be invited to London, so that they can enjoy a makeover and get to record their golden advice on film! The recorded videos will then be added to the SMA Nutrition You Tube Channel along with the rest of the library (I wish I was getting treated to a makeover). Plus, each winner will also receive a £250 voucher for a local spa of their choice.

Click here for terms and conditions. Competition starts today and all entries must be received by no later than midnight on Sunday, 1 February 2015.

So what are you waiting for head over there now and share your wisdom!

Disclosure: This post is brought to you in collaboration with SMA Nutrition

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30 Comments

  1. January 19, 2015 / 9:45 am

    I love this idea as when you are a new parent it is all so bewildering and new, so advice from parents is invaluable! 🙂

  2. January 19, 2015 / 10:13 am

    I felt so overwhelmed when our first arrived, but found it difficult to find useful information, so this is a great idea.

  3. January 19, 2015 / 10:47 am

    This is brilliant! My daughter was exactly the same. I learnt this lesson the hard way …. many a cold dinner has been eaten by me!

  4. January 19, 2015 / 11:01 am

    I am a master of one handed eating after three – great tip!

  5. Mammasaurus
    January 19, 2015 / 11:40 am

    Ha – so true! Great nugget of advice – and lovely to SEE you!

  6. Emily Shepperson
    January 19, 2015 / 12:51 pm

    Such a great tip!

  7. January 19, 2015 / 1:09 pm

    Ha so true!! They sense when we are about to eat, seems to be a baby rule

  8. January 19, 2015 / 1:20 pm

    Oh this competition is RIGHT UP MY STREET – I am craving a spa day, love making videos and my URL kind of lends itself to this 🙂
    Am going to watch YOUR video right now. Oh and the closing date is my birthday. Purrrfect.
    Liska xxx

  9. January 19, 2015 / 1:31 pm

    I wish someone had told me the easy way to make up bottles. We ended up buying cartoned formula, which is super expensive and the NHS recommended way is impossible most of the time. Then we found our own way 🙂 x

  10. January 19, 2015 / 1:35 pm

    That is such a great tip! My son was a nightmare for this, every time I sat down to eat he would start screaming!!

  11. January 19, 2015 / 2:11 pm

    My tip for new mums has to be not to compare yourself to other pople many people will tell you all is well when its not. Just do your own thing, take with a pinch of salt what others say there babies are doing and you will be just fine

  12. January 19, 2015 / 4:24 pm

    Ohh that brings back memories, you had me chuckling! So glad to be past that phase. Mich x

  13. January 19, 2015 / 4:38 pm

    What a great idea and comp! My tip? Do they best that you can do and don’t compare yourself to the Jones’.

  14. January 19, 2015 / 4:54 pm

    What a great campaign – new parents need as much good and real advice as they can get!

  15. January 19, 2015 / 5:03 pm

    What a great campaign. I too am a master of one handed eating now!

  16. January 19, 2015 / 5:51 pm

    What a good idea and great way to help other parents. I had to learn the hard way it was all trial and error

  17. January 19, 2015 / 7:02 pm

    I have no children as yet, whether I will or not, I don’t know, but I can only imagine what it is like to feel totally overwhelmed x

  18. Hannah Staveley
    January 19, 2015 / 7:29 pm

    Some very good advice in this post I have two kids and know how hard it can be.

  19. Joanna Imran
    January 19, 2015 / 7:33 pm

    I love it! I actually always preferred advice from fellow new parents, rather than health professionals, or older “experienced” relatives – no-one can actually understand a new mum like another one.

  20. January 19, 2015 / 8:37 pm

    I agree with Becky that not comparing yourself is the main thing for me with being a new parent. It drove me mad!

  21. January 19, 2015 / 9:52 pm

    Great piece of advice.
    Fantastic idea for new mums – we have all needed that place to go to for advice at some point!

  22. January 19, 2015 / 10:29 pm

    Aloha fellow one handed momma! I used to have competitions with myself as to what I could achieve with just one hand. My advice is to not believe that everyone is as organised/busy and productive as they say they are. I’m convinced some of these so called perfect mothers slob about because they are too exhausted to do anything else! x

  23. January 19, 2015 / 10:55 pm

    Aww, such fantastic advice. Nathan actually used to cut my food up for me as I was sorting Oscar out (which is pretty much the same thing). Sometimes though I think he just wanted to steal the food from my plate 😉

    Louise x

  24. Michelle
    January 20, 2015 / 9:24 am

    Fantastic post, such a great tip! xxx

  25. January 20, 2015 / 9:43 am

    oh the one handed thing. I remember that! And actually its not just new mums that need advice. I could still do with some and mine are now teens. I do love this idea though! Great video.

  26. January 20, 2015 / 11:57 am

    Fabulous tip. Amy was exactly the same. I always said to Ben, there’s no need to make me warm dinner, it’ll go cold anyway 😀

  27. January 20, 2015 / 7:54 pm

    I remember lots of cold dinners!

    My top tip would be to accept help from anyone who’s offering!

  28. January 22, 2015 / 12:17 pm

    We are still not out of the cold dinner phase!!! I eat so fast now it cant be good for me

  29. January 23, 2015 / 2:57 pm

    I ditto Emma’s advice on accepting help! x

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