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Wise(ish) Words for New Parents

October 8, 2018

The journey to having children was something that took a little longer than anticipated for Mr Boo and I. Whilst we have been very lucky to have three children I can still recall those early days when two lines appeared on the pregnancy test with Roo. Although children were very much part of our plan, I had very little practical experience with them. This in itself made me question how I would be as a parent. How would I manage? How would I know if I was doing it right? so many questions to every aspect of parenting.

I had a colleague and friend who was pregnant at the same time as me (six weeks ahead of me). She would talk about motherhood as though it was going to be the best days of her life. Planning what groups she was going to do whilst on maternity leave, planning her breastfeeding journey and even planning on how soon she would like to add a sibling. This terrified me, I was more considered about whether I’d manage to get changed out of pyjamas or leave the house with a newborn. Another colleague could see that I was nervous about becoming a parent. She sat me down and said ‘There will be days when you wonder why on earth you signed up for parenting. However, there will also be moments in those days when you wouldn’t change places with anyone for anything. Parenting is hard, there is no right or wrong, just go with what you feel is best at that particular time’.

Those words have stayed with me some twelve years later and have been recited to friends as they have started their journey to becoming parents. The Book of Everyone realises that most new parents could do with a little extra guidance, especially from those who have already been around the block once, twice or even more times.

Wise(ish) Words for New Parents

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The perfect personalised gift for the new parents in your life. Make it extra special by adding your own wise(ish) words or getting friends and family to help. And if you don’t know a nappy bag from a nightlight, we’ve handpicked some of the very finest wise(ish) words to get you started. 

The Wise(ish) Words for New Parents book from The Book of Everyone is the closest thing most new parents will receive to an instruction manual for their new bundle of joy. The personalised book features a host of quirky drawings highlighting some of the ‘joys’ parenting offers you. With space available for a nugget of advice on each double-page spread. These can be prefilled with advice that has been suggested by the founders (who are parents) and their customers. Or you can opt to add in your own personal gems of advice.

Wise(ish) Words for New Parents // The personalised touch

When I came to design a book for my friend who has just welcomed her first baby, I stuck to the prefilled suggestions. With three nuggets to choose from, I found that these offered a good tone for the book that I wanted to create. Whilst there is the jokey aspect to some of the suggestions, I opted for the more useful ones. Take a look at a couple of the ones I selected below:

A close up of a sign

A close up of a sign

Throughout the book, I kept each page light-hearted but hopefully given them a little insight into the world of parenting. Highlighting the joys they will feel as well as the days that don’t quite go the way they expected. This would make the perfect baby shower gift, with each guest offering a piece of advice to be printed on the pages throughout the book.

Wise(ish) Words for New Parents // Where Can I Order?

To order your personalised Wise(ish) Words for New Parents book head over to The Book for Everyone site. Available in a choice of a paperback, hardback and deluxe. Delivery takes between 4-7 days and you are able to record a special video message at the checkout for your chosen recipient.

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Wise(ish) Words for New Parents

Review Collaboration

  • Jackie Howell October 9, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    get them into a routine as soon as possible

  • MARK HOPKINS October 9, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    Get used to reading to them regularly.

  • Susie Wilkinson October 9, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    Take each day as it comes, some will be good, others, not so much….

  • Solange October 10, 2018 at 3:03 am

    Ask the questions you want answers to, follow your instincts and ignore all unsolicited advice.

  • Jean Cassell October 10, 2018 at 6:53 am

    One day at a time worked for me

  • Laura Pritchard October 10, 2018 at 9:45 am

    To take the advice you like & ignore the rest!

  • Rachel Frances October 10, 2018 at 10:50 am

    One day at a time

  • Helen Tovell October 10, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Rest when they rest the housework will save till later

  • Samantha O'D October 10, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    Relax, you know best

  • Ruth Harwood October 11, 2018 at 11:46 am

    There are no rules, your instinct will usually guide you through difficulty!

  • Rich Tyler October 11, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Make the most of every moment

  • Theresa Thomas October 14, 2018 at 12:43 am

    Trust your gut, and get as much sleep as possible

  • Jo m welsh October 14, 2018 at 8:47 am

    Try and have a routine that suits you as a family .

  • Margaret Gallagher October 14, 2018 at 10:08 am

    Rest work play – round we go – complete all 3

  • janine atkin October 22, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    treasure them as babies, they’re not babies for long

  • Rachael Sexey October 28, 2018 at 7:54 am

    Anything said due to tiredness between 12 and 6 doesn’t count. That was the best advice I ever got

  • Charlotte G November 2, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    Nap when they nap!

  • Carolyn Ellston November 3, 2018 at 7:05 am

    Relax and enjoy being a parent.

  • Carolyn E November 3, 2018 at 7:06 am

    Relax and don’t forget to enjoy the experience of being a new parent.

  • A.E. ADKINS November 4, 2018 at 2:16 am

    Listen to all advice given but be confident to ignore any that doesn’t suit you & your little one(s)

  • Lorna Ledger November 4, 2018 at 11:14 am

    Don’t sweat the small stuff
    This too shall pass

  • Jules page November 4, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    Make the most of every second.

  • Natalie Crossan November 4, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    Learn to be assertive – you’ll find yourself having to speak up for your child with the Doctor, school, even your own family – so find your voice

  • Diana November 4, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    Enjoy every moment

  • Tee Simpson November 4, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    To follow your intinct and go at your own pace. Ask for help if you need it. You’ve got this!!!

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