Back before Grumpy Baby entered the world I had some very definite ideas about how I would raise her and what I would and wouldn’t do. I’d read all the books and thought I knew everything!
Once Baby arrived I like many, many mums before me, had to learn that the reality of having a baby is very different from the black and white teachings of the baby books. So here are a few of the things that I have done completely differently than planned.
Before Baby was born: I’ve written an entire post on this HERE, but in short I thought dummies were ugly, covered in germs and unnecessary.
After Baby was born: I don’t know how I would live without them, sometimes they are all that stand between me and insanity!
2.Rocking or feeding to sleep
Before Baby Was Born: All the books said don’t rock or feed to sleep as baby needs to learn to self sooth, so I was determined to train her to go to sleep on her own from day one.
After Baby Was Born: 30 seconds into day one I decided that I would be rocking baby to sleep whenever she wanted me to. Who needs good sleep habits anyway?
3.Coming into the bathroom
Before Baby was born: I would never let my baby come into the bathroom with me while I went to the loo or took a show. I like my privacy!
After Baby was born: I am now an expert at entertaining baby while I sit on the loo and most showers are taken while singing and dancing for my captive audience.
4.Sleeping in her own room
Before Baby was born: Baby would be moving into her own room as soon as possible!
After Baby was born: Baby will be staying in our room until she’s too big to be shoe-horned into her crib. Even if she does snore and fart in her sleep.
5.Toys in the living room
Before Baby was Born: Toys would be kept in Baby’s room. They would not be left around the living room making it look untidy.
After Baby was born: The living room looks like a playschool.
6.Activities during Babys nap time
Before Baby was Born: While Baby naps I shall clean the house and make my own cloths. The house will be spotless and I will be fashionable.
After Baby was born: While Baby baps I will frantically make a cup of tea and a sandwich while praying that Baby stays asleep long enough for me to eat it.
7.Napping During the Day
Before Baby was born: Baby will nap in her cot or crib as this forms good sleep habits.
After Baby was born: Baby will sleep wherever I can manage to put her down without her waking up in the process. This is usually next to me on the sofa.
Before Baby was born: I must have all the cute outfits!
After Baby was born: I must have all the cute outfits that are made of stretch material and are easy to get on and off quickly so that Baby doesn’t shriek as if I’m murdering her.
Before Baby was born: I don’t need expensive Gro-Bags, they’re just a gimmick. I’ll use blankets instead.
After Baby was born: I think I need another Gro-Bag or six.
Before Baby was born: Most mothers don’t fully bond with their baby straight away so I probably won’t love Baby immediately and that’s ok.
After Baby was born: This is my precious little squishy baby, you cannot touch her!
What ideas about parenting did you have before you had a baby that changed completely the moment they arrived?