I've only been a mama for just over three months so I'm no expert but having experienced the newborn stage I wanted to share five little tips for any mamas-to-be and new mummies out there. The tips are very simple and you might even have heard them a thousand times already but it doesn't hurt to keep them in mind!
1. Don't bother with newborn outfits | Buy sleepsuits and vests instead. You'll find it hard enough dressing and undressing your baby a million times a day, when it's all new to you, let alone if you throw complicated outfits into the mix! Make it simple for yourself. Oh and don't buy too much newborn stuff - they don't stay that tiny for long!
2. Say YES to help | You don't have to do everything yourself. It doesn't make you any less of an awesome mum! If a family member offers to cook, clean, do your washing, cuddle your baby while you shower, say "YES, YES PLEASE."
3. But don't be afraid to say no | Everyone is going to want to pay you a visit when your little one has arrived safely but if you're not ready for visitors, don't be afraid to say no. Your extended family and friends will understand if you need a few days (or longer!) just to be with your baby. I ended up switching off my phone for a couple of days just because I wanted time to adjust to my new mummy life. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that at all.
4. Talk it out | You're going to have all sorts of new worries as a new mummy, so talk them out with someone close to you. From the colour of baby poo to milk posets and sore nipples - you can talk to other mummies about all these things without them looking at you with a strange look on their face! Having people to talk to can be really reassuring when everything is so new.
5. Enjoy it | If you're anything like me and the majority of other new mummies, you won't get much done with a newborn (only baby things) and that's perfectly fine. You won't get this time back, so enjoy every moment! You'll never look back on your life and think, gah I should have put that extra load of washing in, will you? So don't stress about the small things. You're doing great.