Advice is always needed when it comes to parent hood, whether it comes from your child asking you questions to other parents asking you for advice on certain issues to compare against their own parenting.
If you follow my blog I have 5 children ages 13, 12, 8, 3 & 1
Over the years I have picked up a few tips from looking after the older children to having my very first baby and being scared out of my wits at the thought of looking after such a delicate and small life.
Here is some advice that I can give to a new parent from my own experiences:
Don’t be afraid to let you baby cry – I know hearing you baby cry isn’t the nicest thing in the world, I hate it even now and just want to make it all better but sometimes they are just crying for the sake of it or simply because they want the attention at bed time.
If you know you baby is fed, warm and changed then if they do decide to kick of or cry just let them get it out of their system, as long as you know they are safe they will stop and go to sleep.
Be honest with them – I have learnt this from experience that if you promise a child something and forget about it you can guarantee they wont have forgotten and you will feel bad.
When your child is older they will start asking questions about the birds and the bees, we have all been there in some shape or form, I think the key is to be straight to the point and honest, don’t get me wrong don’t go into great detail and scare the poor kid but give them enough of an idea to understand life.
Bedtime Routine is key – I had to learn this the hard way but now its a lot better, come 6pm the babies and cleaned up and put into their pyjamas, they know them that it will be soon time for bed.
For Bethie it’s easy she is just happy for a kiss goodnight, I put her in her cot and she goes to sleep. Freddie is a little more complicated, he says goodnight to everyone, goes upstairs to the toilet where he has his final drink and wee before bed then brushes his teeth.
He climbs into bed with his giraffe, has a story, a final hug and turns over to sleep. If he is up to late it messes with his routine then he is a nightmare for the rest of the night.
Take baby wipes everywhere you go – If your going out with the children baby wipes are your life saver, they will clean faces, snot, spills, stains and anything else you can think of.
You can guarantee you will go out without them and the kids will get in a real mess and you have nothing to clean them up with.
Watch out for tiny things on the floor – Babies are like tiny vacuums when it comes to finding stuff on the floor, if its small they will eat try to eat it, pennies, toys, or the dreaded Lego.
There is nothing scarier than your baby choking so if you try to avoid it the best way you can you will lessen the chances of having to A&E to get a Lego mans hand out of your child’s nose.
Let them be kids – I’m a firm believer of this, let them be kids. Let them jump in puddles, play in mud, pick up leaves and rocks on the way home, run in the grass, play with as many toys as they want.
As this stage they are learning and just want to have fun, it must really suck to just hear no all the time.
I hope some of these tips help you in some sort of way and you have fun raising you children
Daddy Giraffe x