Before having your first baby there really is no knowing how much of a daunting experience the first few weeks/months with your new born baby will be. Unfortunately for us they don't just pop out with a insightful instruction manual so tips and tricks to make life a little simpler during those tired weeks are much needed pearls of wisdom to any new parent.
Do you have a favourite newborn hack you can pass on to a mama or papa?
* Coconut oil on the bottom when cleaned is a revelation and helps clean up those nappies in quick time.
* We don't know if many people know about this one but those shoulder slits in onesies/vests are to slide it down the babies body in those 'accident' emergencies.
* Let them sleep! Sounds simple right? Keeping a newborn awake can cause you more harm than good. You may want a better nights sleep but if there's worse than a tired baby, it's an overtired baby.
* Sleep when your baby sleeps. Whenever it's practical to do so of course. That cleaning can wait, believe us.
* Use a sling for our babies to be hands free and feel free to get on with jobs all whilst still having a sneaky snuggle.
* Keep a medicine diary on the side of the bottle. We all know baby brain has a lot to answer for in those early days/months but keeping a medicine diary will help you keep track of all those administrations.
* Don't lose tiny baby socks by placing dirty ones into a mesh laundry bag. Pop that straight into the washing machine and never lose a sock again.
* White noise machines are fab for helping babies or alternatively for a quick fix, try a vacuum cleaner or a hair dryer.
* Make a portable baby essentials box/bag to take around the house instead of having to go to your nursery every time you need supplies. This could include nappies, wipes, nipple cream, muslin cloths, barrier cream.
* For a calm, scream free nail cutting experience the best time do do this in when the baby has been snoozing for a good 20minutes.
* Always keep an extra item of clothing for yourself in the nappy bag. Extremely handy for sick ups and those inevitable accidents.