Just in time for Mother's Day, we asked our Facebook fans - what are your top tips for new mums and mums-to-be? The grand prize was a subscription to Gurgle, Good Homes and some JosephJoseph goodies (well done to Fiona Burton, our top tip giver and lucky winner)! We compiled our favourite tips below for all new mums and mums-to-be to enjoy. You may recognise a few yourself!
Our Top 5 Tips for New Mums and Mums-to-Be
The winning tip: "The shoulders of baby vests are designed so that you can roll them down if/when you have an exploded nappy." - Fiona Burton
"My top tip is to put a clean nappy directly underneath the dirty one before changing! Then if baby decides to widdle when changing at least it goes on the clean nappy." - Jen Russon
"Enjoy each day - don't miss out by always looking ahead to the next milestone." - Janeta Watts
"Before sitting down to breastfeed have a drink, cloth and the TV remote handy! I also had a snack, breastfeeding makes you hungry and thirsty!" - Hannah Oakes
"The best mother for your baby is you!" - Elaine Ridgway
Here are the other tips we just had to include - there's some great ones to pass on to any new mum!
"Cuddles mean more than material things." - Sharon Mitchell
"I think the best tip anyone gave me was never be scared to ask for help no matter how big or small it may be." - Amanda Rockeford
"If your mum/mum in law offers to help, let her! Whether it's doing your washing, cooking or taking baby out for a walk to give you an hours peace, let her, don't turn down help. You'll be surprised how grateful grandparents are to help out." - Vicki Macdonald
"To sleep when your baby sleeps; don't do all the housework that can wait!" - Natalie Piovesana
"Take advantage when you’re in hospital after having your baby; don't be afraid to ask midwives for help and advice for when you go home!" - Jeanette L Leighton
"Don't put pressure on yourself as a Mum to do everything 'right' just go with the flow and give yourself time to recuperate!" - Victoria Cooper
"It doesn't take long for a new Mum to get to know her own baby and whilst most mums love to give advice, every baby is different!" - Fiona MacLeay Marshall
"As long as you are loving and caring, you are doing okay. Never worry what others are thinking of you if you are doing your best – but don’t refuse help due to pride." - Lindsey Clark
"Listen to your intuition - mama knows best!" - Jenny Toms
Want to treat a new mum this Mother's Day? Give her something lovely to look forward to every month with our parenting magazine subscriptions - so handy for tips for both mum and baby in those early months!