Babies need daily baths
While a bath can form a useful part of your baby’s routine, if you find it’s already his bedtime and he’s not had one, then don’t worry. Simply top and tail
your baby so he’s clean and you can give him a bath
the next day.
Babies who are learning to walk need shoes
Don’t rush into buying your baby’s first shoes as soon he’s cruising round the living room
. When your baby is walking indoors, bare feet allow him to grip the floor and develop steadiness. Instead, wait until he’s secure and confident on his feet before buying sturdy shoes – you can stick with soft-soled pram shoes until then.
Baby teeth = stop breastfeeding
While the average age for your baby’s first tooth to appear is around six or seven months, it’s quite possible that one could appear before then (some babies are even born with a tooth). And if that does happen, we wouldn’t want that to put you off breastfeeding. If you want to continue breastfeeding, whatever your baby's age, that’s your decision and don’t worry about it hurting – if your baby is latched on correctly
, he can’t bite.
Don’t feel guilty…
This is easier said than done. Guilt – whether it’s about going back to work or how you bring up your baby – will always exist in a mum’s life. The trick is to accept that you’re feeling guilty
and then try and look beyond that at why you’re feeling this way. This will help you remember that while guilt will always exist, it’s there because you care about your baby.
Buy everything before your baby arrives
It’s very easy to max out your credit card buying every single baby item before your little one has even arrived. But in reality, there are only a few baby essentials
that you have to invest in at first, while some can be inherited from friends and family or picked up second hand from charity shops.