Whether it’s your mother-in-law, the man at the petrol station or the granny you bump into in the park, when people clap eyes on your shiny newborn there are some classic lines you can guarantee you're going to hear. How many of these sound familiar?
1) How was the birth?
There’s something about delivering a small person that leaves you fielding questions on everything from dilation to what your midwife was like. And that’s just next-door’s gardener.
2) She’s your double
Even though 50% of people tell you how much she looks like your other half, too.
3) How’s she feeding?
This may also come with a piece of parenting wisdom. Everyone, it seems, has an opinion.
4) Ooh, what’s that?
Mainly from your non-parent friends who have no idea about the magical powers of Ewan or why on earth you’d need breast pads…
5) Can I do anything?
Yes, please! In fact, you haven’t so much as made a cup of tea since your newborn arrived.
6) Oh, let me have a cuddle…
And could you just take a quick photo for Instagram.
7) You look really tired
8) Have you got her into a routine yet?
9) Are you missing work?
Your baby is tiny, but chances are you’ll still be asked when you want to go back.
10) Are you getting much help?
Basically, what they mean by this is, is your partner pulling their weight? Depending on your answer they may well follow it up with a joke about his nappy changing skills.
11) She’s so cute!
She sure is. You beam proudly – before nodding off.
Clarence House announced earlier this week that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting her second baby – and royal baby fever has officially kicked in again. From gender predictions to guessing the name, it’s all being talked about. But before the baby arrives, Kate has another pregnancy to experience – and it’s bound to be quite different to her pregnancy with George. Here’s why…
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