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New Mum? 10 Things You Need To Know Today

So, you’re a new Mum, and you’ve been thrown in at the deep end.

You’ve read the books, you’ve taken the courses, and you’ve talked the ears off all the other parents you know.

You think you’re prepared.  You think you’ve got it.  You think you’re going to rock this whole parenting thing. And then this little bundle of joy throws a little curve ball your way.  Sometimes a big curve ball. 

And you know what?  You suddenly forget everything you know, and you end up in a panic over a late night google search that’s led you down a very deep wormhole.

Every Mum is a new Mum at some point

We’ve all been there, believe me.

My early morning wake up call – New Mum to 2 littlies

Parenting is a big learning curve.  Even if you think you know it all, you’re still going to encounter certain things that you hadn’t prepared for.  Things that the books forgot to add, things that your friends failed to tell you, and even things that the people around you haven’t seen yet!

It’s life.  You can’t be prepared for everything.

In this post I will let you in on 10 little gems that you’ll be pleased to know about before they happen for the first time.

Here are 10 things that every new Mum needs to know about:

Because preparation is key:

Milk blister

If you’re a breastfeeding Mumma, keep an eye out for blisters on your baby’s lips.

In most cases they’re totally normal, as babies tend to do a lot of sucking, but sometimes they can be due to a bad latch. If you notice a milk blister, try a few different breastfeeding positions to see if it helps. If it persists, then a lactation consultant should be able to help.

Milk blisters usually go away on their own and don’t need any special treatment.

Baby acne

Did you know that babies can get acne?  I didn’t either.

So when my previously clear skinned baby suddenly looked like a hormonal teenager, I was freaked out.  I wondered what had happened to him!  But rest assured, baby acne is common and it is actually very normal.

It’s likely caused by hormones and happens around one to four weeks of age.  It should only last a couple of weeks, and will then clear up on it’s own.

Obviously it’s always best to get any rashes/spots checked out by a GP, so go with your gut on this one. Baby acne will look a lot like the kind of acne we get as teenagers/adults.

Oh, and if your baby does suffer, you might want to try avoid any newborn photo shoots for a couple of weeks until it clears up!

Milia on nose

When my first baby was born I noticed that he had a smattering of tiny white spots all over his nose.  I spent ages staring at them, wondering what they were and if they’d be there forever.  I could see him getting bullied in the future because of his ‘weird nose’, and I felt awful about it.  I didn’t realise what they were until a friend came over and casually said ‘Oh, he’s got milk spots, how cute’.

These milk spots are actually called milia, and they are caused by oil and sweat glands becoming blocked due to them not being fully developed yet.  They go away on their own after a few weeks.

Cradle cap

Both my little ones have had cradle cap as babies (and my youngest still does).  It doesn’t look the best, but as with most things newborn, it’s totally normal.

Doctors don’t actually know what causes this one, but they think that it’s due to oil glands producing more oil than they need to, or hormones that are passed through the placenta before birth.

There are lots of tips and tricks out there for cradle cap, but it just seems to be luck as to what works.  I left both my babies cradle cap alone apart from a soft brush every now and then, and it cleared up within a few months.

Poo explosions

Imagine this – You’ve found the perfect outfit for your little one.

So perfect in fact that you just have to take a photo to share on social media.

You dress them in said outfit, arrange some cushions and a fluffy blanket, lay them down and… Disaster strikes.

Your picture perfect baby suddenly has a nappy explosion. Before you even have time to bend down and pick them up, you can see the poo seeping up their sides and tummy.

Yes, poo explosions are a thing, and they are not pretty!

They always seem to happen when you least expect it too.

When you’re sitting on the sofa with no wipes or nappies to hand, when you’re in the car on a long drive (true story) and even when you’re doing a night feed at 3 am (again, true story, and it went all over my hands as I tried to catch it and stop it going on the bed!).

There’s not much you can do about poo explosions.  They just happen.  Just keep your fingers crossed that they happen while you’re at home and you can easily put them in the bath!

Reflux

All babies spit up. It’s just part and parcel of being a baby. They’re stomachs aren’t as developed as ours, and sometimes that milk is going to come up.

But did you know that some babies full on throw up all.the.time? Nope, neither did I – until I had my youngest.

My oldest used to throw up a little bit after milk sometimes, but my youngest is a whole different ball game entirely.  Think multiple outfit changes a day for you and baby, keeping baby upright for at least half an hour after feeding, and the smell of sour milk following you everywhere.

Reflux is no laughing matter and luckily there are things that you can try that may help.  Your first port of call should always be your GP with this one, who will then (hopefully) prescribe a magical cure.

Sharp nails

When you have a newborn, you kind of assume that their tiny little fingers house tiny little finger nails that couldn’t possibly do any harm what so ever.

Well I’m sorry to say that that’s definitely not the case!  A baby’s nails are like razor blades they’re so sharp.  And they like to use them.

My oldest still has a scar on his cheek from when he scratched himself at a few months old, and that was 4 years ago.  My youngest has also been in the wars from his flinging arms and managing to catch himself on his face.

Babies nails are so hard to cut, especially if you’ve never done it before, but it’s definitely something you should keep on top of. If scissors are a bit of a scary thought at first, a nail file can work pretty well too.

Colic

Ah, colic.  The stuff of nightmares.  Speak to anyone that’s had a baby with colic and they’ll recount stories of sleepless nights spent pacing the house with a screaming baby.

Colic sucks.  For Mum, for baby and for the neighbors.  We tried all sorts with our oldest, and nothing really seemed to help too much.

Thankfully it didn’t last too long and was soon a distant memory, but those first few months that we experienced it felt like a lifetime for all of us.

Leaps

If you’ve never heard of leaps before, then it’s something that you’re going to want to put some time into researching.  As babies grow, they go through developmental phases called leaps.  The Wonder Weeks website and app can be super helpful in working out when these are going to happen so that you’re prepared.

As well as leaps being challenging for babies, they can be challenging for us Mummas too!  Babies typically experience changes in mood, sleep habits and feeding and it can certainly be a demanding time. You’re likely to have quite a few sleepless nights when a leap is in progress.

Relax Mumma!

Looking after a newborn is a weird time.  Something will always crop up that you haven’t encountered before, and you’ll be furiously googling something like green poo at 3 o clock in the morning.

When something happens that you’re not expecting, or you’re not sure what to do, the best and first thing is to take a deep breath.  Most things have likely been experienced by many others Mummas before, and have a simple explanation.

All babies are different

It’s also worth noting that all babies are different. So while your first may have suffered from a bit of cradle cap and reflux but sailed through the leaps, your second baby could be totally different and throw some things your way that you didn’t even know existed.

My boys have both had different things going on as babies, and even though I’m on my second, I’m still learning every day.

Have you encountered anything that you want other Mums to know?

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