10 things you can get away with when you’re a new mum

Mandy Gurney, founder of Millpond Sleep Clinic, shares some key advice for teaching your baby to sleep.

It’s hard being a new mum so you can have a holiday from certain other aspects of life. Here are a few things you can get away with during the first few weeks of your baby’s life.

Only eating ready meals

If you weren’t organised enough to stock your freezer full of bolognese and casserole before baby don’t worry for a second. You are entitled to live off Charlie Bigham ready meals, frozen pizzas, chicken kiev and anything cooked by friends for at least the next six months.

Using dry hair shampoo – a lot

And, when things get desperate, doing the “half wash” (washing only the front part of your hair over the basin). Babies don’t allow long, hot showers.

Buying all your underwear at M&S

Maybe you do this already?! If you don’t, now is the time to indulge in 100 per cent cotton granny-bashers.

Never going to the gym

Those first six weeks before you’re officially signed off to start exercising again are sacred. Enjoy a gym-free existence guilt free. Caring for a baby is a work out in itself and if you feel you need to do more, just push that pram a bit further tomorrow.

Cancelling plans at the last minute

No one can reprimand you for pulling out of plans if you’re having a bad day, or simply don’t have the energy to leave the house. You don’t even need to make up an excuse. Oh, and no one can tick you off for being late, either.

Having cream on your hot chocolate

And other food-related extravagances you usually deprive yourself.

Watching box sets during the day time

This one is for first time mothers. If you’ve got children already, you’ll have to swap box sets for Paw Patrol/ Octonauts which isn’t quite the same thing.

Buying expensive creams and vitamins

You might not feel like buying new clothes yet but you can start your journey back to your pre-baby self by investing in some indulgent stretch mark creams and postnatal vitamins. I’m trying one for hair at the moment… the pink tablets are very pretty – will let you know if they work.

Panic buying on Amazon Prime

If you need something for the baby, it can be with you in a few hours and you don’t even need to leave the house.

Having the shortest fuse

And crying at everything (your baby’s first injections) and nothing (the Tesco advert on TV). It’s to be expected.

Being totally babycentric

Your chat about baby routines/ baby kit/ baby habits isn’t going to appeal to everyone but who cares? You certainly shouldn’t. Be the proudest parent: admire your baby when they are sleeping (and awake!) and take as many pictures as you can.

You’ll never get back these first days.newmum

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