"Baby strapped in car seat. This is not a drill!" I texted my parents from the back seat as I eagle watched our precious bundle and my husband gingerly accelerated out of the safety of the hospital and into the big wide world, where we now found ourselves with a responsibility like nothing we had ever experienced.
The following months saw me cringe if anyone coughed within three metres of my newborn; get all "Tiger Mum" when a friend reached for a hot tea while holding my babe; and religiously checked the colour of the floating rubber ducky in the bath to make sure the water was a "scientifically" safe temperature.
Five years on, it's great fun to laugh at some of my more over-the-top efforts in early parenthood, but I'm reassured to know I'm not the only one who has felt overwhelmed at all of the "advice" coming at us.
Here's what other mums have fretted about, and learnt along the way.
"I stressed so much about sleep"
"Obsessed with getting my baby's sleep schedule 'right', I read every baby sleep book and blog I could find and recorded everything with military precision.
When she didn't sleep through the night at four months as the books suggested, I freaked out, attended sleep school and read even more blogs and books.
I soon realised that every 'sleep expert' had different advice and [worrying about sleep] did not help. When I eventually stopped stressing about nap times and early bedtimes, I finally enjoyed having a baby. And she did sleep through the night on her own time."
每 Rachel, mum of Emily, 3
"I went to extreme lengths to keep breastfeeding"
"I had low milk supply and fretted so much about breastfeeding my baby. I googled 24/7 to search for new remedies to increase my milk supply. I did everything from religiously pumping to eating disgusting nutritional yeast and drinking horrible herbal tea, to getting a prescription for a reflux drug that had the side effect of increased lactation.
In my experience, breastfeeding issues are not dealt with very well in hospitals 每 I think the messaging needs to be 'full baby, happy baby!'
A competent lactation consultant and a bottle of formula can take the pressure off the new mum!"
每 Susie Taaffe, mum of Nellie, 12, Penny, 10 and Max, 8
"I checked on my baby every minute!"
"With my first baby I literally checked her stomach every minute to make sure she was still breathing and kept listening to her heartbeat. I had trouble sleeping during those months, much as other mothers.
Looking back, I find it a bit humorous but I think it's a normal feeling. My second child is on the way and I [imagine] I will continue to check his stomach periodically to make sure he is breathing and alive.
Last time I gradually got over it and realised it was just a typical experience for new mothers."
每 Nicole, mum of Yzabella, 4, and bub on the way
"I fretted about dropping my baby"?
"I would have nightmares about it. I made sure I didn't have to step down anywhere in the house because I was so tired.
With my second baby, I hired a port cot like the ones you have in hospital with wheels and wheeled her around whilst juggling the toddler."
每 Sally-Anne, mum of Jenson, 13, and Evie, 11
"I compared my baby's milestones"
"I can quite clearly remember fretting that my friend's babies were all crawling while my offspring remained steadfastly unmoving weeks later.
I tried everything to speed up the process, encouraging conversation, and little rewards placed just out of reach but all to no avail. Eventually, it happened one morning all by itself and I soon wished for my stationary baby back as I haven't stopped running after them since!
Try not to worry if your little one isn't doing the same as their little friends at exactly the same time 每 it will happen when they are good and ready. Just be grateful for the benefit of each stage they're currently at as there is always something more exhausting around the corner."
每 Catherine Wilde, life coach for mums and author of Reclaiming Your Inner Sparkle.
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