Looking back in hindsight it strikes me that you so often hear of peoples momentous or humorous stories around pregnancy, child birth and early parenting - the 3 trimesters of food cravings, labour stories, all the firsts (smile, crawl, word, tooth, walk etc) - but I’ve never heard any funny or beautiful stories about the first week or so. And I think I’ve just learned why.

Here’s a small list of some of the topics covered in week 3 of our antenatal group.

  • Suturing (specifically mum only stitching for the uninitiated).
  • Baby blues (Seriously… more hormonal changes! Its arguable who will get the rougher ride here, me or Natalie).
  • Breast feeding (flat and cracked nipples, this and that swelling and inappropriate wet T shirt competitions – not that there are ever appropriate wet T shirt competitions of course).
  • Meconium (think tar mixed with super glue for your first ever nappy change).

Need I go on?

As frightening as all this is though, all I kept thinking was “What on earth can I do?

Tip of the day Tips archive Today's Daily Tip

Do your children know how to share? Why not put extra focus on sharing this week with an exciting reward for all of you at the end.

--DAD team
Tip of the day Tips archive Today's Daily Tip

Bring your children up with a firm basis for values; it is likely to impact on their behaviour in a positive way. 

--Dad team