12 Things Experienced Mums Want Mums-to-be To Know

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Sure, we’re excited about becoming mothers, but many of us are apprehensive, nervous, darn right terrified. We have no idea how life is going to change and that can be scary. To put paid to some of those fears we asked JustKidding mums to tell us their ultimate pearl of wisdom – the one thing they wish they’d known before landing on planet parenthood. We had so many wonderful suggestions from you all, but in the end we could only pick our top twelve. Here are some of the things experienced mums really, really want mums-to-be to know.

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Colic: What It Is And What To Do

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Colic. A word that will strike fear into mums and mums-to-be everywhere, and one of the few things capable of blowing a hole in your new-baby bubble. But what exactly is it? Well, rather than a diagnosis, ‘colic’ is a type of behaviour, and refers to babies that cry a lot for no apparent reason. They’re not sick, hungry, wet or tired but are utterly inconsolable for more than three hours at a time, during episodes that occur three or more days a week, hence the term, ‘rule of threes’ [1]. Ultimately it’s something of a mystery and can be maddening, saddening and baffling all at the same time. To help relieve some of the stress associated with colic, here are five answers to common questions, starting with the biggy – does my baby have it?

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The Crying Game

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My daughter didn’t cry when she was born. In fact, it took being poked and prodded by the midwife and pediatrician for her to let out her first yelp. The first few minutes after she came into the world felt like hours as I waited for her to open her little lungs, but eventually she produced an almighty howl. I instantly felt a rush of love, joy, gratitude, relief and excitement all at the same time. At that moment it was simply the best sound in the world. At that moment…

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