Dispelling Some Common Parenting Myths

Dispelling some common parenting mythsParenthood is the one and only role that nobody can fully prepare you for. Unless you’ve been through it yourself, all the well meaning advice in the world will likely fall on deaf ears. As I was emptying our seriously stinky nappy bin (see point three) the other day it struck me that there were a few parenting myths that I believed before having kids of my own. Here are five of my faves.

Babies sleep through the night all by themselves around 3-6 months

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but having babies that sleep through takes time, energy and often tears (both yours and theirs). My eldest slept 7-7 for fifteen glorious months until she was two, and I can count on my one hand how many times she’s slept through for an entire week since. And she’s six! For a more realistic look at how things pan out, read my post top tips for surviving the witching hour.

You can sleep when the baby sleeps

Yeah right! First time around I was so totally and utterly engrossed in everything my new baby did, that I was way too hyped to sleep when she napped. In the earliest days of her being here I spent an awful lot of time watching her while she napped, and I can’t imagine that I’m the only mum to have ever done that. Second and third time around, I had at least one other child to contend with as well as a newborn, so you can imagine how much daytime rest was had.

Nappy bins are less stinky by adding a few drops of essential oil, such as lavender

Hahaha! If only. I’m sure some of the stinkiness could be banished by investing in a new nappy bin with each child, but seriously that stench needs a lot more than a couple drops of lavender. The only way to save yourself from the smell is to take the offensive, poo filled nappies to the big bin outside the house. And what new mum has the time for that?

Dispelling some common parenting myths

You get straight back into your jeans days after the birth

I’m a fairly small person (ok teeny tiny at under 5′ 2″) but I get huge in pregnancy (see photo). It was going to take a lot more than the baby being born to aid me fitting back into my jeans. Plus first time around, after being stitched from one end to the other, jeans were the last thing I wanted to wear. It was maternity leggings for me until she was at least six months old.

Nothing Changes

I’m sorry my friend, but I’m going to shatter the illusion and pee all over your fireworks. Everything changes. Absolutely everything. If I had a few pounds for every heavily pregnant lady who told me that having a baby wasn’t going to alter their lives I would be rich. Well ok maybe not rich, but I’d be at least a hundred quid up. It’s a fools errand to think this way, and probably means you are in denial. Personally I think it’s a much better idea to accept what’s coming next, and embrace it.

Oh and get as much sleep before the baby comes that you possibly can, you never know when you’ll next get the opportunity 😉

What myths did you buy into pre-kids? I’d love to hear them in the comments section!

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6 thoughts on “Dispelling Some Common Parenting Myths

  1. Tee hee! One of my very best friends sat on my sofa the week before she had her eldest and told me that with such conviction I didn’t want to argue (she’s feisty enough without being pregnant!) she soon realised how wrong she was…

  2. Ah sleep, I have a vague memory that it was nice 🙂 I honestly thought Freya would just slot into my life and we’d have lots of lovely adventures and afternoons spent in coffee shops. How I chuckle to myself now. Great post 🙂

  3. Ah, if only I had read your post before I had kids! I fell into several of the smug traps you mention – “my life won’t change at all” ha ha.

  4. You’ve nailed these lovely. You can not prepare for this job in the slightest. You might have a vague idea how your life will change, but the bit you really won’t know is how you’re gonna react to it. Your time is no longer your own, and babies do what they want when they want. Even when you’ve done it before, those kiddos throw a curve ball all you and go and be all different again on you. Best to never have any expectations ever when it comes to parenting

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