Parenthood 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?
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.
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!