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26/02/2010 at 16:45
Those of you with young babies, can you tell me what things make you stress out about being a mum the most? I want to make sure that in Practical Parenting magazine we really write about the stuff that mums want to know about and would really appreciate your input.
26/02/2010 at 21:44
What has stressed me out the most has been how confusing it is to 'do the right thing'. I love to read PP to see what advice the experts have, but it can be really upsetting if a well-meaning friend or family member then questions what you are doing, especially when they say 'that's not what I did'! Weaning and bottle feeding advice seems to change constantly and magazines really do help to give you up to date advice and not the old advice that people can give you from experience.
As a new Mum everything is so scary and you really don't want to do anything that isn't the best for your child.
Hope that is a bit useful!
26/02/2010 at 21:55
I agree with Angela and I would like to add how some people - sadly other Mothers mostly - frown upon people wanting to be stay at home Mums and not have a career. And the 'yummy mummy' thing - just not possible when you have butternut sqush in your hair from feeding your daughter!!!
01/03/2010 at 15:30
Thanks for your feedback ladies. It's much appreciated. Do let me know if you have any more.
01/03/2010 at 15:40
01/03/2010 at 15:48
02/03/2010 at 09:02
I get really stressed about feeding my baby. She refuses feeds, spits out the bottle. Doesn't drink the 'right amount' according to advice on the milk tin (she has less). Yet she is a big baby 3 months and already 15lbs - so obviously doing fine but i do worry that she takes so long to feed. Erin has never cried for a feed either to tell me she is hungry as she is so placid but even that is stressful! However on the plus side she sleeps so well - but again that stresses me as my other two didnt sleep and sometimes I worry Erin sleeps too much!!
Erin also has reflux which stresses me out if she sicks up what seems like a whole bottle. Should I feed her more or just wait till next feed.
Ahhh the joys of motherhood - and this is my third!!!
02/03/2010 at 10:18
I am coming to the end of my 12 months at home with my little boy and I am really stressing out about going back to work. I would love to stay home and spend more time with him but I am not sure that out household income will allow me to do so. I would love to read more about how you can stay at home on a small budget or even working from home opportunities. I have a few ours each day that I could dedicate to doing something from home but I am not sure what I can do. There are too many homeworking scams out there that I am too scared to even look. It would be great if you could do something In PP about living on a small budget or working from home and the scams to avoid.
06/03/2010 at 16:20
Thanks for all those ideas girls. Will see what we can do. Any more from anybody greatly appreciated.
07/03/2010 at 08:04
30/03/2010 at 21:32
I'd like to echo Audrey12's comment re the baby jars. Be good to know which brands are 'good' / worth paying the extra money for.
Also just what jars have hidden 'extras' in etc. Thanks.
31/03/2010 at 16:27
My most stressful moment was when my son was 5 days old, only second day home from hospital. I was breastfeeding but struggling with latching on and finding it painful. Friday early evening whilst we relaxed, my son, sicked up blood (pink milk). He was laying down in his moses basket quite content at the time.
We rushed up to A&E in Frimley where the staff were amazing. I went into shock but was reassured by the staff. Turns out my nipples were so cracked he was drinking blood - yuk! I had never read anything about this before and felt a little silly but was still glad it was just a simple problem resolved in a couple of days and not something serious.
Just to add, the breastfeeding did get easier and we are still doing well 4.5 months later.
Hope this helps other mums.
01/04/2010 at 22:09
Like San my most stressul time was having to return to work. I could only afford to take 9 months off and the mere though of returning to work had me in floods of tears every day. Not because I disliked my job but because I could not bear the thought of leaving my little girl.
I had no desire for her to go into a nursery at such a young age because A. I wanted to be the one bringing my daughter up and B. with what had been happening in the news in recent months I just didn't know who I could trust and if anything like that ever happened to my little girl I would never forgive myself.
Although my partner is on a good wage we still need two incomes so in the end I agreed to return to work for two days a week. I explained my predicament to my mum and she offered to look after my daughter while I was at work. Now I've been back at work for six months and it's like I've never been away! The money's not great but we're managing. My daughter loves going to her Grandma & Grandad's. Even now though I still feel guilty about leaving her and I think I probably will for a few years to come yet.
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