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This is my first blog post for BIBO and I'm thrilled to share some really exciting expert advice over the coming months. Let me introduce myself, I'm Jess, the owner of BIBO and mum to three young children. I have a 6-year-old, Jack, a 4-year-old, Charlie, and an 18-month-old baby girl, Hermione. BIBO is a business I started with a mission to make mealtimes easier for other mums. For my first blog post, I thought I'd share "5 Things I Wish I Knew as a First-Time Mum".
- You Will Sleep Again
As a new mum, I was obsessed with my son's sleep, driven by a book that promised to teach babies to sleep through the night from six weeks. Eager for rest, my husband and I tried to follow it, but it just didn't work for us. My first son was a decent sleeper, but things became chaotic when we moved countries at six months, leading to a much-needed stint at a sleep school. This turned out to be quite beneficial. With my second son, I ditched the strict routine, choosing demand feeding instead, and he naturally began sleeping through the night at six weeks. He's been our most consistent sleeper, even during his toddler years. Our third child, now 18 months old, was also an amazing sleeper from early on.
I'm sharing this to reassure you that every child's sleep journey is unique, and so is each parent's experience. You'll find your way through the sleepless nights and learn to cope, even thrive. Remember, it's okay to ask for help – sleep consultants can be a game-changer in navigating these challenges.
- A Child's Personality is Unique and Impacts Them from Birth and Beyond
Each child is wonderfully unique, and this becomes evident right from birth. Jack, Charlie, and Hermione each have their own quirks and ways of interacting with the world. Understanding and embracing their individual personalities has helped me tailor my parenting approach to suit each of them, making our family life more harmonious and enjoyable.
- Toddlers are Tough
The toddler years are a time of immense growth and, let's face it, significant challenges. From tantrums to toilet training, it's a period that tests your patience and resilience. But it's also filled with incredible milestones and moments of pure joy. Embrace the chaos, and remember, every phase is just that - a phase.
- You Will Know Who Your Real Friends Are
Motherhood can redefine your social life. You'll quickly learn who your true friends are – those who understand your new priorities and are there for you during the ups and downs. These relationships become invaluable, offering support, understanding, and a much-needed adult conversation amidst the world of parenting.
- Why It's Best to Wait to Start Solids Until Your Baby is Ready
Starting solids is a major milestone, but it's important not to rush it. Each of my kids was ready at different times, and waiting until they showed signs of readiness made the transition smoother and more enjoyable for both of us. Pay attention to your baby's cues and start when they're truly ready for this new adventure in eating.
I hope these insights offer some comfort and guidance. Remember, every mum's journey is unique, but we're all in this together. I can't wait to share more with you in the coming months!