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May 01, 2004

More Things The World Should Know About Early Parenting

Following up on my earlier post about things that weren't in any books to prepare you for parenting I thought I'd add a couple of other things to the list:

1) Cots are large. Deciding you're going to change your mind about which room the baby will sleep in *will* involve taking it to pieces because it won't go through the bedroom door, so don't leave it till you're about to go and pick up your other half and the baby. Also, this will give you a chance to leisurely revel in man-chores involving screwdrivers for the last time in a month or so.

2) Eco-nappies. These are really expensive. This isn't a problem, but the manufacturers of the 'systems' don't draw any attention to *just* how quickly small bottoms grow. When Daisy grew out of her starter nappies after two weeks it was a suprise. When she grew out of the next size up four weeks after that we were kind of ready. If I'd paid 75 quid for each of those eco-packs I'd have been livid. [Having said that, she now seems to be pretty stable in 'midi' nappies now, so we're considering it again.]

3) Dads - paternity leave is warfare. Plan another week of holiday for about six weeks later when the hell has been replaced by pleasure.

4) If someone offers to take your child off your hands for an evening, or even for two hours, take it and go to the pub. That first bit of time where you are a couple again is sheer joy - like falling in love all over again.

Posted by Tom Dolan at May 1, 2004 09:17 AM

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Cot size - yes, absolutely. They seem to have been designed to be just that incy wincy bit too big to get through the doorway. Like 7mm too big. It's a conspiracy, I say!

Posted by: Madolyn at August 29, 2004 12:34 AM

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