For those of you who won't be attending the Baby Show in New Zealand, some of the experts who will be in attendance have shared some parenting tips below.
The Baby Show will be taking place in Auckland, New Zealand later this month, reports Newshub. An event perfect for parents and parents-to-be to go for should they need tips or advice. Trouble is, we'd imagine that most of you reading this won't be able to attend the show. Don't worry, we've got you covered.
It might not be quite as good as the real thing, but some of the experts who will be in attendance at The Baby Show have offered up some advice and we have picked out some of their top tips to share with you. Advice that will help you if you have a little one in the house, and help put your mind at ease if a new addition to the family is on its way.
First of all, babies don't need as much as you think they do. For new parents, especially if they are having their first baby, they tend to go overboard, buying everything that a baby could ever desire. Really, all they need is food and sleep. Buy the basics like a crib, a car seat, and clothes, and only buy extras as and when you need them.
Secondly, be confident in yourself and your abilities as a parent. Anyone and everyone will attempt to offer up advice, whether they have babies of their own or not. The fact is, every baby is different. Just because something worked for your friend's baby doesn't mean it will have the same effect on yours. Trust your gut, no one knows your baby better than you do.
Last but not least, prepare for your life to become unpredictable. Newborn babies know nothing of night and day, so your schedule is going to be severely disrupted right off the bat. That being said, you also have to remember to look after yourself as well as your baby. You can't care for your little one to the best of your ability if you haven't taken care of number one first.