So I thought I’d try, in the interest of spanking new parents across the globe, to write a useful post. (NB. That’s ‘spanking’ as in ‘new’, not as in ‘with whips’).
This is not, as my two regular subscribers will know, my normal style, so please excuse any newbie tipster mistakes I will invariably make.
‘Write about what you know’ goes the old mantra. Well, I know what I use my baby for, so thought I’d share my handy newborn tips. Parenting tips, if you like.
I’m hopeful that this will help hundreds of thousands (perhaps overly optimistic?) of new parents across the globe.
1. Draft excluder
Obviously best if you have longish baby although if you also borrow a friend’s child, you should be able to cover the width of a standard door with ease. Please note that babies are better than normal draft excluders as they emit natural heat in addition to blocking drafts.
2. Tender and Succulent Roast For A Small Number Of Guests
Veal-like consistency and remarkably tender.
45mins at gas mark 6, remove baby’s clothing, rub with butter and baste every 10 minutes or so. Serve with vegetable of choice.
3. Cat Toy
I did try for a photo of this one, but dropped the camera as the cat ninja jumped me.
Essentially, tie bits of string and ribbon to baby’s feet, and put ham deep inside baby’s sleepsuit (onesie for my US readers).
Hey presto, cat is amused for HOURS.
4. Lego Base Plate
Surprisingly versatile (also works with Duplo) and builds strong sibling bonds.
(Double points to readers who got the exceedingly clever pun in that sentence).
5. Lamp Stand
Newborn first needs lashing to an upright pole for stability. This look creates an interesting centre piece for a modern living room.
6. Hot Water Bottle
Add to baby to bed one hour before you want to settle down. Cold sheets will be brought up to body temperature. Uses no electricity and is not a fire hazard. Remove newborn before sleeping. Do not leave for longer than one hour – they can become smelly and leak fluid if left in the bed for longer periods.
7. Fabric Softener
Love that newborn smell? Can’t stop sniffing your baby? Add newborn to rinse cycle.
Clothes will smell of fresh baby and baby will emerge clean. Double win.
Hope I’ve been of help,
Your obedient servant,
BAD MUMMY x x