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First time mum, no experience with babies

Anonymous
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I'm an only child with no cousins or anything.

I'm about to have my first baby and I have zero experience with babies. I've never changed a diaper, never gave one a bath or fed them. I've only lived here for 2 years and every person in my small friend group is childless.

Im very nervous
Posted by Anonymous on May. 26, 2017 at 10:22 AM
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corticosteroid
by Sapphire Member on May. 26, 2017 at 10:25 AM

You'll be fine.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on May. 26, 2017 at 10:26 AM
You've got this. I had zero experience with babies and kids before DD and it all turned out perfect.
LoveAll3306
by Party Specialist on May. 26, 2017 at 10:27 AM
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by Ruby Member on May. 26, 2017 at 10:28 AM
Talk to your doctor and tell the nurses at the hospital. They will help you.
susannah2000
by Emerald Member on May. 26, 2017 at 10:29 AM

Take a parenting class. They offer them at hospitals. Join a support group for first time mothers.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on May. 26, 2017 at 10:29 AM

Before baby gets here, just read as much info as you can.

Are you delivering at the hospital?  If so, my first piece of advice it let the baby room in with you so you get a quick crash course before you are home on your own.  Talk to the nurses, ask them questions.  

I was in a similar boat as you, thought people were crazy for letting me bring my baby home with no experience, but I learned a ton of basics the first few hours at the hospital, and then picked up the rest as I went on.  Right now before you have baby though you have time to focus on how you want to parent, just google, google, google.  While real parent resources and articles are good, I found mom (support) forums very helpful, just reading through real life problems actual moms faced and the different ways people chose to deal with them.

Oh, and be nice to the nurses because if you are nice and pleasant, they will go above and beyond for you, give you tons of info and freebies, and the whole experience will be nicer.

MissAndree
by Nosuchthing on May. 26, 2017 at 10:30 AM

Most hospitals have classes you can take before you deliver that cover all the basics and give you resources for additional support. 

Not_A_Native
by Ruby Member on May. 26, 2017 at 10:31 AM

I was the same way - you'll get it.  I had never held a baby, never babysat, never had even SEEN a diaper!

nanasue31204
by Silver Member on May. 26, 2017 at 10:32 AM
Your OB or hospital should offer a class, it has a lot of useful information. Also instincts will kick in for a lot of it, it's amazing what you end up just knowing. They will show you how to diaper and bathe baby before you leave the hospital and you can ask the nurses any questions you have. Good luck!
Pink.Sunshine
by Petty Princess on May. 26, 2017 at 10:33 AM
Aw it'll come naturally
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