The Best Ever Newborn Baby Reference Guide: Everything You Need to Know

Knee-deep in newborn baby nappies? Up at 2am pacing the living room trying to lull your little one to sleep? Unsure of whether it’s night or day, or when the last time you changed your shirt was? 

Welcome to the wonderful world of new parenthood! Yes, you’re probably stinky, stressed and sleep-deprived. But you’re also probably basking in the newborn glow (and enjoying actually being able to see your feet again).

If you’ve got a brand spankin’ new ball of squishiness or if you’re expecting one soon, join us as we walk you through exactly what you need to know about life with a newborn. Some information is helpful, providing tips and tricks to make new parenthood easier. Some is heartfelt, giving you all the feels. And some is humorous, offering a laugh in between the constant nappy changes and breastfeeds.

So sit back, relax, and let us guide you through the newborn baby stage.

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Advice, advice and more advice

When you have a newborn baby, you’re going to have questions. Am I doing this right? Is my baby supposed to be doing that? Should I feel like this? Is there a reason for that?

You’re also going to get a lot of advice, from family, from friends, from forums even. Here are a few of our favourite advice articles, written by our team of seasoned mums, especially designed for new mums.

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The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth

With all the advice coming at you, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and to assume that you’re not doing it right. This is why we at Mum Central also wanted to share our own experiences about the newborn stage and the bullshit that often comes with it. If you’re looking for something a bit cheeky and relatable, then here are our top picks:

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Sleep, settle, rest, repeat

Your new mummy days are often focussed around sleep – how much sleep is bub getting, how much sleep are you losing, and how you can both get a little more shut eye. Here are a few of our top stories on sleep and settling.

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When you’re not dreaming about sleep, you’re probably attempting to breastfeed, which isn’t the easiest task. Time-consuming, yes. Frustrating, yes. Rewarding, yes. But easy? No.

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The fourth trimester – what you can expect

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Hopefully these stories will provide you with a bit of a guide for the first few weeks and provide you with peace of mind that, yes, you are doing everything right for your baby!

And if you’re stuck on the couch feeding bub and want more funny and useful articles to read, make sure to check our newborn archives.

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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