Becoming a new parent is certainly an emotional rollercoaster, amazing and daunting in equal measures. There is every chance you’ll be feeling all the feels in the space of one day – scared, happy, tired, ecstatic, lonely – sometimes all at once! And while you adjust to the emotional minefield, you’re also trying to get up-to-speed on what it takes to look after this amazing little human you are now responsible for, whilst managing on minimal sleep!
Add a pandemic and a lockdown to the mix and it could start to get too much for anyway! So, staying connected, especially with other new parents, knowing you’re not alone and accessing handy tips 24/7 can make a huge impact in terms of your wellbeing, especially with it’s your turn to do the 2am feed!
Even though right now you can’t go to your local park or café for meetups, websites and social media can be a much-needed lifeline. At Bluebell, we know this, so we’ve got you covered with a handy list of online resources to bring you lots of tips; and keep you smiling and positive on your parenting journey.
Need some ideas on how to prepare your house for your little one’s new arrival? Marie Kondo is a great source of inspiration and provides useful tips and tricks towards streamlining your home in preparation for baby’s arrival. From kitchen to nursery organisation, ensuring you bring baby home to a clean and well organised space will help you through those first few difficult months – and Marie is pregnant too! So we’re sure she will be sharing even more useful tips as she prepares for her own baby’s arrival.
Photo @MarieKondo @CrateandKids
As daunting as it can be, we all want to do the best we can in our biggest role. There are some amazing online resources that will allow you to embrace your parenting journey with a positive mindset. A one-stop-shop for guidance and suggestions is the hugely popular Positive Parenting Solutions.
The Yes Mum, focuses on empowering women and families on their parenthood journey, through uplifting messages and affirmations. Holly has cultivated a large online presence that promotes positivity, education and self-care – definitely worth a read.
If you love a Podcast, the most popular parenting podcast in the UK is MotherKind and was launched by Zoe as she got to grips with parenthood, admitting her daughter was the best thing that ever happened to her, but it also brought to the surface all her fears and anxieties. With a really varied line-up, you’re sure to find a guest of interest.
When our little bundle of joy arrives, we can feel thrown into parenthood, questioning if we’re doing everything right. Child psychologist Dr.Kimberly (@the_psychologists_child) and therapist Jess (@ourmamavillage) use their platforms to deliver insightful tips and advice about how to help you bring up your little one. From navigating motherhood during a pandemic to understanding your own emotions, their pages are filled with advice and parents in similar positions as you to help you through these stages and feel part of a community.
Alison Perry (@iamalisonperry) is a Mum of three, including twins. She regularly posts motherhood topics on Instagram covering mum guilt, postnatal depression and finding your identity as a Mum. Alison also speaks on top parenting podcast ‘Not Another Mummy Podcast’ with a host of interesting guests, where they dive deeper into these subjects for you to have a listen to on your early morning starts.
To feel like part of a community
With the pandemic putting a halt to so many things, such as stopping new parents from being able to go out and about, or in person NCT meet-ups, it can be hard to feel like part of a community. Mother’s Meetings (@mothersmeetings) is a great platform filled with advice from inspirational women and Mums covering topics from managing stress, to setting up a new business, to interiors. Established by Jenny Scott in 2010, the platform helps Mums feel supported and connected. This page is great for new parents navigating their way through motherhood. Jenny has also written a fab book called How to be a Hip Mama Without Losing Your Cool: How to Embrace Motherhood and Still Be You which is a great sanity-saver!
Inspiring Mums & Dads
Anna Whitehouse (@mother_pukka) set up the Flex Appeal in 2015 to fighting for flexible working for everyone. Following the ideology that so long as the job is done and done on time, why does it matter when or where it gets done? Encouraging the many people who will benefit from this type of working, the campaign even reached parliament and was cited in 2019 when the Flexible Working Bill was introduced. Anna’s page is all about empowerment and fighting for equal rights for women and Mums – we definitely recommend a follow.
Simon Hooper ( @father_of_daughters) is a dad to four girls and captures the trials and tribulations of day-to-day family life, whilst also sharing DIY tips as they renovate their beautiful seaside home.
To help your wellbeing
We all need a little pick me up from time to time, that’s why Stacie Swift (@stacieswift) and Dr.Emma Hepburn (@thepsychologymum) are two amazing accounts to follow. With beautiful designs, their illustrative pick-me-ups are great ways to remind you of how strong you are and to stay positive.
Inspiring Celeb Mums
Author, actress, blogger, presenter, podcaster and mum of three Giovanna Fletcher definitely has her hands full. Her podcast ‘Happy Mum Happy Baby’ discusses all aspects of parenthood, from the highs and lows and reminds us to support each other and stop comparing ourselves. It’s a great listen whilst you’re cooking dinner or in the car and the podcast has featured a host of celebrity guests. Not to mention, she’s also good friends with Mum of three, Rochelle Humes, who is also worth a follow. It’s not just Giovanna who has her hands full, but Rochelle is also a presenter, author, singer and owner of baby skincare range My Little Coco – a genuine Mum boss!