Sponsored Post: Note to Self

JOHNSON’S® Baby have asked me to write a ‘note to self’ to coincide with their Mums Know Best campaign! The note is about what I wish I had known as a first time mum; with another on the way I thought this was a great idea. JOHNSON’S® Baby took part in a clinical trial. Their Top to Toe Wash and Extra Sensitive wipes were independently tested by 500 mums. The trial found JOHNSON’S® Baby Extra Sensitive Wipes and Top-To-Toe® Bath to be just as safe as using cotton wool and water or just water to cleanse delicate newborn skin.

Based on this ground-breaking new (independent) evidence, mums can now confidently make a choice when it comes to cleansing their newborn baby, right from the very first day.

Keeping baby’s skin clean and hydrated is important for their general wellbeing and happiness. Mums-to-be and new mums are currently advised by the majority of midwives and health visitors to use simply water alone when cleansing their newborns. Yet for many mums, instinct and the desire for both convenience and effective cleansing, leaves them facing a tough choice that can be at odds with this professional advice.

Endorsed by family health expert and mum of two young children, Dr Ellie Cannon says: “I know from experience there isn’t a mum out there that doesn’t worry about every action they take when it comes to their babies. There are plenty of occasions when there’s a mental tug of war over whether to follow professional advice or to trust your instincts and make a decision that just feels right for you, regardless of professional opinion. The findings of this clinical trial now give new mums one less decision to worry about, and actually provide them with reassurance and confidence to make an informed choice that’s safe for their baby – fantastic!”

I thought long and hard about what I would write to myself and here is my note.

Dear Carol,

I’m not going to lie to you the first few weeks are going to be tough, unfortunately you have a C-section so you are going to have to take it easy.  You have had major abdominal surgery be kind to yourself. It does get better, honest.

Babies will do what they want in regards to sleeping and eating so just go with the flow you will find it so much easier.

Not every woman can breastfeed it do not make you a failure don’t be so hard on yourself.

People will try and give you a lot of advice feel free to ignore it all especially the sleep when baby is sleeping you will find that hard.

Do try and rest even if it’s a sit down a cuppa, the washing up can wait. Your baby doesn’t care about a clean kitchen, she does however need a mum that is healthy and rested.

Accept all offers of help, don’t be proud you’ll kick yourself later.

Don’t overdo it; take one day at a time.

Every baby is different don’t compare them or you will drive yourself insane especially when another mother posts on Facebook that her two week old is sleeping through the night.

Most of all trust your instincts, mums know best!

Lots of Love


What would you write to yourself?

“I have been asked to work with JOHNSON’S® Baby to write a “note to self” to coincide with their Mums Know Best campaign which aims to empower new mums and women in the last stage of pregnancy to trust their instincts and have confidence in their own convictions, supported by the groundbreaking new independent evidence proving that JOHNSON’S® Baby Extra Sensitive Wipes & Top-To-Toe® Bath are as safe to use as water alone on newborn skin.  They have paid me to write this post”

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