Kate Middleton might have a host of nannies and caregivers looking after her kids – but there are things she wished she had known as a first-time mom.
“In the first few months there’s a huge amount of support from midwives and health visitors and things. But from then onwards there’s a massive gap before they then start school,” she said in an interview on BBC Breakfast.
The Duchess has been working on a project Tiny Happy People, which provides parents in the UK with free online tools to aid the development of language and communication skills in kids under the age of five.
During her interview with BBC Breakfast to launch the initiative, she said that one of the parents she visited for the project mentioned that his eight-month-old daughter has five different cries. According to Kate he’d learned this from Tiny Happy People.
“It’s information like that I wish I had had as a first-time mom,” she said. “It’s gold dust really- for families to be given those tips and tools to use in the first five years.”
South African moms share what they wish they knew as first-time moms:
“Don’t make anyone make you feel guilty for setting your boundaries. Don’t buy expensive clothes or toys. They like the box it came in more.” – Kerry Bennett
“You really do not need all the fancy things. Babies need food, warmth and lots of love.” – Sonell Van Wyk
“Brace yourself for advice from everyone; from old wives’ tales from your aunt to traditional African remedies from your domestic worker. Trust your gut. You know what’s right for baby (and for you too!)” – Samantha Anne Crawford
“That it’s ok to receive help – you can’t do it all alone.” – Bokang Modips
“That breastfeeding is hard and it takes time to establish.” – Madina G Mahmood
“Don’t be hard on yourself. As long as your baby is fed, healthy and happy, you’re an amazing mom.” – Bronwyn Morgan-Edwards
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