Sleep ins, hot coffee, sex in the lounge room and languishing in a long, hot shower … who’s missing these simple pleasures?

These are just a few of the many things our MoM members shared that they wish they’d known they’d miss once baby arrived. We laughed, we empathised and we all realised that the list of what we wish we’d known is long.  But it’s also universal.  Seems many of us all feel the same!

Carla shared, I wish I’d known that …

“I would never sleep again, that housework will never be over and that each child you have is like a little piece of your heart walking around.”

Paige shared …

“I wish I had known that people say they will be there to help…..but they really aren’t. But it’s OK one day at a time.”

Nicole said, I wish I’d known that …

“They don’t need as many toys as you think they need. I often sit back and just see money all over the living room floor – LOL”

Kate said, I wish I’d known that …

“You lose your freedom and you will forever be known as a mum, that’s all.”

Danyn revealed …

“I wish I never took my sleep ins for granted! 7:30am is a sleep in now LOL”

Elizabeth said, I wish I’d known to ….

“Enjoy doing the most simple things in life like going to the toilet in peace, going to the shop, run in and run out putting petrol in your car and paying. Now you need to get all the kids out to do these things.”

Natasha shared,

“That since having kids I am absolutely terrified with the world they are growing up in … or just scared in general about my kids getting hurt (any shape or form) bullying at school etc…”

Kathleen warned,

“That no matter what you do or how you do it, someone will tell you that you are doing it wrong!”

Belle didn’t realise …

“That it takes a while to get to know your baby and to develop a routine. Don’t be hard on yourself while you learn how to juggle this new role.”

Teagan confessed …

“That things are constantly changing and time goes quicker than you can imagine. She also wrote “That it IS possible to have “me” time and dates with your partner … but I don’t want them half as much as I thought I would and often pass up on an outing because I’d rather be with my bub LOL”

Importantly, Lee told us …

“Don’t stress over the little things much bigger things to stress about will happen lol”

Sabrina added,

“How many sacrifices need to be made! You really do give up more than what you could ever understand.”

We also talked about how tiring it is and how any previous routine you had totally goes out the window. Including showers and beauty regime! You can forget that.

Feel free to share your tips for other parents. OR join our discussion on Facebook HERE. 

You can also find out HERE what MoM members found to be completely unexpected when it came to childbirth.

What else do you wish you knew?

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  • i think that i remember that thing called sleep lol! i used to have better quality sleep before i had kids but now i wake up for any noise


  • I think the unknown is part of the thrill of parenthood. To be honest, my housework never ends and I haven’t had kids at home for a few years now


  • I can totally empathise with all of these!


  • Even though your bub is so worth it, the exhaustion is like nothing you could have imagined.


  • I never knew how things would change before my boys were born and that’s fine with me. It made every day a new challenge. Wouldn’t change that for anything


  • I don’t think I wish I knew everything really in forehand. It’s ok to step into something you don’t know everything about and relax and let the experience and your gut tell/lead you.


  • Only some mums share – others leave you to find it out yourself.


  • How many people have an opinion on what it’s like to have twins.
    1. My children are a year apart, it’s like having twins
    2. I knew someone who also had identical twins, one is a boy and one a girl
    The list could go on and it drives me insane, I have learned to just grin and bare it.


  • I had always assumed that I’d be bored and want to return to work after 3 months. I wish I’d known that was not going to happen. You will sometimes spend the day in your PJs and that’s OK.


  • That what people tell you may be completely irrelevant to you because every baby is different and you should just follow your heart and your own common sense and intuition.


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