MUST READ: This sweet post from a UK maternity hospital had us all teary. Grab the tissues!

NHS Ayrshire Maternity Unit in UK shared a touching open letter to mums and dads from their newborn.

Dear mummy and daddy

Please keep this letter from me in a place where you can read it and re-read it when things are rough and you are feeling down.

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• Please don’t expect too much from me as a new born baby, or too much from yourselves as parents. Give us both six weeks as a birthday present, six weeks for me to grow, develop, mature, and become more stable and predictable – six weeks for you to rest and relax and allow your body to get back to normal.

• Please feed me when I am hungry, I never knew hunger in your womb and clocks and time mean little to me.

• Please hold, cuddle, kiss, touch, stroke, and croon to me. I was always held closely in your womb and have never been alone before.

• Please forgive me if I cry a lot. I am not a tyrant who was sent to make your life miserable, the only way I can tell you I am not happy is with my cry, bear with me and in a short time, as I mature, I will spend less time crying and more time socializing.

• Please take the time to find out who I am, how I differ from you and how much I can bring to you. Watch me carefully and I’ll tell you things which sooth, console and please me.

• Please remember that I am resilient and can withstand the many natural mistakes you’ll make with me. As long as you make them with love, I cannot be harmed.

• Please don’t be disappointed when I am not the perfect baby you expected nor be disappointed with yourselves when you are not the perfect parents.

• Please take care of yourself; eat a balanced diet, rest, and exercise so that when we are together, you have the patience and energy to take care of me. The cure for a fussy baby is more rest for Mum.

• Please take care of your relationship with each other. What good is family bonding if there is no family left for me to bond with.

• Keep the “big picture” in mind. I’ll be like this for a very short time, though it seems like forever to you now. Although I may have turned your life upside down, please remind yourselves that things will be back to normal before long.

Enjoy me – I’ll never be this little again!

The Facebook post has received over 8,000 shares and 17,000+ reactions.

Such an important read for all parents, why not print it off and keep it somewhere handy?

Share your comments below

  • Lovely. This would have been great when I had my first.


  • I wish someone would had given this to me when I had my oldest and for every child after that.


  • that is beautiful and very true! they do grow so quickly and i miss the time that my kids were that small!


  • So true on so many levels!!


  • WIsh i read this 8 months ago.


  • This is so beautiful. It certainly made me reminisce.


  • Beautiful – it did have me reaching for the tissues, especially the part about never being this little again.


  • This is nice to print out and give with your maternity gift to the beautiful friends and family around us who gave birth.


  • Very sweet indeed. They are precious moments that will end much sooner than we expect. We need to treasure them! :-)


  • Thats so nice.


  • Oh my this is sooo gorgeous ..well done NHS Ayrshire Maternity Unit, something truly beautiful to lift ones spirit.


  • This is gorgeous and so true. I wish I had seen this six months ago when my son was born. It would’ve come in very handy to take out on those nights when he wouldn’t sleep or wouldn’t stop crying. Being a new parent is very overwhelming and these points are very valid and very easily forgotten when you are stressed out. I am going to print this out and give it to my friend who is pregnant

    • I am going to pass it on too – so very special.


  • This is gorgeous and so very true too – they are only little for such a short and precious amount of time – savour and enjoy every minute. A big yes to looking after your relationship – it is the backbone of the family.


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