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Thursday, 20 February 2014

Fairy Non Bio and The Power of Soft

Holly is fast approaching two years old. I have no idea how this has happened.  She may be a total monkey for 23.5 hours of the day but when Holly gives me one of her trademark cuddles on my chest, my heart still melts even 22 months in!  Earlier this week I had a particularly stressful bedtime trying to get Holly to settle down for the night (it took me nearly 2 and a half hours in total) but at one point she climbed out of bed to lay down with me in the darkness.  She climbed onto my chest and lay there in her soft pyjamas with her head resting on my shoulder and her heart beating against mine just as she did on that very first day when we brought her home from hospital.  I couldn't feel frustrated (despite it approaching 10pm) and just lay there in the darkness with an enormous smile on my face.

In a recent survey by Fairy Non Bio and Mumsnet, over two thirds of the respondents said that if they could have done anything differently as new parents it would have been to have more cuddles.  And I totally agree.  I realise now that I never gave Lara enough snuggles when she was tiny so I'm trying to make up for it now.

The survey found that 74% of new parents most savoured “cuddle time” over any other moment in the day and that 60% of parents to new babies would spend upto a quarter of their day cuddling their newborn baby. Sigh. I miss those days. These days, apart from the rare bedtime snuggle, Holly's cuddles only last a few seconds before she is up and off to the next exciting thing to do (or in Holly's case... destroy).

Fairy Non Bio produces this little cuddle mantra which explains their findings - taking the time is chill out and enjoy parenthood is very important!

Fairy Non Bio is proud to have seen millions of mums through their journey with their new born, helping them to enjoy every cuddle by leaving baby’s clothes super soft. Like me, many mums start out with Fairy Non Bio when they first become a parent. Back then you'll do anything you can to provide soft, safe places for your little one. But you never stop caring which is why, to this date, I still use Fairy Non Bio, particularly for Lara's sensitive skin which developed when she was about 6 months old.

Fairy Non Bio sent me and Holly this personalised cuddle cushion to help us savour our cuddles together.  Somehow Holly just knew it was for her even though she can't read it; "Holly cushing" she says.

Fairy Non Bio's survey with mumsnet also resulted in a short list of recommendations from parents of tips for new mums to help them savour those first newborn moments.  As the mellow mummy I would tend to agree with most of the recommendations such as "housework can wait" and "don't compare yourself to other mothers - every baby is different" but I think the tip I most identified with as a truely mellow mummy is "trust your instincts".  If I could pass on any tip to future parents then it would be to chill out, relax and enjoy - let thousands of years of built-in motherly instinct drive your approach to parenthood so that you don't have to stress about it.  Save the time that other mums would spend stressing so that you can spend it cuddling your scrumptious baby.  That, is the power of soft. 
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