Readers share the rookie mistakes they made as first-time parents
See the mistakes all new parents make.
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Being a parent for the first time is in no way easy. Babies don't come with manuals (can someone get on that?). Every baby is different and has different reactions to food, creams, fabric - there's just no telling what could go wrong!

We're all human and we've all made silly mistakes, so we asked our readers what mistakes they made as new parents. Can you relate?

New parent mistakes

Readers share the rookie mistakes they made as fir

"Haha. Spending a large portion of money on decorating a nursery. And then, when we came home from the hospital, realising that "the baby" couldn't give a stuff what her curtains looked like." - Catherine

"Listening too much to others. It's a lot less stress when you just trust your instincts." - Linda

"My son is 4 now, and my mistake was to let him grow up between adults. I should've get him in contact with kids his age at a younger age. Now I have a problem with him seeing me as an adult and respecting me as his mom." - Chanelle

"Trying to raise my child as if he were me." - @Carmenhaigh

"Reading the baby advice books! Forums with moms are much more helpful." - @edeni

"Letting my first baby always sleep in a dark quiet room." - @nuraanhuman

"Wish I'd been more determined to get baby sleeping though. 19 months old now, still waking every night." - @Learn_Play_Grow

"My newborn had blue fingertips, rushed him to Paed only to be told he was cold..." @smartinsza

"I put on my baby's nappy the wrong way the first time I changed him." - @princessruw

"Ran out of 'breast pads' so improvised by cutting a normal pad into two halves until I could get to the shops with a newborn." @CassanFerguson

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