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Name & age: Charlotte, 29
Baby: Lyla, 2
What made you choose gentle parenting? And what is your favourite aspect of it?
I’m not sure I ever chose it consciously… I try to see everything from Lyla’s point of view and not put adult expectations on her, but remember just how small she is and that she is learning all the time.
Plus we love hugs! I think hugs can solve most things.
Most awesome moment so far?
Taking Lyla to Thailand when she was 13 months old. So many people thought we were mad to travel so far with a young child but it was the best experience for all three of us 🙂
Biggest struggle so far? How do you cope with stressful moments?
Getting post-natal depression when Lyla was 11 months old. With the right support I got better and it also helped that I changed my job and I now get so much joy from supporting other mums with their motherhood journeys.
Nowadays at home I try to be less anxious and if I feel things are getting to me I’ll do a bit of mindfulness and yoga whilst Lyla naps.
How do you juggle work with gentle parenting?
I’m a birth and postnatal Doula, but I limit the work I take on as I still like to spend the majority of my time with Lyla, (she won’t be small forever).
I’m lucky that when I am at work, my family will have her and they’re so loving and always there for us, that I know she’s in good hands.
Any advice you would give to new mums?
Take it easy after birth if you can! Your body (& mind) has been through a massive process and there is still so many changes happening postnatally as you and your body adapt to your baby being earthside.
So it is so important to look after yourself too; by resting, eating well, getting people to take over the chores if you can, leaving you to really get to know your beautiful newborn.
What’s on your soundtrack to your first year of being a Woke Mama?
All of me by John Legend, as it was on the playlist I used to play to Lyla when I was pregnant and we still listen to it together (so soppy, I know!)
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