Your baby doesn’t care how he or she got here, just that they are here with you. So stop beating yourself up about natural births v c-sections, pain relief and forceps and repeat after us: I. Did. Good.
New babies, and for that matter toddlers (you might draw the line at teens) won’t notice if you’re on the loo or in the tub when you’re chatting to them, singing away or trying desperately to stay awake. So don’t panic, take them in with you.
It doesn’t matter if you spend the first year of your baby’s life going back into the house to pick up something you’ve forgotten, or if you’re always on a go-slow no matter where you’re off to. You’ll get there. And everyone else can just wait.
The wrapping paper is a present enough alone, but if you really want to celebrate, you can easily be awarded Parent of the Year if you give your baby their very favourite play item of all time: the cardboard box. If you have relatives and friends asking for ideas, be honest! If you need something practical, ask for it. Even nappies can be wrapped with a fancy bow…