Win a Limited Edition Tiny Tatty Teddy!

Final Tatty Teddy with name

It can’t have escaped your notice that there was a brand new Royal Baby this Bank Holiday weekend.

By now, I fully expect that William and Catherine are at home, gazing down at their new arrival and wondering, “Will she EVER sleep again?”

Or maybe that was just me.

Bringing home a newborn was equal parts wonderful and terrifying, as I recall. I couldn’t quite believe the hospital had just let us take a brand new person home with us. To look after. By ourselves.

Thank goodness for my Mum, is all I can say.

Anyway, the lovely people at Moonpig have designed a very special limited edition Tatty Taddy to celebrate the birth of Princess Charlotte. Just 50 of these bears were made – and I’ve got one to give away!

So if you have a little Tatty Teddy fan in your family, don’t miss this chance to get your mitts on your very own Royal Tiny Tatty Teddy.

All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post telling me your top tip for surviving the first week with a newborn AND complete the Rafflecopter widget – bonus entries are available!

The competition will run for one week, so don’t hang around – and good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms: Competition open to UK adults 18 and over, closes midnight 14/5/05. Prize is non-transferable, no cash alternative. Winner will be selected at random from all eligible entries. Winner will be notified by email, details to be shared on this website within one week of the closing date. Promoter: Moonpig Ltd, Units 101-119, 30 Great Guildford Street, London SE1 0HS.


Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She’s also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world’s coolest ten year old.

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  1. Tracey Peach
    6th May 2015 / 2:29 pm

    Get as much help as you can

  2. Tracy Nixon
    6th May 2015 / 2:58 pm

    Accept help from family and friends and don’t worry about housework – it can wait! You have a new baby – that is your excuse!

  3. winnie
    6th May 2015 / 3:13 pm

    sleep whenever you can

  4. Sophie Lester
    6th May 2015 / 5:24 pm

    Lots of easy meals so that you don’t have to cook. Get as much help as you can and try to have a relaxing bath if possible!

  5. Olivia M
    6th May 2015 / 5:28 pm

    I’ve not had s baby, but I think getting as much sleep as possible, would be a good thing 🙂

  6. tracy steer
    6th May 2015 / 5:35 pm

    stay in bed

  7. claire nutman
    6th May 2015 / 5:48 pm

    Unplug the phone, throw away the make up and enjoy your new blessing x

    6th May 2015 / 5:48 pm

    Dont expect to get too much done, accept all help offered, pre- cook and freeze meals and dont sweat the small stuff it does get better!

  9. Kate Loader
    6th May 2015 / 5:52 pm

    Get help from your loved ones as and when you can, don’t ever feel like you have to do it alone.

  10. Sarah Rees
    6th May 2015 / 6:10 pm

    Not being afraid to ask friends and family to call in a couple of weeks,it doesnt help having a house full of people whilst you are trying to adjust.

  11. Karen Lloyd
    6th May 2015 / 6:19 pm

    Before the birth fill your freezer with homemade oven ready meals like lasagne in throwaway foil trays.

  12. laura banks
    6th May 2015 / 7:20 pm

    accept all the help you can get

  13. Fiona K
    6th May 2015 / 7:30 pm

    Get your mum to stay with you for a while

  14. Lynsey Buchanan
    6th May 2015 / 7:36 pm

    If anyone offers to help – say YES!

  15. Ashleigh Allan
    6th May 2015 / 7:56 pm

    sleep when they sleep!

  16. Lori Mckillop
    6th May 2015 / 7:58 pm

    Make sure daddy pulls his weight!

  17. Donna Loxton
    6th May 2015 / 8:20 pm

    Don’t worry about the housework just enjoy your newborn and rest when your child sleeps

  18. Emma Ounsworth
    6th May 2015 / 8:28 pm

    Keep reminding yourself that they’re not babies forever!

  19. Alexa Schoolar
    6th May 2015 / 8:58 pm

    accept any help 🙂

  20. claire blaney
    6th May 2015 / 9:16 pm

    try to get as much help when your offered it dont turn it down, you will feel alot better with a bit of rest,

  21. Marycarol
    6th May 2015 / 9:47 pm

    Accept help when its offered and forget housework for a change xx

  22. claire woods
    6th May 2015 / 9:47 pm

    I know everyone wants to meet the baby but don’t have too many visitors at once. Try to get into a routine.

  23. kim plant
    6th May 2015 / 9:48 pm

    I had twins lol best advice Is sod the housework and sleep when you can x

  24. Laura
    6th May 2015 / 9:56 pm

    Friends & Family

  25. Zoe G
    6th May 2015 / 10:01 pm

    To take any help that’s offered and sleep whenever is possible

  26. Alica
    6th May 2015 / 10:04 pm

    Sleep when they sleep and sod the housework!

  27. leigh boyle
    6th May 2015 / 10:13 pm

    any help take it! and enjoy it they dont stay small for long

  28. Natalie Crossan
    6th May 2015 / 10:39 pm

    Don’t worry about the housework – it totally doesn’t matter, focus completely on the baby!

  29. Kirsty Ward
    6th May 2015 / 11:05 pm

    Lots of cups of Tea!!

  30. Sarah Gray
    6th May 2015 / 11:57 pm

    Bottled water, quick snacks and ready meals (I tend to cook more than we need to freeze portions as ready meals eg spag bol. Makes dinners easier in those early days)

  31. Jodie Cook
    7th May 2015 / 1:10 am

    Sleep when you can and don’t sweat the small stuff!

  32. Sarah Pybus
    7th May 2015 / 6:51 am

    Dont beat yourself up if you feel you are not on top of things!

  33. Lea Mavin
    7th May 2015 / 7:10 am

    Follow your own instincts, everyone will have advice on feeding, winding, sleep routines etc. Listen to any tips but do things your way based on what’s best for you and your baby.

  34. Charlotte Cooke
    7th May 2015 / 9:05 am

    Get as much help as possible from family and friends

  35. iain maciver
    7th May 2015 / 11:17 am

    take all the help when offered

  36. Karen Barrett
    7th May 2015 / 2:50 pm

    Take all the help you are offered

  37. Paula Readings
    7th May 2015 / 4:46 pm

    Take advantage of peoples offers of help.

  38. Bhavesh Mistry
    7th May 2015 / 7:37 pm

    Nap whenever you can!

  39. Laura Pritchard
    7th May 2015 / 8:40 pm

    Don’t even think about trying to achieve anything other than keeping yourself & your baby healthy & happy – anything above & beyond that (including getting out of your PJs!) is a bonus.

  40. Nikki Stewart
    8th May 2015 / 12:33 am

    Don’t worry about the housework; nobody minds if your house is untidy!

  41. Ruth Harwood
    8th May 2015 / 7:19 am

    Sleep when baby sleeps xx

  42. Laura Jeffs
    8th May 2015 / 8:18 am

    Try and fit in as much as precious sleep as you can!!

  43. Stacey Smith
    8th May 2015 / 4:01 pm

    Order take away a lot and stay on the sofa making hubby get you drinks ans snacks… .that’s what I did!

  44. leanne weir
    8th May 2015 / 7:34 pm

    sleep whenever you can

  45. claire griffiths
    9th May 2015 / 7:33 pm

    accept any help from family family and friends

  46. Leanne Lunn
    10th May 2015 / 12:05 am

    Don’t worry about the housework

  47. Elizabeth
    10th May 2015 / 5:48 am

    My mother, can’t get through the first weeks without her.

  48. Andrea Smith
    10th May 2015 / 12:13 pm

    Get all the help you can, don’t think you can do it all because you can’t. Don’t think you’re a failure in taking help.

  49. donna l jones
    10th May 2015 / 7:57 pm

    accept help

  50. Natasha Ball
    10th May 2015 / 8:01 pm

    Sleep when they sleep

  51. Cheryl Kean
    11th May 2015 / 1:03 pm

    Lots of help from family and friends and sleep when baby sleeps x

  52. jen louise jackson
    11th May 2015 / 4:24 pm

    take all the help you can get!

  53. justine meyer
    11th May 2015 / 5:10 pm

    Get frinds, neighbours and older siblings involved with helping x

  54. Andrew Hindley
    11th May 2015 / 5:53 pm

    Accept that you need help don’t push people away who understand and want to offer there support

  55. Samantha Sugden
    11th May 2015 / 6:45 pm

    don`t worry about the house work

  56. Fran H
    11th May 2015 / 8:26 pm


  57. katie w
    11th May 2015 / 9:52 pm

    Dont be afraid to ask for help from family and close friends and their advice

  58. Kimberley Howes
    11th May 2015 / 11:19 pm

    Never be afraid to ask for help

  59. Tammy Tudor
    11th May 2015 / 11:25 pm

    Don’t feel guilty for asking for help, take it easy and make the most of it! 🙂

  60. Frances Heaton
    12th May 2015 / 5:22 am

    Only do jobs which are necessary and sleep when the baby sleeps.

  61. Celia West
    12th May 2015 / 8:41 am

    Accept any help that’s offered and don’t try to be superwoman

  62. Alison MacDonald
    12th May 2015 / 10:37 am

    Concentrate on baby and forget housework 🙂

  63. katherine grieve
    12th May 2015 / 10:44 am

    Close your eyes whenever you can

  64. Stewart Biddle
    12th May 2015 / 10:45 am

    Sleep when you can because your getting no sleep at night

  65. Angie Hoggett
    12th May 2015 / 12:16 pm

    Don’t try and do it all yourself, family and friends are there to help and take up the offer to have some “me” time!

  66. Jenny Jones
    12th May 2015 / 12:46 pm

    Unplug your phone, silence your mobile and put a note on the door saying mum & baby sleeping or you will never get any peace 🙂 didn’t do it with my first child as felt quite rude doing it, but when my 2nd child came along I was so exhausted so doing this was a godsend

  67. Rachel Carter
    12th May 2015 / 12:49 pm

    accept all help and don’t be afraid to ask

  68. Jorn Isaksen
    12th May 2015 / 2:06 pm

    Make sure your partner splits sleeping time/waking time with you so both can get a decent amount of sleep.

  69. Diana
    12th May 2015 / 2:18 pm

    Accept help from family : )

  70. Michelle Banks
    12th May 2015 / 3:28 pm

    dont be afraid to ask for help x

  71. Kristy Brown
    12th May 2015 / 3:31 pm

    Don’t try to be super mum!

  72. MichelleD
    12th May 2015 / 4:01 pm

    Try and sleep when the baby is asleep!

  73. tracy sinclair
    12th May 2015 / 4:21 pm

    Let others help out if they offer to, especially with things like cooking and ironing and rest whenever you can x

    12th May 2015 / 4:55 pm

    sleep when they sleep

  75. Marie B
    12th May 2015 / 5:01 pm

    Accept that you are not going to get much sleep and life is different to how it was before. Take one day (and night!) at a time and trust your instincts!

  76. Jennifer Wlodyka
    12th May 2015 / 5:12 pm

    Let people help out around the house as you need to give baby 100% attention

  77. Jayne T
    12th May 2015 / 5:31 pm

    Fill the freezer with frozen home cooked meals, before the baby arrives so you don’t have to do any cooking during the first few weeks.

  78. Sue McCarthy
    12th May 2015 / 5:53 pm

    I don’t have any children but would love to win this prize to donate to charity, to go to Romania.

  79. Helen Allan
    12th May 2015 / 6:58 pm

    Accept all offers of help.

  80. christine westlake
    12th May 2015 / 7:16 pm

    Accept help- you are not superwoman

  81. stephen holman
    12th May 2015 / 7:45 pm

    Dont be too stubborn when it comes to accepting help!! make the most of it

  82. Nicki Bane
    12th May 2015 / 8:17 pm

    accept every offer of help you get

  83. Corinne Peat
    12th May 2015 / 8:40 pm

    Sleep when baby sleeps

  84. Julia mealing
    12th May 2015 / 8:46 pm

    plenty of help

  85. Clare S
    12th May 2015 / 8:47 pm

    Accept as much help as you are offered, sleep when baby sleeps and don’t worry about getting dressed!

  86. karen Howden
    12th May 2015 / 9:14 pm

    Relax, enjoy every second. Allow people to help with the household while you enjoy your baby

  87. Harley
    12th May 2015 / 9:26 pm

    Lots of cuddles with baby!

    12th May 2015 / 9:29 pm

    accept help and support x

  89. Julie Ward
    12th May 2015 / 9:30 pm

    I dont need to anymore I’m the grandma, but if I was asked to help I would

  90. steph lovatt
    12th May 2015 / 9:32 pm

    Ask if you need help or advice

  91. Sheri Darby
    12th May 2015 / 9:33 pm

    Sleep when he sleeps, eat lots of chocolate for instant energy and ignore the housework

  92. Caroline Blaza
    12th May 2015 / 9:45 pm

    Try to sleep when baby sleep.

  93. Karyn Smith
    12th May 2015 / 10:08 pm

    Accept help when you need it and don’t be afraid to ask for it.

  94. Patricia Avery
    12th May 2015 / 10:10 pm

    Sleep and eat whenever you can 🙂

  95. Petra Hora
    12th May 2015 / 10:31 pm

    Don’t stress too much and don’t worry about anything as it is only a phase and it will pass.

  96. Kerry Kilmister
    12th May 2015 / 10:58 pm

    Sleep whenever your newborn does so that you get as much rest as you can – those first few days are exhausting whilst you are recovering.

  97. Joanna Sawka
    12th May 2015 / 11:04 pm

    Involve parents and in-laws. Their experience is priceless

  98. Nikki Reynolds
    12th May 2015 / 11:26 pm

    Surviving the 1st week – ignore the house work, treasure every moment (it will be the fastest week of your life) get every one else running around after you, dont even think about dieting! Most importantly if the baby is asleep and there is a chance for you to have a nap put a sign on your house door saying “mum and baby sleeping do not knock” and get some shut eye while you can x

  99. Kati Whiteoak
    13th May 2015 / 12:23 am

    Sleep when the bay does and say yes to all offers of help

  100. Chantelle Kemp
    13th May 2015 / 1:46 am

    Share as much as you can with your partner 🙂

  101. Sue Bowden
    13th May 2015 / 6:42 am

    Have those little 40 winks along with the baby, and let other’s help with meals and washing.

  102. Claire Ward
    13th May 2015 / 7:17 am

    Sleep when they do

  103. Kaye Montgomery
    13th May 2015 / 7:57 am

    Don’t worry about the housework. Just rest as much as you can.

  104. Sam Cornford
    13th May 2015 / 8:11 am

    Sleep when you can. Housework will wait.

  105. Rebecca Cusick
    13th May 2015 / 8:16 am

    Sleep when they sleep. And enjoy the peace and quiet, they only get bigger and louder & will soon be at the ‘terrible twos’ stage before you know it x

  106. samantha bolter
    13th May 2015 / 8:56 am

    share the load… dads always feel left out at the very start so its a good way of him to feel included and new baby is as much his as yours 🙂

  107. Kayleigh
    13th May 2015 / 9:09 am

    Accept help from your partner

  108. laura stewart
    13th May 2015 / 9:23 am

    sleep when they sleep

  109. Sally Hale
    13th May 2015 / 9:38 am

    Sleep when you can and let friends n family watch little one for 5 min so u can just have a brake 🙂

  110. Eleanor Powell
    13th May 2015 / 9:51 am

    dont be too proud to accept help

  111. Wendy Guy
    13th May 2015 / 10:13 am

    Remember your housework will be there when your children are not so relax and enjoy this time.

    13th May 2015 / 10:36 am

    Don’t be afraid to ask for help

  113. olivia Kirby
    13th May 2015 / 10:53 am

    Make sure you have plenty of takeaway menus and a ton of help!

  114. Mr James Holyland
    13th May 2015 / 11:58 am

    Grab sleep whenever you can

  115. stephanie campbell
    13th May 2015 / 12:03 pm

    Be honest with people, if you dont want visitors, tell them, and if you do tell them you wont be playing host, they know where the kettle is (and if they dont know where it is they donr know you well enough to be visiting you in the first week) x

  116. Graham Ashworth
    13th May 2015 / 12:17 pm

    Sleep when the baby is sleeping

  117. Leila Benhamida
    13th May 2015 / 12:48 pm

    Oh God accept all the help you can get and try to sleep whenever baby sleep to get some strength. Back.

  118. laura frost
    13th May 2015 / 1:28 pm

    have patience and accept help so you can rest

  119. Fiona S
    13th May 2015 / 2:31 pm

    forget about the housework and just concentrate on resting and feeding/bonding with your baby

  120. Victoria Prince
    13th May 2015 / 2:35 pm

    Sleep whenever you can, and accept any and all help that friends/family offer!

  121. Pauline Burroughs
    13th May 2015 / 4:13 pm

    Forget housework and accept any help offered x

  122. Leanne Bell
    13th May 2015 / 4:17 pm

    Don’t do too much. Relax and bond with your baby.

  123. Karen laing
    13th May 2015 / 4:44 pm

    Have your mum to stay and never be afraid to ask for help.Having a new born is hard work and you don’t need to do it alone x

  124. joanne liddement
    13th May 2015 / 4:45 pm

    Accept any help you can get and enjoy these special first weeks with your newborn

  125. Rebecca Powell
    13th May 2015 / 4:45 pm

    Take all the help you can get and sleep shifts so everyone can get some sleep!!!

  126. Vicki Weston
    13th May 2015 / 5:22 pm

    Limit visitors to close family only in the first week and give yourself a chance to get settled first.

  127. Tina Holmes
    13th May 2015 / 6:38 pm

    Second time around I slept when baby did, seriously everything else can wait.

  128. Kulwinder
    13th May 2015 / 7:53 pm

    Don’t feel like you need to entertain when people come to visit. Rest lots with your little one.

  129. claire little
    13th May 2015 / 8:28 pm

    Relax and enjoy your time don’t worry about visiting people.

  130. Susan Pringle
    13th May 2015 / 8:39 pm

    Don’t put pressure on yourself. Visitors can wait, the housework can wait, just do the bare minimum that is needed and enjoy the time. It goes so quickly.

  131. Sharon Burroughs
    13th May 2015 / 8:42 pm

    Sleep when they sleep

  132. Angela Williams
    13th May 2015 / 8:49 pm

    say yes to anyone who offers help or a cooked meal

  133. Jamie Millard
    13th May 2015 / 9:08 pm

    preparation, preparation, preparation. Have as much stuff prepared and ready as possible so you are not wasting time.

  134. kayleigh watkins
    13th May 2015 / 9:11 pm

    my best tip would be to nap with baby during the day if possible as they are not in a routine yet and may have you up most of the night xxx

  135. Helen Bennett
    13th May 2015 / 9:23 pm

    Accept offers of meals and help. Rest when you can, limit visitors, Enjoy your baby

  136. emma brown
    13th May 2015 / 9:40 pm

    Try to relax and not worry about small things like cleaning up jusr try to enjoy the moments

  137. G Keegan
    13th May 2015 / 10:11 pm

    Accept help offered by family and friends. Sleep when you can.

    13th May 2015 / 10:14 pm

    aske friends or family for help like shopping, making dinner for you xx

  139. Chloe Ellis
    13th May 2015 / 10:40 pm

    Sleep when they sleep

  140. Kerry Lethbridge
    13th May 2015 / 10:58 pm

    Don’t allow visitors unless they are willing to pitch in making cups of tea etc even putting on laundry or running the hoover

  141. pauline black
    13th May 2015 / 11:09 pm

    let everyone else help! grandparents are always eager but don’t want to see like they are intruding. Take all the help you can get and don’t ever feel guilty about it!

  142. Monika S
    13th May 2015 / 11:52 pm

    First week is easy – wait til they grow to be a 2 year old – every day is a survival 🙂