We realise Kate Middleton isn't the first woman in Britain to have a baby (although listening to the hype, you'd be forgiven for thinking otherwise), but despite being royalty, there are still some pieces of universal baby advice that will ring true.

The first few weeks are utterly overwhelming let alone with an entire nation peering through their windows, but the cornerstone of advice revolves around patience, sleep (when you can get it) and communication with your partner.

So, even if your baby isn't born with a silver spoon in its mouth, here are 10 experts on what to bear in mind for the first few weeks.

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  • You don't need to explain your choices to anyone

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/alice-grist/soulful-momma-notes-five-_b_2055003.html" target="_blank">Blogger Alice Grist says</a>: "You don't need to explain / excuse / elaborate your choices to anyone. I have spent much time doing all three..."yeah she slept in my bed, but it was because..." Be ok with your choices. I have opted to co-sleep. But for months I was in denial about this. Always full of reasons why it had happened each night. As if it were an accident. But it's no accident. Not now. It works for us. It's nobody's business."

  • Get ready to get a lot better acquainted with poo that isn't your own.

    Melanie Pinola on <a href="http://lifehacker.com/5989419/ten-things-i-wish-i-had-known-before-becoming-a-parent" target="_hplink">Lifehacker says</a>: Poop will no longer be taboo (if it ever was). Oh, the poop stories you will be able to tell when you're a parent."

  • Enjoy living in the moment.

    HuffPost UK blogger S<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/simon-cohen/parenting-advice-lessons-babies-teach-us-all_b_3258123.html" target="_hplink">imon Cohen wrote a piece about five things newborns will teach you</a>. In it, he says: There is no greater gift than to be present, and newborn babies are the greatest teachers in what it means to be truly in the moment. Ambitions and aspirations are also nonsensical in the newborn world - why reach to the future when there is so much magic to discover in the present? 'How am I feeling right now?' 'What do I need right now?' We could all do with tuning in to these powerful questions.

  • Communicate with each other more.

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mia-redrick/motherhood_b_1637454.html" target="_hplink">HuffPost US blogger Mia Redrick</a> says: "If you want your spouse to help you more, you must be clear about what you need."

  • People are going to judge you - so ignore it all

    "People are going to judge you. <a href="http://bnadyn.hubpages.com/hub/5-Tips-to-Remember-as-New-Parents-or-as-Parents-to-Be" target="_hplink">Just be prepared for all this so you won't be shocked</a> when you encounter that situation. It's best to ignore it and not to take it to heart."

  • Take as much time as you need

    "Allow yourselves plenty of time to simply cuddle with and marvel at your baby. It goes by fast — enjoy it", <a href="http://www.thestar.com/life/2013/07/08/royal_baby_top_10_parenting_tips_for_prince_william_and_kate.html" target="_blank">says The Toronto Star.</a>

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