Who Knew? 10 Surprising Parenting Secrets That Will Change Your Life

24/01/2014 18:35 | Updated 22 May 2015

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First-time parents are never short on advice: Friends, parents, in-laws, midwives, health visitors, books, websites, forums, ante-natal classes... everyone wants to give you a piece of their wisdom.

The trouble is when you're in that newborn bubble, most of it goes in one ear and out the other - remembering your own name can be challenging enough in those early months.

There is the 'so obvious it's not worth saying, so please don't' variety ("Is she hungry?"/"Is he tired?"/ "Have you tried winding him?").

Then there's the conflicting kind - guaranteed to send you into a further spin - when everyone has an opinion and each one contradicts and undermines the next.

But every now and again someone comes along with a hidden gem of a tip - a game-changer that you just wish you'd known earlier. It can be something incredibly simple, silly even, but it solves a little problem that's a big deal to you - like how to get out of an 'explosive' situation with minimum mess or how to halve your child's cough recovery time.

Here are a few of our favourites. Pass them on - and tell us your own best-kept secrets in the comment box below...

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