Get The World Ready: A Dettol Campaign for Mums

My daughter is five years-old, she’ll be six in August and yet I can still remember what it was like being pregnant with her, especially the last couple of weeks before giving birth.  I was a first time mum and was:


I couldn’t wait to hold her in my arms.  To see her face, to cuddle and kiss her.  I wondered: Will she look like me?  Will she look like my husband?


The nine months felt like forever, especially the last few weeks, it went on and on.  I couldn’t wait any longer!  I wanted to give birth to her now!  Please let it happen now!

And then like all new mums, I was Scared:

Will I know what to do?  Will I be able to cope without any help from my family who lives so far away from me? Am I ready to be a mother?  Do we have everything we need?  Have we cleaned our whole house from top to bottom?  Is it clean enough?  Will it ever be clean enough?  I wouldn’t want her to catch germs.

And then it happened.  I finally gave birth to her, she was out.  I remember looking at her in awe and wondering “Did she really come from me?  What now?”  I felt this over-powering abundance of love all over me.  This is my baby.  I love her.  I love every bit of her, every fibre of her being.  But the fear was still there. In the hospital though, we had help from all the lovely midwives, patient enough to answer all my questions “Why isn’t she latching?  Doesn’t she want me?  Why is she doing that? Is it normal? Why is she making that sound?  Is she supposed to sleep that much?”

Taking Our Baby Home

Once in the safety of our own house, I remember sensing Fear also settle in along with my new baby.  It also made itself at home, poured itself its own cup of tea, settled itself on the couch with me, stared at me while I tried to figure out what to do with this tiny, helpless baby who relied on me and my husband for everything.

Then life happened.   Days turned into weeks, the weeks into months, the months into years and she’s a little girl now.  Fear still lives with us.  I still have daily conversations with Fear:

Am I doing everything right for my little girl? Am I making the right decisions for her?  What if I make mistakes?  Will I end up ruining her life?  Will she blame me and hate me for all the choices I made for her?

Five years down the line, I’ve learned to co-exist with Fear.  I know when to hush it, and also know when to trust my instincts which is far stronger and wiser than Fear.

In support of all new mums or mums-to-be, Dettol has come up with a campaign “Get the World Ready”.  They invite everyone to listen to stories from real mums, who share the same fears as me, you, them, us.  Yes, the good news is we are not alone, as mothers, as parents, we all share the same daily fears and Dettol is there to help us along the way, regardless of whether you are a new mum, or expecting your third child.

Do you remember what it was like to bring your first child back home with you?

Did you have any fears?  How did you cope with them?

Do share.

*This is a collaborated post, however words and photos are by yours truly.


  1. I do not yet had kids so not yet had the pleasure of experiencing any of the things you went through. I am sure when the time comes I will too but I do love Dettol and we’ve used it all our lives

    • I’m sure you will! We use Dettol a lot too 🙂 Love their wipes, I use it to wipe on everything 🙂

  2. georgina prince

    I can totally relate to this post the fear and anticipation mixed with excitement then sheer joy! lol And time runs away with you and before you know it the kids are starting school and then comes a whole new host of challenges and new fear haha. It’s important to remember you’re not alone xxxx

    • Yes and the fears accumulate daily, don’t they? I’ve learned to accept that they won’t ever go away. It’s just learning to deal with it and not get too paranoid 🙂 x

  3. Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons

    Love this. I would describe myself as quite an anxious person, but since having a baby I seemed to transfer a lot of that worry onto him – ‘is he eating enough? Too much? Should he be doing X by now?’

    I think like you, that over time, as you become more confident as a mum, it’s easier to dismiss the fears that you know are ridiculous and not helpful, and listen to the ones that keep nagging at you, that might have some grounding.

    • I agree about listening to the nagging fears, especially when they’re 😉 It’s also learning to understand our fears, isn’t it? When to know when we’re just being paranoid and when to act on it, like you said 🙂

  4. Leah Miller

    What a beautiful post, it really did hit home for me as I have had all of those feelings with every single one of my pregnancies! And all the thoughts afterwards as well!

    Even now that my brood are 11, 8 and 1 I am still super concerned about making sure the house is clean, and I am a huge fan of Dettol! xx

    • I don’t think we’ll ever stop worrying. Goodness knows my mum hasn’t and I bet your mum hasn’t stopped either 🙂 x

  5. Kerry norris

    Great post. I think every pregnant woman goes through some sort of fear. It must be the hormones. I remember on my first I feared the house being burgled all the time. No idea why. I didn’t sleep for weeks. I still fear lots of situations now and constantly ask myself what if I’m not good enough and what am I doing wrong x

    • Thanks! Yes, all parents have fears I guess. Some have more, some have less, but we all have it 🙂 x

  6. I too can totally relate to the fears! Too an extent I think it must be a good thing because it shows that we care – and that it’s a totally normal reaction.

    Love your photos btw xx

    • I have great conversations with my fears 😉 Sounds a bit nuts I know… Most times I just shush them 😉 x

  7. Ana De- Jesus

    Aw hun you are doing an incredible job don’t feel scared because honestly you are a brilliant mother! Well done for joining the campaign!

  8. Lisa (Travel Loving Family)

    I can most definitely relate to this post! My husband and I felt like frauds when we first brought our baby home from hospital but after a while being a parent becomes natural:)

    • Same here. But after five years of mothering my little T, I think I’m not a fraud anymore 😉 x

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