A study of Irish parents conducted on behalf of Pampers found date nights, watching TV and spending money guilt-free were also things they admit they have compromised on since becoming parents.
Despite universally agreeing that these are things they willingly sacrifice for their children, they did admit that the occasional night out and a little more ‘me time’ would be nice. Despite admitting to making an average of five compromises themselves every day for the sake of their children, when it comes to the children themselves, only the best will do.
Almost seven in 10 adults underestimated the impact their first child would have on their lives, and admitted that compromises had to be made in many areas. However, despite having to make life adjustments, almost nine in 10 parents say having a child is the best thing they have ever done, and 92 per cent believe anyone going into parenthood should be prepared to make a few lifestyle changes.
TOP 50 THINGS PARENTS MISS MOST
1. Saturday morning lie-ins
2. A clean and tidy house
3. Leaving the house at a moment’s notice, without having to worry about a babysitter
4. Date nights
5. Watching television in complete peace
6. Spending money guilt free
7. Nights out with friends
8. Going to the toilet without being disturbed
9. Browsing the shops rather than rushing round
10. Having a shower or bath without being disturbed
11. Getting a full night’s sleep
13. Being able to finish a cup of tea before it goes cold
14. Sitting in the sun on holiday without having to entertain a child
15. A toned stomach
16. Holidays out of term-time
17. Having a car journey in peace
18. Adventurous or cultural holidays
19. Just sitting down to read a book during the day
20. Being able to pop to the shops when you want
22. Suffering a hangover without having to look after a child at the same time
24. Being able to relax in a pub beer garden
25. Being able to have your hair / nails done guilt free
26. Not being asked ‘Why’ all the time
27. Going to the cinema to watch anything other than an animation
28. Watching grown-up TV during the daytime
29. Cheap holidays
30. Pre-baby boobs
31. Not having to fork out on babysitters (if you even manage to go out)
32. A clean car
33. Not having to watch what you say or talk in code because of ‘little ears’
34. Snacking on treats without having to share them, or eat them in secret
35. Being able to travel light when you go away
36. Daytime drinking
37. Spa days
38. The days when you could watch your own film instead of watching the same kid’s film over and over
39. Not having to always be wondering where the nearest toilet is, in case they need a wee
40. A good diet
41. Having a small car instead of a people carrier
42. Being able to go down the stairs without navigating a stair gate
43. Having make up in your handbag instead of wet wipes
44. Being able to listen to your music in the car instead of nursery rhymes
45. Sitting down to read the newspaper with a morning coffee
46. Being able to listen to music or the radio ‘normally’ instead of the same kid’s song on repeat
47. Being able to do a wash without having to check the pockets of everything going in
48. Being able to swear whenever you want
49. Being able to plug things in without having to always remove the plug adapters first
50. Not smelling a bit like baby sick all the time
Caroline Gorrie, Brand Manager for NEW Pampers Pure Protection, said “It’s clear from the research that parents in Ireland, whilst they are willing to let go of a lot, they never cut corners when it comes to their babies. The kids’ needs and comfort will always come first, usually at the parents’ expense. This is also true when it comes to choosing nappies and wipes. We know from the research that parents don’t want to make a choice between performance or kind-to-skin ingredients when it comes to this category.”
The study found almost four in 10 parents miss going to the toilet without being disturbed, while a further 35 per cent would simply like a bath or shower on their own. A staggering 89 per cent of mums and dads would like to revisit some aspects of their life pre-parenthood for a day or so – to watch grown-up TV during the day time, have an impromptu night out with friends or just browse the shops rather than rushing around to keep the little ones happy.
Other things parents miss most include spending money guilt free, being able to finish a cup of tea before it goes cold, and sex. While some would love to have the time for the odd spa day, sitting out in the sunshine or visiting the cinema. And for women – pre-baby boobs and a toned stomach are sorely missed, as is the time to have nails and hair done properly.
But while over half of parents admit life was much easier before they had children – a resounding 79 per cent agree they are happier and more fulfilled now they have a family. Almost seven in 10 adults were surprised by the impact their first child had on their lives, and sacrifices had to be made in many areas. For some 38 per cent of respondents, romance and sex had to take a back seat once baby was born.Money became a thinking point for 76 per cent of new parents, while 84 per cent compromised on their personal free time and 64 per cent said the baby impacted on their work / life balance.
Pampers is introducing the NEW Pampers Pure Protection range that has been designed for parents who don’t want to compromise on performance or gentle ingredients. The nappies are made with premium cotton and plant based materials that come from sugar cane, which means they are soft and gentle on baby’s skin and do not compromise on Pampers trusted dryness. The Pampers Aqua Pure wipes contain 99% water and 1% gentle to skin ingredients to help maintain the skin’s natural pH. They are also made with organic cotton for a soft, cotton wool feel.