Millie Mackintosh put a question out to fans on Monday 3 January, asking for advice on how to deal with “witching hour” after struggling to settle her baby daughter Aurelia in the evenings.
The phrase refers to a period of time between the afternoon and early evening during which newborn babies tend to become restless and start crying.
While witching hour is a part of what is expected with parenthood, it appeared Millie had reached a point of desperation as she begged her 1.4 million followers to share any tips that might help her overcome the stressful time.
Posting a make up free photo of herself on Instagram whilst she cradled her one-month old daughter, the former Made In Chelsea star wrote: “This tired mama needs some advice!
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“I would love to know your tips on coping with the dreaded witching hour which recently is more like 4-5 hours every evening!
“It feels particularly hard when we have just put one child to bed and the other then takes all evening to settle.
“I know it’s just a phase and keep repeating to myself ‘and this too shall pass’ but I really miss cooking dinner and chilling on the sofa with Hugo watching a favourite series #fourthtrimester #twoundertwo #witchinghour.”
After opening up about needing advice, Millie’s followers were quick to offer any tips they could in the comments as they shared their empathy for the ex-reality star.
“I always thought a bouncer or swing chair was a lifesaver at that time of the day,” one person wrote.
“I used to walk around the house with my youngest in a sling,” a second fan added.
“At least it meant I had 2 arms free, also mine loved the bath, so used to bath him at witching hour too as that seemed to calm him down for a while.”
It seemed that Millie took her follower’s advice as she later showcased a second photo on Instagram Stories of baby Aurelia being given a bubble bath as she sat wrapped up in a cute bunny flannel.
“Finding the evenings with a new born really tough,” the mother-of-two captioned as she continued to give insight on how she’s been coping tending to a new born all over again.
“As she gets older as its harder to settle her and often takes multiple attempts between 6-10pm to get her to feed and go to sleep.”
Despite her difficulties handling witching hour, Millie showed how grateful she was to her followers in another post as she gave thanks to those who had offered up helpful tips.
“Thank you for all your suggestions! I forget how hard this stage is,” she captioned.
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