Wa­ter births, the se­cret of co­conut oil, the end of sleep as one knows it, and learn­ing to trust ma­ter­nal in­stincts. Three first-time mums share their per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences. By Cai Mei Khoo.

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The one thing you’ve learnt about your­self since be­com­ing a mother? I’ve learnt to be a whole lot more pa­tient! I’m a huge con­trol freak and love do­ing things a cer­tain way, but with the twins, I’ve learnt to let the lit­tle things slide and to al­low peo­ple to help me. Which of your per­son­al­ity traits, or your hus­band’s, do you hope they will adopt? Def­i­nitely hus­band’s gen­er­ous na­ture and his real ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the arts. The best thing about be­ing a mother? Fall­ing asleep with them on your chest. What are some things you’re look­ing for­ward to do­ing with them when they are older? I can’t wait to take them on holidays with us and ex­plore the world with them. Your as­pi­ra­tions for your chil­dren? As my par­ents were with me, I’d like my chil­dren to be­come their own per­son. I want them to re­spect their elders, be proud of who they are, and be com­pas­sion­ate to­wards oth­ers. Par­ent­ing tips to share? Don’t let other peo­ple in­flu­ence you into do­ing things; al­ways get a sec­ond opin­ion and trust your gut.

Jan­uary Low with twins Leo and Jade Siva

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