Dani Dyer, 25, wants to help other new parents adjust to life with a baby while she shares the struggles she’s had in the transition to motherhood. The mother-of-one said she wished she hadn’t compared herself so much to other mothers in the first few months
Dani Dyer has bravely opened up about her struggles as a first-time mom to help other new parents.
The 25-year-old Love Island star, who welcomed son Santiago in 2021, says she spent a lot of time comparing herself to other mums in the early days.
Reality TV star Dani said: “I remember when Santi was born I was just comparing and I was always like, ‘Why can’t I breastfeed?’ I really struggled with that. And I put so much pressure on myself.
“I shouldn’t have compared so much. I shouldn’t have searched the internet. I should have just enjoyed my baby bladder and just gone with it,” she added.
In her quest to help others, the daughter of EastEnders actor Danny Dyer has been heralded as an ambassador for the BBC’s Tiny Happy People and reveals in an article on her website that she has often questioned herself after becoming a new parent .
Dyer recalled some of the questions she had to ask herself, including, “Are you doing the ‘parent thing’ right? Is everyone judging how you are? Is the life you knew before the baby gone forever? How can you meet other parents in the same situation?”
BBC Tiny Happy People is an online digital, social and personal initiative launched by BBC Education.
It was launched by the Duchess of Cambridge in July 2020 with the aim of helping parents and carers to develop their children’s language and communication skills aged up to four.
As an ambassador for BBC Tiny Happy People, Dyer will speak about her experiences as a single mother from a young age in hopes she can help others.
She revealed that during her first year with Santiago – aka Santi – she spent a lot of time comparing herself to other parents.
“I honestly wasn’t prepared for the hormone rush. In the beginning it was a bit difficult for me. I really struggled,” she said.
The Tiny Happy People website offers parents a variety of resources, including fun, easy-to-make activity movies for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, all of which support language development, articles with tips and advice on parenting topics, and a child development section that explores the science behind covering brain development.
Dyer also revealed that she is fortunate to have good support from her father and mother Joanne Mas, which has helped her a lot, especially as a single mom.
“The way they’ve been there for me is honestly just a dream,” she explained.
“There were some long nights when Santi wasn’t feeling well, where I really struggled and just had to chat or sleep in the afternoon. And they were there for me.
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“Knowing that I have them, I am blessed with them.”
As part of her role as Ambassador, Dyer will be making videos for Tiny Happy People’s social channels and sharing her daily life with Santi, along with hints and tips for parents and carers.
The Happy Tiny People resources were developed with the help of leading experts in the field of child and language development to ensure parents and carers receive accurate advice.
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https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/dani-dyer-help-new-mums-26690671 Dani Dyer to help new moms by sharing her struggles as an ambassador for the BBC's Tiny Happy People