This Letter Written From A Newborn's Perspective Is One All New Parents Should Read

"Please feed me when I am hungry, I never knew hunger in your womb and clocks and time mean little to me."

One sweet letter written from the perspective of a newborn to his or her parents has been shared all over the internet for several years now. One read through and it's easy to see why.

The letter, which is sometimes referred to as the "Newborn's 10 Commandments," recently resurfaced on a Facebook page for the NHS Ayrshire Maternity Unit in Scotland. In just a few days, it's been shared nearly 8,000 times and has amassed over 17,000 likes. People are clearly moved by the sweet words. 

"Dear mummy and daddy," the letter starts. "Please keep this letter from me in a place where you can read it and re-read it when things are rough and you are feeling down." 

"Please don't expect too much from me as a new born baby, or too much from yourselves as parents. Give us both six weeks as a birthday present, six weeks for me to grow, develop, mature, and become more stable and predictable – six weeks for you to rest and relax and allow your body to get back to normal." 

The letter goes on to ask the parents to give the baby affection. It asks that they forgive the baby if he or she cries a lot. "I am not a tyrant who was sent to make your life miserable," the letter reads. "The only way I can tell you I am not happy is with my cry, bear with me and in a short time, as I mature, I will spend less time crying and more time socializing."

The message here is very clearly meant to ease some of the anxieties parents have after a newborn comes into the world. It can be easy to get frustrated when parents are sleep deprived and aren't sure how best to give their child what he or she needs. They worry they're making mistakes or that parenthood isn't going to be as magical as they imagined. Taking care of a newborn is far from easy, but this letter aims to give parents a gentle reminder of the scenario from a newborn's point of view. 

"Please remember that I am resilient and can withstand the many natural mistakes you'll make with me. As long as you make them with love, I cannot be harmed. Please don't be disappointed when I am not the perfect baby you expected nor be disappointed with yourselves when you are not the perfect parents," the letter continues. "Please take care of yourself; eat a balanced diet, rest, and exercise so that when we are together, you have the patience and energy to take care of me. The cure for a fussy baby is more rest for Mum. Please take care of your relationship with each other. What good is family bonding if there is no family left for me to bond with." 

Lastly, the "newborn" hopes his or her parents will take a step back and keep the big picture in mind. "I'll be like this for a very short time, though it seems like forever to you now. Although I may have turned your life upside down, please remind yourselves that things will be back to normal before long," the letter says. "Enjoy me – I'll never be this little again!" 

The author of this sweet, viral letter is unfortunately unknown, but their words are clearly resonating with many and helping a lot of people put their parenting into perspective. 

One commenter had a worthwhile addition, "Can I add one?" she wrote. "Please don't feel guilty if you forget all of the above and can't enjoy me for a day because you're so tired you can barely remember your own name. It doesn't mean you're bad parents, just humans. And I won't remember it anyway." 

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(H/T: Scary Mommy

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