We are coming up on my son’s first birthday, and it seems like the last year has flown by in a blur! So much has changed in the last year, and I have learned a lot about myself and being a mom. One of the things that I was thinking about a lot this time last year was my son’s birth – not just his arrival, but the labor and birth itself. I took a birthing class, read plenty of birth stories, and prepared myself for the unexpected. You cannot plan how your labor and delivery will go entirely, but there are a lot of things that you can decide. Having a plan will help keep you calm and keep things going smoothly. Read on to learn about how to write a birth plan and download a printable birth plan worksheet.
A couple of weeks ago I shared this list of 25 Things That Are Unexpectedly Hard When You Have a Baby. It was a fun little list of parenting truths that I think all moms and dads can relate to. At the risk of being a negative nancy, I wanted to come together to complain and bond in our exhaustion and suffering for a minute. Now, in an effort to show everyone that it is not all bad, here are 25 Things That Are Easier When You Have a Baby.
I’ve probably said it 209890845 time by now – being a parent is hard. Suddenly everything that you do has the added challenge of taking care of another little human while you do it. When you decide to be a parent, you are warned and probably feel ready to accept the responsibility that comes along with having a baby. You can read blog posts, read parenting books, ask other parents, watch movies, do all of the research in the world, but there are somethings that are just unexpectedly hard when you have a baby.
Registering for baby items can be entirely overwhelming! There are way too many items that you can buy for baby, and everyone has a different opinion on what is a want versus what is a need. I suggest customizing your own new baby checklist to keep track of the items that you plan to buy or borrow before baby arrives. As far as knowing what is worth splurging on and what items you can skip, that one will depend on your lifestyle. There are, however, some must-haves that all mamas tend to agree on. Here 40 moms share their favorite items from their baby registry.
One thing that all new parents expect to spend plenty of time doing is changing baby’s diaper! I’m sure you’ve been thoroughly warned about the sheer amount of time that is spent changing diaper after diaper when you bring your little one home. For the most part, changing a baby’s diaper is a no-brainer, repetitive activity. There are a few things, however, that all of the advice givers tend to leave out. Keep reading for 10 things that no one tells you about changing baby’s diaper.
It is crazy to think that my Peanut is 9-months-old already! I feel like some days drag on forever, but the months have gone by without me even noticing. He has grown and changed so much in that time, and I feel like I have changed nearly as much. There are so many things about myself and my life that are different now than I would have expected. People say that you can’t really plan for how having a baby will change your family, and I now understand what they all tried to tell me.
Before my son was born, I had 2051 diapers in my stockpile. I know to many of you, that sounds like a lot of diapers, but in reality, that pile lasted me roughly 6 months. Babies go through diapers like they are…well, disposable! There are many advantages to using cloth diapers, and they are becoming pretty popular recently. If you go the disposable diaper route, be prepared to go through a lot of diapers. This post will teach you how and why you want to build a diaper stockpile before you welcome your baby.
Breastfeeding is a really hot topic right now. Women on social media are trying to normalize breastfeeding in public. Doctors are telling their patients that breast is best. The American Academy of Pediatrics is saying that babies should be exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months of their lives. With so much pressure to breastfeed, it is important to make sure that every mom has the resources available to successfully breastfeed if that is her choice.
Pregnancy is an exiting, overwhelming, and downright emotional time! There are so many questions that most women have, and it really helps to do your research. Fortunately for the women of 2017, there are nearly infinite resources out there to teach us about what to expect when pregnant. In fact, there are so many resources that it can be hard to know where to start. There are a lot of great books for pregnancy out there. Let me make it a little easier on you with this list of 5 books that every pregnant woman needs to read.
Hi Readers! I am so excited to tell you that I shared my first guest post over at Swaddles n Bottles. Caroline had graciously shared an article that I wrote entitled “10 Things I Wish I Would Have Known Before Being an Exclusive Pumper”